The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Nintendo Switch Edition
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.