Dragon Age PC: Any mods worth my time, first playthrough on PC?

#1 Posted by MrOldboy (868 posts) -

So I just got dragon age for pc. Played around 20 hrs on 360, but decided to switch once I finish my PC build.
 
This one looks interesting, higher res textures is what it looks like? 
http://www.dragonagenexus.com/downloads/file.php?id=15
 
Just curious if anyone has used any, or noticed any mods that give a better experience to the game. I'd probably want to play the game stock first to see any differences though.
 

#2 Posted by ShadowMountain (226 posts) -

I can't remember off the top of my head since its my brother who has the pc version, but some of the mods he used were the hair mod (since the hair in the character creation screen are pretty crappy) and some mage clothing mod (basically mage clothes in game look like crap so this mod offers some cool looking gear for mages). 
 
There are others too but it may imbalance the game unless you up the difficulty level such as a mod that allows the dog in your party to be a permanent 5th member in combat and a mod that allows warriors and mages to open chests without the help of rogues.  I think he also has a mod that silences the 'nug' in the party camp so it doesn't make irritating noises - oh yeah, and a mod that changes/removes annoying sound effects such as the champion specicialisation moves when party members enter and exit the shpere of influence

#3 Posted by MrOldboy (868 posts) -

Hmm, the hair one looks useful.
 
I dont want any mods that would change the gameplay, just the presentation really. The only gameplay changing mod that looks interesting to me is one where you can respec your character since I did some stupid things in the 360 version.

#4 Posted by ShadowMountain (226 posts) -
@MrOldboy: Its a game that your're probably going to want to playthrough multiple times anyways, so yeah like you said, go first with superficial modes and then afterward experiment away! 
 
That being said though, Dragon Age is a horribly, horribly flawed game (both technically and mechanically). Sometimes I wonder what the hell the programmers/designers were thinking at times. Luckily a lot of mods sort out these problems but since I'm a 'couch' gamer I'm stuck with the 360 version
#5 Posted by Tennmuerti (7957 posts) -

Natural Bodies and Better Sex Scenes
>.>
WHAT!?

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#6 Posted by Bones8677 (3208 posts) -

I wonder how much longer before someone makes a nude mode, for the sex scene. >.> 
 
If there's one for WoW, then there's gotta be one for DA:O. 
 
HaHa

#7 Posted by Tennmuerti (7957 posts) -
@Bones8677: Has been done a long time ago, the two I mention just above ^.^
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#8 Posted by Bones8677 (3208 posts) -

Oh, that's what they are called? Ha ha, I knew it! 
 
Too bad I won't be returning to that game for a while. Still pretty early in the game though...

#9 Edited by PenguinDust (12443 posts) -

I'm using quite a few off DragonAgeNexus.  Currently, the ones I would recommend are: (Don't forget to d/l DragonAge Mod Manager from the site, too)
  1. Natural Bodies All-In-One (modify all species bodies and skins)
  2. More Hairstyles (more hair styles to choose from)
  3. Ren's Beautiful People Hair (even more better hair styles)
  4. CC Extra Tints & Tones (skin tones and eyes)
  5. Chargen Package (new presets, more character creation options)
  6. Pineappletree's Vibrant Colors (as above)
  7. A Little Leg Combined Mesh (more revealing armors ~ many options)
  8. Equal Love (allows same sex romances where there would be none)
  9. Madd Gift Guide (hint as to what gifts are for which character)
  10. Biddells Makeup Studio
  11. Larger Conversation Text
  12. Better Sex Cutscenes (this is definitely Adults Only!)
  13. Dialog Tweeks
  14. Morrigan and Leliana Sacred Ashes Face Mod  (new better looking faces as seen in the DAO "Sacred Ashes" trailer)
Some of these require other mods to work right.  Additionally, I have new morphs of Leliana, Morrigan and Wynne running in my game which can also be found on DANexus.  
 
