The Best Mods For The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The Witcher 3 initially released in May 2015. 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.
I'll run through some of my preferred mods for the game, with details on 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 add-on gives 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 vital 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 excellent 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 are 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
This mod is 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 have to be honest. I have never used fast travel in the game. I like how it looks, and how I feel when I play it, so I like to travel everywhere the slow way. I am 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 find a signpost, you can 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 you to decide what types of items you want 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 add-on allows you to carry pretty much as much loot as you like and works well with the Autoloot mod.
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
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 slows 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 altogether removes 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 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
Applying oils automatically is a handy mod because sometimes you forget about Oils altogether. This add-on automatically detects the enemies that are around you and uses the correct oil for the job.
Selling old gear is vital 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 beautiful 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 through your playthrough.
Henry Cavill's Face
Because some people want to mock the Gods and ruin perfection, modder Adnan has come up with a new mod where you can have Henry Cavill's face in The Witcher 3. If you want your game experience to set you up for the upcoming Netflix series, then this is the way to do it.
You need the Hearts of Stone DLC to get this particular mod to work. Head over to Nexus Mods to download it, and you will be able to play the game while enjoying Henry Cavill at the same time.