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Mini Review: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Anniversary Edition (PS5) – A Still Great RPG Bolstered By a Lot of New Content

Dragon it out.

Available as either a full release priced at £47.99 / $49.99 or as a discounted upgrade to 2016’s Special Edition, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Anniversary Edition is quite simply the best version of Skyrim to ever grace a PlayStation console. Although, admittedly, that’s not saying much. The original game on PS3 was and still is a technical mess, and while the aforementioned Special Edition fixed the title’s most glaring issues on PS4, performance was still underwhelming at times. Fortunately, Anniversary is a real cut above, offering a mostly locked 60 frames-per-second at 4K resolution. It’s taken ten whole years, but Bethesda has finally delivered.

Snark aside, Skyrim remains an engrossing fantasy RPG. Its core gameplay loop of exploring, questing, looting, and levelling is timeless — even if the gameplay feels so incredibly basic by today’s standards. Combat can be mindless as you chug healing potions and flail your blade at braindead enemies, but carving out a class for your character is still a lot of fun. Whether you’re into swords, bows, or magic, there’s a great sense of progression that carries Skyrim, and you’re never locked into one specific style of play. Some see this lack of defined roles as a negative, but we’d argue that near total gameplay freedom is one of the title’s greatest strengths. As a result, this is an RPG that can hold your attention for hundreds of hours — there’s always something new to discover and eventually master.

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