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  • Summary: Skyrim Special Edition brings the epic fantasy to life in detail. The Special Edition includes the game and add-ons with all-new features like remastered art and effects, volumetric god rays, dynamic depth of field, screen-space reflections, and more. Skyrim Special Edition also brings theSkyrim Special Edition brings the epic fantasy to life in detail. The Special Edition includes the game and add-ons with all-new features like remastered art and effects, volumetric god rays, dynamic depth of field, screen-space reflections, and more. Skyrim Special Edition also brings the full power of mods to the PC and Xbox One. New quests, environments, characters, dialogue, armor, weapons and more with Mods, there are no limits to what you can experience. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Dec 21, 2016
    90
    If you've never set foot in the world of Skyrim then now's the time to get your feet wet. Still one of the best RPGs to date and that's not just nostalgia talking.
  2. Nov 12, 2016
    90
    Fundamentally, stepping back into Skyrim is like revisiting one of your favorite places as a child. Everything is like you remembered it, except it's been redecorated and modernized.
  3. Nov 4, 2016
    85
    Skyrim Special Edition brings whatever you want in terms of duration and deeply enjoyable RPG experience, but it could be a much better remaster with more polish.
  4. Nov 9, 2016
    82
    A valid remaster job, with good visual improvements and tons of new contents due to the added mods support. Owners of the original game are a bit let down due to the lack of a savegame import feature and high price point, but it's definitely recommended to anyone who never played the game so far.
  5. Nov 8, 2016
    80
    The updated graphics may not feel truly current-gen to Xbox One and PS4 players, but the quality and originality of the game’s mechanics and setting are still a step above the competition.
  6. Nov 3, 2016
    80
    Xbox One owners will be super pleased –– thanks to Bethesda’s ongoing mod support since the release of Fallout 4, you’ll get access to over 200 mods at the time of writing. PS4 players aren’t so fortunate, and will likely be disappointed by the paltry number choose from –– Sony’s 1GB limit on mod files means that the mods themselves are limited to more cosmetic changes that don’t nearly explore the vast potential that a community driven bank of content provides.
  7. Dec 30, 2016
    55
    Sure, it’s still awesome in scope and there’s a ton of content in the package, but it only offers minimal visual improvements, dated gameplay, and inexplicable legacy bugs. Unless someone defines their RPG experience by sun rays and water effects, this reissue just doesn’t represent a notable improvement over the original. Still, for those who aren’t yet Dragonborn, this is the best way to become so.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. Nov 21, 2016
    10
    I'm writing this review pretty late and you have probably made up your mind about the game so I will just share a spoiler free experience withI'm writing this review pretty late and you have probably made up your mind about the game so I will just share a spoiler free experience with you that convinced me that this game was well worth the money and definitely with my time.

    I'm a level 3 Nord and about 3 quests into the game when this happens...

    I walk into a village and a strange shadow passes over me. I look around and up into the sky to see nothing. Then the village police draw there bows for no apparent reason. They run behind one of the houses and then you hear it. The dragon roars, and then it gets epic.

    I switch from my sword to my bow and sprint around the house to get my first glimpse of a dragon just toasting these villagers with his breath and I put two arrows in him. He then shoots up into the sky and circles around me.

    The villagers are in a panic and I find myself a soldier among soldiers protecting a town I'm only just discovering from a truly awe inspiring danger. Two minutes and 10 well placed arrows later the dragon plunges to the ground with a crash of dirt and rock and deteriorates in front of my eyes. And I feel like I could conquer the world.

    This wasn't scripted either. These things happen randomly and the number of dragons in the world is infinite.

    Skyrim is a game that will suck your life away as any Elder Scrolls game worth it's name will do. The difference between Oblivion and this is huge. Easily one of the best games I have ever played, maybe ever. Check it out if you have the time.
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  2. Dec 2, 2016
    10
    There's not really much more that needs to be said. Skyrim is one of the best games ever made, so they could update it for every console thatThere's not really much more that needs to be said. Skyrim is one of the best games ever made, so they could update it for every console that is ever made and I'd probably buy it.

    Is it fundamentally different from the 2011 last-gen version? No. It has mod support and upgraded visuals, but there's nothing here that anyone who's put 200+ hours into it would see as game-changing. I assume this is where all the low ratings are coming from, as if Bethesda releasing a next-gen port with few changes is compelling any of the naysayers to put down the price point they are charging.

