The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Nintendo Switch Edition

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Nintendo Switch Edition is ranked in the 92nd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 68 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

85

Top Critic Average

97%

Critics Recommend

Based on 68 critic reviews

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ACG
Buy
ACG

Top Critic

Buy
Nov 16, 2017
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GameXplain
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Liked-a-lot
Nov 16, 2017
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USgamer
Unscored
Unscored
Nov 16, 2017

When I ask myself what I'm willing give up to play this on a portable, The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim on Nintendo Switch allows me to answer "I don't have to give up much of anything."

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Destructoid
Unscored
Unscored
Nov 16, 2017

Despite the fact that it's probably being developed for refrigerators at this point, Skyrim is a great choice to port to the Switch. Very little had to actually be compromised, and unless you have a thing for high-res texture packs on PC, you aren't missing out on much.

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TheSixthAxis
Unscored
Unscored
Nov 17, 2017

Being able to take this huge adventure with you everywhere you go is fantastic, and, if you thought that Skyrim took over your life before, now it actually can.

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Scored Reviews

Nindie Spotlight
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Nov 16, 2017

As with my review of DOOM before it you’ll notice that to this point I haven’t brought up the Switch itself in regards to the game and that’s for good reason. Aside from some unique features it brings to the game in the form of some Amiibo support (which awaits you roughly mid-game in a prominent area), motion controls that you may enjoy or not care for, and the ability to take the game anywhere there’s not a lot to say. The reason for that is in this equation the Switch only seems to have pluses and no discernable minuses. The conversion of Skyrim is, for all practical purposes, a flawless one from the time I’ve spent in the game. The details are crisp, the performance has no signs of hiccups or slowdown, and despite being run on a tablet-sized device with much more modest memory capacity than larger consoles or PCs there seem to be no compromises in sight. The only edge would go to the PC version for its readily-available mod support that can help you alter the game in some substantial ways, but in the case of the Switch the ability to play it anywhere in style more than offsets that sacrifice and even arguably makes it a superior version to the other consoles. Despite its age Skyrim is just as rich and robust a game experience as it ever was, and the fact that it can be played on a portable device is a technical achievement worthy of some praise. Congratulations to the team at Nintendo for making versatile hardware capable of this feat and to Bethesda for having both the vision and expertise to pull this off and to set the bar so high for the other major publishers.

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NintendoWorldReport
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Nov 16, 2017

Any additional time you can spend sneaking in dungeon crawls while at work, carrying out Dark Brotherhood assassinations at family dinners, and crafting new equipment when you probably should be sleeping is the best addition to enhance the experience. I'm overjoyed that Bethesda has been able to bring Skyrim to the Switch without any compromises to the quality of the original game. After playing Skyrim on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Xbox One, I can easily say that the Switch provides the best experience possible. Bethesda is more than welcome to bring all their games over to Switch now, especially if each game is brought over with the same winning effort of Skyrim.

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Sirus Gaming
9.5 / 10.0
Sirus Gaming
Raff Abenoja
9.5 / 10.0
Nov 23, 2017

When you’re done with the main quest, you can still go out and explore the map. You never know what you might find. Or, you can even choose to live like an NPC, walking around town for days on end, doing nothing but sleeping, drinking, and then work on a farm or things NPCs do. You can buy a house, fill the shelves with books, adopt a kid, be a good dad. Or you can be a tyrant, killing everyone on town. But who would do that, really? He-he. Excuse me while I load a save.

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Nintendo Enthusiast
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 16, 2017

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is praised because it offers a wonderfully realized world, memorable moments, and near-endless things to do. While in some aspects the Switch version shows its age with dated graphics and stiff animations, it's so easy to look past when there's a vast world in your view with the sense of discovery around every corner. Bethesda succeeded at what most of us would have thought impossible just a few years ago, a full-fledged version of Skyrim that you can take with you anywhere you want; doesn't get much better than that.

