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Your top Skyrim mods for HD

d_20d_20 Member RarePosts: 1,878
Now that the special edition of Skyrim has come out, I'm thinking of giving it a go again. I never really got into Skyrim the first time around because I found it mostly bleak and gray. It was cool enough to make it to level 45 or so, but I didn't spend nearly as much time playing that as I did Morrowind or even Oblivion. 

But I also only played Vanilla Skyrim. People say mods make the game a lot better, but I have no idea where to start. I know where to get mods, but there are so many, it's kind of overwhelming. 

So what are your personal favorite must have mods for Skyrim? Do we have to wait for more mods for the new edition?


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  • IkedaIkeda Member RarePosts: 2,751
    edited October 2016
    None because the idiots have decided that Mods, with the special edition, disable Achievements.

    For the original (where you can still get achievements with mods) I'd say SKSE, SkyUI, unofficial Legendary patch (fixes all bugs).  Then I heavily enjoy ALL the Towns and Villages content + Sounds of Skyrim (there are quite a few).  HD Plants and Vurts Floral Overhaul for looks.
  • PhryPhry Member LegendaryPosts: 11,004
    Well, seeing as you have to get them from Bethesda directly, i don't think it is worth it, there are so many good mods you can get through the steam workshop, for free, that its unreal, not having access to them in the SE version, makes it something of a joke.
    The SE is really an upgrade for consoles, without mod support on PC, its not worth it.
  • NycteliosNyctelios Member EpicPosts: 3,817
    First - you don't mod outside Nexus. No Bethesda Net, no Steam Workshop.

    Second - Most of top mods for Skyrim depends on Skyrim Script Extender (SKSE) and won't work on Special Edition because the SE run on something you could call Creation Engine 1.5. The team behind SKSe released a note saying they are working on SKSE64.

    But most of mods that previously required SKSE are working without SKSE due the 64bit new ram limitations. So there are already absurd amounts of mods working for Skyrim Special Edition - and modders are finding out some that works on SE even without proper porting - like the 2.2 version of SkyUI (which only loses the custom favorite menu functionality).

    Third - SKSE is not a mod. And there is a mod so you can get achievements in modded saves.

    It depends on what experience you are seeking. My Skyrim is a hardcore survival experience + Role play. It means I have Frostfall, Camping, Wet and Cold, Alternate Star. The team behind Real Storm is working on a port to SE atm.

    I enjoy immersion within the game lore, so I avoid custom assets, with exception of CBBE body presets (not the body slide studio custom meshes), Ars Metallica.

    For appearance you need SMIM (<- The most important one), Verdant, TreesHD (just textures without the LOD and meshes), Realistic Lightning Overhaul, Real Ice, Real Clouds,  ApachiiSkyHair, Nordic Snow, Real Effect Candle, Ren's HD Shrines, Ruins Clutter Improved and  the texture packs it suits your rig (Yuril Rings, Better Circlets, Yarls Clothes and so on).

    I'll advise you to pay attention to details. There are mods that sounds silly, like "HD Charcoal textures" or "2k basket texture" or "High Definition Ore and Gems"... But, when you play the game, and is using graphic enhancements for your Skyrim and then you look around and those ugly low resolution textures are just sitting there on the room  - it hurts.

    I'll suggest you scream on Nexus Discord server and talk to modders to find which old Skyrim mods you can use on SE.

    I'm testing one by one of my 219 mods for old Skyrim and already found 51 that works perfectly.

    There are plenty more on Nexus already, like the Character Overhaul and Complete Dialogue overhaul. I suggest you take a look. And the dx11 on SE makes worth going for the new version due stability.Phry said:
    Well, seeing as you have to get them from Bethesda directly, i don't think it is worth it, there are so many good mods you can get through the steam workshop, for free, that its unreal, not having access to them in the SE version, makes it something of a joke.
    The SE is really an upgrade for consoles, without mod support on PC, its not worth it.
    What? What the hell are you talking about?
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  • CleffyCleffy Member RarePosts: 6,247
    First thing I would do is change the FoV from 70 to 90 and turn off godrays in the ini files. I find the game unplayable otherwise.
    From there. SkyUI, an ENB or ReShade, CBBE, and Whatever the main male body mod was. An ENB or ReShade may not work well with the volumetric fog.
  • NycteliosNyctelios Member EpicPosts: 3,817
    Cleffy said:
    First thing I would do is change the FoV from 70 to 90 and turn off godrays in the ini files. I find the game unplayable otherwise.
    From there. SkyUI, an ENB or ReShade, CBBE, and Whatever the main male body mod was. An ENB or ReShade may not work well with the volumetric fog.
    There is no ENB for SE yet besides FO4 Enb presets tests because Boris didn't release a proper version for x11 CE1.5.

    But, ENB presets has tweaks for certain alphas and certain materials, which means you can easily get graphic aberrations making the game unplayable (like the Skyrim Flora Overhaul that atm turns most of tree textures black and the shadow they should cause is distorted and crashes the textures interacting with it).

    Please, stop spreading misinformation.

    ENB and Reshades works well with or without volumetric lights and fogs - it is about the adjustment (pre set) and not about the fog.
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