The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Special Edition

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Special Edition is ranked in the 81st percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 61 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

80

Top Critic Average

83%

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Based on 61 critic reviews

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Games Xtreme
Recommended
Recommended
Nov 29, 2016

It's still a fantastic game, even though it is showing signs of ageing, it is a classic and people will probably still be talking about it years later.

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Forbes
Unscored
Paul Tassi

Top Critic

Unscored
Oct 31, 2016

Skyrim is a great game, but one where I finally might have reached my limit, as I discovered in this latest playthrough. If you’ve never played it, this is definitely the version to get, and if you’re a superfan, you’ve probably already bought it before reading this review.

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TheSixthAxis
Unscored
Unscored
Nov 1, 2016

Upon fleeing the smoking ruins of Helgen, you’re treated to a breathtaking view of Skyrim once more and from that moment you’re inexorably sucked into a world that refuses to let go.

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Scored Reviews

Saving Content
Nov 4, 2016

It’s the best way to play Skyrim when not doing so on a PC. It’s dated, as anything from 5 years would be, but everything added up, this is an extremely solid package and for the amount of content, I see no reason not to jump back into the world, unless the price point is your biggest worry. That aside, hours of time will be lost to Skyrim once again and I’m looking forward to it.

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We Got This Covered
Oct 31, 2016

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition is a terrific entry point for those who were unlucky enough to miss out on one of the last decade’s best open-world RPGs.

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GamingBolt
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 29, 2016

The legendary role playing game is back on current generation consoles and it's a must play if you haven't already played it on last generation hardware.

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Twinfinite
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Nov 1, 2016

This Special Edition is nothing less and little more than Skyrim. That is either exceptionally exciting or a respectable pass, depending on how much Dhovakiin thirst the last five years has left you with.

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TrueAchievements
Nov 15, 2016

Did Skyrim need a remaster? Probably not. Are we all going to buy it anyway? Probably.

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GamesRadar+
Nov 16, 2016

A wonderful recreation of Skyrim, which remains - despite rough edges and badly-aged elements - one of the greatest RPGs ever made.

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Switch Player
Nov 16, 2017

Like a fine wine, Skyrim is a game that has improved with age. I had mixed feelings about the Nintendo Switch version prior to playing, knowing what issues I faced in the PS3 version and wondering how it would perform on the Nintendo Switch. However, I had nothing to worry about - the game is fantastic on the Nintendo Switch and is a fantastic way to experience Bethesda's open-world wonder. If you haven't played this before, you are in for a treat! If you have, you're in for a pleasant surprise and returning to this world is a welcome trip down memory lane!

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The Digital Fix
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Dec 20, 2016

If you've never set foot in the world of Skyrim then now's the time to get your feet wet. Still one of the best RPGs to date and that's not just nostalgia talking.

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Game Revolution
Oct 28, 2016

It's amazing that after five years The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition can manage to fit right in with the best of the current generation. Its cold wilderness appears breathtakingly beautiful, and has been expanded on console with the introduction of mod support. Though, this package makes much more sense for console gamers who previously didn't have a way to enjoy the experience with the benefits of new hardware; on PC you don't get much for the inflated price. Nonetheless, any excuse to head back out into Skyrim and become consumed by its sense of wonder and enchanting sub-stories is a good one.

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IGN Italy
8.7 / 10.0
8.7 / 10.0
Oct 28, 2016

You can discuss graphics improvements, mods, DLCs and many more things forever. The truth is this: Skyrim is still one of the best RPGs available today.

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Digital Chumps
8.6 / 10.0
8.6 / 10.0
Nov 5, 2016

Skyrim Special Edition delivers the same classic adventure as it did in 2011, while adding packaged DLC, an upgraded visual package and the introduction to mods that have been keeping its PC gaming life alive and kicking for the last five years. Definitely a special edition.

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Impulsegamer
4.3 / 5.0
4.3 / 5.0
Nov 6, 2016

The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim Special Edition is a really good game on the PlayStation 4 and Bethesda have done a remarkable job at giving it a fresh facelift but also keeping the amazing story and gameplay. Sure, some things feel a little stiff and lacking finesse of something like The Witcher 3 but it’s quite a detailed world from its culture, denizens that populate this universe and very rich story. Lastly, the amount of time you could spend in this game is practically endless and the only potentially bad thing is that you could lose sleep because you won’t want to stop playing.

