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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is, as you may have guessed from the title, the fifth game in the marvellous Elder Scrolls series, developed by Bethesda. Skyrim is, in my opinion, a significant step-up from the previous game in the series, Oblivion. It is an RPG which allows the development of a unique character, and features open-world gameplay, giving the players a possibility to create their own story. So now, let's take a closer look at it...
As mentioned beforehand, Skyrim is an RPG which gives the player the possibility to create an individual character; the initial choice offers nine humanoid races, which range from one that fully resembles human beings to animal versions of our species. The appearance settings are broken down into a variety of specific sections (such as the eye shape and jaw length in the facial setup), which grants the opportunity to design a very detailed character, which I think is always great fun. In terms of the colours offered (such as hair or fur markings colour), the choice is limited to natural shades, so it isn't possible to craft a being with pink hair and a green beard, for example, which may be a minor disadvantage, as I know a fair few people who enjoy creating very uncommon characters. In the end, you are given the opportunity to name your character, which adds to the overall effect of having created something personal. Overall, this section is satisfactory.
I've been hearing that this game offers hundreds of hours of gameplay, and based on my own experience, I can definitely admit that this is true, as there is a vast number of ways to play this game. To begin with, the rich and enticing background of the game features a battle against ancient dragons that have awakened from the slumber, and the main quest line allows the player to battle these beasts along with uncovering more about the actual plot. Mind you, the dragons, once fully discovered, do spawn randomly throughout the map regardless of what quest you're doing. There are a number of engaging factions to join, all of which have their own quest lines and specific perks that come with their completion. Aside from that, there is a massive number of small side quests, most of which tend to be entertaining and rewarding, although it must be noted that some of them are completely worthless, however once encountered, they will remain in your quest journal until completion as there is no way of deleting them. To an extent, Skyrim adapts to your choices, as in some instances you have a choice to follow either of the two given directions in a quest line (such as supporting either the rebels or the Imperial forces in the civil war). Overall, this section is good.
Skyrim offers four different difficulty levels, which affect the game greatly, as the lower level is almost always a piece of cake, whilst the most difficult one does render quite some difficulty, especially when encountering challenging NPCs. Personally, however, I see this game as being a little too easy at times, as one can save an unlimited number of times, therefore allowing oneself to advance through a complex level more smoothly. Overall, this section is satisfactory.
Who doesn't love a hilarious companion or a villain with a very complex and intricate background! Skyrim is great in terms of creating very rich and almost real non-playable characters with whom the player can interact without disrupting their actions (for example, speaking to a miner as he still continues to mine). It is possible to obtain a companion, either for money or by completing a certain quest, and they offer a variety of dialogues which are tailored to the situation in which the player is in (such as a battle cry during a fight). A number of NPCs are essential and therefore cannot be killed, however the vast majority can be interacted with in a brutal manner, so if you ever feel like going on a killing spree (which is actually an option once you've obtained good stats), then you can go right ahead. Overall, this section is very good.
The landscapes in Skyrim are beautiful, all thanks to the wonderful graphics; the variety of climatic zones also adds to the a more diverse gameplay experience. There are a number of different animal species to interact with, some of them being hostile and others not; there is also a variety of actions that a player can perform in different parts of the map (such as chopping wood or forging armour). An issue that I have encountered, however, is the amount of glitches: I've had a fair few flying mammoths and floating trees during my walks in the wilderness, and although that isn't a massive problem, it's still slightly unsettling, for me at least. Overall, this section is good.
The OST for Skyrim is, from my point of view, absolutely mind-blowing, especially the main theme. The soundtracks vary depending on the situation the player is in (for example, there's a specific track for when the player is at their house), which makes the game more dynamic. Not to forget, the number of different speeches heard from the interaction of NPCs as well as the everyday noises (such as sharpening weapons) can be heard throughout the map, especially in the populated regions, and I believe that this is a marvellous way to make the game itself seem as realistic as possible. Overall, this section is very good.
a complete work of art. This game is stunningly beautiful and provides hundreds of hours of entertainment. The fantasy world is huge and hours can be spent wandering aimlessly through the countryside happening across all types of mystical and magical enemies and allies. Bethesda the developers are well known for their open world games suck as Fallout 3 and Fallout New Vegas as well as the other elder scrolls games. This is the first game i have played and I am more than impressed. Now that this game is almost a year old it can be bought for relatively cheap and is definitely worth purchasing. The levelling system is different to that of the fallout series, in Skyrim you gain experience in certain disciplines such as archery, heavy armour, smithing etc. and when enough disciplines have levelled up you go up a character level. Going up a character level allows you to improve your health, stamina or magicka as well as picking from dozens of perks.
