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Immersed In the World Of Skyrim
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (PS3)
Member Name: Andy.mack
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (PS3)
Advantages: An amazing involved game that really impresses on all fronts
Disadvantages: You will lose a lot of time to this game
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
Summary: The 5th Instalment in the Elder Scrolls Games series
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