The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Anniversary Edition Reviews

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Anniversary Edition is ranked in the 51st percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
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GameCentral
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7 / 10
Nov 15, 2021

Skyrim is back yet again, with a graphical makeover and new user generated content, but at full price even fans of brazen commercial cynicism will find their eyebrows quietly reaching for the sky.

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80 / 100
Nov 11, 2021

‎The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Anniversary Edition commemorates the tenth anniversary of one of the best games in history with even more content. It is so big that there will be those who can live without these additions, but for those who have never played it or want to dedicate another 500 hours to it, this is undoubtedly the most complete version to date.‎

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55 / 100
Nov 21, 2021

Skyrim: Anniversary Edition is full of lackluster additions to a fantastic game. Some new areas are blocked off, quests feel like busy work, and the new items aren't all that useful. The best parts are already in a free update, so stick with that.

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76 / 100
Nov 23, 2021

For any console player who already owns the Special Edition, some of the improvements of the Anniversary Edition are already available as free patches. Those folks will find the Anniversary Edition a reasonably priced add-on. It provides a significant new quest, some new mechanics, a new mode, and lots of cosmetic additions, plus access to the Creation Club and mods. Just don’t expect a graphical facelift. For console gamers without any experience of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim at all, the Anniversary Edition is definitely the version to pick up. With the Elder Scrolls VI in production, the Anniversary Edition is most likely (and hopefully) the final version of a seriously aging but still viable classic RPG.

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7.5 / 10.0
Nov 18, 2021

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Anniversary Edition continues to be exactly what makes Skyrim popular: a massive world to explore with tons of different ways to develop your Dragonborne. Outside of that, mods make an appearance and add a bit to the formula in their own way. Outside of that, this Skyrim is exactly as you remember, except it loads a bit faster and plays a lot smoother.

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8 / 10
Nov 12, 2021

The PC community's mind-blowing commitment to modding is something that Skyrim on consoles will never have, but if you just want to boot up your PlayStation and get lost in what is now a classic fantasy world, Skyrim Anniversary Edition is the best way to do it.

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7 / 10
Sep 30, 2022

Honestly, if you're a fan of Skyrim, we reckon this is an upgrade that's worth grabbing and it's also worth pointing out that, although the full version is expensive, you can frequently catch the standard version of Skyrim on a deep discount during eShop sales and then upgrade that way. If you've never played the game before — and we 100% refuse to believe there's anyone who hasn't — this really is the best, most feature-rich, content-packed version of an RPG that, no matter how much we make fun of it, always completely sucks us right back into its world every single time we boot it up.

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Joniwan
Top Critic
6 / 10
Nov 25, 2021

Skyrim Anniversary Edition is a pricey update to a legendary yet aging classic game. For those who already know it by heart, the free update will offer enough reasons to come back.

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5 / 10
Nov 11, 2021

What was once the pinnacle of its genre has become a bit of a joke as it releases again and again and again. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Anniversary Edition adds very little that can’t be found in the 2016 Special Edition or is already free with Creation Club content. There is enjoyment to be had out of playing the game in the new survival mode and I still adore the base game. However, Skyrim just isn’t as strong when held up to modern standards, and it is the fault of Bethesda that this tired horse is now running a race with so many others that are leagues faster.

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7 / 10.0
Nov 18, 2021

While perhaps not as enticing as it could have been, the additions that this version of Skyrim offer keep it from feeling like a total cash grab.

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4 / 5.0
Nov 18, 2021

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Anniversary Edition is one of those things that is simultaneously great and yet seems unnecessary.

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7.5 / 10.0
Dec 8, 2021

Skyrim's 10th anniversary edition is a rich and polished package, offering over hundred hours of top class RPG experience. If you never got the chance to play it back in 7th generation, now is the best time to do it.

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7.5 / 10.0
Nov 29, 2021

Skyring is still one of the truly valuable open world role-playing games that offers this value in the anniversary version, and still living in the fantasy world created by Bethesda, even after 10 years of supply is really enjoyable and has many features to surprise the audience.

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70 / 100
Nov 23, 2021

Comprised of dozens of Creation Club additions and a petty upgrade for the PS5 version, Skyrim's anniversary edition is good, but not enough to justify such an expensive upgrade. Most of the new content are cosmetic and don't add as much to the experience. It is only recommended for the most enthusiastic fans. For everybody else, it is advisable to wait for a sale.

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Mahdi Maleki
Top Critic
8.8 / 10.0
Nov 22, 2021

If you never experienced Skyrim before, there are no more excuses not to.

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8 / 10.0
Nov 17, 2021

Aimed at those who are yet to experience The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim for the first time, this Anniversary Edition offers exceptional value for money, and is easily the best way to jump into one of the best role-playing games ever made. It may not quite look current-gen, but the fast loading times and reduced storage footprint are both meaningful gains for PS5 players, while the included Creation Club content adds yet more meat to the game’s bones which are already heaped with flesh. For those that have already played Skyrim to exhaustion, however, there’s not much here to draw them back.

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7.9 / 10.0
Nov 17, 2021

‎The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Anniversary Edition is an extremely enjoyable work, both for the world it presents, as well as its story, its setting and its gameplay. Even with the more than 500 packs of new content that this version brings, we still think that Bethesda could have done something much more special to celebrate such an important date.‎

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Feb 11, 2022

Much like the plethora of faded 80’s/90’s popstars, Skyrim also doesn’t know when to quit. Over the years Bethesda’s open-world RPG has made its presence known on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation VR, PC, and the Nintendo Switch. Not content with letting sleeping Dragons lie – and to celebrate the title’s 10-year anniversary – Skyrim (re-branded as The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Anniversary Edition) is now available on Xbox Series X|S, and PlayStation 5!

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8 / 10.0
Dec 27, 2021

If you're looking for something significant new in the Skyrim Anniversary Edition, you will be disappointed; But the game itself is still a masterpiece after all these years.

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8 / 10.0
Nov 19, 2021

It’s the kind of game that’s perfect to shut your brain off to and lose a couple of hours in. Its sense of place and intelligent content drip-feeding makes it addictive even in the face of its glaring flaws.

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