Top 5 Skyrim Mods of the Week - Top Immersion Mods

Join Kevin VanNord as he forages for his very life, across the Skyrim wilderness in an immersion-themed episode of Top 5 Skyrim Mods of the Week. Also he drinks too much mead.

Discussion

74 comments
wildblast
wildblast

Hey, i've been looking for a good ENB mod for a long time, what would you recommend? 

kleefkikker
kleefkikker

Hey Seb and Cam, where do I find the links to the mods? you mentioned you'd post them in the comments, but I don't see it anywhere.

bayernfan
bayernfan

Thanks for the show, guys. It is great to have mods that improve the game and its immersion and your show help us gamers to enjoy an already great game even more.


Could you interview some of the most dedicated modders sometime?

rcavanah
rcavanah

Hey guys! Love the show.

Just finished my first major mod, been working on it for the past couple months... It's a lore-friendly Star Wars crossover. I know, it sounds impossible, but I'd love for you guys to check it out.

http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/50538/?

(sorry if it's uncouth to pimp my mod!)

scoutpjr
scoutpjr

I would just like to say that this show makes my day better when I am having a bad day. Also I can get my fix of Skyrim with out playing, seeing as my computer can't play skyrim and my PS3 is dead. I love this show, I think the best show on Gamespot!

Unraed
Unraed

Hey guys, love your show!  I have a request though.  I'd really appreciate it if the links to the mods and the tinyurl voting page were put in the description for the video.  Thanks!

wbrown333
wbrown333

Very interesting show, with mods that I'm excited to try.  I second the suggestion about demo-ing an ENB installation.

TrialMonkey
TrialMonkey

Your Skyrim looks prettier than mine, do you guys have a list of mods you always have installed?

Sparkatus
Sparkatus

Frostfall and Skyrim Redone changes Skyrim in basically another game. It's a must have :)

Reuwsaat
Reuwsaat

Never seens such a smooth fps on Skyrim before, wish I knew their specs! Great show!

Lambchopzin
Lambchopzin

I like the idea of themed episodes. Would also love to see more of these comprehensive overhaul mods even if you are only able to scratch the surface of them. There's a fair few of them floating around the Nexus that address different aspects of the game.

damvcoool
damvcoool

BEST EPISODE EVER!!! should do more Episodes by Theme :D

bfa1509
bfa1509

I don't think they could have picked a more default face.

sigmact
sigmact

IMO frostfall mod is a MUST to play immersively

WolfgarTheQuiet
WolfgarTheQuiet

Hmm is there a mod that that Fixes Loading Distance, im not talking about LOD terrain textures but the trees poping up and such even tho view distance is on the max setting

chieflion
chieflion

theres something to be said for immersion, 

but some of those mods are goddamn annoying

u cant even swim without shit going rouge 

awesome mods in their own right though, and great show!

Demanufactur3
Demanufactur3

What amazes me the most about skyrim tbh...

It got released on 11-11-11.

And it still looks downright amazing, (Even without mods it still looks alright). And it's still fun and you still find things / see things you haven't seen before.

It's not everyday you run into a game you enjoy for over 2 years... on i wouldn't say a daily but a weekly basis atleast.

GT_APE
GT_APE

Great show lads. +1 for the three day long show!

Gegglington
Gegglington

best hangover cure dragon souls good show fellas

Brian Dmyszewicz
Brian Dmyszewicz

well... i really liked the game but it's... old D: i finished all the possible quests and there is nothing to do out there anymore, i tried out some mods but they are always the same... it's a really cool game but now it's too boring even with mods...

meedokicky
meedokicky

The tent mod was amazing <3

Oh so Seb is a qualified cow-milker :P


Very nice episode, well done lads.

Jah_Glow
Jah_Glow

"Definitely a cow!" LOL


So wait, you run it through a device designed to capture the gameplay, or just a dedicated unit you use to capture it?

Matt Davis
Matt Davis

I walked around for 40 minutes straight and got nowhere, not even a single enemy. I haven't played it since.

Merkasaw
Merkasaw

I really want to try out some ENB mods, but they're such a pain in the arse. I'm just too used to the easy Nexus Mod Manager approach. I've actually managed to achieve very similar results to ENBs, apart from depth of field, which I'm not fussed about anyway.


Anyway, great show as always!

Josiah David Tweedie
Josiah David Tweedie

That's not really a clever or especially insightful thing to say. -.- It's not my favorite game ever but I still like it. If you don't like it, that's fine, but why do we matter to you?

lurkinglion
lurkinglion

Cam and Seb! I am interested and curious in how you both landed your jobs doing what you're doing at GameSpot! You are both great and i am a huge, huge fan of the show!

