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- Winner of more than 200 Game of the Year Awards, Skyrim Special Edition brings the epic fantasy to life in stunning detail.
- The Special Edition includes the critically acclaimed game and add-ons with all-new features.
- All-new features include remastered art and effects, volumetric god rays, dynamic depth of field, screen-space reflections, and more.
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Winner of more than 200 Game of the Year Awards, Skyrim Special Edition brings the epic fantasy to life in stunning detail. The Special Edition includes the critically acclaimed 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 power of mods to the PC, Xbox One and Playstation 4.
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Story: It's well known that Skyrim does not have an engrossing story like other games of its genre such as the Witcher 3. However, the reason for this is that the nonlinearity of Skyrim's storyline means that an engrossing and detailed story is impossible. In this world, you really can be whomever you want to. An example of this is when you first encounter the Dark Brotherhood, a guild of assassins. You can join them if you like, which pretty much everyone does, or kill their leader, report to the imperial general, and infiltrate their lair and kill every Dark Brotherhood member. The fact that the developers put this alternate mission into the game despite knowing that virtually nobody would actually play it tells you all you need to know about the people making this game. While the story isn't deep, it certainly is engrossing. It is as long as you want it to be with a seemingly infinite amount of side quests and activities.
Skills: Since it is a game built to be different for each person, you can play the game in any way you want. There are many skills to hone: smithing exotic weapons, enchanting them with souls, brewing deadly poisons, picking any lock, sneaking, pickpocketing, archery, destruction magic, restoration magic, light and heavy armors, one and two handed weapons, and the art of speech are all skills with their own perks. While the prospect of learning the benefits of so many different skills and which ones to invest in may seem daunting, the game eases you into it perfectly and doesn't tell you to pick a class and commit to it throughout the game. I tried playing as a mage, heavy warrior, light warrior, and eventually settled on an archer. I have even heard of some people playing as pacifists. The game lets you pick your own fighting style and never punishes you for changing it.
World: The world of Skyrim is vast and beautiful. With over 300 separate locations in Skyrim and the vast Island of Solsthiem to the north, you can spend hours just exploring the land on horseback. I know I did. There are also many dungeons to explore, each one unique and filled with treasure. There are literally hundreds of special weapons and artifacts to find and collect and craft. The world of this game is truly immersive, with breathtaking landscapes and a plethora of different enemies to kill. Be warned: once you enter Skyrim, you may find it hard to leave.
I could go on for pages about this game and I'm sure I left something out. But basically, Skyrim is more than just a game: it is a feat. It is the yardstick by which I measure all other RPG games I play. It is one of those games that will be remembered 50 years from now and will still feature on top 10 lists. Yes. it's that good.
For those interested, here are some of things that stick out to me after about 10 hours of play.
1 - The graphics are superb. It looks better than the PC version with the high resolution texture packs. The god rays, enhanced trees and vegetation, ambient fog and rain make Skyrim an even more beautiful place to inhabit. It really is a stunningly beautiful world.
2 - Enhanced ambient audio. The world really comes alive, especially at night, with the additional sound effects like wind and insects.
3 - The character models are still pretty bad. It's neither here nor there, but with all the time they spent on the world, some better-looking NPCs would have been nice.
4 - The skybox is gorgeous, both during day and night.
5 - The load times are greatly improved. PS3 load times were unbearable. PS4 load times are comparable with PC - almost instantaneous.
The gameplay is essentially unchanged. Armed combat is still a bit clunky. NPCs still do wacky things (though admittedly this is part of the charm). Followers still get lost and still block the only door when you're trying to get out of a dungeon.
In short, it's the same game with a new coat of paint, but it's a great coat of paint. It would have been great, I think, to add some new things to this "Enhanced Edition" - maybe some new spells, a new quest line or side story...something. It's a bummer there's no real new content, but it is what it is.
If you've never experienced Skyrim before, this is the edition to get. So buy it, place a large stack of food next to your couch, relax and enjoy this wonderful world.
***UPDATE*** I'm now about 40 hours into and I've experienced one busted quest, and it's an important one. The Forbidden Legend quest, which is notoriously bugged going back to the original, is bugged here. I've collected all the parts of the Gauldur Amulet, but it didn't trigger the remainder of the quest. The Gauldur Amulet is an important and effective piece of apparel to improve your magicka, health and stamina. I cannot forge it. Disappointing.
***UPDATE 11/8*** 60+ hours in and I haven't even started the Dawnguard DLC, the Dark Brotherhood, or Civil War quests. Still haven't sided with Imperials or Stormcloaks. Haven't worked on the Blades quest. Only done two Thieves Guild Quests and only discovered about 40% of the map. Outside of the one busted quest, no other issues. It's still gorgeous and beautiful, and most importantly, FUN!
**UPDATE 11/10** - I've experienced two crashes. Frustrating, but it happens. I'm also experiencing occasional audio drop outs in mountainous areas like Dawnstar and the Aldmeri Domain. Very weird.
**UPDATE 11/17** - This will be my last update. A few days ago I started having serious problems with the game. It was crashing about every 10 minutes. It didn't start happening until I hit level 30 and seemed to coincide with the Boethia's Calling quest (which never worked for me on the PS3 or PC version). I was about to come and reduce the number of stars I gave the game, but the recent patch 1.04 seems to have cleared up the problem. I played for a few hours last night without any issues. So, my friends, keep enjoying the game and remember: Skyrim belongs to the Nords!