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  1. Jan 20, 2012
    10
    I wish I could give this game a 9.9 - there were a few bugs, one of which absolutely destroyed my first playthrough, so a "perfect 10" is overstating things ... VERY SLIGHTLY. But otherwise? Gorgeous landscapes, an intuitive interface, a wonderfully adaptive system that can handle almost any conceivable play style ... and oh, so very very many things to go out and DO. If you buy onlyI wish I could give this game a 9.9 - there were a few bugs, one of which absolutely destroyed my first playthrough, so a "perfect 10" is overstating things ... VERY SLIGHTLY. But otherwise? Gorgeous landscapes, an intuitive interface, a wonderfully adaptive system that can handle almost any conceivable play style ... and oh, so very very many things to go out and DO. If you buy only one game this year? Make it Skyrim!! Expand
  2. Jan 23, 2012
    10
    Its like Fallout but with magic, more epic environments and landscapes, improved graphics, amazing soundtracks, huge world to explore, etc. Fallout is epic as well, but this game goes beyond that.
    Everything that is good, this game has it!!
    Except for the freaking spiders which has become a nightmare for me. Yes, i'm arachnophobic. I know that there are mods to replace it but i'm a bit
    Its like Fallout but with magic, more epic environments and landscapes, improved graphics, amazing soundtracks, huge world to explore, etc. Fallout is epic as well, but this game goes beyond that.
    Everything that is good, this game has it!!

    Except for the freaking spiders which has become a nightmare for me. Yes, i'm arachnophobic. I know that there are mods to replace it but i'm a bit lazy at the moment. :|
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  3. Feb 11, 2012
    8
    My first Elder Scrolls, this game may have some bugs, but the world is vast, of course there's gonna be bugs. This game has many things you can do kill dragons,rob houses and other things you wouldn't do IRL. My main problem is the UI, if there making a new Elder Scrolls which is very likely they should change the ui
  4. Feb 18, 2012
    9
    Without writing an essay, most of you know what to expect from Skyrim so i'll skip all that and just say that this game loses two points for two reasons to earn 8/10 and they are:

    1.Too many bugs to poke a stick at (can recall having to reload earlier saves at least twice due to game-breaking glitches). 2. An extremely primitive combat system, especially by today's standards. Besides
    Without writing an essay, most of you know what to expect from Skyrim so i'll skip all that and just say that this game loses two points for two reasons to earn 8/10 and they are:

    1.Too many bugs to poke a stick at (can recall having to reload earlier saves at least twice due to game-breaking glitches).
    2. An extremely primitive combat system, especially by today's standards.

    Besides these, Skyrim is a beautiful, rich and very immersive game that one should take their time to fully absorb its content.
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  5. Apr 27, 2012
    2
    Game is boring as 100 year old grandpa. The only positives it comes up with is graphics, fighting and music. Rest of it is sadly on low level. Threw it away on the garbage after 5 hours of playing. Wearisome story line and most of the side quests, option of fast travel (why you need to buy a horse if you can use it ?), inflexible characters, bunch of tips for retards which kill gameGame is boring as 100 year old grandpa. The only positives it comes up with is graphics, fighting and music. Rest of it is sadly on low level. Threw it away on the garbage after 5 hours of playing. Wearisome story line and most of the side quests, option of fast travel (why you need to buy a horse if you can use it ?), inflexible characters, bunch of tips for retards which kill game play and sadly lack of enemy NPC 's when you decide to travel normally. I think creators converged only on the size and beauty of the world they created, ignoring other aspects of the game. A very overrated production Expand
  6. May 29, 2012
    10
    Although this game is great period, the PC version is by far the best. Great graphics, great storytelling, great game mechanics, extream replay value, first person RPG at its best. Easily one of the best games of all time.
  7. Jul 6, 2012
    10
    This game is true masterpiece. Story, graphics, sound, open world. Also what makes any already great game even better - mods!
    Often you will just stop and look around, be it night or day, contemplating gorgeous landscapes. There is no need to hurry and do main storyline, you can just relax and explore. Not many games offer that. And most of them are not of THIS quality.
    P.S. And many
    This game is true masterpiece. Story, graphics, sound, open world. Also what makes any already great game even better - mods!
    Often you will just stop and look around, be it night or day, contemplating gorgeous landscapes. There is no need to hurry and do main storyline, you can just relax and explore. Not many games offer that. And most of them are not of THIS quality.
    P.S. And many thanks for hiring Max von Sydow! :)
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  8. Jul 7, 2012
    10
    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is an amazing game you shouldn't miss out on. It has a huge openworld with so many places to go and so many things to do. You are the chosen Dragonborn that is destined to fight the dragon Alduin, also known as The World Eater. In this game you can create your own character from different kinds of races with each their special abilities. In the game you set outThe Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is an amazing game you shouldn't miss out on. It has a huge openworld with so many places to go and so many things to do. You are the chosen Dragonborn that is destined to fight the dragon Alduin, also known as The World Eater. In this game you can create your own character from different kinds of races with each their special abilities. In the game you set out to master the dragon language to become strong enough to defeat Alduin. The storyline is good and the game will consume a lot of your time. Expand
  9. May 16, 2013
    0
    The only redeeming factor about this product is the soundtrack and endless mods. Bethesda released a very broken and unfinished product w/ countless glitches, bugs and errors. Nearly everything about this game is bland and uninspiring.
  10. Sep 9, 2013
    0
    Probably one of the worst and most overrated games ever made.

    The world is so huge, yet it is completely lacks good and unique content, 80% of the quests are just boring fetch-quests. All you do is hike around and collect thousands of worthless items that you don't need. The best items in the game can only be made by the character with generic items, anything that you find (weapons,
    Probably one of the worst and most overrated games ever made.

