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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: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Oct 30, 2016
    90
    A well done remastered version of a still fantastic RPG milestone. Small problems like the cumbersome inventory are still there, but that doesn't change the fact that everybody should get to know this game.
  2. Nov 11, 2016
    80
    Skyrim is still a great place to get lost in and the visual upgrade is welcome. It perhaps doesn’t go as far as it should and it’s a shame no other aspect of the game got looked at but it’s still well worth your time.
  3. Games Master UK
    Jan 1, 2017
    80
    The original version with graphics mods installed still looks better, so it's not worth the upgrade. [Christmas 2016, p.73]
  4. Nov 1, 2016
    73
    While the Special Edition may one day become the definitive version of this legendary RPG, if you want to play right now and want the best experience, you’re better off getting the 2011 version and modding it.
  5. Oct 31, 2016
    60
    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition is an attempt to make a quick buck off gullible consumers.
  6. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Dec 12, 2016
    60
    Purely graphical upgrade with support of the Gen4 console modes that PC owners of the original game and all expansions get for free. [Issue #269]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 81
  2. Negative: 34 out of 81
  1. Oct 28, 2016
    10
    This website is full of unwarranted negativity. The PC version of this game was free to everyone who already owned the content included in theThis website is full of unwarranted negativity. The PC version of this game was free to everyone who already owned the content included in the Special Edition. So to everyone that's complaining about how the game compares to a heavily modded version of the game, go back to playing that version and stop crying. This remaster is obviously meant to improve the console experience and it succeeds. This is a massive improvement over the XBOX 360 and PS3 versions of the game. Expand
  2. Aug 17, 2019
    10
    One of the best games ever made.
    This is the best way to play it. (unless you have unlimited time to spend on modding)
  3. Oct 28, 2016
    9
    Can only assume people are taking the proverbial urine with the low scores... I mean honestly, this is Skyrim - it could have been re-releasedCan only assume people are taking the proverbial urine with the low scores... I mean honestly, this is Skyrim - it could have been re-released exactly the same as it was and still deserve a high score. It's one of the gold standards of RPGs in gaming history, with a scope and breadth that is just breathtaking.

    The quality of the remaster is so-so. Not bad, not amazing. Some rework to lighting effects, 64 bit capability and so on, but there's still low res textures that reminds you it is essentially a game from 2011.

    But really, what is here is still absolutely wonderful. The kicker for me at these low scores from people moaning about it not being different enough from the original... that must mean you have the original. Meaning you got this game free probably. So what is your problem?

    For newcomers to the game, you have a brand new version with more contemporary graphics to enjoy, whereas old players have the same thing to enjoy for nothing. Seriously, shut up and stop moaning.

    The game is largely bug free (as bug free as Skyrim was anyway), but I have run into one crash in my playtime thus far, and the logo at the start of the game goes mad around the screen for a second, but that might just be my PC. There does seem to be an issue with the sound in terms of NPC speech, but I can't figure out what it is - they all just seem a bit subdued, but it's not very noticeable and certainly doesn't take much away from the game. Yes, no mods yet really, but they'll come, and they have an expanded architecture to build them on.

    Sometimes, things are just hated upon purely because it is popular. The score right now is 5.7 for this game. That is a ridiculous score and should be thoroughly ignored as the net result of a bunch of bed wetters who don't know what the hell they're complaining about.

    If you missed this in 2011, enjoy one of the finest RPGs ever made. I would also recommend taking a look at Oblivion and Morrowind - two others games in the series - which are just as excellent and, in different ways, even better.
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  4. Jan 29, 2018
    6
    The best feature of this game is the new engine. Modding the game on a 64-bit engine gives you way more possibilities. To get it for free onThe best feature of this game is the new engine. Modding the game on a 64-bit engine gives you way more possibilities. To get it for free on PC is also great.

    About the graphics: They have slightly increased the visuals, but let's be honest Skyrim is about modding. The vanilla textures are only interesting until a better mod is released.

    The reason why PS3 or Xbox user with all DLCs don’t get it for free is because PS4 and XBOX One is another platform. It might be frustrating but understandable.

    The biggest negative point is the denial of community mods. The achievement disabling and not communicating with the most important mod creator such as SKSE and USKP. And don't forget the Creation Club ;^).

    In conclusion it is nice for free and enables more possibilities for mods, but the way they released it was a failure.
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  5. Oct 31, 2016
    4
    There is zero reason to purchase this if you did not get it for free.

    The game runs fairly poorly even on high end PCs. People with 1060s
    There is zero reason to purchase this if you did not get it for free.

    The game runs fairly poorly even on high end PCs. People with 1060s can be seen on forums reporting poor framerats and other problems, and my own computer experiences the same despite blowing the recommended specs out of the water and being able to run more graphically demanding games perfectly. The "better stability" that should come with 64 bit does not exist.

    There is no reason the game should run poorly, either, when the graphical differences between the new game and the original are hardly there. Turn off the god rays and you won't be able to tell a difference. The only thing they changed was lighting and adding god rays everywhere, for the most part. I have everything set to max and the game still doesn't look as good as pre-release gameplay.

    Finally, since there is a current lack of a script extender you won't be able to use a lot of the best mods from the original, so the experience won't be as good as it is when modding the original either. But even when the script extender comes out, the game will never be worth paying for because it's an overall terrible remaster that adds nothing new and hardly has a new coat of paint with the graphics.

    It's fine if you got it for free, but never buy it.
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  6. Nov 2, 2016
    2
    "Remaster" leaves bugs from the original release as they were in the original and makes textures blurry. Sorry Todd, but your money is in"Remaster" leaves bugs from the original release as they were in the original and makes textures blurry. Sorry Todd, but your money is in another castle. Expand
  7. Jan 21, 2019
    0
    the game itself is still very enjoyable, but the creation club is just horrible, the first sign of what bethesdas future will be. I gave thethe game itself is still very enjoyable, but the creation club is just horrible, the first sign of what bethesdas future will be. I gave the normal skyrim a high score but this is just atrocious Expand

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