Welcome to the 8th Annual Mod of the Year Awards - the premiere event that celebrates the best creations within the modding and indie gaming scene. Developers have delivered plenty of great gameplay experiences this year, and now it is our turn as gamers to nominate and recognize the best of 2009.

From now until Feb 20th, we shall be sharing a year in review and showcasing the editors' picks of 2009, culminating in the announcement of this year's best mod and game as voted by you. The top mods and games will win the honors of being placed alongside other projects that have gone on to become commercial successes and cement their place in ModDB's hall of fame. And to the winner goes the spoils; ModDB has teamed up with a whole lineup of sponsors that have provided prizes ranging from software to servers to beanbags. Everything to help budding developers excel at their craft.

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View 2009's mod of the year, as picked by you the players.

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For the first time since the awards launched in 2002, it is hard to argue or be upset with the top 10 mods picked by the players in 2009. After 133,000 votes, we have an assortment of mods spanning many games and genres. It was particularly heart-warming to see that even mods made for classic games (Deus Ex and Diablo 2) were able to make the top 10, and deservedly so as The Nameless Mod and Median XL are brilliant and have been in development for years. Developers, we thank you for making 2009 truly memorable and gamers, we thank you for voting and your continued show of support and love of mods. Presenting 2009's Mod of the Year!

To qualify for the top 10, the mod must place higher than it has in previous years and must have had a significant update in 2009. Otherwise an honorable mention is given, which these teams have received:

FH2 Promo Forgotten Hope 2 has been around for a few years now, being featured in every MOTY since 2005 but in the winners for the first 3 years honorable mentions after that, it seems its still popular as ever this year too.

Map Screens Featured in every single MOTY since we first started Sven Coop is one of the oldest mods on the ModDB database yet still being developed and still popular as ever. Its no surprise that its an honorable mention again.

ZPS v2.0 Halloween Media First spotted back in the MOTY 07 Zombie Panic: Source has since been updating regularly and is currently one of the most played Steamworks supported mods available.

Blood and Effects coming in CR1 Age of Chivalry first made its MOTY debut back in 2007 as a Editors Choice pick, this then placed in the Players Choice section in 2008. Since then its become a Steamworks title that is still very popular today.

Beta 3.1.2 patch [DEV/BT klobb screens] First exploding into the MOTY scene back in 05 GoldenEye: Source has been a popular contender ever since just never placing higher then what it did back in the MOTY for 06.

PoTW: Goku vs Frieza on Planet Namek Much like Sven Coop Earth's Special Forces has been much like a brides maid for every single MOTY award feature, placing the highest in 02 and 05 with the remake on the way we expect great things to come!

New menu and scoreboard graphics The youngest mod on our honorable mention list Pirates, Vikings and Knights 2 having made its debut on the MOTY scene back in 08 its since been a fan favorite with the amount of charm an active player base.


10Resistance & Liberation
is to realistically portray the events and actions taken by the 82nd Airborne during their stay in Normandy. Our initial release will follow the regiments through a campaign that mimics that followed by the men themselves. The campaign will begin with players dropping into Normandy in the early hours of June 6th, with the ultimate objective of capturing the town of Sainte-Mere-Eglise.

9C&C: Shockwave
is an enhancement mod for C&C Generals: Zero Hour. The main goal of this mod is to make Zero Hour a more interesting game with more diversity between the generals, making you think twice before you select a certain general, and overall provide more choices, diversity, and strategic freedom than in Zero Hour - while keeping the spirit and design direction of the original Generals game and storyline.

8The Nameless Mod
In Forum City, the Internet is serious business. As its name implies, the city is the physical embodiment of Internet forums and bulletin boards. It's more like The Matrix or Tron than Second Life, however, as the troubles of the city are no laughing matter. Embracing the style of Deus Ex, Forum City has as much crime and conspiracy as the world of JC Denton — but most citizens would have it no other way.

7Third Age - Total War
is a total conversion modification for 'Medieval II: Total War - Kingdoms Expansion' that brings you into the world of Middle-Earth. The Production has been going since March 2008 and the mod is currently well under development and boasts a variety of new features.

6Median XL
The main attraction of Median XL is the brand new skill trees, 30 skills per class, providing a whole new experience. The mod also offers a new base item setup with 7 quality tiers, 480 uniques, 310 runewords, a new affix pool and gem/jewel stats, honorific items and many new and powerful crafting recipes.

