Welcome to the 12th Annual Mod of the Year Awards sponsored by Origin, a celebration of the years finest mods chosen by you and us. For the next 4 weeks it is up to you to vote for your favorite mods so that they may make the top 100 which will be announced on the 11th of December.

Who will join Black Mesa last years winner, which now sits alongside Natural Selection the inaugural 2002 victor and many others in our Hall of Fame. Up until Jan 1st 2014 join us and celebrate the joy mods bring us on a daily basis by voting for your favorites! We are also running an Indie of the Year and App of the Year awards.

Report article RSS Feed Mod Of The Year 2013 Editor Choice

Welcome to the Editors Choice award for Mod of the Year 2013. Here the editors of ModDB have their say on the most prolific mods both released and unreleased to grace our presence over the past year.

Posted by TKAzA on Dec 24th, 2013
Event Coverage

Welcome to the Awards for 2013 Mod of the year, we are also announcing the winners of
IOTY 2013 Editors ChoiceAOTY 2013 Editors Choice.


Mod of the year

Editors Choice 2013


Starship Aces

Interaction Award

One of the most important aspects of high quality modification is how your player interacts with the changes that have been made. Starship Aces takes Unreal Tournament 2004 out of the first person death match style gameplay and turns it into a spacefighter-action-game in which you fly missions with different types of spacefighters. Each starship has different armor and energy shields and can be upgraded with various lasers, cannons, missiles and power-ups during the match. Starship aces proves that we are not limited to the original interactions of the base game.

The Great War

Creativity Award

You’ve fought in the jungles of vietnam, You’ve stormed the beaches of normandy now its time to command the worlds mightiest nations in one of the most brutal wars in human history. The Great War takes home the Creativity Award for building one of the most authentic representations of World War I-era tactics, strategies and general warfare within the game Napoleon Total War. Fight your way through machine gun fire, mortar barrages and toxic gas to get the jump on your enemy. Here advances are measured in metres, not in grand distances. Rule the head of any of the many countries that watched Europe become engulfed in war, lead your nation however you want in a free sandbox campaign or follow the path of history in a heavily scripted campaign. The Great war is a perfect example of the level of creativity the modding community offers. The greatest war the world has ever seen is about to begin, its time to take your place in it.

Morrowind Rebirth

Community Award

Morrowind Rebirth is like a love letter the the Elder Scrolls III Morrowind from the community. It shows the passion and dedication the fan’s of one of the best RPG’s of all time have for the ageing game. Morrowind Rebirth enhances the third elder scrolls game in a myriad of ways. From Balance tweaks, Better Landscapes, Populated and enhanced cities, 20 new creatures to do battle with and New Events to make the world a more dangerous and interesting place. Morrowind Rebirth has worked with the community to keep this title fresh and inviting for a new generation of Role Playing Enthusiasts.

Misery

Worldly Award

The original game S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat was steeped in the creepy survivalist atmosphere of the area around the Chernobyl Nuclear reactor a.k.a “The Zone”. Misery takes the original games level of difficulty and creepy factor and cranks it to 11 adding new touches to every game aspect including new sound FX, Music, Weapons, AI behavior, weather, textures and so much more. With less ammo, smarter enemies and an environment thats down right out to kill you. Misery wins the worldly award for fully immersing the player in this dark world and is a great example of survival horror at its finest.

The Great War

Visuality Award

Few mods can match The Great War for the amazing level of detail the mod authors have obtained. From the wrinkles in the coats of soldiers rushing across no mans land, to the clouds of toxic gas and smoke from a barrage of artillery fire. The Great War has gone above and beyond from the smallest rifle in a private hands hunkered down in the trench line to the massive dreadnaughts battling it out in a collision of the worlds most powerful navies its cannot be denied The Great War modification for Napoleon Total War is a site to behold and must be experienced to truly understand how impressive graphically this mod truly is thats why it gets our Visuality awards for 2013.

