Five Great Skyrim Creation Kit Mods

In the mood for some Skyrim modding? In celebration of the spiffy new Skyrim Creation Kit, here are five of our favorite new mods.

Greetings, PC adventurer! Maybe you've conquered vanilla Skyrim but not yet plucked up the courage to delve into the dark, intimidating depths of modding. Lucky for you, you coward, there's never been a better time to start.

With the recent launch of the Skyrim Creation Kit, a tool for empowering Skyrim modders to create and edit game elements, there's a whole slew of brilliant mods that have just arrived and are on the horizon.

That kit can also publish mods directly to the Steam Workshop platform, and with this nifty little interface, you can manage a whole bunch of popular mods from within the simple and familiar surroundings of the Steam application. Spy a mod you want? Simply click "subscribe" and next time you open the game, BAM: it installs. Wonderful.

We had a trawl through the offerings of the Steam Workshop and returned with our five favorites. Enjoy!

Fall of the Space Core, Vol. 1

It's Portal 2 all up in your Skyrim. This mod from Valve and Bethesda adds Portal 2's chatty, space-obsessed core to your game. He'll come crashing down in Tamriel, and you'll go pick him up. It'll be great.

Ice Island

When you install this mod, you too can visit the coldest vacation spot in Skyrim. Oh, and there's a giant at the summit for some reason. Naturally, we murdered him.

Rabbit Rage

This mod appears to be an homage to Monty Python's The Holy Grail. It makes the bunnies sound super mean, although they don't go as far a ripping your throat out…yet.

Bigger Giants

This mod sure makes the giants significantly more intimidating. By contrast, however, it makes their mammoths look super cute! D'awww.

Open Cities Skyrim

Loading screens can be a thing of the past when entering cities with this mod; just open the gate and waltz on through. Currently, this only works for Riften and Markarth, but it's surely only a matter of time before you can go horse riding through all of your favorite holds and cities.

Do you have a favourite mod to recommend? Share it around in the comments below

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XanderZane
XanderZane

@mcmistight It's not just the price for the reason, it's also the ease of use and the incredible content of games that are available. Plus there are a large number of exclusives gamers crave that can only be found on game consoles. PC's are only superior in graphics and performance and that's only because game consoles are a stagnant system. If game consoles could be upgraded every 3-6 months with better CPU's, graphics cards and more RAM, PC wouldn't be superior in any form. It would be completely equal. Yes, of course there is piracy on game consoles and handhelds, but it's not as vast as on PC's and because game consoles sell more quantities of titles then PC's the piracy doesn't hurt as much for developers/publishers who release titles on consoles. CoD sells 15 million copies on consoles and 3 million copies on PC. Almost 1/2 the PC version are likely pirate compared to about 10-15% of the console versions. This is why developers have started making more games on game consoles now.

mcmistight
mcmistight

@XanderZane more people play consoles due to the fact that consoles are less expensive in the short term. also "casual" gamers are the reason companies like activision can keep releasing cod every with no major improvements. there was a time when a new game in a series meant you could expect something new, alot of times that doesnt happen these days which probably has something to do with the growth of piracy. who wants to buy the same $hit different smell? lastly piracy doesnt just happen on pc it can easily be done to consoles.

XanderZane
XanderZane

@mcmistight @XanderZane why should the developer have to make exclusive content for consoles? PC gaming has always and will always be superior to console gaming ***************************************************************************** PC Gaming isn't superior to anything. If it was that superior, more gamers would be playing on a PC. Console and handheld gaming makes twice the amount in sales versus Pc and that include DD content. PC gaming is more for hardcore gamers then anyone else. There are obviously way more casual and average gamers in the world who prefer console gaming. Don't get me wrong, there are a LOT of PC gamers, unfortunately more then 1/2 of them are pirating the games instead of paying for them. That's one of the reasons PC gaming was starting to die in the early 2000's. Steam and MMO's pretty much help to save PC gaming and keep it afloat. Now it's alive and well. PC gaming is only superior to hardcore gamers. Everyone else is very happy playing the incredible games on consoles.

Jomsviking
Jomsviking

crackityjonnes: Yeah see, unless you're a apple hipster douche, you're gonna a computer, because you need one, almost everyone buys a computer. Now, if you add the cost of a console+controllers to that computer in additional gamer parts, and hook it up to your TV, boom... gamer computer... You can even play it like you would play a console, with controllers, from your sofa, on your tv. So yeah...

