Ever since Skyrim was released, the RPG genre had to up its standards. What Skyrim did for gaming is comparable to what electric cars did to the automotive industry. It was innovative, had a great storyline, great gameplay, and amazing graphics. Players have been craving for games like Skyrim, but developers have not been very keen on making another blockbuster. What gamers ended up getting is a remastered version of Skyrim. Named The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition, the game does not bring much new. It is just more Skyrim but with an up to date polish.
The PC version of Skyrim Special edition now is a remastered version which means the vast majority of work was done on graphics and textures for players using gaming monitors for better experience. With a new look, the game still holds its ground when put side by side to modern RPGs and we are talking about Skyrim, a game that was released almost 6 years ago.
Game mechanics have not been changed which to a certain degree is a good thing as there was so much to love about the original version of Skyrim. There was no need to add new content to the Special Edition.
The biggest change is done to the graphics of the game. Particle density has been increased which creates gorgeous landscapes. Snowstorms look amazing; the sky is more realistically animated, textures have higher resolutions and lighting is significantly improved. There are plenty of small things that add to the overall visuals. Some objects were completely redesigned or have new textures. For NPCs animations were improved. All these improvements have been achieved before but trough mods made by the community. The problem was that they had a big performance impact. With the new Skyrim Special Edition, performance is significantly improved. Framerates are much smoother.
Another major plus is the support for mods. The Special Edition offers the same support for mods, but with the improved graphics, there is less need to focus on the game visuals when developing a mod. This frees up more time for modders to just be creative.
Despite having many years of learning between the original release and the Special Edition, Bethesda did not pay too much attention to fans. Things that players hated like the menu or sword fighting mechanics have not been changed.
Concerning consistency, the graphics of the visual upgrades are not as stunning as they should be in every single zone or area. For example, outdoor zones look gorgeous. Dungeons, on the other hand, seem to be less polished.
One of the saddest things about the Special Edition is that some mods offer better graphics. There are plenty of examples to mention, but this is not all. There are even mods for the original game that improves the UI. Bethesda could have benefited a lot by looking at popular mods and adopting some of the changes into the Special Edition.
Last but not least, the PC version of the Special Edition was cluttered with bugs when it was initially released. Some were patched, but there are still some minor bugs that occur more often than they should like NPCs walking through objects.
Yay or Nay
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition for PC is not a game for everyone. It is worthy of purchase for the purists; the ones that loved the original and want a genuine experience that is up to date and without having to use any mods. The Special Edition does prove that if the game would have been released today with improved graphics, it would have scored quite high. It is not a dated game in any shape of form, but there is a bit of competition. We have a few games like Skyrim that offer a similar experience but without copying what Bethesda has done.
For the ones that never played the original, this is the version to try. It is fresh, fun to play, has a great storyline and game mechanics are challenging bun fun. It we were to ignore the clunky menu, annoying save system or the not so perfect sword fighting system, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition is worthy of spending money and time on.
The last category of players might want to stay away from this title. We are talking about players that enjoyed the original, invested many hours into it and hoped that the Special Edition would bring something new. This is not the game for them. Skyrim Special Edition is basically more of the same Skyrim but up to date in terms of graphics.