By request I’m once again posting a list of Morrowind mods which I’m currently using. Before you start installing mods however, a quick caveat emptor. If you install a mod, then play for few days, decide you hate it and remove it, your saved games will probably become broken. Not all mods will break your save, but most will. So be careful and make sure you can live with a given mod before you invest to much time into a new character.
That said, here is the list. First off, the mods which will make all the characters in the game look healthy and anatomically correct rather than as sickly looking polygonal zombies of the original.
- Better Bodies – is a must have. It replaces body meshes and textures and removes the silly permanent underwear thing – so you can go streaking if you want to. The amount of nudity is configurable though, so if you are prudish, you can switch the underwear back on, and have nicely looking body models too.
- Better Heads – fixes the heads, so that they fit nicely with the Better Bodies mod. It also adds some better looking faces to the game. Another must have.
- World of Faces – adds even more face textures to the mix. All of them are playable. I highly recommend it.
- Westly’s Hedpacks – this dude Westly has very nice collections of faces and hair textures and meshes for various specific races. If you are planning to play a Redguard or an Orc I highly recommend grabbing an appropriate headpack.
- The Facepack Compilation – another great collection of faces. Since my current character is a wood elf, I actually applied the Elven Facepack and I was impressed with the sheer amount of different playable faces. Some were awful, but most were actually pretty decent.
- Better Beasts – better bodies, but for the beast races. It also gives you an option of using alternative humanoid meshes for the beasts (ie. normal legs).
Note the effects of headpacks/facepacks and World of Faces/Better Heads may overlap. So if you apply multiple of them, some of the NPC faces and playable faces may get overwritten more than once. Keep that in mind, if you can’t locate that really cool face you saw on the screenshot.
Next up I have couple of re-texturing mods. Actually it’s one big one and two small ones which may or may not be already bundled in the big one.
- Ultimate Textures Complete v2.0 – this is a huge bundle that replaces a lot of textures in the game with higher resolution copies. It really makes weapons and armors look prettier and gives the game a more polished look. I can’t recommend it enough.
- Real Stars and Real Moons – for the life of me, I can’t figure out whether or not these two are bundled with the Ultimate pack above. They might be. But if not, make sure you grab them. They make the night sky look absolutely breathtaking with very colorful stars, galaxies and big detailed multiple moons. Awesome stuff.
Last but not least are the misc mods. These really add some nice touches to the game. Be warned though, some of these may slow down the game, or be a bit unbalancing.
- Sabergirl’s Ecology Mod – very awesome mod which “corrects” the behavior of wild animals. Most of them will now peacefully graze and ignore you or decide to run away. It also adds few minor critters to the game such as deer, rabbits and etc. Best part – Cliffracers are no longer annoying. They now majestically float about the landscape and look cool instead of chasing after you. Some people thing this sort of mod unbalances the game – since it requires much less combat while traveling on foot. But I like it.
- Where are All Birds Going – another very cool, but minor touch. This mod adds small birds to the game. You can usually spot them high in the sky, or just swooping around. I don’t think you can actually harm them in any way (or at least I was unable to because they were to fast for me) but they really look cool.
- Cait’s Critters Unleashed – similarly to the birds mod, it adds domestic livestock to the game. So you will encounter chickens, pigs, goats, cows and other animals of this type wandering around inhabited settlements. The animation for these critters can sometimes be very resource intensive – I noticed small, but noticeable drops in frame rate when looking at bunch of chickens for example.
As a bonus, I’m posting a pic of my current character – a Bosmer Thief:
Feel free to add your favorite mods in the comments. Screenshots of your favorite characters are also appreciated. :)