You wake up in a dark alley, not knowing anything. What has happened anyway? You struggle after the truth and answers. Answers you want to know in the darkness and fear, which makes your heartbeat race like violent blows against your head. Where do "they" come from? What has happened? Are you just turning insane? The time is up; you can't stay there reading your smses forever. It's time to head out and find the answers. Cry of Fear is a singleplayer modification of Half-Life 1 which brings you the horror you've always been afraid of. It's a total conversion of Half-Life 1, which means it uses NO Half-Life 1 content or other peoples' files. It's all made exclusively by the developers. It also uses new gaming styles that you will rarely find in Half-Life mods, such as advanced cutscenes and other stuff that will be revealed at a later date.

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Ho ho ho Merry Christmas and merry Mod of the Year!

Posted by Henley on Dec 25th, 2012

Ho ho ho Merry Christmas and merry Mod of the Year. With more than 133,000 votes and over 6,300,000 visitors spanning 22 days. 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. We lost the lives of many talented scientists and computer experts, but it was worth it because now we have something awesome to share with our community.

Your votes have decided this years Mod of the Year and the results speak for themselves.

To qualify for the top 10, the mod must place higher than it has in previous years and must have had a significant content update in 2012. Otherwise an honorable mention is given, which these teams have received:

Since winning the 2008 Mod of the Year Project Reality: Battlefield 2 has shown they are still relevant every year by placing in the top 10. Honorable Mention well earned!
Third Age - Total War did not place higher since their 7th place in the 2009 MOTY's so they get an honorable mention!
Forgotten Hope 2 got top place in the 2010 MOTY's so once again they get another honorable mention!
No More Room in Hell placed third in last years awards, and only missed out this year by a zombies decapitated pinky! Honorable Mention for you!

10TSL Restored Content Mod
The usual response to complains about TSLRP was that people should make their own mod, then they could complain. 2 modders, Stoney and Zbyl2 (with help from Jinger and a few others), did. Almost 5 years has passed, but work still continued on 1.8, which is the biggest TSLRCM release yet.

9Brutal 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.

8CoH: Modern Combat
will create a deep, entertaining vision of modern warfare, pitting the modern-day Chinese and American militaries against each other. These two unique factions, with their all-new companies, abilities, and artwork, will work together with the outstanding starting platform that is Company of Heroes in an effort to provide the most immersing, tactical, and fun approximation of modern strategic combat on your PC.

7CoH: Blitzkrieg-Mod
A much more realistic Weapon damage system - many new skins for infantry and tanks (and wrecks) also including many of my own made tank skins - many new units for all factions - modified and enlarged Commander Trees (now 16 Upgrades!) - new abilities - new sounds - recommended new maps included.

Full concept modification of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Call of Pripyat that touches every game aspect including textures, sfx, music, weapons, AI, items, weather difficulty and much more.

5Rise 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.

4CoH: Eastern Front
is a mod for Company of Heroes. Following the ethos of mimicking a Relic Entertainment expansion pack, Eastern Front has succeeded in adding a full Soviet faction packed with unique and exciting units to the existing armies - a feat never before achieved in the Company of Heroes world.

3Cry of Fear
You wake up in a dark alley, not knowing anything. What has happened anyway? You struggle after the truth and answers. Answers you want to know in the darkness and fear, which makes your heartbeat race like violent blows against your head. Where do "they" come from? What has happened? It's time to head out and find the answers.

A 225 km2 open world post-soviet state wiped out by an unknown infection. Go Solo, team up with friends or take on the world as you choose your path in this brutal and chilling landscape using whatever means you stumble upon to survive.

1Black Mesa
Run. Think. Shoot. Live. Source. Black Mesa is the Half-Life 2 total conversion of the original Half-Life game. Utilizing the Source engine and its endless array of possibilities and powers, Black Mesa will throw you into the world that started the Half-Life continuum and introduced Gordon Freeman to the world as a gun-toting, bullet-dodging Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics.

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kazarr Dec 25 2012 buried:


I wouldn't have placed DayZ as high in it's current state. Maybe after a few patches and some more features.
Black Mesa too is undiserving if you ask me. It's basically a re-make of Half Life 1 from what people have told me. Who can call a remake Mod of the Year? The assets might be original work, but none of the ideas behind it are.
RotR will always be my #1 for this year, and probably the next. :)

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Tatsur0 Dec 25 2012 replied:

Many mods are inspired by other projects whether game, film, etc. It is not only the inspiration that fans flock to but the hard work the modding community support. Also helps if you actually play the mod and appreciate what's new before judging a game by preconceptions. Still most importantly it's "Player's Choice" and that means they've grabbed the attention and support of more players making it difficult to argue. We all have our own personal preferences, they just had the majority.

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hukondejo Dec 27 2012 replied:

You dont need to mention "some people's" hints if you personaly try it. Besides its completely free.
Please give it a try.

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Ninten97 Dec 28 2012 replied:

Black Mesa does deserve MotY, the team took 7 to 8 years to get it to the current version, also the community as well as Valve (the devs of the original Half Life) gave it attention and support, so please, think before you type.

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roster312 Dec 25 2012 says:

hah if even DayZ sucks next to Black Mesa

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RRCM_Rico Dec 25 2012 says:


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DalonK Dec 25 2012 says:

Black Mesa is winner, it's not surprise.

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I_am_a_Spoon Dec 25 2012 says:


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.JAS Dec 25 2012 says:

Was hoping to see some mods I haven't heard of on here, but nonetheless the winners deserved their spots.
I'd also like to laugh at one user's comments on a previous MOTY article, saying that RTS games don't win.

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Radspakr Dec 25 2012 replied:

Yes yes I know I've been proven wrong this year.
I still maintain though it's not that much different we are still talking guns and stuff that goes boom.
But the little I played of COH I liked.

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Reborn:X Dec 25 2012 says:


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Dr.Goupyl Dec 25 2012 says:

well deserved.

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timstro59 Dec 25 2012 says:

I'm actually not surprised that Black mesa made number 1.

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DiDokprzemo Dec 25 2012 says:

First 3 places absolutely deserved, these mods have seriously huge fingerprint on modding scene, MTA nowhere to be seen - absolutely deserved too

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Nokiaman Dec 25 2012 replied:

Lol are people still butthurt about MTA?

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Radspakr Dec 25 2012 says:

Wow some RTS Top 10s guess I'm eating my hat.

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Madox Dec 25 2012 says:

Congratulations! No one will ever top this mod!

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xPearse Dec 25 2012 says:

There are way better mods which deserve mod of the year.

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Epoch91 Dec 25 2012 says:

Woot! DayZ and CoF really Deserved it! Yea sure DayZ may be buggy but that doesn't mean it doesn't serve it. Last i checked this award was given to mods that players thought were fun, and innovative. And the top 3 mods fit that bill. All three of them are really fun despite their bugs.

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ShadowFear Dec 25 2012 says:

Of course Dayz would be number 2. Might as well start a "Most overrated mod" nomination slot next year.

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Torhque Dec 25 2012 says:

Man, I guess now that I own CoH (thanks THQ Humble Bundle!) I'll have to try these out. I'm so backlogged it's not even funny anymore.

Congratulations Black Mesa, it is well deserved! And I'm happy to see NMRiH got an Honorable Mention!

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Hassat_Hunter Dec 25 2012 says:

10th place on a 8 1/2 year old RPG?
Not bad. Not bad at all.

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ADTeam™ Dec 25 2012 says:

Congratulations everyone.

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pyromancingking Dec 25 2012 says:

I realy am surpirised. I thought Cry of Fear or Dayz would have won. Black Mesa would have been in the top ten for sure but I didnt think it would win. It deserves to win but I just though Cry of Fear or DayZ would win for their emense popularity. Still thou congratulations Black Mesa. You are a great mod and congratulations to all the runner ups.

