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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Review
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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is the big, bold, and beautiful sequel you hoped for and is sure to bewitch you for countless hours.
That doesn't mean that you don't wield manual control over how you progress. Each time you gain a level, you choose to enhance one of your three main attributes: health, stamina, or magicka. You also earn a single point to spend on a perk, which might increase damage done with axes or let you conjure creatures at a greater distance. It's a great leveling system that forms around the way you play, but allows for tweaking so that you retain a sense of control. Even just the act of leveling up can be a pleasure due to the slick and colorful interface that imagines perks as stars in constellations. It can be a pain to navigate to certain perks; the game often has you flitting not to the star you want, but to all the ones surrounding it. But considering Oblivion's cumbersome interface, Skyrim's is a much improved beast. On console (and if you play with a controller on the PC), thumbstick navigation minimizes button presses, and you can easily move between your quest log and the main map. Additionally, you can mark weapons, spells, and items as favorites and then access them quickly during combat. Certain aspects might be fiddly, but on the whole, Skyrim's interface is a wonder, considering how much information and inventory is at your fingertips.
Regardless of how you tailor your character, the action is entertaining and varied. Trolls, undead draugrs, necromancers, bandits, witches, ratlike skeevers, and many more foes want to make your hero a zero. You occasionally feel as if you're flailing blindly rather than connecting your sharp blade with a vampire's flesh. But this is the tightest Elder Scrolls combat yet, the visual and audio cues normally providing proper feedback with your blows and zaps. Some death blows result in Fallout 3-style slow-motion kills, which retain their power because they're not overly frequent. Movement, too, has seen improvement: you can now play from a third-person view and feel like you're moving across the land instead of floating above it. What hasn't been improved is the friendly AI. It's nice to have a companion along for the adventure, and you're given one for free early in the story. But companions are morons, crowding you in tight passages, lagging behind when you need them the most, and even getting stuck in various death loops caused by spinning blade traps.
If you're the stealthy type, you can sneak about, picking pockets and breaking into homes. If you really enjoy keeping to the shadows, you may even wish to contract porphyric hemophilia--that is, vampirism. Vampires earn some benefits by way of certain spells and status effects, but also endure particular risks and must feed on unsuspecting victims as they slumber. But even if you like to wade directly into the fray, you can benefit from Skyrim's non-combat activities. Lock-picking no longer works as it did in Oblivion, but takes its cue from Fallout 3, having you rotate a lock pick and turn the lock to determine how closely you matched the correct position. As before, you can pick flowers and collect ingredients, and then create potions out of them at an alchemy table. (Forget mortars and pestles this time around.) And any adventurer can benefit from enchanting, which lets you imbue your equipment with certain status effects--though you must use soul gems to recharge their power.
Many of Skyrim's delights are the touches that occur outside of the action. Citizens go about their daily lives, selling their wares in shops during the day and closing down at night to hang out in the pub or head home to rest. Under some circumstances, they may comment on your rancid breath or remark on how sickly you seem to look. Children run up and down the streets; one may even ask for you to stop a bully from picking on him. Citizens move somewhat stiffly, but with more grace than in previous Elder Scrolls games. Before, conversations brought the world to a halt and focused the camera on some character's waxy face. In Skyrim, certain dialogues limit the camera and temporarily paralyze you in place, but overall, conversations feel more organic than before--a nice improvement that enhances your sense of immersion.
Skyrim also uses scattered books and references to enthrall you. You may not be a big fan of reading books in role-playing games, but even so, you should make an effort here. If you don't feel like reading up on Tamriel's rich history each time you find a volume, grab it and read it later--there are a lot of narrative tidbits that deserve to be read. Elder Scrolls fans will appreciate nods to events in prior games, and everyone can enjoy the bite-size tales contained therein, about vampires, noble heroes, and gods that bestow their blessings on their followers. Skyrim takes place hundreds of years after the events of Oblivion, and organizations you might remember have been restructured or are shadows of their former selves. But Tamriel's history is threaded throughout Skyrim's fabric, and some quests, such as one that begins with an invitation to a faraway museum, are great reminders of past misfortunes that the world has not forgotten.
It's a pity that Skyrim often breaks the immersion it tries so hard to create, in ways both minor and major. Some bizarre details are simply annoying. A character might initiate conversation through the ceiling. The chatter of nearby characters could drown out important story exposition. Two shopkeepers standing next to each other may be voiced by the same actor and repeat the same lines. A dragon skeleton might disappear and then later drop out of the sky in a new location. A dragon could get stuck in place, flailing about in the geometry in a mess of wings and tail. For that matter, you could get stuck in the environment, maybe just by walking into a corner, which forces you to either quick-travel to a different location (if you're lucky enough to be outdoors) or load a save game. And on the PlayStation 3, frame rate jitters and occasional pauses can disrupt the moment-to-moment flow. The question isn't whether you will experience anomalies--it's a given. The question is: which ones and how many?
If you've played previous Elder Scrolls games, glitches and oddities don't come as a surprise. Nevertheless, Skyrim comes in a year graced with multiple quality RPGs that feature tighter combat, fewer bugs, better animations, and so forth. But to be fair, none of those games are endowed with such enormity. Yet The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim doesn't rely on sheer scope to earn its stripes. It isn't just that there's a lot to do: it's that most of it is so good. Whether you're slashing a dragon's wings, raising the dead back to life, or experimenting at the alchemy table, Skyrim performs the most spectacular of enchantments: the one that causes huge chunks of time to vanish before you know it.
Having more fun with Dragon's Dogma but Skyrim is my favorite 'return to game once I've beaten everything else'.
