Developed by: Bethesda Game Studios
Release Date: October 28, 2016
Skyrim was yet another jaw-dropping title in the epic open world RPG genre. Featured as the fifth title in The Elder Scrolls series it is set in the fictional land of Skyrim, the oldest inhabited land in all of Tamriel.
Set in a medieval setting, Skyrim features everything from quaint streams and peaceful forests to ancient tombs and dragons. It plunges the character head on into a world fraught with civil war between the Imperials and the Storm Cloaks. While in free-roam, players can expect to see camps of both the factions hidden away in the forests. But that is not all.
Dragons. That’s right Dragons are the third faction to be introduced and the focus of the main storyline. One can expect to randomly encounter fire dragons and if you are lucky … you may see Alduin actually raising dragons from the dead.
The game also featured an immaculate attention to detail. One could actually see steam when a fireball spell was casted on a river. The developers even took the pain to develop a whole new dragon language which sounds too cool.
All in all the game was a wholesome experience as it featured many different quest lines apart from the main storyline. One could develop their own character and become anything from a legionnaire in the imperial legion to an assassin working from the dark brotherhood.
But to make it even more awesome, Bethesda has decided to release a remastered version of the already epic title. Confirmed during E3 2016, Skyrim is going to be released for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.
Console players would benefit most from this Special Edition by getting a taste of what used to be exclusive to PC players.
Inspired by the success of mods in Fallout 4, Bethesda has decided to include mods for the console version of Skyrim also. This coupled with the various DLCs which would be available with the game make it a more wholesome experience. Now console gamers can enjoy everything from adoptable children to lightsabers.
Along with this various textures and visuals, other effects have also been added like:
The PC version had mod support from the very beginning, other added features include:-
64 bit support which boosts performance by accessing more RAM than the original 32 bit edition.
All previous mods are supported.
Save-games can be imported from the earlier game.
The DLC includes a whole separate storyline in which the Volkihar clan of vampires try to obfuscate the sun. Featuring 23 new locations included in and out of Skyrim including two whole new areas - Soul Cairn and The Forgotten Vale. This DLC also features whole perk trees for both Vampirism and Lycanthropy.
This DLC allows us to build our home from the ground up using new crafting materials introduced in the DLC. After construction we can marry women and adopt children to make the house livelier, not to mention the whole host of bards and stewards and carriage drivers and servants which can be hired to make it more homely and comfortable. Sweet!
The mythical island of Solstheim is added in this third DLC which is more like an expansion pack. As if killing dragons and absorbing their soul was not enough, now we can tame them and ride ‘em. Naturally, new armor pieces, side quests, dragon quests and a plethora of new dragon shouts were added.
Mods can be accessed via an in game menu for the console players and an in-game mod creation kit is supported.
This fulfilling game is given a price tag of $49.99/$59.99. Select PC users who own the Legendary Edition on Steam or own the Game with all its DLCs would get this Remastered Edition for free.
This game can give you hours of fun. It has a life of its own and a certain enigmatic feeling that hooks your mind from the very start. Now we can push giants over the edges of mountains and slay dragons terrorizing the various villages - all in High Definition.
Verdict: Must buy.
Reviewed by: Siddhant Dash