Elder Scrolls 5 Skyrim Nintendo Switch review: What the critics think of new Bethesda port

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Elder Scrolls 5 Skyrim’s Nintendo Switch  release date is almost here, which means reviews have started to drop.The Nintendo Switch Skyrim port features exclusive Nintendo content, including special items and armour from The Legend of Zelda.
Players can use Legend of Zelda amiibo to unlock Breath of the Wild armour and weaponry, like the Master Sword.

The Nintendo Switch version also introduces motion controls, letting players fire arrows and swing swords using the Joy-Cons.

The bundle includes previously released Skyrim expansions like Dawnguard, Hearthfire and Dragonborn.

Then there’s the portability aspect, which means gaming fans can play on the go.

Does the Nintendo Switch Skyrim port live up to its predecessors? Check out the review round-up below to find out.

Gamespot – 8/10: “The original version of Skyrim is still an immense, engrossing RPG, and the quality, number, and variety of its quests makes it as easy to become lost in its world as ever.”With the addition of Zelda-themed gear that’s actually useful – and the fact that you can play anywhere – the Switch version of Skyrim is a great excuse to revisit a much-loved RPG.”
IGN – 8/10: “Although it may not be immune to the test of time, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim still holds up as one of the most immersive virtual worlds ever created in a video game. All of its vastness, beauty, characters, stories, and goofy bugs fit nicely onto the Switch, where it runs at a good, steady framerate and resolution.

“The addition of motion controls are handy unless you plan to be a melee fighter, and amiibo support is a nice touch, but neither is really a game changer. This is a great way to get your Skyrim fix if you’ve never played before or have been looking for a reason to jump back in.”

Gadgets 360 – 8/10: “Perhaps the biggest draw of the game will be how every seemingly incongruous element comes together to deliver a fantastic experience. All in all, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on the Nintendo Switch is near perfect. It might not be the best looking version of the game, but it’s the most accessible, trouble-free way to enjoy this well-worn classic.

“It might not have the flexibility hardcore fans have come to expect in terms of mods, but if Nintendo takes its online infrastructure seriously enough (to allow for Bethesda’s Creation Club on the Switch), it could quite possibly turn out to be the definitive way to be an adventurer without taking an arrow to the knee.”

GamesRadar – 4.5/5: “Six years after its original release, I’m astonished that Skyrim can still surprise me. I didn’t expect to feel so strongly about playing it again on another console, but the motion controls added thanks to the Switch completely changes how it feels to navigate its bustling cities, breath-taking landscapes, and unnerving dungeons. For anyone who can’t get enough of Skyrim and thirsts for true immersion, playing it on Switch is the answer.

“You might have to deal with a few bugs and make sure you always have a torch at the ready, but few things compare to lifting your arm and seeing your character do the same. Skyrim on Nintendo Switch unites player and character in a brand new way, and all I can think about is when I can dive back into its world.”

My Nintendo News – 8/10: “If you haven’t played Skyrim before, it might be worth it to delve in on Nintendo Switch. But then again, you could get the game for a fraction of the asking price on PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360. Heck, last year’s Special Edition version of Skyrim is even cheaper on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. You could essentially get the same overall experience by paying significantly less for any of the previous releases. But if you don’t have access to those platforms, you can’t go wrong with getting it on Switch if you’re looking for another solid open-world title that can be played at home or on the go. Ultimately, I hope Skyrim Switch is a sign of more good things to come from Bethesda, such as Nintendo versions of the inevitable next core entries in The Elder Scrolls and Fallout series.

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