Now, I have been known to slag off this genre - My partner plays this fantasy type genre over and over again and they all look the same to me. I have even given it a pet name "pot on head" because all the characters seem to walk about with pots on their heads saying things like "good morrow good fellow"
However, Skyrim changed my narrow minded views. I loved this game and spent over 50 hours of my life absorbed in it.
Skyrim is a role playing game you play the dragon born, you will embark on a quest to save the world from destruction by the ruthless dragon god Alduin. Ambitious? Indeed.
You can choose and design your own character you can choose your sex, race and appearance. Take your time over this because you are probably gonna spend a long time being this character. The choices you make will affect how your game plays. Gladly I loved my high elf she was one mean woman although it did take me time to get her there as your character will build in skills the more you partake in certain activity's i.e the more you sneak the more sneaky your character will become.
There is so much to do in Skyrim - you can use magic, buy and sell in shops, be a sneaky little thief, be an assassin you can engage in a bit of smithing to build your own armour, improve your armour and weapons to sell or to use yourself. you will also find dragon words that give you awesome shouting powers which you will wish you could have in the real world.
Along the way you will meet different guilds such as the thieves guild or the assasins guild to win the loyalty of the guild and eventually rule the roost you can engage in missions for them I would highly recommend you follow the guild quests through as they are fun and sometimes surprising and you will be rewarded for your efforts.
The world of Skyrim is extraordinary and beautiful you can spend many hours just wandering about or riding your horse around exploring the world and admiring the scenery.
The only negative criticism I would say is the relationships - their wasn't enough relationship building or banter with the other characters in this game. You are on a long journey it would be nice to have a bit more chat along the way. I enjoy the speech element of RPG's so would like to be able to negotiate a bit more during the game. In saying that if you wish you can get married in this game which is a nice touch.
Also, I would have wanted the games main quest to defeat Alduin to be a bit more involved that it was and have a grander finale however, they really have packed a lot in already to this game.
The best thing in Skyrim though? The dragons. The dragons are wonderfully crafted and you will come accross many of them on your journey so go on go buy skyrim, kill some dragons, immerse yourself and then wait for the expansion pack Dawnguard which I believe is out soon! Enjoy
After all the hype about its release I was worried about being disappointed, I need not have worried this is the best title on the ps3. The storyLine resolves around dragons returning to the mainly nord land of skyrim. The graphics are great you will find yourself stopping to look at the views from the top of the cliffs, before remembering it just a game. The most impressive part of the game is the way the game develops based around the choices you make and the freedom which you have. You can play the game as a hero or a villan play as a warrior, a Mage or a thief. You can choose from a number of different races each with their own good and bad points, the really good part is that your character develops as you play the game keep fighting with two handed weapons to improve your fighting skills for example so you don't need to make any definite choice on how to play just let your character get better at the way you enjoy playing. The fighting side of the game is great the enemies come in a great array of types with great end of quest baddies giving a really satisfying feel to the game. Reading the Internet you will see lots of horror stories about lag during gameplay for me there has been virtually no lag and I am a long way in to the game with a very slight lag in crowded market places. Add to this the addition of being able to recruit followers, buy houses, buy and make armour, enchant weapons and a lot more and you have one hell of a game.
If I have to say something bad it would be that later on in the game your character can be too strong although the difficulty can be increased to counter, also it would have been great to have some sort of online multiplayer content.
This has got to be the best game so have played for the Playstation 3 so far.
Skyrim is based on a fantasy world which is compact with so much detail and quests that you can never get bored. So far I have put in over 100 hours of game play and have got so much more to do. This game is based on the elder scrolls series but this is the best so far.
