Using mods is common practice for many games to be able to spice up the content, but now mods make Oblivion like Skyrim. While mods like this have been developing for a while, their current state in 2022 is something to behold. What improvements they have made and how you can utilize them will be what we are going over in this article. The original post that inspired this article came from Resetera by user Grimminski.
What Is Oblivion?
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is an action-fantasy RPG released in 2006. It was a very popular entry for the series, but it doesn’t quite have the same level of esteem as either Morrowind or Skyrim. Due to reasonably dated graphics and mechanics, this entry is rarely discussed as much as the other.
The things that keep it in fans’ minds are its fantastic amount of side quests and activities and its centralized story. While Skyrim may have had a fantastic story that was epic in all the right ways, it did have one thing working against it.
The fact that Skyrim was a remote country within the land of the Empire did not interface as well with the larger structure of the world. Oblivion happens within Cyrodiil, the capital of the Empire.
The problem has always been the outdated tech making it challenging to go back and play this entry. These mods now make it apparent that this does not have to be the case, so let’s go ahead and check out what has been changing and what makes this an improvement.
What Does The Game Look Like Now?
As you can see, there is a profound difference between some of the original in-game footage and the newly modded images. For one thing, the textures are better, being close enough to Skyrim to be considered an equal now. For another thing, the lighting improved and allowed the player to see the world.
There have also been various and continuous improvements to the actual gameplay mechanics. Bringing many of these up to a modern standard or adding additional functionality to the game.
One of these was adding a controller integrated into the game so that you could use either an Xbox controller or a Playstation controller. This mod also stopped the unfortunate issue that people would encounter where their character would walk diagonally.
These are just a few more notable upgrades and fixes that modding has added to the game. There are still dozens of other little changes that, when all taken together, drastically alter the game, as we can see when these apply to the game in the screenshots. So the question becomes, how can you apply these yourself so your version of Oblivion can look and behave just like this one?
What Mods Can You Use To Achieve This Same Effect?
If you look at the mod selection for Oblivion, you may feel suddenly overwhelmed as options swarm you. For anything you would want to mod in the game, it can feel like there are at least two options.
But not all mods do what you are looking for, and not all work together. The original poster had some recommendations to help with the issue of being overwhelmed. I will pass it on to you in this article.
First of all, you should take a look at the list of mods here. Each of these helps substantially improve the game. They are listed in order, and when you click on each tab, it tells you about the mods and what they do for the game. They also list mods that they may be incompatible with, so you can make sure to keep your game playable.
The other two links are simple mods that do much for the game. The first is Cydriil ENB which affects Oblivion’s lighting and overall visuals. This mod is what is going to give the game part of that overall polished look. The second is NorthernUI. This mod allows for better integration with controllers, so you can play this easily as if it were on the console.
As you can see, there are a lot of benefits to modding Oblivion, and the truth is, if you want a new experience after your fifth play-through of Skyrim, you should consider this. These mods make Oblivion like Skyrim, and that is a good thing.
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