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Preview: Skyrim’s Switch port is the same game we’ve all played before

| October 2, 2017

Preview: Skyrim's Switch port is the same game we've all played before Articles  Skyrim Nintendo Switch Bethesda

When I went to EGX 2017, I honestly couldn’t stand the thought of waiting in a forty-five-minute queue to play The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Sure, it’s a great game—the second best Elder Scrolls game, just after Morrowind—but it’s a game I’ve played hundreds of hours of before. Obviously, I eventually caved in, mostly because I wasn’t going to stand in a line for three hours just to play fifteen minutes of Mario Odyssey, and I was pleasantly surprised with this upcoming port to Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo Switch finally allows us to get the full-fat portable version of Skyrim we’ve all craved for years

Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t the definitive version of Skyrim at all, that award goes to the PC, but Nintendo Switch finally allows us to get the full-fat portable version of Skyrim we’ve all craved for years. It looks great, albeit with some poor anti-aliasing, on the 720p screen and runs fantastically. While the visuals are still behind the PC, PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game, it’s leaps and bounds ahead of what we saw last generation, especially when it came to the PS3.

During my short demo session I didn’t get to play much, but I did get to take in the world of Skyrim once more. The demo was much like actual Skyrim in that it let me do whatever the hell I wanted. So I did what any rational Skyrim player would do if they only had twenty minutes to spare: Kill all of Whiterun’s non-important NPCs, steal a horse, travel to the nearest major city and do exactly the same. In just twenty minutes I became Tamriel’s very own angel of death.

There’s not really much to say about Skyrim that hasn’t already been said. To be completely honest, everyone who’s played a console version of Skyrim has already previewed the Nintendo Switch version. With the version being unmodable it’s really the lesser of the current-gen console versions in terms of content, although the factor of its portability does offer a brand-new sense of superiority over, say, Xbox One and PS4.

But we’ve all played Skyrim before. It’s one of the most popular RPGs of all time and I’m pretty sure that its Nintendo Switch port—and the future ports to every platform under the sun—will be as popular as ever. If you like Skyrim and want to buy Skyrim’s purest form on a fully portable medium, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on Nintendo Switch is exactly the game we all want but are cautious to buy for a third, maybe fourth, time.

For more of our EGX 2017 coverage read our previews of: Sonic Forces, Assassin’s Creed Origins and Super Lucky’s Tale.

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  • spideynut71

    I’ll take my PC version at 2560x1440p / 60fps, with 220 mods. Portability is useless, if the experience is watered down. This is nothing more than a(nother) cash grab by Bethesda.

    • Marc

      Well, that seems like a sensible comment to make. You have your version that you’re happy with so why should anyone else get a version that they want?
      I, for one, am looking forward to its release on the Switch. Portability trumps most other things for me, and I’m new to Skyrim, so this will be great.

    • Good for you. Also how is this a cash grab.

      They are porting it to a new platform so more people can play it.

      You know there are many people who don’t have multiple consoles and or a PC.

    • Professor Murder

      So then what would be a portable game that is NOT watered down for your taste? Because I’m pretty sure Skyrim Switch still looks better than any other portable game out there right now…

    • Professor Murder

      So then what would be a portable game that is NOT watered down for your taste? Because I’m pretty sure Skyrim Switch still looks better than any other portable game out there right now…(excluding all other Switch games of course, which helps this Switch case)

    • Lewis White

      I’ll stick by what I wrote, Skyrim is still a great game at it’s core and that game lends itself fantastically to a portable system.

    • Lewis White

      I’ll stick by what I wrote, Skyrim is still a great game at it’s core and that game lends itself fantastically to a portable system.

  • Ryan Anderson

    As one of the rare few who has never played Skyrim before, I’m entirely hyped for this. This is exactly what I want from the Switch.

    • Professor Murder

      You’ll be very happy. Whether you want to grind through quests, or just take your time and explore or traverse caves, you can do whatever you wish to invest that time in. That’s why having it on Switch is a big deal. Long car rides as a passenger. Plane traveling. Gaming nightcaps in bed. Just wanting to chill at the park to get some air a relax under a tree and game for an hour… I like the choice to bring it over to Switch, even though it’s a last gen game. It’s still massive hours of enjoyment for people like yourself who haven’t dove into it these past years.

  • Ryan Anderson

    As one of the rare few who has never played Skyrim before, I’m entirely hyped for this. This is exactly what I want from the Switch.

    • Professor Murder

      You’ll be very happy. Whether you want to grind through quests, or just take your time and explore or traverse caves, you can do whatever you wish to invest that time in. That’s why having it on Switch is a big deal. Long car rides as a passenger. Plane traveling. Gaming nightcaps in bed. Just wanting to chill at the park to get some air a relax under a tree and game for an hour… I like the choice to bring it over to Switch, even though it’s a last gen game. It’s still massive hours of enjoyment for people like yourself who haven’t dove into it these past years.

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