There are so many things which you can do in this game. You first choose your character which you want to play with then the opening sequence to the game is you are a prisoner getting escorted to be executed then a dragon attacks which you manage to escape. You then start playing the game for proper and find out that the dragons have suppose to be extinct for 100's of years but so some reason they are coming back to life and you have to find out why.
Throughout the game you fight and kill enemy's which builds your characters level up. You learn a skill called dragons shout which you read some ancient writing and learn dragon powers but have to slay dragons and absorbs their souls in order to use these shouts. You can also picket pocket, smith to make your amour and weapons and pick locks to open locked doors a chests. There are also alot of different enemy which you can fight like trolls, giants and mommouths.
The only thing which I can fault this game is the glitches which occur. There are many glitches which happen but I suggest to look them up because there are quite alot and some people get glitches that others dont.
So in conclusion if you want a game which wont disappoint you and keep you amused for hours then this is the game you want.
Skyrim is part of a series of games called Elder Scroll; I haven't played any of the previous games in that series. The people behind some of the Fallout games are behind this, which is why I purchased this game as I have previously enjoyed the open world type gameplay that they cater to!
The basic plot of the game is that the world that you are living in has become overrun with dragons. You find out that you are connected to the dragons and set out on a journey to save the players world from the dragon threat whilst getting mixed up in loads more adventures along the way. To tell you any more than that would not only ruin the game but also mislead you as this game is as open ended and free roaming as you can get!
For the PS3 you will be impressed, the huge open world is full of surprises, the snow and the water details are amazing! You find that some points do appear a little bit choppy and the game can suffer from lag when performing spells which look amazing, but for the most part you can't fault the graphics.
The soundtrack is great, the music has been composed especially for the game and you will find that when you are walking along the music will set the scene in a way that the graphics cant. The dragon fights particularly have some epic orchestral delights!
With this game like most other fantasy RPG's you get to choose the characters appearance, you can also choose the race which will allow certain benefits depending on the way you which to play. You can choose to focus on several different ways of fighting, I have only focused on the magical properties so far, but you can use swords, maces, axes and bows as well as other weaponry to defeat your opponents. The game does suffer with glitches, you might get stuck in certain spots when exploring and find that you can't get back out or on occasion the game might freeze up completely. But fortunately they are addressing these issues with patches!
The great thing about this game is that you can play it how you like; you can end up owning a house and going on the thousands of mini quests or just steaming through the main part killing people without a care in the world. It's all totally up to you, that's what makes it so difficult to review; no two players will play the same game.
In my opinion this game offers action, adventure and a great way to lose a few hours, days or even weeks to your PlayStation 3, you find that the more you play the more you want to explore. You can end up spending hours just wandering around looking at the scenery!
As you prepare yourself for your execution you glance skyward and see a vast shadow overhead, a dragon's huge wingspan blots out the landscape and attacks the town of Helgen. Using this distraction you make a break for freedom and begin your path to adventure.
Skyrim is everywhere. It is a phenomenon in gaming that hasn't been seen in many years as Bethseda have seemingly accomplished the impossible, a swords and sorcery Role Playing Game that everyone wants to play. Role Playing Games have always had a very dedicated but niche market, Skyrim's marketing machine has belied that and has overtaken the populace. The question remains though, is it actually any good?
The story begins in a thought provoking although perhaps cliched fashion. You are given numerous decisions to make early on. What race will you be? Will you be a warrior or a mage? Will you go down the rebel path or that or becoming a law abiding citizen? All of these decisions have varying effects and open up the game in various ways and that is the biggest strength of Skyrim. You make decisions and choose how you want to play. Of course there is a central story to follow but this is arguably the weakest part of the game as many of the side stories are far more enriching and interesting. You might decide to join the Mage Guild and study the arcane arts or be recruited by the Dark Brotherhood an elite group of assassins. Whatever paths you choose open up a whole new set of stories, quests, perils and rewards. The possibilities really are endless and it isn't an exaggeration to say that this is a game that you could play indefinitely.
