Just before Christmas, I started playing Skyrim again after taking a break from Dragon Age Inquisition. Admittedly, I had not yet completed the game but, like with many other games, I’d restarted the game several times over. This time I not only started it over again, but I decided to finally delve into the world of mods. I’ve dealt with mods before for the Sims games, but never for anything else. There seemed like a lot of good mods that could be used so I had a go.
I haven’t really stopped playing the game since. The mods have been phenomenol and extremely helpful in getting me interested in the game again. Some of these mods have been around since the game toolkit was released but I’ve not been game enough to try out any of the mods since it was released. I picked up Skyrim on Steam during one of their specials just over a year ago I think. I had played Oblivion previously on the 360 but couldn’t get into the game so I gave it away (I have regretted that since). I turned to have a go at the Skyrim game on PC and thoroughly enjoyed it. I did have a look at the mods they had listed on Steam but chose to ignore them and just play the game. However, as mentioned, I tended to restart the game over and over again – usually because I wasn’t happy with the character or because I’d bought all the DLCs that went with the game (I think they were part of the package at the time) I was never happy with my homes on Hearthfire. Eventually I stopped playing and returned to playing Sims and any other games I may have had.
Then last year I of course picked up Dragon Age Inquisition and was excited and thrilled to play it. I have not yet completed the game, I am still aiming to eventually purchase a PS4 and get that version, but played the game for as long as I could. As I mentioned at the start of this post, I decided to take a little break from the game, but that break took a lot longer than I’d meant it to. I started playing Skyrim and joined up with Nexus Mods. My nephew had mentioned to me recently that he believed Nexus Mods was a site you had to pay for, however that is not the case. You can sign up for free and download and install the mods, there’s just a few more restrictions I believe when you are not a paying customer. Still, it’s given me the opportunity to try out numerous mods. At this point in time I have about 82 mods (I’ve downloaded more), but at the moment only 66 of them are installed. Probably the one mod that everyone uses as its the top mod out there is SkyUI, this makes changes to the User Interface, making it far more easier to move around in and it makes it look a lot nicer. It’s also easier to find a lot of your items and magics etc. The other top mods I’ve been using are Frostfall – where your character experiences the weather of Skyrim literally and can freeze to death if they do not warm themselves up; Realistic Needs and Diseases – a mod where your character experiences things like hunger and thirst, and can be infected by diseases based on whether they’ve eaten raw food or water straight from the river or various other issues, they can also experience being drunk, with your character stumbling about the screen waving about making it difficult to focus; A Matter of Time – a small mod that shows the time, date and season of Skyrim, as well as your own “real” time; Wet and Cold – adds a wetness meter to your UI and enhances the cold features of Frostfall, there are also add-ons for the DLCs and a Holiday version that adds a little bit of festivity to the towns; Enhanced Lights and FX – as the mod says, this enhances all lighting around Skyrim, should you turn on the advanced enhancements (which I did to begin with), some of the dungeons can be pitch black, making it very difficult to move around without a torch in hand; Cloaks of Skyrim – this goes almost hand in hand with Frostfall, where your character and the NPCs around Skyrim can add a cloak to their attire which helps assist against the cold weather; and many more mods that helped enhance the game.
I have to say its really a great idea to take on these mods – my nephew had played with a few but never this level until I showed him and then he got all excited about playing the game again with these enhancements to the game. I have now finally finished the main quest of the game and am still trying out new mods here and there, but have taken yet another break from this game and have returned to playing Dragon Age Inquisition – from the beginning again.
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