10 Best Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Mods
For a game that's almost eight years old, it's quite a surprise to find that Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim still has a vast and active fan base after all this time. That's in no small part down to the fact that Bethesda has managed to craft one of the greatest open world games in history and even though it's at times frustrating to find yourself stuck inside a wall or falling through the map there's still an immense amount of fun to be had.
So what do you do if when you've done everything that it has to offer? Well, then it's time to jump into the seemingly never-ending supply of mods that are available but which ones do you need to own and which ones are just a waste of hard-drive space?
This list aims to answer that question for you.
10 Best Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Mods
The Forgotten City
If you've finished the main game as well as all the DLC, you may just be jonesing for some more sweet, sweet action and that's where this mod comes in. This murder mystery is set deep within the bowels of a Dwemer city and over the following six to eight hours you must help a woman called Cassia find her brother and if you mess it up, don't worry there's always time travel to bail you out. This fact that the story is the first ever in a mod to win the Writers' Guild award should tell you all you need to know about this mod.
It takes a certain kind of crazy to look at the vast open world and deep storytelling that Bethesda put into Skyrim and think "You know, I reckon we could do better," but that's just what the folks over SureAI.net did, and the result is, quite frankly, stunning. Endreal isn't just a re-skin of the original game but a whole new take on it with its lore as well as a dark tale that explores a much darker side, and as it's open source, it's always growing. It also clocks in between 30-100 hours, so you've got no excuse to venture outside anytime soon.
One of the best things about Skyrim's modding community is that if you ever look at your game and think there's not enough for you to do, then you're only ever one click away from downloading a brand new quest. If that sounds like fun, then you could do a lot worse than check out Wyrmtooth. When a dragon starts causing trouble for the East Empire Company you're hired to go put it down, and when you venture into the island of Wyrmstooth that's what you plan to do, but you soon find out that not everything is as it seems.
When a mod is created that lands the guy who made it a job at Bungie then you know that it's worth checking out. Falskaar adds an extra 20-30 hours worth of gameplay with a brand new main quest as well as a massive chunk of side ones to go along with it. It also allows you access to a whole new land as well as new items, including books, weapons, armor, and consumables. Will you help bring peace to this place?
Even more, DLC sized modding is available for bugger all if you're still looking for more thing to do but this one only clocks in at around six hours. Way up in the Velothi mountains is the Clockwork Castle. It's a place that's powered by Dwemer technology, and if you can fight your way through the tunnels that lead up to it, you can claim it as your home. Which is beautiful until you try to leave and then you have to solve the problem of how to get out.
Moonpath to Elsweyr
Fighting dragons is one of the best parts of Skyrim. That feeling of sheer terror you get the first time you see the shadow of the beast's wings beating on the ground in front of you, that pants staining moment you experience when it opens it's mouth to turn you into a Kentucky Fried Adventurer, there's nothing else quite like it. Unless you download this mod, then you can spend some free time stabbing Raptors in the face. Oh, and there's some storyline in there as well but come on. STABBING.RAPTORS.IN.THE.FACE.
If you don't know who Randy Savage is you need to quickly pop on YouTube and check out some of his promos. Off you go, meet back here in five minutes. There, great wasn't he. Now imagine if Bethesda had made every dragon in the game representation of the Macho Man, how awesome would that have been. Well, if that's what you want, then that's what you can have by downloading the Macho Dragons mod and turning every single encounter into an instant five-star classic. OOOOHHHH YYYEEAAAHHH!!!
Divine Punishment for Mentions of Arrows in the Knee
"I used to be an adventurer like you. Then I took an arrow to the knee..." How many times during your travels across Skyrim have you heard someone tell you their sad life story of being kneecapped by some random arrow shot? It's got to be in the hundreds, right? And how many times have you heard them utter those words and thought just how much you'd like to cut them into tiny little pieces? Well, now you can with this mod and best of all you won't get any jail time for it.
Animated Fart Shouts
Okay, hands up here, this doesn't add anything to the game at all outside of fart gags, but if you're feeling juvenile, then there is something outrageously funny about watching your Chosen One bend over and let one rip each time he or she uses their voice power. Fart your way through gates at high speed or turn around, expel some gas and turn your victim into a stinky pile of ash. Cutting the cheese has never been more hilarious.
Dovahbit of Caerbannog
Companions in Skyrim are usually a pain in the butt. They have a terrible tendency to go rushing into battle when you're trying to be sneaky or sodding off with half your stuff if you annoy them enough. They are such a drag that it's usually better to do the whole thing on your own, no matter how much loot you find yourself unable to take back with you. That is unless you download Dovahbit of Caerbannog. If the site of a rabbit in a horned helmet doesn't fill your heart with glee, then there is something very wrong with you.