    The world is so huge, yet it is completely lacks good and unique content, 80% of the quests are just boring fetch-quests. All you do is hike around and collect thousands of worthless items that you don't need. The best items in the game can only be made by the character with generic items, anything that you find (weapons, armor) is worthless. The entire game is level scaled, so there is absolutely no feeling of progression. The RPG mechanics are practically non-existent (in other words, they are terrible), the story is terrible, the Inventory and UI are terrible, the voice acting is horrendous. I could go on forever.
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  11. May 26, 2015
    10
    Certainly one of the best games I've played, ever. It comes with its problems, of course, like a ton of bugs, some of which have never been fixed by Bethesda, and the user interface is really ugly and not that intuitive. But the game sucks you in like... well, I don't even have the words. There has not been a game ever since Skyrim that took so many hours of my life. And I don't even likeCertainly one of the best games I've played, ever. It comes with its problems, of course, like a ton of bugs, some of which have never been fixed by Bethesda, and the user interface is really ugly and not that intuitive. But the game sucks you in like... well, I don't even have the words. There has not been a game ever since Skyrim that took so many hours of my life. And I don't even like RPGs! But the best thing about the game, aside from its atmosphere, story and soundtrack, is that it let's you play as you want. And if you don't like RPGs, you can kind of play like it's not one. This game is a must buy, and everyone should try it at least once. Expand
  12. Nov 25, 2014
    10
    This game is the current high water mark against which modern RPGs are compared (As of end of 2014). The plot admittedly takes a back seat to the large and fully flushed our world you can explore. There is so much to do, so many places to go. I spent 200 hours on the base game and ~80 more on the expansions. There is some stupid stuff, and some glitches. But on a scale this large it is allThis game is the current high water mark against which modern RPGs are compared (As of end of 2014). The plot admittedly takes a back seat to the large and fully flushed our world you can explore. There is so much to do, so many places to go. I spent 200 hours on the base game and ~80 more on the expansions. There is some stupid stuff, and some glitches. But on a scale this large it is all forgivable. Also there is an active MOD community that still actively creates new skins and visuals. Like if everyone belonged to the cat race for instance. Expand
  13. Feb 20, 2015
    5
    Three months after 11/11/11 I tried to play Skyrim. I won't repeat the shameful memories of those early days we all know so well. Just over three years later I wanted to give it another shot. I endeavored to mod Oblivion's half-baked successor into playability, to try and achieve an experience on par with Oblivion (or better yet Fallout New Vegas). I'm sorry to report that all theThree months after 11/11/11 I tried to play Skyrim. I won't repeat the shameful memories of those early days we all know so well. Just over three years later I wanted to give it another shot. I endeavored to mod Oblivion's half-baked successor into playability, to try and achieve an experience on par with Oblivion (or better yet Fallout New Vegas). I'm sorry to report that all the modding in the world can't save this game - well, at least not when its done by a non-programmer like myself. Skyrim simply cannot escape its dumbed down, form-over-function console roots. The hopelessly poor voice acting, ugly Havok engine and tendency to crash at the drop of a hat..its all still there, waiting to disappoint you profoundly. Considering that each TES title since Daggerfall has been more about pushing the limits of console graphics rather than PC gameplay, I don't even want to think what the next installment will be like. Now we're hearing sickening rumors that the next Fallout may be an MMO. If that comes to pass then any hope for Bethesda's redemption is probably dead. Skyrim was successful for one simple reason: gamers are desperate for *anything* with some actual depth, even if its only the depth of a kiddie pool complete with all the bodily excretions you'd expect. I don't know if its even possible but I would love to see a team of master modders put together a big package of various Skyrim mods that create as much immersion and quality gameplay as possible. I would like to think that with enough talent and hard work this game could be salvaged. As I struggled for well over a hundred of hours of fighting mods and the game's shortcomings I kept seeing little hints of promise glimmering beneath the dull veneer of simplistic gameplay, buggy mechanics and utterly generic story. I wish someone could make Skyrim the game it was hyped as being. Expand
  14. Nov 18, 2011
    0
    Absolute garbage not worthy of the Elderscrolls name! What we're they thinking when they made this? I bought this game with very high expectations only to be very disappointed by the mediocre gameplay to the wonky interface and whats with those graphics?....cmon!! Such a shame to see that the Elderscrolls has been reduced to this shoddy and buggy mess!
  15. Nov 11, 2011
    9
    I've only played Skyrim for two hours now. I will admit that I hated Oblivion. Couldn't stand it. I even trolled Skyrim for 3/4ths of the year, but I decided to give Skyrim a try... and I will say so much that this game is really really good. There are a few bugs, but so far, they're not ones that may annoy the heck out of you. While there are still character models that tend to look theI've only played Skyrim for two hours now. I will admit that I hated Oblivion. Couldn't stand it. I even trolled Skyrim for 3/4ths of the year, but I decided to give Skyrim a try... and I will say so much that this game is really really good. There are a few bugs, but so far, they're not ones that may annoy the heck out of you. While there are still character models that tend to look the same, and voice actors that tend to be the same too, this doesn't happen all too frequently. The textures may not be the best out there, they certainly aren't the worst, and from a distance, they blend into the environment really well. I don't know what people are talking about in terms of dodgy controls. You have WASD to move, space to jump and so on. I think the only things that are dodgy using PC controls is that to use your left weapon, you need to click the right side of your mouse, and the same the other way around. But honestly: You can change that around in the control menu. I mean is that really hard? It takes 5 seconds. The other thing about naff controls is lock picking. While using a controller, you can slowly turn the lock, while pressing "A" on a keyboard in lock picking turns the lock real fast, so you could break the pick pretty fast, so you need to be careful. All in all, I cannot wait to spend my weekend on such a surprise. I would also recommend you buy on Steam because by the sounds of it, the retail version sounds like it's broken for the time being. Expand
  16. Nov 11, 2011
    10
    10/10
    Masterpiece.
    Some bugs, but it's to be expected of such a massive game. Lighten up critics.
    There is no better rpg than this, and I've played just about all of them.
  17. Nov 12, 2011
    10
    If you didn't like Morrowind, Oblivion, Fallout 3 or Fallout New Vegas because that whole "exploring thing" was just too much bother then don;t go anywhere near this. If you want something that manages to take the best from all of those games and furnish them together in a massive, stunning package then yes, this is for you. I'm 20 hours in and it's only been out 2 days. In fact the onlyIf you didn't like Morrowind, Oblivion, Fallout 3 or Fallout New Vegas because that whole "exploring thing" was just too much bother then don;t go anywhere near this. If you want something that manages to take the best from all of those games and furnish them together in a massive, stunning package then yes, this is for you. I'm 20 hours in and it's only been out 2 days. In fact the only true worry i have about this game is that i may end up being more familiar with the world of skyrim than my own city. Expand
  18. Nov 13, 2011
    10
    This game is a while lot of fun, I have been playing obsessively since its midnight release and I have been loving every minute. Clearing dungeons and slaying dragons are incredibly fun to do and leave the user with a feeling of accomplishment. Occasional glitches do little to detract from the hours of entertainment. Exploring is rewarding and challenging while interesting characters andThis game is a while lot of fun, I have been playing obsessively since its midnight release and I have been loving every minute. Clearing dungeons and slaying dragons are incredibly fun to do and leave the user with a feeling of accomplishment. Occasional glitches do little to detract from the hours of entertainment. Exploring is rewarding and challenging while interesting characters and unique characters make every encounter seem fresh and unusual. Its a really good game to eat up all your free time Expand
  19. Nov 21, 2011
    5
    Sadly... i'm not trolling and the 5 i give this game is pretty lenient. I was super pumped up for this game one of their die hard fans but i'm sad to say that the quests in this game feels pretty weak. Finishing the Main, College of Winterhold, and Dark Brotherhood quests i feel that the quests in Skyrim doesn't have the same spark they did in Oblivion. Which really depresses meSadly... i'm not trolling and the 5 i give this game is pretty lenient. I was super pumped up for this game one of their die hard fans but i'm sad to say that the quests in this game feels pretty weak. Finishing the Main, College of Winterhold, and Dark Brotherhood quests i feel that the quests in Skyrim doesn't have the same spark they did in Oblivion. Which really depresses me considering i had such high expectations for this game but truly the quests in this game did not entertain me at all. While i do have to say Dark Brotherhood while not having that much of an entertaining questline they did have quite a great story. The main quest and College of Winterhold quests however feel very bland and after considering how much time was put into the game i would have thought that they would "wow" me sadly after i finished them i didn't feel any sense of accomplishment and while their is more to do in this game just by doing the College of Winterhold quests and Main quests has just brought down my expectations for the rest of the game. Sorry if this sounds like trolling but it is my honest opinion i hope this helps people that are about to buy Skyrim. Expand
  20. Dec 12, 2011
    10
    A lot of hipsters hating on this because it's popular, you know the type. They'll say [insert band here] sucks, while they themselves can't sing a note or play an instrument to save their life. It's like saying the Beatles suck; they may not be your type of music, but to just dismiss them as crap is ignorant and petty.
  21. Apr 10, 2013
    0
    Maybe the worst game ever.I played it 80 hours and finally realised that this game is repeating itself it started it at early every cave looks same.Every place is full with same enemies.Why are there enemies in this game when you hit them once and they are dead.I was excited about this game my friends told me this game is being good.When i killed the first dragon I had a feeling ofMaybe the worst game ever.I played it 80 hours and finally realised that this game is repeating itself it started it at early every cave looks same.Every place is full with same enemies.Why are there enemies in this game when you hit them once and they are dead.I was excited about this game my friends told me this game is being good.When i killed the first dragon I had a feeling of success.10 minutes later another dragon.easy to kill.After completing some caves i met another dragon killed it.Now after like 10 hours game play it started to repeat itself.After 5 minutes another dragon.Again after 5 minutes dragon.Same caves same enemies.It started do bore me but i wanted to finish what i have started.I finished this game realising final boss was easier than normal dragons whats up with that.Really boring.Also crashes often.Has very large amount cliches. Expand
  22. Nov 21, 2011
    5
    Ok dont get mad but i have the pc version yes its a good game but for people that have problems to even run this game or crashing like every 5 min its not and no not my pc have problems i have a high end system with 3x27 inc monitor and 2xhd5970 in crossfire and 16gb 2000mhz ram and SSD3 drive. And every other game out there have never fail to run. This game however was bugged before iOk dont get mad but i have the pc version yes its a good game but for people that have problems to even run this game or crashing like every 5 min its not and no not my pc have problems i have a high end system with 3x27 inc monitor and 2xhd5970 in crossfire and 16gb 2000mhz ram and SSD3 drive. And every other game out there have never fail to run. This game however was bugged before i even play it. I need to change my sound system to even let me run in the main menu of the game !!! ok now easy fixs easy go you will say? no the first day i was hook at it no crashing nothing just some random flicking screen glitching and some purple texture failing but well the game keeps running so fine by me. Next day and 4 days later the game crash every time when you fast traveling.!!! so i get piss and i get mad i stop playing this now i found the bug but i not going to tell you fixs it because people need to understand that a bugged game is not a game. But a crap. If the game was stable in the begin i give it a 10 for sure. But with all the bugs and crashing and anoying texture bugs i gave it a 5. Till the fixs it and repost this post with a 8 for fixsing this game. Expand
  23. Jan 3, 2014
    0
    i must confess i just created this account to express my ongoing dystopian feeling about this game. i mean "wtf is this?" a game so full of bugs its rarely playable 2(!!!) years after showing up.
    i actually still read new threads about the bugging engine today!(64hertz bug im talkin about). an engine, programmed several years (seven ago by an expanding software company which actually
    i must confess i just created this account to express my ongoing dystopian feeling about this game. i mean "wtf is this?" a game so full of bugs its rarely playable 2(!!!) years after showing up.
    i actually still read new threads about the bugging engine today!(64hertz bug im talkin about). an engine, programmed several years (seven ago by an expanding software company which actually bugs TODAY, guys. yes it bugs TODAY!!!
    after several sleepness nights of thousands of users trying to make fallout 3, fallout nv and now actually skyrim run without permanent bugs, this flippin engine still bugs!
    now that i call user-friendly programming. and the hype still continues. 2 expansions big time hype lots of money NO FIX! WTF IS Up here how can this game be so overhyped? its not even running! This world is CRAZY! nothing about the game itself, as all other bethesda titles the gameplay COULD BE awesome. but wtf you bethesda guys living on the moon? fix your goddamn games for christ sake, hear the community of thousands of people complaining and FIX IT!
    this behaviour totally deserves a 0. we would still sit on trees if the whole humankind would be that stubborn.
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  24. Dec 12, 2011
    7
    This is my 3rd rewiev, and I started at the score 0. I've been playing for about 25 hours now.

