Some games come and go, but rarely does one come along and have such a cultural impact that players are still talking about it a decade on. Originally released for the PlayStation 3 on 11th November, 2011, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is absolutely one of those games. A fact that’s being celebrated by Bethesda today with the launch of its new Anniversary Edition. What is it about Skyrim above all other open world RPGs, though, that keeps on pulling us back?
That’s the subject of today’s video, which commemorates Skyrim’s 10th anniversary by having video editors Aaron and Liam discuss its ongoing legacy. From memes about receiving sharp objects just above your shin to the game’s rocky reputation on PS3, we cover it all and debate how it changed the gaming landscape forever.
Looking forward to playing the Ultimate Definitive Edition of Skyrim on PS6
I expect a version for every gen for the next 10,000 years!
Said this a few times but I played it on PS4 pro & it played terribly the frame rate was really janky & it was just full of bugs
@Would_you_kindly. You must have played the wrong game.i play skyrim legendary edition i beat the game.and i didn't have one issue with it.and no im not buying the ps5 version.i already beat it.word up son
@playstation1995 I bought the special edition had a few crashes as well only bought it because I enjoyed oblivion on the Xbox 360 but this one was just too rough to keep me interested
You should of played the original PS3 version it made Cyberpunk look polished, not joking. The longer you play it the worse it got, frame rate tanking into single digits.
Hard not to talk about it a decade on when it’s rereleased every other year 😂
I am probably going to have to reinstall it tonight to check out this PS5 patch.
@banacheck would expect them to still be supporting the game & making it better if they're still selling it
@Would_you_kindly they basically couldn’t make it any better in the end on PS3. Something how the memory was divided. You just sort of got as far as you could in 60-70 hours then had to start again lol
But @LiamCroft I thought you don't replay games, how do you like Skyrim...or it's a different Liam 😆
@banacheck They eventually fixed that data storing issue.
It’s one of the only games that makes me feel like I’m in another world, even 10 years later no other game rivals it.
@Jeevz really? I mean, they improved on it but I never thought they fully resolved it.
@Jeevz unless you mean with this (possibly final) release 😂
I just can’t get into Skyrim. I tried again and again. It’s just not for me.
Yes the ultimate open world. Hundreds of quests that have bugs making it impossible to complete, every dungeon looks the same, same 10 voice actors for every person in the kingdom, weak main story, repetitive quests, boring quests, the world looks drab and lifeless.
It is without a question the game where people are the blindest about its faults. It's a mediocre game wrapped in a pretty bow of production value.
@TheArt Different Liam.
@LiamCroft Wait, are we not the same person?
@residentmeevil I can't quite believe it's taken until your penultimate day for someone to mistake you for me!
@kyleforrester87 I remember the issue getting resolved on PS3. I could be wrong though. I've smoke a lot of joint in the last 10 years...
Release the same game over and over, 10 years later for 50 euros: I sleep.
Release 3 games with improved visuals, models, frame rates(one day lol): OMG ROCKSTAR OMG.
@AFCC I know. They cut Michael Jackson too.
@AFCC Worth noting Skyrim on PS5/Series is a free upgrade if you already own the SE version on last gen consoles, the Creation Content stuff is then offered at a reduced price for those what want it.
Wouldn't says its the ultimate but definitely the most milked fantasy RPG
I'd have to say no. It's good, but there's no way I'd say it's better than Oblivion. So much of the Guild related stuff is much better in Oblivion, and I'd be hard pressed to name an open world RPG that's better than it to this day.
No, it's not. There's no incentive to actually explore the world, you just visit the key points of interest to do quests so the large open world feels like fluff. The game desperately needs a collectible of some kind (something like the Korok Seeds in BotW or the oculi in Genshin Impact) to encourage you to explore every nook and cranny of that big open world.
I installed it and downloaded the update, played for 30 seconds and deleted 😂
Great game but I’m so done with it.
Every elder scrolls game I played has been super glitchy. I had a glitch in Skyrim PS3 where the game would crash if I touched any water lol. Hope PS5 version is fixed.
@kyleforrester87 That's got to be the biggest download-to-play time ratio ever
@Gremio108 it was worth it for some closure. Although I’ll probably try again next time it’s released.
@WallyWest yeah, I saw that. I don't hate Skyrim btw, but some people just are overreacting imo!
