The Must-Have Mods of Skyrim - HotHardware

The Must-Have Mods of Skyrim

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Warzones - Civil Unrest - By MyGoodEye



What it is:
A project to create an actual civil war in Skyrim
What it does: Creates dynamic battlefields in multiple locations in-game.
Does it change game balance: No
Performance Impact: Varies
Download LocationNot Available on Steam / Skyrim Nexus

One of the most disappointing limitations in Skyrim is its portrayal of the civil war between the Imperial Legion and the Stormcloaks. The age and limited capabilities of the Xbox and PS3 made it difficult for Bethesda to model any sort of significant combat.

As a result, Skyrim is a remarkably peaceful place, even when a civil war is supposedly tearing it apart. Warzones changes this by implementing battlefields where the various forces are busy trying to slaughter each other. Who fights who is a function of Warzone and where you are in the main quest; we've seen clashes between Imperials and Stormcloaks, bandits and both of the main factions, elves and bandits, and Stormcloaks against undead.



The battles are more skirmishes than full-fledged invasions -- we'd wager the average conflict is between 10-15 NPCs -- but even this adds a sense of immersion that's sorely lacking in the original game. The various factions will engage third parties like dragons or giants if either puts in an appearance, which can lead to some rather awesome dragon fights.

While Warzones isn't meant to impact the game's storyline or quest completion in any way, the author notes that it's possible that the mod could make it more difficult to complete certain objectives and that the battlezones may not perfectly align with the comments various NPCs make about the war. Having experimented for a number of hours, we think the chance of a problem is minor and that the benefit more than outweighs a bit of odd lore.

We consider this to be one of the most important Skyrim mods when it comes to adding value to the PC version of the game. Even without true battlefield simulations of 100-200 individuals, Warzones makes Skyrim feel like a land at war in a way that the vanilla game simply can't.

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I'm lmfao at that video!!!! I just picked this game up, can't wait to play it!

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From now on, any time anyone asks me what Skyrim is, I'm just going to point them to the Pinkie Pie video.

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3vi1:

From now on, any time anyone asks me what Skyrim is, I'm just going to point them to the Pinkie Pie video.

Bronies?   

 

Thanks for not posting any of the nude mods/texture packs. 

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I considered some of the mods that added geometry and allowed for a wider range of body types. Such work isn't automatically a bad thing. Ultimately, I decided not to include it for two reasons: 

1)  Nudity is enabled by default. While I don't have a problem with that, it changes Skyrim's rating and could thereby create problems with parents who are unhappy with such content. 

2)  The mods, without exception that I could find, are exclusively female. Combined with #1, this was enough to tilt my verdict on the merits of including such work. There are mods available that improve character geometry or allow for taller/heavier/curvier women than the vanilla models. Players who want such mods can find them. They are not just "nude" patches of the sort that existed for classic Tomb Raider games. Ultimately, however, they are aimed more at providing sexual eye candy than a more generic mod that seeks to improve the rendering of in-game content. 

If there was a mod that included such options for both male and female characters, and kept to the ESRB's rating, I'd have recommended it (assuming it was worth recommending).

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when my daughter goes back to middle school and start playing Skyrim i'll use Pinkie Pie

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This is one of my favorite ones:

http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/downloads/file.php?id=13268

It improves the water, turning it from the weird gel of the original into...water.

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Sackyhack, 

 

I also looked at that mod, but ran into a few too many issues with other mods that impact water textures to feel comfortable recommending it. I've also had a problem recently with water rendering on the NV card I used while writing the article (specifically, with water turning opaque). 

Still, it's a good project. Thanks for contributing. :) 

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I must get a copy of this game :P

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Been awhile since I played. Going to get back in when school slows down abit.

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I applied a majority of all these mods over the weekend in combination with the recommended mods from Kotaku on how to get its looking as best as visually possible.

That combined with the gameplay fixes and improvements from this have resulted in a refreshed Skyrim experience (I left out harder dragons and the difficulty adjustment mods as I'm low level and at the moment haven't felt things to be too easy)

This is an awesome post, thanks for taking such an in depth review and analysis of not only a game but its mods and troubleshooting the ones that work best together.

Earlier in the year when the game first out I dabbled in modding and screwed up my save games from incompatible mods.

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