    Positive: graphics is great, even on my HP laptop. Gameplay is fun and addictive. Big world, with a lot of quests. Great cities, compared to Oblivion, Fallout 3, etc. Almost unending gameplay. The world feels a live with all these critters running around. Negative: Dialogues is weak, you can
    This is my 3rd rewiev, and I started at the score 0. I've been playing for about 25 hours now.

    Positive: graphics is great, even on my HP laptop. Gameplay is fun and addictive. Big world, with a lot of quests. Great cities, compared to Oblivion, Fallout 3, etc. Almost unending gameplay. The world feels a live with all these critters running around. Negative: Dialogues is weak, you can ALMOST say everything to some guy, and it still has same effect. Bugs is really bad, I am reinstalling Skyrim right now, because I can't fast travel, dragons is flying the wrong way which causes big laggs, a lot of quests is just really boring(there is some good ones too, don't get it the wrong way) and dragons are sometimes invincble.

    I think the game is pretty good, but it could get A LOT better. I would reccomend it to everyone, because we all need to make an effort, to safe the lands of Skyrim!
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  25. Nov 12, 2011
    10
    I have played the PC version 18 hours in the last two days (because it is that great) and have had almost no issues (1 quit to desktop).

    I am (maybe I should now say "was") not an Elder Scrolls fanatic. In fact, my first was Oblivion, which I got because of my interest in Skyrim. I hated Oblivion. I found it buggy, ugly, and boring, even with mods. I tried Fallout 3 after that, but only
    I have played the PC version 18 hours in the last two days (because it is that great) and have had almost no issues (1 quit to desktop).

    I am (maybe I should now say "was") not an Elder Scrolls fanatic. In fact, my first was Oblivion, which I got because of my interest in Skyrim. I hated Oblivion. I found it buggy, ugly, and boring, even with mods. I tried Fallout 3 after that, but only found it less ugly and boring but still just as buggy. I almost didn't get Skyrim after this, but I am VERY glad I did. It has exceeded my expectations and is deserving of the hype and accolades.

    The graphics on Ultra @ 1080p (thanks to SLI 560 TIs) are beautiful and smooth, and using a 360 controller lets me sit on the couch and enjoy it on the big screen.

    I'm not a big RPG fan. I loved Red Dead Redemption, but I think Skyrim is even better. There may be some die-hard E.S. fans that will give this a bad rating because it may not be similar enough to the previous titles, but my guess is that is why I am enjoying it so much.

    Great game. Get it now if you have any interest.
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  26. Nov 21, 2011
    2
    Starting off the game with a poorly scripted introduction, into a world of non-existent auto-save and useless magic. The graphics are meh, and the creators constantly blame the poor quality of the game on the fact that the game covers so many aspects. Well I have an idea for you developers, make a game that covers less aspects that isn't **** Getting killed and having to redo entire bossStarting off the game with a poorly scripted introduction, into a world of non-existent auto-save and useless magic. The graphics are meh, and the creators constantly blame the poor quality of the game on the fact that the game covers so many aspects. Well I have an idea for you developers, make a game that covers less aspects that isn't **** Getting killed and having to redo entire boss fights, and navigating through a console ripped inventory system that won't let you equip weapons properly. Not to mention the half mouse based and half keyboard based game menu and lack of in-game graphic settings sets the fate of a 50 dollar Farcry 2, and Fall Out 3: New Vegas texture bundle.
    I do not suggest buying this game unless your a fan boy peasant who likes whatever mainstream **** comes out because your friends think its cool.
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  27. Aug 8, 2015
    6
    Boring...............!!! All amazing, gfx, scenaries, effects... but.. after 8 hours.. all become terribly boring!!! Side missions are ridicolous, main mission is uninteresting.. 6, maximum!!
  28. Nov 12, 2011
    8
    Yes it's a console port so the graphics are garbage and the menus are worse. Those two things are the games biggest downfall. After you get over that it's all good. To all the people who say there are no hotkeys I say, BULL@#*% ! Learn to play, fools. To all the people who are giving this great game 0s, 1', 2s etc because it's a console port I say, welcome to the future of gaming. NearlyYes it's a console port so the graphics are garbage and the menus are worse. Those two things are the games biggest downfall. After you get over that it's all good. To all the people who say there are no hotkeys I say, BULL@#*% ! Learn to play, fools. To all the people who are giving this great game 0s, 1', 2s etc because it's a console port I say, welcome to the future of gaming. Nearly EVERYTHING is a console port these days and unfortunately it's only going to get worse. This is an Elder Scrolls game through and through, nothing more and nothing less. The atmosphere is better this time round, as are a few other things but it's still just an Elder Scrolls game. It's not a 10 but it certainly isn't a 5 either. People should learn how to review a game before they jump on here sprouting their bull#@*$ scores. Expand
  29. Nov 14, 2011
    7
    The game is "good" or "very good" depending on your expectations and system configuration. Compared to other RPG games, Skyrim offers a lot of stuff to do and many little details that can make you feel "deeply involved" in the game. Example: if you drop a piece of armor on the ground in any town, a random npc could stop and ask "you don't need this, can I grab it?". If you agree, the npcThe game is "good" or "very good" depending on your expectations and system configuration. Compared to other RPG games, Skyrim offers a lot of stuff to do and many little details that can make you feel "deeply involved" in the game. Example: if you drop a piece of armor on the ground in any town, a random npc could stop and ask "you don't need this, can I grab it?". If you agree, the npc will pick the gear piece and wear it, then walk away. In that sense, Skyrim offers lots of "wow!" situations. So why am I giving 7/10? Because reviews don't mention anything about bad graphics, bad animations, bad physics and bad npcs. Yes, they are good "overall". But the amount of inconsistencies, small bugs in pathfinding, ai, answers, dialogues, physics, ... is really too much to give a full 10/10 to the game. Jsut a small example: are you afraid of giants? No problem: just fight while above something (a rock, a small hill, a log, ...) and they wont be able to climb with you. These kind of "path-problems" is quite common and pretty easy to come across. Expand
  30. Nov 24, 2011
    9
    A great game. Well structured quests, a massive area to explore and improved gameplay over previous games. Skyrim is a big improvement over oblivion but still does not live up to the might of Morrowind.
    The new interface is a big improvement but still needs some work. Saving is buggy and there are still random CTD that I have come to expect from Bethesda games. Graphics are also a bit dated.
  31. Nov 24, 2011
    5
    Skyrim is a decent game that will provide hours of gameplay and fun BUT this is all a moot point for now. with the release of the 1.2 patch it seems that a vast majority of the players experience the dreaded "CTD" error or Crash To Desktop. This issues pretty much renders the game unplayable and a waste of money for now.
  32. Dec 7, 2011
    6
    This was my and i am sure a whole lot of other people's most anticipated game of the year and while the game improves on some parts it gets worse in other areas compared to oblivion or simply stays the same and for people playing an elder scrolls game the first time you might give the game a 10 but otherwise it feels dumbed down in many ways. I am first going to start with what has beenThis was my and i am sure a whole lot of other people's most anticipated game of the year and while the game improves on some parts it gets worse in other areas compared to oblivion or simply stays the same and for people playing an elder scrolls game the first time you might give the game a 10 but otherwise it feels dumbed down in many ways. I am first going to start with what has been done right which is the following: The world is once again huge with lots of areas to explore, the insides of dungeons and caves are more distinctive compared to oblivion, the graphics are a decent improvement for a game of this size(although i am only placing this as a pro because there are mods that make it better), the customization has been improved (although not greatly so for a game that has come out 5 years later after it's predecessor), there is an actual variety in vegetation zones compared to oblivion, the NPC's are more realistic and believable, the sound effects and music are very good, one of the greater improvements is the greater variety of combat options(Dual sword wielding, one arm magic one arm sword etc.), the dragon shouts are cool and add more combat tactics to the game, the level scaling has been improved, there are once again many quests and the game CAN provide hours and hours of entertainment, the skill tree and perk system is a nice touch. Now for the cons which unfortunately are many: The game implements very little battle tactics and does not require much technique or skill this is disappointing especially after playing a game such as Dark/Demon's souls, The game's quests are very repetitive(Steal this item, kill this guy/creature, clear this place out, retrieve this item, help this guy out, deliver or collect this/these items... yes and that's about it) and they don't have the same charm or excitement as oblivion did, there is less of a variety in enemies, there is slightly more voices in the game although the variety is simply not good enough of an improvement for five years later especially the female voices, the game is simply not rewarding (Most of the items found at the end of caves and ruins are rubbish as one can simply enchant far better items), the game has a lot of useless skills and activities (Alchemy and Smithing are a waste of time and are only used to level up, nothing good can be made from smithing, Alteration/ Illusion magic are useless as the only good spells that fall under these categories from oblivion have been taken away e.g. Paralysis, Invisibility (Unless i have not attained them yet which is unlikely as I have played 85 hours and have nearly clocked the game)), there is a disappointing variety of spells that can be bought and there are still only three categories for destruction spells (that being fire, electricity and ice) and there are no cool spells that have been added the current spells have simply been improved from oblivion, the leveling up has been dumbed down to three attributes (being health stamina and magic) no longer allowing greater specialization as oblivion had, leveling up in certain skills has no effect and simply unlocks perks of that specific skill, the story is simplistic, unepic, short and in the beginning a bit vague, other main quests are also very short and have not been improved from oblivion and in some cases are worse, gold is the reward mostly for completing quests although gold cannot be used for much at all (if you explore a lot) and is only used in the beginning of the game, Dragons and dragon encounters are cool in the beginning but become tedious/ boring and become pests a lot of the time as they are encountered too frequently, the game offers many shout powers but few are truly useful and effective(quality over quantity), while the level scaling has been fixed there are still problems as once one has unlocked all the perks for one's chosen speciality (one-hand, destruction etc.) one can become weaker as the the game allows only an improvement over health, stamina, magic (not magic strength or melee strength etc.)although this is not that prevalent, there is fewer variety in the creatures that one can summon(Only 4 as far as I know), 90% of what this game has to offer can be experienced and seen in the first 20 hours. Overall this game does not expand and improve enough and was over-hyped and the game is a disappointment in my opinion. I also want to say that the fact that the ps3 version does not work properly is inexcusable!. Not GOTY. 6.5/10. Expand
  33. Feb 14, 2012
    10
    I began playing the Elder Scrolls series with Morrowind, and it has only gone better from there: this continues to be the only living series in existence which allows you unprecedented freedom. It's not a perfect game: the staples of the series, such as clunky animations, simplistic combat and unrealistic dialogue are present. But the positive things that you actually get... is staggering.I began playing the Elder Scrolls series with Morrowind, and it has only gone better from there: this continues to be the only living series in existence which allows you unprecedented freedom. It's not a perfect game: the staples of the series, such as clunky animations, simplistic combat and unrealistic dialogue are present. But the positive things that you actually get... is staggering. Want to complete missions? There are hundreds. Want to learn how to make your own weapons and master their use? You can. Want to explore a world that is the size of an actual small nation? This is the only place where you can do that (other than real life, that is). And think of the mods - I play with a few essential ones, and if there isn't something you like (don't complain it's a "made-for-consoles" game, it is, for financial reasons, but you can mod it to make it a pure PC game, e.g. with SkyUI), you can create it. With the included creation kit and the new Steam workshop function, modding is easy, supported and incredibly fun. They didn't make a perfect game, but with mods you can make it perfect for you.
    The only reason why you wouldn't enjoy Skyrim is either because you don't like role-playing games or because you don't know what you like. Skyrim opens its doors open wide ajar, and you choose what you do. It's up to you to know what you think is fun, and Skyrim will deliver. An unforgettable classic!
    Bugs encountered (current playtime 30 hours): Has never crashed. I once walked inside a mountain and on another occasion a mammoth fell from the sky for no reason. No game-stopping bugs or broken quests encountered.
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  34. Dec 24, 2012
    3
    how does this game have a 94 rating?
    it's horribly boring. i struggled to play for 12 hours, and was honestly bored out of my mind from hours 2-12. The only time that i really enjoyed skyrim was the first 15 minutes while i was creating my character.
    the combat is clunky and horribly out-dated. you aim with your mouse and left-click to swing your sword. in 1997 i played a game with
    how does this game have a 94 rating?
    it's horribly boring. i struggled to play for 12 hours, and was honestly bored out of my mind from hours 2-12. The only time that i really enjoyed skyrim was the first 15 minutes while i was creating my character.

