Some games are grand adventures that take on a life of their own, making you return to them over and over again. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Switch falls firmly into this category, putting players in the starring role of an epic story they craft for themselves through the choices they make. The world of Skyrim feels like a real living, breathing world, and players can explore that world to their heart's content. Whether it's following the unfolding plot from point to point or ignoring the bulk of the quests to just take in the sights, Skyrim's biggest draw has always been that it gives players the freedom to play it however they want. It's why even now, six years after its initial release, the game still has a huge fan following.
After getting a Special Edition release last year for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has made its way to the Nintendo Switch. While the game lacks a bit of the visual polish of the Special Edition, it still looks and runs great, particularly on the portable screen. Use of the Switch's motion controls give the game more of a VR feel, with the left and right Joy-Con responsible for their respective hands' actions. It's a more immersive experience, but it's not always precise and takes a lot of getting used to. Plus, most motion controls are useless in portable mode. These are all optional, though, and can be adjusted or turned off in the settings. Players with amiibo figures can also get a little extra boost once per day, using the Nintendo figures to drop treasure chests with extra goodies to help in players' adventures. None of these drops are ever overpowered or game-breaking, but there is some fun, exclusive Legend of Zelda content that can be unlocked. The only big omission from the Switch version of Skyrim is the addition of user-created PC mods, something missing from the other console version. Even so, faithful transition of the game and the ability to take the adventure with you make this version of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim one of the best, if not the best, versions of the game available to date.