Skyrim Special Edition
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|Action Adventure Games, Action Games, Open World Games, Medieval Zombie Games, Elder Scrolls Series
It feels like no game has seen release on as many platforms as this universally heralded RPG. Perhaps it is because of that very reason - but Skyrim: Special Edition is actually trying to offer a bit more than a mere port to another console. Without much ado - this version is a remaster of the game for the then-current generation of consoles.
The special-edition offering includes all the extra DLC - and attempts to fix up some of the nuances that plagued earlier releases. From a player's point of view - the game offers more customizability options. That includes opening the hood up to the lucrative modding world. Yes, Skyrim: Special Edition is a re-release. But because of its acolytes - it falls short of feeling like a corporate milking.
As one of the most recommended games, perhaps of all time, you have probably played it. If you haven't, you probably at least understand what Skyrim and Elder Scrolls are all about. If none of this makes sense to you as a self-proclaimed gamer - I suggest you take your head out the rock it's under and play this game immediately.
Here we'll focus on not Skyrim - but what Skyrim: Special Edition offers in contrast to its original. The bottom line is not much - other than a more fluid experience for new players and those who fell in love with the game. There are some graphical improvements to 64-bit colors, models look sharper, and the land itself feels more realistic.
Those who have spent thousands of hours on the game and understand every minor blemish will enjoy the fact that developers have responded to their outcries. Trivial annoyances and nuances have been fixed in favor of offering more on top of the game. Some will feel it is just a better-looking repeat of Skyrim. Others will revel in its fluidity. Especially the modding community.
Older mods may no longer work - but developers have set the groundwork for better, future mods. Many enthusiasts have already gotten to work in recreating the entirety of Tamriel - with a 20-hour long 'expansion' named Beyond Skyrim: Bruma already released to a player recommendation. But apart from the above feats - not much has changed in the Northern Province. Just a bit of touch and repair here and there.
A Special Edition for a Special Game
There's no denying Skyrim is a magnificent game. The offering has seen universal acclaim for critics, with consistent ranking as one of the best games of all time. Skyrim: Special Edition feels like a developer's response to what players complained about on forums and social media. Not really much more than that.
It's hard to say that it's not worth getting - as those who already owned Skyrim got this game for free. If you are new to Skyrim - you'll likely be directed towards this edition - and yes, it's better than its original release. Comparatively to other RPG special editions like Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning - there are barely noticeable differences. But this improves on an already near-perfect game - and it's there for the taking.
- Facilitates a path for amazing mods for Skyrim
- Improves fine details on a magnificent game
- Adapted to the current generation of consoles
- Not much difference over the original besides tune-ups
- Older mods may not work with Skyrim: Special Edition