Since its initial launch in 2011, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has made its way to a lot of different platforms, and it’s understandable as to why. Even by today’s standards, Skyrim is a wicked tale of fantasy folklore that holds up with ease, and that’s why it’s a personal favourite of so many. However, Skyrim on Nintendo Switch represents the first time the game can be readily played anywhere you go, thanks to the hybrid nature of the hardware. And with a near-perfect port to go with it, Skyrim Switch is everything I could have wanted: a great narrative, a massive world to explore, and hundreds upon hundreds of hours of content to sink my teeth into — all on the go.
As a quick catchup, Skyrim is the fifth entry in Bethesda’s long-running Elder Scrolls series. Rife with fantasy and heavily influenced by Northern Europe’s medieval history, the game takes place in the titular Skyrim: an open-world, fantasy-driven locale that is under threat by the return of dragons. As the Dragonborn, you have to figure out why the dragons have returned, in turn eliminating them all and ridding Skyrim of the destructive beasts once and for all.Skyrim is a game that invites you to take an interest in its lore and narrative. And you’d be remiss not to. Bethesda’s fifth entry in the series is rife with fantastical characters and experiences to be had, and it is made all the better by investigating everything that’s on offer. It’s a game that prides itself on its lore, and feels immersive from the get-go, especially if you take particular interest in the genre and the setting it finds itself in.
Of course, a game of this size means there’s a lot on offer. An RPG by trade, Skyrim has so many systems at play that it can feel overwhelming at times, but the initial adjustment period is worth it when you finally come to grips with what’s on offer here. And that is, by all means, still one of the best RPG experiences you can have in gaming to date.