     -Tory Thompson

bmc2005
bmc2005

@wildblast   i know they use RealVision enb alot I eve use it its customization in the install is very well done

quaker04
quaker04

@TrialMonkey  High-res Textures DLC also is a must. It's free and you can find it on Steam. For the DoF, Dynavision is what they use. If you find ENB too hard to install or want something easier to configure, try SweetFX.

ReadySebbyGo
ReadySebbyGo moderator

@TrialMonkey Most of the look comes from the ENB, Climates of Tamriel, and Realistic Lighting Overhaul. Adding an ENB allows you to create that soft focus look with the depth of field.

ReadySebbyGo
ReadySebbyGo moderator

@Reuwsaat Actually it's not a crazy spec - Intel i5 Ivy, 8GB RAM, and an nVidia GTX 670

sigmact
sigmact

@kookie_munster go skyrim nexus, install the manager, add the mods you want and play, pretty simple 

TehUndeadHorror
TehUndeadHorror

@kookie_munster Steam Workshop is integrated into Skyrim, and you can just search for mods through that. Just right click on your Steam game I think. All you need to do is press subscribe to the mod and when you start the game it'll download automatically.


If you want to customise the mods more, or plan on installing a lot, you'll need to sort out the mod order, etc, which is a lot easier through Nexus. Just search Skyrim Nexus, and use that site to find the mods. You can use a program called Nexus Mod Manager (google everything!) to download these mods. Usually the description pages on Nexus can help you with install and load orders.


If you have any trouble, there are a bunch of videos that can teach you how to use Nexus and the mod manager too, and the forums are filled with helpful people. Good luck!

ReadySebbyGo
ReadySebbyGo moderator

@bfa1509 We modelled him on the official Kevin VanOrd as best we could!

chieflion
chieflion

dude i think the same thing every month

then i pick up a quarter and play three days straight

its a game full of depth and tons to offer, it gets boring, but every once in a while i just have to slay some dragons

CiTizenMaSSaKre
CiTizenMaSSaKre

Umm, there are mission and quest mods, there is a mod to go to Elyswyere and do quest. There is a mod to build up whole new town and get quest from it. There is a mod to rebuild Helgen which got mod of the year a few years back. this game never ends with mods.

ExtremePhobia
ExtremePhobia

@Jah_Glow I don't think it's another computer, but a device. It sounds like a separate mixing device (but a professional grade device) that captures the video and sound before storing to hard drives.


Compared to most Consumer devices which receive a video/audio stream, split it and then encode it before sending the primary signal on to a TV display and the secondary (encoded) signal to another computer which saves the recording. These are usually used to record console footage. Most PC gamers would simply record using software since you can easily find recording software for under $100. Your computer has to do more heavy lifting but it's not generally major enough to jump from $100 to as much as $2-3000 for a top of the line video processing rig.

Def_Defyin
Def_Defyin

Troll. I can't walk more than 5 minutes without finding some sort of dungeon, bandit outpost, cave, ruins.

How hard is it to follow the compass towards the black/white symbol?


chieflion
chieflion

if u have it for PC

there is no exuse

MODS my friend

MODS

GT_APE
GT_APE

Might be a good idea to give it another try. Go to the towns/cities and pick up some quests. I run into tons of stuff when I walk around. Caves, caverns, ruins, forts, dungeons, camps, crypts, houses, settlements, random encounters, animals fighting, random things fighting, dragons, bandits, thieves, etc. etc. etc. Are you sure you just weren't walking in a circle??? There are also mods to add more creatures, etc. for those who want a fight waiting around every single tree...

GT_APE
GT_APE

@Merkasaw I really don't get depth of field - actually I think it's useless and I always turn it off. Why would everything outside of what's directly in front of me be blurry even if I shift my eyes to that part of the screen? My eyes will automatically add depth of focus. Maybe because I play with a bigger monitor (24")? Dunno. Not only useless but unrealistic to me.

ReadySebbyGo
ReadySebbyGo moderator

@lurkinglion I was lucky - just applied for the job when the last Video Producer left in 2010. I was working at VideoGamer.com back then as a uni grad from a video course, and Mark Walton put me in touch.

ReadySebbyGo
ReadySebbyGo moderator

@ExtremePhobia @Jah_Glow We run the gameplay from the PC straight into a device called a Tricaster 300 XD. It's technically a PC rigged specifically for video editing and streaming. We also use Atmos Ninja 2's and AJA Ki Pros for capturing gameplay. It should be noted that none of the above will do 1080p 60. For that we have a separate PC capture unit.

ReadySebbyGo
ReadySebbyGo moderator

@GT_APE @Merkasaw RealVision ENB now has a nexus mod manager install. You just need to find one file after you enable it in NMM and you're off. Also, you need to make a few tiny adjustments to your SkyrimPrefs.ini in your documents. Once it's done, you can forget about it!