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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 2019 Mod of the Year Awards, as chosen by you!

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Welcome to the 2019 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! Below you will find the Top 10 Mods of 2019. While you're at it, you can also check out the Top 10 Indie Games of 2019, 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 2020.

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 2019:


Mod of the Year Top 10





The Empire has fallen and a New Republic is born out of the conflict. But in the ashes of civil war, yet another life stirs... A complete remake of Empire at War: Forces of Corruption, including new units, effects, audio, maps, shaders and much more. New mechanics make for more immersive experience and the totally new Mandalorian faction replaces the Zann Consortium in this mostly lore-friendly unofficial expansion mod.



Tiberium Essence offeres alternative gameplay to Tiberian Wars involving many Tiberian Sun units which many CnC fans miss in vanilla CNC3 and add even new my made units which you can't find anywhere else. Includes many visual, sound and balance changes and new sounds, new music, new effects (like blood and gore, new infantry deaths, new more realistic missile trails) and much more.



Wars of Liberty is a modification for Age of Empires III. WoL brings 24 new civilizations, dozens of new maps, natives, music, and more. Each civilization has its own unique gameplay that will turn Age of Empires III into an almost new RTS experience. Choose a Religion and gain access to new units, technologies, and the ability to gather and spend our unique faith resource. Spy on your enemies and destroy them without building a single military unit with the redone Espionage system. Break late game stalemates with the powerful Great War Age. And enjoy it all with more than 50 new Random Maps, new Natives for Latin America and Africa, new music, and much, much more.



Star Wars Battlefront II Remaster is an attempt to revamp one of the best Star Wars games ever released by making your game more realistic and HD, through adjusting color saturation, improving game lighting, sharpening the image, using a more subtle bloom. Enjoy better maps, units, vehicles, weapons and effects while keeping ONLINE COMPATIBILITY.



Republic at War is a total conversion modification for Star Wars Empire at War Forces of Corruption. The mod replaces the Empire with the Galactic Republic and the Rebel Alliance with the Confederacy. Republic at War focuses heavily on the theatrical films but also contains content from the Clone Wars cartoon series as well as the expanded universe. Players can re-enact various Clone War campaigns such as the Outer Rim Sieges. Players will have the choice to fight as either the CIS or the Republic and wage war for control of the galaxy. Realism is key and players will have unprecedented control over how and where they fight.



The goal of Half-Life 2 : MMod is to enhance and expand gunplay, combat mechanics and the immersion factor by giving the Player more options and combat opportunities as well as refine how the Player handles his arsenal. Half-Life 2 : MMod also offers minor AI enhancements, extended abilities for combine soldiers, multiple bug fixes, enhanced visuals, VFX re-design, sound redesign and much much more, while keeping nearly every new feature in the mod totally optional.


4TH PLACE

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Anomaly

For: S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat



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.




Thrawn's Revenge is a large-scale mod for Empire at War: Forces of Corruption. It includes the events of the Galactic Civil War after Palpatine's death at Endor, up until the signing of the Pellaeon-Gavrisom treaty.



The Ultimate Apocalypse mod team proudly presents to the Dawn of War: Soulstorm players and fans, an eagerly awaited and packed with epic content game experience, the Ultimate Apocalypse mod! Imagine a mod featuring massive Warhammer 40,000 battles where all 9 races in Soulstorm (and more!) have a chance at epic victory. A mod where there's no shortage of all new units, buildings, abilities, and even titans! A mod where there's nearly no limits holding you back.



The Star Wars: Empire at War: Forces of Corruption voters really showed up in 2019, with 9 mods making the top 100- but ultimately it was Empire At War Remake: Galactic Civil War that won in the end, a mod that wants to keep the original FoC experience, maintain the game's design philosophy, but with improved graphics and deeper gameplay. It features new models and textures for most units and also ramps up the difficulty for a real challenge! Massive congratulations, it's great to see this game have such an incredible and passionate modding community pushing it forward 13 years after release!


Congratulations to all the modders and community members who participated in the 2019 Mod of the Year awards! We wish you all the best for your continued modding efforts into the new year and beyond.

