Recommended mods for a first time player? None.
And by none a mean a few. By a few I mean a handful. But none of these are mods that alter the core of Oblivion. Start with the Unofficial Patches
, Unofficial Official Mods Patch
, and Supplementals
. Thousands of bug fixes are covered by these.
Next you might consider some small tweaks, but first you need to play the game for a while to see what you dislike and want to tweak. I suggest at least 20-30 hours before adding any mods that alter the core of the game. Graphic mods are your preference, many are available. I personally don't use one graphics overhaul package but mix and match many smaller replacers. However I will suggest one visual mod, Oblivion Graphics Extender (OBGE)
. Adds the ability to use many custom shaders ranging from cell-shading to color moods, depth-of-field, god-rays, and much more.
You're going to need Oblivion Script Extender (OBSE
For tools; You'll need a mod manager and Better Oblivion Sorting Software (BOSS)
. BOSS automatically sorts your mods for best chances of compatibility and does so via an always updated masterlist. There are two mod managers available; Wrye Bash
and Oblivion Mod Manager (OBMM)
. I suggest you go ahead and get accustomed to Wrye Bash as it's leaps and bounds ahead of OBMM in every way imaginable. You will need Wrye Bash eventually anyway for certain mods to function and to ensure compatibility amongst other mods. OBMM is simpler but you really limit yourself to just an installer basically. While Wrye Bash is much much more than that, and not that
difficult to learn either. If you've ever used Wrye Mash (Morrowind) or Wrye Flash (Fallout) then you'll be right at home. Think of it as about 20 or so tools wrapped in one. You may never need all of it's functions or simply choose not to use some of it's functions, but it's nice to have them available when needed. It also has it's own installer just as OBMM uses OMOD's, but again it's leaps and bounds ahead of the competition; if you can even call it competition. Instead of using special files (OMOD's) BAIN (BAsh INstaller) operates directly from archives such as .zip, .rar, .7z, etc... Take the time to read over The Wrye Bash Pictorial Guide for Newbies
. It'll help you greatly. That section was a little long-winded but necessarily so. I could have elaborated much much more on the subject but for now that's as simple as I could break it down. Later you can dig deeper into the subject.
For stability and smoother gameplay I suggest the following.Streamline
- Only use the Purge function unless you really need the others. You shouldn't unless you're playing on a lower to bottom-mid-range system.Oblivion Stutter Remover (OSR)
- Increases performance and smoothness overall. Highly recommended.Fast Exit 2
- Oblivion is known to crash on exit even in vanilla state. It's less likely but still happens. The frequency of crashes increases exponentially as you add more mods it seems. This simple mod fixes that.
You'll likely want a User Interface (UI) mod to get rid of the clunky console-ish vanilla one. For this I suggest DarNified UI
or Dark UI'd DarN
I will suggest you look at some of TheNiceOne's mods such as Enhanced Hotkeys
(Easily the best Hotkey mod available),HUD Status Bars
, Display Stats
, Dynamic Map
, Quest Log Manager
, and Map Marker Overhaul
. These are all excellent mods that only enhance but do not alter gameplay. Check his profile for the full list of mods. All are excellent, and the support for them is also top-notch.