However, the sheer size of the game does lead to a number of problems. Wandering around the humongous World of Skyrim while very satisfying is very daunting. It is also not as "free" as you are lead to believe. You character might be a multi-talented mage/warrior/assassin but expect to be frustrated by rocks and hillsides and punished in an unforgiving fashion for wandering from the designated paths. You might be able to summon the wrath of the God's but try not to conquer the almighty slightly steep hillside! It is a relatively minor gripe as it is still a pleasure to traverse the rich and varied landscape that is Skyrim and graphically the game is without equal. There are few things more majestic than standing a the throat of the World looking out at the Northern Lights and the whole game graphically is a thing of beauty.
Sadly, a much reported problem with the PS3 version of this game is freezing and lag and this is something I have experienced relatively frequently although not enough to spoil the enjoyment of the game. Certainly as you progress and the game demands more from your hardware there can be noticeable slowdown in texture rich and battle strewn areas although this is something that is said to be rectified in an upcoming update.
In terms of sound Skyrim is perfectly balanced with ominous and soaring orchestral scores and a huge raft of tailored audio. There are occasions were characters suffer from repetition but on the whole even the most minor of characters have rich personalities and react in a variety of ways depending on your behaviour. Everything in this game is about action and reaction and the audio enhances the experience as you hear a roaring dragon overhead signalling an impending attack or hear the chittering of a large insect someone out of sight.
Skyrim is incredibly atmospheric and cinematic in places and there are particular areas of the game were you feel totally immersed as if part of a movie. Particular highlights for me including horror scenes in a haunted house straight out of your worst nightmares and storming a citadel as part of a rebellious army. However, these things are merely the tip of the iceberg and the the variety of gameplay is what makes this game worth the purchase. You can approach the game as a simple hack and slash affair scything down goblins and chopping off a bandit chiefs head and indeed, there is a certain amount of visceral enjoyment to that. However, you can also get married and enjoyed all the advantages (and disadvantages!) therein, open a merchants stall, become a detective solving murders or even a singing bard. The devil really is in the detail in this game and it would be nigh on impossible to explain all the options available to you.
As I have mentioned earlier Skyrim is far from perfect in terms of gameplay although if one thing frustrates you, you can simply tackle something else. Combat in particular is very much a mixed bag. Unlike many Role Playing Games, Skyrim's combat system is largely stripped down to make it accessible meaning you have little variety in terms of attacks and defence with the enemy pulling off spectacular thrusts and spins while you look somewhat clumsy. This is compensated by some superb "kill sequences" which provide a Mortal Kombat-esque array of finish him moves. The use of magic also makes combat far more of a tactical affair as you summon warriors to fight by your side or use your raw powers to force enemies away from you.
In terms of difficulty, the freeform nature of the questing also leads to massive unpredictabilities in terms of what you are stumbling into. If you simply follow the main quests in a linear fashion you will likely get destroyed time and again as you enter dungeons and other areas woefully underprepared, underpowered and unequipped. The game doesn't tell you to go off and do a number of side quests to level up and as such unlock some decent attacks and find some decent equipment but after you get annihilated by a giant or bandit for the millionth time, it's a lesson you learn the hard way. Ironically, dragons the foe that are supposed to provide the main thrust and threat of the story are arguably one of the easiest foes to defeat as you pick them off easily with your bow.
I seem to be talking a lot about the problems with Skyrim but that doesn't mean I don't like it. In fact it's a great game that should have something that appeals to everyone. The only thing I would say is that because it does have something for everyone, it doesn't quite excel at anything. In aiming to appeal to the masses Skyrim is a watered down Role Playing Game but it is still a fine game and one I would recommend to anyone. It lacks the tight narrative of an Arkham City but when you get this much gameplay for your money, it's hard to care.
This game is huge. I mean HUGE. Vast. Mammoth. Epic.
Those not familar with this type of gaming, RPG, but interesting in picking it up due to the huge amounts of hype and attention it got over the past year - fear not. Its a very deep, vast and complex game - thats surprisingly easy to get into.
RPG (role playing games) are not the kind of games you can pick up, turn your brain of and kill things (Although in this you can do that if you want) RPGs are game that can take hundreds of hours to complete, all kinds of perks for playing the game thoroughly and can be hugely absorbing. Skyrim is all of these and so much more.