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Game Informer
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 16, 2017

The Switch version of Skyrim is a well-executed version of a modern classic that you can play on the go, offering the same delights (and minor frustrations) of the original

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GamesRadar+
Nov 16, 2017

Motion controls add a breath of fresh air to a familiar game, with astounding results. A must-have for anyone with a Switch and a love of open world games.

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CGMagazine
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 16, 2017

Despite being a slightly pared down re-release of Skyrim, the portability aspect really makes this work.

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Geek Culture Podcast
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 16, 2017

There are very few games out there that can still be re-released time and time again and still be worth giving another shot. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, however, is one of those very games. Following up on the release last year in remastered form, the game is back again with not as great of visuals and a lack of mods, but new motion controls and the ability to take it on the go. Especially for those that missed out on the game the first few go arounds, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is definitely worth taking a look at for Nintendo Switch owners.

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MMORPG.com
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 16, 2017

Skyrim may be aging, but it's still easily one of the best RPGs ever made, and a pure joy to play on the Switch. Add-on support would be nice, and the PC version is still definitely the most "complete" version because of the modding, but if you've ever wished you could have Skyrim on the go - Bethesda and Nintendo just granted that wish.

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GamingBolt
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 16, 2017

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on the Nintendo Switch might just be the best way to play this modern classic.

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Twinfinite
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Nov 16, 2017

Despite that, I've found myself completely drawn into Tamriel over the past week. Being able to play such a massive RPG like Skyrim wherever you want is truly a technical marvel, and I'm thoroughly impressed with what Bethesda's been able to pull off here.

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GameSpace
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 16, 2017

It's Skyrim. It's been around for years and if you love it you'll love it on the Switch. If you don't like it, you probably won't like it on the switch. To me, this might very well be the way I play Skyrim from now on because it's so easy to put down when my daughter or wife need me and pick it right back up once my free time starts rolling in again.

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Nintendo Insider
9 / 10
9 / 10
Nov 16, 2017

Whether you are arriving by horse and cart for the first time or have already courageously saved the world from destruction, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim continues to transcend the genre with its meticulous and phenomenal world-building. It’s that unending freedom to be anyone that you want to be, to go anywhere and be able to do anything that makes it such an engrossing world to exist in. And now that you can take that masterful experience anywhere on Nintendo Switch, it’s the perfect chance to become the Dragonborn.

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GameMAG
9 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

9 / 10
Nov 16, 2017

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim for Nintendo Switch is a great occasion to replay the cult role-playing game from Bethesda wherever you are. A successful adaptation for the hybrid console allows you to run a large-scale RPG even on the road, which seemed impossible a year ago. If you are a fan of the series and you have a Switch, then it's definitely worth a try, and new players simply have to get acquainted with one of the brightest projects in the modern history of the genre.

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Nintendo Life
9 / 10
9 / 10
Nov 16, 2017

The Switch isn't short of games that have already taken a bow, or several, on other hardware, but Skyrim might be the one that most deserves another look from both hardy Elder Scrolls adventurers and absolute beginners alike. Despite its age showing, the countless little cracks in its already fractured façade, it still delivers a palpable sense of space, and the player's niche-carving progress through it, that few games before or since have managed. May its dancing northern lights never dim.

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Press Start
9 / 10
9 / 10
Nov 15, 2017

Skyrim is exactly the kind of game that demonstrates the power of the Switch and what it wants to be. It’s a huge open-world, console-quality adventure you can with you anywhere. The port is fantastic, too, and the Switch-specific additions appreciated. Newcomer or not, Skyrim is a classic deserving of a revisit on Nintendo Switch.

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GamingTrend
90 / 100
90 / 100
Nov 16, 2017

Seeing one of the most celebrated open worlds brought to Nintendo's portable flagship is a welcome surprise. Being able to take a game this expansive on the go is an amazing feat, and seeing it come in this feature complete is Bethesda at its best. While the motion controls have a bit of wonk, come for the HD rumble, and stay for the chance to explain why you are yelling “Fus Ro Dah!” on the bus.

