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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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  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: 53 out of 111
  2. Negative: 39 out of 111
  1. May 13, 2018
    10
    I know Skyrim has its flaws, but I've been addicted to it twice - once for the original, where I played well over 100 hours, and once for theI know Skyrim has its flaws, but I've been addicted to it twice - once for the original, where I played well over 100 hours, and once for the special edition where I did about the same again. It looks dated in 2018, but the variety of quests and the detail in the world remain the best out there. Expand
  2. Aug 25, 2020
    10
    the low rating for low graphics and most of people don't use mods so they don't love the game
    one of my favorites games i ever played
  3. 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
  4. May 11, 2018
    7
    As a standalone vanilla game, the "special" edition certainly does improve in certain areas. For instance, the game has received a graphicalAs a standalone vanilla game, the "special" edition certainly does improve in certain areas. For instance, the game has received a graphical update, and the executable is now 64-bit, allowing it to address more than 4,294,967,296 bytes, but that's about it. Some claim the engine is also more stable than it used to be, and, while I have had the same experience, I can't objectively say for sure.

    As a general rule, I would recommend buying this version if you don't mind the current lack of mods and plan on playing vanilla-style. However, since many mods have not yet been ported to this "special" edition, mod users may wish to play the old 2011 version instead.

    Finally, for those that already own the original version from 2011 but didn't get the "special" edition for free, know that, aside from the graphical update and increased memory address capability of the new executable, there is little to gain in spending another $40-$60 to get this version; I would wait for a sale, get it elsewhere for a lower price or just skip it altogether.
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  5. Nov 10, 2020
    5
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  6. Oct 31, 2016
    3
    The plethora of mods available for the PC *a couple of years ago* trounces everything this version has to offer.

    Unless you're a PS4 or
    The plethora of mods available for the PC *a couple of years ago* trounces everything this version has to offer.

    Unless you're a PS4 or Xbone first time buyer this is a waste of (too much) money.

    5 years ago Skyrim was a decent though flawed title, it is now well past it's prime and Bethesda really should be focusing on the next iteration of TOS than 'remastering' (not really) this title.
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  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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