Multi Theft Auto (MTA) is an open-source software project that adds full on-line gaming support to Rockstar North's Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas PC game, in which this functionality is not originally found. It is the first open-source modification that adds a highly customizable network play element to a commercial closed-source single-player PC game. Developed as an experimental piece of software for earlier Grand Theft Auto series, Multi Theft Auto has become an advanced multiplayer platform for gamers and developers. Our software provides on-line gaming for dozens of players running user-generated gameplay content and scripts through a Lua virtual machine, and is freely distributed under the GPLv3 license.

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

Posted by Henley on Dec 25th, 2011

Ho ho ho Merry Christmas and merry Mod of the Year. 108,891 votes and 6,878,383 visitors over 20 days. We shovelled 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 update in 2011. Otherwise an honorable mention is given, which these teams have received:

Placing very high once again Forgotten Hope 2 is still proving its relevance still in 2011. Having placed first in previous years you can't do any better than first place!
Project Reality: Battlefield 2 a staff favourite for years, and since its win a few years back PR has still be extremely popular within ModDB. No surprise that it receives another Honorable Mention.
while being a Star Wars IP Galactic Warfare is still just as popular as it was a last year, however like most honorable mentions it did not place high enough to be its previous best.
MechWarrior: Living Legends has once again proven that well designed mods do not go unnoticed. Placing very high once again this year, you cannot win twice!

you incarnate Jake Hawkfield, a Special Weapons and Tactics Operative, who recently got married and moved in with his beloved wife. But soon after those happy events his beloved wife dies in mysterious circumstances, only leaving clues that lead to believe in a suicide. Jake falls apart, and only his best friend, mentor and boss Frank is here to help him get over his grief.

9Republic at War
replacing the Empire with the Galactic Republic and the Rebel Alliance with the Confederacy. The mod will focus heavily on the Jedi Order with emphasis on the Jedi Council. There will be a full Single player Campaign as well as multiple sandbox modes that will allow the player to re-enact various campaigns of the Clone War such as the Outer Rim Sieges.

8The Last Days
After nearly 5 years, The Last Days Of The Third Age Of Middle Earth Mod 3.0, for Mount&Blade 1.011 (not for Warband) is, after many years, finally released! The previous version of this mod released in 2007 is still the most downloaded mod for the original Mount and Blade, surpassed only by two mods for Warband. Let's see how the newly released version will do!

There are many new features added to Blitzkrieg like a much more realistic Weapon damage system, new skins for infantry and tanks (and wrecks) also including many of custom tank skins, new units for all factions, modified and enlarged Commander Trees (now 16 Upgrades!), new abilities, new sounds and recommended new maps included!

6C&C: ShockWave
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.

5The Stanley Parable
an experimental narrative-driven first person game. It is an exploration of choice, freedom, storytelling and reality, all examined through the lens of what it means to play a video game. You will make a choice that does not matter. You will follow a story that has no end. You will play a game you cannot win.

4CoH: Eastern Front
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.

3No More Room in Hell
the long awaited HL:2 zombie modification released back in October on Halloween. The mod is 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.

2Third Age - Total War
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 still well under development and boasts a variety of new features.

1Multi Theft Auto
a multiplayer mod for the Windows version of Rockstar North's Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas that adds an otherwise absent online multiplayer component. In 2009 MTA was officially distributed as the first open source release. This release abandoned the now obsolete "Deathmatch" tag in the product name to emphasize on the versatility of the software.

Post comment Comments  (50 - 100 of 129)
LOTRuler Dec 25 2011 says:

third age should have been first!

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xXBerethorXx Dec 25 2011 replied:

Everyone that keeps voting down on the: "GO TATW" comments have clearly, not played the game. And i also loved TLD and i think it shoulda made like at least 6th place but meh...still fun either way ignoring a current bugs :]

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Maty743 Dec 25 2011 replied:

You can tell that they are all people that never use Moddb and just came here to vote coz I have never seen peoples own opinions being spam disliked like this by the Moddb community. TATW has been on the top viewed MODDB for nearly years! So these spam dislikes prove that its not MODDB loyal uses voices being herd! (Remember to click view comment on this) when its buried

+6 votes     reply to comment
Computica Dec 26 2011 replied:

I'm so happy MTA stole 1st place. I was actually shocked because I swore a LOTR or SW type mod would take it. I'm gonna play MTA to celebrate!

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sebihunter Dec 25 2011 says:

I don't know where you got the Multi Theft Auto footage from but boy: This is some really outdated videos you have there. Also they lag.

Why not just use one of the official ones which actually show WHY the mod won?

Anways, congrats MTA.

+13 votes     reply to comment
TALON_UK Dec 25 2011 says:

Congrats all, a fantastic selection of mods in the top10 this year, well done.

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EclipseStardestroyer Dec 25 2011 says:

May not be #1, but just being in the top 10s at all is quite an accomplishment!

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just_call_me_G Dec 25 2011 says:

weird... MTA got only 352 watchers, Third Age - Total War got 1,867 watchers, and NMRiH got 3,354 watchers. Totally weird. But I congrarts all top 10.

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Tatsur0 Dec 25 2011 replied:

Watchers are limited to ModDB/IndieDB and don't account for their own community sites and social networks. Some projects aren't very well known (yet) on this site that have a very strong backing on the outside and ever year those who do get such strong support end up bringing people to ModDB/IndieDB. I'm not arguing your point but thought that might explain it a bit.

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Remi-X Dec 25 2011 replied:

More watchers doesnt mean a bigger popularity. MTA has a big community around, where this moddb page is imo hardly used. I'm a die-hard MTA player, but I'm not following the moddb page.

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just_call_me_G Dec 25 2011 replied:

Just saying, it's kind of unfair, because it's ModDB award and watchers at ModDB should actually show the popularity of the mod.
But whatever, Tatsur0 is right and I understand that. No offense.

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Computica Dec 26 2011 replied:

Hell no it's not unfair, if it went by your logic TATW would win first place every year; and It's so last year. rolleyes.gif

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Radspakr Dec 27 2011 replied:

You can't win twice in a row apparently.
If you can't beat the previous year's score you get an honourable mention.
I assume it would count for the top spot as well.

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ImPeRiO07 Dec 25 2011 says:

Happy Win MTA:SA

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jhxp Creator
jhxp Dec 25 2011 says:

Congratulations to the runner-up and the rest of nominees. I hope you will do your best next year as well! :)

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ChaseOquinn Dec 25 2011 says:

Congrats Multi Theft Auto :). After all the hard work yall have put into the mod over the years yall truely deserved this.

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DarkShift Dec 25 2011 buried:


The election should be re-run.

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Woovie Dec 25 2011 replied:

Rerun election so MTA wins again ? Sounds good.

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DarkShift Dec 25 2011 buried:


fraudulous and controversed. 50% of moddb members don't understand what's happened.

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sebihunter Dec 25 2011 replied:

I guess being in the top 50 for 3 years shows that MTA is good enough to be mod of the year 2011 ;)

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Van_louis Dec 28 2011 replied:

TATW has been in the top 10 for 3 years, so who should have won now? :P

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ChaseOquinn Dec 28 2011 replied:

Well maybe next year will be its lucky year.

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Wulfburk12 Dec 25 2011 says:

Nice, congrats to all mods up there but specially The Last Days, Blitzkrieg and Forgotten Hope 2!

But it would be nice to see the countdown from all the top 100, not just the top 10, i mean it is still a great deed to be 16 or 30!

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Velancious Dec 25 2011 says:

Congrats to all the winners! I would've probably preferred a different list, but all the top 10 lists show me are the best mods out there this year!

There are many I don't agree with, and still there are many Mods I'd like to have seen in top 50 (hell the top 100 are all great). I just think the mods with the bigger communities had a better chance honestly.

MTA also has been in development forever, I'll have to give it a try sometime if I get GTA: SA for the PC.

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Otter. Dec 25 2011 says:

No Water? People don't enjoy enough a good and funny singleplayer mod nowadays. But at least Stanley made it. So congratulations.