There are a few which I'm playing around with right now so I can't say either way if I'd recommend them, too but so far I've enjoyed them.  
  1. Mutantspicy's Magic Vault (new mage & archer clothes)
  2. Armory (Warrior & mage armors)
  3. Oracle (mage armor)
  4. Morrigan's Robes for Elves (just what it says)
  5. Wilds Robes (unlock Morrigan outfit & adds a better one ~ glitch replicates it every time you start the game for easy cash if desired)
  6. Morrigan's Loose Robes mod (sexier version)
  7. Bag of Kittens (adds a bag of kittens to give to party members as gifts to improve relations)
 
Then there are a few things I'm not sure if I got off DA Nexus or the Bioware Social Forum.  
  1. White Teeth (clean smiles!)
  2. Better Archery (you may need to Google for this one)
  3. Less Barking Dog (dog barks less)
  4. Project Beauty (makes most NPCs mildly attractive ~ may conflict if other party member specific appearance mods are added)
  5. Detailed Tooltips
  6. No Helmet Hack (never see the God-awful helmets on characters again but get all the functionality from them ~ this should have been something Bioware included)
  7. There are some mods that spruce up the Lady of the Forest and the Desire Demon, too.  I have one but I am not sure what it's called.
 
It's possible there are some others I am missing and there are bound to be conflicts between items as well as some possible instability.  One of the biggest is getting a proper Chargenmorphcfg file to work.  You can only have one, so you need to find one that works with the most mods you can.  The Ren's Beautiful People Hair mod comes with a program that mixes a fresh one, so I took one that suggested to work with most of my mods and ran it through that.  I haven't had too much trouble, but it's hard to tell with all these add-ons.
#10 Posted by Bones8677 (3208 posts) -
@PenguinDust: Wow...now THAT is an impressive list of mods. It may make me start the whole game over for all of those mods. ^.^
#11 Posted by Semition (731 posts) -

There's not too many mods out there right now. The two I would recommend are:
Combat Tweaks - fixes a lot of the balance issues I had with the original Dragon Age.
Dragon Age Redesigned - improves a lot of the face models so the NPCs no longer look like their face was crushed by a clamp.

#12 Posted by Teran (877 posts) -
@ShadowMountain: Mage clothes don't really look like crap, they just look... well... like what a mage would wear.  None of the armor in the game is really that flashy, it all looks fairly practical and underwhelming but that's not necessarily a bad thing... I mean if this were say World of Warcraft you'd have all kinds of goofy looking people running around rather than forces that look like actual military units.
 
That said, it does sound like a decent mod.
#13 Edited by BoOzak (870 posts) -

Glad to know there's a "display helmet off" mod but the thing that really bothered me most throughout DAO is the selection of voices for your charater all of them have remarks that drove me crazy ("want me to get you a ladder so you can get off my back" heading up that long list). Bit of a trivial thing I know but if anyone finds anything that lets you turn off your characters voice or even a mod to give you more, less anoying voices to choose from please let me know ;)

#14 Edited by me3639 (1711 posts) -
@PenguinDust said:

"

I'm using quite a few off DragonAgeNexus.  Currently, the ones I would recommend are: (Don't forget to d/l DragonAge Mod Manager from the site, too)
  1. Natural Bodies All-In-One (modify all species bodies and skins)
  2. More Hairstyles (more hair styles to choose from)
  3. Ren's Beautiful People Hair (even more better hair styles)
  4. CC Extra Tints & Tones (skin tones and eyes)
  5. Chargen Package (new presets, more character creation options)
  6. Pineappletree's Vibrant Colors (as above)
  7. A Little Leg Combined Mesh (more revealing armors ~ many options)
  8. Equal Love (allows same sex romances where there would be none)
  9. Madd Gift Guide (hint as to what gifts are for which character)
  10. Biddells Makeup Studio
  11. Larger Conversation Text
  12. Better Sex Cutscenes (this is definitely Adults Only!)
  13. Dialog Tweeks
  14. Morrigan and Leliana Sacred Ashes Face Mod  (new better looking faces as seen in the DAO "Sacred Ashes" trailer)
Some of these require other mods to work right.  Additionally, I have new morphs of Leliana, Morrigan and Wynne running in my game which can also be found on DANexus.  
 
