The number of idiot reviews is mind blowing. I hate having to write such a non-traditional review, but enough is enough. There has been so many issues with people misunderstanding what they were getting and people expecting things that weren't meant to be expected, and all sorts of common sense issues. I'll try to address many of the issues at hand.
Q: Is this free?
A: If you owned the original game and the 3 DLCs before a certain date (believe it was close to this release), then you can get this game, for free. If you bought the DLC or the game or the game and dlcs afterwards, then you are SOL and will not get it for free.
Q: But why should I buy a game for $40 if it's just some 5yo game but 'remastered'?
A: If you truly liked TES series, then to be blunt, you would have had gotten Skyrim and the 3 DLCs, thus worrying about this being an issue, but if you somehow didn't, or if you didn't even buy Skyrim itself, then this version would be a good version to buy. You get the game and the 3 DLCs all combined together, which last time I checked, was cheaper than buying Original Skyrim and the 3 DLCs. That alone should help save money. There are even other features to this that make it simply better for the everyone. However, not everyone gains as much benefits from this as others may.
Q: My heavily modded with ENB Skyrim game looks and runs perfect. Why should I bother with this version then?
A: If your game runs perfect and can run all the mods your heart desires, then don't bother with this. This version of the game was clearly not meant for you since all is well for you and your game.
Q: Well it doesn't run perfect but it still looks so much better than the graphics from SSE.
A: Wait, are you trying to compare a vanilla game to a modded game that was only 5yos? It's almost as if mods will make a game look better than a vanilla game, oh wait. Of course a modded game will make Skyrim look better than vanilla SSE, and that's hardly a fair comparison. Once more mods are converted, this game will look just as good, maybe even better, than the original Skyrim. Also, Bethesda never said that their remastered game would look better than a modded game, just better than the original vanilla game, and it DOES look better than vanilla.
Q: What about bugs? None were fixed, and some were even added. heck, my 900 series graphics card is lagging!
A: No one said that they would fix bugs. People just assumed that 'remastered game = bugs fixed", but all Bethesda said was that they were going to use the new engine to overhaul the graphics. As for any new bugs, that's to be expected with any new game and yes I call this a new game because it was released, rather than updated. One issue pointed out and soon to be addressed, it the sound compression. I personally can't hear it that easily, but others have, and Beth. said that they will look into it for a future fix. As for laggy graphics with high end cards, there is one possible fix for that, and that is to make sure the game does NOT use your integrated graphics card. If it does, then you will lag badly, so just change that and most likely, the issue will be resolved
Q: I want my mods to run on SSE. Why won't my old mods work?
A: Few mods can work due to the nature of the mod, but for most, they won't work because they were made for the original engine used for Skyrim. Now, it's a new engine which means the mods must be converted and that may take some time for certain mods, while not much time for others. That's just how it is.
Now that I got that out of the way, I'll just post some of the good and bad things about it even though many of them will be known by now due to the trailers and marketing things that have mentioned the changes.
+ Free to anyone who bought the game and 3 DLCs before this release
+ 64bit support, which means more mods can be run by people while having smooth performance
+ Texture updates makes things look sharper for vanilla
+ Rain and snow occlusion makes for small visual changes
+ Water flow improvements
+ Different mod system that allows mods to be controlled within the game (still some issues with it but its new, so it will take time)
+ Various QoL changes. One example is that you can now have separate save files for different characters.
- Slightly high price might turn off new people but it has all the DLCs combined which makes it a better deal for those who don't have the game. Bad deal for those who only had the game or the game and not all DLCs
- Not worth switching over too (assuming you have this for free) IF and only if the original game runs at perfect conditions for you already since it will only mean even smoother performance which most likely will not be visible.
Conclusion: This is a great improvement from vanilla Skyrim by quite a bit. If you played the original Skyrim on vanilla, then you will see the difference when you play here on vanilla. There are more graphical settings that allow for tweaking that can improve visuals or performance. There are even small changes that just improve the playing experience. While its a shame they didn't bother fixing some minor issues (boxes turned wrong way, grammar issues) to bigger issues (quest bug making quest unfinishable), they didn't say they would fix bugs and thus they did what they said.