+3 votes     reply to comment
ArkaZeen Dec 25 2011 says:

Woot! Grats!

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Armageddon104 Dec 25 2011 buried:



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Benxamix2 Dec 27 2011 replied:

Yet another guy that didn't play MTA and judge it from its front.
It's so sad.

+2 votes     reply to comment
Gyr919 Dec 25 2011 says:

Its sad how everyone thinks of MTA as if it was SA:MP.You guys should give it a try and experience the endless possibilities MTA offers maybe then you'll understand why it deserves #1 this year.Also the video sux why would they put footage from a beta test.Anyways, congratulations MTA you deserved this.

+5 votes     reply to comment
JLG81 Dec 25 2011 buried:


booooooooooooooooooo multi theft auto are you kidding me?

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lil_Toady Creator
lil_Toady Dec 25 2011 replied:

Have you ever tried it?

+7 votes   reply to comment
JLG81 Dec 25 2011 buried:


redo please

-12 votes     reply to comment
Dr.Goupyl Dec 25 2011 says:

Wow i didn't expect that winner !
But congratulations !
And a special mention for NMRIH in the 3rd place !

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lakecityransom Creator
lakecityransom Dec 25 2011 says:

The clips for MTA in the video are severely lacking. I hope it doesn't skew any perceptions of the game.

Sure GTA:SA is not eye candy compared to the others but you know what this mod was developed since GTA:SA was released. Countless hours have been poured into it.

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ryden Dec 25 2011 replied:

This is the video from where they took the footage:

I hope that seeing the whole review will give people on this site a better idea of what you can achieve in MTA.

+5 votes     reply to comment
MARiN3 Dec 25 2011 says:

steam winter sale i hope for GTA SA :-)

+4 votes     reply to comment
ChaseOquinn Dec 25 2011 says:

To all the people hateing on MTA. MTA earned this award the devs have put many years of work in this mod so before you start judging it try it out first.

+4 votes     reply to comment
Radspakr Dec 25 2011 replied:

All modders put in years of work.

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pvt.Johnson Dec 26 2011 replied:


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just_call_me_G Dec 26 2011 replied:

Yeap, rly.

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Radspakr Dec 27 2011 replied:


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MCvarial Dec 25 2011 says:

Hey MTA has been on TV man, beat that!

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crazyb2000 Dec 25 2011 says:

Well done to all the other mods. I was surprised MTA won. It's been a while since I've played it but looking back on it I can see why it won.

MTA with it's multiple gamemodes and addons makes the game endless with possibility.

Hell you can even setup your own mansion in that game. MTA has every MP gamemode you could ever want ranging from zombies to racing. So I'm glad it won MOTY. It's a great game and deserved it's place.

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Maty743 Dec 25 2011 buried:


People stop voting down other peoples opinion just coz they are not your own! Very pathetic!

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Maty743 Dec 25 2011 buried:


and it starts...

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Bluedrake42 Dec 25 2011 buried:


are you... *******... serious?

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Kyou. Dec 26 2011 says:

Congratz MTA I was hoping they would win this time around.

+4 votes     reply to comment
Dre-+- Dec 26 2011 says:

Hell ******* yeah! Congratz all mta dev team members!

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Antiscamp Dec 26 2011 says:

Congratulations to the winners! There's some bleeding good stuff in this list.

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atise Dec 26 2011 buried:


that garbage won 1st o.O

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Mkilbride Dec 26 2011 says:

Underhell should have been in the top 5. What a rip-off.

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agent00kevin Dec 26 2011 says:

Congrats all!

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cW#Ravenblood Dec 26 2011 says:

Funny tho, that a mod I really never heared from just won MOTY :D.
Well, don't play GTA so much, but that mods looking cool. They really have so many downloads? Nice work and congrats to all winner!

+3 votes     reply to comment
lil_Toady Creator
lil_Toady Dec 26 2011 replied:

Soon to hit 3 million downloads since september 2009 just from the MTA site, not to mention all the 3rd party sites.

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