Top 5 Skyrim: Special Edition Mods
With the release of Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition on consoles, PS4 and XB1 gamers finally got what PC players have taken for granted for years: mods.
However, already there’s hundreds of mods out there to check out, from cheats to new content and more. So, how do you know which ones to check out?
Below, we’ve picked out five mods that you should definitely queue up first to get the best Skyrim experience possible. Like a particular mod that isn’t listed? Make sure to leave it in the comment section.
Sofia – The Funny Fully Voiced Follower
The creators of Sofia made a follower that Bethesda should be jealous of. Sofia has been fully voiced by Christine Slagmon, and is actually aware of locations and quests, making comments actually based on what’s going on around her. In addition, she has tons of additional features that make her vital, such as riding horses, setting a dismissal location, teleporting to you if she gets too far away and more.
She’s actually one of the first companions you can get after downloading by going to the Whiterun stables and waking her up, asking her to go with you. If you want a companion that can entertain throughout the story, Sofia’s your gal.
The Forgotten City
While content like Falskaar can add new areas to explore and quests to take on, The Forgotten City really raises the bar for added content. This underground city adds 6-8 hours to the campaign, complete with interrogations, explorations and some puzzles. Plus, the creators even added in an original soundtrack, something not often seen in mods.
If you’ve already played Skyrim before, it may be worth just making a beeline toward the Forgotten Ruins after you’ve gained some levels. You’ll definitely find some entertainment here.
Apocalypse – Magic of Skyrim and Ordinator – Perks of Skyrim
So, these two were a tie coming from the same creator (as a bonus, grab 50% more perk points to get the most out of Ordinator). Apocalypse is purely for the mages out there, as it grants 155 new spells in all magic groups you can pick up from books, scrolls and more.
Meanwhile, Ordinator completely redoes the perk system. With the overhaul comes more than 400 new perks divided up among all the trees. This means you can REALLY specialize in particular areas, down to new attacks, buffs and more. Great for those that really like to micromanage their character’s strengths.
Open Cities Skyrim
The last mod you should download, this one will get rid of most loading screens. If you enter a building or cave, then yes, it’ll still load in (download Lore-Based Loading Screens to at least make them entertaining). However, Open Cities Skyrim makes the transition from the main world to a city seamless. So, guards can actually help you with fights you started elsewhere and horses can actually be brought into towns. It may seem a small extra, but when you don’t have to load each time you go into a city to sell or turn in quests, it’s worth it.
Unofficial Skyrim Special Edition Patch
Leave it to someone other than Bethesda to issue the best patch. USSEP has patched hundreds of gameplay bugs, quest bugs and more to try and make it as polished as possible. Plus, they’re continuously working on bugs to fix them and update their mod.
Sure, some people like the bugs because it adds character to the game. However, if you want a great version of Skyrim as bug free as possible, USSEP is the way to go.
Did we miss your favorite one? Let us know in the comments below.