My answer is yes. Let’s face it. Skyrim will go down as one of the best games, if not the best game, of this decade. Probably even one of the best games of the past few decades. Which would also make it one of the best games of this millennia… but I digress. If that’s not enough to convince you to pick the game back up again, on your Xbox One or PS4, perhaps these five reasons below will help wet your appetite.
5) An even prettier world
When Skyrim was first released, the game was a looker. The world was stunning, the characters were well designed, and the beasts were impressive. Particularly the dragons. Flash forward five years and, whilst I wouldn’t say it looks dated, it definitely looks ‘last gen’. On consoles, at least. Well the remastered version has had a noticeable face-lift, with smoother textures and improved environments. Plus, the game uses the same engine as Fallout 4, which suggests that load times (whilst in the world) should be pretty smooth and relatively seamless.
4) All of the DLCs
If you’re like me, you’ll be the sort of person who plays a game religiously upon initial release. Then, when the DLC is finally added, you’ll have forgotten about the game and never get around to playing it. That wasn’t the case for me with Skyrim… but I do that with a lot of other games. The Special Edition, as you’d expect, comes with all 3 DLC packages – Dawnguard, Heathfire and Dragonborn. But, as a bonus for Xbox One gamers, you’ll also get the mods. For those of you who aren’t sure what a mod is, it’s basically player created DLC. Most of which would have been built for the PC version of the game. But Bethesda will be filtering through the best content, for Xbox One gamers. They’ve done that for Fallout 4, too, and it works perfectly.
Now I say ‘for Xbox One gamers’ because, at present, Bethesda are having issues with mods on the PS4. Hopefully they’ll get something sorted, because mods really do add a new lease of life to the original game.
3) Achievements and Trophies
The best thing about playing Skyrim all over again? Trying to get 100% of the Achievements / Trophies. I’m a bit of a completionist and a major Achievement whore. So the lure of being able to enjoy Skyrim all over again, AND collect a whole new set of Achievements for my Gamerscore, is pretty enticing.
2) Re-live those Skyrim moments
I used to be an adventurer, like you, until I completed Skyrim on the Xbox 360 and moved to pastures new. Who doesn’t want to hear about arrows to the knee? Or fight fearsome dragons? Or become a glorified errand boy once more; who’s defeated the ultimate evil in the world, but still has to protect some random farmstead from wolves now and again. Skyrim was such a unique playing experience, and I can’t wait to sink my teeth back into it.
1) You’ve been kidding yourself with Elder Scrolls Online
Whilst I wouldn’t necessarily say that Elder Scrolls Online is a bad game, I definitely wouldn’t put it in the league of Bethesda’s other stellar creations. And, as an entry into the Elder Scrolls saga, I’d say it’s pretty weak. I almost feel like I was kidding myself with ESO. Sure, I enjoyed the game. And yes, I got a lot of play time out of it. But it wasn’t a true Elder Scrolls experience. I just don’t think that you can take the same level of story telling. The same level of gameplay and the richness of the world into an MMO. Elder Scrolls is best as a single player experience – and few can deny that as a single player experience, Skyrim is right up at the pinnacle.