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  • Summary: The open-world adventure from Bethesda Game Studios where you can virtually be anyone and do anything, now allows you to go anywhere—at home and on the go. New features include motion controls, gear based on the Legend of Zelda series, and amiibo compatibility. Dragons, long lost to theThe open-world adventure from Bethesda Game Studios where you can virtually be anyone and do anything, now allows you to go anywhere—at home and on the go. New features include motion controls, gear based on the Legend of Zelda series, and amiibo compatibility. Dragons, long lost to the passages of the Elder Scrolls, have returned and the future of Skyrim hangs in the balance. As Dragonborn, the prophesized hero born with the power of The Voice, you are the only one who can stand against them. Live another life, in another world—from battling ancient dragons, exploring rugged mountains, building a home, or mastering hundreds of weapons, spells and abilities. For the first time ever, go into battle Legend of Zelda style: fight with the Master Sword, guard with the Hylian Shield, while wearing the Champion's Tunic. The game also includes official add-ons—Dawnguard, Hearthfire, and Dragonborn. [Nintendo] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 62 out of 63
  2. Negative: 0 out of 63
  1. Nov 16, 2017
    100
    The fact that a game stuffed with hundreds of hours of content runs so well on a mobile video game console is nothing short of amazing. On its own, Skyrim is a phenomenal game and now I don’t have to be stuck on the couch or on my computer. I can play it wherever and whenever I want. What a time to be alive.
  2. Nov 16, 2017
    90
    The Switch isn’t short of games that have already taken a bow, or several, on other hardware, but Skyrim might be the one that most deserves another look from both hardy Elder Scrolls adventurers and absolute beginners alike. Despite its age showing, the countless little cracks in its already fractured façade, it still delivers a palpable sense of space, and the player’s niche-carving progress through it, that few games before or since have managed. May its dancing northern lights never dim.
  3. Nov 16, 2017
    90
    Seeing one of the most celebrated open worlds brought to Nintendo’s portable flagship is a welcome surprise. Being able to take a game this expansive on the go is an amazing feat, and seeing it come in this feature complete is Bethesda at its best. While the motion controls have a bit of wonk, come for the HD rumble, and stay for the chance to explain why you are yelling Fus Ro Dah! on the bus.
  4. Nov 16, 2017
    85
    Overall, I’m more than impressed with Iron Galaxy and Bethesda’s work on Skyrim for Switch. If you’ve never played Skyrim before, now is a great time to get into it. Skyrim on Switch is the only version that you can take to Starbucks for an Americano to the knee and it is quite an accomplishment.
  5. Nov 27, 2017
    80
    It’s still a great RPG too, with a compelling swords and sorcery narrative, plus a sprawling, reactive world to explore.
  6. Nov 16, 2017
    80
    Bethesda has managed to port its enormous and captivating world into what's basically a tablet, and has done so almost flawlessly.
  7. Nov 21, 2017
    67
    The magic that is Skyrim is definitely still there after all these years. However, the bugs, old animations and repetitive quests are showing even more than before. There is still a beautiful world out there though, that is ready to be explored.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 62
  2. Negative: 8 out of 62
  1. Aug 12, 2018
    10
    5 out of 5.
    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is open and expansive, giving you the tools to truly play the way you want. The variety of quest
    5 out of 5.
    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is open and expansive, giving you the tools to truly play the way you want. The variety of quest lines will keep you busy for quite some time. Leveling doesn’t penalize you as previous entries in the series, and that is a welcome change. Combat is excellent. The stories are great with some hard decisions as to which side to take, while making you feel uneasy either way. The world is vast, you will be hard pressed to run out of things to do. If you’ve played a Bethesda game, you know what to expect, and this game is their masterpiece.
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  2. Nov 17, 2017
    10
    What a wonderful game. It was amazing back in 2011 and it is amazing now. More so because they have removed most of the bugs (some were leftWhat a wonderful game. It was amazing back in 2011 and it is amazing now. More so because they have removed most of the bugs (some were left in for comedy) and you can take it on the go with you. The frame rate is smoother than the PS4 version, and the Joy Con motion controls work wonderfully. Expand
  3. Nov 17, 2017
    10
    Yep zelda is a great game , but one of my favorite rpg's come's to the switch
    Just imagine ,running trough the big world just on a small
    Yep zelda is a great game , but one of my favorite rpg's come's to the switch
    Just imagine ,running trough the big world just on a small screen on a plain
    It pretty much has everything that the other console version have
    Only controls are a bit hard in the beginning
    That doesn't take anything away from the 10 ,the game is just so good
    A must buy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  4. Aug 13, 2018
    9
    Joguei muitas e muitas horas desse jogo. Melhor sistema de desenvolvimento e RPG que já existiu nos jogos eletrônicos na minha opinião. Dei 9Joguei muitas e muitas horas desse jogo. Melhor sistema de desenvolvimento e RPG que já existiu nos jogos eletrônicos na minha opinião. Dei 9 porque existem alguns jogos em que tive um experiência melhor ainda, talvez por o Skyrim ser muito grande, não importa o quão você jogue, provavelmente ainda terá missões não principais para fazer e então você para de jogar. Isso dá uma sensação de "não completude" digamos assim. Enfim, se você gosta de ação e aventura em um ambiente medieval vale a pena ao menos conferir. Expand
  5. Nov 26, 2018
    8
    This is actually my first time experiencing Skyrim, ever. I'd managed to avoid it for almost seven years after its release before now, andThis is actually my first time experiencing Skyrim, ever. I'd managed to avoid it for almost seven years after its release before now, and overall, I'd say I'm pretty impressed with it. I'm sure it was way more impressive back when it came out than it is now, and it was definitely interesting to see just how much inspiration Breath of the WIld took from it (though I'd still prefer Breath of the Wild).

