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.
A mod which brings extra depth or significance to an engrossing singleplayer experience.
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.
A mod which offers a new way to play with your friends.
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.
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.
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.
A mod which smashes two or more completely separate games together
to make something unique and special.
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.
This award is for a total conversion that transforms a game into something completely distinct and new
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.
This is a mod that we wouldn’t be surprised to see as an official expansion,
or be worth paying money for.
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 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 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
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.
A mod which, though not yet released, has spent 2017 building incredible anticipation for it
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.
Special award presented by mod.io, for a game that has embraced modding
stronger than any other on ModDB in 2017.
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.