The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: Special Edition – Review

With the sheer praise and wide-spread recognition The Elder Scrolls series has gotten with their fifth entry Skyrim almost five years ago, it is no surprise that we see a re-release of this classic only five years later. With a figurative facelift, all DLCs and mods, this special edition could make an already great game even better.

Back then

Skyrim was probably one of my most hyped games ever, which is saying a lot as I generally try not to be too excited to get a chance of getting pleasantly surprised. Since I played and loved previous entries in the series, I came to expect a lot. However, The Elder Scrolls V pretty much met all those expectations, despite me setting the bar very high. And thus I sunk an exorbitant amount of time into the cold and desolate world. Even though the game has been out for almost five years, it still feels fresh to this day thanks to the more streamlined mechanics it introduced to the series. Don’t get me wrong, I love Oblivion and Morrowind as much as the next guy, but they are much rougher, especially on newcomers.


What’s new

The Special Edition comes with even more content than the original game – all three DLCs are included. In addition, the game looks better than ever with graphical upgrades all over, especially in regards of the lighting, which makes a game that would still hold up rather well  For all people who already own Skyrim, Bethesda has something in store for you. Mods are now supported on consoles, which adds a lot of replay value. Sadly, the same as Fallout 4, enabling mods prevents you from getting achievements or trophies, which is a real shame as there are many cosmetic-only modifications which have no influence on the gameplay. Regardless playing around with mods can result in even crazier moments than The Elder Scrolls games are already known for.


So deep

The thing I love most about Skyrim, or rather all Bethesda games, is how you get consumed by the lore. They just know how to deliver their worlds in such an unmatched way. As deep as the lore are Skyrim’s more streamlined skill mechanics, which introduced perks to the series and made it possible for almost any type of player to find their playstyle. The game felt faster and more action packed, yet Skyrim still very much goes by the tradition of a more traditional RPG and remains as such a worthy sequel to the long running Elder Scrolls series.


Passing with flying colours

Even though the original version still holds up exceptionally well, Skyrim: Special Edition offers an incomparable package with all DLCs, mods and graphical improvements. Pretty much everyone should own this game if they have any interest in RPGs or immersive fantasy worlds. So if you haven’t plunged in Bethesda’s immersive universe five years ago, now’s the time to do so.

What we liked:

  • Expositionless world-building
  • Deep mechanics
  • Great everything
  • Mods on consoles
  • Aged very well

What we didn’t like:

  • Mods disable achievements/trophies




This review was written using a Xbox One review code provided by ZeniMax. What was your favourite quest line in the initial release? Tell us in the comments, on Facebook, or on Twitter!

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