For those that like violence, it has it. Playing as a wizard, has it. Playing as a thief, has it. You can play this game in many ways, a combination of different ways - its up to you.
As you play the game, set in a visually stunning world with amazing detail and vastness, more and more about the possibilities of the game are made apparent - and it feels like the surprises will never stop coming.
Skyrim is the fifth game in the 'Elder Scrolls' fantasy RPG series. Elder what? Apparently it has something to with some mythical prophecies that were written down many years ago. But you know what? It doesn't matter. Because Skyrim is a game that lets you shout people off a cliff. No, I'm not making this up. If that isn't enough to make you want to buy the game, then what on earth's wrong with you?
Still here? Fine. I'll continue. The truth is that the Elder Scrolls themselves don't figure into the game - instead, Skyrim's storyline revolves around dragons. Yes, the fire-breathing maiden-eating kind, who have mysteriously returned to life after being dead and gone for years. And if that wasn't enough, the land of Skyrim - a land of snow and ice - is also the subject of a political struggle between those who want independence from the occupying Empire and those who are relatively happy to have them around.
You're cast as the Dragonborn, a character who apparently has the ability to take the fight to the dragons. If you want to, that is. Your character doesn't really have a history as such, and the game's all the better for it since you can put your own mark on the Dragonborn. You can also do whatever the heck you want to without even tackling the main quest.
Once you've completed the brief opening section - which sees you awaiting execution for offences unknown - you can wander off and explore the entire land. This itself is well worth doing since the game's landscape looks absolutely superb. You'll also have to do some exploring since while the game's main cities are marked out for you, you can't actually fast travel to them until you've found them normally at least once.
I would recommend playing the game's main quest up to the 'Greybeards' quest since that's when you aforementioned ability to shout people off cliffs. As the Dragonborn, you learn a number of powerful shouts, which work a little like spells. Although you can still make your character a magic user, warrior, thief or whatever - the shouts are independent of this.
In fact, the game takes a rather interesting approach to levelling up. The system isn't as simplified as it is in Fable 3, but you don't actually have to choose classes. Instead, each skill improves the more you use it. So if you use a sword a lot, then your ability in that area will improve. Or if you firey destruction magic a lot, you'll get better that that. Improve your skills enough and you level up, which will give you points to spend on certain perks, a la Fallout 3. Given that you can also dual wield in Skyrim, it's entirely possible to attack your foes with a sword and fireballs. Sneaking is also an option, naturally.
So what exactly will you be slaughtering in Skyrim? There are a huge range of creatures to murder including bears, other people, skeletons, mummy style creatures, goblin-things, scuttling monstrosities, dragons and many more. Yes, you get to kill dragons - they're not that easy to kill, but you do get better at it as the game goes on. Some of these foes are lurking above ground, others are hiding out in dungeons. You can go into a dungeon just because you want to, or you can be sent down there in search of various items.
Skyrim's dungeons are a bit odd in that some of them are quite linear. Not all of them, mind, but half the fun of playing Oblivion was roaming around dungeons exploring. It's quite hard to get lost in Skyrim's dungeons. That said, Skyrim thankfully doesn't have Oblivion's weird monster levelling up system where enemies level up with you all the time. It's entirely possible to be outclassed in Skyrim.
There's also plenty to do above ground too. Skyrim's inhabitants go around their daily business, which seems to involve hitting the same piece of metal on an anvil for hours on end. The AI actually seems to be have toned down a little since the last game, although that's no means a bad thing since it means you're not listening to characters have endless conversations about mudcrabs. Their voices are also different so again you're not running into two characters with the same voice talking to each other.
You can even get married to one should you so desire. In fact, you can even marry the NPC who turns you into a werewolf. Yes, there are werewolves in this game, and also vampires. The latter thankfully don't sparkle, though the werewolf abilities aren't all that great - being a werewolf won't automatically let you take out a dragon easily. Someone on YouTube has however proven it's possible to punch one to death if you're hard enough.
