Oh, dear sweet Skyrim. It’s precious to many of us. For those who love it and play it on PC… we also mod the hell out of it. Why? To improve the experience of playing it! Let’s take a look at the top mods to enhance the experience without adding Thomas the tank engine.
Skyrim is an incredible game, and still immensely popular even 6 years after its release. A big contributor to this is the modding community. Today, we will be looking at mods that really enhance the experience of Skyrim.
Starting of easy, we have the No Spinning Death Animation mod from dDefinder. Though small and simple, it makes for a world of difference to not fall over the same way every time. Besides, who takes the time to fall over himself after jumping off the Throat of the World?
Next, we have Locational Damage, by Kahmul. One of the more repetitive things about Skyrim is the combat. Unless you use magic or play on the harder difficulties, it is just smacking your opponent till he is dead. This mod changes that, as you can now go for the arms, legs, chest and head. Hitting these will each give a unique debuff to the enemy. All in all, it really improves the combat, without it changing the entire style.
Up next we have Immersive Patrols by Scrabbulor. Ever noticed how there aren’t too many people on the road? Like everybody is able to use fast-travel? Well no longer, as this mod puts scheduled patrols of pretty much every major faction in the world. Some of these include but are not limited to: Stormcloaks, Imperials, Thalmor, Dawnguard, several travellers and more. In the end, it is one of those minor things, that can really add to your gameplay experience.
Immersive Armors and Immersive Weapons, both from Hothtrooper44. This is one of the mods that once I installed them, I never removed them.. ever. I use this on all my playthroughs, because of the outstanding quality and quantity these mods deliver. Not only you use these armors and weapons, but the AI will be equipped with them as well. As an added bonus, the armor sets will be used in logical places as well. Commanders from the Imperials and Stormcloaks will have better armor than simple footsoldiers.
Thunderchild, by Enai Siaion, is a mod where you can base an entire play-through on. Adding over 29 new shouts plus an entire section to High Hrothgar, this mod gives quite a lot of content for you to play with. Having to unlock the shouts by meditating to Kyne, is a really fun and immersive way to gain your powers. And since the shouts are really diverse as well, you can use them in any playstyle!
Live another life, by Arthmoor, allows for a ton of new ways to play, after already spending hundreds of hours into the vanilla game. It enables you to start in different ways, instead of the same cart over and over again. Begin your game as a necromancer in a secluded lair, or as a property owner in one of the major holds. As a nice little bonus, every race has their own unique way to start the game. You’ll have to download the mod to find out though!
Coming to the more impactful mods, we have SkyUI, by the SkyUI Team. This mod hardly needs an introduction. It revamps the UI, giving a professional, elegant look to the menus. Besides this, it also comes with the Mod Configuration Menu, which is currently used by a LOT of mods.
JK’s Skyrim, by Jkrojmal and Teabag86. This mod changes the exterior of many cities and towns in a lore-friendly way. It really gives a lively feel to many of the cities. The places you have been to a thousand times just feel fresh and new, and there will always be things you see this time, that you didn’t see the last time you were there.
Skyrim Radioactive, by Rose Rosenberg. How JK’s Skyrim changes the exterior in all the right places, so does Radioactive with the interior. It adds much more expanded interiors to many, MANY stores and houses in Skyrim. I remember the first time I used this, my jaw just dropped to the floor every time I entered a new house! This is one of those mods you can’t live without after using it once!
Tendo’s Skyrim Redone by, you guessed it, T3nd0. This mod really shakes the place up a lot. It revamps a huge part of the skill tree, so nothing feels ‘useless or generic’ anymore. Besides this, it also changes the distribution of weapons, armor and items to the NPC’s in a lore-friendly way. Last but not least, it balances any weapons and armor already in the game, and any added by other mods as well. This is hands down my favorite mod, because after a lot of hours in Skyrim, this mod doubled, if not tripled the amount I already played!
What mods do you swear by in Skyrim? Let us know and we might add it to a future list.