ConkerAndBerri2
ConkerAndBerri2

I mod on my 360. I've got a few on oblivion as well. They're single player games, what does it matter?

Vangaurdius
Vangaurdius

What a horrible list. If you want good mods get: SkyUI; fixes the god awful menus. Quality World Map With Roads; Makes map a lot clearer and adds roads in for easy navigation. Skyrim HD- 2k Textures; Far higher quality than Bethesdas lousy attempt. Realistic Lighting With Customization; Wonderful and easily customizable overhaul of the lighting creating far better environments. Just try blasting some fire around inside a dark dungeon. Make sure to turn brightness all the way down as it doesn't actually affect gamma, instead, it turns you into a human flashlight. Skyrim Floral Overhall; Does what it says on the tin. Realistic Water Textures; Water no longer looks ridiculous and it's only getting better. Midas Magic; Plenty of Spells, plus, you can transmorph into a Giant. Sounds Of Skyrim;Combine this with Realistic Lighting and you will never want to go in those dungeons again. Lush Grass and Lush Trees; Skyrim no longer looks like a nuclear wasteland with a flu. Glowing Ore Veins; Cures the "Can't see s*** Cap'n" syndrome when hunting down those pesky veins.

Blue_Tomato
Blue_Tomato

Rabbit Rage one of the five great mods? It's a fun little party trick for Skyrim worth about five seconds of amusement, I think that's a more accurate description... How about make a separate list of the most fun and silly mods, for those who wants Skyrim to look like monty python's flying circus. And keep the best mods list for mods that are actually adding something substantial to the game? :)

WCK619
WCK619

@Sgthombre I gave Stronghold 3 a 9? That must have been a mistake. I've never even played any of the Stronghold games. Anyways, your comment is nothing but a non sequitur logical fallacy. You're dismissing any legitimate criticism I may have of your precious Skyrim based on nothing but my rating of an entirely different game. So you can go ahead and make no logical sense and get lots of thumbs up for it, but that doesn't change the indisputable logical fact that you're a douche.

crackityjonnes
crackityjonnes

@mcmistight true but buying an consol every couple of years is much cheaper then buying a new gaming pc...

kentusmaximus
kentusmaximus

They should come out with a mod that allows you to fight on your horse, that would definitely add more playability to the game

VidGamAnonymous
VidGamAnonymous

The Randy Savage dragon mod is my favorite mod ever!

jowunger
jowunger

Play the original. It's the ''ultimative mod''

The_Godfather_
The_Godfather_

all mods in this list are completely useless and unnecessary, except space core.. :)

Alaa_2000
Alaa_2000

Why don't we just enjoy the original game?!?!?!? Mods are always bad!!

shanethewolf
shanethewolf

I want to see a parachute or hang glider mod. A grappling hook/zipline would be even cooler!

MrSelf-Destruct
MrSelf-Destruct

The best mods came along before the Creation Kit was even out. These aren't the best the Creation Kit has to offer, either. These are all pretty pathetic. You could have included SkyUI or Midas's Magic at the very least.

Agent-M
Agent-M

This list is really crappy. Please visit Skyrim Nexus before making a bad and useless list of mods.

ParisSun
ParisSun

I want a sword like the Tetsusaiga which would allow me to swing my blade and kill everyone on the screen.

isshiah
isshiah

mods are the only thing about pc gaming that i prefer about the platform. damn my empty wallet and lack of computing skills!

cripgame
cripgame

@madness2323 because at this point, basically every game on pc is compatible with an xbox controller, and even displays xbox button inputs. Which is awesome, because if you'd prefer play games with a controller, you can basically turn your computer into a really powerful xbox in 5 seconds. There is basically zero chance of mods coming to consoles, so if you want mods, go and pick up the superior PC version of the game, which even has a HD texture pack now!

madness2323
madness2323

why does it look like it's on 360? the menu had all the buttons like an xbox and it says press A to pick up? hopefully mods are coming to 360 too.

maxwell97
maxwell97

Methinks some folks are missing the bigger picture. Being able to mod Skyrim through Steam is a huge step forward; just ask anybody who's tried installing, say, Morroblivion. "Install Oblivion and Morrowind, including all the expansion packs. Then download and install the Unofficial Oblivion Patch, Oblivion Script Extender, Ely's Silent Voice, and the Master File Installer. Then download the 2.5GB mod and extract the .7z archive to your Oblivion directory. Then set your load order (using OBMM or a similar program) to Oblivion.esm->Morrowind_ob.esm->Morrowind_ob ESP files, and you're ready to go! Oh, but if you have the Steam version of the games, the space character in the 'Program Files' directory screws things up, so you have to move your Steam installation to a directory without spaces in the name." Of course, this kind of thing is totally understandable given the limited resources modders have to work with, but if Steam can really do away with this nonsense, it will result in a massive increase in both supply AND demand for mods.