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ZTGD
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 17, 2017

If Skyrim has grown stale or doesn't hold interest to certain players anymore, the Switch version most likely won't do anything to win players back. Though for newcomers and fans that want to return, Skyrim is here, as a great as remembered, and grand scale adventure now in the palm of your hands.

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Hey Poor Player
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Nov 20, 2017

With the visual, sound, and bug issues aside, I love having Skyrim on my Switch. To be able to lose myself in that world at the drop of a hat is something that I’ll never get used to.

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GearNuke
9 / 10
9 / 10
Nov 24, 2017

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is the perfect portable experience on the Nintendo Switch. Not only it offers Skyrim on the go, it also includes support for the Switch unique control scheme making it a great port for the Nintendo platform.

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Gameplanet
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 21, 2017

Skyrim now fits in your pocket. It runs shockingly well on Switch, and there are even motion controls if you want 'em. What's not to like?

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Marooners' Rock
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 21, 2017

It’s 2017 and I find myself obsessed with Skyrim once more. Now that it’s portable on the Switch, I can take it anywhere, only restricted by battery life.

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The Digital Fix
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 30, 2017

What it lacks in visual fidelity against last year's Special Edition, the Nintendo Switch's port more than makes up for in portability. Couple that with arguably one of the best games of all time and you've got one compelling reason to Fus Ro Dah all over again.

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Heavy
9 / 10.0
Heavy

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Nov 16, 2017

If you want a portable Skyrim in your life that looks and performs great, look no further than Skyrim on the Nintendo Switch.

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COGconnected
90 / 100
90 / 100
Nov 16, 2017

Skyrim is still a beautiful game to behold six years after its original launch, only now I can play it wherever I wish.

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Hobby Consolas
88 / 100
88 / 100
Nov 16, 2017

Six years after its original release Skyrim is still a magnificent RPG, set in a detailed world. Carrying a game like this in our pocket,thanks to Nintendo Switch, is pure magic.

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Gaming Nexus
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Nov 16, 2017

Skyrim on Switch is the same excellent game it's always been. It doesn't support mods but the fact that such a massive, engrossing game is now portable is justification alone for another purchase.

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IGN Italy
8.7 / 10.0
8.7 / 10.0
Nov 16, 2017

A great addition that makes sense mostly if you plan to play on the go. If you think you'll play Skyrim mostly at home get it for a different platform.

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Wccftech
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Nov 16, 2017

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim isn't something I thought I would play much on Switch, but in fact, I've hardly put it down. It runs well, looks good, and most importantly, fits the form factor perfectly. Unlike DOOM, this is a port with absolutely zero compromises and offers a full-fat Elder Scrolls experience.

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God is a Geek
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Nov 16, 2017

The Nintendo Switch version of Skyrim is a fantastic conversion with some nice additions for the console like motion controls and amiibo support.

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GameZone
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Nov 16, 2017

Six years later, Skyrim remains true to itself - even on the Nintendo Switch.

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The Games Machine
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Nov 16, 2017

The Switch version of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is a truly wonderful game, yet another potential killer application for the new Nintendo console. Despite occasionally showing the fact that it was originally released in 2011, the game is still one of the best fantasy experiences out there.

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SwitchWatch
85%
SwitchWatch
Brian Myers
85%
Nov 29, 2017

Skyrim is an absolutely phenomenal game. It has aged, but that is hardly a detriment to such a content-rich experience. The animations are somewhat stiff, but the game greets the player with such stunning views at every corner that this is easy to overlook

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AusGamers
8.5 / 10.0
AusGamers
pikamus

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
Nov 21, 2017

Perfect for making even a long commute feel like a breeze.

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LevelUp
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Nov 24, 2017

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is yet another great port on the hybrid Nintendo platform that includes all the content released since its debut 6 years ago. The joy of playing Skyrim remains just as we remember with an added portability bonus, built around quality, that is a fundamental key to recommend it.