    the combat is clunky and horribly out-dated. you aim with your mouse and left-click to swing your sword. in 1997 i played a game with the exact same controls. the physics are horrible. you cant interact with, smash, push, pull, or break anything. while walking around you spontaneously stumble off of 3 centimeter hills and fall to your death while simultaneously being able to ride your horse up 90 degree slopes. how can a 2011 game not have multiplayer? the game is like pamela anderson: beautiful on the outside, but full of hepatitis, plastic, and other unmentionable things on the inside.
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  35. Nov 5, 2013
    10
    The very essence of this game is absolute perfection. One can not complain about a game like this, this is exactly what many should have expected from a medieval RPG. Tons to do, stunning graphics and great lore!
    This also raised the bar of a great RPG and hopefully there will be plenty more on the future that attempt to achieve this greatness.

    A must buy!
  36. Dec 27, 2014
    9
    i found skyrim to be my #1 game on an island alone the story is not that good i liked playing it but it does not give you stuff like a normal rpg you have to find ores and MAKE your own stuff of course thats fine after the story theres a lot to do for say doing an assassin/theif class? join the dark brotherhood then do the mehrunes razor side quest! doing a warrior class? join thei found skyrim to be my #1 game on an island alone the story is not that good i liked playing it but it does not give you stuff like a normal rpg you have to find ores and MAKE your own stuff of course thats fine after the story theres a lot to do for say doing an assassin/theif class? join the dark brotherhood then do the mehrunes razor side quest! doing a warrior class? join the companions (which i never did) even if you completed ALL MISSIONS and ALL SIDE QUESTS theres still mods and i love to explore and find bandit camps and assassinate them with bows and daggers to level up my stats theres thousands of places to explore! theres alot of side quests i like walking around to find a bandit camp? a dragon might appear and a big battle will start after that courier might show up saying something theres alot of things to do but lets say you 100% completed the game what now? create a new save as an assassin class and be all assassin-y on people and if you have done ALL CLASSES and stuff thats possible go buy morrowind or oblivion get tired of oblivion go back to skyrim and a new class as an assassin/mage plus all dlc's Expand
  37. Jan 27, 2015
    10
    I just keep coming back to this game. It came out in 2011 but is still unsurpassed. An extraordinary beautiful, open world with many, many missions and chararcters. For the scope and length of the game there are surprisingly few bugs. Not only the best RPG made, the best game period. I hope something of this quality will come around this year.
  38. Jan 30, 2015
    10
    This game is a masterpiece in my opinion. Took everything you loved about Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion and made it better. I absolutely love that rather than just choosing what skills you want to focus on leveling up you can do perks. You can choose once per level to increase Health, Magic, or stamina. I have a wood elf built stamina and health and I'm addicted to the game and have all theThis game is a masterpiece in my opinion. Took everything you loved about Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion and made it better. I absolutely love that rather than just choosing what skills you want to focus on leveling up you can do perks. You can choose once per level to increase Health, Magic, or stamina. I have a wood elf built stamina and health and I'm addicted to the game and have all the DLC. If you have a PC that can run the game on high or Ultra you'll find the experience playing it incredible. There is so many things to do that you won't ever actually find yourself "bored" in the game. I don't know how to describe the game, I mean it's the fifth in the series, surely you know somewhat how to play. Expand
  39. Feb 14, 2015
    9
    9/10
    + big world
    + quest
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  40. Mar 26, 2015
    10
    This game is pure escapism. I'd rate this a 9.6/10. The reason is there are almost no other games that were more fun playing for that many hours (300 +). Graphics are amazing for such an open world. Art design is beautiful. There is no other game that offers better exploration in an interactive world. The engine and animations are a credible (a lot better than Morrowind).

    It's true
    This game is pure escapism. I'd rate this a 9.6/10. The reason is there are almost no other games that were more fun playing for that many hours (300 +). Graphics are amazing for such an open world. Art design is beautiful. There is no other game that offers better exploration in an interactive world. The engine and animations are a credible (a lot better than Morrowind).

    It's true Skyrim has his shortcomings. Choices in game (i.e. guild membership) are not mutually exclusive. There's not enough variety in how to finish a quest. If you want to role play however, you can always define your character's personality, alignment and activities yourself and stick to them. You always have the freedom not to help someone or not to complete a given quest. In my opinion that's the best way of playing this game.