There are a few which I'm playing around with right now so I can't say either way if I'd recommend them, too but so far I've enjoyed them.  
  1. Mutantspicy's Magic Vault (new mage & archer clothes)
  2. Armory (Warrior & mage armors)
  3. Oracle (mage armor)
  4. Morrigan's Robes for Elves (just what it says)
  5. Wilds Robes (unlock Morrigan outfit & adds a better one ~ glitch replicates it every time you start the game for easy cash if desired)
  6. Morrigan's Loose Robes mod (sexier version)
  7. Bag of Kittens (adds a bag of kittens to give to party members as gifts to improve relations)
 
Then there are a few things I'm not sure if I got off DA Nexus or the Bioware Social Forum.  
  1. White Teeth (clean smiles!)
  2. Better Archery (you may need to Google for this one)
  3. Less Barking Dog (dog barks less)
  4. Project Beauty (makes most NPCs mildly attractive ~ may conflict if other party member specific appearance mods are added)
  5. Detailed Tooltips
  6. No Helmet Hack (never see the God-awful helmets on characters again but get all the functionality from them ~ this should have been something Bioware included)
  7. There are some mods that spruce up the Lady of the Forest and the Desire Demon, too.  I have one but I am not sure what it's called.
 It's possible there are some others I am missing and there are bound to be conflicts between items as well as some possible instability.  One of the biggest is getting a proper Chargenmorphcfg file to work.  You can only have one, so you need to find one that works with the most mods you can.  The Ren's Beautiful People Hair mod comes with a program that mixes a fresh one, so I took one that suggested to work with most of my mods and ran it through that.  I haven't had too much trouble, but it's hard to tell with all these add-ons. "
Why PC gaming is still the best ^^. If the studio doesn't add it, mod nation will do it for free.
#15 Posted by Geno (6477 posts) -
@PenguinDust: Whoa, I'm going to have to remember those. Thanks for the list. 
#16 Posted by PenguinDust (12443 posts) -
@BoOzak:   There is indeed a mod that changes or removes the oh, so annoying "Would you like a ladder..." comment.  I picked the "violent" voice for my rogue and quickly regretted it.  I mean it kind of worked for the character since I've played her very brash and showy, but that remark got to be so irritating.  Fortunately, someone made a work-around for it here: 
I have to say I haven't tried it yet because (A) I'm in the middle of an Elf Mage now ("experienced" voice set) and have place my Human Rogue aside for a bit.  (B) When this originally came out it was only for males and my rogue is a female.  Now that it is out for all genders and races, I'll have to try it out.
#17 Posted by Marz (5642 posts) -

nude mod is all you need if you want to be immersed fully! 

#18 Posted by BoOzak (870 posts) -
@PenguinDust:  Thanks Penguin, glad i'm not the only one who was bothered by that ;P Unfortunately i've just finished awakening with that character so I probably wont be choosing "violent" again. If you find anything turns off player voices  altogether let me know. Not that the "exprienced" voice set is all that bad, I just feel in a game like this it kind of breaks immersion.
#19 Posted by MrOldboy (868 posts) -

The only mods I ended up using are the hair one and one that shows who likes the gifts in your inventory. 
 
I may try the better texture one, I dont really care about the character models of any of that stuff really. 
 
Is there a mod that can make the conversation text larger, or is there an option in the game for it. At 1080p the text is tiny.

#20 Posted by gike987 (1747 posts) -

Seriously, why do people want white teeth so much? The game is set in a medieval age and the character are trying to save the kingdom from darkspawn. White teeth doesn't make sense in that setting.

#21 Posted by Yummylee (21208 posts) -
@PenguinDust:
I'd probably buy the PC version aswell, just for that invisible helmets mod alone.
#22 Posted by PenguinDust (12443 posts) -
@MrOldboy:   Here's one that will make the text size more readable at higher resolutions. FtG UI Mod - More Readable Fonts and UI  I haven't tried it yet since I am using an earlier version simply titled "Larger Conversation Text" which seems to have disappeared from the Bioware Social Forums.  I'm pretty sure it evolved into the one I linked here, though.
#23 Edited by FelixLighter (206 posts) -
Dragon Aged Redesigned is well done.  It's worth a look just for the massively improved Morrigan model and it makes the most sense to use it your first playthrough so the changes aren't so jarring.
 
Also the storage container for your camp is extremely useful. 
#24 Posted by endaround (2136 posts) -

The one that's most useful is the one that sets the steal cooldown to 1 sec.  The dog as a 5th companion is still too buggy to use if you haven't played the game before.

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