It’s about time for me to start playing Skyrim again. I’ve been teasing myself by listening to the soundtrack and looking at some really cool mods that I want to download.
I logged into Nexus Mods for the first time in a long time and I was treated by a new look. The website has gone through a redesign and it looks really neat. It even tells me if I’ve previously downloaded a mod before which is great because I’ve downloaded hundreds of mods since I’ve been playing Skyrim.
You would probably think that I’m here to write about the Switch version of Skyrim since it released not too long ago. Well… you’re wrong. I don’t own the Switch version of Skyrim, yet, so I’m just going to write about the best version of Skyrim. You know… the one that I mod freely without any restrictions or memory cap. I’m sure the Switch version is great. Playing Skyrim on the go would be a dream come true for me, but I’m not ready to jump into it just yet and I’m perfectly happy playing Skyrim Special Edition on my PC for the time being.
Skyrim Special Edition has gotten really good these last few months. Well… Skyrim is always really good, but as far as modding went it left much to be desired when Special Edition launched last year. Fast forward a year and Special Edition is my go to Skyrim game for mods. Why? Because SKSE has finally launched, an alpha version anyway, and for the most part it works great. There is one big issue though. Every time Skyrim updates it breaks SKSE until it can be updated by the devs to match the current version of the game. The way we’ve gotten around that is by keeping an old file of Skyrim on us and overwriting the files whenever Skyrim updates. That means we won’t have the latest version of Creation Club, but who cares at this point. Until Bethesda proves that they can make better content than modders I’m not dropping any cash in the Creation Club. I’m not against the Creation Club in any way, but I’m not throwing my money at the screen yet.
Since SKSE is officially supported for Special Edition I can use many more mods in my game now. Mods like Sky UI will work with Special Edition with no problem. This also means the great mod configuration menu from the original game will also be present in Special Edition. I’ve really missed being able to tweak my mods in the game without resorting to opening books and flipping through a hundred options just to turn off one feature I don’t like.
I’ve missed playing Skyrim and I’m excited at the opportunity to jump back in it. Yeah, it’s not on the Switch, but I doubt the Switch version will replace the PC version as the best way to play Skyrim to me. I love modding my game and breaking it, fixing it, and breaking it again. Now, if you’ll excuse me I have some dragons to slay :).