Since debuting in 2011, Bethesda’s epic RPG The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has hit pretty much every modern gaming platform. It has become a bit of a running joke in a way, but given the sheer impact that the game had, it’s no surprise that the publisher wanted to make the most of it. Now, to mark the ten-year anniversary of the game, it’s made its way to the PlayStation 5, bringing with it a sleuth of improvements as well as all previously released Creation Club content.
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Look, we’ve already reviewed The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on this site twice already, so I’m not going to go through the ins-and-outs of every aspect of its narrative and gameplay (you can check out our review of the Xbox One release here and of the PlayStation VR release here). I will say that we’re all big fans of the game though and it’s safe to say that it has also stood the test of time. It’s still epic to explore the beautiful land of Skyrim, unleash powers by using different battle cries, complete a myriad of side quests (got to love the Dark Brotherhood questline), take down all sorts of creatures including trolls and dragons, and simply become the greatest warrior of all.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is an all-time classic and nothing will change that. Sure, there are some aspects of its gameplay that can feel a little simple these days and no amount of fancy enhancements will change the fact that it looks like a ten-year-old game, but it’s still as engrossing to play now as it was back when it first released.
“Even those who have spent hundred of hours with The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim in the past will find plenty of new things to get stuck into here, with nothing feeling like it’s tacked on for the sake of it.”
With this new anniversary release, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is packed to the brim with more content than ever before. This includes the three official expansion packs (Dawnguard, Hearthfire and Dragonborn), all of the previously released Creation Club content (including the Survival mode, countless new quests, and plenty of cool pieces of equipment), brand new questlines that tie into previous releases Morrowind and Oblivion, and all-new fishing and farming mini-games.
Even those who have spent hundred of hours with The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim in the past will find plenty of new things to get stuck into here, with nothing feeling like it’s tacked on for the sake of it. Everything improves upon the experience in its own way, in turn giving players all-new ways to play the game and see what it has to offer. Are you going to go off adventuring in one of the new questlines? Or are you going to live a peaceful life farming and fishing? Or will you play in Survival Mode and try your best to ensure you don’t meet an early grave by eating, drinking, and staying free of disease? It’s up to you, with everything adding a breath of fresh air to an experience that might otherwise feel a little too familiar for some gamers.
Of course, there are also technical improvements made, such as being able to play the game at a 4K resolution with a consistent 60fps frame rate, whilst load times are drastically improved to the point where you’re literally waiting for seconds. It’s a big improvement over its PlayStation 4 counterpart (and especially the PlayStation 3 if you played it) and ensures that the pace of the game is never broken as you explore each and every area of the world.
“There are also technical improvements made, such as being able to play the game at a 4K resolution with a consistent 60fps frame rate, whilst load times are drastically improved to the point where you’re literally waiting for seconds.”
This really is the best that The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has felt to play on console, with the technical improvements and new additions going a long way in making it feel genuinely different to previous releases of the game. Still, I know some gamers may find it hard to justify shelling out the cash to experience the game all over again. It is a full-price release, after all, with a cheaper upgrade only available for those who already own the Special Edition on the PlayStation 4.
You know what, though? It’s worth it. I hadn’t dug into the Creation Club content in the past so there was plenty of new things for me to do, the farming and fishing feel like they fit in the world perfectly, whilst playing in Survival Mode makes it feel like a completely different game. You’re getting plenty of bang for your buck with The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Anniversary Edition, and, best of all, the new content offers plenty of more hours of gameplay and is actually really, really good. There’s no better time than now to return to Skyrim.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Anniversary Edition Review
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Anniversary Edition is the best way to experience the game on console thanks to the technical enhancements and wealth of content. It genuinely offers a whole new way to experience the game all over again, and whilst there will be a sense of familiarity for returning players, things like farming, fishing, Survival Mode, and the new quest lines feel like a real breath of fresh air.
It’s crazy to think that I could still be surprised by the game ten years on, but here I am, once again, living my best life in Skyrim.
Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
Platform(s): PlayStation 5 (Reviewed), PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC