[Sticky] Dragon Age: Origins - Essential Mods
Yes, another one of these threads. Dragon Age: Origins is undoubtedly most deserving of the title "Greatest Game Ever Made" but even it could use some improvements and/or new content, and here are mods just for this. Installing mods is easy, usually you just have to drag files/folders into your My DocumentsBioWareDragon Agepackagescoreoverride folder, or run DAupdater and install through there, but read the instructions since some mods are different.
BE SURE TO READ THE DESCRIPTIONS FOR EVERY MOD, READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE, AND BE SURE TO DOWNLOAD/INSTALL EVERY SINGLE MOD IN ORDER TO MINIMIZE ERRORS AND MAXIMIZE AWESOMENESS!
This is a post-processing mod, improving visuals considerably. Use the DALE neutral preset, which is a SweetFX implementation. You may have to disable in-game AA and force your own anti-aliasing but don't worry, it works with normal supersampling implementations including OGSSAA, and I can confirm that the game's sparse grid supersampling support is basically perfect using the following bits: 0x0000F0C1
This mod is incredible and absolutely necessary. It makes your party talk more often, it adds life to cities, villages, and other areas, it makes NPCs less static, and it's full of game fixes. Be sure to download version 2.0 beta as well as these bugfixes which are linked in the description.
A simple mod that removes the big circles under companions' feet.
This mod removes some worthless annoying sections of the game.
An absolutely necessary gameplay mod, Character Respecialization makes it so you can completely configure all party members' stats. They all start at a blank slate now.
Combat Tweaks overhauls and rebalances the combat, and changes around certain battles in order to make them harder and more demanding of strategy and tactics.
As the name implies, this mod restores removed dialogue and scenes relating to Morrigan, one of the games primary characters. They were made by the developers and removed probably in order to get the game out faster, but this mod adds them back.
This mod makes it so that Grey Wardens actually wear Grey Warden armor, and distributes the armor appropriately.
This mod adds the ability to bash locked objects open, like in D&D games. Doing so has a chance of breaking the items inside.
This mod adds Ancient Elven Boots back to the game. It was supposed to appear in the game normally, but never does unless you use this mod.
Here's how my Override folder looks AFTER installing all of these mods.
So that's about it. Don't fuss over DA2, I only recommend two mods for it: this texture pack, and of course, Equip Your Party. But don't forget to install the official texture pack before the modded one for DA2. Also, be sure to use a Large Address Aware enabler especially for DA2.