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The voting period for the Top 100 mods has closed, and it's now time to announce the winners of the 2022 Mod of the Year Awards, as chosen by you!

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2022 COUNTDOWN


Welcome to the 2022 Mod of the Year results! With top 100 voting having taken place over the last 20 days, the results have now been tallied and we are ready to announce the winners! Our favorite moments in 2022 include our sister company mod.io surpassing a 500 million download milestone, and the announcement of RTX Remix as a gateway into modernising the classic games of yesteryear.

Below you will find the Top 10 Mods of 2022. While you're at it, you can also check out the Top 10 Indie Games of 2022, or join the site in anticipation for next year's awards to register a mod of your own or vote for those you think deserve recognition in 2023.



10TH PLACE

Coterminus

For: Half-Life 2



The cut content of Half-Life 2 is an undiscovered country, with many mods trying and unfortunately failing to reach the finishing line on new and old versions of the Source Engine. That's why, then, it's all the more impressive when one makes a release - and as polished as Coterminus especially. A great little window into what Half-Life 2 could have been, there's plenty more to see in the future.



A CSGO gameplay and weapon mod that aims to restore some of the mechanics and feel familiar to 1.6 veterans in the new engine! New weapon models join adjusted weapon balance, new interaction sounds, and maps updated from their classic CS origins to hit a nice mix between old and new. For fans who think CSGO has strayed too far from its roots, this mod might be just what you’re looking for.



RealRTCW is based on ioRTCW source port, which provides proper widescreen support, high quality sound engine and 64-bit systems support. It expands the arsenal, with new HD models for weapons, new textures for environments and characters (that remain faithful to the original), and numerous other overhauls. Plus, cut content is restored which means there's more to dig into for diehard fans of the game.



Thirteen years in the making, Field Intensity is a mod that, like Opposing Force, puts you in the shoes of the military men sent to cleanup Black Mesa's mess. Unlike Opposing Force, however, your orders are clear - no witnesses. As your squad is picked off one by one, and when no one in the facility wants your help anymore, the only ally you have left - is yourself.


6TH PLACE

Voxel Doom

For: Doom


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DOOM's 2.5D graphical style is iconic to that early era of FPS, and a gold mine for traditional 2D artists looking to make some great stylised stuff. Sourceports have had some form of 3D or another for years now, but one modder took a more unique approach with Voxel DOOM, which both preserves the original DOOM art style whilst giving it a lick of that elusive 3rd dimensional goodness.



While starting off small, the DNF 2001 Restoration Project quickly blossomed into an organized team the size of a small studio. All of these members hail from various parts of the world, with remote work taking place any time of the day. Many of these are industry experts, with plenty of well-known community figures and modders thrown into the mix hoping to leave their mark on the final restoration.


Empire at War begins with a focus on the original trilogy era - the galaxy already in the grip of the Empire, with the Rebellion's struggle to liberate it. However, some prefer to go back in continuity a little to see how things came to be, and so the prequel era mod, Fall of the Republic, tackles this period of all-out war and moral ambiguity.



Warhammer 40k is a little bit of a deceiving title for a universe, given there's ample lore spanning from 30k to the 42nd millennium, with a smattering of ancient worldbuilding preceding even that. With over ten thousand years of established canon to utilise, it's no wonder 40k mods have a great showing on-site, and Unification is among the best - as far as users are concerned - for bringing to life much of the fan favourite forces from the tabletop and lore in the fondly loved Dawn of War Soulstorm. Fight huge battles with map-sized titans, or put legendary god-like warriors like the Primarchs to the test - this mod really is a 40k strategy fan's dream.



Anomaly is a standalone S.T.A.L.K.E.R. mod powered by an x64 version of the X-Ray engine. Starting with version 1.5.0 Anomaly uses a custom engine build called the XRay-Monolith engine. After almost one year of development of the Anomaly 1.5.0 update, the mod continues its way on expanding and adding new features while maintaining a high level of quality and replay value.


2022's top pole position is claimed by none other than Entropy : Zero 2 - the sequel to the also fondly remembered Entropy : Zero. Putting you in the shoes of a no-mercy Combine Elite as you hunt down the Borealis and resistance scientists, it's a combat and story overhaul like few others with an engaging cast of original characters. Carefully considered, lovingly crafted, perhaps one of Entropy : Zero's greatest legacies (and reason for its runaway MOTY success) is its own creator community, fostered via Steam Workshop support for the sequel and in the form of numerous submods on-site (one of which even placed in our Best Upcoming category). Culminating in a story that brings us closer to that fabled Episode 3 story than practically any other, Entropy : Zero 2 is proof positive that sometimes the best games are, actually, the best mods.