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Mod of the Year Awards


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MattTheLegoman
MattTheLegoman

Thanks for another honorable mention ModDB for The Age of the Ring, Moddb.com. Looking forward to next year. ;D

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Tompa9
Tompa9

Where is top100 scoreboard?

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Seamus.Editor Author
Seamus.Editor

Right here! Moddb.com

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Tompa9
Tompa9

Yes but this isnt standings. Only mods that got into top100. I would like to know proper standings of those mods pls :) not only top10

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INtense! Staff
INtense!

We don't release that publically, only the top 10 but you can PM me for information if you want it.

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Tompa9
Tompa9

PM sent mate :)

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Alex626
Alex626

Congratulations everyone! This year was remarkable, as it featured some of the best Crysis mods activity. For the first time since 2012, we had two Crysis Wars mods made it to Top-100, that was Stalker: Legacy of Times and MechWarrior: Living Legends. And of course I must mention Crysis Co-op, which is really amazing.

We really look forward to the next year's Mod of the Year competition to feature even more CryEngine content and possibly win the contest. Good luck everyone and thanks to all who voted!

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INtense! Staff
INtense!

Was great to see the surge of popularity for some epic mods for this game

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Lord_Mordja Online
Lord_Mordja

Surprised a lot of those big mods like UA, Thrawn's Revenge, and WoL hadn't made top ten in previous years, actually. But congrats to the winners!

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Fleurrose
Fleurrose

I think they deserve it, Congratulations to the winners!

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Vertelame
Vertelame

they deserve it, but in my opinion is bacause the biggest ones already won once XD

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Adunai
Adunai

So many Star Wars-related mods, haha. They deserve it. I myself am being swept by a Star Wars binge at the moment.

Although I voted for Divide and Conquer and Forgotten Hope 2 ^^

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the_Farseer
the_Farseer

An absolute honor to make the list!

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INtense! Staff
INtense!

congrats - we know that every mod on this list has had an absolute mountain of work put in

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Kekoulis
Kekoulis

You used my Renegade and Burgleblade image.
Noice and thank you Modb(and all) on behalf of the UA dev team!
-Kekoulis of Ultimate Apocalypse.

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Eärendil_Ardamírë
Eärendil_Ardamírë

Congratulations to the winners!

For the next year I would however be happy to see that there is only one vote per person in the finals voting round. The multiple vote seems for me to have been the major reason that there are three Star Wars mods from the same game in the top 10 now.

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INtense! Staff
INtense!

That is definetely a factor. We saw a few waves of voters who blindy voted for games vs. mods. Will think about how to manage that

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Sergeant_Mark_IV Creator
Sergeant_Mark_IV

limiting to one vote per game would be a good idea maybe.

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INtense! Staff
INtense!

Got a year to think about it, I wonder what the results would be if we normalized the games.

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Eärendil_Ardamírë
Eärendil_Ardamírë

That would be a good choice, yes.

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Eärendil_Ardamírë
Eärendil_Ardamírë

It are even four Star Wars mods for the same game I just noticed ^^

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FragJacker
FragJacker

The UA mod being the 2nd place of the MotY award most certainly warms my heart. Big thanks to all the brave guardsmen out there who were holding the line! And of course big thanks to the magnificient Kekoulis and the rest of our team!

CADIA STANDS IN OUR HEARTS!

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Marek33
Marek33

Huge congratulations to the Ultimate Apocalypse team, since it's one of the best RTS Mods out there and its great to see them in the second place.

Also, I'm glad to see the Anomaly, MMOD, Wars of Liberty and Tiberium Essence as well!

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HeavyCruiser
HeavyCruiser

love foc one of my favourite games, but boy is it crashy, and ive tried everything, crash crash crash

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Schuchart
Schuchart

Seeing this all is really heartwarming, as the MOTY-contest brings out the best in this community! And I am immensly proud to be a part of it!

Congratulations and Kudos to the winners! Well deserved!

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Viktor-12952
Viktor-12952

Top 10 star wars mods basically.

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tipirodrigo
tipirodrigo

2019, the year of Star Wars.

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Damfoos
Damfoos

So many Star Wars mods, wow

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OrangeNero
OrangeNero

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How sad, 10 year old mods for 15 year old games dominate. We have mod tools for Black Ops 3 among other modern games, I wonder if they'll ever take the place or if its gonna be Empire at War and Tiberium Wars and Stalker and Half Life for all eternity.