    But it still has one of the most detailed and lovingly crafted game worlds of all time, an amount of quests and goals that is nothing short of staggering, and a testament to what a studio at the top of it's game can put together when they're firing on all cylinders.

    If nothing else, it makes the wait for TES VI bearable.
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  3. Oct 28, 2016
    10
    This is the best "console" version of one of the greatest open world RPG's ever. What else needs to be said? It's an amazing game with anThis is the best "console" version of one of the greatest open world RPG's ever. What else needs to be said? It's an amazing game with an insane amount of content. And now console users are gaining access to mods as well. This is imo, an important step in console gaming. As a PC user I would like to apologize for all of the jaded "Supreme master race" PC users who are gonna talk crap. We've been playing modded Skyrim for years and while it's true that the Special Edition doesn't offer anything new to PC users, it's free for anyone who already owns the content included in this version of the game. So there is absolutely no reason for PC users to be spreading any negativity about this remaster. For console users this is an amazing value and certainly worth it. Expand
  4. Nov 16, 2016
    9
    This is my first Skyrim game and I'm blown away. In matter of fact, it's my first Elder Scrolls game I've played. The amount of detail andThis is my first Skyrim game and I'm blown away. In matter of fact, it's my first Elder Scrolls game I've played. The amount of detail and amount of things to do are seemingly endless. I'm thoroughly enjoying my first play through. I can understand the frustration from previous owners, but like I said, this is my first time purchasing and playing Skyrim. Expand
  5. Oct 29, 2016
    8
    For those who have not played this game before or have never experienced the DLC packages, this game is a 10. For those already familiar withFor those who have not played this game before or have never experienced the DLC packages, this game is a 10. For those already familiar with the content, having sunk hundreds of hour into the title, the price will seem ridiculous for something you already own. The upgrades to the environments are immediately noticeable and will cause some moments of just stopping and staring, particularly at the new lighting effects. The game also runs extremely smoothly and isn't the stuttering glitch fest of the previous console.
    For a complete review see my write-up on the original release. If you are new to the game, grab it now and play it as the beautiful complete game it has become. If you are a Skyrim nerd already, pick it up anyway because it is still one the best titles out there.
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  6. Nov 3, 2016
    7
    It's Skyrim, which is good, but the "special edition" is basically just a GOTY release at a ludicrous price. As a game, Skyrim is wellIt's Skyrim, which is good, but the "special edition" is basically just a GOTY release at a ludicrous price. As a game, Skyrim is well established: a very good, nicely made single player RPG experience. As a re-release, the only thing different is mod support and a tiny upgrade to the engine which allows for slightly better lighting and cleaned up texture smoothing. Weirdly, though, most of the classic bugs are still present, and in my own playthrough there were actually a lot more than I ever remember. I didn't run into anything game-breaking, but there are some pretty bad glitches and such. Mod support is by far the biggest deal, but it seems like the mods for Skyrim are nowhere near as good or comprehensive as one would find for Fallout 4. You get the usual batch of garbage like "GIVE WOMEN BIGGER **** or tiny, irrelevant cosmetic changes, and then you get some legitimately helpful, well constructed, passionate mods designed to enhance the experience. But, the ratio of good-to-meh seems much more even than it did when FO4 mods hit the console. By far and away one of the best mods is the famed "Live Another Life" mod that allows you to start a new game with a number of options for how you step into the game and where you physically begin, which adds a lot of dimension to creating a new role-play focused character. But, for all the good things, this feels like a very cynical, bland re-release that could have had some very significant improvements attached to it. Most notably, Bethesda could have taken the time to potentially improve the Hearthfire content to be more like the house customization found in FO4. They certainly could have ironed out a lot more technical problems.
    As it stands, Skyrim is still basically Skyrim, but if you've already spent 40-60+ hours in it on the 360, there really isn't much reason to upgrade to this version. Maybe at some point some of the major, massive Skyrim mods will hit the consoles (the ones that add huge amounts of content) but it seems like right now they are slow to be converted.
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  7. Oct 29, 2016
    0
    I dont like to give a game a rating of 0 and i liked Skyrim very much but this "Special Edition" delivers the same quest breaking and gameI dont like to give a game a rating of 0 and i liked Skyrim very much but this "Special Edition" delivers the same quest breaking and game breaking bugs that occured in the 360 version. Bethesda, this is not acceptable! Expand

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