Game Title: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition
Mod Release Date: August 30, 2017
Game Release Date: 2016
Mod Developer: TheModernStoryteller
Game Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
Game Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
2017 was a strong year for total conversion mods, making this award a difficult choice. We ended up going with The Forgotten City for Skyrim SE. Known for having won a national Writers’ Guild award (not that it’s the most deserving game, gaming is just undervalued in general), this story driven mod provides the good story and quest content that Skyrim itself lacks. It’s not a long mod, being no more than 8 hours long at the absolute maximum, plus it’s possible to achieve an ending in under one hour, but it is quite the journey.
This ambitious mod explores the Dwemer, one of the best mysteries in The Elder Scrolls universe, as you will uncover a forgotten city that was created by them. You immediately learn that some catastrophe had happened there in the past, and soon after learn something terrible lurks beneath it. It is up to you to uncover the mysteries.
One of the most noteworthy features about The Forgotten City is its nonlinearity and how it is used. It has all the endings you could wish for in this particular story, and it can end at so many different points in time like a proper RPG. Its story is deeply rooted in moral themes and has surprisingly decent character development. This mod is even becoming its own game, which you can follow here. We can’t wait to see how much it grows.
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