5Renegade X
is a mod dedicated to recreating C&C Renegade in the new generation engine, the Unreal Engine 3. We all believe the Command and Conquer series is a very special one, and its fans have been following its games for over a decade now. C&C has been one of the most successful videogame series in the RTS Genre. Our modding team believes that C&C Renegade is truly a hidden gem in the FPS genre.

4Star Wars Mod: Galactic Warfare
Our goal is to unite our favourite game CoD4:MW with the classic universe of Star Wars, as the best trilogy ever. With this total conversion we will combine lot of the known battlegrounds, characters and weapons of Star Wars with the fantastic gameplay of the COD4-Multiplayer. Either as a trooper of the Imperial Forces or as a soldier from the Rebel Alliance you will fight on some different locations.

3NEOTOKYO°
takes place in and around a fictionalized Tokyo approximately 30 years in the future. Mankind has begun to fuse with technology. Government and corporate corruption have transformed Tokyo into a deadly dystopian nightmare.

2Research and Development
is a puzzle-centric mod for Half-Life 2: Episode Two featuring an unarmed player but plenty of violent mayhem.

1MechWarrior: Living Legends
is a total conversion modification for Crysis, MWLL is at its very core a mix between First Person Shooter and Simulation. This will be achieved through the use of a mixed arms massively multiplayer gaming experience where the player takes part in a battle using a variety of vehicles and weapons MWLL is using the concepts pioneered by the “Battlefield” franchise and more recently Crysis.

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The-ANIMAL
The-ANIMAL

I agree, the voting results in detail would be great to see.

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INtense! Creator
INtense!

to avoid cheating and other issues we keep the results private, however if a team asks I am happy to tell them privately where they placed. mech warrior won by a decent margin though, as they had the most member votes and guest votes. Having said this, the difference between first and tenth is only a few hundred votes total. the difference between second and third was less than ten votes!

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master_oli-p
master_oli-p

congrats

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HellsHigh
HellsHigh

Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet RnL made it. Thanks everyone!

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Awesome_ninja
Awesome_ninja

Congratz to all mods!
I hope seeing more mods from R&D team now with all the prices they won (mostly modding tools) xD.

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Druza
Druza

Only two source mods!?!?!? Can it be!?

Congratulations to all. Especially MWLL. I remember playing MechWarrior II back in the olden days. If its anything like what I played, it should be amazing.

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porc-épic
porc-épic

*three

It's nice to see rnl in the top 10 :)

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M@ty
M@ty

Yes, but 6/7 honorable mentions (which are gained by getting enough results to be in the Top 10, but the mod alreayd won in a previous year so is not eligable) were on Source. 9/17 mods (when you include the honorable mentions were Source-based), which is over 50%. So there is still a lot of Source in the mix. I suspect the lower proportion to previous years is just the game's been out a while, the community is not what it was in its hay-day. Still strong, just mainly core developers these days.

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Kamikazi[Uk]
Kamikazi[Uk]

Well done to everyone. Well have to take ago of that mech one sometime.

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pielikey
pielikey

Isn't Research and Development just a mappack? I might have to download it just to make sure...

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DuckSauce
DuckSauce

Sorta, but it comes in the good old mod package like all the other singleplayer mods, plus I think Mr. Whirly can be reason enough to consider it a mod. Regardless it's not hl2 with only a gravity gun, it's got new stuff, just no code as far as I know, but there's no requirement stating a mod needs custom code, plenty of those around nowadays.

And seriously, do try it! It's an amazing mod!

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MrTambourineMan
MrTambourineMan

You should download it, it's great, MOTY imo (haven't played MWLL though)...

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BrotherLaz
BrotherLaz

At least it's not a zombie mod. Yet.

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Mars_3K
Mars_3K

I hear ya.

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Dragonlord
Dragonlord

Really surprised by this years players choice results. Miles better than the crap we had the last years and even spot on. No complaints at all about the results in this category this year. All mods in there deserve the spot. Congratulations to all the winners. Now let's make sure next year shows again such good results.

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Torabi
Torabi

I really have to give the winner another go since last time I tried it I didn't get it at all. If it wins first place then I bet learning the game must be really worth it!

