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Natural Environments (1.1)
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Max Tael
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Average User Rating: 8.4
Number of Votes: 85
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Natural Environments (1.1) - File Description  

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Quality: 10
Creativity: 10

Overall Rating: 10

The original description by Mercz:
This mod is a must have for those of you who like to stare at the environment (Like myself). IMO, it makes the game much more beautiful and immersive. This mod changes the lighting and appearance of the water and skies. This is a must have.

I concur.

This mod is truly amazing. My jaw is currently on the floor, so I can't really say much more than:

Take a look at the screenies, and download.

- Ryuku.

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Natural Environments (1.1) - Readme  
Readme File:
* The Elder Scrolls IV *
* *
* Natural Environments Mod *
* *

version: 1.1 (express release)

Release Date: 09.04.2006

Filenames: Natural_Weather_by_Max_Tael.esp
Textures\Sky\*.* (27 files)

Contact: Max Tael

Natural Environments is an attempt to enhance the original appearance of Oblivion's weather and water components. The mod also removes several minor annoyances found in the original product, such as opaque water surfaces, muddy underwater vision, visibly pixelated cloud textures, and nonsensical meteoric conditions. Most of the changes are cosmetic and should not affect the game’s performance noticeably.

- Corrected the yellow tinting issue. Slightly edited lighting settings for the sunsets and the sunrises.
- Removed the tiled galaxies from the night sky.
- Altered the previously changed night settings and textures, making the sky and the clouds appear adequately darker, and the stars crisper; all without affecting the terrain lighting in any way.
- Replaced the default nebula with a more photographic texture.

- Added dramatic lighting to the atmospheric phenomena.
- Fixed the pixelated skies issue.
- Retouched or completely redrew most of the sky-related textures in order to improve overall picture quality.
- Considerately rebalanced global illumination. For example, sunless and clouded weather conditions, such as nights and thunderstorms, now receive more natural ambient lighting.
- Completely altered the water simulator settings, bringing clearness, more realistic reflection, surface transparency, and better underwater illumination in the hours of darkness. (Please see the conflicts note below)
- multiple corrective changes

Installation Instructions:
Drop the .esp files and the \Textures folder into your \Oblivion\Data directory (Press 'yes' to rewrite the previous versions if any). Be sure to select both .esp files in OblivionLauncher before starting the game. You don't need to start a new game, of course.

Uninstallation Instructions:
Simply delete all the files whenever you feel like it. Your game files and saved games are completely separated from this mod's influence. Upon removal of the mod, the game will revert to its original textures and settings.

Possible Conflicts:
This mod is incompatible with Chris' Better Water mod. I am grateful to Chris for his wonderful mod, but I felt that it went overboard a little bit. For example, it made nocturnal underwater lighting much brighter than lighting of the areas above the water level, thus taking away some of the game's realism. Since my weather settings use even wider range of light values than Bethesda's, I had no choice but to try to blend in the best of the two 'waters' in order to get more natural water lighting. The result is in Natural_Water_by_Max_Tael.esp. If anyone decides to revert to Better Water, just select it in the OblivionLauncher and unselect mine. Don't use both at once - it will probably crash the program.

Other conflict possibilities include all mods that modify the default World\Weather and Miscellaneous\WaterType settings. Mods that add additional weather types and world climates should run absolutely fine.

Notes and Comments:
These files can be used in any future projects and developments. Be advised that some of the replacement textures I used were based on Oblivion's original artwork. Copyright law is not one of my strengths, but I believe Bethesda is the owner of all rights to their redistribution outside of the Oblivion project space. Also, if you're planning on update this whole mod, or a part of it, please contact me through m_tael@yahoo.com to avoid any possible redundancy from the both sides.

To anticipate possible inquiries, the name is included into the file names for authentication purposes only. It has nothing to do with my egomaniacal nature, but thank you for asking.

Again, if anyone has anything substantial to say about this mod or any of my future Oblivion-related developments, please mail me at m_tael@yahoo.com. I really hope that some of you will enjoy the thing that consumed my whole weekend.

Use at your own risk. I can't, any way whatsoever, be responsible for your use of this data. It is being given to you gratuitously and thus there is no agreement or understanding between you and me regarding your use or modification of this mod.

Natural Environments (1.1) - User Comments  
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Total comments: 19 | Last comment: 06-19-2006 at 14:09

 #1 - 04-11-2006 at 15:05
From: (Florida)
Joined: March 19th, 2005
Posts: 86
For some reason I haven't downloaded it, yet. I guess since the developers have made such a popular and great game, I don't want to change anything. It may be since they're official, and you're not. It DOES look better in it's own way. But.. I dunno.. I think i'll try it.

