One of the main things that sets PC gaming apart from console gaming is the endless possibilities thrown up in the world of modding. Unlike the consoles we’re not restricted to the developers vision of a world, we can make our own worlds or explore other fans.
Few game series inspire as much fan love as The Elder Scrolls, so it should come as a surprise to no one that The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has some of best mod support in gaming today. From tweaks and fixes, to homages and full-blown continents, there’s a plethora of content out there to make of the greatest games in the world even better. Let’s take a look at five of the best...
Wyrmstooth - Stumping up for DLC is a modern-day chore, asking you for the best part of £10 for a few hours content. Why bother, is the answer here, when mods as good as Wyrmstooth are available for the princely sum of nothing.
This DLC-sized expansion adds the entire new island of Wyrmstooth to Skyrim, tasking the Dragonborn with slaying a dragon that’s disrupting important trade routes in the area. Featuring more than 30 new fully-voiced NPCs and 17 new quests, Wyrmstooth is an extensive adventure over a brand new land mass that is perfect for whiling away a weekend.
SkyMo Mod V12 - It might seem impossible to the casual player, but at some point while traipsing over Tamriel there comes a moment where you realise you’re bored of taking down defenseless mammoths. I know, I know, I never thought I could get bored of it either, but it happens.
To combat the hollow feeling that could only come from coldly and calculatingly making an extinct animal once again extinct in another fantasy universe, there’s the Skyrim monster mod.
This little beauty comes armed to the teeth with hundreds of new enemies, more than 30 new weapons and, most excitingly of all, more than 70 new types of dragon. Some of them jar a little with the mythos of the universe, but if you don't like them just cave their skulls in with a mace and they shouldn't both your any more.
Become Jarl of Ivarstead - The virtual equivalent of being that arsehole Joffrey from Game of Thrones. Sit atop your mighty unearnt throne and lord it over your peasant minions. Nothing stands between you and disgustingly high taxes, public executions and tyrannical rule.
Alternatively I suppose you could be a benevolent leader, raising cattle and tending to your herb garden atop your ramparts. Whatever floats your boat. Become Jarl of Ivarstead gives you these options though, introducing a new quest that grants you your very own castle to lord over your people. One for the closet narcissists.
The Evil Mansion: Dark Edition - Skyrim, meet Resident Evil. Resident Evil, meet Skyrim. A match made in Tamriellan heaven. Just like the original Resident Evil, this one’s a bit rough around the edges, but how can you fault a mod that recreates that classic mansion in Skyrim.
While not featuring an official questline, The Evil Mansion challenges you with clearing out the haunted house, loaded with all manner of unspeakable evil, traps and puzzles. Your reward for this terrifying hardship? Well the Spencer Mansion becomes your home of course. Home sweet (Amityville) home.
Falskaar - What is it? Well, it’s pretty much the ultimate content mod. The land of Falskaar is around ⅓ the size of the entirety of Skyrim, adding up to 30 hours of new gameplay through 26 (count ‘em!) quests. This one made the news back during last summer for being that one that a single 19-year-old put together over the course of 2,000 hours.
With the help of some musicians and voice actors, Alexander J. Velicky put together this staggering adventure that even goes so far as to included a brand new soundtrack. This one adds a little bit of everything for everyone, and feels like the equivalent of a free full-blown expansion pack. To his credit, Velicky has gone on to secure a job at Bungie since releasing Falskaar.
So there’s some of our favourite Skyrim mods, what are yours?
Do you prefer content add-ons or UI and graphics enhancement mods?
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