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rogervanzant Dec 25 2012 says:

Voted for those 3 COH! I bet everyone did the same thing hahahahaha suckerss

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LethalDosage Dec 25 2012 says:

5 of my favourite mods made it into the top 10, to i'm happy! It's a pitty DayZ just missed out.

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MedicOnDuty Dec 25 2012 says:

Nice job; you guys totally deserved it. I look forward to what 2013 brings for this mod!

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Unikraken Dec 26 2012 says:

Guys don't be butthurt if your favorite mod didn't make it. Stop acting like teenagers.

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GamerWolfOps Dec 26 2012 says:

Congratulations! And Congrats to the Rise of the Reds Generals Zero Hour Mod Team!

I like the line up.

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Chentzilla Dec 26 2012 says:

Is there any way to know how many votes your mod got?

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papamdt Dec 26 2012 says:

Respect for all mods ...

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TheUnabridgedGamer Dec 26 2012 says:

What this tells me is twofold:

One, congrats TSLRCM for making it to the top ten

Two, I am one of the few people on this website who isn't into RTS

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uvazquez Dec 26 2012 says:

A very deserved 1st place, congratulations Black Mesa team!
It's nice to see other mods I love in the top 10, specially DayZ, Cry of Fear and Brutal DOOM. This was a great year for mods, really. Cheers and congratulations!

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Lucífer Dec 26 2012 says:

I was about to criticise Black Mesa being No.1 but remember Black Mesa is in the 'Released' category at long last.

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fireprowler Dec 26 2012 says:

black mesa... seriously?

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TheUnbeholden Dec 26 2012 replied:

at first I thought the same, but now I realize how much Black Mesa adds to HL2's modding scene that really needs a revival... the variety, and improvements that comes with it.

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blackbishop Dec 27 2012 says:

Congratulations!! :D

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Dartborne Dec 27 2012 replied:

Congratulations to all in the top 10!

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AnimalMother|PR| Dec 27 2012 says:

All my favourite CoH mods in the top 10! Awesome.

And good to see PR and FH2 getting mentioned again.

Congrats to all mod teams in this, a very good and respectable line up!

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AydinDubstep Dec 27 2012 says:

Nice list, congratulations to everyone who made it :)

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Slayer-Lord Dec 28 2012 says:

Well deserved grats.

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formerlyknownasMrCP Dec 29 2012 says:

DayZ shouldn't have counted as a released title, but I guess its the only way to have it count as a Mod rather than a Stand Alone. No doubt however it'll win 2013 IOTY.

Black Mesa.. I'll be glad when we don't see it anymore because its won most anticipated for so many damn years. Congrats to them and all but it'll be refreshing for a change to not see them appear on the list. It got so bad that the competition rules had to be changed because they kept winning too much. Next year should be really exciting because hopefully we'll see a lot of the new guys in the top 10.

Really glad to see Blitzkreig in there.. Awesome mod.

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Lucífer Jan 7 2013 replied:

Black Mesa won 'Most Anticipated' once and has one 'Released' once.

Its always had an honorable mention since its first victory in 'Most Anticipated' though.

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twcrash Dec 30 2012 says:

great set of winners this year. Love Black Mesa couldn't agree more. I love the fact that a mod for a game that is almost 19 years old made the top ten!!!.

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MerlitoProductions Dec 30 2012 says:

Hell no, Cry of Fear should have won hands down. The changes they made to the Half-Life 1 engine alone are more impressive than all of Black Mesa, which isn't even the whole game. 7 years and no Xen? And frankly, Misery is better than Black Mesa as well.

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Guest Dec 31 2012 says:

Well done!

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orin08 Jan 3 2013 says:

lol, company of heroes ftw

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Uber_eXe Jan 3 2013 says:

Kleiner...IS THAT YOU?

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kingcole436 Jan 10 2013 says:

Very nice lineup, congratulations to Black Mesa: Source Dev team on first place!

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DarkSlayer_ Jan 15 2013 says:

awesome work guys!

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sw1samir Jan 18 2013 says:


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InsurgentCeLL Jan 28 2013 says:

Rise of the Reds is da best :D

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