PC Aficionado’s Mod Feature – Skyrim: Live Another Life
Now to get the most out of this mod you have to come at the game with a Roleplayers state of mind. While you can still get enjoyment out of it just delving in, it adds an extra layer of fun to make up a story to go alongside with it. Now I’m getting carried away here so I’ll briefly explain what the mod actually is.
Instead of being pulled through the forests of Skyrim with shackles on and being forced to listen to the moans of a horse thief, a nord and a racist you wake up in an old, rundown prison cell. Not so much different you might say, but that’s where you’re wrong!
Sitting in the cell with you is a statue to one of the gods of the nine (Or Eight, depending on your political views) You kneel down and pray for a better life than this… and the gods’ answer, you get to live another life, get an Alternate start!
There are many different paths to choose from, but I’ll go with just a few that stood out.
My first try dropped me off in a nice shady spot in the forest, campfire roaring, and tents set up. I’d begun life as a simple hunter. Referring back to my Roleplayer statement, I explored the forest with a fairly shoddy bow ready for any creature that would scamper by. I’ve never really stopped in Skyrim to do something as simple as hunting, yet it was weird satisfying (Or perhaps I’m just a bit sad?)
What I enjoyed about this mod is that I was not forced to follow the main questline at all. I had a quest prompt but that was it. The world was now my oyster and those darn Greybeards actually left me alone… until I accidently wandered into Helgen 10 hours later, even still I still felt a whole lot more free than I did when I first played the game… 6 years ago, wow.
Without the help of Shouts, Skyrim was a much scarier place, I actually felt vulnerable, and while people still treated me like a Hero I felt much more like a common NPC trying to make their way in the world.
A few other new lives that stood out for me were quite interesting, waking up in an eery cave. Blood splattered everywhere, although it wasn’t mine. It turns out I was a Vampire, hiding from the sun. I straight away felt compelled to do evil and take part in anti-social vampire activities. I’ll have to come back to this life when I decide to replay Dawnguard.
Another that shined through the crowd would have to be gasping for breath at the bottom of a sinking galleon, was I playing Skyrim or Titanic?
I had installed the mod ‘Wet and Cold’ meaning hypothermia was a very real and very dangerous thing in my game. While I didn’t manage to survive the trip back to shore I’m extremely eager to try.
The only downside I found to this mod was found about 35 hours in. Which was a pain in the backside but eventually fixed with a lot of console tinkering. The new lives don’t always run so smoothly, I had accidently buggered up the Civil war quest line when I left Hadvar and Ralof in a cave I could not return to. They’re fairly essential to the quest and the quest kind of came grinding to a halt.
While every mod is bound to have a few cons I think this was just me being a bit oblivious in the beginning of the mod, overall I would recommend this mod to anyone wanting to get back into the game. While it doesn’t affect the game later on it makes the start a whole lot more interesting!
You can check out and download the mod on NexusMods.com