Mod of the Year

Back for a 16th time, welcome to the 2017 Mod of the Year Awards. You will find no loot boxes, microtransactions, unlockables or DLC here - just amazing free mods made by dedicated creators for your enjoyment. For the next 4 weeks it is up to you to vote for your favorite mods so that they may make the top 100 which will be announced on the 11th of December.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Chernobyl a massive crowd favorite won last year, and was closely followed by Enderal an epic total conversion finishing runner up and Hearts of Iron IV: The Great War coming in 3rd. If you need a refresh of how last year's awards went down head on over to the top 10 countdown's for both players and editors to see who stood out among the pack.

Show your support and start smashing those vote buttons for your favorite mods (and if your favorite mod isn't listed encourage the team to add it). Developers need to feel the overwhelming power and groundswell of support for mods, which drive so much creativity and goodwill in games of all shapes and sizes. There's been some huge releases this year, make your vote count and we look forward to seeing who will climb to the top, and be crowned the 2017 Mod of the Year.
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RSS Editors Choice - Mod of the Year 2017

Welcome to the Editor's Choice awards for the 2017 Mod of the Year Awards, where we show recognition to the mods from the past year that we've found to be personally deserving of attention.

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Welcome to the Editor's Choice awards for the 2017 Mod of the Year Awards, where we show recognition to the mods from the past year that we've found to be personally deserving of attention.

Best Singleplayer

A mod which brings extra depth or significance to an engrossing singleplayer experience.

SWAT: Elite Force

For: SWAT 4

SWAT: Elite Force is a massive overhaul of SWAT 4: The Stetchkov Syndicate, making it into a more realistic tactical police simulator. Featuring new and more realistic equipment, merged campaigns, extra missions, permadeath, better AI, and bug fixes.

Best Multiplayer

A mod which offers a new way to play with your friends.

Just Cause 3 Multiplayer Mod

For: Just Cause 3

Just Cause 3 Multiplayer is a free modification bringing highly-customizable multiplayer to the Just Cause franchise. Our modification opens the door to incredible multiplayer possibilities including racing, deathmatch, skydiving, roleplaying or freeroam. But it doesn't have to stop there: Thanks to our powerful scripting API server owners can easily create gamemodes on their own.

Best Graphical Overhaul

A mod which focuses on beatifying an older game with technical and artistic upgrades.

Resident Evil 4 HD Project

For: Resident Evil 4

No version of RE4 has completely updated the visuals to true HD. This project will. In preparation for the original game, Capcom gathered texture assets by photographing a variety of real-world locations, primarily throughout Spain and Wales. For this project, Albert has gone to these same locations to gather higher resolution assets. The result is a visual experience that is as true to the original game as possible, presented in resolutions up to 16 times that of the original game.

Best Classic Revival

A mod which takes a previously-existing modification and upgrades and enhances it for 2017.

Aliens: The Ultimate Doom

For: Doom

In-game Screen Shots Beta 9.2

This GZDoom mod totally converts Doom, Doom II, and Final Doom into a full-fledged Aliens game. You must face Weyland-Yutani androids, predators, and xenomorphs a celestial battle for survival.

Best Crossover

A mod which smashes two or more completely separate games together

to make something unique and special.


For: Half-Life

Half-Payne is a Half-Life mod that aims to bring some gameplay bits from Max Payne. It ended up as interesting way to replay the game and this is the first time ever I tried to mod the game by dwelling into its source.

Totality Award

This award is for a total conversion that transforms a game into something completely distinct and new

Castlevania: Simon’s Destiny

For: Doom

Castlevania: Simon's Destiny is a non-profit GZDOOM based fangame born as a love letter to this legendary franchise. This mod aims to reinvent the very first NES title of the franchise with a nostalgic yet brand new first person gameplay.

Expansion-worthy Award

This is a mod that we wouldn’t be surprised to see as an official expansion,

or be worth paying money for.

Half Life: Caged

For: Half-Life

Future Games Select and Cayle George bring you a prison escape like no other in this electrifying modification for Half-Life! Break from captivity, conquer the facility and discover the secrets of Half-Life: C.A.G.E.D.!