    On the level of pure enjoyment it's very difficult to beat Skyrim. In the end, for me that's what games are about.
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  41. Apr 5, 2015
    6
    Skyrim is a game developed by Bethesda, and with any game developed by Bethesda, it has one strong point. The world. It's a big and beautiful world that is better than Oblivion's dull "green" generic fantasy world, but not nearly as interesting as Morrowind's alien world (it's still a very cool world though!) However, it is either average or plainly bad at everything else.
    Animations are
    Skyrim is a game developed by Bethesda, and with any game developed by Bethesda, it has one strong point. The world. It's a big and beautiful world that is better than Oblivion's dull "green" generic fantasy world, but not nearly as interesting as Morrowind's alien world (it's still a very cool world though!) However, it is either average or plainly bad at everything else.
    Animations are pretty bad; while speaking to you, characters barely have any facial expressions matching the tone in their voices, and most animations just feel like they were made by amateurs or interns at Bethesda, and since cutscenes are rendered in-engine, most of them feel awkward.
    Writing is uninteresting, and main and faction questlines have a weak plot (except maybe for the Dark Brotherhood questline). Side quests are usually fetch quests, and the ones who aren't aren't very interesting, save a few daedric quests.
    Combat is clunky. Splitting it into the three archetypes: SWORD-PLAY. It's fairly dull, just click until the enemy's dead and chug 20 potions if you're dying. MAGIC. Probably the most interesting since magic is fun. There are still problems as some spells cease to get used later in the game because there is a spell that upgrades it. Plus, Illusion is idiotic, as the effects from spells are capped to levels and most of the perks in the Illusion tree are simply raising that cap. STEALTH. Just crouch until your Sneak level is at 100 and then you're almost invisible.
    Lack of replayability. "Oh, but there's lots of different ways to play the game!" And you can play all of them in one playthrough, there's no need to start a new game. You can get every skill to 100 and play in all those different ways, and since you can be a leader of all the factions on a single playthrough, why bother with starting a new game?
    The Un-Epic feel. Aside from the soundtrack (which is pretty epic) basially none of your actions in a story that SHOULD feel epic (the final boss, for example, feels like just another dragon). The only thing that feels any epic is maybe your first fight with a dragon, and usually ist's because you're feeling the hype from all that marketing and good reviews paid off with Mountain Dew and Doritos (that was a joke I don't know if Bethesda actually pays off journos :)
    Consolization. Awful UI and the simplification of attributes and certain skills (In previous Elder Scrolls games, you had 8 attributes, now you only have health, magicka and stamina which is a perfect example of Bethesda streamlining their games for 10-year-olds, and skills like long and short blades, axes, etc have been simplified to one-handed and two-handed.)
    With that said, with mods Skyrim turns into a 10/10, as you can customize most of the game to your liking and make it awesome, though it will probably lack the epic feel it should have.
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  42. Apr 27, 2015
    0
    "Remember, remember, the 24th of April, when god become greedy devil, when a savior become a destroyer" - NO PAID MODS (there are nothing more to say but sad 150 charactersssssss)
  43. Apr 27, 2015
    0
    Mods are what has kept Skyrim going for years. The modding community has always been passionate about their work.

    Well, guess what? Now Valve introduced paid mods with no copying protection, and modders only get 25% of the money? What drug was Valve on when they decided to implement this crap? And to think Bethesda, the game developers, fully supported this move, and get a whopping
    Mods are what has kept Skyrim going for years. The modding community has always been passionate about their work.

    Well, guess what? Now Valve introduced paid mods with no copying protection, and modders only get 25% of the money?

    What drug was Valve on when they decided to implement this crap? And to think Bethesda, the game developers, fully supported this move, and get a whopping 45% OF THE MONEY. It makes me angry just thinking about it.

    Screw Bethesda. Screw Valve. Screw this game. It used to be fun. These two companies ruined it for me.
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  44. May 25, 2016
    0
    This is very good gameplay but it has bad influence to people.
    It gives subconscious demonic messages it has names of real life demons to game gods or game humans that you
    interact with, also the name dragonborn what does it really mean, it is refering to antichrist ,who will show himself as a saviour (but the truth is that he cant even save himself),so the dragonborn ingame is the
    This is very good gameplay but it has bad influence to people.
    It gives subconscious demonic messages it has names of real life demons to game gods or game humans that you
    interact with, also the name dragonborn what does it really mean, it is refering to antichrist ,who will show himself as a saviour (but the truth is that he cant even save himself),so the dragonborn ingame is the saviour of skyrim from the dragons.
    weapons and armor that you wear and use in game have the 666 on them if you look carefully also many other demonic symbols in artfacts buildings doors everywhere ,necklaces and many other things
    its not the first time i see this in a game but i think bethesda is gone too far with it
    bethesda you could make this game the best ever ,but no you had to put all this demonic stuff in it and make us discuss with your evilness.
    I TOTALLY DONT RECOMMEND THIS GAME ESPECIALLY FOR CHILDREN UNDER 20 YEARS OLD I REGRET BUYING THIS GAME i feel ive been decieved
    heres some videos i found in youtube about this matter you should check them out
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCGnwvUBrYU
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCGnwvUBrYU
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  45. Nov 14, 2011
    8
    IM not a rpg guy got no were in oblivion but for some reason this game has me hooked , defiantly game of the year even with its random bugs pc performance is decent .
    grfxs are nice not amazing it has its good moments and its ehhh moments.
    Story .. i don't care i play games to do and see cool stuff skyrim delvers
  46. Nov 15, 2011
    9
    First off, yes the graphics are not what they were hyped to be but my biggest disappointment was more in that Bethesda claimed to be using an "all new" game engine, when clearly this is an overhauled gamebryo under the hood. That said, I'm finding this game much easier to get immersed in than Oblivion. The last two games have started out like a lullabye & only after I had picked up on muchFirst off, yes the graphics are not what they were hyped to be but my biggest disappointment was more in that Bethesda claimed to be using an "all new" game engine, when clearly this is an overhauled gamebryo under the hood. That said, I'm finding this game much easier to get immersed in than Oblivion. The last two games have started out like a lullabye & only after I had picked up on much of the in game literature, giving me the backstory, did I begin to appreciate the world around me. In Skyrim, the pacing is vastly improved, right out of the gate. For me Fallout 3 was a highpoint in gaming so far (Putting aside any debate on its worthiness as a PC game). The world was dirty, grittier & just felt right. I spent hundreds of hours in the post-apocolyptic world Bethesda created and loved every minute of it. Skyrim, while still an Elder Scrolls game seems to share what worked so well in FO3, the seems grttier, dirtier & just plain old better than Oblivion and Morrowind as well. My biggest disappointment has been to see the return of bad detail on distant lanscapes. That they didnt even try to hide this with DOF in overkill mode or some other graphic "trick" was needless to say disheartening, this combined with some relatively low rez textures on npc clothing & some of the buildings and landscape shows the developers unfortunate need to scale back for the console versions. Take note also that shortly after release there is a problem with shadows looking bad & requiring high resources to render anything past "low". Since I havent had 300+ hours played in game so far (about 20), please take my opinion with a grain of salt but if you can look past the hype and the hang-ups this game will make a real world hermit out of you for the next few months. Expand
  47. Nov 15, 2011
    8
    -- Skyrim has a large world, tons of content, and excellent quests. A compelling story makes you want to not stop playing. The graphics are top notch, the audio is great, and most of the animations are good. If you want a game that will give you many hours (40 hours in and I'm still not done, but I like to see and do everything) and you like fantasy single-player role playing games,-- Skyrim has a large world, tons of content, and excellent quests. A compelling story makes you want to not stop playing. The graphics are top notch, the audio is great, and most of the animations are good. If you want a game that will give you many hours (40 hours in and I'm still not done, but I like to see and do everything) and you like fantasy single-player role playing games, this is a game for you.

    Now, the detractors:
    -- 1) The interface on the PC is poor. The interface for the PC looks like it was an afterthought from controller based consoles. The largest detractor is the reliance on a favorites menu to select items to equip. There isn't a favorite item equip hot-swap system, which causes you to scroll through menus repeatedly to switch between magic and weapons. Standard PC RPG elements are missing, such as a minimap, hotbar, backpack, etc. The biggest detractor is the hotbar and customizable keys for specific spells and equipment.

    -- Information on the interface is scarce. You cannot see most of the information you need at a glance, such as what all the map locations you've visited and cleared (you must highlight each one). I haven't seen a note interface for the map, either.

    -- 2) Movement system is extremely poor.

    -- You can jump, walk, and run with movement keys. You cannot tell if something is too steep to run up, aside from sliding back or stopping. There isn't a climbing system, contrary to statements of "you can climb everything" prior to the game's release. If you are slightly sliding, you cannot jump. This leads to getting stuck for a bit while you figure out how to get out of the predicament you got yourself into. You cannot vault over fences or rocks, if your jump is inadequate. You cannot pull yourself up onto a ledge, if it is 1 centimeter higher than your jump height.
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    -- 3) Graphical glitches such as frame rate drops and texture issues on models exist with my system (core i7-950 with nvidia 560). Crashes occur without details. Since launch just occurred, I'm hoping for patches that will eventually solve these problems. My solution is to save often and restart, when textures do not render and frame rates drop to 1 per second.

