Skyrim Remastered: Should You Pay $60 To Buy It?

Do allegations that Bethesda overpriced the remaster hold any water?

Posted By | On 24th, Jul. 2016 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605


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Although Bethesda’s announcement of The Elder Scrolls Skyrim: Special Edition, the long awaited remaster of their 2011 hit for current generation consoles, has been met with general excitement and anticipation, there is that portion of the internet that seems to be rather unhappy- but their unhappiness seems to be more at the price than anything else.

Normally, I tend to dismiss complaints of that nature as nothing more than jaded cynicism, but this particular vein of discontent is one that merits closer examination- is a remaster ever worth $60? By purchasing something like this, are we sending the wrong message to game publishers? Are we essentially telling them that it is okay for them to re-release old games, and charge us full price for them?

In general, maybe that argument holds some weight, but in this specific instance, I can’t see how anyone can legitimately argue against Skyrim‘s price- the remaster is launching with the base game, that comes with hundreds of hours of content all by itself, as well as all the DLC and content updates that were ever released for it. By itself, this is enough to be worth $60- indeed, that is exactly what Game of the Year releases are in the AAA games industry. But Bethesda aren’t stopping there. Instead, they have fully remastered the game’s graphics, causing the game to look great on the PS4 and Xbox One, and they are also adding support for mods for the console versions of the game. That’s not even all- to anyone who owns the game and its DLC on PC, Bethesda are also giving away this remaster for free, which is excellent, and something that literally no other publisher would do.

Look, I understand fears and principled stances that supporting a full priced remaster might be sending the industry a wrong signal. But context is important, too- Skyrim Special Edition is a full priced remaster, but in terms of sheer value and content, it is more worth its price than most new games that release are, and it represents some very good industry practices too. The larger question of whether or not buying full priced remasters makes sense continues to stand- but for Skyrim, specifically, I can say there is nothing wrong if someone wishes to spend $60 on it all over again.


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  • Ninja Zruzk

    Although it is alot for a game i feel in my own opinion it is worth it Skyrim might of been the only game i’ve ever been addicted to even if i did restart it a bunch of time plus you get DLCs with it which was £11 each so if its like £30 for the game it’ll still cost you around 60 for the DLCs with it

  • red2k

    Absolutely not. Even the original PC version with mods have more quality than this remaster version on console.

  • LDS

    BS. They are practically reusing the same source that was out like 5 years ago. It makes sense for them to charge the money for making some effort but a full $60 price is unacceptable for remastered game.

    And FYI, Darksiders2 offered free upgrade for those who already own the game too on PC.

    • LDS

      They’re already making an excuse to charge $60 on F**kin’ remaster game I can already imagine how much they will cost you to buy when the next sequel is out.

    • Brad Marcus Kirchhoff

      It’ll still be $59.99 unless u want collectors edition.

  • -youjustgotburned-

    Getting it free on PC 🙂

  • Skyrim was such an immersive and addictive game I have hundreds of hours invested and many awesome experiences. I wouldn’t mind playing it again especially on PS4 I could care less that its $60, I cant wait to jump in again.

    • Ninja Zruzk

      Agreed i already started planning what im going to do lmao Vampire lord for life! after getting married ofc so i can get that 100 coins per day :s lmao

    • Totally agree. Spent a lot of time and can’t wait to jump in again on a console for a change. Actually looking forward to starting over.

    • Gina Kerry

      I never played the DLC, So it is a good incentive to try it out. Plus, I think that even if it releases for $60 it will not stay that high for as long as the Original did. Even the GOTY edition didn’t seem to stay that expensive as long as original release did. Say for instance 8 months vs 14 mos. something like that. They will probably have to drop the price after 6 months to keep copies moving. Then I’ll start looking at it.

  • Its free on PC…and yes I pre-orderd it on console (Amazon prime $47.99). Worth every cent unlike some other games.

    • Ninja Zruzk

      its the only game i miss from moving to ps4 lol

    • Me too. 😛 I tried going back to PS3 but its unplayable especially if you have it on Steam.

    • Ninja Zruzk

      my ps3 is working but its under so many broken laptops etc plus i’ve lost my special edition n just have the normal version without DLCS so i think i’ll wait the 2-3 months 🙂

  • NR Taylor

    Just for the mods, $60 is a deal!

    *First mod I’m going to install is the Unofficial Legendary Patch!

    • Matthew

      That is a must have:D

    • Anthony Schlott

      I’ve played it on console, seeing as how my laptop is for work only. I heard the Unofficial patch gets rid of the Restoration Potion glitch though so I don’t know about that one. I really like using that glitch to get a character that has 1000-1500 Health and about half that in Stamina. Not OP, but makes things really fun on Master. First thing I’m gonna see is if any of the combat overhaul mods make it, like TK Dodge and Action Combat.

    • Ninja Zruzk

      only mods i’ll get is ones that are to do with weapons lol or more companions following u i kinda always wanted my own skyrim army lmao

  • John Tambanillo

    The simple answer to the title is “You don’t have to”.