Timmy_Gwar
Timmy_Gwar

@khaos107 Its probably because there where over 700 mods in three days. I'd like to see you sift through all of those in time to write up a non-biased, easy-going list of fun elements.

khaos107
khaos107

How come they mention these pointless mods, but fail to mention Midas Magic. By far the coolest mod yet for anyone playing this game and using magic its a must have.

NeilCardiff
NeilCardiff

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NeilCardiff
NeilCardiff

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marco1k1
marco1k1

The Rabbit one made me laugh, However the rest are pretty 'meh' Open Cities is cool and I'd hope that gets an update for all major cities.

GamerLegend10
GamerLegend10

Some awesome mods there, damn i really want the PC version now, but i need a new PC...hmm, what to do...

JDFS
JDFS

Yep just like Annon said......

ThePurpleBubble
ThePurpleBubble

@Skarwolf Isn't that the point of mods? Is there any point to turning the entire race of dragonkind into horrifyingly twisted clones of Randy Savage? What about shouting thousands of cheesewheels into existence? They're all for the same purpose as the game that they're modding - fun.

Skarwolf
Skarwolf

These all seem absolutely useless.

-Unreal-
-Unreal-

Open cities is a good idea, but it will break a lot of game mechanics and will need pretty extensive tweaking of things before it will be bug-free.

mcmistight
mcmistight

@XanderZane why should the developer have to make exclusive content for consoles? PC gaming has always and will always be superior to console gaming

TurambarGS
TurambarGS

@SuzukiDR - those mods all already exist. SkyUI - http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/downloads/file.php?id=3863 - allows you to order things by weight, value, value/weight as well as make the UI a ton better looking and easy to navigate. Categorized Favorites Menu - http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/downloads/file.php?id=4862 - allows you to equip sets of items which you can switch between easily. It also, well, categorises your favourites menu, which is the reason I got it in the first place.

Am_Confucius
Am_Confucius

What a useless list. It's lacking several great mods. (Midas Magic, etc.)

SuzukiDR
SuzukiDR

i want an easy way to manage a few sets of apparel... so i can change from potion creation to blacksmith to speech to destruction enhanced apparel in one easy click. oh, and also would be nice to order inventory lists by weight and value and not just alphabetically..

XanderZane
XanderZane

@rasenganX100 how come theres so much stuff for the pc version and ABSOLUTELY nothing for the xbox version?? **************************************************************************************** Well, what they need to do is let the PC gamers create the best mods for Skyrim. After 6-12 months pick the top 5 mods and port them to the XBox 360 and PS3 for free. It might be tough for the PS3, but it should port over easily for the XBox 360. If they don't want to do that, have the developers make exclusive modded content for the console versions. Either one of these would solve the problem. I doubt they would release a CK for the console versions. It could be down, but I wouldn't hold my breath.

knifey
knifey

PDXmauler87: uhhhh mods are only usable by computer users unless they are specially created DLC

couly
couly

eh, they suck, there are a million better mods on skyrimnexus.com

cameronrobinson
cameronrobinson moderator

@topeira Absolutely. This is just a showcase of 5 which we liked and really jumped out at us while browsing. The article really is more of a celebration of the launch of the creation kit and an attempt to get people to sit up and take notice who may never have considered modding before.They are not necessarily the best or even the most impressive. Like you, I can't wait to see the progress over the coming months. Personally i've got my fingers crossed for someone creating Westeros complete with Ice Wall White Walkers and Wildlings! THAT WOULD BE SO FRICKIN COOOL.

sirzod
sirzod

@Annon_21 agreed

ziyad888
ziyad888

this is just the beginning .... >: )

zertos
zertos

you guys at gamespot need to check out skyrim nexus there loads are great mods there far better than the ones you are showing plus they have got some damn good performance mods which help if your pc can't handle skyrim that well

topeira
topeira

GAMESPOT, it's absolutely wonderful that you show off the work of the skyrim modding community, but the CK has been out for only 2 days. wait a month at least and THEN show what has come up. It's too soon. much much too soon. right now it makes modding look like something silly that doesnt produce great and meaningful things, while in the future it will show off mods that can be almost on par with what beth can do. I hope that you will do another article like this in a few weeks.