Mod of the Year

Back for a 19th time, welcome to the 2020 Mod of the Year Awards. It's the time of year to look back on all the incredible mods that have been released by hardworking creators and celebrate their incredible efforts which bring us so much joy. 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.

Last year Empire at War mods stole the show with Galactic Civil War, Ultimate Apocalypse Mod (DOW SS) and Thrawn's Revenge: Imperial Civil War taking the first three places. 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!).

RSS Players Choice - Mod of the Year 2020

The voting period for the Top 100 mods has closed, and it's now time to announce the winners of the 2020 Mod of the Year Awards, as chosen by you!

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Mod of the Year Awards
2020 Winner


Welcome to the 2020 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 2020 include Command & Conquer Remastered injecting new life into a much loved franchise by modders, and seeing many 10 year old mods like Project Reality still getting major updates, so many years on.

Below you will find the Top 10 Mods of 2020. While you're at it, you can also check out the Top 10 Indie Games of 2020, 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 2021.

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 2020:


Mod of the Year Top 10





Experience Half-Life 2 like never before. Return to City 17, held within the iron grip of the Combine and the Consul. Reunite with old friends, and enemies, and some of them brand new. Immerse yourself in a revitalised combat system featuring old arsenals made new again, with added features to raise the bar in gameplay. You've been waiting for quite some time, now. It's time to climb aboard.


9TH PLACE

Arcane Dimensions

For: Quake



Arcane Dimensions was created by a large community team of level designers, artists and coders over many years and the latest version has finally been released. This mod is all about projectile combat, breakable environments and encouraging all players to become multi dimensional explorers!

It features 30+ richly detailed and uniquely themed environments to explore and a whole new army of monsters to test your skill and reflexes along the way.



Total War: Rise of Mordor is an epic overhaul project based on "The Lord of the Rings". The visuals of the mod are based on films however the background story and rosters are accurate to the books.



The UTTERMOST Dawn of War races' combiner mod. Unification is an advanced combiner mod, that allows you to seamlessly combine almost all community-created races. Make no mistake, this is the ABSOLUTE way to combine races for Dawn of War.



Star Wars Galactic battlegrounds: Expanding Fronts is a massive fan-made expansion that brings new civilizations, units, maps, gameplay features, and quality of life improvements to Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds. Built over nearly a decade with contributions from dozens of community members, Expanding Fronts provides the definitive Galactic Battlegrounds experience.



In Azure Sheep, player takes the role of a generic security guard called "Just Barney". When the Black Mesa incident strikes, Barney realizes that his colleague and love interest Kate, codename "Azure Sheep", is in danger, and he must venture into the facility to rescue her. Eventually, the two join up and work together to escape the danger.


Divide and Conquer is the biggest Third Age: Total War submod of all time. It contains many new factions, units, scripts, 2d artwork and more! DaC has been an ongoing project for 9 years now but the current modding team is the longest running team in its history.



Back again 10 years on and still updated frequently - Project Reality's aim is to create a more realistic combat environment than standard Battlefield 2, and place a greater emphasis on teamwork and cooperation. Most of the aspects of Battlefield 2 that have the capacity to be modified have been tweaked, or completely overhauled, to reflect their real life counterparts, for increased realism.



A free unofficial expansion pack for Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 Yuri's Revenge, which retells, expands and continues the story of the original game. Enhanced with Ares DLL, Mental Omega strives to bring many new features to the game, including a 100-mission campaign, cooperative and a brand new faction: the Foehn Revolt.



Delve deeper into Middle-earth than ever before, in The Age Of The Ring. A mod that aims to create a RTS experience that is faithful to the spirit of Tolkien's mythos. The developers behind the mod have continued to add new factions, heroes and maps, years after it's original release and throughout 2020.


Sponsored by Core Games



The 2020 awards are proudly supported by Manticore Games, creators of Core. Core is an endless universe of games to play and worlds to explore designed by a global community of creators. It's a radically accessible game construction kit and game-playing platform, all in one. Whether you're interested in playing unexpected takes on shooters, RPGs, and party games, exploring massive and spectacular words with friends, or unleashing your own insane game designs on the world, Core is your portal to the multiverse. Learn more about Core, and download it here.


Congratulations to all the modders and community members who participated in the 2020 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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Smaug1990
Smaug1990

AGE OF THE RİNG CAME ON🔥🔥🔥🔥

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DooMslayer2021
DooMslayer2021

Unification mod for dawn of war soulstorm it deserve it

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fuggles2k
fuggles2k

Thanks, really appreciate it and all the support from the community. Just imagine where we'll be next year when the mod has been released... It's Going to be great, I've seen What's coming!

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Vanders
Vanders

One of Unification's strengths is how modular it is. Let's hope that never changes!

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Kekoulis
Kekoulis

We can never be more than thankful to our community for their support.
You all rock in your way.
And the wait is worth it.

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Kralich/Gonzo
Kralich/Gonzo

Grats on the top 10 man!

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Kekoulis
Kekoulis

Grats on yours as well brother!
Redux deserves its rightful place in the top 10!

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FragJacker
FragJacker

Thanks everybody for your faith in Unification. We have much more in store for you in 2021, so steel yourselves and get ready! :D

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Azraelanesh
Azraelanesh

They deserved to be yes or yes in the top 10, next year we will see them in the top 5!

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tripletmeista
tripletmeista

Age of the Ring is so deserving of this award! Those guys made a mod better than the original game.

