Strategy Mods Abound in MODDB’s Top 100 Mods of 2019 List12 Dec 2019 0
Popular mods database MODDB is currently running their annual vote for the 2019’s Best Mods. After an initial round of voting that started at the beginning of the month, a shortlist of 100 mods has been chosen, and for the next week or so users can vote on which mod they think is the best of the best for this year.
Out of the 100 shortlisted, roughly half were mods for strategy games, which is great to see. We love us some mods here at Strategy Gamer, so it's good that our favourite genre still continues to out-put some excellent user-made content. Let’s have a quick breakdown of what’s been nominated this year:
Star Wars: Empire at War - Forces of Corruption
Petroglyphs excellent Star Wars strategy game has a total of nine mods in the shortlist, making it the strategy game with the most mods shortlisted. Most of these keep the Star Wars setting and simply bring in other elements from the EU, or recreate ships and troops from other periods such as the Clone Wars. There is also a cheeky Stargate-themed conversion in there as well.
C&C Generals: Zero Hour
Command & Conquer: Generals remains a bit of a cult classic when it comes to C&C games… It’s strangely popular, and probably would warrant a decent sequel if EA weren’t busy remaking the original C&C games instead. It has six mods in the list most of which have been worked on for a decade or more, which just goes to show how dedicated the community is in keeping this game alive and fresh.
Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion
Sins of a Solar Empire gets joint third with Medieval 2 below, each with five mods in the shortlist. Our friends from the Halo-themed Sins of the Prophets mods are nominated again, as are mods that cover Star Wars and Star Trek.
Medieval 2: Total War - Kingdoms
I honestly didn’t realise the Medieval 2 mod scene was still this vibrant, but here are five pretty interesting sounding mods that have been voted into the top 100. There are two Lord of the Rings mods, a Dragon Age themed mod, and even an Elder Scrolls mod.
These are the strategy games that have the most mods nominated for the Top 100 shortlist, but there are plenty of other others worth highlighting as well. Total War: Attila, Rome: Total War, Total War: Shogun 2 and Napoleon: Total War all have mod entries, and there’s a lone Crusader Kings 2 mod that is another Lord of the Rings conversion. Other random entries include:
- A mod for Age of Empires III called ‘Wars of Liberty’.
- Mods for Command & Conquer Red Alert 3, Tiberian Sun, Command & Conquer 3 and even Tiberium Wars.
- Dawn of War has a couple of mods.
- World in Conflict has an entry this year.
- On the non-strategy side, Mount & Blade: Warband has a lot of mods in the Top 100 as well.
We can’t wait to find out which mod is crowned king, and if you go to the awards page you can see what other non-strategy games have mods in the Top 100 shortlist. In the meantime, I might actually go and check some of these out. The Napoleon: Total War mod is a WW1 conversion, which might be worth checking out.