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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. Skyrim Special Edition also brings theSkyrim 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. Skyrim Special Edition also brings the full power of mods to the PC and Xbox One. New quests, environments, characters, dialogue, armor, weapons and more with Mods, there are no limits to what you can experience. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Dec 21, 2016
    90
    If you've never set foot in the world of Skyrim then now's the time to get your feet wet. Still one of the best RPGs to date and that's not just nostalgia talking.
  2. Nov 12, 2016
    90
    Fundamentally, stepping back into Skyrim is like revisiting one of your favorite places as a child. Everything is like you remembered it, except it's been redecorated and modernized.
  3. Nov 4, 2016
    85
    Skyrim Special Edition brings whatever you want in terms of duration and deeply enjoyable RPG experience, but it could be a much better remaster with more polish.
  4. Nov 9, 2016
    82
    A valid remaster job, with good visual improvements and tons of new contents due to the added mods support. Owners of the original game are a bit let down due to the lack of a savegame import feature and high price point, but it's definitely recommended to anyone who never played the game so far.
  5. Nov 8, 2016
    80
    The updated graphics may not feel truly current-gen to Xbox One and PS4 players, but the quality and originality of the game’s mechanics and setting are still a step above the competition.
  6. Nov 3, 2016
    80
    Xbox One owners will be super pleased –– thanks to Bethesda’s ongoing mod support since the release of Fallout 4, you’ll get access to over 200 mods at the time of writing. PS4 players aren’t so fortunate, and will likely be disappointed by the paltry number choose from –– Sony’s 1GB limit on mod files means that the mods themselves are limited to more cosmetic changes that don’t nearly explore the vast potential that a community driven bank of content provides.
  7. Dec 30, 2016
    55
    Sure, it’s still awesome in scope and there’s a ton of content in the package, but it only offers minimal visual improvements, dated gameplay, and inexplicable legacy bugs. Unless someone defines their RPG experience by sun rays and water effects, this reissue just doesn’t represent a notable improvement over the original. Still, for those who aren’t yet Dragonborn, this is the best way to become so.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 48
  2. Negative: 5 out of 48
  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. Jun 27, 2020
    10
    One of the better games I ever played. It is a must play to all fans of the RPG genre.
  3. Oct 28, 2016
    10
    This is the best "console" version of one of the greatest open world RPG's ever. What else needs to be said? It's an amazing game with anThis is the best "console" version of one of the greatest open world RPG's ever. What else needs to be said? It's an amazing game with an insane amount of content. And now console users are gaining access to mods as well. This is imo, an important step in console gaming. As a PC user I would like to apologize for all of the jaded "Supreme master race" PC users who are gonna talk crap. We've been playing modded Skyrim for years and while it's true that the Special Edition doesn't offer anything new to PC users, it's free for anyone who already owns the content included in this version of the game. So there is absolutely no reason for PC users to be spreading any negativity about this remaster. For console users this is an amazing value and certainly worth it. Expand
  4. Dec 6, 2016
    9
    This game may just basically be a re-skin of the original, but what were you expecting when you bought it? When I first popped this sucker inThis game may just basically be a re-skin of the original, but what were you expecting when you bought it? When I first popped this sucker in my Xbox I immediately noticed the cosmetic changes. Lighting dynamics and better textures, though relatively minor changes, impact the game more that I previously thought they would. I found myself immersed in the story and the lore yet again, and after lack of playing this title in a while it felt almost like the first time I had played the game. Many missions were lost in memory and it felt good to replay all the quest lines that made this game as fun as it was. Plus all of the original DLC come with the game pre-installed. I had never played the DLC so the game was enhanced even further. I recommend this game to anyone who adored the original and especially to those who have not experienced the downloadable content. Expand
  5. Jan 2, 2018
    8
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  6. Nov 14, 2016
    6
    *If you have not played Skyrim and have not purchased the game, this is a must buy! You have a chance to the play the masterpiece, with all*If you have not played Skyrim and have not purchased the game, this is a must buy! You have a chance to the play the masterpiece, with all the free DLC, and now, with mods! This review is merely for those of us who have already purchased the game and spend hundreds or even thousands of hours playing the previous game!*