Duke Nukem Forever 2013

The Ressie Award

We all wanted it, we all watch it develop for years, and years.. and years… and we where all disappointed by 2011’s release of Duke Nukem forever. But much like the games hero, one man stood up and said. “I’ve got balls of steel” and built the game we all wanted. In a mod for Duke Nukem 3D. Its everything we asked for and more, from the art style, to the sound effects this is Duke Nukem at his finest.

From Earth

Best Upcoming

From Earth is one of those rare games that has a unique and creative concept that peaks your interested and conjures all kinds of adventures way before the game is even released. With a mix of puzzle solving and almost parkour movement. From Earth takes place close to the year 3,000 when one woman and one man, Zennaida and Anthony are sent to a remote alien planet. After fifty years in cold sleep you find yourself on an industrialised world being hunted by an alien government. With only your wits and athleticism you must learn how to use the alien technology and work with the local population to survive. Nothing about the alien technology is explained to the player so experimentation and exploration is key. From Earth promises to bring an almost alien experience to the Half Life 2 Modding Scene.

SynergiesMOD

Best Overhaul

This years Best Overhaul mod went to the SynergiesMod for the loot fest dungeon crawler Torchlight 2 adding a massive list of changes and additions to the already stellar game. 2 new towns, 300 new legendary items, new monsters a crafting system, major balance changes upping the difficulty and a set of new dungeons gives veteran players a new unique challenge adding hours and hours to the original game. SynergiesMod even adds 3 unique classes such as the spell casting Necromancer, The holy close range paladin warrior and the Warrior mage, The Warlock into the action. If your a fan of the Torchlight series this is a mod you just can’t miss.

Just Cause 2: Multiplayer

Best Multiplayer

What could make the chaotic action packed world of Just Cause 2 even more chaotic and action packed? Add more players! Thats just what the developers of Just Cause 2: Multiplayer setout to add multiplayer functionality to a single player game and boy did they succeed. Play with your friends in this open world sandbox game that's built around the idea of action, and mobility using your parachute and a hand grapple to navigate around with your friends, race your buddies in sports cars while your partner car surface on the hood, or have a gun fight on top of a firetruck while speeding down the highway. Gun fights and absolute mayhem is what Just Cause 2: multiplayer is all about. Its one thing to add a new multiplayer game type to an exciting multiplayer game, but to add full on multiplayer support to a single player game is an impressive feat. Thats why Just Cause 2: Multiplayer wins Best Multiplayer Modification for 2013.

Deus Ex: Nihilum

Best Singleplayer

With simply superb story telling, graphical enhancements and over 3 ½ hours of dialog. Deus Ex: Nihlum takes everything the original Deus Ex got right and wraps it into a high quality package. With high quality custom music, tight gameplay and mind bending level design that turns each level into a puzzel onto itself. Nihlum wins Best Multiplayer Experience. Critics agree this mod could have been sold as an add or even sequel for the Original title. We can’t think of a better honor. This mod is a must play for Deus Ex fans.

Editors Choice Best Overall

Final 3 Countdown


3rd Place Underhell

Underhell is an Episodic Story Line Single Player Modification for the Source Engine. In Underhell, you play as Jake Hawkfield, a Special Weapons and Tactics officer who recently married and moved in with his wife. But soon after this happy event, his wife dies under mysterious circumstances, leaving only clues that suggest she committed suicide. Jake falls apart. Only his boss, mentor, and best friend Frank is there to help him get over his grief. The mod begins with a wake up call from Frank ordering Jake to come down to the station. An armed group of highly trained soldiers have taken control of a hospital and all its personnel. But Jake will soon realize that this is more than just a hostage situation.

