I pre-loaded and started playing Skyrim Special Edition the hour that it was officially released and I must say, it’s definitely worth upgrading to!
I understand that Skyrim has already been able to look and feel awesome with all of the different graphics mods that are out there but it’s nice to be able to have an official graphics enhancer into the game. Hats off to Todd Howard for giving the PC players a free upgrade to it – as long as you had all of the DLC.
But come on, if you’re a true fan of Skyrim and don’t have all of the DLC then what are you doing? 😛
Felt Like The First Time Again
At least a little bit, I wanted to try and capture that same feeling as when I first started playing Skyrim.
Remember that insane feeling of entering this new, open world? That feeling of having infinite possibilities into a new Elder Scrolls game?
11/11/11 will forever be a date that I personally remember for the rest of my life because I had waited so long for another Elder Scrolls game and when I was finally able to dive into it I felt this sense of discovery and adventure that you can only capture with an amazing game like Skyrim.
It’s one of those games that set the bar really high for open world RPG games and to this day it is still one of the most played games. When I started a new character with no mods and went through the original opening of being on that wagon I felt that sense of “new” again and it felt awesome.
Sure, it’s not the exact feeling I had when I played it for the very first time but I purposely wanted to feel that way again and I was able to, I now plan on doing a complete play through with my dark elf. 🙂
Nothing New Is Added, Mods Are Different Now
At least for PC players there isn’t anything new. Skyrim Special Edition is more catered towards the console players because Bethesda saw the large demand of people wanting to play Skyrim on the Xbox One/PS4 and so that’s exactly what they did.
The only “new” thing that has been added is for PS4 players and it’s the ability to add mods to Skyrim. Obviously that’s nothing new at all to PC players but for a console it’s a game changer.
I can see different game design companies catching on to this and adding mod support to future titles that are on console and I’m happy to see that change. All gaming platforms should have all of the freedom that they’re capable of having.
To get mods on consoles and PC you first have to make a Bethesda.net account. After you confirm your e-mail you can then login with that account within the menu of Skyrim.
This simplifies the process a bit more than having to use something like Steam Workshop to subscribe to different mods. I love Steam Workshop and absolutely have nothing against it but it’s nice to have an in-game option for getting mods installed.
I haven’t messed around a whole lot with mods yet because when you enable mods it deactivates the ability to get achievements but I know that there are ways around that on PC so I’ll be figuring out how that’s done and then modding the crap out of Skyrim! 🙂
Some Screen Shots
I figured it’d be a good idea to take some screen shots to show the new graphics a bit, there is definitely a big difference!
I absolutely love the new lighting effects and the depth of field feature. As I said earlier, all of this was already possible with mods but some people don’t want to fiddle around with files and Special Edition simplifies the graphics.
I’m sure I’ll still be adding graphics mods to the game though! 😛
Yeah, It’s Worth Upgrading To
I wouldn’t recommend buying this if you don’t have all of the DLC because you can work on modding Skyrim instead to make it look awesome.
If you’ve never played Skyrim before then Special Edition is the perfect entry into the game world, perfect timing really!
Upgrade to it if you have all of the DLC because come on, it’s free. Why not upgrade? Also I’m certain that the mod support is going to evolve over time and I’m certain that Bethesda is probably going to stick with in-game mod support for their future titles.
So, have you upgraded to Special Edition yet?
Or have you never played Skyrim and ready to start in its absolute prime?