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Merry Christmas, announcing the best mods of 2013 as selected by you the players!

Posted by TKAzA on Dec 27th, 2013
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With more than 141,000 votes and over 13,500,000 visitors spanning 22 days this year has been another record breaking event. We shoveled the punched ballot cards into the local ModDB super computer, ran our algorithms and watched the computer churn the raw data into our top 10 list. Many talented scientists and computer experts perished, but it was worth it because now we have something awesome to share with our community.

We are also announcing the winners of the Indie of the Year 2013 and App of the Year 2013. Enjoy!

Mod of the Year

Count Down 2013

10. Wyrmstooth

A new voice acted questline that takes you across Skyrim to the large island of Wyrmstooth. Battle across new landscapes and through new dungeons in this professionally delivered adventure. The quest begins for players at level 10 and above after you have been summoned by the Greybeards in the main quest line.

9. Fallout: Project Brazil

A near Total Conversion for Fallout: New Vegas. Fallout: Project Brazil adds an all new story around a new player character, an adopted resident of Vault 18, embarking on a quest to a hidden complex in the ruins of Los Angeles. Along the way you'll discover a pitched battle between the Survivalist Army, the New California Republic, and The Super Mutants, which shapes the politics and events leading to the NCR's invasion of the Mojave. The story takes place in 2260 - many years before the "Courier" awakes in New Vegas, while the Enclave struggles to rise again on the West Coast.

8. A Clash of Kings

A modification set in the universe of George R. R Martins "A Song of Ice and Fire". Also known as "Game of Thrones". "A Clash of Kings" features eighteen unique factions, each with their own troops, distinct cultures and custom settlements, as well as a "secret" emerging faction.

7. Crusader Kings 2: A Game of Thrones

The mod takes its name from the first book in the series, as well as the “game” of plots and politics the ambitious and hopeful are said to be playing in their struggles for supremacy. Currently players are able to choose to play from any start date in the 300 years from before the Aegon's Conquest to the beginning of the fourth book (A Feast for Crows). Notable new features to mention; A new dueling engine so that lords may fight each other in personal combat on (or off) the battlefield; An all-new method for personal interaction between characters; Pets that (sometimes greatly) aid characters in battle; And a host of less significant (but no less important) features that together help create a solid and serious effort at bringing Westeros to life for gamers.

6. 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. "Underhell is one of those mods that comes along every so often, that makes you look at retail and remember when they used to make good games like this."

5. Project Reality: Battlefield 2

Creates a more realistic combat environment for the gaming community. This includes adjusting various game play elements including physics, visual effects and overall game play formats. Along with changes to how the game handles, the Project Reality team has been introducing British, Insurgent, IDF forces, Canadian, and Russian factions, plus a number of community assisted factions are currently in the works to introduce even more factions to the virtual battlefields. This is the real deal.

4. Brutal Doom

Everything in Brutal Doom is extremely intense. Everything sounds louder, looks bigger, moves faster, and hits harder. The camera shakes every time something explodes near you. Enemies are harder and smarter, and weapons and explosions are loud. Brütal Doom will make the good an old Doom have a new and fresh look. It will give you a reason to play all the Ultimate Doom, Doom 2, and Final Doom levels again.

Mod of the Year 2013

Final 3 Countdown

3rd Place Rise of the Reds

is an ambitious project that started all the way back in 2004, when Red Army started a mod that implemented a resurgent Russian Federation into the universe of Command & Conquer Generals.

2nd Place No More Room in Hell

A cooperative survival horror game that focuses on moving from one objective to another. Players fight against a world full of AI controlled zombies, unlike most titles who deal with zombies there is a constant threat that your friends will turn into flesh eating monsters. Tread carefully.

1st Place Just Cause 2: Multiplayer

We already gave JC2 Editors Choice, but its clear the fans agree, so rather than supply you with our review again, heres what you guys think!

TheZealot wrote:Total and complete chaos has dominion in this mod, which is awesome.

Kodasa wrote:This is just something that needed to happen, my cousin and I discussed this at length way back when I first got Just Cause 2. and now this is a thing. Damn I love PC gaming. Thank you devs.

Firzendxiw wrote:Been along for the whole run. From the first test to the last and can say this has so much potential. It is a great day for a release and look forward to future versions that the team releases with all new features no doubt :D

TyrronSlayer wrote:This is just glorious! You have to play it if you're an JC2 fan!

OhManTFE wrote:This is a magnificent mod. The meta game potential is off the hook. And to turn a single player game into a multiplayer one requires huge amounts of skill.
I cannot remember when I have had so much fun in a multiplayer game. This seriously gives AAA titles a run for their money. I'd rather be playing this than Battlefield 4 or COD Ghosts, that's for sure.
If you are a fan of mass carnage and huge multiplayer explosive action, then you do a huge disservice to yourself by not playing this game.
I'll see you in Panau!

