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An Epic Fantasy Reborn!
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Xbox 360)
Member Name: simon020187
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Xbox 360)
Advantages: Absolutely beautiful graphics, stunning sound effects and over 400 hours of gameplay!
Disadvantages: No online play!
The Elder Scrolls games have to go down as the biggest game ever. Elder Scrolls have been my favourite type of games for a very long time and with this new edition things look even better. Elder Scrolls V Skyrim is a role playing adventure game but it offers a lot of new things that most role playing games cant offer. One being the fact that in Skyrim you can free roam and explore everywhere. Skyrim was developed and published by Bethesda Softworks and is available on the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. The game features one of the most interesting storylines as well as one of the biggest world maps to a game. The game also features a main quest along with thousands of side quests. Skyrim also isn't a direct follow up from the previous game Oblivion and is in fact set 200 years after the events of Oblivion.
=== STORY ===
After creating your character and choosing his race the game starts with you being transported ready for execution. Just as you're about to be executed a dragon swoops down and attacks the town you are in. This leads into you escaping thanks to the help of the guards who were planning on executing you. You learn that Alduin is back with an armies worth of dragons to take over the land. You also learn that you are Dragonborn which means you can defeat dragons by learning and using the way they speak against them. This means that you can learn Dragon Shouts which are like magic powers to defeat them. Now you must follow your path and find out what you can about these Dragon Shouts so you can put an end to Alduin once and for all.
=== GAMEPLAY ===
In Skyrim you choose your character out of so many different races and all of them have been in previous games. You can choose to be male or female then you have to decide how your character will look by creating their face and everything else. Each character has their own strengths and weaknesses. When the game starts properly you will notice that you can change the camera angle to suit you. There are two options which are first person view and third person view. In Skyrim you can find many items scattered throughout the world. Most can be picked up and be sold, used or even equipped. There are numerous towns and villages in the game and each has numerous shops, houses and other places of interest. Also in town their are guards just in case you commit crimes. You can break into peoples houses and steal from them but you have to be careful and if people see you the guards will come and arrest you. If you get arrested you lose your belongings and are shoved in prison but you can escape.
In Skyrim you can attack enemies or even attack civilians. Enemies come in all different shapes and sizes. You will meet many enemies that include ferocious dragons, dangerous grizzly bears, wolfs, vampires, werewolves, bandits and many more. Dragons are the main types of enemies in the game because they lead to you receiving their powers. There are well over 20 different Dragon Shouts that can be learned and most of them have 3 levels of power to them which makes them stronger. You can also learn other types of magic with lots of variety such as destruction spells, restoration spells for healing and a lot more. Something new to this Elder Scrolls game is the fact you can now have a weapon in each hand and use both to attack. You can also use two magic spells with one in each hand and you can merge them together to make stronger ones. Skyrim is massive and there are well over 1000 different locations that can be fully explored. You will visit places such as shrines, guilds, caves and lots of different places with a lot of variety.
There are also cults you can join who will give you missions and most are really good. There are The Companions, The Dark Brotherhood, Thieves Guild and a few more that will offer missions which will lead to rewards. Skyrim is the type of role playing game where you have a main quest to follow but you can always take a detour and explore the whole world. Doing this will lead to new discoveries and new missions. There are absolutely loads of different missions to take on. Also there are missions which can lead to you becoming a werewolf or a vampire which has made a return from a previous game. In Skyrim you also level up which is a little different from the previous Elder Scrolls games. This time you have a level up bar that is filled every time one of your stats is increased. Once you have leveled up you then must pick from 3 options to improve something then you must also choose a certain skill to increase and learn something new. You can learn new things to improve your character from things like improving magic damage, increase sneaking and others. You can also learn one of my favourites which is decapitating enemies. The combat system is still the same in many ways and still feels very much like a hack and slash game but there are new qualities which include stealth kills or an attack that can impale your enemies when in full on combat and there is much more you can learn and do.
A few other bits you can do in the game include creating potions which can be used to heal your character or enhance their attributes. You can also add effects to the weapons you receive to make them stronger or to add effects to them. Something new to Skyrim is the fact you can now create weapons and armor. You will find many things scattered throughout the game which include ingredients for cooking or for making your potions, chest boxes which could be locked and require either a key or lockpick and much more. You can now get married on the game which is something new. Playing the game is quite easy and the map is easily navigated. Also you can set current objectives and an arrow on the map indicates where you have to go. Its really simple and much better from previous games. You can talk to almost everyone and most of the people might ask you to do things. You can also now go mining or woodcutting to make a bit of extra gold. Money in the game is usually earned from missions but you can also find it in dungeons or you can sell your unwanted items. Your character can only carry a certain amount of items as they all have a total weight and your character can only carry so much. Also if you do carry far too much then your character will only walk. You can store items in your house or other places as long as you can remember where you've put them.