And then there are the quests. There are loads of stand alone quests in the game, and there are also the organisations. I don't say guilds because the game is set 200 years after Oblivion and the magic and fighters guilds are all but gone. But you can join Winterholm College of Magic, or the Companions and The Dark Brotherhood is in there too. There's even a Bard University to join, and you can expect various pieces of DLC to add more quests. You can play the game for ages without bothering with the main campaign.
So that's the good. What about the bad and the ugly? Well, the graphics are pretty cool, hardly ugly, although they're not a huge leap up from Oblivion's graphics. The animation has improved a lot, though. However, the PS3 version has a problem whereby once your game save gets big enough the frame rate starts dropping. There are other small bugs, but no reported crashes. Fallout 3 and New Vegas, on the other hand, crashed a fair bit. It's worth waiting to see if the new patches fixe the chugging bug - the patch that has been released improves this a bit but doesn't fix it. If, on the other hand you're a PC or 360 owner than Skyrim is a must buy. It's a hugely enjoyable game, with a great storyline and is easily one of the best RPGs to date. Great stuff. Just be sure to bring your snowshoes.
(review also posted on Freeola)
I have to admit, I didn't want to play the game. Every time I saw a commercial or ad for the game I thought that they were overselling the game and people will be expecting too much from it ; I was wrong.
Skyrim is a very deep and intricate game, not only is the character personalisation amazing, but the story development is great. One could spend hundreds of hours playing the game which is great seeing as how your paying about $50 for it. It is visually appealing * especial with hdmi cable* and has greatly orchestrated music playing in the background. This game is well worth buying, you can skip the rental on this game. Now the game is not perfect though, much like its predecessors a good 40 hours into the game and you are going to encounter lag. This is to be expected though, for it is one of the largest open world games out in market.
More in detail-
When creating a character in a RPG game, one is expected to be able to customize it as they see fit. Skyrim really gives you the opportunity to create very distinct characters. You start off choosing a race, you have the typical human type races and others such as Orcs, Khajiits (feline race) and my personal favorite Dark Elfs just to name a few. Then you go to select a gender, and appearance, let me just tell you you can truly make your character appear as unique as you. You have the ability to tune and model physical appearances such as head, nose, chin, hell even skill tones. When your done with spending 2 hours of game play making your character, (you can skip this by picking default characters.) your thrown in a massive world that moves and develops on its own.
Hours upon hours of game play-
The main quest is an estimated 30 hours probably 40, but dont let that stop you. Side Quests! Yes and allot of them more than 100 hours of side quests are in this game. Let us not forget a world to discover, dungeons to explore, relationships to build. You can easily spend well over 150 hours playing through it once, why not replay it as a different character? Possibilities seem endless.
This game truly left me impressed, it may not be the best game in the world but defiantly up there.
I played Elder Scrolls Oblivion and was instantly hooked , i spent so many hours on it and never bothered with anything thing else to such an extent that on advice from my friends ( who i had'nt seen in days ) i eventually traded it in only to buy it again a few weeks later, when the Fallout games were released i bought and played those aswell and although they were very very enjoyable it just didnt have the same affect on me as Oblivion did, now we have Skyrim and once again im absolutely hooked and the only reason im not playing it this very second is because my sister is on the wii , Skyrim is excellent right from the word go you are thrown into a very interesting game opening ( i wont spoil it for you ) but unlike Oblivion where you were underground for ages getting used to controls and setting up the story for the game you were thrown straight into a really enjoyable sceneario and it hasnt stopped being interesting even for a minute , making this sunch as potions , weaponry , armour and jewellery among other things is complex and detailed but at the same time not difficult at all to grasp , you collect ingredients from varied sources be they plants you find or body parts of animals and monsters you have killed i.e teeth , feet or even a giants toe !! the list of things you can make potions out of is endless , making weapons is very good many different weapons to make from many different materiels such as making an axe from iron or a sword from solid steel , the ability to enchant items with spells as in previous games is still there with far more variaty aswell .
i could go on all night but i intend to go and have a go at getting the tv back off my sister but ill leave with this : i highly recommend this game to anyone , trust me you will love it and if you are one of the gamers who played Oblivion just imagine 20 times better and buy it immediatly
As my taste for gaming has returned recently, so has my willingness to try games in genres that perhaps once upon a time wouldn't have really appealed to me. First it saw me develop a real taste for First Person Shooters such as Call Of Duty and earlier this week it expanded once again to Fantasy Role Play Games. I'd never played any of the Elder Scroll games prior to this week, I'd seemingly missed the furore over Oblivion the previous title in this series, however when I was handed a copy of Skyrim on Wednesday I decided, given all the hype, that I at least had to give it a try.
