Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Dec 1, 2021
    Much like a real anniversary, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Anniversary Edition is less about embarking on something new and more about happily re-living some wonderful, past moments. It was a great game then, and, even 10 years later, it’s still a great game—made even better by the bundle of Creation Club DLCs thrown into the mix. Skyrim‘s been around for a long time, now, and, whether you like it or not, the Anniversary Edition shows that Skyrim has still got the ability to stick around for at least a little while longer (I’m sure we’ll get TESVI eventually, though!).
  2. Nov 19, 2021
    If you wish to spend another lifetime on Skyrim, this is the best way to do it. The Anniversary Edition brings more than 500 new items, quests and mods in the never-ending Bethesda's RPG.
  3. Nov 17, 2021
    It’s never too late to explore Skyrim for the first or the 100th time, and this version gives us yet another reason to go back to one of the best games ever made.
  4. Nov 17, 2021
    For those who have never played it or want to dedicate another 500 hours, this is undoubtedly the most complete version to date.
  5. Nov 17, 2021
    Aimed at those who are yet to experience The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim for the first time, this Anniversary Edition offers exceptional value for money, and is easily the best way to jump into one of the best role-playing games ever made. It may not quite look current-gen, but the fast loading times and reduced storage footprint are both meaningful gains for PS5 players, while the included Creation Club content adds yet more meat to the game’s bones which are already heaped with flesh. For those that have already played Skyrim to exhaustion, however, there’s not much here to draw them back. Though being able to upgrade from the Special Edition for just £15.99/$19.99 makes it very enticing.
  6. Nov 12, 2021
    So Skyrim's still Skyrim, but what does Anniversary Edition actually bring to the table? Well, with Anniversary Edition, you get complete access to the Creation Club. In a nutshell, the Creation Club started life as a poorly judged official mod shop, essentially offering DLC packs for premium currency. It took years for the Creation Club to stock up on any worthwhile content, but if you add it all together now, you're getting significant bang for your buck. Anniversary Edition comes with 74 'Creations' — from new quests and locations to weapons, armour, and player homes. If all you've ever known is Skyrim on consoles, then this avalanche of new stuff will refresh the experience to a surprising extent.
  7. Nov 24, 2021
    For any console player who already owns the Special Edition, some of the improvements of the Anniversary Edition are already available as free patches. Those folks will find the Anniversary Edition a reasonably priced add-on. It provides a significant new quest, some new mechanics, a new mode, and lots of cosmetic additions, plus access to the Creation Club and mods. Just don’t expect a graphical facelift. For console gamers without any experience of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim at all, the Anniversary Edition is definitely the version to pick up. With the Elder Scrolls VI in production, the Anniversary Edition is most likely (and hopefully) the final version of a seriously aging but still viable classic RPG.
  8. Dec 8, 2021
    Skyrim’s 10th anniversary edition is a rich and polished package, offering over hundred hours of top class RPG experience. If you never got the chance to play it back in 7th generation, now is the best time to do it.
  9. 75
    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Anniversary Edition continues to be exactly what makes Skyrim popular: a massive world to explore with tons of different ways to develop your Dragonborne. Outside of that, mods make an appearance and add a bit to the formula in their own way. Otherwise, this Skyrim is exactly as you remember, except it loads a bit faster and plays a lot smoother.
  10. PLAY
    Feb 23, 2022
    The performance upgrades make this a fantastic way to experience Skyrim for the first time, but slim content additions won’t enamour returning players. [Issue#9, p.76]
  11. Nov 18, 2021
    While perhaps not as enticing as it could have been, the additions that this version of Skyrim offer keep it from feeling like a total cash grab.
  12. Nov 14, 2021
    Skyrim is back yet again, with a graphical makeover and new user generated content, but at full price even fans of brazen commercial cynicism will find their eyebrows quietly reaching for the sky.
  13. Nov 25, 2021
    Skyrim Anniversary Edition is a pricey update to a legendary yet aging classic game. For those who already know it by heart, the free update will offer enough reasons to come back.
  14. 50
    What was once the pinnacle of its genre has become a bit of a joke as it releases again and again and again. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Anniversary Edition adds very little that can’t be found in the 2016 Special Edition or is already free with Creation Club content. There is enjoyment to be had out of playing the game in the new survival mode and I still adore the base game. However, Skyrim just isn’t as strong when held up to modern standards, and it is the fault of Bethesda that this tired horse is now running a race with so many others that are leagues faster.
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 79 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 79
  2. Negative: 51 out of 79
  1. Nov 15, 2021
    If you like Skyrim, as I do, then don't worry because absolutely nothing has changed (most bugs and exploits are still in the game 2 fullIf you like Skyrim, as I do, then don't worry because absolutely nothing has changed (most bugs and exploits are still in the game 2 full console generations and 5 game iterations later, so no worries there).

    I've looked at some of the "critics" reviews and I've got to say, only the shills will try to spin paid mods into a positive. yes, they do add content, made by fans who likely care more about the game than Bethesda themselves, unfortunately it's still them you'll have to pay for the privilege.
    Since it's running on Bethesda's spaghetti, bug filled code, the creation club content will sometimes crash, sometimes soft lock, or straight up not work. (I've only downloaded the ones you get with the anniversary edition by default and still ran into this issue).

    Playstation 5 positives:

    The only change you will notice isn't brought on by Bethesda, but is the sheer speed of the loading which is entirely made possible by the power of the ssd (I Imagine playing on a high end PC gets you the same experience) There are obviously still loading screens but if you're used to the ps3 and ps4's excruciating loading times where you are on your phone/other monitor every couple of minutes, it's a welcome change.
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  2. Nov 14, 2021
    Chocolate is really good, but when you ate too much, you throw up.

    Same goes with video games. Skyrim was cool 10 years ago, now please let
    Chocolate is really good, but when you ate too much, you throw up.

    Same goes with video games. Skyrim was cool 10 years ago, now please let it die in peace. I just cannot stand it anymore and now i am even hating this game. STOP with remasters, definitive editions, anniversary my ass, just stop.
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  3. Nov 15, 2021
    Not enough for the price, even if you're a big fan and the bugs still in every moment.