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God is a Geek
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Nov 3, 2016

Quest, hunt, explore, get married, build a house, invest in property, slaughter entire villages – it’s up to you how you spend your time in the frozen north, and it’s absolutely worth a repeat visit.

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GameZone
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Nov 14, 2016

If you haven't touched Skyrim for a long time, or perhaps, somehow came in late and never played it before, then Skyrim Special Edition is an absolute treat.

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COGconnected
85 / 100
85 / 100
Nov 3, 2016

If you’ve never had the chance to climb the snowy mountains of Skyrim, face off against its fierce Frost Trolls, or absorb the souls of dead dragons you’ve bested then jumping into Skyrim Special Edition is a no brainer.

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The Game is a Lie
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Dec 22, 2017

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is a classic and deserves to be played by all because it mixes magnificent RPG elements with a wonderful adventure in a sensational open world and an even better story.

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PushStartPlay
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Dec 14, 2016

In 2011, Skyrim is rightly considered to be one of the greatest RPG’s of all-time and now in 2016 with its Special Edition remaster, it still stands loud and proud as one of the best on the market.

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GamePro
85 / 100
Rae Grimm

Top Critic

85 / 100
Nov 17, 2017

Skyrim is still an awesome, gigantic RPG, but it can not hide its age on Nintendo Switch.

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RPG Fan
82%
82%
Nov 24, 2016

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition offers wonderful escapism and plenty of bang for your buck—provided you've never played it before.

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DigitalCentralMedia
81%
81%
Oct 29, 2016

Skyrim is one of the best RPG’s of all time. That being said this remaster wasn’t great.

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M3
8 / 10
8 / 10
Nov 7, 2016

If you haven't play Skyrim before, Special Edition is the version to get. It's a lazy remake though that still contains minor but frustrating bugs.

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IGN Spain
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 31, 2016

A modern classic and one of those games that everyone must play but a little bit overpriced for a simple remaster.

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Metro GameCentral
8 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

8 / 10
Nov 1, 2016

One of the best Western style role-players ever made works better than it ever has before on consoles, but there’s only so much a new coat of paint can do to hide its age.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Oct 29, 2016

It’s showing its age and still suffers from the trademark Bethesda bugs, but The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition is a good enough excuse to warrant a return trip or serve as an entry point to this massive game.

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IGN
8 / 10.0
Leif Johnson

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2016

If you’ve never experienced Skyrim, the Special Edition is certainly an adventure you can’t afford to miss. It still includes many of the original version’s bugs, ugly character models, and weak combat animations, but the memorable world benefits hugely from improved lighting and effects. There's also some appeal here if you've played before and want to relive Skyrim with the current generation systems, but you'll be best served by picking up the Xbox One version over the PS4 because of superior mod support. However, there’s no new content on the disc to entice you back if you’ve already played all the DLC, only a new coat of paint.

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TrustedReviews
Oct 31, 2016

For all the visual enhancements and lusher vegetation, this Special Edition can’t disguise the areas where Skyrim has dated. Other games have built on the foundations Bethesda laid. What was once jaw-dropping now seems merely remarkable. Yet get stuck into Skyrim and it’s still a magnificent saga, with one of gaming’s most compelling worlds and the kind of breadth and depth that subsequent RPGs have almost always failed to match. If you’ve had your fill of Skyrim then there’s not enough new stuff here to make a second trip essential, but if you’re looking to start or rekindle an addiction, fill your boots.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Oct 31, 2016

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition is a visual improvement over the original, but beyond that, it’s still the same old game.

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VideoGamer
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 31, 2016

Skyrim Special Edition on console looks lovely and runs well, and with all the DLC included it's a great option if you aren't fussed about mods. If you are fussed about mods you might be disappointed. Or already have a PC.

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Arcade Sushi
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 4, 2016

Turns out Skyrim is even more fun the second time around.

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Telegraph
Nov 3, 2016

Even after half a decade, Skyrim is an RPG with an unprecedented level of soul.

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USgamer
Nov 3, 2016

Skyrim Special Edition is a solid purchase for anyone introduced to the game through the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3. PC players should give longer pause before playing, however, as they've probably already made their own "Special Edition" with the aid of mods – and some of those mods might not even work in the Special Edition. In the end, your decision should come down to how much you love Skyrim's ambition, how much you enjoy exploring its expansive world, and how tolerant you are towards its flaws.

