Skyrim: Remastered needs mods, so here’s our wishlist and where you can get them

Posted on 10/28 15:15 in | 0

Skyrim is a beast of a game. I’ve sunk way too many hours into its gaping maw because everytime I hear that theme music my hair stands on end. I love all its locations, NPCs, different environment biomes, monsters, and, of course, its quests - but everyone knows there are still things which need a few tweaks. I’ve trawled through all the mods around to bring you the additions that Skyrim: Remastered on console so desperately needs. 

If you’re wondering where our Skyrim: Remastered review is, don’t fret: it’s on its way. We’ve locked Andy in a room with a flagon of mead, a wheel of cheese, and Skyrim: Remastered, so it will be heading your way as soon as he’s done slaying dragons and marvelling at the landscape.

I’ll be updating this list periodically with which consoles these mods are available on, so be sure to check back to see what new delights await you in Skyrim: Remastered! Or take a look at the story mods for Skyrim: Remastered if you want to add hours of gameplay to your Elder Scrolls experience and neglect going outside for a couple of days.

Spoiler alert: there’s a couple of story spoilers in this post, so read ahead at your own risk.  

These masks lead up to an overpowered mask called Konahrik but getting it is tricky, so it’s best to put this off until you’re a high level. The quest itself has a tiny bit of story too which eases the feeling that you’re on another fetch quest.

Stones of Barenziah markers
Available on: PC

The bloody Stones of Barenziah. This quest sat in my tray for the time it took me to complete all the major quests and a chunk of the sidequests, and I had only found about six. This mod is essential if you want to get all of the stones and find out what mysterious item they make in the end.

Impatience of a Saint markers
Available on: PC

I was running around the hellish Soul Cairn in circles for a good hour trying to find all of the pages to Jiub’s opus, and this mod cut that time down to about ten minutes. Completely worth it. 

A Quality world map and Solsheim map
Available on: PC

My god, I cannot emphasise enough how much better this mod made Skyrim. If you’re like me and you don’t like to fast-travel the vanilla map, whilst pretty, is almost useless when you’re trying to find a road which will take you from Riften to Solitude. This mod overhauls the map so it’s easy to find routes between cities and picks out most of the paths you could easily miss otherwise. 

Much like Roach from The Witcher 3, this mod makes it possible to whistle, after which your horse will come to you. No more lost horses, and it lets you give steeds to your followers, plus they can engage in mounted combat too. What else is in this mod? Among other things, fast dismounting, new horse AI so it’ll follow you around, and optional horse invulnerability (especially useful for me as I tend to Leroy Jenkins in every fight).  

Enhanced cities: ALL OF THEM.
Available on: PC

Find it. Download it. Marvel at how this mod lets cities reach their potential, finally turning into the luscious, immersive locations they were meant to be.

For those bloodsuckers amongst you this mod is sure to be a favourite, as it turns Castle Volkihar into a small town, finally making it feel like you’re really part of the night-walking, bat-loving elite. 

Skyrim Special Edition Unofficial Patch
Available on: Xbox One, PC

I’ll keep this brief: download it. It fixes a ton of bugs and is compatible with the vast majority of mods. Win-win.

Alternate start - live another life
Available on: Xbox One, PC

Fed up with being the Dragonborn? I don’t blame you, and this mod lets you start as almost anything from a necromancer’s assistant to a shipwrecked sailor. For those of you who love to replay Skyrim, it lets you roleplay to your heart’s content.

Become a Bard
Available on: PC

As if the title wasn’t self-explanatory enough, I’ll spell it out for you: this mod lets you become a proper bard, not just a travelling Dragonborn who occasionally helps out the Bard College in Solitude. You can pick your preferred instrument, decide which songbooks you want to specialise in, choose bard followers, and play songs anywhere including in taverns where you’ll earn tips for your musical endeavours. Become a Bard gives the Bard’s College a purpose, letting it stand tall alongside the Thieves’ Guild, the Companions and the College of Winterhold.

Dragon souls to perks
Available on: PC

By the time you’ve sunken about 50 hours into Skyrim, you’ve probably got a heap of dragon souls sitting beside your Thu’ums, useless. If you don’t use shouts particularly often, this mod makes sure the souls don’t go to waste. They let you ‘buy’ perks, with the ones higher up the skill trees costing more souls to purchase. Get out there and slay some dragons!

Left hand rings
Available on: PC

Pretty simple, but somehow overlooked by Bethesda - after all, rings aren’t restricted to your right hand in real life, so why should they be in Skyrim?

Sounds of Skyrim: Civilisation; Dungeons; The Wilds
Available on: PC

The immersion will jump once you install this mod, as it means that dungeons, towns, and the countryside will sound different each time you venture out. That means no more hearing the same birdsong no matter where you are, no more repetitive dripping from Ancient Norse obelisks, or certainly a rediction in that dratted clanging sound of the blacksmith’s hammer in every city you go to.  

Unread books glow
Available on: PC

The completionist in me loves this mod. Make sure to make this one of the first mods you download though, as if you download it mid-game all the books you’ve read to that point will be marked as unread. The feeling of reading the last glowing book before you add it to your collection is so satisfying. 

Run for your lives
Available on: PC

NPCs in Skyrim are surprisingly ballsy. They’ll take on bandits and even dragons. That’s fun to watch, but it will sometimes result in quest-givers getting roasted a bit too badly, and expiring before your very eyes. This mod changes that, and makes NPCs run for cover when enemies approach, which saves you the trouble of running around trying to save the brave, valiant idiots.

When vampires attack
Available on: PC

Like Run for your Lives, this makes NPCs flee when vampires attack. Simple.

Guard dialogue overhaul
Available on: PC

No more hearing about arrows in knees. Guards get more dialogue options with this mod, and they even address you in a special manner if (or when) you’re a Thane. There’s nothing like the thousandth hearing of not-Schwarzenegger’s ‘Let me guess. Somebody stole your sweetroll?’ for breaking immersion.

The Paarthurnax dilemma
Available on: Xbox One, PC

I got quite irritated at the quest Delphine gives you to kill Paarthurnax, as there’s no option to quite simply say no. If you declinee, the quest has to litter your journal for eternity. That’s all changed in this mod, so you can spare your scaly friend and let him fly free. 

Makes dragonbones even more useful and lets you craft badass, top-tier weapons from the bones of your scaly victims. Worth it for those who like to build a hard-hitting character wielding the best gear in the game.

VioLens: A Killmove mod
Available on: Xbox One, PC

I love seeing my character execute a badass kill -ove to take down enemies, and this mod makes fighting a joy. Flourishes when you’re about to kill somewhen while dual-wielding, brutal finishers, executions for dragons - it really has it all.

The Dance of Death
Available on: PC

The creator of this mod recommends VioLens as they aren’t updating this mod anymore, but it’s still worth downloading. The Dance of Death, as well as having an epic name, gives you more kill-moves, including the possibility of decapitation. 

Dovahbit of Caerbannog
Available on: PC

Dovahbit is a rabbit who carries your stuff, comes with its own little saddlebags, and can wear helmets. You haven’t enjoyed Skyrim at its fullest until you’ve looked behind you and seen a small brown rabbit wearing a horned helmet hopping after you. 

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