Product Type: Bethesda Xbox 360 games
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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Xbox 360)
Member Name: Lulzaroonie
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Xbox 360)
Advantages: long game, lots of replay value, different quests every time
Disadvantages: still quite glitchy
It doesn't take much for me to become bored with a game, and to move on without a second thought. Fortunately for me, Skyrim is so immersive, I've played through it fully twice, as different character types for well over 150 hours, and I intend to play through again quite soon.
Graphically, the game is an impressive masterpiece. Terrific landscapes with an incredible field of vision surrounds you. If you're lucky like me, and get to play it on a large HDTV screen, you'll probably regret that you can't smell the mammoth dung or dragon breath.
The soundtrack has a massive FOUR HOURS plus, of original score, and you will recognise familiar themes from Oblivion (if you've played it).
Though this is the fifth game in the Elder Scrolls franchise, you don't need to have played any of the previous games to play Skyrim, though you may find throughout the game world, some books or people might make reference to previous games characters or things that happened in the story lines. It is a stand alone game.
The story is of reasonable length, though you will most likely get side tracked by various other quests in the meantime. Each time I've played through, I seem to have found different quests to do. I'm looking forward to seeing if I can find any more. I played as a female both times, I think I might play as a man the second time to see how things differ.
Buying the game brand new, I encountered a few glitches, most of which have been fixed, such as dragons flying backwards and quests becoming impossible to finish. One really disappointing glitch I came across was that having multiple residences with chests full of loot and treasure, a glitch totally emptied my chest in one of my houses, containing so much crafting material. While it didn't ruin my game, I lost many weapons and pieces of armour.
Most of the NPCs really lack depth as the voice actors are recycled for many other characters, so you will notice that some shop keepers have the same voice as the Jarl of wherever, and this guard might have the same voice as one of your guild mates.
The levelling up is so much better than the previous game, where everything you do goes towards a specific skill. A swing of a short sword? Why, that would go towards your one-handed skill. Did you just set fire to that Skeever? Heres some points towards your destruction skill, my friend! Each time you 'level up' a skill, you will get an increase towards your overall level.
When you level up, you get to choose between increasing health, stamina or magicka, and also receive a skill point to put towards perks in your skill trees.
For example, if you wish to make dragonbone armour, you would keep smithing items to increase your smithing skill. Once you have 100 points in your smithing skill, you can use skill points to unlock dragon armour smithing in the skill tree, but you need to have unlocked the previous perks first.
Something I really liked regarding the levelling up system, is that as your over all level increases, the different types of dragons you will encounter.
At a low level, you will face easy to defeat dragons, and as you become more powerful, you will face more powerful dragon adversaries, from (normal) Dragon to Blood, Frost, Elder, and Ancient. It's a nice deterrent from levelling up too fast (which is quite hard to do any way) as your weapons and armour will not reflect your skills, or absord/do enough damage to the hardened enemies.
While the glitches might be enough to put some people off, let me assure you that they really are not that big an issue, and I honestly doubt you will encounter that many.
Summary: Buy it anyway!