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01-17-12, 06:00 AM
Skyrim mods are amazing. In the two months since release, thousands of mods have been released, some of them quite spectacular. It‚??s not like Skyrim was an ugly game to begin with, but with new high resolution textures and post processing it becomes truly stunning. Not to mention new items, expanded crafting and a full UI overhaul.

With so many mods available, choosing them can be a little daunting, which is why we‚??ve rounded up the 25 best here for you to enjoy. Check inside for the full list.

Remember, this list will be perpetually updated as more mods are released, so if you have any particular favourites you‚??d like to be included, mention them in the comments below and I‚??ll test them out before the next update.

1. Sky UI

Ask any PC gamer what Skyrim‚??s biggest flaw is and you‚??ll get one answer: the inventory. The default UI is inelegant, slow and features far too much scrolling. Which is why Sky UI (http://www.skyrimnexus.com/downloads/file.php?id=3863) is so essential. It doesn‚??t merely fix the problems with Bethesda‚??s interface, it improves it on every level. Icons are now used to easily distinguish items while using less space. Additional information, such as if an item is stolen or poisoned, is clearly displayed. The inventory can even be sorted by value and weight, while a text search lets you find the correct item in a hurry. There is simply no reason not to install Sky UI, even those few who don‚??t mind the original interface will find their Skyrim experience improved immeasurably as a result.

2. Midas Magic

Midas Magic (http://www.skyrimnexus.com/downloads/file.php?id=3413) was a fantastic magic overhaul mod for Oblivion, which added flashy, powerful new spells to make high level mages even better at setting people on fire with their minds. The Skyrim version is shaping up to be just as good, with spells that summon mini dragons and call down meteor strikes. It also features a brand new way to learn spells, by using ‚??aurum reactors‚?? dotted around Skyrim.

3. ENBSeries

The ENBSeries (http://enbdev.com/download_en.htm) mods are famous for adding improved post processing and lighting effects to make games like GTA4 (http://www.pcgamer.com/2011/07/04/gta-iv-mod-makes-incredible-graphical-overhaul/) and Deus Ex: Human Revolution (http://www.pcgamer.com/2011/09/22/deus-ex-human-revolution-mod-augments-visuals-lighting-improved-fist-chisels-shinier/) look amazing. Now, creator Boris Vorontsov has turned his hand to Skyrim. The result is unsual, but is nonetheless beautiful using brighter, more striking colours than previous ENB mods. Those who don‚??t care for the style should check out the the more muted Confident ENB (http://www.skyrimnexus.com/downloads/file.php?id=5253) settings instead.

4. Skyrim HD

http://media.pcgamer.com/files/2011/11/Skyrim-Mods-Skyrim-HD-590x331.jpg (http://media.pcgamer.com/files/2011/11/Skyrim-Mods-Skyrim-HD.jpg)Skyrim HD is the start of a massive texture overhaul.

Like Quarl‚??s Texture mod for Oblivion or NeilMC‚??s for Fallout 3, Skyrim HD (http://www.skyrimnexus.com/downloads/file.php?id=607) is an ambitious project to replace the majority of in game textures with new, high resolution versions. Clocking in at a hefty 1.29GB, this mod already contains huge amounts of textures, and is getting updated all the time. Alternatively there‚??s Chris‚??s Whiterun Texture pack (http://www.skyrimnexus.com/downloads/file.php?id=114), less comprehensive, but just as good.

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