Bethesda Elder Scrolls Skyrim

Last updated date: June 11, 2019

DWYM Score
8.7

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We looked at the top 1 Fantasy Games and dug through the reviews from 13 of the most popular review sites including Tweak Town, Destructoid, Digital Trends, The Guardian, PC Gamer, Game Rant, Attack Of The Fan Boy, Push Square, Giant Bomb, Game Grin, RPG Fan, Hold To Reset, memeburn and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Fantasy Game you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 157 expert reviews, the XBOX ONE XBOX ONE Elder Scrolls V Skyrim placed 4th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note October 8, 2019:
Checkout The Best Fantasy Game for a detailed review of all the top fantasy games.

Expert Summarized Score
8.3
13 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.5
3,007 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Impressive visuals. Immersive atmospheric effects, like godrays and fog. Mod support adds incredible replay value. Consistent FPS throughout All DLC in one package. Feels and looks new regardless that it's a 5 year old game
- Tweak Town
November 13, 2016 | Full review
But the chief tweak I really enjoyed was the smooth framerate on consoles, and after digging into the mod support on Xbox One, I'm starting to see the light as well.
- Destructoid
November 3, 2016 | Full review
Massive open world. Many amazing stories. Tons of abilities and character creation options. Dragons!
- Digital Trends
The reason for this is that Skyrim is one of the most gargantuan undertakings gamers will experience all year. The sheer size of the adventure, both in terms of its environment and in the amount of activities available to the player, is mind-blowing.
- The Guardian
New lighting techniques and a fluffy sort of frozen fog give the world a cold sparkle, and the previously puffy faces are sharp, mean and defined.
- PC Gamer
November 10, 2011 | Full review
Although it may be easy to overlook the improved graphics, there’s no way to overlook the incredible improvements to load times. Console power has come a long way since 2011 and the days of setting down the controller and going to make a sandwich after clicking fast travel are behind us.
- Game Rant
Thankfully, the effort that Bethesda put into designing the game’s world is what allows it to continue to impress despite its shortcomings.
- Attack Of The Fan Boy
November 18, 2017 | Full review
Last but not least, we need to highlight the game's soundtrack, which is still superb. Composer Jeremy Soule's music is effortlessly atmospheric, and really ties the whole experience together. As far as we're concerned, it remains one of the best game soundtracks ever crafted.
- Push Square
November 8, 2016 | Full review
One of the reasons it's so appealing to follow every objective you find is that the quality of the game's dungeons is greatly improved over those in Oblivion, and feels like a further evolution of the sort of combat areas in Fallout 3.
- Giant Bomb
November 10, 2011 | Full review
Skyrim is still a great place to lose yourself in for awhile, with a whole world of side-quests as well as the main quest and all the expansion DLC content to devour.
- Game Grin
Expansive world, engaging side quests, finely-tuned progression system, console mods, and all expansion packs.
- RPG Fan
November 24, 2016 | Full review
The only real positive is that they gave the game away for free to players that owned the base game and dlcs.
- Hold To Reset
October 29, 2016 | Full review
A brilliant new addition to the game on console is the ability to add mods.
- memeburn
November 28, 2016 | Full review
What experts didn't like
It's still Skyrim, so expect glitches and bugs. Weird horizontal lines. Textures look awkward at far distances.
- Tweak Town
November 13, 2016 | Full review
I'm straight-up unimpressed by the campaign, which was a weird feeling to have since it begged the question of whether or not it was ever justified.
- Destructoid
November 3, 2016 | Full review
Noticeable clipping and other bugs
- Digital Trends
Unlike some current-gen console re-releases, Skyrim Special Edition is not a complete remake from the ground up.
- Game Rant
As mentioned previously, bugs are still a big issue with Skyrim and it’s harder to look past them this time considering we’re dealing with a 5 year old game.
- Attack Of The Fan Boy
November 18, 2017 | Full review
We did, however, suffer a couple of crashes during our 60 hours with the remaster.
- Push Square
November 8, 2016 | Full review
On the raw technical side, I experienced four lockups and one minor cave where the frame rate inexplicably became unplayable, and some dragon skeletons in particular tended to spawn halfway into the ground from time to time.
- Giant Bomb
November 10, 2011 | Full review
It’s just a shame it didn’t get more than a visual touch-up.
- Game Grin
No new official content, glitches galore, and remastered graphics and textures that aren’t up to snuff with some older PC mods.
- RPG Fan
November 24, 2016 | Full review
The same vanilla Skyrim glitches are still prevalent in this version. The quests you did five years ago are all the same, there are no new weapons or armor sets.
- Hold To Reset
October 29, 2016 | Full review
Probably my biggest complaint with the game, even though it is smooth, is its inability to run at 60fps. It’s disappointing, really, and something that should be capable of running on hardware significantly more powerful than last generation.
- memeburn
November 28, 2016 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Winner of more than 200 Game of the Year Awards, Skyrim Special Edition brings the epic fantasy to life in stunning detail. The Special Edition includes the critically acclaimed game and add-ons with all-new features like remastered art and effects, volumetric god rays, dynamic depth of field, screen-space reflections, and more. Skyrim Special Edition also brings the power of PC mods to consoles. New quests, environments, characters, dialogue, armor, weapons and more – with Mods, the possibilities of what you can experience are nearly endless.