Then again Valve is really to blame, where is Source 2 and Half Life 3? Bah. Haven't seen much from Stalker 2 ever since its been announced like... years ago too?

Well I voted for MMOD among others. Glad to see Anomaly not in the top 3. Curious what the Mandalorians mod has done since I last played it like... 8 years ago. Was a fantastic mod back then. Apparently still is.

A great Fallout 4 mod would have been cool.

Honestly I think once a Mod has won it should no longer qualify in future rounds to make place for the new breed.

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the_Farseer
the_Farseer

An entirely new release for Rise of the Mandalorians. The entire mod was rebuilt from the ground up!

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OrangeNero
OrangeNero

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Awesome, man I told Petroglyph in their forums a couple times to make another EaW. I dunno if Battlefleet Gothic: Armada is moddable, but its the closest we got kinda.

Heh I still remember like its yesterday when I posted a comment about the Lictor ship having problem with its smoke. That update is 10 years old now xD

I never liked the weak heroes but boy your mod was amazing fun back then I played it so much.

A remake eh? I'll make sure to check it out. How long have you been modding that now?

When it comes to gameplay my favorite has always been... Ultimate Empire at War, the old derelict version, I think 4 it was. There was also a rad FX mod, I think it was literally called FX. Sadly abandoned.

Ah one day I must get into EaW modding. Even if only to merge these two.

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the_Farseer
the_Farseer

The FX mod was literally a proof of concept for Thrawns Revenge. Made mostly by the same people. I worked with them a bit when they were making it (and subsequently contributed a few things to TR afterward). This is why it was abandoned. But yeah, thats how long ive been modding...since the Filefront days. Over a decade. Be sure to grab the Steam version as it already has several patches.

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OrangeNero
OrangeNero

Yeah I remember now. It was also a side project because some people really are the sort of lunatics that make 2 mods at the same time xD

Needless to say those often fail... glad that Thrawns Revenge is so successful. Played it a bit some years ago. Its cool.

FX mod has one major problem, way too many fighters. Well that and its unfinished, but boy is it pretty.

I should really talk more about your mod I know. Its really on my list of things to cover, Mandalorians are awesome! So sad that Star Wars canon has been reduced to a joke.

Hey I remember telling you about the Playstation 2 game Bounty Hunter, you probably still didn't get to play that one xD You really should mate, its literally the live of Boba (or was it Jango?) Fett.

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LVutner
LVutner

Hey salty zoomer.

I think you need to learn something about nexusmod site. You can find a mods for new games there.

Also, **** you - just because of your attitude :)

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OrangeNero
OrangeNero

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The amount of RTS games also shows quite well how modding has killed the RTS franchise, together with MOBA of course. Why buy a new game when you can just download a mod for a game of the golden days where publishers would invest millions into a true RTS engine?

It is really weird.

Act of War has mod tools as does Ground Control 2 and now Steel Division 2 as well. I wonder if we'll ever see mods from those games make it.

One of my votes went for World in Conflict Modern Warfare. I am a bit surprised to not see it in here. WiC is to this day setting a gold standard for strategy games and the MW mod even more so.

Starcraft 1 mods aren't really on ModDB so they're missing. Insurgency has many small amazing mods as does Total War including new Total War games.

Supreme Commander didn't make it either, well I wouldn't know of a mod for it that could have qualified.

Ah well, a happy new year, many great mods, modding ain't dead at all, it survived so much and keeps going stsrong.

Thanks ModDB! :D you are very precious!

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Alex626
Alex626

I don't think that modding really killed the RTS genre. If you look at commercial trends, there aren't many RTS games. Publishers don't tend to invest in them. Commercially it's almost an extinct genre. But looking at non-commercial sector, I think modding communities show how valuable RTS games are in reality.

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the_Farseer
the_Farseer

Exactly. The RTS genre "died" because companies saw more profit in FPS and now MMO games. There was no creative way to monetize RTS games outside of expansion packs, which were a one time purchase.

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Alex626
Alex626

That's right. No hats or loot boxes, no pay2win model. RTS is fair, your skill is the only factor of victory. Unlike MMO games, they just can't generate that money out of thin air.

