The latest game in “The Elder Scrolls” series may be “Skyrim,” and it is terrific, but that doesn’t mean you should stop playing the previous games, such as “Oblivion.” If you’ve already finished “The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion,” there is no way you shouldn’t look back, as there are mods that can change your perspective of the game. Here are the best mods created for “Oblivion.” 

Qarl’s Texture Pack II

Gamers can’t help but compare “Oblivion” with the more recent “The Elder Scrolls” games in terms of the graphics. Almost two decades since “Oblivion” was released, opening the game now will feel very different. 

But there’s a mod that can hide this age: Qarl’s Texture Pack II. This mod increases the resolution of almost every texture in the game, giving you a much sharper and clearer image. This shall satisfy gamers who are not on good terms with the muddy textures of the base game.

Unofficial Oblivion Patch

Right off the bat, this Unofficial Oblivion Patch is considered the most essential “The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion” mod. It needs no instruction, as it’s precisely what it’s called. It updates the game so that it fixes many issues – graphical bugs, potential glitches, wonky animations, you name it. 

Its maker, QuarnAndKivan, deserves credit for such a fantastic mod. Not only will this ensure “Oblivion” runs smoothly on modern platforms, but it will also allow gamers to experience a version that should have been released all along.

Better Cities

Could the makers of these mods pick a better name for their creation in a way that won’t sound enticing? Upon reading “Better Cities,” wouldn’t you jump right into downloading it?

In 2006, the cityscapes of “Oblivion” were a wonderland for gamers. They were the stars of the game. Today, placing it side by side with the recent “The Elder Scrolls” games, we hate to say this, but the cityscapes now look ugly. 

But this is where Better Cities comes in handy. It adds new buildings, quests, dialogues, and characters that populate Cyrodiil’s built-up areas. Aside from those, you may also select which cities you want upgraded by, get this, installing mods for every and every individual location. Isn’t that wild? We promise you. Upon installing this mod, you won’t ever go back.

Oblivion Character Overhaul

The characters of “The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion” are touted as the worst part of the game. Just when you thought you could improve and patch things up in the custom character creator, you’ll most likely be disappointed. 

Thankfully, there’s the Oblivion Character Overhaul mod that will give NPCs in the game a facelift that will make them look better. You better try this one. 

Alternative Start: Arrive By Ship

Whenever you feel like starting “Oblivion” again, you’ll be welcomed by the dulcet sound of Emperor Uriel Septim VII. It is soothing, but having to go through it each time you start a new game is downright annoying. The tutorial is unnecessary and long-winded. 

Thus, if you wish to simply skip that and get to the actual game right away, the Alternative Start: Arrive by Ship mod is for you. Well, it actually gives you a striking entrance. It changes the beginning of the game so that you’ll arrive at Cyrodiil on a ship. Fantastic. Not only that, but character generation is also thematic as it will be done through immigration forms with you specifying what type of person you will be in your new homeland. 

Additionally, you can choose your Social Status, Financial Status, and which port you would like to disembark. Aside from skipping a monotonous part of the game, you also get an intro reminiscent of “The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind.”

DarNified UI

Another loophole that “Oblivion” has when you compare it side by side with recent “The Elder Scrolls” games is the horror of its textures, which even extends to the user interface. Since they were designed with consoles in mind, many of the menus look poor on PC, which can be frustrating. Until the DarNified UI was born. 

This mod overhauls all menus in the game, allowing you to scroll through the list and easily browse the map. It also offers accessibility, as you can customize the user interface based on your preferences. You can also change the size and the archaic font style of the subtitles. These make this mod tough to beat.

Midas Magic Spells Of Aurum

Casting spells is one of the things “The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion” players are looking forward to. But, sadly, there isn’t a wide range of spells in the game, making you want to launch instead “Hogwarts Legacy.”

But wait. We’re pretty sure you haven’t tried the Midas Magic Spells of Aurum mod yet. With this, you can access over 290 unique spells and types, transforming your character as a mage into a memorable experience.

Unique Landscapes Compilation

Landscapes and sceneries in “Oblivion” seemed to have lost their luster with the introduction of new games in the series. If it feels so for you, use the Unique Landscapes Compilation mod. This mod ensures your trek across Cyrodiil is the most beautiful and that the views in the game are splendid. 

Weather – All Natural

When a game looks and feels real, will you not play it for hours? Weather – All Natural is a mod that adds a slew of new and breathtaking weather patterns to your game. From orange hues to destructive thunderstorms, the catalog is beyond compare. This is a must-have for players who want their adventures through Cyrodiil to be more scenic. 

Other “The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion” mods that have caught our attention are Maskar’s Oblivion Overhaul, Natural Environments, Deadly Reflex, Improved Trees and Flora 2, and Universal Silent Voice. 

These mods will undoubtedly turn your “Oblivion” gaming into a legendary experience, blending nostalgia with modern enhancements. Whether you’re a veteran gamer who wants a revival or a newcomer who just got introduced to “Oblivion” lately, use these incredible mods and realize why this game remains a classic. Happy modding.

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