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MattTheLegoman
MattTheLegoman

Thank you to everyone at ModDB, this is fantastic news that Age of the Ring has won Mod of the Year. I’m so proud of the AotR team and the community of players. <3

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tripletmeista
tripletmeista

yall deserve it man! congrats

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Guest
Guest

Age of the ring <3

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ImKazuma
ImKazuma

Congrats Unification team! <3

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Chewmass
Chewmass

2 BFME top mods. I am proud

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X1Destroy
X1Destroy

7th place is great. There are many wonderful total conversion and remake mods, but few if any is similar to Unification. To support that many factions combined in a single mod is no easy task. And that isn't even the end of it.

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berzerk2k2
berzerk2k2

Congratulations to everyone included in this years Top 10.

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CL_Striker
CL_Striker

Holy crap, i got mildly scared when i havent seen Mental Omega in honorable mention tab, but then i realized that it means it finally broke the 3rd place barrier.

I was not wrong. Long live C&C Modding, and congratz to everyone included.

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SweetJuleka
SweetJuleka

Well done to all these amazing mods and modders! ^-^

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DooMslayer2021
DooMslayer2021

congratulations Thudomizer team Unification mod . u deserve it and more good luck next year for the mod of the year .a new age has begun a new dow king has been risen .

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alex165432
alex165432

There were plenty of great mods this year, but i'm happy Age of The Ring won, absolutely amazing stuff!

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RomRomRya
RomRomRya

Glad to see the Unification mod here, although I think it totally deserves a higher spot!

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Dark1Isaac
Dark1Isaac

Congratulations to everyone, it's not an easy task taking your free time into doing all of this, amazing work

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KiT2142
KiT2142

Congratulations to the Unification mod team)

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MacbethTheTyrant
MacbethTheTyrant

Congratulations to everyone

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Maxyms
Maxyms

Holy sh*t Age of the Ring made it ! That is most wonderful.

Congratulations to all the other mods, modders, modding teams. Thanks you so much for providing us with countless hours of fun for so many games, thanks you for your dedicated free time and passion through all these years.

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Dubycapbra
Dubycapbra

Well deserved for AOTR, i have been following this mod before their first release back in 2017. Amazing to see how it has evolved since then, a true gem for the lotr and bfme community.

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Gambit_1
Gambit_1

OK, so I would like to congratulate ALL fellow modders out there, for their excellent contributions - these mods are WORKS OF ART!!!

I also feel the need to express my gratitude to ModDB, and the team behind it. THANKS for offering us the chance to make our hobby known, and share it with the public!!
You guys were always there, when we needed you, and always as true gentlemen :) This is the best place there is!

We must also say here one name of megalithic proportions.
Games Workshop.
And their ABSOLUTE MARVEL.
Warhammer.
Enough said.

Last, we must NOT forget Relic and the creators of DoW!!!
The whole series was PERFECT. And the programmers and the developers, DESERVE our gratitude and admiration.
And so does SEGA!!
Thanks guys. Really.

Now, ... Unification.
We are glad you are still enjoying it!!
And let me tell you here that YOU HAVE NOT SEEN ANYTHING YET!!
The upcoming release will definitely amaze.
While sizes DO NOT matter, here is a simple comparison: The previous version, was 140MB. The imminent release, ... 1.4GB!
And we are NOT done yet!

Merry Christmas to all :)

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Kekoulis
Kekoulis

Brother,you underestimate yourself.
You ARE the reason why all works perfectly.
Our Community is honoured and proud to have you.And I should know. ;)

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Gambit_1
Gambit_1

... Says the guy who holds THE KEYS of 3D magic :)
Man, your skills are legendary!!

I am glad we met each other.
There.

By the way, our whole team is awesome and at the top, our leader. THUDO!

Damn it is good to be a part of something greater.

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FragJacker
FragJacker

Brother Gambit the amount of work you put into a plethora of mods is nothing short but breathtaking. There is almost no DoW mod out there you weren't involved with. This MotY award is more then the sum of its parts where we all not only did our part to make this happen but also make it truly shine!

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Gambit_1
Gambit_1

Thanks man, but again...
This is also true for you as well!!
I know I am repeating myself but I CANNOT do otherwise :)

Man, your models are not only excellent but... TOO MANY.
(and some are "HUGE", no offense hahahaha!!!)

So yeah. Our TEAM is great!
I know that I am CONSTANTLY botheing you guys with requests - brother Kekoulis has successfully "suffered" me all this time!
And so does brother Satko14 (our FX Master).
...
OK, I will stop here, because I will need to post the name of the WHOLE team.

We do not need that. We have our team, and that is enough to have :)

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simonoc
simonoc

I never expected a 24+ year old game would make a come back like this and get into the top 10 mods this year! Thank you to all Quake and Retro FPS Fans, 2020 finally ended on a good note! :)

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Kralich/Gonzo
Kralich/Gonzo

Thanks ModDB from the RTBR team! And a big thank you to all of our players and supporters who voted for us for this year!

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highblood89
highblood89

Hoped to see Wars of Liberty in the top 10, but at least it is a honorable mention.

Congratulations to the winners!

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Dark_One99
Dark_One99

Hahahaha Ultimate Apocalypse mod got a honarable mention... Now for next year you guys better get 1st Place. Continue the excelent work and deliver the very best when you release the next ultimate version of Unification. Much love!

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Axetothehead
Axetothehead

Lovely mods

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The_Nazgul
The_Nazgul

After 4 years of voting i feel so good seeing my beloved mod winning this competition!

Congratz to all the devs ty all!

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Unikraken
Unikraken

Congrats to the winners!

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Sr_Dark
Sr_Dark

At last, you get the crown you've always deserved!

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foo_jam2002
foo_jam2002

Nice job from all, stay safe and keep modding!

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Thrugot
Thrugot

4TH PLACE
Divide and Conquer
Hurray!

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Tabish
Tabish

Honorable as always!!!

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