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Essential Skyrim mods?
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Just getting into PC gaming and fancied revisiting Skyrim (played it on the 360).

What are some of the best mods that should be applied to the game?
Improved textures

You're set for life

start here

You can also try skyrim gems if you need more shit

No amount of mods can truly make it a good game though.
I honestly don't agree with that. The fact is, there's enough raw if unbelievably repetitive content that a bit of rebalancing and some added depth with survival mechanics makes it a legitimately solid game. 7.5/10, at least.

I'm biased towards games that give you a lot of freedom anyway.

Here you go op
Some of the mods I use, bro.

+Mod Organizer - http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/1334/
+Wrye Bash - http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/1840/

+Calientes Beautiful Bodies Edition - http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/2666
+Calientes Vanilla Outfits for CBBE - http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/12273/
+XP32 Maximum Skeleton -XPMS http://www.loverslab.com/files/file/676-xp32-maximum-skeleton-extended/
+Fores New Idles in Skyrim - FNIS - http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/11811/
+Freckle Mania http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/52841/
+RaceMenu http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/29624/

+Skyrim Script Extender (SKSE) - http://skse.silverlock.org/
+SkyUI - http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/3863/
+More HotKeys Please - http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/23416/
+Unread Books Glow - http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/10012/
+Customizable Camera http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/37347/
+Fuz Ro D-oh - Silent Voice - http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/14884/
+Death Alternative - Your Money or Your Life - http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/45894/
+SkyComplete - Automatically Track Quests - Locations - Books http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/60445/

+Unofficial Skyrim Patch - http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/19/
+Unofficial Dawnguard Patch - http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/23491/
+Unofficial Hearthfire Patch - http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/25127/
+Unofficial Dragonborn Patch - http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/31083/
+Even Better Quest Objectives - http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/32695
+World Map - Skyrim Hold Borders - http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/5739/
+Fast travel timescale fix - http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/19389/

+Auto Harvest 2 - Loot Container and Deadbodies http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/19618/

+Empowered Magic - http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/11139/
+Unleveled Uniques - http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/22664/
+Brawl Bugs Plugin - http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/24020/
+Oblivious Horses - http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/13036

+SkyTweak - Skyrim Balance Tweaker - http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/33395
+Binocular Vision For NPCs while Sneaking - http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/8719
+Glowing Ore Veins 300 - http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/downloads/file.php?id=193
+Simple Crosshair - http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/26387/

+TK Dodge - http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/20923/
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hurf durf skyrim shit get off muh vidyer
Most people who recommend a massive list of mods are elitist faggots, or furry faggots wanting to wank off to a game instead of play it.

The only mods I use are the Unofficial patches and SkyUI because fuck game-breaking glitches and lazy design.

Anything that overhauls too much and you're not playing the same game as everyone else anymore.
I like the social aspect of AAA games, so when you're at the water cooler saying how cool it was to triple backflip and perfectly land your lightsabre into a child's head everyone will think you're "that kid" grown up.
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You absolutely have to try out Essential NPCs, it's great, also I really like requiem, because it fills out some of the dungeons massively, I remember a long time ago getting Tend0s skyrim redone, on top, and it made the game really challenging and the combat felt a lot more fun. PCG has a nice article of their top 50 mods, most of which are decent.
men freund just play gothic instead
a recommendation from the friendly german
[ENVIORNMENTAL] - Cliffracers, Ducks and Swans for Skyrim, Real Ice, Realistic Water Two, Stable uGruisToLoad, True Storms - Thunder and Rain Redone

[FOLLOWERS] - Mrissi - A tail of troubles, Pelinal Follower

[GAMEPLAY EFFECTS AND CHANGES] - Arrows and Bolts Tweaks, Enemy AI OverHaul - Revenge Of the Enemies, Run For Your Lives

[HAIR AND FACE MODELS] - Superior Lore-Friendly Hair - HD textures, Vanilla Hair Variety Plus, The Eyes Of Beauty

[IMMERSION] - Animated Dwemer Lift Load Doors, Dead Body Collision Fix, Enhanced Lights and FX Dawnguard / Dragonborn, Follower Commentary Overhaul,
Guard Dialouge Overhaul, Hold Border Banners, Immersive Patrols, Immersive Skyrim Thunder V6, More Village Animals, No More Glowing Edges Mod,
Point The Way, Radiance, Shooting Stars, SkyFalls, Splash of Rain, Wet and Cold

[ITEMS AND OBJECTS] - WORLD - HD Misc, High Quality Food and Ingredients, Realistic HD Mushrooms, Unique Booze Bottles HD

[LANDSCAPE CHANGES] - Serious HD Retexture Skyrim

[MAGIC - SPELLS AND ENHANCEMENTS] - Apocalypse - Magic of Skyrim, Deadly Spell Impacts, Enchanting Freedom, Wintermyst - Enchantments of Skyrim

