Tagged With skyrim special edition

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It's not every day that you see a video game and a national screenwriting award in the same sentence. In fact, it's never happened -- until last week, when the Australian Writers' Guild gave an AWGIE not just to Skyrim, but a Skyrim mod.

The mod is available today for the PC and Xbox One versions of Skyrim: Special Edition. But it wouldn't have been available if its Australian creator, Nick Pearce, hadn't been randomly punched in the face by a stranger.

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Skyrim: Special Edition is a buggy mess on consoles. In just a few hours playing on Xbox One, I encountered NPCs floating above chairs, twitchy mammoths, seconds-long pauses in animation, echoing dialogue and other glitches that are unforgivable for a game that came out in 2011 and, in 2016, costs $80 on console.

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Whenever a game gets remastered or upgraded, it's not always immediately obvious what makes the new version so much better. While a couple side-by-side screenshot comparisons can show surface level improvements in lighting and textures, more nuanced improvements can usually take a while to pick out.

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Unsurprisingly, Skyrim: Special Edition quickly became one of the most popular games on Steam over the weekend. And given that she had already established herself as a channel for older gamers and Skyrim fans, it made sense that Grandama Shirley would return to Skyrim.

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With a name like "Skyrim Special Edition", you'd expect everything to be better than it was in the original game or, at the very least, as good. Certainly not worse -- if that's even possible. Well, it is for Bethesda, with the PC and Xbox One versions of the game having significantly crappier audio than their PS4 and previous generation counterparts.

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The fancy re-release of Skyrim is out on PC today! It's got new visuals. Still the same ol' Skyrim under the hood, though, by the looks of it.

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Bethesda Softworks, makers of Skyrim, Dishonored and other fine games and franchises, is the latest game publisher not rushing to have their games reviewed, at least not by game reviewers, something all gamers should factor in as they assess when and how they will find out if a game is worth their time and money.

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When people think of Skyrim, they often think of the PC version with all of the additional fan expansions, HD textures and all the other mods. But it's easy to forget that Bethesda's gargantuan dragon-slaying RPG came to PS3 as well.

Things have come a long way since then.