10 Must-Try Mods For Skyrim: Special Edition

You haven't played Skyrim until you've tried these mods.

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Bethesda has recently re-released The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, letting players experience the game with remastered visuals and art and all of the previously released all of the DLC. If that isn’t enough to draw in Elder Scrolls veterans and new players alike, console owners are treated to an entirely new feature – mod support.

Mods (short for modifications) allow players to make their own changes to the game to suit their purposes. Common mods include changing characters and sounds, adding levels, and upgrading game mechanics.

While mod support has been available for the PC since the game’s original release, console players are able for the first time to experience fan-made mods that can improve or completely alter what goes on in the Nord-filled province of Skyrim. All you need to do is head over to Bethesda’s website and sign up for an account, link it to your Xbox Live or PlayStation account and you’re set to start downloading mods.

Finding a mod you want to play can be a bit overwhelming at first, but look no further because I’m going to make it easy and give you a list of mods that you just have to try! Buckle up, ladies and gentlemen, because we’re about to embark on a journey into the genre defining world of Skyrim.

1. Forgotten City

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When it comes to Skyrim mods, Forgotten City is the mod to play. It rivals Bethesda’s own DLC in terms of quality, drawing the player into a city beneath a mountain to solve a whodunit murder mystery. The dark, award-winning storyline brings you into an ancient city to explore, interrogate, solve puzzles, and time travel to arrive at one of multiple satisfying conclusions. The Forgotten City mod has been met with nearly unanimous rave reviews since its release and once you download this must-have mod you will soon learn why.

2. Unique Magicka Sabers

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While this mod doesn’t bring you to an underground city, Star Wars fans will find brings something that is arguably better – frickin’ lightsabers! If being a badass Viking warrior isn’t enough for you, lopping off the heads of your enemies with an iconic lightsaber should do the trick. With this mod, you just need to gather the appropriate materials (or use cheats, cause well… mods) and go to a blacksmithing forge to craft your very own lightsaber. They come in a variety of colors and styles, including the cross-saber (featured above), a regular one-handed saber and dual blade sabers in the style of Darth Maul. Complete with the swooshing lightsaber sound, this mod is guaranteed to satisfy the Jedi that lives within all of us.

3. Become A Bard

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If you tire of playing a hero and want to experience the more festive side of Skyrim, then Become a Bard is the mod made just for you. The add-on introduces the Bard skill for players, allowing your Dragonborn hero to play any of its 100+ songs in taverns and inns for applause, tips and even a free room for the night. Alternatively, you can perform for any of the infamous Jarls of Skyrim, who will gift you enchanted weapons and armor if they enjoy your performance. This entertaining mod is perfect for anyone looking to take a break from scouring dangerous dungeons and enjoy the more festive side of Skyrim.

4. Frostfall: Hypothermia Camping Survival

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For fans of DayZ and H1Z1 type survival games, Frostfall is the premier mod for players that want an immersive experience in dealing with the natural conditions of Skyrim. The mod introduces an exposure stat that changes depending on the weather. Players will need to camp and warm up with a fire and tent in order to survive rain, snow, and frigid waters or else suffer stat loss and even (gasp!) death. This mod isn’t for the faint of heart but anyone brave enough to survive in the wilderness will find that it adds realism and depth to the game.

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