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PlayStation Universe
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 2, 2016

Skyrim is still a wonderful game, with much to see and do. While it may be prettier here and function better than its PS3 predecessor, it continues to suffer from the same garden-variety bugs and glitches of five years back. Age hasn’t been especially kind to the mechanics or the writing, but the old magic is still shining bright as ever.

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GameSpew
8 / 10
8 / 10
Nov 2, 2016

This is a fantastic remaster of what was already a great game, offering a thoroughly absorbing experience that could easily run into the hundreds of hours. Available for £35 or less, that’s a hell of a lot of fantasy adventuring in exchange for your coin.

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GearNuke
8 / 10
8 / 10
Nov 11, 2016

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition is a well rounded package that offers improved visuals and mod support on consoles. While the game's combat mechanics could have been retouched to better fit the current generation, the exploration and freedom of choice being offered is still unmatched and the mod support adds much to its replay value.

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Game Rant
Nov 8, 2016

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim gets a facelift with a new Special Edition that improves graphics and convenience, but leaves just about everything else the way it was in 2011.

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Gaming Nexus
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 9, 2016

How does Skyrim Special Edition fare in a post-Skyrim world? Conceptually: Not bad. Technically: It could use work. The game should've cleaned up some more of its long-standing "Bethesda jank." But the rugged plains, the jagged peaks, and the deep forests of Skyrim are still a sight to behold. These stories, and finding your place in them, is still worth the price of admission.

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Xbox One UK
8 / 10
8 / 10
Nov 9, 2016

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition is an opportunity for gamers who don't own an Elder Scrolls game to lay claim to the best in the series. For others, this Special Edition offers the chance to relive some of the best open-world adventuring ever seen. Other than audio issues and some slightly odd-looking NPCs, this is a remaster tour de force.

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ZTGD
8 / 10.0
Ken McKown

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Nov 9, 2016

While all of these enhancements and additions are nice, I still don’t feel like it is worth it for a double dip. Skyrim is still a masterpiece of a video game, but for those that spent hundreds of hours already digging through, there really isn’t enough here to recommend jumping back in. I like the mods, the new visuals are lush, but the core game remains the same. However, for those that skipped out the first time around, there has never been a better time to take an arrow to the knee. Please forgive me for that.

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Honest Gaming Reviews
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 29, 2016

I have to be honest, for a first play through, I didn’t expect to clock the 80+ hours in the game, I haven’t been this invested in a game for a long time, and it has been such a nice change of pace to be engrossed in just one game and play through it. However saying that, there is no excuse for the glitches and problems that are in the game. Skyrim gets an 8/10.

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Cubed3
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jan 3, 2017

Although this is a forgiving stance, there's just so much more that captivates: from the intense battles, and slaying of dragons, to the gradual sense of empowerment as the player's character grows and develops, distinguishing powers and abilities. There are so many hidden secrets in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition, so many facets to unearth, and choices within those to fraternise over, it's hard not to be sucked in by its charm and intrigue. So long as it's appreciated for what it is, a revisiting of a classic that influenced practically all open-world RPGs that came after it, Skyrim Special Edition is a very stellar package which holds up very well indeed, despite it's issues, against more recent competition. If you've never played it, now is the perfect time, and with the advent of the Playkey service, it opens up the game to a much wider audience.

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Everyeye.it
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2016

The impressive quality of the title, revived by Bethesda after five years, are always the same, and if you've never tried it, we strongly advise you to do it as soon as possible. For those, however, that had the opportunity to dive into the wonderful world of Skyrim, this remastered edition adds little more to the previous editions.

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Reno Gazette-Journal
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Dec 10, 2016

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition is a faithful rendition of the original, perhaps too faithful, with visual improvements and mod support right off the bat for consoles. The lack of major new content and gameplay changes means folks who have burnt out while extensively playing the original likely won’t have reason to revisit this region of Tamriel. If you’ve never played the game before, however, it presents a great opportunity to experience one of the best RPGs to date.

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Rocket Chainsaw
Nov 13, 2016

Overall, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition is just as enjoyable an experience as it was five years ago, however, it hasn’t received a full touch up for current generation consoles.

