Random Things – Top 5 Skyrim Mods

This week, in order to celebrate writing my first game review (on Skyrim), I wrote about my favourite Skyrim mods.


Better Vampires

Vampire Lords from the Dawnguard DLC were a transformation that overall, I found underwhelming, especially when you obtain it at higher levels, due to this I never used the transformation for Vampire Lord (never used the Werewolf one either). While the concept of playing a vampire was interesting, they were too weak to really be usable. This mod by Brehain2 makes the vampires far more customisable (I can finally make them gain power from feeding), and also makes them useful even when not in Vampire Lord form, making the trade-off of weakness during daylight well worth it.


Deadly Dragons

Ah the dragons of Skyrim, so pathetic that in a game all about you being the only person able to kill dragons, I have seen even bandits ruthlessly mow them down. Apart from the first one you kill, dragons are all laughably easy to kill, even on legendary difficulty. To fix this, I play using my most hated mod to date. Created by 3jiou these dragons have killed me more than all other enemies combined. Finally, proper enemies for the ultimate dragon slayer.


Alternate Start – Live Another Life

An interesting mod, live another life quite literally allows you to pick an alternate start to the lengthy Helgen introduction to the game. While sometimes these start locations are truly horrible (I fought a Hagraven at level 2), they are much more enjoyable then the lengthy cart ride through Helgen, so thank you Arthmoor for saving me from the same tediously long introduction 10 times.


Cloaks of Skyrim

The fashion choice for all stylish superheroes (or supervillains), cloaks of Skyrim makes your character look awesome (and is another place you can add an enchantment). Mod author is Nikinoodles.



Finally, to round things out, perhaps my favourite quest line (though more for the rewards then anything). The mod Undeath gives you the ability to become a Lich after completing a suitably complicated quest line. While not always the clearest with directions, (I know I spent more than a few hours looking for things I’d missed) I’ve always liked the idea of being a Lich (and to have the power to throw cows onto rooves). This epic mod was created by Antioch08.


Game Review: Skyrim

My opinion on the Elder Scrolls V Skyrim

Today I’ve decided to try something new, a game review, hopefully this is something that everyone will enjoy. I try not to go in depth for the story, so nothing major is spoiled.


Skyrim: The Elder Scrolls V was released by Bethseda studios back in 2011. It’s one of the most played games with over 20 million sold copies.


Overall Story: Skyrim is one of the newer generation of games that allows you to make your own story. This is great as it makes the game open world with no real constraints (except murdering children, I’ve tried almost every single method, I feel bad, but I just really wanted to know whether I could kill them). However, making the game open ended also leads to a couple of issues I’ll touch on later.


Graphics: The graphics in Skyrim, while not the most amazing I’ve seen, are well done. They have a reasonably realistic feel to them, which I liked, as it helps to immerse you in the game.


Combat: During your first 20ish levels, every fight is a challenge, and it’s can be dangerous and you’ll sometimes just keep dying, however once you hit the point of about level 20, it just becomes a massacre, you are like a god. I’ve taken out Dwarven centurions (a type of nasty monster that is usually the end boss of Dwarven dungeons)with just my fists by this point. However, it is possible to mitigate this with the difficulty setting, but even on the highest difficulty, I was having no real trouble. On top of that, the Dragons you fight in the game are laughable, which is disappointing as they should be the hardest enemy in the game, that’s why they need you, the “Dragonborn” since otherwise Dragons are unbeatable, however the Dragons are such a joke that the city guards can take them down.


Powers: Well, a large part of the game is that your the “Dragonborn”, and can shout like a beast (quite literally). But honestly, by level 30 your shouts are pretty much useless.  However, that does not stop making it awesome when you yell at someone and sending the flying off a  cliff, or you shout fire at people.


The magic system is unbalanced and the only reason mages are viable is that they can permanently stun lock somebody, and at higher levels can cast any spell without using any Magicka (the games mana).


Combat System: I enjoyed melee combat in Skyrim, I’ll admit every now and then it gets a bit repetitive, but that is why I like changing around my builds, one day I’ll go in with two swords and light armour attempting to dodge all shots at me, while others I’ll go in with so much armour that I make tanks jealous and pummel whatever looks at me funny with a huge war hammer.

The archery system in the game was well designed, the arrows functioned like actual arrows, forcing you to adjust for their drop (though wind doesn’t exist thankfully, that is too much realism).  I also liked the integration with the stealth skill tree, as when sneaking, if you shoot someone they take double damage.


Quests: The quests were in general enjoyable, and as you had a fast travel system via your map, making even delivery quests less of a chore. While there isn’t a whole lot of variation in quests, I find the unique story lines for the main quests redeem that (except for the main story, that was just painful).


Modding: This game really is at its best when you’ve modded it. However, I would still recommend clearing you’re first play through without mods, as it’s a good idea to understand the game before you do. There are a large number of mods, Skyrim is likely to keep you hooked for another 50 hours (and that’s just for exploring all your shiny new houses).


Flaws in the game: One of the major problems in the game is just how weird the game can get by the end. By the end, you are Arch-Mage of the Mages Guild, Guild Master of the Thieves Guild, Harbringer of the Companions (while technically speaking not leader, you pretty much are), and Listener of the Dark Brotherhood. I mean seriously, you’ve got more jobs than Barbie. On top of that, you’re the Dragonborn, a werewolf or vampire, and if you’re a vampire, you’re also the Vampire Lord, you’re the richest man in the world, you’ve murdered the emperor. I just find  it odd the game doesn’t even try to adjust for that, really, you should be Lord Emperor of the entire world with how much you run.


The game also does not have a good amount of repetitiveness without mods,  I understand you can change your playstyle and start on a different questline etc…, but in the end, you’ll end up doing the same quests, and while in my second play through I was a sword swinging brute, in the end, it just wasn’t as enjoyable as the first play through because it was all predictable.


Overall I would say the game is worth your time, it’s a robust game and should keep you entertained for many hours. However, I would recommend not getting the game until there is a sale going on, as the game is not worth  $20 without DLCs, and if you are getting the game, I would highly recommend getting the game with DLCs for the  best experience.