ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM [game] Review
Alright, I’ve been able to play for a couple days now, I feel like I have a justified view of the game.
First things first; why is this such a popular game with…everyone! I’m seeing memes posted from the most unlikely sort. I hate to be one of those dorks to say it, but is it popular just because it’s popular? Have any of these people played any of the other ES games? /rant
Let’s start, at the beginning. The intro, while intense, I felt was too fast paced. Like Oblivion you’re a prisoner who gets thrown into battle. However there comes that point where you eventually have to head off on your own. In Skyrim I felt like when that time came, it was too open ended. I didn’t know enough about the history of the game to make any evaluations as to what I should do next. Oblivion did a great job of telling you about the history of Tamriel, thereby helping you understand your own character.
Gameplay wise, it’s great. They simplified it enough that the button layout works smoothly. And I love that instead of choosing a Class, you can go to different shrines to imbue yourself with Class Blessings (I used to spend hours in 3+4 choosing the “right” class). I like the cue from other games that involve jobs/tasks aside from quests. Smithing, skinning, metalworking, all great time fillers for the game. Before, you’d collect troves of useless items that now have a purpose! Also, you can definitely tell Bethesda took what they learned from Fallout3 and applied it to this game.
Fighting is still pretty much the same. The new magic/shouts are so much fun, and you really have to work at your blocking…I’ve never been into archery in ES games :P And there is no better feeling than standing on the edge of a cliff with a dragon circling you overhead; axe in hand, destruction magic at the ready, shouting a battle cry and readying yourself for the onslaught that’s about to happen!
As with Morrowind and Oblivion I really need to explore the entire map before I feel like I’ve made it anywhere in the game. My only complaint is that it feels like this game is smaller than the last. Almost as if they knew they wanted a wider audience so they pulled a Blizzard and simplified their game too much.
Disclaimer: Be ready for hours of exploring and talking with NPC’s, and if you don’t even know what that means just put the game down…
If you haven’t played Morrowind or Oblivion then this game won’t make sense to you. And don’t talk to me about it if you’re one of those people that started with this game, that’s like starting with Halo 3 because of the multiplayer and talking about it like you know Halo.
If you’re into RPG, fantasy, dragons, vikings, Elder Scrolls…definitely pick this up!
I play a Nord / Warrior