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Areajugones
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Nov 16, 2017

Skyrim VR is one of the best VR games that are in the market nowadays. Even though this game has gone through almost every console and also PC, this is a great way to surprise the player and create a better immersion.

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Worth Playing
8.4 / 10.0
8.4 / 10.0
Nov 16, 2017

The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim is an addictive game, but it shows its age in several ways. It's the full Skyrim experience, and all three additional DLC packs are unlocked from the beginning. It's a game-changer that players can play a game as time-consuming as Skyrim while they're out and about. However, you have to ask yourself if a solid port of a six-year-old game, portable or not, is worth the $60 price tag.

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TrustedReviews
Nov 16, 2017

Skyrim has journeyed onto Nintendo Switch with great success, making only a few minor changes to original experience to make it playable on the move. Combine that with some nifty new additions, every expansion and you've got one hell of a ride to look forward to.

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IGN
8 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Nov 16, 2017

Although it may not be immune to the test of time, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim still holds up as one of the most immersive virtual worlds ever created in a video game. All of its vastness, beauty, characters, stories, and goofy bugs fit nicely onto the Switch, where it runs at a good, steady framerate and resolution. The addition of motion controls are handy unless you plan to be a melee fighter, and amiibo support is a nice touch, but neither is really a game changer. This is a great way to get your Skyrim fix if you've never played before or have been looking for a reason to jump back in.

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We Got This Covered
Nov 16, 2017

Taken as a whole, Skyrim: Switch Edition is a mighty impressive achievement. There are some minor cutbacks that needed to be made to make it run well on the hardware, but it doesn't detract from the experience in any significant way. It's Skyrim on the go, and that alone is a monumental milestone in my book.

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Atomix
80 / 100
80 / 100
Nov 20, 2017

A great port to go of one of the most important RPG of all time.

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Gadgets 360
8 / 10
8 / 10
Nov 14, 2017

All in all, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on the Nintendo Switch is near perfect. It might not be the best looking version of the game, but it's the most accessible, trouble-free way to enjoy this well-worn classic.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Nov 16, 2017

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is an amazing game and this was never more true than in 2011.

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Shacknews
8 / 10
8 / 10
Nov 16, 2017

Overall, Skyrim on Switch is as good as I hoped it would be. I still find new areas to explore and new secrets to discover. Being able to take this awesome title on the go truly showcases why the Nintendo Switch is king. Sadly, Skyrim is a 2011 game, and at times it really shows. Because of this, it doesn't stand up against a game like Breath of The Wild, though that comparison may not be fair. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim proudly stands as the second best RPG available on Switch. If by any chance you're a Switch owner that's never played Skyrim, I'd recommend picking it up.

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PowerUp!
8 / 10
8 / 10
Nov 15, 2017

I honestly can’t recommend Skyrim on Switch enough. Even if you’ve played it before, you know you want to play it again. Go on, take the Dovahkiin with you to make those dreary trips to work bearable. It’s going to be worth it.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Nov 16, 2017

The Elder Scrolls V: Skryim for Nintendo Switch sells itself on its name alone. It's Skyrim...for Nintendo Switch. Are there some additions? Sure, but nothing that changes that core experience. And that core experience is what you're getting, but with the ability to take it wherever, whenever. If that is worth $60 to you then this is a must-buy.

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
Nov 16, 2017

A strong foundation and a high-quality port make Skyrim worth revisiting on Switch.

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Gameblog
8 / 10
8 / 10
Nov 16, 2017

Skyrim on Switch is still an excellent RPG that has everything to keep you wandering in its vast open-world for a long time. And everywhere.

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RPG Site
8 / 10
8 / 10
Nov 16, 2017

This isn't the best version of Skyrim available, but the fact an RPG this large and impressive can now be played on the go is honestly a bit of a revelation.

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Game Revolution
Nov 16, 2017

Skyrim is pretty much second only to Zelda: Breath of the Wild when it comes to action RPGs on this console.

