By Kylie Potter
On October 28, 2016, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition was released for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. It is a “remastered” version of the original Skyrim game that was released back in 2011 for Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and PC. The remastered version includes better water shaders, completely overhauled lighting, volumetric god rays, a new depth of field, all three DLCs, and, the most important aspect for console players: mods.
Bethesda Softworks has had major success with their games in the past, including other games in the Elder Scrolls series, such as The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, as well as their other game series, Fallout. Players were greatly hoping that The Elder Scrolls VI would be announced at the E3 conference this year, but instead, Bethesda Softworks announced the remastered Skyrim.
Once console gamers saw that this new version of their favorite game would be released along with mods, they were impatient to get their hands on it. However, for PS4 players, the wait for mods was a roller-coaster of emotions. Sony came out with a statement a few months before the release of Skyrim, stating that they would not offer mod support. For many players, this defeated the purpose of buying the game.
Due to the uproar that Sony caused by stating that they would not support mods, they released a new statement a few weeks later, stating that they would support mods, but they would be more limited than the mods on Xbox One and PC. The limits included: no new scripts, weapons, or armor. All mods had to use the original game scripts and creation kit to be playable on the PS4. Although it was not what players were hoping for, they were more content than if there had been no mods at all.
PC gamers were given a special offer upon the release of Skyrim Special Edition: they would receive the game for free if they owned the original version along with all three DLCs already downloaded on their computer. Since PC gamers were able to mod Skyrim before the special edition was even announced, they had no initiative to buy the game, which explains why they were given it for free.
Now that Skyrim has been released for over a month, gamers have had the time to thoroughly get a feel of the game and form their opinion on whether or not it was worth the buy. “Skyrim was already a fantastic game when it first came out, save for a few bugs, glitches and lags due to the size of the game. The Remastered version gets rid of those bugs and creates a smooth game that retains the same story and gameplay that so many fans fell in love with,” says Hammond junior Rachel Wattanarungsikajorn, who preordered the game and received it upon its release date.
Overall, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition has gotten great reviews, and has put Skyrim back into the spotlight that it held back in 2011 when it was first released. Avid players of the Elder Scrolls series are able to enjoy the game all over again until they are able to get their hands on The Elder Scrolls VI, which has yet to be announced.