Generally favorable reviews - based on 40 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
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  1. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Jan 8, 2017
    Thankfully, the base game itself remains as utterly essential as always. [January 2016, p78]
  2. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Dec 27, 2016
    Five years on and Skyrim's quality still stands head and shoulders above all RPGs not named The Witcher 3. It's well worth a revisit, even if the mod support is sorely lacking versus other formats. [Christmas 2016, p.94]
  3. Nov 18, 2016
    We may believe that is is overpriced, but still, it is Skyrim, one of the best, most beloved and expansive games the western RPG genre has ever given us.
  4. Nov 16, 2016
    A wonderful recreation of Skyrim, which remains - despite rough edges and badly-aged elements - one of the greatest RPGs ever made.
  5. Nov 1, 2016
    Nothing less and little more than Skyrim. That is either exceptionally exciting or a respectable pass, depending on how much Dhovakiin thirst the last five years has left you with. I certainly have enjoyed retreading these paths for the dozenth time. Though an inch of fatigue and diminished mod offerings weigh on me, this is a Skyrim more accessible, more colorful, and equally as lovable as the one I’ve known.
  6. Oct 28, 2016
    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.
  7. Oct 28, 2016
    You can discuss graphics improvements, mods, DLCs and many other things forever. The truth is this: Skyrim is still one of the best RPGs available today.
  8. Nov 7, 2016
    The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim Special Edition is a really good game on the PlayStation 4 and Bethesda have done a remarkable job at giving it a fresh facelift but also keeping the amazing story and gameplay. Sure, some things feel a little stiff and lacking finesse of something like The Witcher 3 but it’s quite a detailed world from its culture, denizens that populate this universe and very rich story. Lastly, the amount of time you could spend in this game is practically endless and the only potentially bad thing is that you could lose sleep because you won’t want to stop playing.
  9. Nov 4, 2016
    Skyrim Special Edition delivers the same classic adventure as it did in 2011, while adding packaged DLC, an upgraded visual package and the introduction to mods that have been keeping its PC gaming life alive and kicking for the last five years. Definitely a special edition.
  10. CD-Action
    Jan 12, 2017
    Special Edition is a boring remaster – there’s no new content and the visual update is modest. Nonetheless it’s the best way to play Skyrim on a console and a good reason to spend another couple hundred hours in one of few games that are truly worth it. [13/2016, p.67]
  11. Nov 4, 2016
    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.
  12. Nov 3, 2016
    Skyrim Special Edition won't bring anything new to PC, but the actual console players have the chance to rediscover one of the most relevant games in the last years. Hundreds of hours of gameplay so you can forget its obvious flaws and keep track of its gorgeous landscapes and the feeling that you can roam free wherever you want to. Not as amazing as five years ago, but still an absorbing experience.
  13. Nov 25, 2016
    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition offers wonderful escapism and plenty of bang for your buck—provided you’ve never played it before.
  14. 82
    The original fascination of Skyrim is fortunately preserved in this Special Edition. Despite some bugs and a non perfect porting, this version is a must have for those who did not buy Skyrim in the past.
  15. Nov 22, 2016
    Do you want to rediscover the northern parts of Tamriel? Or do you just want to escape reality for a while and go on a adventure? Then The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition is for you.
  16. Nov 15, 2016
    Skyrim Special Edition isn't the prettiest remaster around and if you have a heavily modded PC version you won't find anything to take your breath away. This edition is aimed and console players - those who want to visit Skyrim for the first time, and those who want to forget the shoddy console version from the past. Besides - it's still a great game.
  17. Nov 12, 2016
    Exactly the same game as before, but with better graphics and limited mod support. Still worth your money.
  18. Nov 10, 2016
    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition is a well-made remaster which offers the unalterated fun from the genuine game but with improved graphics, reduced load times and all the content that got out. A solid product.
  19. Nov 9, 2016
    Skyrim is, was, and will always be the RPG that set the tone. The special edition brings back all the positive and even manages to improve in some areas. Although not perfect, Skyrim special edition is a must have when prices drop.
  20. Nov 9, 2016
    How does Skyrim Special Edition fare in a post-Skyrim world? Conceptually: Not bad. Technically: It could use work. The game should've cleaned up some more of its long-standing "Bethesda jank." But the rugged plains, the jagged peaks, and the deep forests of Skyrim are still a sight to behold. These stories, and finding your place in them, is still worth the price of admission.
  21. Nov 9, 2016
    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.