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    -- With the size of the world, the huge amount of content, and the well done quests, dialog, books, combat, and many other interesting aspects to the game. I give this game a realistic 8. It would be a 9 with a better interface. It would be a 10 with a solid movement system and interface for PC.
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  48. Nov 18, 2011
    10
    Amazing Game...A rich world full of things to do, Best RPG i've ever played :) A masterpiece for those who consider pc gamers...Like Like Like.................
  49. Nov 21, 2011
    10
    Really awesome game. I've been lurking around dungeons popping guys off with 3.0x sneak damage with my bow. This is what games should be: open and lots of choices. Games like MW3 that are linear and constricted are what games should NOT be.
  50. Nov 22, 2011
    8
    One of the very best games I've ever played. A very refreshing step away from first person shooters. While I would not give this a 10 because I like to review my games later after the first patch, here goes. I gave Skyrim an 8, not because it has little issues here and there that can be overlooked, but because of the patch that just came out not 3 hours ago. Bethesda thought it would be aOne of the very best games I've ever played. A very refreshing step away from first person shooters. While I would not give this a 10 because I like to review my games later after the first patch, here goes. I gave Skyrim an 8, not because it has little issues here and there that can be overlooked, but because of the patch that just came out not 3 hours ago. Bethesda thought it would be a good idea to lock down certain parts of the coding and .ini files that make the game actually look and perform better. Why? No idea, probably just to stick it to the PC gamers that figured this out and are actually making the game better than what the people at Bethesda can do. Remember, there's more of us that there are of you. Mods are an essential part of the Elder Scrolls PC version, without those, Skyrim is all but dead. Expand
  51. Nov 26, 2011
    5
    I'm stuck between a 10 or a 1 rating for this game. I really should have purchased the Xbox version, because the PC version is so prone to glitching, lagging, and crashing that it makes the game near unplayable. I can barely play the game anymore because it crashes so much and so often. The game itself is excellent no doubt. I just wish I could play it.
  52. Dec 20, 2011
    9
    Beautiful, immersive game with an enormous landscape to explore. Heaps of sidequests and extra activities if you want to deviate away from the main story, great lore and story, and a sturdy battle system. Simply magnificent.
  53. Dec 26, 2011
    10
    If this game doesn't get Game of the Year, I'll be shocked and amazed. I've never played a video game with more variety, freedom, and character models. Unless you love the hell outta dragons, or hate sandbox games(Normally I am hesitant with the sandbox format) you should buy this game. The system is smooth, balanced and fair. Also, rather awe-inspiring. I just spent about 60 bux for aIf this game doesn't get Game of the Year, I'll be shocked and amazed. I've never played a video game with more variety, freedom, and character models. Unless you love the hell outta dragons, or hate sandbox games(Normally I am hesitant with the sandbox format) you should buy this game. The system is smooth, balanced and fair. Also, rather awe-inspiring. I just spent about 60 bux for a blissful 60 hours of catering to my ADD and love of games. You should do the same.

    This is a fun time to be a PC gamer.
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  54. Dec 26, 2011
    9
    Bethesda is certainly going in a right direction with bringing us games which could truly be defined as free-roam, spacious open world of Skyrim takes the explorations to the next level, because lately I look for that kind of "freedom" in RPGs, I was thrilled to see it in Skyrim. I won't go much into things such as bugs or platform layout design which I didn't dislike too much anyway.Bethesda is certainly going in a right direction with bringing us games which could truly be defined as free-roam, spacious open world of Skyrim takes the explorations to the next level, because lately I look for that kind of "freedom" in RPGs, I was thrilled to see it in Skyrim. I won't go much into things such as bugs or platform layout design which I didn't dislike too much anyway. Major Quest Chains were also nicely done and quite interesting. Expand
  55. Dec 26, 2011
    9
    What's amazing about Skyrim: exploration (beautiful and well-crafted world, great dungeons), new perks, new smithing system, better combat mechanics, towns and people seem real (but its still a video game, guys), shouts add a really fun character advancement mechanic that encourages dungeon exploration. Companions work well in this game

    What's not great about Skyrim: In some ways, feels
    What's amazing about Skyrim: exploration (beautiful and well-crafted world, great dungeons), new perks, new smithing system, better combat mechanics, towns and people seem real (but its still a video game, guys), shouts add a really fun character advancement mechanic that encourages dungeon exploration. Companions work well in this game

    What's not great about Skyrim: In some ways, feels more wide than deep- main storyline not incredibly intriguing (its a Bethesda game, people), and faction quests, while fun, don't deliver as well on story as they did in Oblivion. Game offers little choice, in comparison to say, Fallout or Dragon Age; most "choice" comes from character development. A lot of side quests lack creativity, made up for in part by varied and interesting dungeons (many side quests are: go to said dungeon, kill this guy/grab this thing). Interface is wonky, mods help.

    In the end, this is still an amazing, open-world fantasy RPG. If you want an RPG with an intense story and thought-provoking moral choices, look elsewhere. But I think most people know what they're getting with this game- A beautiful and interesting world with great character development and decent combat.
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  56. Dec 27, 2011
    8
    some great stuff, but not polished. dragon fights are terrible, and that includes boss fights. not enough tough single enemies to really get into a technical duel with. graphics are 360 level. great quests though, and great npcs
  57. Jan 3, 2012
    9
    Skyrim is a huge game. It is probably the single most ambitious attempt at creating a living small world on your desktop (or laptop). You can hate its bugs, you can spit on character animations (NOT good) or search for washed out textures but these complaints are dwarfed and ultimately silenced by a sheer scale of this wonderful game. You can spend weeks running around the montaneSkyrim is a huge game. It is probably the single most ambitious attempt at creating a living small world on your desktop (or laptop). You can hate its bugs, you can spit on character animations (NOT good) or search for washed out textures but these complaints are dwarfed and ultimately silenced by a sheer scale of this wonderful game. You can spend weeks running around the montane lands.You can spend days just modding the game, maybe to get rid of these horrid textures in the first place. You can shun the main quest aside and go pillage the caves. You can sack cities and kill dragons, and... Is the game fun? As it's my personal review I'd say a definite yes. What's important to understand that this is not exactly a story-driven (i.e. Bioware-like) game. The main quest is fun, if not always inventive, although I still have to finish it. The auxiliary storylines are all good however, and sometimes give you a surprising twist which is nice coming from a game where the quests are secondary to exploration. And explore you will with dozens of caves scattered around the world, ancient tombs (all different!!) cities and small villages. The freedom youâ Expand
  58. Jan 3, 2012
    10
    I generally don't give a blanket 10 but in this case I feel Skyrim deserves it. In this game they really took their time and did everything right. From the start the story grabs you and the graphics and sound quality are excellent. It is very easy to get drawn in to the side story's and quests in the game and forget about the main story for a bit as you explore. Bethesda truely did aI generally don't give a blanket 10 but in this case I feel Skyrim deserves it. In this game they really took their time and did everything right. From the start the story grabs you and the graphics and sound quality are excellent. It is very easy to get drawn in to the side story's and quests in the game and forget about the main story for a bit as you explore. Bethesda truely did a great job with this one and the world feels alive as you interact with it. The atmosphere is great and I recall being startled in one of the first dungeons when I heard a scraping sound and a pack of Skeevers (rat monsters) jumped out of the darkness at me. The ability to almost completely customize your character and play the game the way you want to is very impressive. This is one of those games you can play one way and then come back and make a different character and play a different way for a totally new experience. Truely a quality and engrossing game worthy of the many gameplay hours I've put into it. Expand
  59. Jan 3, 2012
    8
    This is definitely a great game, but no way does it deserve the GOTY or the 100/100 scores you see from the critics. Visually it is amazing and Bethesda have truly done a fantastic job of making sure everything you see looks good - it really is a masterpiece of ingame world art. The attention to the layout of rivers, waterfalls, mountains, dungeons, towns, caves, snow, rain, etc, etc..This is definitely a great game, but no way does it deserve the GOTY or the 100/100 scores you see from the critics. Visually it is amazing and Bethesda have truly done a fantastic job of making sure everything you see looks good - it really is a masterpiece of ingame world art. The attention to the layout of rivers, waterfalls, mountains, dungeons, towns, caves, snow, rain, etc, etc.. fantastic. If only they had spent as much time with the depth of the quests and making sure it was bug free, it could have been the best game ever made. Expand
  60. Jan 3, 2012
    10
    This game is an experience unlike anything ever created. I was a fan of Bethesda since Morrowind and Oblivion, and this game shows the fruition of all the good elements from those games. Rarely do you find yourself truly a part of a world and a character that time and real life seem to disappear. After 100 hours of gaming I have had 8 problems with bugs. The graphics are great. TheThis game is an experience unlike anything ever created. I was a fan of Bethesda since Morrowind and Oblivion, and this game shows the fruition of all the good elements from those games. Rarely do you find yourself truly a part of a world and a character that time and real life seem to disappear. After 100 hours of gaming I have had 8 problems with bugs. The graphics are great. The game is great. The amount of content is unbelievable. People need to know this is an experience not to miss. Expand
  61. Jan 5, 2012
    10
    Didn't expect a lot after Oblivion, and Skyrim was a great surprise ! Closer to Morrowind, it's a huge game to explore, epic and very very good looking. 100 hours and far from finished...
  62. Jan 7, 2012
    7
    Coming from someone that hasn't played the previous Elder Scrolls, It's safe to say that Skyrim isn't really something special as a stand alone game (die hard fans would disagree). Sure you have a vast world to explore but the many interactions with AI and the environment are weak. The AI triggers during battle are broken (had a guard say "that was just a scratch" while falling dead?Coming from someone that hasn't played the previous Elder Scrolls, It's safe to say that Skyrim isn't really something special as a stand alone game (die hard fans would disagree). Sure you have a vast world to explore but the many interactions with AI and the environment are weak. The AI triggers during battle are broken (had a guard say "that was just a scratch" while falling dead? Really?). Small things such as being able to run through a dragon skeleton like its a hologram saddened me, considering the developer created such a large world only to disregard collisions, really basic stuff. Melee combat is a joke: Hold mouse to hit just a bit harder at the cost of most of your stamina and on top of that expect to take a few hits while you charge up your strike, only to have the enemy shrug it off as if they got hit by a feather. The worst aspect of his game has to be the builds. The armor and weapons you find allow for little variety so your likely to end up with a hybrid of all sorts. All in all, Skyrim seems to run on an old engine that allows for little breakthrough in terms of actual game play and more so in terms of appearance and so you will probably be bored throughout unless your exploring dungeons and caves, which imo is not really new to the gaming world but still fun as always. Expand
  63. Jan 25, 2012
    9
    Although the game was released a little prematurely IMO, Skyrim has a great onset of adventure and escape to it. The restrictive feeling of faction intervention into the player's destiny seems to be jammed in there, so it's not what i expected as far as that goes, though that does lend to the feeling of escape i mentioned. Though glitches were expected with the first release, i got theAlthough the game was released a little prematurely IMO, Skyrim has a great onset of adventure and escape to it. The restrictive feeling of faction intervention into the player's destiny seems to be jammed in there, so it's not what i expected as far as that goes, though that does lend to the feeling of escape i mentioned. Though glitches were expected with the first release, i got the feeling that glitches only increased after the first patch. Add to that some game breaking elements and this game avoids getting a 10 for it's lack of relevant bug fixing. Without getting too "professional" et IGN who's sole purpose seems to be to shut out the community for which these games meet their demand, i can say that this game exceeds my expectations, especially if the Skyrim Creation Kit pulls through as expected or on par with Oblivion's Modding Tools. I can see where the frustration comes in when gameplay is mentioned, though it is innovative and fascinating to plow through combat. The main issue i have is that the game seems to be comping elements from other popular games. And while a sprint function is something TES needs IMO, i wouldn't rip off other elements of unreal's restrictive gameplay style by limiting the overall customization of the game (ending with skills being horrendously wittled down). Overall this game is great for it's par, but the engine could be used to a much better purpose than a restrictive and more beautiful version of oblivion. This is not to demean the developers in any way, but where Oblivion excelled was it's innovation and preservation of the things that made morrowind and the other games so great. Skyrim takes all of that and tries to run with the skeleton. Expand
  64. Feb 1, 2012
    7
    Well, I'll start from the worst traits of this good RPG. First of all: enemies adapt their level to your own. Well, for newcomers of RPG it sounds great, but it's really disappointing for those seeking a REAL RPG. You can finish the game at level 67 (as I did) or you can at 17. Let's go on. Perks ! These are the new way Bethesda choose to align TES new chapter to all other MMORPGS outtaWell, I'll start from the worst traits of this good RPG. First of all: enemies adapt their level to your own. Well, for newcomers of RPG it sounds great, but it's really disappointing for those seeking a REAL RPG. You can finish the game at level 67 (as I did) or you can at 17. Let's go on. Perks ! These are the new way Bethesda choose to align TES new chapter to all other MMORPGS outta there. But why they did such a bad work? Some traits are useless. Some traits at 100 points are overridden by enchanted items, irritating to discover when you can't reassign perks in any way ! Oh, there's another thing about traits. You'll need only about 20-30 of them to become nearly unstoppable. Last chapter: crafting. Crafting is good, but in TES: Skyrim it is so overpowered that you'll never need anything more than what you can craft with materials bought from merchants. So it's frustrating to put your own hands on a Daedric artifact and discovering that it's far from being even nearly comparable to your crafted and enchanted sword. Dragon Shouts: well, they give the game the right folklore. But in real game you'll use only 3-4 of them. The others are there only to feed your hungry for hoarding items/skills/Dragon shouts.
    So Skyrim is a bad game? Isn't it worth the bucks spent? Well, I say that it's a good game. But while I played it for 183 hours at first It was nearly impossible for me to hit the ESC-key and return to the desktop. At the end it was too easy to do. The story becomes so confused if you are to follow every dumb request of side-quests that NPC's give you. And in the end the main plot isn't that good you would expect from a single-player RPG.
    I give this game a 7 because it is OVER ALL a good game. You'll enjoy roaming in Skyrim, hunting beasts, backstabbing enemies, incinerate enemies and fight dragons. In the end probably you'll find a dragon attack as something boring at most or a quick-fight just to allow you to quick-travel to your destination.
    I hope the expansion will fix some of these problems. And I hope that Bethesda will CHANGE PERKS to give player a REAL interest in climbing the tree to the top perk. Near the end of the game I shifted my mage in assassin just with 6 perks...
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  65. Feb 14, 2012
    9
    Best RPG I played in a lot of time.