2nd Place The Great War

The Great War mod is a total conversion modification for Napoleon: Total War. It aims to create an authentic representation of World War I-era tactics, strategies and general warfare within the game. Watch as waves of battalions advance under the cover of massed artillery barrages and deadly poison gas, or stay play it safe hidden behind their defenses. Machineguns will brutally mow down uncareful attackers and defenses are manned by thousands of troops, armed with rapid breech-loaded rifles. SMG Infantry, flamethrowers, snipers and elite Stormtroopers are a few among the many units that attempt to break the stalemate, while the sheer industrial output of all combatting nations - and the density of forces along most fronts - ensure that advances are measured in metres, not in the grand distances of earlier days.

1st Place Just Cause 2: Multiplayer

JC2-MP is a project to bring multiplayer to Just Cause 2 in all of its magnificent glory. Imagine the chaos of normal Just Cause 2, then extending it out to dozens, hundreds, and even thousands of players. We here at the ModDB Office really enjoyed the beautiful free roaming aspects of Just Cause mixed with the amazing mobility the game offers. Adding multiplayer to this single player experience has truly blown us away. The just cause Mp team has really impressed us with a unique and technically impressive feat of adding so many players into a game that was never built with multiplayer in mind. We award Just Cause 2 MP Editors Choice Mod of the Year.

Post comment Comments
xxVODKAxx
xxVODKAxx Dec 24 2013, 8:11am says:

Well guys you deserve that place for your hard work!

+25 votes     reply to comment
trancemaster_1988
trancemaster_1988 Dec 24 2013, 8:45am says:

Wow, thanks guys and thanks to the Morrowind community. This wouldn't be possible without you!

+11 votes     reply to comment
nbohr1more
nbohr1more Dec 24 2013, 8:57am says:

Some solid choices here. Congrats all!

+8 votes     reply to comment
HounderKnight
HounderKnight Dec 24 2013, 9:11am says:

Did the Great War team change something recently? Last I heard the actual in-battle models and modernized combat mechanics for all naval units were still on hiatus, but the "Visuality" award mentions era-specific ships engaging one another.

+5 votes     reply to comment
Aanker
Aanker Dec 24 2013, 10:14am replied:

They appear to have gone from the description on the Mod page, which is more general and describes campaign mechanics (the Dreadnought units and campaign models as well as the gameplay mechanics are in; the battle models are not, because there is no converter)

+3 votes     reply to comment
INtense!
INtense! Dec 24 2013, 9:20am says:

congratulations to all the winners much deserved!

+5 votes     reply to comment
Emiya-Archer
Emiya-Archer Dec 24 2013, 9:55am says:

Awesome and I got to try me that Duke Nukem Forever mod.

+4 votes     reply to comment
[TZP]LoNer1
[TZP]LoNer1 Dec 24 2013, 10:21am says:

Thanks from the MISERY development team guys! Grats to the rest who made it into the list as well :)

+6 votes     reply to comment
WeeGee9000
WeeGee9000 Dec 24 2013, 10:31am says:

Congratulations Mxthe! Underhell deserved it!

+10 votes     reply to comment
Aanker
Aanker Dec 24 2013, 10:42am says:

Thank you ModDB and congratulations to the other winners and runner-ups! Also a big thanks to both fans of World War I and N:TW!

+3 votes     reply to comment
Dune_Jumper
Dune_Jumper Dec 24 2013, 11:01am says:

WOOO! UNDERHELL MADE IT IN THE TOP 3! I was kinda expecting it to be #1, but hey.
Congrats to all the other winners, too!

+5 votes     reply to comment
Rus[T]
Rus[T] Dec 24 2013, 5:57pm replied:

Underhell *drooool*.. And lol @ the Overgrowth "Bugs Bunny voice" in the intro, cracks me up every time :).

-1 votes     reply to comment
.Mitch.
.Mitch. Dec 24 2013, 11:11am says:

Well deserved first place, an amazing feat the Just Cause MP guys have achieved.

Thank you to ModDB for The Great War's awards, truly humbling and a amazing surprise.

