Five Of The Best - Skyrim Mods

Written by Jon Sutton on Sun, Mar 30, 2014 3:00 PM
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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?

Let us know below!

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06:14 Apr-10-2014

i played oblivion on my old pc the mods were great, but this sounds amazing.I cant wait to play skyrim on my new rig and mod it out!

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19:17 Mar-31-2014

This reddit has got some great mods if you guys want to take a look...


http://www.reddit.com/r/skyrim/comments/1ikhrs/the_list_of_the_best_must_have_mods_for_skyrim/

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13:39 Mar-31-2014

Glad to see that the guy who made Falskaar actually got somewhere after displaying his amazing talent. Good on him. :)

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08:54 Mar-31-2014

PC for ever.Console have very little modding.PC Gaming is da best

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10:16 Mar-31-2014

*absolutely no modding

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10:20 Mar-31-2014

Yea absolutely

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16:39 Mar-31-2014

consoles can be modded, but as far as I know, at least in the US, it's illegal.

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17:57 Mar-31-2014

Consoles can be modded, but not the games on consoles :D

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19:37 Mar-31-2014

Why would it be illegal? When you buy it it's your property right?

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20:01 Mar-31-2014

There'll be some contract agreement or something saying that you can't tamper with the game. Besides if you're going to go through all of the trouble of modding console games then you may as well get a PC.

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02:14 Apr-01-2014

Yea you need to hack a console (Nothing offensive) to install a mod in it

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10:42 Apr-01-2014

You can really do that ? wow.

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10:48 Apr-01-2014

Yep,There are a lot of GTA 5 Mods like that and other games too.FPS Mod.These are however much much much much much much (infinity much) less flexible and difficult to make on Consoles than PC.On PC,I can make mods

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04:07 Mar-31-2014

Can anyone recommend graphics enhancement mods that go well together? :D

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07:52 Mar-31-2014

The post below this has some pretty good suggestions :)

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10:30 Mar-31-2014

http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/30936/ The main mod and the optionals make the game look so darn awesome! Have them all installed, and can't complain a bit! ;)

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13:45 Mar-31-2014

I use Sharpshooter's Extreme Graphics ENB Classic. Used RealVision too but couldn't get it working, installation seemed too complex (to me).
Other mods I use:
-W.A.T.E.R. - Water and Terrain Enhancement Redux
-List item Skyrim Flora Overhaul
-List item Better Dynamic Snow


You can also use Climates of Tamriel. When I used it, it got bugged or something, I don't know what, and it was raining in the game 24x7.

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22:24 Mar-30-2014

Climates Of Tamriel
Falskaar
Helgen Reborn
Skyrim HD
Enhanced Lights and FX
Serious HD
Realistic Lighting Overhaul
Lanterns Of Skyrim


I've Got About 8GB Of Highly Compressed Mods - and It Makes The Game So Much Better. All You Really Need Is The Lighting and ENB Files - You Got To Have A Torch Or Lantern-

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22:12 Mar-30-2014

I personally like anything that makes skyrim more realistic, from ENBs to mods like frostfall.
Wyrmstooth is part of a series of quest mods, so check those out. Another mod I can really recommend is Inigo. He's really my favorite follower of all time because he's got a really intelligent AI that can really time comments very well. I can also recommend SkyRe, which makes the game a lot better. My final recommendation is Splash of Rain. It's a teeny tiny mod but makes the game a lot more immersive.

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18:36 Mar-30-2014

I would've suggested Frostfall. Basically a Skyrim hardcore mode and changes the game completely. I would have also said SkyUi simply because it's a massive improvement from the vanilla menus and then of course the ENB series

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17:57 Mar-30-2014

I was expecting graphics enhancement mods here lol.

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16:38 Mar-30-2014

those mods sound awesome :D


for me, SkyUI is a must have, and the better weather and lighting mods are good too.


I also use the book covers mod, that has custom covers for all of the books in the game, and the DLCs.

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15:24 Mar-30-2014

for graphic enhancement ENB mods r the best

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15:24 Mar-30-2014

I prefer combat enhancing mods..tried tons of them.Out of the above list i will try that jarl of ivearstead mod..seems awesome!!

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15:11 Mar-30-2014

Never even heard of them, except for Falskaar (good for Velicky btw, I guess his work and effort payed off :D), got to try them out >:)

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15:28 Mar-30-2014

Me too man and I have been playing skyrim so definitely would try this

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