For my money, the best thing about games on the PC is mods. For games like Skyrim and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, all that screwing about with drivers is worth it when you end up with #VideoGames that you can customize to your own preferences—or in the case of #Skyrim, break over your knee with the most bizarre mods you can find.
The Best Mods For 'The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt'
1. Brutal Combat
If you're finding the combat a little too easy or tedious in the late game, then check out Brutal Combat. This mod rebalances almost everything in the combat system. Enemies behave more realistically (no more peasants parrying you constantly with basic clubs), Encumbrance is more realistic and HP is reduced and damage is increased all round, making combat much more deadly and quick.
Brutal Combat also adds 3 different difficulty modes, ranging from Casual to Insane, as well as adjustable variables for several of the overhauled systems, which let you customize the gameplay to your preferences.
In my opinion, the most tedious part of any gear-heavy RPG is sorting through all that junk enemies leave behind when you're done. Why do these people carry so much weird shit, why does that wolf have gold? Where was he keeping it?
Luckily, AutoLoot is here like a late night infomercial product to help you streamline this basic task. Not only does AutoLoot pick up all that junk so you don't have to, you can also customize what it gathers for you, so you won't be bogged down by things you'd rather leave behind.
3. 'Witcher 3: Wild Hunt' - Enhanced Edition
Some of you have probably played through The Witcher 3 enough times that you could do it with your eyes close. For all of you devoted fans, or just for folks who want something different, Enhanced edition is here to help.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Enhanced Edition changes almost every system in the game, adds new stats and totally overhauls the meditation system and talents. Even better, the mod comes with the ability to toggle or alter any of the changes the mod implements, which lets you keep the changes you want and discard the changes you don't.
4. Ghost Mode
A few of you might want a fresh new experience, but don't like what Enhanced Edition has to offer. If so, Ghost Mode may be more your speed. Like Enhanced Edition, Ghost mode changes just about everything in the game, from the encumbrance system to enemy behavior and placement.
There's too many to sum up here, but among the most notable is a total overhaul to the difficulty settings. Instead of enemies simply getting more health and damage on higher settings, Ghost Mode changes their behavior, so more difficult enemies are likely to dodge, parry, use items and just act smarter in general.
5. Lore Friendly Witchers
This one's a fairly minor mod, but a great one for fans of The Witcher lore. Lore Friendly Witchers alters Geralt to closer match his description in previous games and the books. His eyes are more catlike, his hair is white instead of grey and he actually looks a bit more like a sickly mutant instead of a healthy, glowing grey fox.
6. Friendly HUD
For fans of immersion, the Friendly HUD mod is the perfect solution. Friendly HUD is fully customizable and allows you to hide any HUD elements you aren't currently using, so you can explore the beautiful game world of The Witcher 3 without all those intrusive bits and pieces ruining the view.
There's also options for multiple quality-of-life improvements, including quest markers in the real world, a Skyrim-style compass and quick potion selection via a radial menu. For fans of pretty screenshots, you can also pause the game at any time without any pop-ups showing, so you can set a nice camera angle and take pics whenever you want.
7. Wild Hunt Re-Engaged
If you thought The Witcher 3 couldn't look any prettier, prepare to be wrong. Wild Hunt Re-Engaged re-shades just about everything in the game to tweak and improve the graphics, creating a more colorful, beautiful world. Not just that, but there's an adaptive mode that changes the re-shading depending on the region, so that each area of the game has its own mood and atmosphere.
For those of you with high-end computers, you can pair this mod with the author's other work, the Supreme To Extreme Graphics Mod. This mod improves every part of the environmental graphics in the game, pushing the visuals of The Witcher 3 to the limit.
What are your favorite mods? Think I missed any must-have mods for The Witcher 3 out? Let me know in the comments!