Well doesn’t this bring back hundreds of hours of memories when I had a 360. The Elder Scrolls series is perhaps one of the main forerunners for the RPG games we have today. This series has literally changed the way we perceive RPG’s and even the way we play them; I can’t even begin to list the amount of hours I put into this title, let alone the series itself. So when I heard that The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was being ported and remastered for the Xbox One, I just had to get it. But was it worth it?
For all of you Elder Scrolls fans you know that you start out in jail, no matter what. From the first title to even The Elder Scrolls Online, you always start in jail for some reason or another. However you are immediately looped into some destiny woven quest to save the world while tackling the various side quests, building your character up and (for me at least) joining a guild or two to get that full Elder Scrolls experience. Well with Skyrim, it’s no different, especially now that this title is on the Xbox One.
However I will admit: I’m disappointed. What does it actually mean when a game is ‘remastered’? Tweaking a few bugs and alerting the graphics in just the slightest way? Unless it is meant for a 4K television, the game looks nothing like it does when advertised; there’s no remastering here! The game, given some slight graphics tweaking, looks almost the same as it did for the Xbox 360; and to top it off there are bugs in the remastered version! How does Bethesda (the creators of The Elder Scrolls) let this happen? Yes, the game as a whole is a fun experience and I will continue to play it, mainly for the mods. Which in this case is the saving grace for this so called ‘remastered version’; modders these days are the true unsung heroes for video games, especially now that you can use mods on the Xbox One console and (very soon finally) for the Playstation 4. Thanks to mods, which are already out for the remastered edition of Skyrim, the game truly has almost a very different feel that it did originally; and to top it off modders have already came out with patches for the console version and graphics upgrades, which have (for me at least) drastically improved the gameplay and the look of the game.
If you’re a die hard Elder Scrolls fan like me go ahead and pick up the remastered version of Skyrim; the mods do help tremendously and one can only tell what other type of mods will come out in the future for this remastered title. Normally, with what I have played so far, I would give this game a horrible rating due to there being little to no change in this remastered version of Skyrim, however the game itself is still epic and now will be even more of an experience with mods being available.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Special Edition is out now for the Xbox One, Playstation 4 and Windows.