Posted on November 4, 2011, CJ Miozzi 5 Skyrim Mods We Hope Someone Makes
We’re a mere week away from the release of Skyrim, and although it may be a bit premature to be thinking about mods, what else are we going to do to pass the time? Oblivion has seen some fantastic mods, and I can only imagine what will come out of the Skyrim modding community. Well, I can do more than imagine: I can make a wish list.
Let us know what mods you’re looking forward to!
1. A massive, quest-based expansion pack
I remember a time when, instead of DLC, developers created free bonus packs to continue supporting their games post-launch and to give back to their fans. Now, I’m not going to harp on the fact that developers no longer want to give away free content — that would require a sense of entitlement the size of a freight train — but thankfully, talented and dedicated modders have been happy to fill the void.
Take Reclaiming Sancre Tor, for instance, a mod that adds hundreds of new characters, overlapping quests, new worlds, and multiple unique dungeon levels to the original Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. This is far more content than you’d get in any DLC, and it’s free! We need this kind of content for Skyrim.
2. A fully-developed companion written by an award-winning author
If you’re going to be spending a substantial amount of time with an NPC, you want it to be a memorable, engaging character with a three dimensional personality. For example, Vilja, a companion character created by a modder that managed to impress Terry Pratchett, author of Discworld. Pratchett loved Vilja so much that he brain-stormed ideas with the modder and wrote over 130 lines of dialogue for her.
Admittedly, the odds of another award-winning author teaming up with a modder are unlikely, so I’ll settle for a really well-developed character.
3. A mod manager
Anyone who is willing to invest the time can learn how to install mods, but many newcomers to the modding scene are scared off by file directories and cryptic instructions. On the other side of the coin are those folks that install so many mods that it’s difficult to keep track of them all and know which will conflict with which. And don’t get me started on uninstalling mods — yeesh. A tidy mod manager would be most welcome.
5. An un-consolization mod
UPDATE: Before you call me an “arrogant twat,” read this.
I don’t even know in what ways Skyrim will be “consolized.” It may be a simplified UI. It may be a reduction in options. It may be a control scheme not designed for the keyboard and mouse. Modders have stepped up to fix these sorts of issues in the past, like with this UI mod, and I hope the modding community will be quick to cure Skyrim of any symptoms of consolitis.