In this stunning new game from developers Bethesda you take on the lead role as you character awaits execution. Just as your about to become the executioners next victim a large Dragon sweeps into the arena to bring a halt to proceedings. The Dragons have been away from Skyrim for many years however there return is somewhat of a puzzle to the residents. Once you escape the scene of your proposed execution you flea to a small village where you find yourself in a battle with a Dragon and before long we learn that our character is Dragon Born and must eliminate the Dragons whilst along the way finding out as much knowledge about everything as possible.
Opening Up A Choice
Unlike a number of games I've played, once this opening is over with you are then free to choose how you would like to play the game. The developers have created a vast array of choices for the player making this a much more varied game than many of its competitors. It allows the player to choose whether they want to push on with the main storyline, take part in smaller missions or simply explore the vast Kingdom before them. It goes as far as letting you choose a trade and set up a business.
There is absolutely no pressure to undertake missions as the whole virtual world is lying there before you to explore. I've been playing games like Grand Theft Auto for years where you have to complete missions to further areas of the map and the approach taken in Skyrim is quite a fresh and appealing approach. Given the sheer scale of the game it would take hundreds of hours to explore and complete every element of the game, which proves that Bethesda have really given you value for money with this title.
Sound and Vision
The more I play games on the Playstation the more impressed with the graphical capabilities of the system I am becoming. This game is one of the most visually stunning games I have ever played from the icy landscapes to the lush green plains the world created by Bethesda looks amazing. It was far more impressive than I had expected and in particular I thought the Dragons had a very good look to them.
I also found that the range of voices and interaction between characters was quite varied and some element of thought had clearly gone into creating a vocabulary bank for the characters. They don't give set responses every time and that shows a good use of the games AI to create something more realistic and enjoyable. I was also impressed with the music in the game as I felt it created tension at the right moments and I feel this is what game developers should really be using the soundtrack of games for.
Playing the Game
Whilst the graphics and the storyline are important if the gameplay doesn't work then the other two elements are pretty much pointless. For me though Bethesda deliver on this aspect as well, with a stripped back control system that works really well, making it a game you can get to grips with relatively quickly. When fighting the controls are quite simple, but I think this is really an element that will open up Skrim to a much larger audience. With RPG's in the past I've always been worried about over complication and Skyrim seems to make it all quite simple.
Your character also develops as the game progresses and doesn't require you undertaking any difficult skill assessments. It instead develops the characters skills by using them and I felt that this was a nice touch. I found that by experiencing more of the game in order to level up my skills held my interest far more than simply having to bash out mission after mission.
That's not to say that Skyrim doesn't have its flaws because it certainly does, but none of these are particularly crippling for me so far. The main issues I've had have been in terms of Landscapes appearing on screen when on a high cliff top and the movement of people's mouths as you talk to them. Both are quite minor elements but they do detract slightly from what is otherwise a very impressive game.
There is a lot of talk about Lag and the game slowing down dramatically the more you play it, but this thankfully hasn't happened to me, however I will keep an eye on it and update it on here if it does begin to happen.
Bethesda Deliver a Gem
Having heard great things about this game and Bethesda's other titles, it perhaps shouldn't really be a surprise how impressive Skyrim actually is. The world they have created is vast and looks amazing. I was really impressed by the graphical detail that has gone into making this game. As the developers continue to test the Playstation 3's capabilities the more impressed and interested I'm becoming in other types of games. Gone are the days when Sports games are my only escape and now it would be save to say that I'll be trying more RPG's and at the same time will be recommending Skyrim to anyone who enjoys escaping into a computer game, however be warned it does take up a lot more time than you might realise.
Other Platforms: PC & Xbox 360
Age - 18