Skyrim is now seven years old, and yet it remains one of the most played games in the world. Why? Because of its vast and, seemingly endless, library of community created content.
To celebrate its modding scene, we’re going to take a look at the fan-made creations that enhanced the open-world adventure, whether it was through improved graphics, new storylines, or just making us laugh.
1. Live Another Life by Arthmoor
This fascinating mod allows you to start your Skyrim journey in a different way, and in different places. By changing the iconic intro and letting you live another life (see what we did there?), the start of this adventure will let you recapture the thrill of exploring the unknown.
2. Interesting NPCs by Kris Takahashi
This mod offers up over 250 new non-playable characters to interact with, who are all fully-voiced by actors, along with more than 50 new quests to complete. The sheer scale of this mod is seriously impressive, along with the fact it’s been downloaded over 3.5 million times.
3. Macho Dragons by FancyPantz
Have you ever stared into the night sky and thought, “Man, I wonder what the start of Skyrim would look like if the incredible WWF wrestler Macho Man Randy Savage was the dragon you had to flee from?” Good news friend, your evening musings have been answered more thoroughly than you could have ever expected.
4. Skyrim HD – 2K Textures by NebuLa from AHBmods
This one doesn’t mess around. Download this 2K texture pack and marvel at how crisp those textures are. They’re so sharp, you could practically cut one of those giant wheels of Skyrim cheese on them.
5. Really Useful Dragons by Trainwiz and friends
Do you love Thomas the Tank Engine? Do you think Skyrim would be improved if, instead of dragons, Thomas was your foe? And, instead of the guttural screech of the mythical lizards, would you want Thomas’ whistle to blare out when he was attacking? You need this mod in your life.
6. Laugh Track Mod by qptain Nemo
Turn Skyrim into Seinfeld, Friends, and er, The Big Bang Theory with this hi-larious mod. It adds some canned laughter every time you fail at lock-picking, incorrectly cast a spell, or just straight up die. There’s something perversely calming at having a rage-induced death turned into a punchline.
7. SkyUI 5 by SkyUI Team
While this mod doesn’t sound like the most exciting on paper, (make Skyrim’s menus easier to use), it’s a hugely impressive user interface upgrade if you’re playing on PC. From streamlined menus to in-game support for other mods, SkyUI 5 is the breakfast of mods. You should always start your day/game with it.