[MODLES AND TEXTURES] - Better Males, Coverkhajiits male / female, Detailed Rugs, Detailing the Eldrich, DIMONIZED UNP female body,
Feminine Argonian Textures, Feminine Khajit Textures, Fences of Skyrim, HD Linens, HD Road Textures, High Res Face Maps for Men,
Horizen of Dreams, HQ Skyrim map, MANHOLE OF SOLITUDE, Ruins Clutter Improved, Rustic Alchemy and Enchanting Tables, Rustic Children,
Rustic Soulgems, Rustic Windows, Skyrim Flora Overhaul (Dragonborn), Skyrim Flora Overhaul, Skyrim HD (2K) Textures all, Ultimate HD Fire Effects,
Skyrim Realistic Tecture Overhaul Clouds, Skyrim Realistic Tecture Overhaul Dragons (8K), Stunning Statues of Skyrim, Weatherd Road Signs

[NPC] - Inconsequuential NPC's, Killable and Lootable Children, OBIS

[OVERHAULS] - Project Reality - Cliamtes of Tamriel-V3

Part 1
>Anything that overhauls too much and you're not playing the same game as everyone else anymore.
I don't see how this is a problem.

>I like the social aspect of AAA games
[PATCHES] - OneTweak, All unofficial Patches for all dlc

[QUESTS] AND ADVENTURES - Brhuce Hammar - Legacy

[RACES, CLASSES, AND BIRTHSIGNS] - Ethereal Elven Overhaul


[USER INTERFACES] - A Quality World Map, SkyUI If you don't use SkyUI, fucking get SkyUI

[VISUALS AND GRAPHICS] - Burn Freeze Shock Effects, Enhanced Blood Textures, Ethereal Auroras, Footprints, Gems of Skyrim, Pure Weather,
Quality Snow HD (4K), Smoking Torches and Candles, Static Mesh Improvement Mod, Watercolor for ENB and Realistic Water Two

[WEAPONS] - Immersive Weapons, Lore Weapon Expansion, Unique Uniques

Part 2. Tinker around with these and have LOOT tell you best load order
>No amount of mods can truly make it a good game though.

Truth. First time playing and I have over 200 mods, game is fucking shit, no amount of mods can fix it.
Tech stuff like organizer and Wrye Bash, also script extender. To that, graphics mods, perk revamp (SPERG, SkyRe, PerMa), several noteworthy quests (never take Fight Against Thalmor series, they are shit), SexLab if you're into that shit (highly modular, you.could make fucked up or immersive game, depends on you), maybe weapon amd armour mods. I would post my list, but I'm on the phone now.
Why else would you play AAA games? They're not fun anymore. The majority of them are graphical showcases, and boring, repetitive gameplay, with failed script writers writing the story.
Don't use workshop. It is much easier in the LONG run to use mod organizer. Don't use Nexus mod manager either, it tends on working out better in te long run. Skyrim Gems is really good.
TL:DR Skyrim Gemstone. Mod Organizer, Use Nexus for mods but not their mod manager. Hope this helps!
You're so hip and cool. Special, unique, and not like the dumb masses!
Because this particular AAA game lets you mod it into playability.

And honestly bethesda games have the ludicrous amount of shit in them as a legitimate selling point; all the content is mediocre but there's a lot of it and even in handhold mode skyrim you can do it in whatever order you like after helgen and not give a shit. Very few games give you that freedom.
There are no mods that fix any of the core gameplay issues.

Install fap mods and be done with it.
OP here!

Thanks for all the speedy replies! Should be starting it up tomorrow!
Not as special and cool as you, bro. I'll never be as cool as someone who points out when someone doesn't enjoy the same things as me :(
Go back to reddit or IGN or wherever you came from.
You got that right, you'll forever be a worthless human shit but it's great you came to that realization on your own.
>Go to Nexus
>Find something that catches your eye
>Check out
>Follow the link to it's pre-requisites
>Follow the link to their pre-requisites
>Follow the link to their pre-requisites
>Install SKSE
>Install SkyUI
>Follow the chain back up.
First of all, you should be using Mod Organizer. It has everything you need for casual modding with none of the unfrendliness of Wrye Bash.

Absolute bare minimum is SKSE, SkyUI and unofficial patches.

Graphix minimum is SMIM and a big texture pack. Good ol' HD2K still works. Also Xenius pack for basic NPC improvements.

Gameplay mods are a big thing to tackle. If you want to stick close to vanilla with some all-around improvements, get Ultimate Combat, Ultimate Dragons, Empowered Magic, Morrowloot and Revenge of the Enemies.

>But I want a big overhaul!
You really shouldn't until you at least know what a bashed patch is.
>this thread
Every day we get a little closer to the bottom of the barrel
uninstall mod
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