Recently I’ve made a post discussing and pointing out the pros and cons of Skyrim remastered. I’ve mentioned how the game is obviously made for console users and how PC gamers don’t really require it if they’re only looking to improve the visual quality of the original Skyrim release.
Now I might’ve overlooked a minor detail back then. In truth the remastered version of Skyrim is actually a lot more stable due to the fact that it’s running on x64 executable therefore, the game will crash significantly less than its predecessor did. Still there’s a solution even for that and it is indeed possible to make the old game look better and run just as stable (if not better) than recently released remaster, and here’s how.
First of all what you need to do is head over to Skyrim Nexus and download Skyrim mod manager from their site. While you’re at it you should also consider making an account which is particularly useful if you’re going to use some of more explicit mods like bloody and violently mods or body modifications which are usually nude bodies and therefore labeled as adult content.
Once you’ve downloaded the manager you want to leave it as it is for now and browse the web for the latest “SKSE” or Skyrim Script Extender. Make sure you download the latest available version for best performances and fewest issues.
Now search the Nexus for Skyrim 4GB Patch and download it.
After it’s downloaded, simply extract the content of the archive it in your Skyrim installation folder where game executable is located and allow for any data overwriting that may be required.
Believe it or not you’re halfway there already. All you need to do now is look for an “ENB” which looks appealing to you. For me personally it was Real Vision ENB which really made the game world look alive and realistic combined with a couple of textured packs of my choosing.
If you’re unsure what an ENB actually is and what it will do to your game, the best advice I can give is to look for the comparison screenshots. Basically it is a graphical modification that will enhance certain visual elements like lightning and shadow occasionally adding effects like motion blur and depth of field making the game look as best as it possibly can. Most of the ENB mods aim for realism or fantasy look with vivid colors and strong lights but there are also those that can make the game a lot darker and moody if that’s what you’re looking for.
Once you find the one that suits you the most you should just pay attention to the description on the Nexus page on how to enable it because every ENB might have different settings though it will usually consist of downloading a “d3d9.dll” from the official ENB site and then loading a specific preset found on Nexus. It’s a piece of cake, honestly.
Now the next time you open up your game you will immediately notice an insane change in graphics. Be mindful however that is graphical modifications are extremely heavy on your system and that you will need a very powerful PC in order to play these and no matter how powerful your PC might be expect some ups and downs in frame rate.