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DualShockers
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 4, 2016

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition doesn’t set the bar for remakes, but it is the de facto entry point for one of the best games ever made. With mod support, all of the DLC, and noticeable stability and visual upgrades, Skyrim Special Edition is a welcome addition to the current console generation. However, given the inconsistent value of the versions, take a few moments and consider where you want to play it.

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GameGrin
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 11, 2016

Skyrim is still a great place to get lost in and the visual upgrade is welcome. It perhaps doesn’t go as far as it should and it’s a shame no other aspect of the game got looked at but it’s still well worth your time.

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Stevivor
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 31, 2016

The Special Edition of the game, complete with DLC and available on Windows PC, Xbox One and PS4, manages to look great and old at the same time.

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Cerealkillerz
7.7 / 10.0
7.7 / 10.0
Oct 28, 2016

Die Skyrim Special Edition fällt leider doch deutlich schlechter als erwartet aus und bietet selbst für Besitzer der PS3 Version nur marginale Verbesserungen. PS4 Besitzer erhalten zusätzlich einen stark eingeschränkten Mod-Support, der aber zumindest hilfreiche Mods bietet, die euch das Spiel erleichtern oder zusätzlichen Content liefern. Wer noch die Erweiterungen von Skyrim nachholen will, oder bisher noch nicht Skyrim gespielt hat, kann hier ohne Bedenken zugreifen. Für den Rest lohnt sich der Umstieg leider kaum. Es bleiben wenige Argumente die den Vollpreis für diese Version rechtfertigen würden.

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Destructoid
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Nov 3, 2016

If you didn't dig it way back when, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: Special Edition won't do much to change your mind. It's still impressively open, but once you actually reach your objective marker, it morphs into a shallow experience with shaky writing. Mod support will naturally help grease the wheels a bit, but make sure you stick to Xbox One if you're going the console route and stay on the beaten side path.

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The Jimquisition
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2016

Skyrim is still a blast to play, and while I appreciate many have gone off it, or weren’t on it to begin with, there’s still an arresting quality to the world Bethesda built, a world full of individual places that feel like home.

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Gadgets 360
7 / 10
7 / 10
Oct 27, 2016

If you've not played Skyrim before, then you this remaster is a solid option. Everyone else should hold off until a price drop.

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NZGamer
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Nov 7, 2016

Skyrim is still a great game that everyone should play, but it could’ve used more than a paint job.

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Areajugones
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 31, 2016

This remastered version of Skyrim includes a graphical improvement similar to the PC version with HD mods. The console version includes mods support, but this is not enough for Bethesda to sell this remastered game as a full-price version for the consoles.

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Wccftech
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Nov 3, 2016

Although the allure of returning to one of the most engaging Elder Scrolls titles might be overwhelming, Skyrim Special Edition itself feels dated, with little improvements made in terms of gameplay and graphics. You'll play it for hours, but you'll keep wondering why.

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Push Square
7 / 10
7 / 10
Nov 7, 2016

Skyrim is still a great RPG – one that successfully submerges you in a fantastic fantasy world that's packed with things to see and do. The remaster is the best way to play the game on console thanks to improved visuals, technical performance, and mod support – even if the latter is disappointingly limited on PS4. If you've taken part in this epic adventure before, then you may want to wait for the price to come down, but if you're a newcomer who isn't quite sure what all the fuss is about, the Special Edition presents an immersive journey that's perfect for those cold winter nights.

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SA Gamer
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Nov 26, 2016

I am torn. A part of me is enjoying reliving through Skyrim and making different choices this time around. However every time I bump into an old bug or the game crashes on me, I sigh and the whole thing seems a lot cheaper. Why are all the listed changes to the game cosmetic improvements to lighting? It leaves a slight taste of making a quick buck while everyone waits for Elder Scrolls VI.

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PCMag
Dec 16, 2016

Skyrim is still a rock-solid RPG that's worth purchasing if you missed vanilla Skyrim. That said, if you already own and mod the original game, Skyrim Special Edition has nothing fresh to offer.

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SomHráč.sk
65%
65%
Nov 4, 2016

Skyrim Special Edition isn't the triumphant return to Tamriel we were hoping for, but it still serves as a nice nostalgia trip. The same old bugs are somewhat migigated with dramatically better graphics and added DLCs. Owners of the original game will be disappointed, the others should be satisfied.

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CGMagazine
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Oct 31, 2016

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition is an attempt to make a quick buck off gullible consumers.

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