EPIC FANTASY REBORN The next chapter in the highly anticipated Elder Scrolls saga arrives from the makers of the 2006 and 2008 Games of the Year, Bethesda Game Studios. Skyrim reimagines and revolutionizes the open-world fantasy epic, bringing to life a complete virtual world open for you to explore any way you choose.
User reviews: Very Positive (122,533 reviews)
Release Date: 10 Nov, 2011

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23 April

Skyrim Workshop Now Supports Paid Mods

We’ve had a long and excellent relationship with our good friends at Valve. We worked together to make the Workshop a huge part of Skyrim, and we’re excited that something we’ve been working together on for a long time is finally happening. You can now charge for the mods you create.

Unlike other curated games on Steam that allow users to sell their creations, this will be the first game with an open market. It will not be curated by us or Valve. It was essential to us that our fans decide what they want to create, what they want to download, and what they want to charge.

Many of our fans have been modding our games since Morrowind, for over 10 years. They now have the opportunity to earn money doing what they love – and all fans have a new way to support their favorite mod authors. We’ve also updated Skyrim and the Creation Kit with new features to help support paid mods including the ability to upload master files, adding more categories and removing filesize limit restrictions.

What does this mean for you?

As a modder, you now have the option of listing your creations at a price determined by you. Or, you can continue to share your projects for free. For those shopping for new mods, Valve is making sure you can try any mod risk free. See Refund Policy.

For full details on these changes to the Skyrim Workshop, check out Steam’s announcement page and FAQ.

Modding has been important to all our games for such a long time. We try to create worlds that come alive and you can make your own, but it’s in modding where it truly does. Thanks again for all your incredible support over the years. We hope steps like this breathe new life into Skyrim for everyone.

Bethesda Game Studios

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The Skyrim Workshop has always been a great place for discovering community-made mods. Starting now, the Workshop is also a great place for community content creators to earn money by selling their greatest works. Check out the latest creations HERE.

About This Game

EPIC FANTASY REBORN
The next chapter in the highly anticipated Elder Scrolls saga arrives from the makers of the 2006 and 2008 Games of the Year, Bethesda Game Studios. Skyrim reimagines and revolutionizes the open-world fantasy epic, bringing to life a complete virtual world open for you to explore any way you choose.

LIVE ANOTHER LIFE, IN ANOTHER WORLD
Play any type of character you can imagine, and do whatever you want; the legendary freedom of choice, storytelling, and adventure of The Elder Scrolls is realized like never before.

ALL NEW GRAPHICS AND GAMEPLAY ENGINE
Skyrim’s new game engine brings to life a complete virtual world with rolling clouds, rugged mountains, bustling cities, lush fields, and ancient dungeons.

YOU ARE WHAT YOU PLAY
Choose from hundreds of weapons, spells, and abilities. The new character system allows you to play any way you want and define yourself through your actions.

DRAGON RETURN
Battle ancient dragons like you’ve never seen. As Dragonborn, learn their secrets and harness their power for yourself.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7/Vista/XP PC (32 or 64 bit)
    • Processor: Dual Core 2.0GHz or equivalent processor
    • Memory: 2GB System RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 6GB free HDD Space
    • Video Card: Direct X 9.0c compliant video card with 512 MB of RAM
    • Sound: DirectX compatible sound card
    Recommended:
    • Processor: Quad-core Intel or AMD CPU
    • Memory: 4GB System RAM
    • Video Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible NVIDIA or AMD ATI video card with 1GB of RAM (Nvidia GeForce GTX 260 or higher; ATI Radeon 4890 or higher)
Helpful customer reviews
5,179 of 6,219 people (83%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
197.2 hrs on record
Posted: 23 April
So Valve and Bethesda have taken away paid mods. Cool and all the power to them but I belive Valve should still make it easier to donate to mod creators, especially on a game that's so heavily dependant on mods from the community. The base game is so open and full of promise, but it's also empty and borning. It's as if they made the game expecting mods to make it better.


Original Review: Was a great game and still is but I'm just gunna give it a thumbs down for the forced payment of mods now. I figure if we the community can shove this games rating down far enough then maybe valve will reconsider the forced payment option and maybe let devs have a donate option instead.
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5,270 of 6,330 people (83%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
74.6 hrs on record
Posted: 23 April
Epic game but a shameless try to make a cash grab on mods .Keeping the review as negative for this very reason . They tryed and failed only because people stood up other wise we be paying for mods.


People telling me to change th review are the same people who where trying to tell us all why paid mods is a good thing.
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3,955 of 4,943 people (80%) found this review helpful
62 people found this review funny
1,164.7 hrs on record
Posted: 27 November, 2014
If I had to choose between this game, and my girlfriend. I'd pick this game.


EDIT: I'm single now

ON A MORE SERIOUS NOTE: This game is the best in its genre. In previous Bethesda games they made a sad balance in between Questing, and Exploration. Some having more quests and less places to go, and others having very few quests and more places to explore. But in Skyrim, there is no shortage of quests, and if you are like myself and just wander around aimlessly, you will stumble into places that just blow your mind. Every time I have replayed this game, I stumbled into something new.

For more info i'd very much recommend mods, with mods such as texture packs, difficulty, quests, armor, and weapons, this games replay value is endless.

Go through the game once with plain skyrim, then mod the hell out of it.

Overall I'd rate this game an EASY 10/10. If you haven't already. Please buy it, give it a little, and I swear you will be hooked.
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3,561 of 4,659 people (76%) found this review helpful
60 people found this review funny
184.6 hrs on record
Posted: 23 November, 2014
It's like Skyrim with guns without guns.
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1,012 of 1,327 people (76%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
312.2 hrs on record
Posted: 23 April
This review is a negative because of the way Valve and Bethesda tried to introduce a flawed, poorly thought out paid modding system on to what was a fantastic gaming community. In less than a week the community went from being at ease with itself to being in a total mess.

