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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.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
  1. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Jan 8, 2017
    90
    Thankfully, the base game itself remains as utterly essential as always. [January 2016, p78]
  2. Oct 28, 2016
    90
    The PS4 version has seen some slight increases to audio fidelity, resulting in an incredible auditory experience whether you're out exploring the wilderness or speaking to an NPC. For some unknown reason the Xbox One and PC versions are not only unequal in this regard, but their files have been compressed to a point where the quality suffers.
  3. Nov 4, 2016
    85
    If you’ve never had the chance to climb the snowy mountains of Skyrim, face off against its fierce Frost Trolls, or absorb the souls of dead dragons you’ve bested then jumping into Skyrim Special Edition is a no brainer.
  4. Oct 31, 2016
    80
    After five years The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition is still an incredible experience that can cover the amounts of glitches and the animations system. Unless you are a PC player.
  5. Nov 9, 2016
    80
    Even with some technical enhancements, Skyrim looks and feels a bit old today. The best thing about this console remaster is still the modding feature, now authorized (in a limited way) on PS4 and Xbox One.
  6. Nov 1, 2016
    80
    If you’ve never experienced Skyrim, the Special Edition is certainly an adventure you can’t afford to miss. It still includes many of the original version’s bugs, ugly character models, and weak combat animations, but the memorable world benefits hugely from improved lighting and effects.
  7. Oct 31, 2016
    70
    This remastered version of Skyrim includes a graphical improvement similar to the PC version with HD mods. The console version includes mods support, but this is not enough for Bethesda to sell this remastered game as a full-price version for the consoles.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 74 out of 133
  2. Negative: 36 out of 133
  1. Oct 28, 2016
    10
    Beautiful game on the ps4 wow im so happy atm. its nothing like the garbage ps3 version. BUY IT ITS WONDERFULL. I was stacking books on aBeautiful game on the ps4 wow im so happy atm. its nothing like the garbage ps3 version. BUY IT ITS WONDERFULL. I was stacking books on a shelf in my house in Whiterun, one of Skyrim's major cities, when I noticed a weapon rack right beside it. I set a sacrificial dagger in one slot, an Orcish mace in the other. They were on display for nobody but me and my computer-controlled housecarl, Lydia, who sat at a table patiently waiting for me to ask her to go questing. The chest upstairs was reserved for excess weapons and armor, the bedside table for smithing ingots and ores, the one next to the Alchemy table for ingredients. I'd meticulously organized my owned virtual property not because I had to, but because tending to the minutia of domestic life is a comforting break from dealing with screaming frost trolls, dragons, a civil war, and job assignments that never seem to go as planned. It's even a sensible thing to do; a seemingly natural component of every day existence in Skyrim, one of the most fully-realized, easily enjoyable, and utterly engrossing role-playing games ever made. Expand
  2. Oct 31, 2016
    10
    I loved Skyrim when I originally bought it, beat it but never played the DLC's. I wasn't going to re-buy it, didnt have anything going on thisI loved Skyrim when I originally bought it, beat it but never played the DLC's. I wasn't going to re-buy it, didnt have anything going on this weekend, ended up buying it and had a absolute BLAST. Loved being back in Skyrim with the new graphics. They arent the best part though, along with getting to play the DLC, the LOADING TIMES ARE CUT AT LEAST IN HALF, HALLELUJAH LOL Expand
  3. Oct 28, 2016
    9
    PLZ PLZ STOP saying STUPID things like: "Hey, just try it on PC, it has better graphic!" This is a PLAYSTATION review. So, for people with aPLZ PLZ STOP saying STUPID things like: "Hey, just try it on PC, it has better graphic!" This is a PLAYSTATION review. So, for people with a social life who are not 33 yo kid living with parents and can't spend 1500$ on a gaming PC, this is an awesome game! A must if you liked the first version. Graphics are awesome! Expand
  4. Nov 23, 2018
    8
    The game is amazing, a must play in my opinion. The problem is the creation club. There is no need for the creation club. Mods do a muchThe game is amazing, a must play in my opinion. The problem is the creation club. There is no need for the creation club. Mods do a much better job and are FREE. The creation club drags this game down a bit. Expand
  5. Mar 6, 2017
    7
    As a remaster I am not willing to rate it as a new game, I will in fact be extra critical to it due to me allready knowing it from top toAs a remaster I am not willing to rate it as a new game, I will in fact be extra critical to it due to me allready knowing it from top to bottom, in short the original is an easy 10. Now for the actual remaster...

    Its okay, the graphical work is outstanding, and the new effects reinvigorates Skyrim as never before, but the bugs that break quests are still there, the framerate on PS4 is somehow worse now due to a PS4 pro patch, and the mod support laughably subpar for being a main feauture.

    Still better than most open world rpgs though.

    7/10
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  6. Nov 1, 2016
    4
    I understand why they re-released it, I understand why it is selling well, but I can't justify them selling the exact same game to people withI understand why they re-released it, I understand why it is selling well, but I can't justify them selling the exact same game to people with an upgrade here or there, release it with at least some new content, quests, game enhancements, new mechanics, literally anything. 4 out of 10 and it gets a 4 literally just because Skyrim is a good game. Expand
  7. Feb 1, 2018
    0
    A truly wonderful game that was rendered unplayable by bugs that I think Microsoft put there to poison this game for PS4 owners, a pity.A truly wonderful game that was rendered unplayable by bugs that I think Microsoft put there to poison this game for PS4 owners, a pity. Bosses froze up after a hit or 2 and monsters had half their sprites smeared all over, a mess. Expand

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