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Bethesda has again, won my heart.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (PC)
Member Name: mblain1
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (PC)
Advantages: Great story, beautiful graphics, improved combat and voice acting, and of course. Dragons!
Disadvantages: PC Specifications must be high, otherwise bugs appear frequently.
For as long as I can remember Bethesda has been one of my favourite game developers of all time. From the 1st game of the series (The Elder Scrolls Arena) to Skyrim, the latest of Bethesda's fantastic products.
The game set in the fictional province of Skyrim, has once again wowed audiences such as myself, with the beauty of the game. We have seen in previous games developed by Bethesda, such as Fallout 3 and New Vegas, that the use of the Havok Engine has made the open world that much better, through the use of particles and its dynamic animation. This in my opinion is one of the reasons Skyrim is so GOOD. It's quite amazing how a game can make everything feel so real, whether its atop the icy mountains or underground in a series of winding caves.
One of the main improvements Bethesda has made with the new Elder Scrolls game is the combat. It used to be a hack-and-slash style game where players would repeatedly mash at the mouse buttons, hoping for an outcome. However this has been improved through the use of physics, if you swing a sword, attempting to hack off someone's arm, the chances are you will deal a great amount of damage to that particular limb.
The perk system seems to have also improved. In the previous games 'perks' were a main highlight, and again, this is the case. The perk tree has the ability to improve your player based on how you act in the game. An example of this would be someone using the bow over and over again to slay their enemies, the perk tree will help you to become the Robin Hood of Skyrim, through perk options such as 'slow motion', or 'quick draw' (the ability to draw an arrow from your quiver and line up a shot, in half the time of a normal archer).
Dragons. I think this is what draws people to the game more than anything, think about it. Who doesn't love dragons. As a child I constantly remember dreaming about dragons and with the help of JRR Tolkien's 'The Hobbit', I have fallen in love. These majestic creatures make appearances throughout the game. From the start we experience an attack from a dragon, and soon learn that the player is a 'Dragonborn' (if you want to know what one is, buy the game and find out!)
Voice acting and a story which just draws you in, is also a great part of Skyrim. In earlier games such as 'Oblivion' voice acting may have been mocked (much like quotes from Skyrim such as 'took an arrow to the knee') but the developers at Bethesda have made it much harder from fans to mock this time... with a few exceptions.
From the lush forests to the mesmerising waterfalls, the experience of Skyrim is both heart warming and heart stopping all the way through. If you're a fan of the series, a fan of RPGs or even a fan of dragons, I recommend strongly that you purchase this game. However, you MUST check the recommended and minimum specifications of your PC. If it's not able to run, I'm sure Skyrim for the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 is equally as good.
Summary: 9 out of 10, minimal disadvantages and I cannot wait for the next in the series to develop.