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Esmerelde's Recommended Mods: VISUAL

 

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Gameplay / Visual / Realism / Practical / Misc.


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User Interfaces:

* DarN UI
* MajorJims UI
* Immersive Interface

Hair & Body:

* Beautiful People
* Danis Beauty Patch
* Facial Textures by Enalya
* Improved Facial Textures
* Natural Faces

Environment:

* Alive Waters
* Enhanced Water
* Koldorns LOD Noise Replacer
* Natural Environments
* Qarl's Texture Pack (QTP) Redemised

 

 

2. VISUAL

User Interfaces:

< DarN UI >

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Daedric letter O MajorJims UI

Main features (from the readme):

* More detailed Attribute and Skills status screens. Shows Base, Mod and Total values.
* Inventory/Magic/Quest window is larger and shows more items per page.
* Large world and local map views.
* HUD with smaller fonts and text shadows.
* Magic effect icons show only numbers, no bars.

Easy to install, no incompatibilities with mod-list (though there will be some if you attempt to use this mod with other UI mods). Comes with some optional extras including tweaks to the way the information is displayed, also has an option to remove the cross-hair whilst sneaking giving better visibility.

There are no huge changes to the display and this mod will fit in seamlessly with your game. The UI as it was meant to be.

My rating: 5star

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< Immersive Interface >

 

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Hair & Body:

Beautiful People

This is one of the oldest and most well known beauty packs out there. For someone who has just started modding, and wants to add a lot of features quickly, this is a great start, adding new hairs, eyes and races.

The biggest problem with this mod is compatibility. You cannot use this mod in conjuction with any other beauty or race pack, nor can you use with any body mod with the exception of exnem's. In addition, many users will often find themself struggling with the install, finding thei characters with black or 'googly' eyes.

If you can get it working it's a great mod, with lots of options to choose from. However, I feel this mod is now fairly outdated, and there are other mods that supercede it. See: COBL

My rating: 4/5


Danis Beauty Patch

This mod build on Natural Faces, using new textures. For best results this mod should be used with the original mod.

My rating: 3.5/5


Facial Textures by Enalya

Like Danis Beauty Patch, this is also a texture replacer mod, and should be used with either Natural Faces or Improved Facial Textures (IFT). It should be installed after the base mod.

I use this mod (the dulled down version) and it is excellent. I notice the difference mainly on the lips, the texturing on them is incredible. I recommend using it in conjunction with IFT.

My rating: 5/5


Improved Facial Textures

This mod is a complete overhaul of the facial textures, and will make a huge difference in game. (The screenshots don't do the mod justice). Once you start playing with this, you will never go back. I recommend using Facial Textures by Enalya with this mod.

My rating: 5/5


Natural Faces

Like Beautiful People, this mod is one that has been around since the beginning and is also very well known. This mod upgrades the resolution of the facial textures, resulting in much smoother and more natural looking faces.

My rating: 3.5/5

 

Environment:

< Alive Waters >

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OB Enhanced Water

I know what you are thinking, one of many available water mods...but this is definitely my favourite one by far.

Positives:

The water has excellent reflections, and looks seamless when looking over long distances, which is good not only for visuals, but also if you love taking screen shots!

Underwater is much improved over vanilla. You can see a lot better (not as much fog, but not completly unrealistically clear), and it is also a muddy brown colour, rather than a turquoise blue!

Negatives:

Incompatible with any other water mod (including natural environments). I've had an occassional problem at the border regions, and the maker admits that some small pool may not look right, but I haven't come across any myself yet.

My rating: 5star

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< Koldorns LOD Noise Replacer >


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OB Natural Environments

In its entirety, this is a large mod designed to enhance and improve the environmental components of Oblivion. Most of the changes are purely cosmetic in nature, thus game performance should not suffer.

Positives:

The mod comes in separate plug-ins allowing you to add only the features you desire. These are:

Natural Weather: responsible for all meteorological modifications.
Natural Water: provides various tweaks for in-game water types.
Natural Habitat: adds and controls more than 20 different types of birds and insects.
Natural Vegetation: alters scaling characteristics of trees and shrubs.

Negatives:

In its default state it will change your HUD elements, including the breathmeter. Obviously, it is down to personal taste whether you like these, but I found uninstalling the changes tricky the first time. I prefer my HUD in its default state and so overwrite the new changes with the old changes. The instructions for this are included in the read-me.

I found the water slightly unrealistic. You could see down to the river bed for a long distance(if standing on a bridge for example) and it would then cut to an opaque water surface at the furthest distance. This would usually create an ugly line on the water surface where the two met which was a real killer for screenshots. Also, the underwater was exceptionally clear, you could see everything for long distances, though this is more down to personal taste.

Conclusions:

A very good mod that vastly improves the aesthetics of the game, and is particularly good if you like the "all-in-one" feature rather than faffing with lots of indivdual mods.

My rating: 4.5/5

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