    Pros: great immersion, vast world, accurate in all the small detauls, tons of characters, tons of quests, tons of locatons, tons of everything. Main story is good, main quests are also excellent. Combat is nicely done, graphics and sound are excellent. A lot of awesome mods, console commands, great community support. Cons: some bugs here and there,
    Best RPG I played in a lot of time.

    Pros: great immersion, vast world, accurate in all the small detauls, tons of characters, tons of quests, tons of locatons, tons of everything. Main story is good, main quests are also excellent. Combat is nicely done, graphics and sound are excellent. A lot of awesome mods, console commands, great community support.

    Cons: some bugs here and there, controls are clearly console-ported and not optimized for pc (but there are mods to fix that), too easy after the first 20-25 hours (see below).

    An advice to new players: the difficulty level is fine for the first 10-15 levels, then the game becomes way too easy. To avoid this problem either raise the difficulty when you reach level 15 or, even better, don't improve your weapons/armor ! Improving your armor and weapons is unbalanced because after few hours you will already have super items that are better than everything you can find in npc and dungeons loot. What I do is I only use items I find in loot, or items I buy from shops, or items I craft myself, but I never improve them ! Enchantment is ok, but don't improve items, your immersion and gameplay will be 10x better. Otherwise you will find yourself insta-killing most of enemies and game will become boring.
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  66. Mar 3, 2012
    10
    i have only had this game for 2 days but in that time i have been completely blown away. when it was first released i did not pay any attention to it as i had none of the previous games. during the last day before the steam vouchers expired i had a look at what games i could buy and noticed skyrim and decided to buy it and i have never been happier, the graphics are superb ,combat is tighti have only had this game for 2 days but in that time i have been completely blown away. when it was first released i did not pay any attention to it as i had none of the previous games. during the last day before the steam vouchers expired i had a look at what games i could buy and noticed skyrim and decided to buy it and i have never been happier, the graphics are superb ,combat is tight ,great leveling system and the landscape is just beautiful. if you buy this you will become immersed in the amazing surroundings and story, this easily gets into my top 5 games Expand
  67. Mar 10, 2012
    10
    I got the game 2 days ago and I am
    Completly amazed and surprised in how entertaining this game is. The graphics are outstanding on ultra settings in a PC. The sound and music are hypnotizing and the voice acting is superb!!! The world feels so open ended and I like how the quest system guides me to new places. Well I had to take a minute to write this, now going back into the game!
  68. May 2, 2012
    8
    this game better ten oblivios, obvisios..

    But a little mit more authentic woud be nice.
    More diffenrense in quests, not that big much walking into a dungeon and bring me item X...

    Graphic is nice, in far mods make the game much better..
  69. May 15, 2012
    9
    Excellent game, 2x better than oblivion. Only downside is that there are no custom builds. Every skill is given to you with no enhancements to leveling it, every character becomes a stealth/warrior/mage. I thoroughly enjoyed it and have put in at least 50 hours. Get the mods from steam workshop or nexus, totally makes the game a truly great experience.
  70. May 16, 2012
    9
    By far the best of the series. I've had absolutely zero issues running the game on my PC, it never crashes or hangs as it has in previous Elder Scrolls. Absolutely stunning visuals/atmosphere, the same open sandbox feel as the previous iterations of the series. A perk system which is probably one of my only complaints as they've left out some things I expect in my Elder Scrolls games, butBy far the best of the series. I've had absolutely zero issues running the game on my PC, it never crashes or hangs as it has in previous Elder Scrolls. Absolutely stunning visuals/atmosphere, the same open sandbox feel as the previous iterations of the series. A perk system which is probably one of my only complaints as they've left out some things I expect in my Elder Scrolls games, but is, nonetheless, a minor complaint. The only other thing that irks me and keeps me from giving this a perfect 10 is the companion system. Most of them are nothing more than pack mules to carry the inordinate amounts of weight I drag away from dungeons. Aside from that, I love every aspect of the play. Throw in player created content in the form of mods, some of which I can't imagine playing the game without- and you've got the best Elder Scrolls to date. If you've been playing since Daggerfall, like I have, you won't be disappointed. A must have in your Elder Scrolls library. Expand
  71. Jun 3, 2012
    9
    The ambition for this game is huge. In terms of quests, content, places to explore, and pure sheer things to do, this game is one of the most epic I have ever played. The gameplay is incredible and fun. The level of quality is awesome. The detail and the fun of exploring the huge world, doing quests without restraint is incredibly satisfying. This game definitely deserves the game of theThe ambition for this game is huge. In terms of quests, content, places to explore, and pure sheer things to do, this game is one of the most epic I have ever played. The gameplay is incredible and fun. The level of quality is awesome. The detail and the fun of exploring the huge world, doing quests without restraint is incredibly satisfying. This game definitely deserves the game of the year title. But I am still disappointed in it, because it is not to me a game which has been properly balanced. Yes, such a huge game is very difficult to make perfect. So how does the balance hurt the game? The potions are completely useless since you don't need them to win fights, and because they don't give a good enough advantage. Compared to games like The Witcher where potions changed the outcome of the battle, their implementation here is completely retarded. They will just clog up your inventory space and be useless. Second balance issue, the actual fighting. There are some tactics to kill even the hardest bosses, you just have to sneak and use cheesy strategies. Thirdly, the difficulty. This is the least significant balance issue as it is not that bad but eventually things will just be too EASY. Fourthly, item upgrades, similarly to potions, they have a less than worth it impact on fights. To make every part of the huge game count, every type of upgrade and potion should have a big effect on the scaling of battle. That way it would give an incentive to actually use them. It's also insulting that a company like Bethesda would make such a bad console port with **** interfaces and controls when they could have used the full potential of mouse. Alright well, the reason these flaws are so maddening to me is that the game is so close to perfection that it's frustrating that it isn't. It really makes me mad. Because instead of playing this games 150 hours, I have played 30 hours, and am now done. Still, worthy of a 9. Expand
  72. Jun 4, 2012
    10
    This is my very first Elder Scrolls game. Though I like RPG games, I simply have not enough time to play most of them, so I don't even try them. I received this game as Xmas gift, but installed it in middle April, this year.
    The current version is about 1.5.29 or something like that, so there were HUGE changes, since the street date.
    The current version has only very small bugs and/or
    This is my very first Elder Scrolls game. Though I like RPG games, I simply have not enough time to play most of them, so I don't even try them. I received this game as Xmas gift, but installed it in middle April, this year.
    The current version is about 1.5.29 or something like that, so there were HUGE changes, since the street date.

