Review: 'The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Legendary Edition'
Skyrim Legendary Edition screenshot. (Bethesda Game Studios / June 13, 2013)
"Skyrim" was one of the highest rated games of 2011 and made many Top 10 and Game of the Year lists. The game has won numerous awards and is held in high esteem by critics and fans alike. Now, "Skyrim" is being re-released and has been bundled with all of its DLC expansions, most of which have never appeared before on the PS3 until now. Is this self-proclaimed "legendary" edition worth the purchase? Find out in our review!
"Skyrim" is not a direct sequel to "The Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion" but a continuation in the "Elder Scrolls" series. The game takes place 200 years after the events of "Oblivion" as you play as the Dragonborn. This distinction allows you to absorb the powers of dragons and even control the massive beast. "Skyrim Legendary Edition" includes the DLC expansions Dawnguard, Hearthfire and Dragonborn. Since the original "Skyrim" and its expansions have been reviewed countless times, we are going to focus on the changes the game brings this time around.
The presentation of "Skyrim" has not changed. The game is still as beautiful as ever. The amount of detail in this game is astounding. But while bugs and glitches are expected, they're still disappointing. The same errors that players experienced in the original release are present in this game. You will get stuck during quests, quests and objectives will be broken, and the game will occasionally freeze during gameplay. These problems are beyond frustrating. The world of "Skyrim" is so fantastic that it's disappointing that these errors are still present. While the bugs in this version occur less frequently, it is still frustrating that our time in the legendary world of "Skyrim" was met with frustrating freezing and bugs.
"Skyrim" has been released now for almost two years. While the expansion packs have added a massive amount of additional content (especially Dragonborn), it is still odd that this re-release does not contain any new content, especially for the PS3. The PS3 received the short end of the stick when it comes to the "Skyrim" DLC. PS3 gamers who bought "Skyrim" were only promised content, while Xbox 360 owners enjoyed it immensely. The price point for the game is also surprising. While the DLC content was $20.00 per expansion, with all the errors, bugs and lack of new content, the game should be $59.99. A lower price point of $39.99 would have been better.
This new edition of the game seeks to correct the criticism that the game is too easy. For a game that allows you to battle dragons and absorb their abilities, it is hard to believe that anyone would find this game too easy. For the hardcore RPG fan, this game features a Legendary difficulty. You are also now able to level up your skills without end. You can also make skills Legendary. This allows you to remove the level cap and maximize your skills. This does add a new level of difficulty to the game which should appease those critics and RPG fans who had a problem with the original.
"The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Legendary Edition" is a disappointing re-release of a great game. The original game was great, but the errors made it frustrating. Still, fans were able to forgive the errors since the content of the game was so massive. The re-release had a chance to change those errors and to add in additional content. Instead, the game seeks to leech $59.99 out of consumers. If you have not ventured into "Skyrim" yet, this is the edition for you. If you have barely made it through half of the game, then you may not be able to access the expansion packs anyway. For a game boasting that it is "legendary," it sure seems pretty common.
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