While they reversed this decision, I believe a negative review should sill stand as a reminder of what can be done when big companies don't think of the communities that made them what they are.

Apart from this mistake though, Skyrim is a fantastic game, with a fantastic modding community that puts it on a whole new level compared to the console versions. Bethesda should be praised for supporting the modding community over the years by releasing the tools that enables mods to happen in the first place.
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462 of 588 people (79%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: 23 April
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811 of 1,057 people (77%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
418.4 hrs on record
Posted: 23 April
Warning Paid Mods Stay Away!
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555 of 713 people (78%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
33.4 hrs on record
Posted: 23 April
I cannot in good faith tell you to buy this game, not with the new introduction of paid workshop/mod content. This is the most ridiculous thing I have ever seen. People will say "well just dont buy it" and i say to them F*ck you this shoudlnt have even been an idea EVER. This type of mindset will only bring about more nonsensical ways to get into your pocket. We as gamer's need to stop this and stop it now.

Edit: On April 27 2015, Valve finally surrendered thus ending the war. I leave the original review here for historical reference.
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485 of 619 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
17.4 hrs on record
Posted: 23 April
Skyrim es un juego excelente, nadie lo puede negar pero el implementar mods de pago es lo mismo que crear miles de dlc nuevos. Mal hecho Valve, totalmente mal hecho.
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453 of 576 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
53.2 hrs on record
Posted: 23 April
If you are buying this game with the intention of modding it; please DON'T.
With the new system of where Modders get paid for their works, it will lead to terrible mods being created for some quick cash. Not only that, but Valve takes 75% of the earnings and only gives the creators 25%. THEY ARE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE SKYRIM MODDING COMMUNITY.

You probably have seen the thousands of early access games here on Steam. Now, we have Early Access MODS. Please do NOT support this practice! Modding is a hobby, not a job!

And for any Mod Creators reading this; NO ONE is going to buy your ♥♥♥♥. Especially if you charge 10$ for a set of armor. This system will only cause you to lose reputation and put you as greedy; causing you to lose thousands of people who would otherwise donate to you if they like your works.

Please do not purchase mods!
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764 of 994 people (77%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
136.6 hrs on record
Posted: 23 April
Steam is capitalizing on its effective monopoly to monetize artistic creativity of the modding community by incentivizing paid mods.
Truly a sad day for PC gaming...
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1,499 of 1,982 people (76%) found this review helpful
23 people found this review funny
72.3 hrs on record
Posted: 23 April
Customary "Paid modslololol" comment.
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476 of 607 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
122.0 hrs on record
Posted: 23 April
As you can see I have 100+ hours on this game, more hours than any other game in my library, but I cannot recommend it. Clunky combat, repetitive voice-acting, the large array of bugs, uninteresting and boring story, the extremely forgiving gameplay and handholding are all very annoying. Where this game shines is the exploration and mods. Mods make this game so much more. Ever wanted to grab a tent and roam in the woods setting up fires and hunting while being required to eat, sleep, drink, etc... You can basically turn this game into a fantasy survival simulation game which is absolutley glorious, but there's a new catch.

This new "Pay-for-Mods" thing is horrendous. They locked away what made this game great behind more money? This is DLC not mods and has no place here, one of the staples of PC gaming are free mods that anyone can make and they just cut a large chunk of that away. Don't tell me that you can just "Go and get it from the nexus!" because it seems as though those versions have been abandoned or will never be at the quality of the paid one. This is an awful move and hope it does not catch on. I've also heard content creators only get 25% of the money while Steam gets the rest, are you kidding me! I wouldn't be surprised if Steam started charging for a subscription service to be able to play games on Steam at this point. (Keep in mind this is just rumor and my opinion may turn slightly for the better if those numbers are wrong... but still.)

Please don't support this new system let it fail and die off because making something that is free have to be paid for is a very shady and disrespectful practice. I don't understand why they didn't just make a "Donate" button, that would make modders try and raise the quality of their mods so people feel obliged to donate and support them, this system just forces the consumer to spend first, ask questions later.

If this game got rid of this pay-to-mod system and went back to how it was, this would be a 100% yes because of how flexible it is, but with this change it is a very large NO.
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351 of 439 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
31.3 hrs on record
Posted: 23 April
paid mods ruin the feel of the game.
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499 of 638 people (78%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
114.4 hrs on record
Posted: 23 April
Good job, Valve. You've killed PC gaming with your greed.
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345 of 431 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: 23 April
Could Valve sink any lower? I dont think so. They already take a % for themselves from pretty much everything on Steam, but it doesnt seem to be enought for them, it never is. Charging for mods is something I would never think of, never. Its obviously always about money, how else to explain the fact that modders get only 25% from the mod price?

Paying for mods is not an option, but donating should be considered instead.

I do not recommend.
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345 of 431 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
93.0 hrs on record
Posted: 23 April
I can't support modding costing money.
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493 of 630 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
50.8 hrs on record
Posted: 23 April

Due to Valve's decision to allow paying for mods, I will never buy another game on your service again until the policy is rescinded.

I have hundreds of games and thousands of hours logged.

This situation is unacceptable and I cannot even begin to express my disappointment in your company.
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908 of 1,188 people (76%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
106.0 hrs on record
Posted: 23 April
Paying for mods is a joke, do not buy.
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838 of 1,094 people (77%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
413.8 hrs on record
Posted: 23 April
it's okay i guess.

solid job almost killing the modding scene, especially since the ease of accessibility to mods is one of the big draws to Bethesda games.
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