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This review is from: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Legendary Edition - PC (Video Game)
No one can deny the commercial power of The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim and that is indisputable.

Few video games achieve popularity by selling well over 20 million copies (not counting direct STEAM sales) and counting.
What is even more impressive is that Skyrim is a CRPG, not exactly game publishers' preferred genre of choice for their ever present commercial thirst. Only an entry from Call of Duty or Grand Theft Auto cross the 10 million barrier with consistency and ease. But The Elder Scrolls series beats them all in gamers' loyalty; the recent research indicates that TES has the greatest franchise engagement over any other popular video game franchise including CoD and GTA.

No one can deny the incomprehensible popularity of The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim and that also is indisputable.

YouTube has been littered with Skyrim related videos and Skyrim became cultural phenomenon creating numerous memes and jokes both famous or infamous (depending on how much you love or hate Skyrim). It also induced so many musical and other artistic tributes including angelic and otherworldly cover songs by Malukah and the violin cover by Linsey Stirling.

Skyrim also garnered unamimous critical praises and countless Game of the Year awards including Game Developers Choice Award, Spike and GamesMaster Golden Joystick Awards. You know how many popular video game claim to be the game of the year on the front cover, right? In case of Skyrim, it is absolutely true; literally hundreds.

What is disputable is whether Skyrim really deserves all that success and accolades.

The majority of the people like the game, some people love the game like no other games, some people hate the game with passion. Some people like the game but prefer Morrowind or Oblivion, other entries of the famed TES series.

No video game ever is perfect and will ever be. Skyrim also has its shares of bugs and shortcomings.

If you already hate Skyrim or Bethesda with passion, nothing will change your mind.

If you already like Skyrim, I will be preaching to the choir.

But if you somehow never play Skyrim, consider these facts.

The absolute majority of video game last anywhere between 5 hours (trust me, there are quite a lot of them out there) to 12 hours, averaging 8 hours to 10 hours for single player portion. Skyrim will last bare minimum 100 hours spanning over 16 square miles of massive open world map, not counting indoor areas, dungeons and underground environments. The new Legendary Edition comes fully patched with the latest offcial patch It also comes with 3 official DLCs; Dawnguard, Hearthfire and Dragonborn, all on the disc, expanding the already massive game even further.

Skyrim offers almost 400 unique individual quests and the infinite amount of fetch quests in the form of Radiant Quest.
It offers hundreds of locations including cities, villages, dungeons, forts, ruins and other points of interest.
It also offers hundreds of non-unique quests, interaction with other NPCs and environments and other things to do.

You literally can go anywhere anytime and do anything in any order in anyway you like, jam-packed with endless things to do.
And I'm not talking about mindless mayhem spree like GTA clones when I talk about contents and freedom.

I spent well over 300 hours playing the vanila Skyrim in my first playthrough.
I also spent 50 hours on Dawnguard, 5 hours on Hearthfire and another 50 hours on Dragonborn.
That is total 405 hours or more hours (all according to the in-game save files) for a single video game.

I also spent another 100 plus hours playing for the second time trying different user created mods, thanks to the Creation Kit;
Bethesda's own construction set and Skyrim Nexus site.

Does any other single player video game offer this much sheer amount of gameplay contents all for yourself without ever tying to the Internet connection, and all for mere sixty bucks? I dare you to come out with an answer.

There are reasons Skyrim became so successful both commercially and artistically.

The incredible freedom and detailed gameworld are the main attraction of Skyrim and The Elder Scrolls series in general.

The console versions are exactly identical with the PC version, minus the obvious graphical and performance Prowess of the PC version, howerver, there's one extra incentive that the PC version has over the rest; enter Creation Kit.

TES community has arguably the largest and the most active modding community for PC game, since the days of Morrowind and through the days of Oblivion, coming out with contents by the talented modders from all over the world on a daily basis thanks to the powerful construction set released free for the public, the same tool used by the developers to create the game. For the game that literally never ends, Creation Kit extends the life of the game to almost an immortal status. No other game has several channels on YouTube devoted strictly for mods updates and reviews like Skyrim does.

There are games that do action better than Skyrim. There are certainly games that do story-telling better than Skyrim.

But whatever the shortcoming one might find with Skyrim, Skyrim is so much larger than the sum of its parts that comes as complete whole to achieve its greatness. The sheer amount of contents and freedom Skyrim offers will not be easily matched by any other games outside The Elder Scrolls series and Fallout franchise anytime soon, and that also is indispubable.

This new edition is great for people who never played Skyrim or people who played Skyrim but never played the DLCs.
Dawnguard costed $20, Hearthfire costed &5 and Dragonborn costed $20 when first released, so this still is an attractive option if you never played three official DLCs. The latest and most likely the final official patch encompasses all the accumulative patches including mount combat, killcam for range and magic attack, legendary skills that removes the level cap and legendary difficulty mode. And of course three official DLCs add tons of new NPCs, new weapons and armors, new items, new skills and skill trees, new shouts, new areas to explore, lands to buy, house to build, children to adopt and your own family to raise. They expand and complete Skyrim like you've never seen.

There's really no shame in playing Skyrim on consoles at all, but if you want to expand the horizon of what Bethesda has already offered you, you should definitely try the PC version, if not for anything else but the possibility to play both Oblivion and Morrowind in Skyrim engine to go back to the world of Cyrodiil and Vvardenfell (morrobliviondotcom).


If you also have Oblivion GotY and Morrowind GotY along with Skyrim Legendary Edition, you just absolutely and positively have to visit Enderal mod at moddbdotcom, Nehrim mod at moddbdotcom, morrobliviondotcom and skyrimdotnexusmodsdotcom.
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Initial post: Jun 4, 2013, 5:49:55 PM PDT
Steve says:
Will the Amazon version sink up with Steam Workshop for the mods from Steam?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2013, 7:51:55 PM PDT
NeoTristan says:
Skyrim requires one time activation via STEAM, whether you have the retail disc, direct download from STEAM or from any other download service including Amazon. Therefore you will be able to sink up with STEAM Workshop.

Posted on Jul 2, 2013, 11:01:38 PM PDT
Ellen Ripley says:
If I choose to purchase Skyrim and the DLC separately will I still get the things referred to in the Legendary like you said "patch encompasses all the accumulative patches including mount combat, killcam for range and magic attack, legendary skills that removes the level cap and legendary difficulty mode."?? TIA

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 4, 2013, 7:16:22 AM PDT
NeoTristan says:
You can download patch for Skyrim via STEAM and the patch is of course free if you've already purchased the original Skyrim. Mount combat, killcam for range and magic attack, legendary skills that removes the level cap and legendary difficulty mode are included in the patch. You need add-ons to get the additional features that are not included in the patches such as vampire lord, new crafting, house-building, adaption, spear, etc.

I would just purchase the legendary edition instead of getting Skyrim and three add-ons seperately.

Posted on Nov 26, 2013, 8:38:38 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 25, 2013, 5:56:52 PM PST
NeoTristan says:
I was wrong.

It's not 15 million.

It's 20 million.

"Skyrim earned hundreds of `Game of the Year' awards and has sold over 20 million copies."

Over 15 million retail hard copies sold (not counting direct online download)

Notable GotY awards won by Skyrim among well over 200 GotY titles in 2011 include Spike VGA Award, Interactive Achievement Award and Developers Choice Award.

Greatest game series of the decade

Game of the generation by Amazon UK

Greatest franchise engagement

Where is an exaggeration?
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