+5 votes     reply to comment
medve
medve Dec 24 2013, 11:44am says:

hahaha no overhyped opposing force remake

-4 votes     reply to comment
KingKetsa
KingKetsa Dec 24 2013, 11:48am says:

Congratulations Devs for all of the hard work you guys you have done all year long.
Happy holidays, and to a happy New Year for modding and gaming development!

+2 votes     reply to comment
starwarsgeeknerd
starwarsgeeknerd Dec 24 2013, 1:11pm says:

I am blown away that Torchlight II's Synergies Mod received the best overhaul award! Unbelievable!!!

+2 votes     reply to comment
TheTarman
TheTarman Dec 28 2013, 5:28am replied:

Why?

+1 vote     reply to comment
FastGamerr
FastGamerr Dec 24 2013, 1:19pm says:

Muchos gracias! After 15 years of editing games, this was definitely the high note on which to end all such endeavours. Thanks, everyone! :]

+6 votes     reply to comment
salan
salan Dec 24 2013, 1:39pm replied:

hah I hear a seinfeld ending in those comments, congrats on the win !

+3 votes     reply to comment
Mkilbride
Mkilbride Dec 24 2013, 2:19pm buried:

(buried)

Underhell deserved first/ JC2 second, the rest I've never heard of except for Synergies.

-9 votes     reply to comment
OJJ0874
OJJ0874 Dec 24 2013, 5:02pm replied:

3rd place is not enough?

+2 votes     reply to comment
Keyboardjunkie
Keyboardjunkie Dec 24 2013, 2:40pm says:

Who did you guys get to do that incredible animation?

+2 votes     reply to comment
Rakym
Rakym Dec 24 2013, 4:48pm says:

Deus Ex Nihilum!

+4 votes     reply to comment
DavoX
DavoX Dec 24 2013, 5:35pm says:

Hey Duke Nukem Forever 2013 was made by two guys not one :P

Glad that it made it into the best mods list!!!

+1 vote     reply to comment
DavoX
DavoX Dec 24 2013, 5:47pm says:

I didn't realize this is the editors choice, not the community voters choice! I wonder when this will be revealed...

+1 vote     reply to comment
salan
salan Dec 24 2013, 6:05pm replied:

tomorrow is the voters choice.

0 votes     reply to comment
The-Kommandant
The-Kommandant Dec 24 2013, 5:48pm says:

Congrats to all who made it! Merry Christmas and a happy new year! :D

+2 votes     reply to comment
Rus[T]
Rus[T] Dec 24 2013, 5:56pm says:

Misery, Rebirth and Underhell! Overall nice choices. Everybody deserves it. Nice to see no drama here.. :D. So many mods I still need to play in 2014, won't be bored.

+2 votes     reply to comment
CommandoTotalGamer
CommandoTotalGamer Dec 24 2013, 6:01pm says:

So Generals mods haven't even won? :(

0 votes     reply to comment
Radspakr
Radspakr Dec 25 2013, 9:35am replied:

Still Player choice released to go so who knows maybe one of them will place.

+2 votes     reply to comment
Au-heppa
Au-heppa Dec 24 2013, 6:32pm says:

Really surprised to see From Earth here. I guess I should write some kind of progress report as soon as I get home from spending Christmas.

+3 votes     reply to comment
Domineeto
Domineeto Dec 24 2013, 10:14pm says:

There is a spelling mistake in the From Earth paragraph, it's spelled "piqued" not "peaked"

+2 votes     reply to comment
valex
valex Dec 25 2013, 6:54pm says:

not even a honoarble mention for brutal doom really?

+1 vote     reply to comment
lucky88shp
lucky88shp Dec 26 2013, 12:57am says:

I am very happy for Underhell...eventhough it didn't win 1st place as I would've wanted! That mod is amazing on all sides...sound, voice acting, story, gameplay!

+2 votes     reply to comment
Dr.Goupyl
Dr.Goupyl Dec 26 2013, 7:21am says: Online

That's well deserved.

