Available as either a full release priced at £47.99 / $49.99 or as a discounted upgrade to 2016's Special Edition, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Anniversary Edition is quite simply the best version of Skyrim to ever grace a PlayStation console. Although, admittedly, that's not saying much. The original game on PS3 was and still is a technical mess, and while the aforementioned Special Edition fixed the title's most glaring issues on PS4, performance was still underwhelming at times. Fortunately, Anniversary is a real cut above, offering a mostly locked 60 frames-per-second at 4K resolution. It's taken ten whole years, but Bethesda has finally delivered.
Snark aside, Skyrim remains an engrossing fantasy RPG. Its core gameplay loop of exploring, questing, looting, and levelling is timeless — even if the gameplay feels so incredibly basic by today's standards. Combat can be mindless as you chug healing potions and flail your blade at braindead enemies, but carving out a class for your character is still a lot of fun. Whether you're into swords, bows, or magic, there's a great sense of progression that carries Skyrim, and you're never locked into one specific style of play. Some see this lack of defined roles as a negative, but we'd argue that near total gameplay freedom is one of the title's greatest strengths. As a result, this is an RPG that can hold your attention for hundreds of hours — there's always something new to discover and eventually master.
Skyrim itself is an excellently crafted open world. If you can look past the fact that major cities have about 15 people living inside of them, there's a certain magic to this snowy land. A stunning soundtrack combines with an incredibly cohesive art direction to create an amazing atmosphere — an atmosphere that somehow holds up even when insane animation bugs are unfolding before your eyes. Indeed, Skyrim is still a buggy game here in 2021, but the bugs are pretty much part of its identity at this point. Would it really be Skyrim if you didn't encounter a floating mammoth every now and then?
Okay, so Skyrim's still Skyrim, but what does Anniversary Edition actually bring to the table? Well, with Anniversary Edition, you get complete access to the Creation Club. In a nutshell, the Creation Club started life as a poorly judged official mod shop, essentially offering DLC packs for premium currency. It took years for the Creation Club to stock up on any worthwhile content, but if you add it all together now, you're getting significant bang for your buck. Anniversary Edition comes with 74 'Creations' — from new quests and locations to weapons, armour, and player homes. If all you've ever known is Skyrim on consoles, then this avalanche of new stuff will refresh the experience to a surprising extent.
And if you're looking for a full list of of all the Creation Club content that comes with Skyrim Anniversary Edition, we wrote this guide:
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.