What was easily one of the best games to be released on last-generation systems, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, is still an incredible game, even five years later. No, this isn’t the most beautiful remaster in the world, but that isn’t why you’ll be picking up the game on PS4, Xbox One or PC. You’ll be picking it up because The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition is still one of the best open-world games period.

What a joy it is to step back into the world of Skyrim. A vast, diverse landscape encompasses the events that unfold before the player. Gamers take on countless missions, small and large, in order to create their own story. Customizing the experience to yourself is what The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition is about.

Skyrim enables gamers to customize their character to great depths. You can choose what abilities or perks your character needs. Looks are changeable as you can decide what your character looks like as well. Inventory is another huge element, as you’ll need to decide what to carry and what not to carry.

Everything you love about The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is back in the game’s remaster. If you haven’t played the game yet, why not? You should probably go pick it up now so you can appreciate what a great open-world game is like.

I could go on for days about why The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is a great game, but you’re here to learn about what makes the remaster worth picking up. For starters, the short answer is mods.

A remastered look at the world of Skyrim (Courtesy of Bethesda Softworks).
A remastered look at the world of Skyrim (Courtesy of Bethesda Softworks).

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition allows gamers on PS4 and Xbox One to bring mods into the fold. PC gamers can already do that. Skyrim mods are what inspired a wave of weekly internet shows and webcasts dedicated to the amazing things people were cooking up.

Xbox One gamers can enjoy the amazing mod called The Forgotten City. This mod provides gamers with eight hours of new gameplay. What’s more is the gameplay is excellent and you only need to be a level five to gain access to it. The Forgotten City is a fabulous DLC in and of itself, and it’s free.

For PS4 gamers who like a challenge, the hardcore difficulty mode is at your disposal. Gamers can play the difficulty and experience mortal wounds. In other words, battles are short and quick if you fight effectively or sloppily. You need to have a sound strategy in combat and this is one of the things that makes the mod excellent.

If you didn’t know, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition has some of the most obnoxious animals around. As a result, modders came up with the brilliant Less Aggressive Animals mod. This basically takes the zippity out of the most annoying animal’s doo dah. Peace and quiet has come at least, well, when it comes to loud animal noises at least.

You’ll need to be mindful of the 1GB storage limit on PS4 when it comes to adding in mods. Each of these will vary in size, so you’ll have to be careful with how much space each takes up. I would expect the maximum space to be increased by Bethesda at some point in the future.

A look at the stunning nature found all over Skyrim (Courtesy of Bethesda Softworks).
A look at the stunning nature found all over Skyrim (Courtesy of Bethesda Softworks).

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition is not the best looking remaster of all time, but it doesn’t have to be. The experience transcends the superficial assumption many have when it comes to an older game being brought over to current-generation platforms.

That said, textures have been greatly improved, as has the overall resolution. Frame rate is also more stable than before. Skyrim is still one of the most beautiful, captivating and yes, immersive worlds of all time. AI behavior, both human and animal, all help create a wondrous feeling as you bound from mission-to-mission.

If you have played The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim before then this is more of the same, which isn’t a bad thing. Mods help embellish the experience and give you a new lens to see it through. As mentioned previously, visuals have been improved from the original game.

For people who have yet to play Skyrim, this is an absolute must buy. With all of the DLC that is packed in this experience, plus the in-game improvements and added features, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition is a deal worth investing in. Stick around here at We Write Things for more on video games. Bethesda Softworks provided We Write Things a PS4 code of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition for the purposes of this review. 

About Steve Ruygrok

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