To get to places in the game you can walk but it will literally take you hours to get places but there are other ways to get places which including buying a horse, using a carriage or you can fast travel as long as you've already discovered the place you are trying to get too. There is a lot more to the game and probably way too much to mention but it seriously is a massive game and a lot of fun. It offers a wide range of variety with things you can do and there are thousands of different missions available. The best thing is that you don't need to keep following the main missions and you can go explore the world of Skyrim on your own.
=== GRAPHICS ===
The Elder Scrolls games have always been beautifully designed in every aspect of the game and Skyrim has to go down as the best game for graphics that I have ever seen. I play my games in HD and this one almost looks real. The characters in the game are fantastically designed from head to toe and they all come from different places and they are all different races and they all look very different and extremely well detailed. Facial expressions of the characters are also brilliant. All of the villages and towns are incredibly detailed as well and all the different places look entirely different, its phenomenal. One major improvement with Skyrim is the fact that all of the dungeons you visit look completely different to each other and are also very well detailed. In previous Elder Scrolls games the dungeons looked very similar to each other but Skyrim offer variety. All enemies are really well designed as well and there are many of the same enemies coming back from previous games but looking a lot better in detail. My two favourite parts to the graphical features are the weather effects which are phenomenal and look absolutely stunning. The other is the view points in the game which are beautiful and really make the game stunning. Overall the graphics are fantastic.
=== SOUND EFFECTS ===
The sound effects have also always been very good to the Elder Scrolls series and in Skyrim it is no different. I will start by mentioning the music because its the same sort of music other games have. Its the typical Elder Scrolls music and it never gets old. The theme song is amazing and the way it comes into the game is great. It starts playing as you're fighting a dragon and it works really well. Also all the characters in the game have their own voices but some sound very much like Arnold Schwarzenegger. The characters in the game all sound really good. One of the most impressive sound effects are the battle effects and you can see they have been improved really well. Also when you're in snow storms you can literally hear everything from wind to snow falling. Most enemies sound fantastic and the way the music changes when you are in a fight is brilliant. Overall the sound effects are top quality.
=== DIFFICULTY ===
Skyrim difficult varies and it can be difficult but it all depends on what setting you have the game on and what character you pick at the start. Also it depends what suits you the most because your character can be good at certain things but they could also be bad at certain things. Having someone good at magic is a definite bonus for fights but having someone that is good at picklocking or sneaking isn't a really good fighter until you level up. Difficulty setting can be changed in the in game options menu to suit you. Also the game now features a lot more puzzles which could cause problems for some gamers. Different enemies have different strengths and weaknesses. Overall I would have to say its an average in terms of difficulty but it certainly has enough to offer all types of gamers.
=== LONGEVITY ===
This is what impressed me the most about the game and to be honest it didn't really surprise me too much. The main quest line isn't massive overall and can last around 20 hours but with all the side missions and the endless amount of options available you're looking at around the 400 hour mark. The biggest game I have ever witnessed in my life with over 400 hours of gameplay. Most side quests can last up to half an hour and some can last as little as 2 minutes if you know what you're doing. The main quest missions can last over an hour each one but there are more variety in those missions than side missions. Skyrim is also the type of game that can be restarted numerous times and every time something different will happen guaranteed. Overall the length of the game is fantastic.
=== PROS ===
*A fascinating storyline.
*Lots of missions that include over 1000 side missions.
*Absolutely stunning graphics can be seen everywhere in the game.
*Lots of different enemies, items and much more.
*Some of the old music returns with some fantastic new sound effects.
*Over 400 hours of gameplay from main quests and side quests.
*You can now get married, live in a house and werewolves are back!
=== CONS ===
*No multiplayer or online features.
*Could be difficult for some gamers.
*Its very easy to get lost because the world is massive.
*A lot of the old stuff is still in the game which could put some people off.
*The price is a little steep but I think its worth it.
=== FINAL THOUGHT ===
The Elder Scrolls games have been interesting and brilliant and Skyrim is by far the best in the series so far. I absolutely adore everything about the game. A lot of things are the same and haven't been improved or updated much. Music is similar, a few enemies are the same and all of the race choices for your character are also the same. The story to the game is one of the main reasons why I love the Elder Scrolls series because its interesting and one of the most eventful. There are a total of 50 achievements to Skyrim at the minute but more will probably pop up when add-ons for the game appear.
I would definitely recommend the game to fans of the series because its the best game yet. Also if you like a good adventure game that offers a lot of role playing elements then this is right up your street. If you like a good story to a game with plenty of hours of gameplay then you will also love this. Its a beautiful game that can be enjoyed by many. The game also comes with a map of Skyrim to slightly help you out and it also feels like cloth which is great. The game manual is also quite good and lists all relevant information. Skyrim is also a 15+ game because it contains strong violence from start to finish.
I bought the game when it was first released at a midnight launch at my local ASDA. The game cost me £39.97 which is a little pricey but I think its worth every penny. The game is still going for around the same price online and at shops. I believe the game is worth it as its one I have waited ages for.
One of the best games I have ever played and definitely my game of the year. I would give Elder Scrolls V Skyrim the full 10/10! Absolutely brilliant!
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Summary: One of the best games I have ever played. Absolutely brilliant and beautiful!
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