So I've never really got on with skyrim it seems fun and so on but I always feel a bit disconnected from the world it doesn't pull me in for some reason. On it's close cousin Fallout I've spent loads of time and on the recent fallout 4 I've done multiple play throughs in different characters and gone back to it several time as more things have come along but with skyrim I start off do some bits and then something else comes along and I abandon it.
Anyway as most of you are aware the remastered edition of Skyrim came out the other day and if you own the orginal version and the DLC's or the game of the year version you get the remastered edition for free. At somepoint I picked up the various DLC's probably in a steam sale so I had the game in my account. So I installed it and decided to give it another go.
Skyrim remastered is the original game with the 3 dlcs (dawn guard, dragon born, and the other one about houses) where they've shoehorned it into the more recent fallout 4 engine. It's content are identical to the previous versions it's just now gotten a lick of new paint and some under the hood tweaks.
For the PC the graphics are better than the original but nothing amazing. It's running in an engine that even tweaked and upgraded for fallout 4 is showing it's age, as much as I love fallout 4 it's visuals even an launch couldn't hold a candle to some of the more modern engines like witcher 3 or the like. So shoving a game that's 5-6 years old in there is not going to make it suddenly triple a++. The graphical improvements they've done are a few more lighting effects things like volumetric lights bloom depth of field effects. They've done some texture upgrades tweaked a few of the models (mostly npc models) and improved things like foliage density in the forests.
It's doing the best with what they have it's improved over the original but it's clearly quite old. Now for consoles the step up is more noticeable the ps3 and xbox360 versions were hobbled to make them work on the limited hardware available and ran at lower resolutions upscaled to 1080p so the difference is much more pronounced.
The other parts they've adjusted is mods for the consoles and the engine is now 64bit so rather than running out of memory at 4gig you can basically use all the available memory for adding in mods. Skyrim always had a huge modding scene so I'm sure the remastered version will benefit from that too with additional levels of graphical improvement and custom game items content etc.
As for the game itself well it's the same as ever. I've been playing a magic character wandering around blasting thing with fire. I also tried some of the DLC that I had on the original version but never touched it. So I became a master vampire wandered about eating people turning into this weird bat thing that is too tall for some of the corridors so had to change back to get down them or use the walking backwards trick.
It's enjoyable but I'm wondering how long I'll stick with it this time. I think part of the reason I don't feel as connected with it is the lack of dialogue most conversations are npc's spouting information the don't really have a dialogue tree as such more like a bush and you being the silent protagonist don't really engage you might get a few options like "yes I want to be a master vampire" or "No I'd rather not be a vampire thank you" but these binary choices are end stops not really a discussion.
I guess there is also more of a quest in fallout 4 there you are searching for your son or pursuing the goals of one of the three factions. I've never been that clear on the end game of skyrim something about shouting at dragons and the various guild and factional quests seem less well crafted than the ones in fallout. They were all mostly forgettable the only one standing out being the dark brotherhood assassins guild which had a pretty fun story.
It may just be that with the more recent fallout games they had more experience and crafted a better world even with their first fallout game I spent far longer wandering the capital wasteland than I did climbing mountains in snowy skyrim.
Still if you feel like giving Skyrim another go then this is a slightly more polished version and with bethesda saying they're not yet even working on elder scrolls 6 (but confirming it's on their todo list) this is the most recent incarnation of an elder scrolls game you can play ... well unless you count Elder scrolls online but the less said about ESO the better.