While there are many mods that enhance the vanilla aspects of Skyrim, there are those that add more depth to bring you into the game and make the world feel more real and dangerous. Immersion mods are what make Skyrim special to play just from modding. You can beef up vanilla in the game all day long, but what sets Skyrim apart from any other game are the mods that immerse you into the experience and make you feel like you’re really there, make you care for your character more, and make you want to survive and fight for your life and health, not just for the Empire or Rebellion.
Campfire – Complete Camping System
Chesko is your go to guy or anything immersive in Skyrim, and Campfire is something that should have already been put into vanilla Skyrim. Running around Skyrim is a long journey, the game is just massive and some times you can’t make it to the next town without dying or needing a rest. This mod is just for you. Buy camping supplies, scavenge your own, it’s all up to you. It’s a survival aspect of the game that does it better than actual survival games (tired of those yet?) This is a must have for anyone wanting a complete realistic experience in Skyrim.
Have you ever wondered how your character can just make weapons appear out of thin air? Why not have all your favorited weapons on your person and visible? Was that so hard for Bethesda? Maybe, but now you can do this. Have your shield, three swords, bow, and arrows all strapped on you to intimidate your enemies right? This doesn’t affect gameplay but it’s great for people who are annoyed by this or for screenarchers.
Ever wondered why the people of Tamriel are boring and never celebrate anything? How you can wonder no more with Holidays. This mod doesn’t add our holidays, but lore friendly ones that are true to the franchise and in game calendar. Halloween is celebrated with pumpkins everywhere and various other Tamrielan holidays. This doesn’t add gameplay effects, but it sure does make the game feel more alive.
Immersive First Person
Why do first person characters never have feet or legs? Are we all floating disembodied heads? Immersive First Person changes this by putting the first person camera at your character’s eyes so you can see what they see. There’s a more immersive mode with combat but not seeing your weapons in front of you, I prefer the vanilla view and this option is easy with a quick ini edit. This is a must have for anyone who likes playing in first person.
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Ever wondered why no one patrols Skyrim? Shouldn’t there be a police force or something? Now there is with wondering guards you can run down or say hi to. It’s not much, but to be honest I always say that these small mods can make the difference in Skyrim over larger mods because these make it feel alive rather than just larger or more vivid.
While the name may be crude and straightforward it’s a great mod. It could have been called Immersive Barmaids, Immersive Maidens, or Immersive Tavern Employees, but that last one would have been boring. In Immersive Wenches the inns are filled with more employees serving drinks and food like it should have been. What kind of inn or tavern has just two people running it? Even on a busy night? This mod fixes that.
No endorsement from Apple we promise. iNeed is the sequel to Realistic Needs and Diseases as that mod was abandoned awhile ago. iNeed adds several new diseases that you can cure via potions and also has your character need water, food, and sleep but all this can be adjusted in the Mod Configuration Menu. It may be annoying to some, but others who want a realistic experience that Skyrim can offer should install this.
Lanterns of Skyrim
Have you wondered why there’s no lamp posts or lights throughout Skyrim? Is Skyrim really just an abandoned wasteland between towns and holds? I doubt it and this mod is a must have for people who love wandering around Skyrim in the dark. This doesn’t just add lamps to Skyrim but towns as well. It makes the game feel more alive and rich, these tiny mods are what can make your game feel like Skyrim not just look like it.
Wet and Cold
Wet and Cold is a must have mode for total immersion. When it’s raining or snowing outside characters will put on the appropriate clothing and even Argonians won’t put anything on in the rain, that’s how detailed this mod is. It’s doesn’t add much, but seeing people work outside in the snow or rain without proper gear was really weird in vanilla Skyrim and obviously overlooked (like thousands of other things).
Wonders of Weather
Another must have mod by isoku is Wonder of Weather. Why are there no rainbows? Why doesn’t the ground splash more when wet? This mod fixes all that. There are even shooting stars! Not much, in fact it may be overlooked in the heat of battle or playing, but when you stop to stare out at the sky or take some screenshots it’s nice to have that rainbow in the background.
Why was this not in vanilla Skyrim? Well, probably because the game wasn’t all that dark but with ENB and weather mods you need lanterns as the game can get realistically dark and hard to see. I can’t play Skyrim without this mod, I always bring a lantern into a dungeon as my ENB makes my game much darker than vanilla. Having a lantern on your hip looks cool and gives you that little bit of extra light as flashlights hadn’t been invented yet.