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OrangeNero
OrangeNero

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Well yes RTS died because there was no money to be made there exactly because people are more than happy with Tiberium Wars mods instead of buying a new RTS that can barely match it in terms of quality. You can see it with Age of Empires 2 DE. People come in droves and claim they're being "ripped off" because they already own some other version of the game.

BTW. It comes with the editor and I am in the middle of learning how to mod that. A fantastic game with a fantastic editor. A true RTS as well. Might win a Steam Award. I hope a mod for it can make it into the next MOTY.

Of course you can monetize an RTS.

You can sell hats for soldiers. Funny tank skins. Different looks for vehicles. You can sell stat boosts and introduce an RPG like system.

At the very end of C&C we were gonna have Generals 2 and End of Nations. The latter was a Free 2 Play game that was totally gonna have all sorts of monetization. Nobody seems to remember Victory, a ****** RTT from Petroglyph that never released. It had cards that you'd buy with upgrades, sort of like Titanfall if I remember correctly.

I can still not believe that we didn't get End of Nation AND Generals 2.

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Nimostar
Nimostar

Uhhh there are more FPS mods than RTS mods. RTS isn't done by developers because it is not a format amicable with microtransactions. Starcraft 2 was the one to try it and people just BEGGED FOR OPTIONS TO TURN OFF THEIR "SKINS". So yeah it's good that RTS hasn't been defile with new always online pay to win crap.- But not because of mods at all.

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OrangeNero
OrangeNero

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WTF is it with all these idiots thinking you can't put microtransactions into a RTS?

FFS we already had plenty of those games.

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the_Farseer
the_Farseer

I cant think of a single RTS game with loot boxes or microtransactions. And I play a lot of them. They have expansion packs or DLC but its not required to be competitive and its not a purchase that is left to chance. You pay money and know with 100% certainty what you are getting.

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OrangeNero
OrangeNero

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Halo Wars 2 for example, almost every RTS for mobile phones. End of nations if it would have happened, Victory if it would have happened. StarCraft 2 has them and I don't know what made this idiot claim that this somehow "failed" or that nobody wants them.

Obviously at least 50% of the people want them and buy them. The other 50% then go and cry about it and claim nobody wants it.

I know I am gonna get downvortes like crazy and I don't care because other people's opinion are literally worthless to me.

We are here, in a time when everyone claims that RTS is dead and yet 7 out of 10 MOTY mods are RTS so clearly everybody that would be buying an RTS is instead just playing a mod or probably Fortnite or a Moba.

Broaden it a bit into the RTT genre to have more games and you'll find plenty. Battletech has microtransactions. Its just one for that one mech but its there.

Steel Division has them. Oh and Company of Heroes 2. Oh and Call to Arms. A truly amazing game. Honestly one of the best RTS games out recently but eh nobody cares about it for some reason.

Its not necessarily a bad thing that modding is killing RTS from the inside. OpenRA is pretty cool afterall among other projects. Sadly no OpenRA mod made it and instead Star Wars got it all, I wonder why, the last few movies were all **** (apart from 8 which was epic, but only few know xD)

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DrYitMat
DrYitMat

Incredible how the STALKER community continues to go strong after all these years. Great work to the Anomaly team!

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Alex626
Alex626

Not only STALKER community have Stalker mods, but also does CryEngine community to make Stalker-themed total conversions. If you are interested, check out Stalker: Legacy of Times, based on CryEngine 2.

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Ncling
Ncling

Star Wars series got 5 out of the 10 in the top 10 rating.

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Nimostar
Nimostar

Lots of thanks to Disney publicity click campaigns

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Xorras
Xorras

Wish MOTY list didn't allow mods that already came out. (like in the actual top, not honorable mentions)
It seems unfair to always see same mods pop up every year.

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Thaiauxn

I was unaware we COULD post at the top again and thus made no effort to do so. I was happy winning last year and also believe repeats shouldn't be allowed. A separate honorable meantion are is perfectly acceptable for repeat winners.

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Nimostar
Nimostar

Yep, it's pretty bad that the same games can win every year with only mionor tweaks, while completely NEW mods developed/released that very year get sweeped from the spotlight. It is like Maradona or Pelé keeps getting voted best player 2019.

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