@kyleforrester87 That's the only sad part lol
I liked Oblivion more on my PS3 but I've "hit the wall" of my save and couldn't continue. On the other hand I've finished Skyrim on PS3 and those loading times were nightmare (thieves guild headquater had 4 loadings!)
I am all for games remaining in "print" like books, movies and music just a shame you have to buy them again each generation. PS4 to PS5 has probably been the best in terms of free upgrades for the previous generation. This game included if you don't want all the extra DLC.
@Would_you_kindly @djlard nice to see others that like Oblivion more. There's not many of us, but we're out there.
Heck, pc players hated Skyrim. The ui got all consolized and made mouse play horrible!
I can never get myself to even try playing Skyrim, just feels overrated and ancient...I know I'll prob get some hate but just how I think about it.
@NEStalgia I thought oblivion looked pretty good when I played it on the Xbox 360 & enjoyed the fighters guild , when I bought Skyrim on PS4 it just looked really dated compared to other games
Great game..yes indeed...best open world in a game nooooo..i personally found assassins creed origins and odyssey to be far superior in regards to content (okay a lot of it was filler),interaction with npc's and the weapons,combat just about everything really was better..even the farcry open world maps are better so while i'll never dispute the importance that skyrim represented at the time its been superceded several times..so no skyrim no longer has the greatest open world map (these are my own personal views and are not meant as a means to start a flame war...feel free to take any points made out of context..)
@Salt_AU i can see your point but what you are forgetting is that it took a while before bethesda released the creation kit so a heck of a lot of players were experiencing all the bugs (frame rates plummeting,dragons flying backwards etc) before any mods saw the light of day..console owners got their chance of modding later on so they had to put up with the bugs even longer..so yes on one hand i agree with you but as one of those players that had to endure blue screens of death and countless issues on the ps3 i can wholly sympathise with those players too..
But it never was.
Despite their flaws, the Bethesda RPGs are something special in terms of expanded worlds and player choice.
I hope Sony is producing its own take on the genre now that MS owns Bethesda and Obsidian. Sony has a lot of these Ubi style third person action open world RPGs, but that just isn't the same thing.
@kyleforrester87 Really - 30 seconds? Lets see if I can best that.
@lindos the Dragon arrived, l took control, looked around, laughed and closed it 😂
@Salt_AU Excluding anyone that's ever had the misfortune of playing a Bethesda game on a Playstation, my experiences with Bugthesda, and I mean the big bugs, not the quest glitches where it just stops advancing and you have an empty room, are: PC Oblivion with Shivering Isles installed. The game crashed every single time I'd try to enter Shivering Isles. Uninstalled everything, reinstalled everything, still crashed every time. Troubleshot for a while and eventually gave up. It never actually worked. Then Skyrim on 360, I played for a while, got up to Whiterun, fell through the ground and walked, broken under the town. Game over. I reloaded save games all the way back to the earliest, and they ALL did the same thing when I got to Witerun. The saves themselves were damaged. Then there's all the annoying bugs that don't halt all progress in the game. I'm a TES superfan, but I can't deny Bugthesda is a thing...
@Would_you_kindly They look largely the same in terms of the engine and graphics, at least at launch. Skyrim's problem was the UI designed for console was never very good, while Oblivion's keyb/mouse focused UI was a pain to control on console, but was a lot better a UI, plus the color palette. Oblivion has a colorful, Hobbiton kind of look. Skyrim went with the PS360 trope of brown-on-gray everything. It makes the world bland and unengaging. Everything is just dull gray, everywhere.
I've always preferred Oblivion as well. I think of that game as the high point of TES.
@Northern_munkey & mods disable trophies I saw there was one that apparently enables 60fps but didn't bother with any mods because I didn't want to disable trophies
I still haven’t played this game. I’m waiting for the Limited Special Ultimate Definitive Day One GOTY Nostromo Edition to be released with a figurine of Todd Howard. Plus a sticker sheet.
No. mad it's still being remastered. Bethesda got into hot water over the PS3 version of the game, because they knew the game was broken on the PS3 when they released it. It had something to do with a memory leak meaning the bigger you're save file got it would tank the frame rate, the work around was turning off your PS3 to flush the memory. Sony had to step in to get the DLC working on the PS3, it's why the DLC was around 12 months late on the PS3. Good game at the time, one of the broken game's ever.
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