Reviews and Problems with The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: Dragonborn
2 September 2013
Summary: It's no secret that I'm a gigantic fan of The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind . For whatever reason, be it the more engaging than average world, the giant mushrooms, the increased freedom, or the ability to customize items and spells without the use of mods, Morrowind sucked me into a happy place that Oblivion and Skyrim could never replicate (or Arena or Daggerfall , for that matter).
Summary: Preparing for a new Elder Scrolls game is like preparing to die. One must ensure they get all their worldly affairs in order, speak with the people who mean everything to them, and have a final meal. After all, once that disc goes in, the user may as well have departed from our mortal world. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is a game that will murder you, for the time it steals from your life could rightfully be considered criminal.
Excerpt: I'm always skeptical towards DLC mission/quest packs, mainly because I've been burnt too many times. At the same time I usually feel obligated to purchase them, as was the case with Skyrim 's add-ons. I sought to expand my Nordic realm as much as possible and get the most out of the game, regardless of the quality of the expansions involved. Thankfully, I can report that I'm quite pleased with Skyrim 's DLC, but especially with the quest pack entitled Dragonborn .
Excerpt: Dawnguard is not a DLC pack that likes to be ignored. As soon as you attach this expansion to your Skyrim campaign, the game will demand your undivided attention by randomly sending vampires to raid various holds throughout the snowy country. This may not sound like much of an issue to most players, but to those who wish to complete as many menial quests as possible, this is a state of emergency. I was one such person when I first purchased Dawnguard .
Excerpt: One of my favorite activities in Skyrim involves amassing an impressive collection of specialty weaponry. Rather than sell these magnificent pieces, I prefer to put them on display in one of my many houses and come back to bask in their collective glory. The only problem is that there isn't a single house in the game that can hold all of the unique weapons.
Excerpt: Dragonborn panders to every Skyrim owner who likes to spend his or her free time roaming Tamriel, and also to owners of The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. According to my research, the addition of Solstheim is actually a throwback to Morrowind. I started playing The Elder Scrolls series with Skyrim, so I have nothing to compare the current Solstheim to, though I have to say that the effort to really tie together The Elder Scrolls’ world is impressive.
Conclusion: If you are a huge fan of Skyrim and have been looking for a good reason to get back into it for a few hours, then look no further. Although it probably could have contained a bit more for its $20 price tag, most gamers who have dedicated months of their life to playing this game will not be disappointed with their purchase. For the time being, I’m hooked again, and that means I’m probably going to have to go pay off my ridiculously high bounty in Whiterun.
Summary: With its large new map, unique dungeons, and captivating story and side quests, Skyrim's Dragonborn feels far more like a complete expansion than basic add-on content. Familiar issues persist, and riding dragons isn't all that cool, but it's certainly great to play more Skyrim.
Pros: Large and interesting map to explore, Unique dungeons and worthwhile main quest line, Tons of new sidequests and NPCs
Cons: Riding dragons is a letdown, Main quest is rushed, Familiar long load times, grainy graphics
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Hearthfire (PS3) - Review
22 February 2013
Excerpt: Hearthfire finally hit the PlayStation 3 on February 19th, but at this point most people generally understand the idea behind Hearthfire . It isn't a lengthy quest-line, it doesn't introduce many new characters or locations, and it doesn't add much in terms of overall content, but what it does bring will make your time in Skyrim all the more enjoyable.
Conclusion: Dragonborn is a solid welcome back party for Skyrim's PlayStation 3 audience. For a system that once struggled to run the game competently, Dragonborn is practically a technical showpiece. The only hitch is that it requires sustained interest Skyrim, a desire that may be tough muster for those who ended their terms with the game amicably. If you're not in that crowd, or maybe you took an elongated break, it’s hard to think of a better invitation to dive back in.