The Elder Scrolls series has a very strong modding community. The recently-released Morrowind Sounds & Graphics Overhaul v3.0
) is a mod compilation of 100+ mods (list
), which gives a new lease of life to 2002's Game of the Year. It includes a semi-automatic installer (video
) and options for the various mods. A gameplay pack has been in the works for quite a while, but if you want more than cosmetics and don't mind looking around, voila
: you may dive in
. However, the modding community is at its best in Oblivion.
Modding Oblivion takes some preparation, but it can change the game radically. First, be smart from the very beginning. Patch the game for bug fixes
and use the Oblivion mod manager
from the useful wiki
) to manage your mods. If you want to go beyond the call of duty, try Wrye Bash
for something more complex and powerful. Lastly, BOSS
) will help with the loading order of mods.
You can find here
a list of popular mods. OblivionNexus alone has 27000+ files.
optimises the user interface so that it doesn't feel like a console game and isn't too prominent. You may even turn off the bars if you wish. It also helps with the inventory. Immersive Interface
does the same thing while leaving the inventory intact. Ditto DarNified
Expanded Hotkeys and Spell Delete
does what it says on the tin.
allows you to exit the game at once.
Map Marker Overhaul
allows you to set custom markers etc.
is a one-stop mod that integrates four popular mods: OOO, MMM, Francesco's and Warcry (see below).
Francesco's leveled creatures/items
addresses the most significant complaint of players: if you use this, enemies/guards/items (you may decide which) won't always level up with you. This means no more bandits that are stronger than demons at high levels, no more demons in Oblivion that are weak as rats at low levels and no more having to avoid leveling up.
Quest Award Leveling
makes rewards level up with you.
allows the player's skills to be effective above 100.
No Psychic Guards
makes guards respond to your criminal ability only if they are nearby.
and Midas Magic
offer new spells for the magic-oriented player.
Oscuro's Oblivion Overhaul
changes the balance of the game, making it more difficult.
You can change the economic fabric of Cyrodiil with mods such as Trade and Commerce
or Enhanded Economy
If you want to begin Morrowind-style you may Arrive by Ship
and if you want to recreate Thief try Thieves Arsenal
The Lands of Solstheim, Vvardenfell and Mournhold
(SoVvM) recreates the three main zones of Morrowind and its expansions.
Martigen's Monster Mod
has 150 new creatures and 1900 variant creatures if you want more variety in your game.
Wilderness Creature Lists
increases the number of creatures you may meet out in the wild.
adds more combat moves.
There are mods that provide a home for the player like Belda Elysium Manor House
or Legend in the Sky
allows you to summon a dragon and fly around the world.
has the approval of Terry Pratchett and more than 130 lines written by him.
has packs for improved weather, water, animals and vegetation.
Qarl's Texture Pack III
improves the look of the game. You may use a less resource-intensive version
includes new Distant Viewable Objects.
is a pack of handcrafted outdoors locations.
updates a lot of the cities.
allows you to see out of the windows of interior spaces.
There are also animation mods like Actors in Charge
, Seph's New Animations
or DMC Stylish
, which should be seen at least once even though you might not want to play the full game using it.
There is a ton of item mods that runs the spectrum from fantasy swords to realistic weapons and to mundane items like forks. There are so many that giving recommendations is pointless, so look into them. I like Lost Paladins of the Divine
Mods like Streamline
and Oblivion Stutter Remover
can provide a smoother experience.
Some of the fancier mods require Oblivion Script Extender
(OBSE) or Oblivion Graphics Extender
. Keep in mind that if you use conflicting mods, the game will crash. If you try mods one by one (or read the documentation), you'll know which mods conflict. You can still play with 30 mods concurrently.
If you're still hankering for TES and don't mind going back in time, you can even download Daggerfall, its patches and its mods for free