Great game but i liked OBLIVION more . I mean the main stroy and the guilds in oblivion were way better than skyrim . I agree that skyrim have better graphic and combat but thats all . I had more fun in oblivion . Im slightly disappointed with skyrim because i thought the hero will have a voice like DRAGON AGE 2 and improved the weird characters movements . Overall its a great game .
I love this game, I have soaked endless hours in front of the t.v. playing it. There are some things I would change, like the loading screens and the DLC delay. I have recently had the problem of freezing while attempting to swim, but thanks to you guys and this awesome website, I'm hoping I have fixed it. It makes me sad to see everyone so mean to each other (even if deserved). I hope everyone will start getting along, there is a lot of great information that we can attain from people (even complete idiots). Don't judge without all the facts.
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@Stompatius yeah if that is their best for PS3, I'd say hire a more professional team. That version they released is only for undiscerning consumers and dumbass fanboys like you. Their best is like yours. Pathetic
Ps3 beats Xbox because of:
- Built in Blu Ray and 3D, no bullshit.
- Free internet, no bullshit
- Rechargable controller, no bullshit
- And when you buy ps3 you buy the best version, no different bullshit versions like the 360.
- You dont have to buy loads of acessories and bullshit like the bullshit 360.
- Unlike the Xbox 360, no bullshit.
@tonyhusl No. You only get Lycanthropy by competing the required "Companions" questline missions. Getting Lycanthropy makes you immune to any other disease.
would be a great game excepting the load times when you switch between places drags so much on the ps3 that you nearly find yourself on that more then in gameplay
buying1999 - You're the biggest fanboy troll out there. I've seen your comments on many other gaming sites' boards (IGN, Lens of Truth etc). Get over yourself man. Are you on Micro$oft's payroll or something? Not even Major Nelson defends the 360 more than you and he DOES get a steady paycheck from M$.
When Carmack made that statement, it was based on the fact that overall the 360 is easier to develop for than the PS3. Not surprising coming from a traditionally PC-only developer.
The article ALSO goes on to say: "Carmack did go on to tell Ripten that there are places in RAGE where the PS3 works and performs better because the cells have more total processing power."
If YOU like not having the ablity to watch Blu-rays on your console - fine. If YOU like having to purchase battery packs for your controllers - fine. If YOU like having to PAY to play online - fine. If YOU are that ignorant and that much of a blatant Xbox fanboy that you want to deprive yourself of amazing exclusive games like Uncharted, God of War, Infamous, and many more - fine.
Just shut the hell up about it already, no one really cares what you think.
@Furwings They only thing that i find is that the xbox is alot easier to system link than the PS3, but that the only thing, unless someone can tell me a simple way for the PS3 then i can ditch the xbox totally :)
@Furwings talk done xD
@Furwings well said. i personally like the PS3 better because it has more and better exclusives. plus the blu-ray player of course. the multi-console games may not be as polished on PS3, but the exclusives make xbox look like atari.
@ShadowofSonic No issue, just stating the facts about the over priced internet ready blu ray player. I don't recall making ANY statements to or about users??? Let me double check....nope just talking about hardware and software. No issues here. "Xbox 360 is the BEST console EVER made." --John Carmack
@buying1999 @ShadowofSonicNobody likes a troll. Fuck this John Carmack person, I don't care what he thinks. Neither system is better than the other. People just have preferences. If you're a Xbox 360 fanboy who just comes here to troll about the PS3, you must be a child. Go back to Halo and Gears of War.
They forgot to mention the horrible map display in the major negatives, but oh well. I miss the Argonian's accents either way
I just finished tha major quest and also most of the important side quests. Now I feel...umm....empty. Hehehe :-) Elder Scrolls 6 when will you arrive?
This game is one of the best games i have ever played in my entire life , I bought this game 3 months ago and I swear I have been playing it every day like 4 hours for 2 months , my social life ended since then,some other cool games like MGS4 teamed with this one to entirely destroy my life and they succeeded.
This game should definetly be a 9.5, I spent 90 hours on one account and got a game breaking bug (it didn't let me continue the main quest) but that didn't stop me from starting again from scratch. Amazing Game!
This game is definitely best played on the SUPERIOR Xbox 360. Better frame rates, better anti aliasing, better shadows, and no MANDATORY install. Oh yeah. Best on the SUPERIOR Xbox 360. "Xbox 360 is the BEST console EVER made." --John Carmack
@KevinVanOrd- Where is the blurriness you speak of because I'm playing on the Sony PS3 monitor and I don't experience any blur at all. I also find the textures in some objects look better then the 360 especially in the wood textures. I have both versions and the only thing that bugs me now that the frame rate is better is the how close the pop in is with shrubs and grass. Is this because of the limited 256mb of ram and thats why 360 has it happen a little further for the 360 has 512mb of ram
@ZDowski13 maybe you're one of the luckiest people who accidentally didn't get any lag because of the way you play or choose missions. I heard lot of guys saying the same about Fallout 3 but I played Fallout 3 twice on my PS3 for hours and hours without any frame rate problem or any bug.
I just completed every segment in the game, and now the world seems scary and dull D: Best game ever !
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- The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind (XBOX, PC),
- The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (PC, X360, MOBILE, PS3, PSP),
- The Elder Scrolls IV: Knights of the Nine (PC, X360),
- The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles (PC, X360, PS3),
- The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Game of the Year Edition (X360, PC, PS3),
- BioShock & The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Bundle (PC, X360),
- The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Mehrunes' Razor (PC, X360),
- The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - The Fighter's Stronghold (PC, X360),
- The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - The Orrery (PC, X360),
- The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - The Vile Lair (PC, X360)