I've easily racked up more hours of game time on The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim than any other title in my library. More than enough time to beat the main quest, more then enough time to cycle through enough variations on repetitive side-quests until I've killed more bandits than the country's entire civilian population. All games get old after a while, but it's not hard to find a new way to make Skyrim feel fresh again. The reason I've laid so much of my precious lifetime at the altar of Talos? Mods. Skyrim's modding community is seriously dedicated, and generates a ton of free content to tweak the game or even change it into something completely different. I still bust out Skyrim today just to try out a mod. I was happy to hear that the remastered version would be compatible with existing mods.
Sadly, Bethesda have confirmed that they have failed to reach an agreement with Sony over mod support, so when Skyrim Special Edition comes out, PS4 users will be stuck with the base game. While gamers using other platforms can bask in schadenfreude, PS4 users should start making some noise and hope that Sony hears them, because here's what they'll miss out on.
More Armor and Weapons
Various arms and armor are available in the base game depending on the skills and fortunes of the Dragonborn, but in a fantastic world with so many people one can get quickly bored of always seeing the same outfit. Or maybe you think that the standard options lack the flair that you envision for your main character. The modding community has you covered, with a large variety of alternate outfits and equipment to help you get the exact look you want. My personal favorite: immersive armors by super modder hothtrooper44, who took care to make interesting looks that don't impinge upon the versimilitude of the game.
Regular Skyrim lets you explore such diverse environments as Fantasy Viking Land, Fantasy Viking Land with swamps, Fantasy Viking Land with more extra snow, and Fantasy Viking Iceland with goblins. But slap on some mods and you can open up the wider world of Tamriel and explore tropical islands, the Imperial City, or the Khajit homeland of Elswheyr. Some, like the richly detailed Falskaar, transport the Dragonborn to a different world entirely.
There several houses to buy in Skyrim and you can even build your own with the Heathfire expansion. But whether you get a townhouse or construct a homestead, they all end up a variation on the same modest theme. For a home worthy of your greatness, why shouldn't the dragonborn own a whole fleet of ships, a huge estate, or an orc stronghold?
For some demanding players, the population of Skyrim just isn't quite up to scratch aesthetically. In the above pic, popular modder Apachii brings some coiffure couture to Tamriel, but there's an extensive range of mods to customize people's appearances. You can also clean up their dirty peasant faces, or introduce more voluptuous body shapes.
Of Course, there's Porn
Some players are so enamored of their gorgeous, lovingly modded characters and followers that they've dedicated a lot of time and energy to taking things to the next level. Not exactly what I would play the game for, but it's a fact that some PS4 users will be sad to miss out on that sweet lusty argonian action.
Hardcore Survival Mode
My favorite kind of Skyrim mods let me make the game challenging again by introducing all sorts of realistic inconvenience factors. With the right mods, the Dragonborn needs to sleep, eat and drink regularly, hunt and gather his food, and carry appropriate clothes and camping equipment to avoid dying of hypothermia in the harsh environment. I like to combine these in addition to stripping the Dovahkiin of his shouty magic and dragon powers to play a the game as a gritty survival horror.
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the sublime joy and wonder of some of the least immersive but most impressive Skyrim mods: