When I first heard the rumors that Bethesda was remastering Skyrim for the current generation of consoles I was pretty excited. Then I heard they were adding mod support to the game and I got even more excited. Finally, the game was shown off at Bethesda’s E3 conference and it was at that point I pretty much asked myself: am I really going to play through the entire game again?
I’ll be frank. I do not plan on playing through Skyrim again. With all the open world games I have yet to complete (I’m writing an editorial about that now), I simply do not have the time or desire to go back to a game I played years ago to replay it all over again just because it has a shiny new coat of graphics.
There’s so many new games in-development or releasing over the next 12 months, and I’m not really sure why people keep clamoring for re-releases of games they have already played–especially a game like Skyrim where people have easily sunk over a hundred hours into.
Sure, it’s great to have those games back in your collection again, and it’s nice to see games we loved in the past brought to the present with new a coat of paint; I can’t help but wonder where people find the time or enjoyment of going back and replaying a game like Skyrim after spending numerous hours in its vast world. If you’re picking up the game for the first time, I totally understand, but if you’ve played through it already…why go back again?
The inclusion of mod support is what I’m really looking forward to with Skyrim, provided they allow the major overhauls of the game on consoles. There’s quite a few mods in development for Skyrim, but there’s only two that I’ve really been keeping an eye on and that’s the Skywind and Skyblivion mods in-development by the Elder Scrolls Renewal team. A bit ironic.
Mods are what will get me hooked on Skyrim again, not the base game. Don’t get me wrong–Skyrim is one of my favorite games of all time, but even so, I still probably won’t have too much time or energy this coming fall to spend in a world I’ve already been to.
The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim: Special Edition releases on October 28, 2016.
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