Honorable Mentions

Black Mesa DayZ MISERY Third Age - Total War
Company of Heroes: Eastern Front The Sith Lords Restored Content Mod (TSLRCM) Forgotten Hope 2
Post comment Comments  (0 - 50 of 55)
Nokiaman Dec 27 2013, 4:52am says:

Congrats to the winners!

+19 votes     reply to comment
*Flame* Dec 27 2013, 4:55am says:

Awesomeness after awesomeness!

+10 votes     reply to comment
Smiley_Riley Dec 27 2013, 5:40am says:


Also uh, why is PR:BF2 up there? They already won so they can't be on the list?

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Henley Staff
Henley Dec 27 2013, 6:02am replied:

Yeah they have however that was back in 2008, they have been releasing constantly since then. It would not make sense to keep it as the same mod it was all those years ago it (it has also been an honourable mention each year since then). Special circumstances for a very very dedicated team.

+26 votes   reply to comment
Smiley_Riley Dec 27 2013, 2:09pm replied:

Alright that makes sense

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Mkilbride Dec 27 2013, 2:40pm buried:


The game hasn't changed at all.

God dammit, Moddb is just trash. Underhell, 6?

-39 votes     reply to comment
ashton93 Dec 27 2013, 2:52pm replied:

Seriously man, on all of your comments during these awards you've been doing nothing but complaining about how Underhell didnt make it to the top.

All of the mods earned their place for sure, and alot of hard work went into all of them.
And for the record, PR is not what it was like back in 2008.

+13 votes     reply to comment
Dman757 Dec 27 2013, 3:07pm replied:

Welcome to the wonderful world of Milkbride.

+11 votes     reply to comment
HEVcrab Dec 28 2013, 8:54am replied:

For Very Very dedicated teams: I´m really surprised that Lambda Wars (ex - Half-Life 2: Wars, in development since 2007, releasing since July 2008) isn't even among honorable mentions, especially given that the mod was submit to Greenlight at the beginning of December (you can vote for it, mates).
My votes this year were for Lambda Wars and The Forgotten Ones - a really masterpiece horror mod for Source SDK 2013 (going Greenlight as well ;)

+2 votes     reply to comment
re_simeone Dec 28 2013, 2:54pm replied:

Play PR from year they won first and then recently released 1.0 version,you'll see that basic gist is still same,but main mod is totally different now,enhanced in every single aspect...
You are still here ? Try it !

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Praetor_Niedz Dec 27 2013, 5:51am says:

WTF? AGOT and no Elder Kings. BS!

+4 votes     reply to comment
AnthonyAT33 Dec 27 2013, 6:56pm replied:

As good as a mod Elder Kings is and as much as I love it, it's still largely unfinished.

+1 vote     reply to comment
SotaPoika Dec 27 2013, 6:00am says:

Congratulations people! :)

+5 votes     reply to comment
Thaiauxn Dec 27 2013, 6:09am says:

F: PB & Wyrmstooth made number 9 & 10! :D Shout out for SINGLE PLAYER RPGs!

+6 votes     reply to comment
X1Destroy Dec 27 2013, 6:31am says:

ROTR at 3rd....

That's wonderful.

+23 votes     reply to comment
Chezzlor Dec 27 2013, 6:35am says:

Congratulations to all the winners. I'm very happy to see Brutal Doom reached 4th place. Well deserved!

+9 votes     reply to comment
Keksz Dec 27 2013, 7:05am says:

huh? Wasnt there already a Winners List? I saw totally diffrent Rankings a week ago.

+1 vote     reply to comment
[TZP]LoNer1 Dec 27 2013, 7:59am replied:

That was the editors choice, aka the mods of Moddb's choice, not the community :)

+6 votes     reply to comment
BioDestroyer Dec 27 2013, 8:20am replied:

Keksz, there are 3 lists:

Top Upcoming Mods (Unreleased mods, players choice)
MOTY Editors Choice (as LoNer1 said, ModDB's editors choice)
and this, the MOTY Players Choice (that only counts released mods)

Congrats to all the Winners and Honorable Mentions. :)

+8 votes     reply to comment
Radspakr Dec 27 2013, 8:10am says:

That's it I'm changing my mod's name to Lord of the Rings Game of Thrones Multiplayer from Hell.

+10 votes     reply to comment
Tatsur0 Dec 27 2013, 9:12am says:

Congrats everyone! Especially our friends at NMRiH for 2nd place! Love that Brutal Doom is in there and Project Reality is still tearing the scene apart. Holy hell I've got to play me some JC2:MP :O

+4 votes     reply to comment
Buckshot20 Dec 27 2013, 9:19am replied:

Thanks Tatsur0!

+1 vote     reply to comment
Rus[T] Dec 27 2013, 9:46am says:

Nice picks, congratz to all!

+1 vote     reply to comment
Halloween4 Dec 27 2013, 12:58pm says:

I'm sure that JC2-multiplayer is a great play, I wouldn't know as I don't play multiplayer games, & congratulations to the guys that worked hard to make this mod, as turning a single player game into multiplayer is no mean feat.

