The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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Tomek Mar 1, 2014 @ 6:58am
Do mods ruin the game?
I want to play through all quests/dungeons in skyrim and i want to add some weapon/armor mods but im worried they will ruin the game for me? do they change the game a lot in any way?
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clthomps Mar 1, 2014 @ 7:06am 
There are 1000's of mods it seems. Some have huge inpacts on game, some are very small and subtle. It totally depends on what you are looking for in mods and how much you want to modify the game. Make sure you get mods from Skyrim Nexus and use Nexus Mod Manager. It is far better then trying to do mods off of steam.

Your best bet is to just check out the top 100 all-time mods on Skyrim Nexus and decide which of those seem good as a start.
Tomek Mar 1, 2014 @ 7:07am 
Shelt Mar 1, 2014 @ 7:10am 
Depends on which mods you choose, although most mod authors strive for balance so as not to create overpowered arms and armor. If you go to Nexus and search through the top mods, you will find what you're looking for.

I can recommend Immersive Armors by Hothtrooper. It adds many new armors and shields without breaking balance. It also adds shield painting stations at some forges where you can customize certain shields.
gnewna Mar 1, 2014 @ 7:10am 
It's also worth looking for a good beginner's guide to modding, I believe there are some on YouTube. There are lots of things it's easy to overlook, like exactly how best to use certain toold, etc.
Tomek Mar 1, 2014 @ 7:18am 
Thanks you guys! right now i want to make an archer-assasin class.. do immersive weapons add bows? and immersive armors add some nice light armor right?
White Knight Mar 1, 2014 @ 7:38am 
I would recomend staying away from mods at first. Not only will you miss out on the game they actually made and have a valid opinion about it but no matter what, you are going to run into game wrecking problems when you start playing around with mods.

You can pick up a couple of tips in here but you will learn through a trial by fire. I promise you, you will get burned.

Having said that, when you get bored of the original game, there are an ever-growing number of mods to choose from to make it fresh and awesome all over again. If you struggle with mods before you ever learn to love the game, you'll just wind up on another thread telling folks how much you hate
tehnoob514 Mar 1, 2014 @ 8:05am 
The majority of armor/weapon mods are fine, however i reccomend waiting a while before using them. I found it best to experience the game without mods first, as the armor mods may not be immersion breaking or have stats that shouldn't exist, but many of them require no work to obtain and are usually on par with daedric or dragonbone armors, which you shouldn't get untill endgame.

Look into a mod before you get it, however. But still,if an armor set looks really cool to you, then grab it. Skyrim is a game and is ultimately about how much fun you have, and certain mods can enhance your experience greatly.
Look for lore friendly mods, there are definitely a lot! There are also some good mods that fix or change things without ruining the game. I can't think of any off the top of my head, but if you want to change the menus to be more like Oblivion check out SkyUI for example :)

I use that menu style as it's easier to navigate and everything is orderly, it also lets you change text size, style, etc
Last edited by Halinka Dinka Moo Moo; Mar 1, 2014 @ 8:34am
Hermione Mar 1, 2014 @ 8:38am 
It's all personal preferance. Like Halinka Dinka Moo Moo said, there are ones that change things and ones are lore friendly.
Brandybuck Mar 1, 2014 @ 9:54am 
There are also cheat mods. You will probably ruin your game enjoyment by using cheat mods. Unfortunately many lore friendly mods are also cheat mods.
bobczes Mar 1, 2014 @ 10:04am 
There are also mods that are not only cheat mods but are visual distractiions. Mods that make unread books "glow", that make spent arrows "glow" and that make ore veins "glow" are a blight that should be avoided. They replace normal textures with ugly and unsightly blue textures that have no place in any modded game.
On the contrary, some mods are absolutely ESSENTIAL.

Have you seen the consolitis that is abhorrent, throughout games on PC ??

THANK GOD FOR MODS! for they redeem the developers' console-polluted GREED and repair a lot of crap refuse that is left behind due to platform merging.

Why are we all putting up with this crap? Because we don't have to - when we have mods that fix a lot of the glitched areas of porting.

As for immersion, I find a lot of the complex mods do really transform your game; take Frostfall for example. It makes the cold more integral to the player and game. I mean, why set a game in the snow-laiden mountains of Skyrim, and be able to swim around in frigid water without suffering any detrimental effects???? O_O ? Frostfall makes you think....about the environment you are in. (Thank you so much Chesko). The mod also features a menu where you can customise the many settings to the mod :)

Be aware, some mods require a modification program called SKSE; (SKyrim Script Extender). This mod allows the extra scripts to run within the mod that the Creation kit does not possess. It's is just another mod and is FREE, like all mods. It does not demand any RAM at all or a lot of processor power :)

Always read the descriptions.
By simply reading most mod descriptions, you will be able to find out about what the mod requires / does not require. NEVER BE AFRAID TO ASK THE MOD AUTHOR any questions you have, alternatively, check out the forums (like you have done) for others in the know to help you! :D

Along with the more complex mods come complex management, then again, we have individuals who spend a lot of time investing in helping us!! :D YAY!

Like this:

Beginner's guide to Skyrim, part 9: Hardcore immersion. Gophers mods is your introduction to modding your game. This guy will help to explain a LOT about modding your game, from those anti-console FIXING mods to load order (mod management), to trouble shooting and mod reviews and installation tutorials....

Enjoy modding your game, the only thing you need to be aware about is how mods work, and what to do to sort any problems out. The more research you make the effort to do, the less problems you will run into :)
Last edited by STURM KATTEN [SC-KL]; Mar 1, 2014 @ 11:02am
Tomek Mar 1, 2014 @ 11:15am 
so i installed 2 or 3 graphical mods and it look amazing :D im using the nexus manager.. now lets get back to more modding
Originally posted by ゴジラ Dry:
so i installed 2 or 3 graphical mods and it look amazing :D im using the nexus manager.. now lets get back to more modding

...and researching?
Tomek Mar 1, 2014 @ 11:31am 
bob, do you think installing immersive weapons is a good idea? it says its lore- friendly although im not too sure
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