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Total Nerd The Best Skyrim Mods  

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List Rules If you include mods from other sources such as Skyrim Nexus, please say so. Also, no 'adult' mods!

The Bethesda Studios game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has been out for over a year now and has several DLCs and even an MORPG to follow it. Since the game first came out, the amazingly talented gaming community has been coming up with mods or files that change, replace, add to or remove something in the game. Some mods make the game more funny, others more challenging while still others make changes that the developers should have thought of to start with.

What's your favorite mod?

These are my favorite mods for Skyrim. All of them are available on Valve's Steam service for the PC and none of them require one of the DLC 'expansions' such as Dawnguard or Hearthfire.

Unofficial Skyrim Patch

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Fixes lots of little bugs and touches up lots of textures in the game. 

It is not the official patch that only made things worse! I had to reinstall the game completely when I installed that thing from Bethesda.

Better Skyrim V2

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Sounds redundant, but this mod catches a lot of bugs that USP missed and enhances the look even more. 

A note about the video. I used Skyrim Nexus Mod Manager for a while, but it got so buggy and glitchy that I wound up having to unistall the mod manager and the game and reinstall the game to get anything to work again.  There may be fewer mods on the Steam service, but more of them work well and the Steam Community service is more reliable than Nexus was six months ago when I gave up on it.

Amazing Follower Tweaks

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Followers were always a good idea in Skyrim, but this makes them much more interactive and customizable. Feels a bit more like you are adventuring with another character than with just an automated killing machine.

Optimized Starting Experience

Gives you better armor, weapon and loot options at the start of the game depending on what type of character you want to role play.