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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: 90 out of 152
  2. Negative: 37 out of 152
  1. Nov 23, 2016
    10
    THIS GAME IS PERFECTION. If you have played the original from PS3 and just want more its great with mods. THIS IS NOT PC. For PS4 its great.THIS GAME IS PERFECTION. If you have played the original from PS3 and just want more its great with mods. THIS IS NOT PC. For PS4 its great. Mods enhance it Expand
  2. Nov 29, 2016
    10
    Skyrim was my first Elder Scrolls and I immediately became a fan for life.
    The game is nigh perfect. My only complaint, which is always my
    Skyrim was my first Elder Scrolls and I immediately became a fan for life.
    The game is nigh perfect. My only complaint, which is always my complaint, is I wish there was more character development and story. I want characters to matter. I want to care about them.
    Serana in Dawnguard was what I want from all main NPCs, but even she wasn't enough.
    Sadly, this is just how sandbox games are.
    Skyrim is as close to perfect as you can get.
    As for bugs and glitches. I don't care. I played this on PS3 and only had a few very minor issues.
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  3. 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
  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 4, 2017
    7
    It's a fun game, but the world feels overwhelming sometimes. Like there's too much stuff to do. And I didn't find myself caring about theIt's a fun game, but the world feels overwhelming sometimes. Like there's too much stuff to do. And I didn't find myself caring about the characters. I ended up giving up on trying to care and rushed through the story just to try to get done with it. I know in my head it's a great game but it just doesn't have the "it factor" that Fallout 4 did. Expand
  6. Jan 26, 2019
    5
    terrible framerates. long loading times. glitchy textures. fan spinning because overheating ps4pro.
    This game deserves to be played on pc,
    terrible framerates. long loading times. glitchy textures. fan spinning because overheating ps4pro.
    This game deserves to be played on pc, where can shine also with mediocre hardware. On ps4, optimization and performances are terrible.
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  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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