Overall Product Rankings

1. XBOX ONE Dark Souls III: The Fire Fades Edition
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 3
2. Warner Brothers Witcher 3
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 17
3. PS4 Shadows Die Twice
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 28
4. Bethesda Elder Scrolls Skyrim
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 13
5. XBOX ONE Kingdom Hearts III
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 18
6. Square Enix Final Fantasy XV
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 10
7. XBOX ONE Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War Gold Edition
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 11
8. XBOX ONE Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 4
9. Nintendo Switch Xenoblade Chronicles 2
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 19
10. PS4 Secret of Mana
Overall Score: 7.6
Expert Reviews: 21

An Overview On Fantasy Games

Be transported to another world when you sit down to a great fantasy game on your favorite console. Whether you are an avid Xbox One player or you are exclusive to your PlayStation 4, you’ll surely discover excellent fantasy games that will fill your free time with exciting adventures on screen. Let’s take a closer look at the two consoles and what they have to offer fantasy game players.

The PlayStation 4 has countless perks for its players. With an excellent record behind it for graphics, the console offers detailed imagery with excellent 1080 resolution. Players also find a very easy-to-use interface on the PS4 along with endless options for playing with friends. Owners of the PS4 also love the feature that allows you to transfer your gameplay to another device when others want to use the television. For those who want to use their console for more than just game playing, the PS4 offers a couple of different options for media apps to access television series, movies or music.

Perhaps the biggest perk for PlayStation 4 owners is the copious amounts of games that Sony offers. You will find all kinds of genres from adventure to Indie and, of course, plenty of fantasy games. If you’re looking for non-stop action within an elaborate fantasy world, “Sekiro Shadows Die Twice” is the game for you. Situated in old Japan, the game allows players to create their own path through battles with creative monsters and encounters with friends and foes alike.

For an old favorite, discover the excitement in “Final Fantasy XV.” This PlayStation 4 fantasy game has been around for years, but never like this before. With improved scenes and performance options for the characters, this edition will leave you wanting more game time than ever. When you need a good fantasy game fix, these two will certainly give you the ultimate experience you want.

Now let’s turn our attention to the Xbox One. This console offers some competition to the PlayStation 4 players. With access to three generations of Xbox games and cross-play on PC games, Xbox trumps PlayStation 4 with its accessibility to games. The affordability of the games and console also gives it an advantage for budget-conscience consumers.

However, for those who want the best graphics, Xbox One is just a bit subpar with a 900 resolution on most games. A cool feature with Xbox Skill features is the ability to activate and control your console through Alexa devices with your voice. In addition, Xbox One, which features Xbox Live, has excellent options for entertainment outside of games, including Kodi, a sought-after media app. The console also offers compatibility with Dolby sound products for outstanding audio experiences as well.

Xbox One has simply incredible fantasy games. For challenging and diversified action scenes, “Dark Souls III” is the fantasy game for you. The player will find their way through intense combat with creatures of unimaginable characteristics surrounded by an edge-of-your-seat landscape that keeps you on your toes.

If “Dark Souls III” is a favorite, you will also enjoy “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.” Players will find a frigid atmosphere set in the Northlands during a post-war period in this fantasy game. Navigate through sparse lands while encountering enemies and friends in a unique and entertaining story.

The fantasy game lineup extends much further beyond these favorites for console game players. Take a deeper look into what Microsoft and Sony offer for games and get a feel for which has the library of your taste. From there, you can decide which console will best suit your fantasy game style.

DYWM Fun Fact

In schools in the mid-1900s, video gaming became an object of study. Students and professors were exploring all the possibilities, and although they were starting simple with games such as “OXO” and “Tennis for Two,” they were major advancements. As time passed, the games became more complex. In the late 1960s, the home console or “The Brown Box” was created. Later in 1972, consumers were offered this same console as the “Odyssey” from Magnavox. From there, developers gave life to new games and improved versions of old games. Even new consoles were eventually born. Some of the earliest favorites that are still loved today include “Pac-Man,” “Donkey Kong,” and “Space Invaders.”

The ’80s brought about a crash in the industry from a flooding of the market, and many console creators experienced bankruptcy. In 1989, the first console war arose between Nintendo and Genesis, both of which had hit the market with improved gaming attractions: Genesis with “Sonic the Hedgehog” and Nintendo with a 16-bit Super NES console. The ’90s then exploded with multiple new genres, including fighting games with gore that prompted a rating council to emerge in 1993. This was the basis of today’s rating system used by all the game producers.

Three-dimensional gameplay broke out in the mid-’90s with Sega releasing the first 32-bit console,  and then one year after, Nintendo launched its 64-bit console. This ushered in the dawn of modern gaming that we still see in action today. The early 2000s were marked by Blu-ray compatibility and an improved motion system for players. The Wii was soon to follow with motion-sensitive remote controls and the “Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure” that brought players physically into the game with plastic figures.

The evolution of video games has been an incredibly quick and impressive progression over the last 65 years. From simple tennis to motion-censored controllers, generations have seen the industry go through so many changes that most industries do not witness in a single lifetime.

The Fantasy Game Buying Guide

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