The Best Mods For The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The Witcher 3 was released in May, 2015. That is nearly four years of bliss. It's a superb game, and I easily rate it as one of the best I have ever played. Like all games, it has its issues, but what it does well is enough to keep me replaying it, over and over again. Sometimes, you want to mix things up a little bit though, and this is where mods come in.
In this article, I'll run through some of my preferred mods for the game, with a little bit of information as to why I like them so much.
The Best Mods For The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Debug Console Enabler
A must-have mod, if you plan on messing around with mods at all. This will give you access to the Debug Console, where you can get up to all kinds of shenanigans, from spawning enemies to changing the weather.
Nexus Mod Manager
The Nexus is where all the mods live when we are not poking and prodding them. Nexus Mod Manager allows you to quickly and easily download and install mods. When using this it is important to keep a close eye on any information about conflicts and load orders. Lots of mods interact with each other, or even rely on each other. Read those information boxes carefully!
Ansel is great and all, but if you are doing to be doing some odd things to your visuals, it won't always work that well. The problems is that for people who like to take screenshots, some of the injectables you use to alter how the game looks won't always translate well through Ansel. Photo Mode is a great way to take your screenshots, as it should interact much better with your visual changes.
The Witcher 3 HD Rework Project
Pretty much a one stop shop for people who want to give their game a graphical bump. The HD Rework Project wants to make everything look just a little better, while still staying loyal to the original art direction. This mod will bring very high quality texture, high quality meshes, and better levels of details to parts of the game that may have been a little lacking. It also manages to not cost you too much from a performance point of view.
Fast Travel Anywhere
I gotta be honest, I have never fast traveled in the game. I like how it looks, and how I feel when I play it, so I like to just travel everywhere the slow way. I am clearly a lunatic though, so you might want to be able to fast travel from anywhere. If you do, then use this mod. No need to go find a sign post, you can just click on your map and teleport there.
While I am perfectly happy to travel strictly by Roach, I can't be wasting time picking up loot from every man and monster who falls to my swords. The Autoloot mod comes with filters, allowing to decide exactly what types of items you want it to pick up. If you are so inclined, it can also just snatch up absolutely everything.
If you want a Witcher who has benefited from some hardcore Crossfit, this is the mod for you. This will allow you to carry pretty much as much loot as you like, and works well with the Autoloot mod, for obvious reasons.
FCR3 is what happens when a person who worked on a game makes a mod for that game. Described as an "immersion and rebalancing" mod, this will bring all kinds of bug fixes, rebalancing, and general fun your way. It does, by design, make the game a little harder, so be aware of that.
Critical Slow Motion Mod
Sometimes, when you chop a guy in half, or send a head flying across the screen, you want to take the time to appreciate it, or contemplate the fleeting time we all get to spend in this life. This mod will nicely slow down those critical kills for you, letting you savor your handiwork.
E3 Dodge System
One of my major issues with The Witcher 3 is the dodging. It is, quite frankly, a bit silly at times. This mod introduces a more stripped down dodge system similar to one seen in an early E3 video. People who have struggled to enjoy combat in the game might find it far more appealing with this mod installed.
This mod will completely remove weapon degradation from the game. Weapon degradation is often a silly system in the vast majority of games that use it. It rarely adds fun, and often just comes off as too gamey to not be an immersion breaker. As such, you can use this mod and not feel even a little bit guilty.
Friendly HUD will give you all kinds of control over your UI. You can individually modify each HUD module, add 3D markers for quest and NPC tracking, and it makes several improvements to the game menus.
Auto Apply Oils
This is a very useful mod, because sometimes you just forget about Oils altogether. This will automatically detect the enemies that are around you, and apply the correct oil for the job.
Selling old gear is important in the Witcher, but you can often run into a vendor who is running low on cash. Use this mod to ensure that merchants always have enough money to buy what you are selling. If you need quick cash, it will also allow you to change the price of merchant goods, and the price they will pay for your wares.
Sezon Burz Witcher's Gear
A really nice set of gear, based on the book Storm Season. Fits in with the style of the game perfectly, and comes in different level and power options so you can wear it all the way through your playthrough.