Skyrim Special Edition, or Skyrim "Special" Edition

Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2016 - 03:44 PM |
Tagged: skyrim, gaming, elder scrolls

If you picked up all of the Skyrim DLC then the new Special Edition is available to you for free, otherwise it could cost you up to $50.  The question of whether to install it or not is on the minds of many gamers, including the gang over at Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN.  The answer is simple if you have installed dozens of mods and have them playing nicely together; do not.  This new version will not support those mods nor will you be able to load saves from them, though there is a way for those with less common aspect ratios to be able to play.

For those uninterested in mods or who want to start all over again, there have been reports of sound issues and many of the old bugs are back; expect a lot of flying if your FPS can top 60 if your machine can play the new version that is.  As far as the new graphical features such as lighting do not measure up to the unmodded original with the high resolution texture pack as you can see in the image from RPS below.  It has no hope of matching the quality of some of the various existing mods that make the game almost photo realistic.  All is not lost, this could be a great platform upon which modders can redo existing mods or create new ones but for the most part this launch is disturbingly reminiscent of the original launch of the game.

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"I switched repeatedly between it and an unmodded Skyrim original install with Bethesda’s official high-res texture pack added in, and it didn’t take long to reach that perfect pitch of meaningless insanity that is deciding between two different shades of white to paint your bathroom. Ultimately, I came damned closed to preferring the original."

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November 2, 2016 | 08:16 PM - Posted by Arc (not verified)

Lighting is technically better in the SE picture but I prefer the darker, clearer, tones in the original. That said, I run super fancy HD mods, HD wearwolves, Unlimited weight, etc, so no need for a special edition here.

November 2, 2016 | 09:12 PM - Posted by CNote

I tried the SE... looks a little better but I also played it on xbox 360

November 3, 2016 | 03:17 AM - Posted by Oubadah

Bethesada needs to stop wastingbtheir time trying to polish gamebryo turds and work on proper new engine for future TES titles. If they waste one more title on that heap of crap engine I think I'll slit my wrists.

November 3, 2016 | 06:07 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Did the same thing, and SE looked much better in many areas of the game. But in general there is not much difference when using mods.

I'm not playing the game again because SE released, I wanted to play it again because I never tried the DLCs and pretty much only did main story questline in the original.

Game is great. Only issue is the sound, it's lower in SE. Fix it god damnit.

November 3, 2016 | 07:23 AM - Posted by Michael Rand (not verified)

You can either fix the audio issue yourself as described in this post here :

Or just wait for Bethesda as they have acknowledged the sound problems as an issue.

November 3, 2016 | 07:14 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Looks like Fallout 4. Overall brightness is too high, if you turn Gamma down it looks much better but lowers contrast. The engine needs a complete lighting overhaul. Main reason for that is in my opinion that the ingame sun seems to spread white light not orange light like our real sun. That makes the colors look washed out or bleached.

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