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28 Great Skyrim Mods That Won't Break Your Game

Updated on March 18, 2014

28 Great Skyrim Mods That Won't Break Your Game

Skyrim is a great game right out of the box. But with Skyrim Nexus and the Steam Workshop, literally every aspect of this game can be custom-tailored to your liking, making it even better. The problem is, installing too many mods causes conflicts that can break your game, sometimes even to the point at which you must complete restart and lose all your progress! Through trial and error, I've handpicked a good selection of mods that I believe to enhance the game without causing a single crash.

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Lore-Based Loading Screens

A nice, simple mod that adds new loading screens, including text taken from the various books found around the game world.

Project Reality:Climates Of Tamriel - Lite Version

A very cool model that makes the climates in game more realistic. Be warned, though, that it also makes nights very dark! Have torches handy.

ScenicCarriages

A very useful mod that adds much-needed functionality to the carriage system.

Duel - Combat Realism 5

Duel greatly improves the combat system in the game. Your enemies will be much more intelligent after having installed this mod.

Detailed Cities

Detailed Cities adds little things here and there within the city walls that greatly improve the ascetics of the city.

Spend Dragon Souls for Perks

Adds the option to, you guessed it, spend dragon souls for perks- but without breaking the balance of the game.

Drink Eat Sleep

A very simple needs mod that provides a reason to have food, drink. and sleep without crippling the gameplay.

Unofficial Skyrim Patch

Bugs? What bugs? The Unofficial Skyrim Patch fixes all those little things that have always bothered you, but Bethesda seems too busy to fix themselves.

Better Dynamic Snow

Vastly improves the appearance of snow in-game.

Less Condescending Guards

Guards will no longer mention skills you have hardly developed.

Birds and Flocks

A nice little ascetic mod that adds, well, birds and flocks.

Terrain Bump

Makes the terrain look a bit more rugged.

Enhanced Distant Terrain

Makes distant terrain more distinct.

The Dance of Death

Completely customize the killmoves system! This is, in my opinion, the single best killmoves mod.

Water and Terrain Enhancement Redux

Makes water gorgeous and greatly improves on terrain.

Disable Fast Travel

You miss quite a bit by using fast travel all the time, but it's hard to resist the urge. Why not disable it and experience all Skyrim has to offer?

RNG (Dynamic) Guards

The guards in vanilla Skyrim all look the same. This mod makes them greatly varied, even giving each hold it's own guard outfit.

Lush Trees

Makes trees bushier. It's sister mod, Lush Grass, makes grass a little too bushy and even difficult to see through, so I just stick to Lush Trees.

SkyUI

Enhances the menu system and makes it much faster and easier to use. This is one of the first mods I downloaded!

Ranger Cabins

Adds cabins here and there in convenient locations throughout the world.

Fixed Followers Lite

Followers can sometimes be a little on the retarded side. This mod fixes most of the problems.

Weapon Variant Expansion

Creates a wider variety of weapons in-game. NPC's will carry them, too!

Kill Them Generals

Marks the Imperial and Stormcloak generals as non-essential so they can be killed.

Enhanced Blood Textures

Spurting, spraying, splattering fun for all you violent types out there.

Sounds of Skyrim - The Wilds

Adds background sound to the wild areas of Skyrim. Customizable.

Sounds of Skyrim - The Dungeons

Adds background noises to the dungeons of Skyrim. Just as the other sound pack, this is fully customizable.

WARZONES - Civil Unrest

Ever noticed that there isn't a whole lot of civil war going on during the civil war in Skyrim? There is now, with Warzones! Not only does Warzones adds conflict to the game world, it also modifies random encounters and makes the game much more interesting.

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      Plox 2 years ago

      Six of these mods can (and d0) cause save file bloat which will ultimately result in infinite loading screens.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      "That won't break your game"

      Warzones causes my Skyrim to crash frequently, and I have a custom-built, high-end gaming PC. It's just the sheer amount of things the mod throws into Skyrim that causes it to "break". I should mention that it's not just my problem, either.

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      Genesis Davies 4 years ago from Guatemala

      I so want Skyrim and these mods look awesome!

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      ManbeardTheHuge 4 years ago

      @Deeann56: http://www.pcgamer.com/2011/10/26/the-elder-scroll...

      Head there to check out the minimum and recommended system specs for the game. With most games, the minimum is more like "can just barely scrape by, but will run horribly," and the recommended specs are more like "actually playable." I'm running the game on a 3.6 Ghz quad core, 8 GB RAM, and an Nvidia GeForce 9800 GT. The game runs nicely.

      On a laptop, you will find it harder to run the game as laptops usually have lower specs (especially on the graphics card). Just make sure you beat the RECOMMENDED requirements, and you'll be running the game well enough. Especially take the graphics card on the machine you are looking at into consideration, and ask for help from the salesman- they'll usually know what's good and what is not. Get ready to bust out the wallet, though, as gaming computers (especially laptops) are painfully expensive!

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      Deeann56 4 years ago

      my son has skyrim and xbox and wants a laptop at Xmas to 'mod' games - what sort of gb system do I need to buy? my present laptop freezes when he plays pc games so obviously need a higher spec than this one

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      ImmatureEntrepr 4 years ago

      These look amazing!