A guide to Skyrim's prettiest locations

I've heard talk that vanilla Skyrim isn't pretty. Balderdash! Sure, it's got a few muddy textures, but I think it deserves a ton of recognition for the scale and artistry of its environments. To that end, I've created a video featuring my favorite places in the game, which I've dubbed “Koyaaniskyrim.”

The only modifications I made were a few config edits to increase level of detail at distance, and console commands to free up the camera and mess with the passage of time. The tweak guide over at Dead End Thrills explains the config changes, and most of the Skyrim console commands (opens in new tab) I used can be found at The Elder Scrolls Wiki . Here's a list of the basics, in case you're bitten by the Skyrim filmmakin' bug:

coc [cell ID] – Teleport to a given cell ID (e.g. "BlackreachCity"). A complete list can be found at http://www.skyrimsearch.com/cells.php .

sgtm [x] – The "set global time modifier" command can be used to slow down and speed up time.

set timescale to [x] – Modify the speed of the night/day cycle.

tfc – Toggle the free camera.

tcl – Toggle collision.

Tyler Wilde
Executive Editor

Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley alongside Apple and Microsoft, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on the early personal computers his parents brought home. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, Bushido Blade (yeah, he had Bleem!), and all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now. In 2006, Tyler wrote his first professional review of a videogame: Super Dragon Ball Z for the PS2. He thought it was OK. In 2011, he joined PC Gamer, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. After work, he practices boxing and adds to his 1,200 hours in Rocket League.