So, Skyrim Special Edition came out yesterday and it’s a big thing for a lot of people. Because I have the original Skyrim on my computer with all of the downloadable content (DLC), I got it for free through Steam. Why? Because PC gamers are not the intended audience for this remaster. The intention of this remaster is to give Skyrim, which is still a strong game in the gaming community to people who have Playstation 4 and XBox One consoles the ability to play the game — because these consoles aren’t backwards compatible, which kinda sucks you know? But there’s probably a reason for it that isn’t completely about making money. Anyway, this remaster will also give console players the ability to modify their games — to a certain extent. For people on the PC, however, we’ve had the ability to modify our games for a long time and we can make our games look and act pretty much any way we want to — within the confines of the game engine. We can make our game look better than anything Bethesda did to this game.
So why did PC gamers get it at all? Because they’ve updated the game from a 32 bit engine to a 64 bit engine and that’s a game changer right there.
But what does this have to do with the daily prompt? Well, I was wandering around the new, unmodded Skyrim Special Edition — because I’m curious like that — and I noticed a lot of things that I totally took for granted with my modifications. One thing was a mod that I downloaded a long time ago and just kept using for a long time. You see, in Skyrim, every bridge in the game pretty much looks like this:
I mean, seriously, it’s just… kinda blah. Even the main crossroads the player comes to in one of the major cities in the area is just this:
I’d actually forgotten how dull the Vanilla bridges were when I started wandering around Skyrim again without the modifications because I’ve had this mod for so long. I’m used to the first bridge looking like this:
And the crossroads looks way better like this: (In my humble opinion)
And these bridges look way cool at night too, especially with another mod installed that adds lanterns. Lanterns are cool. 🙂
So, while the Special Edition did update the graphic quality and the engine, and it did run smoother while I was walking around in the world. There are some mods I just really really like — not just the bridges, but it’s nice to have my character turn her head and look at a person when someone is talking to her instead of staring straight ahead like a mannequin… you know? It’s the little things. Anyway, until I can use those mods in my game. I’ll probably stick with Skyrim and play like I’ve been playing. We’ll see.