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Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition Xbox One Review (Page 4)

By Derek Strickland from Nov 13, 2016 @ 13:32 CST
TweakTown Rating: 88%Developer and/or Publisher: Bethesda
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Skyrim: Special Edition is a yet another achievement in the landmark Elder Scrolls series. Bethesda has paved the way to a new kind of experience, one that's not limited by the pre-defined core mechanics of its RPGs: instead, the studio has given gamers and modders a blank canvas to mold over time, crafting unique and ever-expanding content that will keep the game alive for many years to come.

Even on last-gen consoles that utilize outdated hardware, Skyrim: SE looks and plays fantastically. The visuals and environmental effects add a tremendous new layer of immersion to the game, making the regions feel more realistic than ever. With the addition of mods you can easily lose yourself in blinding blizzards, and potentially freeze to death out in the wilderlands. With mods, you can be anyone and do anything, and that's the freedom that the Elder Scrolls series has always exemplified.

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All in all, this remaster is absolutely worth buying if you own a console, even if you've played the game already. Now I wouldn't buy it for consoles if you previously played it on PC with mods, as the experience won't be as deep and immersive, but the console modding scene will only grow with time.

By opening up the portal to mods, Bethesda has ensured Skyrim will be the game that keeps on giving--the high fantasy experience that doesn't end until you want it to.

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What's Hot

  • Impressive visuals
  • Immersive atmospheric effects, like godrays and fog
  • Mod support adds incredible replay value
  • Consistent FPS throughout
  • All DLC in one package
  • Feels and looks new regardless that it's a 5 year old game

What's Not

  • It's still Skyrim, so expect glitches and bugs
  • Weird horizontal lines
  • Textures look awkward at far distances
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TweakTown award
Performance85%
Graphics and Visuals85%
Fun Factor85%
Mod support and Functionality90%
Value for Money95%
Overall TweakTown Rating88%

The Bottom Line: Console mods and impressive visuals breathe new life in Bethesda's epic RPG classic, offering staggering replay value and a new dimension of freedom never before realized in the console world.

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