Ten essential Oblivion mods

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For the past six years, an army of modders have been hard at work, trying to make Oblivion the game they always imagined it should be. Now there are a wide variety of mods that can take the game in many different directions. The Dark and Francesco reviews reinvent the challenges and leveling of the game. The magic spells of Aurum de Midas give you divine power and the ability to destroy your enemies. There are thousands, so we’ve chosen the best-made and most polished examples from one of the most prolific and dedicated modding communities out there.

1. The Unofficial Oblivion Patch

This should be your first port of call. Fixes over 1,800 bugs that are still present in Oblivion even after Bethesda finished patching it. So it’s 1,800 floating rocks, transparent walls, and edgy animations that you’ll never have to deal with. There are also a couple of separate patches for the expansion and the DLC, so be sure to pick them up if you plan to visit Shivering Isles.

2. Dark Oblivion Review

In normal Oblivion, the world levels up at the same rate as you, which means that each battle presents roughly the same amount of challenge. Dark’s overhaul changes all of this, setting different level caps for different areas, turning Cyrodiil into a dangerous and unpredictable wasteland. The Dark revision also modifies almost every other aspect of the game. Magic is easier to cast, advanced creature AI ensures that animals react to you realistically, and boss characters have spread across the world to provide additional challenge and some desirable loot. A number of smaller mods are also incorporated, adding artificial intelligence tweaks, balance alterations, and hundreds of new weapons and items to the game.

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3. Magic spells of Aurum de Midas

Turn your enemies to gold, ride a magic carpet, summon a Balrog, and fight your way through 7 new areas. The mod adds hundreds of new magical abilities to Oblivion, along with new mounts and even transformation powers. The mod claims to keep Oblivion’s balance, and it does to some extent, but once you’ve obtained the most powerful spells on offer, nothing will stand in your way. Take a look at Lightning Storm’s insane ability in the video below.

4. Unique landscapes

Unique Landscapes is a series of mods that aim to turn every location in Cyrodiil into a handcrafted masterpiece. Each mod has a different author, and each author is encouraged to bring his individual style to each area, ensuring that no two locations are completely the same. 22 areas have already been renovated, and more work is being done. This mod works seamlessly with Qarl’s natural environment and texture pack; combine them all to see Cyrodiil at its best.

5. Francesco’s Creatures and Leveled Objects Mod

Francesco’s mod shares many similarities with Dark’s Overhaul. Both mods make Oblivion a more variable and interesting experience by altering the leveling system of the creatures around you. Players who are new to Oblivion will find the Francesco mod to be a more forgiving experience, especially at the lower levels. Francesco’s also gives you the option to disable many of its features, allowing you to preserve the core Oblivion experience and choose the changes you like best.

6. Deadly reflex

Deadly Reflex adds the necessary strategic depth to Oblivion combat, adding a host of new maneuvers and attacks to your arsenal. With Deadly Reflex installed, you’ll be able to dodge incoming attacks, stun your opponents, and even finish them off with a timed impaling move. Your opponents also have the same abilities, of course, which makes the fights tactical and tense. Combat now looks and feels more visceral as well. Critical hits result in pleasantly ridiculous death animations, and new Sam Fisher-style stealth kills will see you snapping necks and slitting your throat with brutal exuberance.

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7. Qarl Texture Pack III

Qarl’s Texture Pack III is the most popular and comprehensive Oblivion texture pack out there. It comes in a number of different shapes to suit different PC specs, so don’t pick one that your machine can handle. Even the lower resolution versions are a huge improvement, but the larger ones transform Cyrodiil completely, filling the world with intricate detail.

8. DarNified UI

Tired of being able to see only five items at a time in a list? Irritated by the giant fonts and clunky interface? The Darnified user interface completely redesigns the Oblivion user interface, revamping each menu screen to work properly on your monitor. It also replaces the world map with a beautiful, highly detailed color version. It’s not a major overhaul, but it makes the whole thing more stylish and user-friendly. It will work fine with the other mods here too.

9. Natural environments

Natural Environments contains a number of subtle updates that work together to improve the way the world looks and feels. With new dynamic weather effects, revamped water effects, foliage tweaks, and the addition of birds and insects, Natural Environments does a great job of making Cyrodiil feel much more like a living, breathing world.

10. Martigen’s Monster Mod

Add more than 150 new types of creatures and enemies, making the game a much more varied place to explore. Like the Dark revision, this mod also adds unique boss creatures with their own custom loot, including new weapons and armor. Because of that, you are likely to see some conflicts when trying to run the Mart mod with the Dark and Francesco reviews. If you want to install all three at once and don’t mind a thorough installation procedure, check out FCOM. In the meantime, take a look at the trailer below to take a look at some of the many new creatures that Martigen’s Monster Mod adds.

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