Reviews and Problems with The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
2 September 2013
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: In light of our previous praise of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and the accolades from dozens of other outlets, it goes without saying that Skyrim is an outstanding game. With such a hit on their hands, some game developers might call it a day and move on to their next project. Bethesda — thank the Nord gods — is not one of those developers.
Excerpt: Five years. The length of an average console generation. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion ushered in the current generation and let everyone know what the tech was capable of, and it also ate many gamers’ lives, where being eaten never felt so great. Five years of anticipation is, as they say, a lot to live up to. So The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim comes marching along with its massive ad campaign, making sure everyone knows of its imminent release.
Pros: Bigger, prettier, deeper in nearly every way, Dual wielding adds so much, Surprisingly polished
Cons: Favorites system could have been better, No more spell creation, Still has a few annoying bugs
Excerpt: The horses' hooves clop rhythmically on the cobblestone. The wheels strain underneath the weight of the wagon you are in. You open your eyes to a snowy morning. Your hands are bound. You have been caught trying to cross the border into Skyrim by an Imperial ambush intended for a band of rebels. You are having a bad day. You arrive in a town named Helgen where you find out you have been lumped in with the rebels and are sentenced to die.
Excerpt: Given the fact that beauty is more than just skin deep, I've never seen a more beautiful game than The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim . The graphics are, generally, highly detailed and beautifully done. They're not typically vibrant, as the game is set in an arctic setting full of frozen tundras and snow-capped mountains. However, the game looks astounding, in part, due to the excellent use of physics and spot-on lip synching on the character animations.
Conclusion: I enjoyed Skyrim and I look forward to the DLC that we know is inevitably coming. If we looked at this honestly, though, this game probably should have been pushed back a month or so for more polish. It needed it and it still does.
Excerpt: For nearly two decades, the Elder Scrolls series has enthralled players with dauntingly expansive virtual worlds rooted deeply in fantasy lore and endless quest opportunities. When linearity became the RPG norm in the 1990s, Elder Scrolls games overwhelmed players with more locations and quests than most could ever hope to discover or complete.
Conclusion: As you can see, I can’t complain about Skyrim for too long without starting to compliment it again. It’s an excited, engaging, epic tale with you at the centre. There are a number of complaints, a few bugs and the odd crash, but nothing that can’t be fixed with a couple of patches and a legion of obsessed modders. The menu system may not be designed with the PC in mind but the superior graphics and community easily makes the PC version of Skyrim the version to get.
Summary: Skyrim is an absolute must buy. There’s something here for everyone, regardless of whether or not you like RPGs. Skyrim has quite possibly the most fleshed out and well-realized world in a video game. The characters feel much more alive and have interesting things to say. The combat system has been improved and casting magic is more fun than it has ever been. Despite some issues Skyrim is a game that’s impossible to put down. There’s always something to do.
Summary: The Empire of Tamriel is on the edge. The High King of Skyrim has been murdered. Alliances form as claims to the throne are made. In the midst of this conflict, a far more dangerous, ancient evil is awakened. Dragons, long lost to the passages of the Elder Scrolls, have returned to Tamriel. The future of Skyrim, even the Empire itself, hangs in the balance.