 #2 - 04-11-2006 at 15:18
From: (Stafford, The Shire)
Joined: November 22nd, 2004
Posts: 69
lol just posted on the old one saying there was a new one big grin and its better than everRock

 #3 - 04-11-2006 at 15:35
From: (Worthing)
Joined: January 19th, 2005
Posts: 91
reply to #1 as great as the game is the developers couldnt do everything to max deatail, these little add ons our what makes the pc better than the console by far, this adds more beuaty to the game, and if you dont like it you can turn it off, i dont know if you've noticed when you start the game a data screen comes up (designed for mods like this) where you can turn on and off custom add ons with a click of the mouse

 #4 - 04-11-2006 at 16:11
Joined: March 25th, 2006
Posts: 25
To anyone who had DL'd this, does it have any impact on game preformance?

 #5 - No impact. - 04-11-2006 at 16:18
Joined: July 2nd, 2002
Posts: 135
I'm currently using this mod and it causes almost no impact on performance for me, game runs just as smoothly with or without it on my end.

 #6 - 04-12-2006 at 01:48
From: (Johannesburg)
Joined: November 21st, 2004
Posts: 10
The only problems I have with this mod is that the water is a bit too clear, you're supposed to be swimming in a lake and they're usually quite muddy. Also, the suns seems to have lost it's HDR frown If it is possible for it to do so... The brightness kinda stays the same at whatever angle I look at the sky. But other than that, it's awesome. Well done big grin

 #7 - 04-12-2006 at 18:23
Joined: September 9th, 2002
Posts: 196
Well yes it looks pretty. Though I dont think its "realistic"

This is a mountainous area, where it snows and often rains. Not the tropical locations of Far Cry.

I live somewhere like this, a mountainous and cold area of Australia. It snows and rains here often.

I very rarely see the sky as blue as my windows taskbar. if the sky is grey, so is the water.

I cant see the bottom of the river here, its usually too dark. Its not Fiji.

Colours in real life arent usually that virbrant. Unless you are watching TV and have the colour up a little too high like most. (hold your hand up to the TV next time you see someone's face)

Now it does look pretty, vibrant and far cry-ish. Though it tends to make it too cartoon-ish. Like far cry's colours.

 #8 - 04-13-2006 at 13:42
Joined: January 3rd, 2006
Posts: 3
There's a cold spot in Australia? Learn somethin new everyday i guess. Anayway this mod looks freakin sweet! As soon as i get my new comp in, i'll install oblivion, then this mod and be in heaven!

 #9 - 04-13-2006 at 13:48
Joined: January 3rd, 2006
Posts: 3
You do have a point though Anachronous. However gorgeous this mod makes the game, it really isn't 100% "realistic." I guess it's all up to each individual's opinion.

 #10 - 04-22-2006 at 18:35
From: (Conn.)
Joined: May 28th, 2005
Posts: 253
Ooooo....super sweet details!!! Rock on, d00d. Ive tried many mods like this and none of them worked, but now im jumping for joy bcause this 1 works!! stick out tongue i could never stand the look of distant land...ever look at a mountain while at Cloud Ruler Temple? YUK!!! Puke! now we need some one to fix the way reflections look on distant water...

 #11 - 04-22-2006 at 18:47
From: (Conn.)
Joined: May 28th, 2005
Posts: 253
ok...im dissapointed, but still very impressed...the distand land didnt change at all...but still a big 10/10 to ya Max Tael ! ! ! but try getting normal textures for all distant land, that would help!

 #12 - Why download this? - 04-23-2006 at 00:00
Joined: April 22nd, 2006
Posts: 1
Look at the original, then look at the "mod". The lighting quality is MUCH BETTER in the ORIGINAL. This mod make's it look more like a game instead of making it look more real.

 #13 - 04-30-2006 at 13:35
From: (Arlington, WA)
Joined: August 11th, 2004
Posts: 1
I like it very much, only mod I have installed right now. The water does look a bit 'off' but that's allright (since you can disable it anyways). Can't wait to see the next version smile.

 #14 - 05-03-2006 at 22:18
From: (California)
Joined: February 1st, 2006
Posts: 1189

This is a news everyone should know...mad

It's bullAaargh!!!

Fellow modders should think of younger generations...Cry

O, nise mod btw :-D

 #15 - 05-05-2006 at 20:15
Joined: August 21st, 2005
Posts: 125
Do some .ini tweaks and it'll look beautiful with way more framerate.
yeah lotsa stuff. also has what the game looks like putting Natural Environments with other mods

 #16 - 05-05-2006 at 20:16
Joined: August 21st, 2005
Posts: 125
sry for double post, but this pic of Oblivion's environment is just so, so, sexy

 #17 - Perfeckt - 05-11-2006 at 08:50
From: (Mitgard)
Joined: May 11th, 2006
Posts: 1
It is a Perfeckt Plugin!!!! THANKSRock

 #18 - 05-12-2006 at 06:44
Joined: September 27th, 2003
Posts: 66
Hmm...I know a lot of hard work must have gone into this and well done for that, but it really takes away the "realism" of Oblivion for me. Im afraid i prefer the orininal by far. Everything is too bright and all the water is just too transparent, sorry.

 #19 - 06-19-2006 at 14:09
Joined: June 19th, 2006
Posts: 28
this is a pretty great mod though the water is a little bit too clearalso on the mission "unexpected voyage" it looks buggy anyway great mod

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