However, having said that, it must come as hard knock to the other contenders for ModDB's Mod Of THe Year to be beaten by a mod that simply turns single player game into multiplayer, when you consider that other modders have been creating completely New content, Maps, & even games ( Total Conversions ), with their mods. I think i'd be a bit confused & miffed by this result if it was myself.

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Dune_Jumper Dec 27 2013, 1:31pm replied:

My thoughts exactly, JC2-Multiplayer is probably a lot of fun, but that doesn't mean it's truly 'the best'.

+12 votes     reply to comment
OminousSpudd Dec 27 2013, 2:17pm replied:

Welcome to Democracy.

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Mkilbride Dec 27 2013, 2:41pm buried:


Just Cause 2 is a project that has taken years, thousands of dollars, and alot of work. Trust me - getting 3,000 concurrent players into a seamless world from an Engine not designed to support it, is no easy feat.

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Halloween4 Dec 28 2013, 5:23am replied:

I already acknowledged that.

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Thaiauxn Dec 27 2013, 2:58pm replied:

The only real problem is that there needs to be separate Top categories for Total Conversion, story based mods, and then content mods. We are very different in nature, only sharing a base game engine and this website as a common element. JC2:MP would still be at the top of its list, but we'd be fighting for the top on ours.

It's extreamly difficult for a single player game to beat the outright popularity contest of an online multiplayer mod. We don't have the persistent online element, nor fans who are inherently social. If a single player game makes this list at all, you know it's because we made an impact.

Publishers, studio executives, and investors all see that trend too. That's why offline story based games and RPGs are so painfully rare.

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medve Dec 27 2013, 5:56pm buried:


they had the best pr. deal with it.

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rida220 Dec 29 2013, 5:35am replied:

And you had the lowest votes . deal with it.

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boredgunner Dec 27 2013, 1:02pm says:


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DavoX Dec 27 2013, 1:08pm says:

No Duke Nukem Forever 2013 :(

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Evil-Kommie Dec 27 2013, 3:10pm says:

Congratulations to all! Im glad to see no more room in hell there too, as well as many other well earned mods! Have a Happy New Year everyone!

+3 votes     reply to comment
ViolentValentine Dec 27 2013, 3:25pm says:

Everything is alright, exept JC2MP being on the list. Seriously, it's just simple multiplayer port with over 1000 players per server. AND THAT'S IT! Look at the others 9 mods, they're definitely deserved more attention. Multiplayer doesn't mean best IMO.

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Mkilbride Dec 27 2013, 9:59pm buried:


The work put into JC2MP is more than the rest(save Underhell) combined.

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SeBu Dec 28 2013, 7:05pm replied:

Wow. There is a six man team, and this has been long project i get it, but that doesn't mean that they have been going around the clock like madmen?

Thats massive workload but don't u think thats a bit overstatement?

+6 votes     reply to comment
RockAnimator Dec 27 2013, 3:36pm says:

Woop woop NMRiH second place

+1 vote     reply to comment
OhNoesBunnies! Dec 27 2013, 4:03pm says:

Just Cause 2 MP is probably one of the worst MP mods I've played. Just personal opinion anyway. :I

+5 votes     reply to comment
Mr.tibbs Dec 27 2013, 5:13pm says:

No Dark Mod?

+4 votes     reply to comment
RichardGreenlambda Dec 27 2013, 7:46pm says:

Just Cause 2? Well.. but its 2013 and it wasn't an really nice year except for some things ;)

+2 votes     reply to comment
Xendrid Dec 27 2013, 9:21pm says:

Congrats JC2MP. Incredible work. I'll take 2nd any day to that!

+2 votes     reply to comment
Mkilbride Dec 27 2013, 9:56pm buried:


And holy ****. I just realized I was quoted in the post.

That's awesome.

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TKAzA Author
TKAzA Dec 28 2013, 4:31am says:

Indeed :O :D well done to the winners, some mods here i need to try!

+2 votes   reply to comment
DoomVideoVault Dec 28 2013, 11:29am says:

Nice to see BD getting mod of the year again.

+1 vote     reply to comment
^Namaekeks Dec 28 2013, 2:51pm says:

PR:BF2 had the most badass Video part!

+1 vote     reply to comment
xXBerethorXx Dec 28 2013, 6:38pm says:

Congrats to all the winners and honourable mentions :D!

+1 vote     reply to comment
SeBu Dec 28 2013, 7:00pm says:

Congrats to the winners!!! Grats to JCMP for MOTY. In my books Underhell was moty, but this is how it goes. I REALLY like the idea of seperating SP and MP mods, as it has been back in the days before? right?

Too many categories will result in a mess though but my toughts are that we cant get the best out of it if SP and MP mods are combined.

+3 votes     reply to comment
JuanDela_Cruz Dec 29 2013, 4:50am says:

3rd place..great achievement, you deserve it. :D

+1 vote     reply to comment
PrimeStock Dec 29 2013, 6:09pm says:

I wish Third Age Total War was in the top 10.

+1 vote     reply to comment
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