    I'll just list a few things I really liked about this game:
    -there is an insane amount of quests in this game, and thankfully, they aren't just cumbersome fetch quests (though a few of them are). Too many of them boil down to "go to this location and kill these guys then come back for a reward," but even though actually completing the quests boils down to repetitive tasks, the mini-plots you're treated to for completing those quests are very often entertaining, unpredictable, and do more to flesh out Skyrim's rich lore.
    -the amount of locations and unique characters you can interact with is genuinely staggering
    -unpredictable things are happening to you constantly. You might be on one quest, but then suddenly you'll witness a random NPC murder another random NPC which throws you into another quest that you want to watch play out. You may walk into a town that you've come to a hundred times before, only for somebody to confront you with something you may have seen earlier in the game but never given a second thought to. You may go to bed in an old tavern only to be kidnapped by a freaky murder cult and forced to do work for them. There's really no telling what could happen to you next.

    Those are the things that I enjoyed most about this game, but, that being said, there are quite a few issues that kept this from being one of the greatest games I have ever played (though it did come close to being one of the best):
    -people really weren't joking when they talked about the infamous glitches in this game. There are a lot of them. Many visual glitches, and often enough there are annoying audio glitches.
    -glitches can be very easy to exploit. I only started playing about 5 weeks ago, and I've already passed level 250, because I came upon a glitch that lets you instantly go from 15 to 100 in individual magic skills if you've got enchanted armor that reduces the amount of magika it takes to cast spells in certain schools of magic, and you fast travel while you're casting that spell on something (for example, you can use the Telekinesis spell on an object, and fast travel while doing so to instantly get that skill to 100), then you just need to reset the skill and repeat, every time you fast travel anywhere. That's just one exploit I came across, there are several others I've used, and I'm sure many bloggers and forumers have uncovered hundreds of others.
    -the actual gameplay is somewhat cumbersome and lacking in real challenge. Combat is based more on statistics than skill, so your progression is more based on grind than anything else.
    -the voice acting can be laughable
    -some aggravating glitches prevented me from completing certain side quests.

    Anyways, I actually really really liked this game (I've already played it for 160 hours, and plan to play it more), there's just a few technical things that keep it from being one of my favorite of all time, though I completely understand why so many other people are in love with it.
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  6. Feb 22, 2018
    8
    There are many games that have become influenced by this incredible game and while i think this is a great game there are flaws to this gameThere are many games that have become influenced by this incredible game and while i think this is a great game there are flaws to this game like it can lag from time and the shading does not help the game in certain areas overall its a good game that you will probably enjoy Expand
  7. Sep 7, 2018
    0
    Bethesda is the worst game developer. None of the known bugs were fixed. But that was not enough for them and they added even more. Every 5Bethesda is the worst game developer. None of the known bugs were fixed. But that was not enough for them and they added even more. Every 5 minutes or even more often, you can hear audio noise. 60EUR for a broken game, that's so adorable. Expand

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