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Spaziogames
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 16, 2017

We just can't get enough of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. This porting has been a sweet reminder of our first unforgettable journey in the northern region of Tamriel, a magical land full of stories and activities to dive in until you lose knowledge of time. Sure, a couple of visual imperfections bothered us, but they did not cease our thirst for adventure. With Nintendo Switch, Skyrim has just found its new home.

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Metro GameCentral
8 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

8 / 10
Nov 17, 2017

One of the best ever Western style role-players is given a new lease of life as a portable game.

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Cubed3
8 / 10
Ofisil

Top Critic

8 / 10
Nov 16, 2017

The only reason to avoid The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on Nintendo Switch is if you weren't a fan of the original game in the first place, or if you were expecting something new. Other than that, Bethesda has managed to port its enormous and captivating world into what's basically a tablet, and has done so almost flawlessly.

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FNintendo
8 / 10
8 / 10
Nov 16, 2017

Skyrim comes to the Nintendo Switch in a package that brings not just what featured in the original release but also some additional content, not to mention the added advantage of playing it on the go in any possible location. While the game is starting to show its age, the version brought to the Nintendo Switch performs very well and like the original, it's certain to keep its players in front of the screen, big or small, for over one hundred hours of exploration.

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Forbes
8 / 10.0
Erik Kain

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Nov 17, 2017

If you've waited this long to play Skyrim you can wait a little bit longer. Then again, if this is your first time with the game, well, maybe it's worth it after all.

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M3
8 / 10
M3

Top Critic

8 / 10
Nov 24, 2017

The lack of mods is a let down, and the graphics feels a bit outdated, but Skyrim is still a masterpiece six years after the original release.

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Digital Chumps
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 15, 2017

Playing Skyrim on the go is amazing and makes it a must-have for Nintendo Switch owners.

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WellPlayed
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 16, 2017

Bethesda’s blockbuster action-RPG from 2011 translates impressively well onto Nintendo’s hybrid platform. Taking a vast adventure such as this on the go perfectly highlights why a future where more big titles support the Switch is a future we should strive for

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Impulsegamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Dec 3, 2017

The Nintendo Switch version of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is a technical marvel. How Bethesda managed to cram such a huge, intricate game world onto a tiny little game cartridge blows my mind. Yet what impresses me most is just how well Skyrim works on the Nintendo Switch, both in terms of graphics and gameplay. The Switch version runs well and looks comparable to the console versions, but the inherent pick-up-and-play nature of the Switch perfectly suits the distractible, open-world gameplay of Skyrim. The tacked on motion-controls and Amiibo support is disappointing, yet easy to ignore, as is the texture pop-in and typical Bethesda-game scripting issues. It may be showing its age a bit, but if for some reason you are yet to play Skyrim, or you're simply looking to replay one of the best RPG's of all time, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on Switch is a great package.

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Rocket Chainsaw
Nov 19, 2017

Thanks to that freedom of playstyles, Skyrim for Nintendo Switch is the best version of the game since the original release and is definitely worth your time.

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IGN Spain
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Nov 16, 2017

A good port that is almost the same as the original game... A game that was released a long time ago and that has been surpassed in almost every possible way. Besides that, a great experience for Nintendo Switch players.

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Continue-Magazin
7 / 10
7 / 10
Dec 15, 2017

I think there's nothing more to say about Skyrim that has not already been said. Sadly the experience on Nintendo Switch is a very buggy one because Bethesda didn't care about fixing their stuff. On PC you can use mods from random people to improve the experience but on Nintendo Switch this is simply not possible. So be prepared for some weird stuff going on in your adventure. Other than that Skyrim is a must-play.

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Telegraph
Nov 27, 2017

As I flick through the bulging library on my Nintendo Switch trying to decide what to play, it almost seems quaint to think that less than a year ago we were concerned that Nintendo's hybrid-console wouldn't have enough games.

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