I'm planning on getting Skyrim. What mods do you recommend?
Okay Diss, I'm gonna say this direct. Skyrim has A LOT of stuff which may seem confusing at first but you're more than smart enough to figure this crap out.
What you should do is have a go through the original gameplay if you haven't already, just for reference.
For mods, check out this websitewww.skyrimgems.com
^ This website has a compilation of mods which are specifically selected to enhance gameplay without killing immersion. Basically, you get what skyrim SHOULD have been without getting random as hell light sabers in the medieval age.
Apart from anything in that website, check out this guy's videos (they're VERY helpful)https://www.youtube.com/user/Brodual
He reviews good skyrim mods so be sure to check them out.
Make sure to do the things listed above and I can guarantee that you'll be satisfied
Also, I would recommend these mods...System
-Skyrim Texture optimizer (if you want to gain a lot of FPS, I need this to run Skyrim efficiently)
-SkyrimUI (MUST MUST MUST HAVE to run A LOT of mods)
-SKSE (script extender which A LOT of mods need to play properly)Armors and Weapons
-Jaysus swords - very good
-Weapons of the Third Era (MoS edition)
-Isilmeriel LOTR Weapons Collection (really nice swords)
-Immersive Armors (v7 is 900+ MB so I haven't got it myself yet, but the armors are very nice)
-Deadly Mutilation - damn this mod adds a lot of realistic mutilations from power move KO's in-game. Quite graphic and gorey so be warnedDLC
(not actually mods)
-Make sure to get your Skyrim updated to 1.9.somethingsomething. I believe they call it "Skyrim Update 11" since you have to DL it with Steam or through other means. (Maybe it was 12...)
-Get Dawnguard DLC for skyrim
-Get Dragonborn DLC for skyrim
-Get Hearthfire DLC for Skyrim (it's just a DLC for making your own house and stuff. Pretty boring. Most people don't bother getting this)If you can, buy/get the Legendary Edition of Skyrim which comes with all of this already packed :)Player Houses
-Rayek's End (it's beautiful man)
-Gypsy's Eyes Caravan Home (very useful to some)Essentials
-Simple Followers Mod (normal skyrim only allows 1 follow, but you have up to 15 with this mod. This helps A TON when facing higher leveled monsters
-Inigo - best custom made follow ever. More than 1000 lines of custom voice recorded lines with this guy. he's quite funny too.
-Uncle Sheogorath's Helpful Tips - funny little mod
-Skyrim Unofficial Patch (get the ones for the DLC's too) - fixes many things Bethesda was too damn lazy to fix
There's a lot of good mods for you to get. I'm still getting a bunch right now. Make sure to get Nexus Mod Manager to install your mods automatically and painlessly :)
Hope this helps
Ask Gen for good mods, he know more about them than I do