Update: For a total Skyrim graphics, mechanics, and content overhaul, view our newest guide!
Skyrim's only been out for a few weeks, but as soon as the game hit the shelves, enhancements propagated on TES websites worldwide. We've taken the time to sift through nearly every mod on Skyrim Nexus just so we can tell you what the best Skyrim mods are (and the most stable). Enjoy these graphical improvements to an already-beautiful game! Oh, and if you need to update your computer's hardware to take advantage of some of these, check out our Black Friday shopping guide for the best video card deals of the weekend.
UPDATE: We have posted a list of several additional fixes for all types of issues in Skyrim. If the below solution does not work for you, try checking our complete Skyrim glitch fix guide.
As we noted in our Skyrim minimize workaround, the game shipped with a number of annoyances for PC gamers (especially those experienced with the TES series). One of the more noticeable, more obnoxious mini-issues is that of mouse smoothing and mouse lag in Skyrim for PC: if you've ever felt like whipping your mouse around doesn't feel quite right, or if the mouse sensitivity feels too low in Skyrim despite how high you turned it up, this fix should help you out. It was the first thing I did before setting off on my 'hardcore mode' adventures!
Here's the fix:
UPDATE: We have posted a complete Skyrim glitch-fix guide, found here. If you're experiencing crashes or glitches, check it out for more detailed help.
Skyrim's big release has not been free from its share of video hangs and crashes; we noticed earlier while playing that minimizing and maximizing Skyrim often resulted in a black-screen graphics hang. There's an easy workaround to fix Skyrim's screen going blank on maximizing that we've detailed below -- it's certainly no permanent fix, but for now, it's an easy workaround that anyone can do for Skyrim on the PC.
Follow these steps to successfully restore Skyrim and avoid an alt-F4 of doom:
Over the past months, Blizzard has done well to tease their fans with StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm mini-announcements; we've compiled those for you below and collected a list of the pending changes. The delicious teasers of things that have changed for Wings of Liberty and are incoming for HotS are below.
Bethesda has confirmed the PC system requirements for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim as of today as a follow-up to their recently-revealed map. Yesterday, Bethesda put out a brand new live action Skyrim trailer, so once you're done here, go over and check that video out. If you're unsure whether or not your PC can handle Skyrim on maximum settings, feel free to ask on our forums for tweaking advice or check out our $550 budget gaming PC build and $868 hardcore gaming PC build.
We already know that Skyrim's texturing and modeling has vastle improved on its predecessors, now all that's left to be seen is how scalable it is on modern video processing devices. View the specs below:
"Infinite" is a strong word for anything running on a computer or console -- we have hardware and software limitations that require massive teams of talented programmers to bypass; however, programmer Jorge "Vino" Rodriguez (creator of Digitanks) has offered a solution to the problem of rendering varying depths of numerous objects (in his example, moving an ant around on a planet that orbits a distant star) with minimal negative side-effects.
The project is called 'Codename: Infinite,' and is currently aiming to enable an 'infinite universe' that allows seamless transition between planetary surfaces, the atmosphere, and outer space.
We've posted up our video review of the awesome Orcs Must Die! tower defense/hack 'n' slash by Robot Entertainment! Check out the review with awesome footage of gameplay below, as well as (what we think are) some of the most hilarious trap combos used thus far in OMD!
Looking for an alternative chassis to use for our budget build? Look no further: the Thermaltake V3 BlacX is an excellent choice for an entry-level case, and at the same time includes higher-end features (detailed below).
Cooler Master recently announced their new full tower “Storm Trooper” case, and indeed, it is a very cool case; the Storm Trooper will offer fan and LED controllers on the front of the case, USB 3.0 options, several fan expansion options, and optimized air current channels to accelerate airflow as it enters the case, yielding maximum cooling efficiency. In theory.
The case fits a total of eight fans, of which four ship with initial purchase -- you'll get a 200mm, 140mm, and 2x120mm fans with your investment. This case will have no problem keeping your components at a low temperature.
Cooler Master also assures us that the case can easily be configured for a liquid cooling system, as with the Thermaltake Chaser MK- I LCS.
If you’re trying to update your gaming equipment for Skyrim or Battlefield 3 and you’ve already built our $550 budget gaming rig, it might be time to look into new mice and keyboard options. Enter the Corsair Vengeance series, using the very same naming as their excellent computer memory.
Corsair will be releasing two new gaming mice (the M60 and M90), two keyboards (the K60 and K90), and three headsets (1100, 1300, and 1500 of the Vengeance line). However, the main focus of this news posting will be on the keyboards and mice.
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