Best Adaptation Award

A mod that uses the story or universe of a film or television properly to

accurately recreate its world and vibe

A Clash of Kings

For: Mount & Blade Warband

ACOK picture 1

A Clash of Kings is a modification, set in the fictional "A Song of Ice and Fire" universe, for the popular Taleworlds game "Mount and Blade: Warband" version 1.161.

Historical Accuracy Award

A mod that dives into a period of history rarely touched upon by other games,

and does so with great attention to detail

Age of Bronze

For: Total War: Rome II

Age of Bronze is a total conversion mod of Total War : Rome II with brand new factions and units based on archeological and historical sources, with special new 3D assets and textures created. A campaign is planned and currently in development.

Continuing Legacy Award

A mod that takes a game from a franchise abandoned or ended by its original

developers and continues the series in a new and interesting direction

Command & Conquer: Tiberium Secrets

For: Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars

Tiberium Secrets is a total overhaul mod set in a parallel universe that introduces three new factions that can stand in conjunction and potentially independent from the Command and Conquer Tiberium universe. These new factions come complete with diverse units, structures, mechanics, and lore.

Most Anticipated

A mod which, though not yet released, has spent 2017 building incredible anticipation for it

Fallout: New California

For: Fallout: New Vegas

This is 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. You'll discover a pitched battle between the Survivalist Raiders, the New California Republic, and The Super Mutants, which shapes the politics and events leading to the NCR's invasion of the Mojave.

Mod Monster

Special award presented by, for a game that has embraced modding

stronger than any other on ModDB in 2017.

Hello Neighbor

By: Dynamic Pixels | tinyBuild

Hello Neighbor is a stealth horror game about sneaking into your neighbor's house to figure out what horrible secrets he's hiding in the basement. You play against an advanced AI that learns from your every move. Really enjoying climbing through that backyard window? Expect a bear trap there. Sneaking through the front door? There'll be cameras there soon. Trying to escape? The Neighbor will find a shortcut and catch you.

MOTY Editors Choice 1


I sure hope the award sticks around for next years, it's neat to encourage devs to support modding.

Anyways, congrats to all the modders! Great job folks!

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Congratulations to all these Modders and their amazing Mods! ;3

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Looks great, can't wait to see what won for the community choice. Congrats.

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Congratulations to all!

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Always great to see modders recognized as full-fledged game developers! Long live Moddb, hail & glory to all mods & modders!!!

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Thanks guys for the "best multiplayer" award!

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I am really glad to such classic titles like Doom and Resident Evil 4 still alive and being modded.

Congratulations to you, guys! :)

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Well done, congrats to all! Good to see two GoldSRC mods in there ;) .

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Congrats to Albert and Cris for winning "Best Graphical Overhaul" of the year.

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Shout out to Homeworld 2 Remaster/Complex 12 just releasing too! 10 years going

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Congrats to all the modders for their amazing mods.Its only possible for your hard work and determination.And most importantly u guys give another reason to play some old games once again.Not to forget some excellent new mods altogether.Anyways Merry Christmas to all the modders out there and all the members of moddb.Stay safe guys and enjoy your holidays

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Another Continuing Legacy Award contender for me would have to go to Total Annihilation: Escalation. They really hammered it home this year with their last update. Basically added an entire new game on top of TA for the 20th Anniversary.

Or maybe Fallout: Resurrection. They also knocked it out of the park again for a 20 year old game.

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INtense! Creator

Oh totally agree on this. Mind you we predominately look at mods active within our community but the work these teams are doing is amazing!

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Thaiauxn used to be active on ModDB. Not sure what changed. Their last update was just on their website. I think they are primarily focusing on their discord and forums these days.

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INtense! Creator

Hopefully they return with more content

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Swat Elite Force FTW! Pure adrenaline!

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Good job people. Let's make 2018 even better.

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Incredible year. Between Half-Payne and SWAT:Elite Force i'll have content til the next Modoty takes hold!

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