Just getting into Silent Hunter 4 now.
Did you get that on Steam?
Seems like a lot of people are bitching that you can't use all the good mods for it if you buy it on Steam but if you get it elsewhere you can.
What's your experience been?
Yeah, I got it on Steam.
I was initially very anti-Steam, but I eventually faced the fact that: quite a few of the games that I just could NOT resist playing forever, were only ever going to be offered on Steam. I finally ate crow and just joined it and bought Skyrim. I was playing the game within 12 hours (seem to recall it was a pretty long download).
I've been a Steam convert ever since. Only ever had ONE 'bad' experience and they fixed it when I complained (refund for a game I accidentally bought basically). I have like 95 games, some of which have been major sources of fun (like thousands of hours of play, for example Skyrim, but others too).
They often have sales, they have an extensive catalogue of games, constantly new games, tremendous variety, reasonable download speeds, and a client-server dynamic that is fairly user-friendly and which you can generally use however you want. I prefer to keep Steam in offline mode most of the time and like I said in previous post, as long as I launch the game first time with Steam in online mode, no problemo.
There are a variety of ways to go bout installing mods for different games, and it generally depends on whatever the standard method is for the community around that game. But one rule holds true across the board: do NOT overwrite the "native" assets for the game with a mod. Virtually every Steam game has some provision for a "mod folder" (maybe not every single one but most). The mod folder will generally just be a replica of the directory structure for a given asset or group of assets in the vanilla game folders, and by being in a location that is remote from the main game directories, it averts problems. The game just has to be "told:" when you launch, instead of using C:\Steam\common\steamapps\GTA5\scripts\toyota
It is generally no problem to do anything you want with a Steam game, as long as you stick to one rule: DO NOT install the Steam directory (which will have the client app, and lots of other stuff to support that client app and will also have directories for each game once you download them) into a UAC protected directory like the X86 programs directory.
I just have a C:\Steam directory and that works fine. With the games installed there, as child directories I can do whatever I want with them and neither the client, nor my OS will cause troubles.
There are a couple mods I recommend:https://www.gta5-mods.com/users/GTA5MODS
Bilago's Mod Manager app. He has two Youtubes that will walk you through installing his mod app and plugging in mods. You can see a screen cap up above in one of my other posts that shows what it looks like.
This way: if you want to play with all your mods, you launch the Mod Manager app, make sure all are turned on (tick box), launch game. Or if you want to play online, you launch from the native launcher (the one you downloaded with the game) and it will launch the game with only vanilla content (no mods) and so you won't get banned from a server!
Mod Manager also makes it handy to turn off any mods you want to turn off while keeping others running.