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Xular
Xular

It really is, however you need about one hour to fully get wtf is happening ;) - read the signs in the starting room, they really help!

oh and some shortcuts are nice to know:
x stops your mech (0 speed)
, is the buymenu
m is the map
e targets the next enemy
space makes some mechs fly (those with a JJ)
the arrow keys "bind" your mouse1 to the weapon category that is highlighted at the top-right weapon display

Also watching the tutorial videos on their website helps quite a bit.

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KorJax
KorJax

We've released a couple of tutorial videos on the basics of the game (which you can view in the mod profile). Stop by our forums too, you can find sticky threads on stuff like a keyboard map, pro tips, a list of what all the weapons mean if you are new to battletech, among other things. :)

Hopefully the mod will become easier to understand for newcomers to Mechwarrior as it moves out of it's beta release and a few loose bolts are tightened in places.

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Jashin
Jashin

I'd like to view the top100 in the order of votes.

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PytoX
PytoX

Congrats MWLL and all other mods making it in the top 10!

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robofork
robofork

i have crysis, but i have never thought about downloading that until now xD

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W-R_BuRNeR
W-R_BuRNeR

i´ve bought crysis only for mwll. and i wasn´t disappointed. great mod, wich deserve the first place. congratulation to the mwll team and big respect to the other modding teams.

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Whizzard
Whizzard

Too bad my crysis started to **** with me and I can't play MWLL anymore but as long as i could it was great, really great. And pay attention everyone: this is the first large mod to come out for Crysis and first Total Conversion for Crysis. Thumbs up!

Neotokyo too is great, too bad people often compare it to Counter-Strike and don't even bother to try. Community that plays and surrounds neotokyo is great, one of the greatest player community I have met.

I have yet to try R&D, occasionally heard of it but haven't noticed before.

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ceriux
ceriux

i want to see the indie games this year.

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Delusibeta
Delusibeta

Moddb.com There ya go.

I look forward to the opportunity to download all these mods on Desura.

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Pyrodaimon
Pyrodaimon

Wow! That's a hell lotta honorable mentions.

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Wiweeyum
Wiweeyum

I've never been so impressed with the lineup of mods. I'm glad I didn't have to pick a favorite out of those.

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Razihel
Razihel

Congratulations!!! But I think that TATW deserves much more than a 7 place. =(

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Held
Held

i think it's time for a sequel

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Jesternz08
Jesternz08

Kinda surprised a crysis mod won, so many more hl2-mod players around then those of crysis.

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Armageddon104
Armageddon104

Mech Warrior should not have won. It's buggy. R&D should have won.

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MrTambourineMan
MrTambourineMan

Well this is popular vote so MWLL should win, which it did, because it got the most votes (democracy at it's finest ;).

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Xenire
Xenire

I have to disagree. Just because it has a fairly large number of bugs doesn't mean it can't compete and overcome. Even when the game was riddled with crashes (before the patch) I kept coming back for more - that's a testament to how solid the core gameplay is.

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BrotherLaz
BrotherLaz

"Once bugged, always bugged"?

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xonone
xonone

im surprise to see some of the mods up for the prizes. Gratz to the MechWarrior: Living Legends team.

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ghostings
ghostings

Research and Development second place...a good fight nevertheless

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Lucífer
Lucífer

Excellent.

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walango
walango

Congrats have a nice day..

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Grammatolatry
Grammatolatry

Well done and congrats to all the top ten :D

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Underet
Underet

I'm happy

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BigCheese256
BigCheese256

Yay for Renegade X and Shockwave being in the top 10. :D

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zck2020
zck2020

(buried)

More like "Meh Warrior".

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smith1215
smith1215

RnL did great considering it is a small community. Small, but dedicated.

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█Black/Brunez█
█Black/Brunez█

Congratulations too all. It´s good to see some C&C based mods here.

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Lymphatic
Lymphatic

Research and Development is fan-freakin-tastic. A must-have mod

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1337FeRReT
1337FeRReT

Awesome work, well done to all who made it to the finals
look forward to playing them all =D

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Guided_Meditation
Guided_Meditation

Nahh i think R&D should win! its the best hl2 mod done so far!

PS: Its funny how you pronounce Diablo LOL

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Henley Author
Henley

Thats how you pronounce Diablo....

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Cozmin95
Cozmin95

2009 was a great year for modding and i hope 2010 will bring us even more high quality mods like the ones this year or even better! :)

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Marc1k1
Marc1k1

Woah, NeoTokyo looks god-damn awesome!

I still gotta check out the other games too, grats to the winner.

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