Despite how long it's been out, Skyrim still enjoys a dedicated audience thanks to a thriving modding scene, as well as Bethesda's fair hand for designing an eminently replayable game. At this point though, it's safe to say that you've probably played a fair chunk of the game legitimately, and might fancy spicing up your next playthrough with a few overpowered abilities, or at least removing some of the duller elements altogether.
For almost all character builds, knowing the best weapons in Skyrim for each type is going to be worthwhile. Some are available early on, too, through side quests or otherwise, which can be a massive help for playthroughs on harder difficulties, or for those with a burning desire to power through to Skyrim's late-game content.
Essential for just about any playthrough, it's well worth keeping track of the best Light Armor, Heavy Armor, and Shields in Skyrim.
Within minutes of your escape from Helgen, the question of earning Gold in Skyrim is going to be thrust upon you. The nearby bandit camp has a few minor treasures - you're an archer, but maybe you could sell that Iron Warhammer?
Mage Skills in Skyrim, despite being utterly essential to Magicka-based classes and character builds, are some of the hardest to level up. For the most part, that's because they simply aren't used often enough: one Alteration skill use for some Mage Armor before combat, when Alteration doesn't level any faster than a multi-use school like, say, Destruction, means your level's going to increase at an absolute crawl.
Always seen as the dark arts of Elder Scrolls games, Thief skills are, in fact, surprisingly applicable to most playthroughs in Skryim, and maxing your Lockpicking, Pickpocket, Sneak and Speech skills - or at least quickly levelling them to a certain perk you have your eye on, like Extra Pockets, can be massivley helpful.
Fundamental to any combat-based character you may own, levelling Warrior Skills in Skyrim will often happen naturally. However, occasionally some skills are left behind, like Light Armor on an archer or spellcaster, or blocking for those with strong enough weapons not to need it.
Skyrim is jam-packed full of quests, both on the main storyline and off the beaten track, but one almost all players will encounter is the Golden Claw side-quest in Riverwood.
'Crafting skills' may not be an official moniker for Enchanting, Alchemy, and Smithing in Skyrim, but it does highlight not only the purpose these three serve, but also the way in which they can all combine together.
The concepts of power-levelling, grinding, and min-maxing your character have been an essential part of the Elder Scrolls series since its earliest days - and the inevitable streamlining we saw with Skyrim's release was never going to stamp it out. Much of the game's extraordinary longevity can be attributed to the fun that can be had at the higher levels, with the more interesting or outlandish skill perks unlocked.
In a game where you can role-play in a countless number of ways, it's only fitting that you can get hitched to one of your favourite characters along the way.
In a game where you can get accumulate countless trinkets, get married and adopt children, it only makes sense you can dabble in home ownership too. Skyrim Houses unlock when you complete certain quests and hand over a sizeable amount of gold, allowing you to have a base in some of the game's biggest cities.
Skyrim is absolutely littered with quests. Though you're introduced to the game through the main story, it can be ignored entirely almost from the off for you to find adventures in any direction you choose.
As with many of Bethesda's huge adventures, Skyrim was treated to a series of hefty expansions that introduced new questlines, weapons, factions, locations and even the ability to build your own house.
If you're playing the original versions of the game and have bought the DLC, it'll show up on the game's main menu to signify it's available. If you have bought the PS4, Xbox One or PC version of the Special Edition, it'll automatically be included too.
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Fans have been asking about it for years, and at E3 2016 Bethesda finally confirmed that Skyrim remastered is on the way to PS4, Xbox One and PC later this year.
The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim Special Edition packages the original game and its add-on content with new visuals and mod support. It'll also be free on PC for existing Skyrim players, allowing them to continue their adventures with revamped visuals and Bethesda's own mod suite.
As well as a Skyrim guide for certain aspects of the game regardless of what version you're playing on - old or new - we'll explain how the new Special Edition features work and how they size up to the 2011 release.
For the first time on consoles, players will be able to download Skyrim mods on PS4 and Xbox One. The recent launch of mods in Fallout 4 allowed players to customise their adventure with graphical tweaks, new sound effects and even entire new missions, and with hundreds mods available from day one on Xbox One, expect similar healthy support for Skyrim upon release.
Skyrim amiibo support provides free items for tapping your figurine collection into the game.