  22. Nov 7, 2016
    If you haven't play Skyrim before, Special Edition is the version to get. It's a lazy remake though that still contains minor but frustrating bugs.
  23. Nov 4, 2016
    Of course, the concept of mods and the freedom that comes with them is a given. In a game like Skyrim however, it let us fill the empty space with our own creativity and lets us immerse ourselves however we want in an already immersive game. Turns out Skyrim is even more fun the second time around.
  24. Nov 4, 2016
    If you had been hoping for much more than a visual upgrade, you will be disappointed. The game is still awesome, though and well worth its weight in gold.
  25. 80
    Skyrim is still a wonderful game, with much to see and do. While it may be prettier here and function better than its PS3 predecessor, it continues to suffer from the same garden-variety bugs and glitches of five years back. Age hasn’t been especially kind to the mechanics or the writing, but the old magic is still shining bright as ever.
  26. Nov 1, 2016
    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.
  27. 80
    One of the best Western style role-players ever made works better than it ever has before on consoles, but there’s only so much a new coat of paint can do to hide its age.
  28. Nov 1, 2016
    The impressive quality of the title, revived by Bethesda after five years, are always the same, and if you've never tried it, we strongly advise you to do it as soon as possible. For those, however, that had the opportunity to dive into the wonderful world of Skyrim, this remastered edition adds little more to the previous editions.
  29. Oct 31, 2016
    Skyrim Special Edition on console looks lovely and runs well, and with all the DLC included it's a great option if you aren't fussed about mods. If you are fussed about mods you might be disappointed. Or already have a PC.
  30. Oct 31, 2016
    For all the visual enhancements and lusher vegetation, this Special Edition can’t disguise the areas where Skyrim has dated. Other games have built on the foundations Bethesda laid. What was once jaw-dropping now seems merely remarkable.
  31. Oct 31, 2016
    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.
  32. Oct 31, 2016
    A modern classic and one of those games that everyone must play but a little bit overpriced for a simple remaster.
  33. Oct 31, 2016
    A visual improvement over the original, but beyond that, it’s still the same old game.
  34. Oct 29, 2016
    This is the best console version of one of the greatest open world RPGs ever, but with the same issues the original had. If you haven't played it, buy it, but otherwise, you can also keep your old Xbox 360/PS3 version.
  35. Nov 1, 2016
    At this point, playing The Elder Scrolls V is like putting on a comfortable old pair of sweatpants. It’s not exactly stylish, it’s frayed around the edges, it’s showing its age, and there might be a few old cumstains, but it’s warm and familiar and it just feels good to have around...The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition is that same pair of sweatpants put through the laundry.
  36. Nov 7, 2016
    The remaster is the best way to play the game on console thanks to improved visuals, technical performance, and mod support – even if the latter is disappointingly limited on PS4.
  37. Nov 6, 2016
    Skyrim is still a great game that everyone should play, but it could’ve used more than a paint job.
  38. Nov 3, 2016
    Although the allure of returning to one of the most engaging Elder Scrolls titles might be overwhelming, Skyrim Special Edition itself feels dated, with little improvements made in terms of gameplay and graphics. You'll play it for hours, but you'll keep wondering why.
  39. Oct 31, 2016
    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.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 969 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Oct 28, 2016
    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. Full Review »
  2. Oct 29, 2016
    Please don't buy it, this game is overpriced at 60 bucks it's not a remastered it's just an enhanced from pc version locked at 30fps really?,Please don't buy it, this game is overpriced at 60 bucks it's not a remastered it's just an enhanced from pc version locked at 30fps really?, the game feels old it does disappoint me Full Review »
  3. Oct 28, 2016
    It is tricky to rate. As a remaster for people who owns the original it is not so great deal. Content is same, graphics are improved but notIt is tricky to rate. As a remaster for people who owns the original it is not so great deal. Content is same, graphics are improved but not in every aspect (you have nice lighting effects, improved flora, etc. But textures, character models etc looks still outdated). But owners dont need a review. So for people who dont know this game - just go and buy it. One of the best open world rpgs out there that offers hundreds of hours of fun. Beautifull detailed world, eight storylines, huge amount of ruins, forts, caves, temples, dungeons, towns,... to explore. Hundreds of unique NPCs (you can talk to almost anybody) I agree there are better games (like Witcher 3) but that does not make Skyrim a bad game. It may not be the #1 but it is still awesome experience worth exploring. Full Review »