+1 vote     reply to comment
allcanadianreject
allcanadianreject Dec 26 2013, 8:41pm says:

Love TGW so much.

+1 vote     reply to comment
Nuvendil
Nuvendil Dec 26 2013, 9:20pm says:

Sooooo bit of delay with the MOTY Player's Choice? Will we be seeing it tomorrow or the weekend?

+2 votes     reply to comment
TKAzA
TKAzA Dec 28 2013, 4:43am replied: +1 vote     reply to comment
E8S
E8S Dec 27 2013, 11:21am says:

Yeaah! *thumps up*
Very good work! You guys deserve this so much...I wish you all a happy new year...

+2 votes     reply to comment
tehstrelok
tehstrelok Jan 2 2014, 11:42pm says:

makes me proud to be part of the crew :,)

+1 vote     reply to comment
Post a Comment
click to sign in

You are not logged in, your comment will be anonymous unless you join the community today (totally free - or sign in with your social account on the right) which we encourage all contributors to do.

2000 characters limit; HTML formatting and smileys are not supported - text only

Established
Sep 13, 2013
Privacy
Public
Subscription
Open to all members
Contact
Send Message
Email
Members Only
Membership
Join this group
Group Watch
Track this event
Feature
Browse
Features
Report Abuse
Report article
Related Mods
Deus Ex: Nihilum (Deus Ex)
Deus Ex: Nihilum Deus Ex - Single Player First Person Shooter
Duke Nukem Forever 2013 (Duke Nukem 3D)
Duke Nukem Forever 2013 Duke Nukem 3D - Single Player First Person Shooter
From Earth (Half-Life 2)
From Earth Half-Life 2 - Single Player First Person Shooter
Just Cause 2: Multiplayer (Just Cause 2)
Just Cause 2: Multiplayer Just Cause 2 - Multiplayer Third Person Shooter
MISERY (S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat)
MISERY S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat - Single Player First Person Shooter
Morrowind Rebirth 2.81 (Morrowind)
Morrowind Rebirth 2.81 Morrowind - Single Player Role Playing
Starship Aces (Unreal Tournament 2004)
Starship Aces Unreal Tournament 2004 - Single & Multiplayer Combat Sim
SynergiesMOD (Torchlight II)
SynergiesMOD Torchlight II - Single & Multiplayer Hack 'n' Slash
The Great War (Napoleon: Total War)
The Great War Napoleon: Total War - Single & Multiplayer Real Time Strategy
Underhell (Half-Life 2)
Underhell Half-Life 2 - Single Player Adventure
Related Games
Deus Ex
Deus Ex Single & Multiplayer Adventure
Duke Nukem 3D
Duke Nukem 3D Single & Multiplayer First Person Shooter
Half-Life 2
Half-Life 2 Single & Multiplayer First Person Shooter
Just Cause 2
Just Cause 2 Single Player Third Person Shooter
Morrowind
Morrowind Single Player First Person Shooter
Napoleon: Total War
Napoleon: Total War Single & Multiplayer Real Time Strategy
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat Single Player First Person Shooter
Torchlight II
Torchlight II Indie Single & Multiplayer Hack 'n' Slash
Unreal Tournament 2004
Unreal Tournament 2004 Single & Multiplayer First Person Shooter
Related Groups
2013 Mod of the Year Awards
2013 Mod of the Year Awards Official event with 93 members
Gambini & Mikko Sandt
Gambini & Mikko Sandt Developer with 3 members
Half-Life: Short Stories Team
Half-Life: Short Stories Team Developer & Publisher with 8 members
Just Cause 2: Multiplayer Mod
Just Cause 2: Multiplayer Mod Developer with 4 members
T.Z.P. ®
T.Z.P. ® Developer & Publisher with 54 members
The Great War Dev Team
The Great War Dev Team Developer with 4 members