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Skyrim Mod Outdoes Bethesda

By Leigh Cobb11-01-2013

One complaint made of Bethesda's Oblivion, and perhaps slightly less so of the newer Skyrim, is that variety in voices and NPCs is a bit thin on the ground. Whilst Skyrim improved upon Oblivion in this regard, a new mod for the Elder Scrolls V takes things even further, adding over 100 news NPCs to the game.

We're not just talking any old NPCs, otherwise that 100 would not be an impressive number. No, we're talking more than 100 new NPCs, with over 90 of them being fully voiced by a team of over 50 voice actors. As well as new voices, nearly 20,000 lines and 300,000 words of player and NPC dialogue has been written. The mods official description on its Nexus page is as follows:

"This is a project to add color and life to Skyrim through three-dimensional NPCs. Each character is integrated into the world, with a backstory and an extensive dialogue tree to explore. Many of these characters are fully voiced by a talented team of over 50 voice actors. The dialogue choices allow you to role-play, providing humor and depth to each conversation. You can be a jerk or a jester, a white knight or an assassin, as the most important character is you."

Pretty impressive stuff. In addition to populating Skyrim with new voices, faces and dialogue, more than worthy of the original, there are also 8 new quests and 6 new miscellaneous quests (all fully voiced, it goes without saying), coupled with over 20 followers and 8 marriage NPCs. Phew.

The creators state that this mod, whilst playable, is a work in progress due to the fact that they are going to continually expand it, with even more NPCs and quests. Credit where it's due, this mod is amazing work, expanding on Skyrim in a way both true to the game's original spirit, whilst proving a fantastic and original addition. The credits list is huge for this undertaking, head over to its Nexus page to see the details and download it.

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Wish Bethesda would put this much effort into their characters for release, especially companions / followers. Will certainly be installing this whenever I get back round to Skyrim.