Honorable Mentions

With so many fantastic mods posting major updates and leveraging their passionate communities, we'd like to direct your praise and attention to these honorable mentions. A honorable mention is given for polling strongly in the awards, but being ineligible due to placing higher in a previous year, or if a significant update was not released in 2022:


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Congratulations to all the modders and community members who participated in the 2022 Mod of the Year awards! We wish you all the best for your continued modding efforts into the new year and beyond.

Continue Reading: Editors Choice | Best Upcoming


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SweetRamona
SweetRamona - - 5,126 comments

Congrats to all of the folks behind each of these fantastic mods! 😸

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LadyJaneThrace
LadyJaneThrace - - 867 comments

Thank you so much for the honorable mention for Signal Lost, and HUGE congrats to Entropy Zero 2 & every other mod that placed! 2022 was an absolutely AWESOME year for modding, here's to many, many more to come!

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Kralich/David Author
Kralich/David - - 835 comments

You're welcome! Keep up the great work! Hoping to see more of your excellent modding in 2023 :)

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DaKashi
DaKashi - - 204 comments

Congrats to everyone!

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AyeBlin
AyeBlin - - 365 comments

I voted for EZ2 this year. Congrats to everyone!

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Redbr34
Redbr34 - - 215 comments

Entropy zero 2 totally deserved it! It has a quality of a game

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Serious_Samsung
Serious_Samsung - - 352 comments

I knew EZ2 would win first place!

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foo_jam2002
foo_jam2002 - - 870 comments

Real RtcW surely deserves it. Good job and happy new year to everyone with intense modding.

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Mc_Fluffy2022
Mc_Fluffy2022 - - 1 comments

Very nice, a few of my favorite HL series mods are on this year's awards list!

Very good job!!!

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Daburubareru
Daburubareru - - 738 comments

Congratulation to the all mods especially EZ2, Signal Lost, DNF 2001 and others!!!

Obviously as always I'm looking forward about the future's modding scene!

-Rayan ''Dabu''

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fuggles2k
fuggles2k - - 981 comments

Congratulations to EZ2, it's an amazing achievement and a well deserved winner.

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Excision_Weed
Excision_Weed - - 188 comments

I know that EZ2 won but I'm still happy about Coterminus being 10th and Field Intensity in 7th place!

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Kekoulis
Kekoulis - - 3,650 comments

Fuggles posted ahead of me but on behalf of Team Unification, we thank you all for helping us achieve this dream. I have honestly no words.

And many congratulations to both Entropy : Zero 2 and S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Anomaly for their well-deserved placings!

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Kralich/David Author
Kralich/David - - 835 comments

Congrats to your placement!

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officialNecro
officialNecro - - 1,389 comments

Congrats to all the mods

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INtense! Staff
INtense! - - 4,098 comments

Great lineup of mods once again, thanks to everyone for voting - and for all the creators sharing your mods!

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Excision_Weed
Excision_Weed - - 188 comments

One day Stalker Anomaly will start to decline...

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corncobman
corncobman - - 844 comments

Congratulations to everyone who made it!

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Hirluin_the_Fair
Hirluin_the_Fair - - 82 comments

Congrats to every dev team behind these wonderful mods!

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J00B
J00B - - 1,118 comments

Congradulations to the top 10 mod recipients! 2023 looking bright for modding.

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BornWild
BornWild - - 2 comments

Gongrats to everyone! Really liked the EZ mod series.

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Ma_theos33
Ma_theos33 - - 413 comments

Why out of all Unification images posted, the least interesting one had to be picked? :P Other than that, I love how this year choice list looks

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WolfETPlayer
WolfETPlayer - - 813 comments

Thank you for spreading the word about RealRTCW and our little mod community! Glad to be part of ModDB!

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Clausjavi
Clausjavi - - 1 comments

Congratz everyone!!!!!!!!!!

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Domino_5555
Domino_5555 - - 339 comments

Glad to see Fall of the Republic in the Top 10!

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PsyWarVeteran
PsyWarVeteran - - 1,920 comments

So, the Anomaly hype train is still isn't stopping huh?

Pity.

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DarkyPiky
DarkyPiky - - 13 comments

it's not stopping as it should

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