Skyrim: An Adventure
Fans of the Elder Scrolls franchise will be well versed in Skyrim at this point. It’s not exactly a brand new game, but even with the release of the simply stunning rework, I can’t help but just pick up the 2011 RPG behemoth. Created by Bethesda Softworks, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is one of those titles you can’t help but be drawn into. Since people have been enjoying encounters of random horses before they set foot in the game for real, I thought I’d actually pick up the original Skyrim and just see how much of a difference it makes… When a computer can max it out.
If you hadn’t guessed, that means I’ve had a computer upgrade – and that I’m truly and utterly amazed at how well things run on it. Running a GeForce GTX 950, a i7 6700 @ 3.4ghz per core, 8gb ram (Yes, I could upgrade this further, but for now it’s more than ample for nearly all tasks. Unless, of course, I suddenly get into data mining, or am itching to play Dishonored 2… Like a certain other GeekOut South-West writer). Now, with this said, considering the loading screen of the game takes about 1 second (At a push 2 seconds), I’m truly at a loss with how smooth the game looks now.
See, when I first experienced Skyrim, it was on a GeForce 9600 GT, a great card to be sure, but certainly nothing to be singing home about these days. Now that I’ve got a GTX 950, everything is running so smoothly and that’s something I never thought I’d be able to say. However it might not be the best GPU in the world, nor the best RAM in the world, but it’s certainly a damn good one. It’s going to last me several years I feel, so I’m excited to see what other games I can now play, record, stream and so on. I’ve already experienced games such as League of Legends, hitting a ridiculous amount of FPS (Over 500 FPS, but I limit it to “just” 144, as per their options).
With this said then, having experienced Skyrim again, I can’t help but look around the world and have my breath taken away by how pretty it is. It’s not exactly a new game, but the game has stood up to these years. Okay, some of the textures might be a little bit old looking and some of the fauna might be a little bit bitty… But other than that, we’ve got a damn solid look to the game, even 7 years later.
If you’re looking to buy Skyrim Special Edition, I’d recommend it only for the console, as the upgrade for the PC is rather minimal. If you’re buying it for PC, why not just get any one of the Skyrim graphics mods? There are many mods that make the textures look better and if you’re telling me that the dragon bones in the screenshot above looks bad, then I guess we’ll just agree to disagree. But now it’s over to you: What do you think of the actual graphics of Skyrim in todays gaming climate? Are you looking forward to Elder Scrolls VI (if and when it comes out)? As always, leave your comments below, or over on Facebook, Twitter or Reddit.