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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition





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.

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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 full power of PC mods to consoles. New quests, environments, characters, dialogue, armor, weapons and more - with Mods, there are no limits to what you can experience. 

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Who doesn’t want to take another tour through the grand world of Skyrim, you are Dovahkiin, a dragonborn! Shout your way past enemies and customize your own character to explore a vast open-world brimming with life. Since its release in 2011, I’ve spent hundreds of hours in Skyrim. The Special Edition is the perfect reason to dive back into a game that we all love and adore. The Elder Scrolls series set the barometer for how we judge open worlds today.

With vast cities to explore, and including all of Skyrim’s DLC, there’s also a whole host of mods available for the game through Steam Workshop, expanding the possibilities for this game even more! Why not take a dive back into Skyrim and discover something you’ve never seen before? Even after hundreds of hours in the game, I know that I’ve not discovered everything, and the prospect of this edition just makes me want to dive right back in!

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Bethesda Softworks®
Bethesda Game Studios®
Bethesda Softworks®
Friday, October 28, 2016
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Minimum Requirements
  • OS: Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit Version) 
  • Processor: Intel i5-750/AMD Phenom II X4-945 
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM 
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 470 1GB /AMD HD 7870 2GB 
  • Storage: 12 GB available space
Recommended Requirements
  • OS: Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit Version) 
  • Processor: Intel i5-2400/AMD FX-8320 
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM 
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 780 3GB /AMD R9 290 4GB 
  • Storage: 12 GB available space

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Reviews for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition

Great game with large map

Nice game, have about 300 hours logged on steam with this game. Probably not been on half of the map yet. A lot of side-quests to do, and when you are travelling to one of them you most likely will find something on the way to distract you. Such as finding a cave to explore, and at the end of the cave there is a giant spider that kills you. So you have to return to the same cave five times before you beat it and reap the rewards. I would recommend this game to everyone unless you are only into solitaire - then this game is not for you.

Love this game soo much

Best game I ever bought. In this game, you'll be sent back to the times where people fought with swords and bows. A brilliant setting, if you ask me. The game lets you do whatever you want. You can customize your character to your own style, own personal favorite race, and you'll be able to fight any style you want. Do you want to play the sneaky Elf archer, with the bow? No problem. Do you want to play the sneaky Kahjiit thief, with the daggers? No problem! Do you dislike weapons and love to use magic? No problem, there's even lots of different spells, either Destruction or Illusion, maybe Necromancy is more your style? Being a healer is no problem either! You can make your own weapons by Smithing, you can make your own potions by gathering ingredients and mixing them into a potion with Alchemy, you can upgrade your weapons by using Enchanting, there's so much to do! Want to settle down after some adventures? Get to a town and drink mead at the inn, or purchase a house or a piece of land to build a house, with self-found materials, or maybe bought materials? Whatever you want. There are so many different playtroughs, so much quests to play, heck, I've played this over 275 hours and I still haven't completed all the quests! I completely recommend this game. I bought it at the release date, 11-11-11 and I'm still not done with it. Did I mention the Steam Workshop? Millions of mods to download, without any fee! Enjoy!

Special Edition brings many great changes

This review is specifically for the PC version of this game. In terms of the overall game, it is exactly the same as the original Skyrim but with numerous fixes here and there and also the promised improved graphics. Somethings I like to point out for the PC version of the game is that there are major improvements made to the engine. First of all, the game now runs on 64bit. It is going to provide a less crashy game in general and improve stability in modding. Framerate consistency has also been improved in areas where GPU utilization drops below 50%. If you were running the game with an average of 100-50 before, now it should run in the 100-80. One of the biggest annoyance from the original version is Z-fighting, the flickering in the background mountains when you move your character. I am happy to report that this problem is entirely gone. In terms of the graphics improvements, it is nothing "special" as PC gamers are already familiar with graphics modding. Textures are still pretty bland but there are added draw distances, ambient occlusions, and special lightings. Aside from those improvements, I have two issues with the game. One problem is there are not many mods converted to this game yet, but in the future, the library will probably grow. Speaking of mods, the biggest issue I have with this game is the lack of multi-GPU support. It might not be a problem for those who only have one graphics card in their system but if you want to mod with ENB and etc, you will need all the extra horsepower you can get. To sum it up, if you don't care about modding, this game is right for you. If you want to experience Skyrim in its modded glory, you might want to pick up the Legendary Edition instead. Or just get whichever one is cheaper.

Great Remaster!

It's great to dive into Elder Scrolls again. Most of the enhancements here are subtle. There's better lighting and textures. Water effects have been much improved. The world is as huge and beautiful as it was the first time around. Most of the major mods have been ported over so you can jump right back in. Gameplay is identical , for better or for worse.

Still one of the best

Skyrim is a classic, there's no denying that. The content it has in it is staggering, plus if you use the dollar to playtime formula on it, my copy cost cents per day! So, how about the special edition? Well, it's still worth the price for sure. The game looks a lot better, but the real changes that makes it better then the original are more subtle, yet important. Have you ever played a Bethesda game, where you bought the game of the year edition, and started it up with all the dlc, with no prior experience of the game? It can be a tense experience, but here, they made it manageable.

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