    Speak with your wallet, people. Either you wanna buy it at $60 or wait for it to drop the price, it’s all up to you!

    • drguru

      That’s obviously common sense. No different with buying anything else.

      The point is why do PC users get the full on treatment over console users.

      PC players only account for 14% of total Skyrim sales. A majority of those weren’t even at full price.
      Reread that please to be fully aware.
      Why treat the crowd who funded you less to more?
      It makes zero sense.

    • Ninja Zruzk

      I think cause PC already have mods they can make it look remastered so hardly any PC users will buy it however i think its really simple if you don’t want the remastered version old gen consoles can still run it 🙂 the choice is entirely up to you i will be spending $60 regardless on a game that i know i will enjoy even if it didn’t have mod support i’d buy it just cause i know it will entertain me enough

    • drguru

      Precisely! PC players aren’t getting anything they haven’t seen before. However, a lot of these mods have been out for 5 years which is nothing short of reusing old textures that fit the consoles nicely. Bethesda is literally just reaping the benefits with little to no effort here. These modders dedicated their time creating these mods( for free) and Bethesda is now going to be profiting big time off of them with no sort of compensation.

    • Ninja Zruzk

      Well it is Bethesda’s game if people uploaded mods for it people who feature it in YouTube videos should credit them that i agree on but if they want actual pay for doing something Bethesda didn’t ask for im afraid i see Bethesda not really caring and just laughing id happily accept the game without mod support for $60 still cause i used to play that game for hours

    • John Tambanillo

      I didn’t mention anything about PC so your comment makes zero sense.

      If you don’t want to buy it, then don’t! Plain and simple

    • drguru

      No… I did. Is Skyrim not a multi platform game? Okay, then it’s relevant to mention it.

    • John Tambanillo

      I completely understand your point on how unfair and senseless Bethesda is treating non-PC gamers and charging us full $60 price on a 5 year old game. The only way “we” (consumers) can retaliate is with our wallets, which is why I’m gonna wait for this remastered game to drop its price. Or buy a used copy. Unfortunately, not many people would see it this way…

    • Gina Kerry

      I understand their perspective and don’t have a problem with them releasing it for $100 or $1000, I wouldn’t buy at those prices, but they are entitled to price it anyway they choose.
      This is however, In STARK comparison to Diablo 3, where Blizzard has continued to make MAJOR enhancements to the game and enlarged it at least 50% since its original release….FOR FREE!
      If I chose to support a game at full retail price, I would support BLIZZARD with my $$ a long time before Bethesda. And I do own 3 full retail copies of Diablo 3 and one used copy of Skyrim.
      I think they made a good effort with Skyrim, but the load times halfway through were just unacceptable and I stopped playing. Plus, having to reload everytime you go in and out of a shop for 18 to 28 seconds really chokes the fun out of a game. So I hope they at least fixed that for another $60.
      And hopefully they at least added a COLOR OPTION. Shades of gray is not my fave. At least give an option for color…it’s just a palette selection, not that big of a deal to implement.

    • John Tambanillo

      I was close to agree completely with your statement except the last part. As subjective as the price should be for Skyrim, colors ain’t one of them whether you played it on PS3 or Xbox360.

    • Ninja Zruzk

      I don’t care if the price goes down after a few months im getting that as soon as it comes out regardless of the price i may be a Bethesda fan girl but skyrims the only game that could fully entertain me and i see it being actually worth $60 thats my opinion whether you asked for it or not after 2months of playing on my PS4 i was hoping they’d release it again and im so proud they decided to cause they could of just left skyrim to die and i would of been missing it sooo much

    • Ninja Zruzk

      if they was releasing them at those prices i’d rebuy the special version on ps3 but $60 isn’t that bad for a game that literally takes months to complete rather than other games that take a few days to complete

  • Michael Myers

    60$ is completely reasonable. Street fighter v was and maybe still is an 80$ game which is outrageous.
    Even COD games are over a 100$.
    60$ for remastered skyrim with all doc and mods is awesome no complaints.

    • Ninja Zruzk

      Lol if they don’t want to buy a great game but buy another COD which is the same game just a few years in the future let them waste their money i however will be sitting proudly killing bandits and dragons 😀 cant wait sooo excited

    • Michael Myers

      just in time for deep fall/winter.

    • Ninja Zruzk

      yep!!l vampire lord here i come xD

    • Michael Myers

      Khahjit archer, nightingale edition 🙂

    • Ninja Zruzk

      never been a khajit i pick nord or wood elf xD

  • LordCancer Kain

    buy used bruh and F to the B!

  • Ninja Zruzk

    more power to me (cause hopefully bethesda and sony will sort out this mod support) because i have plans of owning my own little army lmao and yeah there are other games coming out too but skyrim was always my PS3 game it was always ready for me in the console lmao the reason i think its worth rebuying is cause in my opinion its one of the best and most memorable games i have ever experienced im a bit cautious of what i buy i can never trust trailers of the games being released so i guess thats how i know im gonna enjoy skyrim


 

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