    Skyrim is considered by many, myself included, to be one of the greatest games of all time! To this day, tens of thousands continue to play this immersive game. It's overflowing with content (some would consider this to be overwhelming; a negative in their eyes), dripping with atmosphere, and epic beyond proportion! This generation of gaming has seen many remakes of classic games, including the first two halo games, gears of war, recently Call of Duty Modern Warfare, Skyrim, and soon, Final Fantasy VII. Unfortunately, these remakes have been either a hit or a miss in the eyes of many gamers around the world. The changes that developers made to the games have split the community. Fortunately, Skyrim doesn't change much with its world beyond adding mods and upgrading the graphics, but that begs the question: Why release a game if you don't make any changes or take meaningful risks.

    The special edition includes all DLC and the content you know and love from the original game, the gameplay is as good as you remember, and while the graphical changes aren't immediately noticeable, you will find changes, as you wonder around the world of Tamriel, to the textures of the water, the mountains, and varying landscapes. The thing is, Bethesda didn't really need to upgrade anything because the game includes free mods that upgrade the graphics and textures to an unparalleled level! The issue is that when you play with mods, achievements are disabled, which makes sense, but is very annoying. I don't know anyone who bought this game and decided not to play with mods. I am already 30 hours in and I can't unlock a single achievement unless I disable my mods, which, sometimes can break the game.

    Now, the game runs smoothly on consoles, though not at the level of a PC platform. This is what those of us who played the 360 Skyrim in order to prepare for the special edition will immediately notice. However, one of the biggest complaints I, and many others have with this edition, is that Bethesda did not fix the bugs, glitches, and various problems with the previous game! (Skyrim is a masterpiece, but every game has its issues) Things like crashes, corrupted save files, locked camera angles (when you mine ore and the camera is stuck in place afterwards) have not been fixed!

    Here's the thing: Bethesda could have made Skyrim backwards compatible with the Xbox One WHILE also adding mods to the game and giving it a patch (which is what 343 did with Halo Reach), but instead they decided to rerelease it at a full price of $60 in order to make more money off of the gaming community. If you bought the game already, you are just rebuying it for mods. Don't get me wrong, it's great, and I would argue it's even better with the mods than ever! I will say that whenever I'm considering purchasing a game for consoles, Mods is now a MUST HAVE whenever I make a purchase!

    The Special Edition doesn't add anything new that justifies reselling the game at a full price, when they could have easily just update the 360 game with mods and made it backwards compatible on the 360.

    While I would say the Special Edition is a 9/10 on the PS4, the Xbox Version (And PC version) gets a 6/10 (Decent) not because it's a decent game because it's a masterpiece still, but because we already bought it for $60. We are spending another $60 for the same game with mods, which disables achievements. This game is merely an update for the game, which should have been free or at the most $10!

    I know the game has a ton of content that is worth more than the $60 we gave Bethesda, but we have all played the content before. Rebuying what you already is, in my opinion, moronic.

    However, if you are a die hard fan and want to experience the mods for yourself, I would recommend having some self control and waiting for the price to go down. I wouldn't be surprised if that happened soon.

    Here's the short version:

    - Gameplay: 7/10 Good (*9/10 on the original 360 game*)

    - Content: = 7/10 Good (Despite the fact that we all played through the game before, there is so much content in the game! I can't give it a lower score than a 7. *10/10 on the original 360 game.* )
    Price = 3/10 Bad (Bethesda is selling us the content we already own! Only with mods. *10/10 on the original 360 game*)

    - Graphics with mods (It depends on what mods you use, but the minimal score is a 7/10 and the maximum score is a 10/10! You can really turn this game into a visual masterpiece with specific mods!!!)

    - Graphics without mods = 6/10 Decent (There are upgrades, but nothing immediately noticeable. These graphics were impressive 5 years ago, but hold up. *9/10 on original 360 game*)
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  7. Feb 25, 2019
    0
    There was no reason to make this remaster, Skyrim is not that old and this remaster sucks, it doesn't really improve the game.

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