If you’ve been online, you’ve probably played Skyrim. You remember the allure of the vast open world, filled with beasts and monsters, magic and medieval weaponry, and the constant drive to complete quests, level up, and prove your worth. Now imagine all that, but instead of trekking through forests and mountains, you’re just yelling at your Amazon Echo in your living room.

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Meet Skyrim Very Special Edition, Bethesda Studios’ newest Skyrim spinoff that’s powered by Amazon Alexa. Unlike its predecessor from the Elder Scrolls series, this game is free to play. There’s no installation required; just search “Skyrim” on the Alexa app, enable it on your device, and say “Alexa, open Skyrim.”

Screenshot: Monica Chin/Amazon

Screenshot: Monica Chin/Amazon

Alexa’s version of Bethesda’s classic RPG is… simplified. The experience is less like navigating a fantastical world, and more like embarking on a “Choose-Your-Own-Adventure” narrated by Alexa’s characteristic monotone. You play Dovahkiin, Skyrim’s “Chosen One,” traipsing around the world in search of glory.


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