    The current version has only very small bugs and/or design mistakes: a) The opponents, loots and most of the items re-spawn after a certain time and I hate this gamedesign element. b) The graphics are incredibly beautiful for an RPG game (just climb a hill and look around and you will get my point), but graphics bugs is all around, where the developers didn't think you would go in the game!! Let me explain: hills cannot be climbed in many times, but with a small trick (continuously jump during steering and walking forward in the same time xD ), you can climb almost everywhere, where is the rampage has about less than 50-55% angle. I have seen beyond walls with this trick, I have seen floating trees... etc. I do exploring, because it's an RPG and you can take advantage from looking around from the tops of the Skyrim world frequently. c) There are small quest-bugs that the patches didn't solve yet :/ Thank God, these bugs have no affect on the gameplay. d) You cannot mark more than 1 location at the map. Why...? e) Sometimes (in daytime) the sellers/merchants act like you would "visit" them at night and they call for guards... f) The dialogs cannot be subtitled :( ------- Summary: I think everything else is fine. Graphics is stunning, very entertaining details (you can chop woods, mine ore, go and catch fishes, steal, ride horses, kill-get-caught-and-go-to-jail, try to escape from prison, kill all witnesses and get away from being caught). Some enemies and friendly NPCs appear randomly, which makes the game incalculable/unpredictible. Though I just received this game as a gift, I honestly say: it is a game that worths every penny! And responding to a rreview writer who told, there is no story.... dumb person, who cannot read. You can find books in the game. If you read just 1/3 of them, you will know almost everything about the world of this game. 9.5/10
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  73. Jun 6, 2012
    10
    Worth the wait after oblivion.I loved oblivion and wanted an enhanced version of it in the next title and so i got. Advantages:- Unending gameplay ,an open world to admire,quests like none other,excitement of finding a new weapon or even improving it.Better game for those who like to be the mage.Good storyline but lacks choices,great graphics,many tough foes(tougher than the dragons)Worth the wait after oblivion.I loved oblivion and wanted an enhanced version of it in the next title and so i got. Advantages:- Unending gameplay ,an open world to admire,quests like none other,excitement of finding a new weapon or even improving it.Better game for those who like to be the mage.Good storyline but lacks choices,great graphics,many tough foes(tougher than the dragons) and their looks. Disadvantages:- Desperately requires a previous used weapon key,takes time with keyboard and a mouse when scrolling through your inventory and thus it requires a whole makeover of inventory menu for pc. Though you can connect a xbox controller to solve most of the problems, real fun is in keyboard and mouse. Expand
  74. Jun 12, 2012
    10
    Ok just want to say for the record that anyone who rated this game less than a 8 on PC is DUMB. I can understand if RPG isn't your genre, but the deep immersion into the world of Tamriel makes this the best looking entry into the Elder Scrolls series. Although the game world is not as big as Daggerfall you may actually be glad that it is not because you will never get laid as all you willOk just want to say for the record that anyone who rated this game less than a 8 on PC is DUMB. I can understand if RPG isn't your genre, but the deep immersion into the world of Tamriel makes this the best looking entry into the Elder Scrolls series. Although the game world is not as big as Daggerfall you may actually be glad that it is not because you will never get laid as all you will want to do is play this game if it were. I, to this day, have absolutely no problem dumping 6-8 hour sessions into this game. The story isn't fantastic, but it is more than sufficient enough to bring you back to it to obtain the special skills and weapons that it provides, but everyone knows that isn't why you play Skyrim. You play Skyrim for exploring the massive world, and it certainly doesn't fail to deliver on that. With all the patches that have been released the few issues remaining with the game are more than likely coming with all the mods that you have installed that can make this beautiful game look even better, or add even more deep gameplay. Congratulations Skyrim you have made it onto my top 3 games of all time list. Expand
  75. Jun 16, 2012
    9
    Very nice game with a good story and epic gameplay. I really liked how you can choose to help either the Stormcloacks or the Empire and how you're also able to change sides throughout the game. It's also nice with other storylines that are optional to complete, like the Theifs Guild and The Companions. But even though the game has lots of different choices to make both in customization ofVery nice game with a good story and epic gameplay. I really liked how you can choose to help either the Stormcloacks or the Empire and how you're also able to change sides throughout the game. It's also nice with other storylines that are optional to complete, like the Theifs Guild and The Companions. But even though the game has lots of different choices to make both in customization of your character and what missions to complete i still think the game might be missing some replayabillity. Nevertheless it is still a great game and if you like a good RPG, you should definetly buy it. Expand
  76. Jul 1, 2012
    9
    The best game I've ever played. If it wasn't for having to patch it before it was mostly playable i would have given it a 10. The graphics are awesome and the quests are very entertaining. I wish more games like this were made but its seems only Bethesda does it right. I have so many hours in this game and I still can't get enough of it.
  77. Jul 7, 2012
    10
    Excellent game, beautiful graphics, epic game play, well put storyline, and immersive world. The skill base system allows one to completely tailor a character to the players style. Lots of items to loot, find, purchase or craft. Player Housing and storage. Companions, Mercs and the like to aid you on your quests. And the best of all for me, is the ability to mod the game adding to itExcellent game, beautiful graphics, epic game play, well put storyline, and immersive world. The skill base system allows one to completely tailor a character to the players style. Lots of items to loot, find, purchase or craft. Player Housing and storage. Companions, Mercs and the like to aid you on your quests. And the best of all for me, is the ability to mod the game adding to it exactly what I would like to see in the game or remove that of which I do not. Try it for yourself, I bet you will be hook instantly. Expand
  78. Jul 19, 2012
    10
    Im a bit of an Elders Scrolls fan but I found some of the missions a bit tedious and boring and some of the missions buggy im still stuck with one but all in all I still cant stop playing!!
  79. Jul 20, 2012
    10
    I am so glad that Bethesda took their time with the development of Skyrim, and it really shows. The game is excellent in almost every way, one of the few games in recent memory it actually really deserve a 10 out of 10 rating.
    Skyrim reigns trumphant over the gaming industry the now in that it has outsold just about every other franchise that isn't Call of Duty and it shows once and for
    I am so glad that Bethesda took their time with the development of Skyrim, and it really shows. The game is excellent in almost every way, one of the few games in recent memory it actually really deserve a 10 out of 10 rating.
    Skyrim reigns trumphant over the gaming industry the now in that it has outsold just about every other franchise that isn't Call of Duty and it shows once and for all that there IS a market for games that are different from the "norm".
    And it completely deserves every accolade it has got.

    Sure, it has bugs. And it's usual Bethesda related problems but compared to previous titles this game runs like a dream.
    And no one but no one can't tell me that they didn't have fun cackling like a mad man playing with the Sparks spell and thinking "Woo! Force Lightning!"

    I normally don't gush over games but I just can't stop playing Skyrim, even after all this time it's still getting regular play from me.
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  80. Jul 20, 2012
    9
    I agree that skyrim has flaws. But i am tired of all these **** who write a review and never look at it again. Modded oblivion? Not hardly. And this is not a game that you can judge until you have truly gone through everything. Personally i have several characters that all use different skills in the world. Also the PC controls are better than most games i have played. You can't bag on theI agree that skyrim has flaws. But i am tired of all these **** who write a review and never look at it again. Modded oblivion? Not hardly. And this is not a game that you can judge until you have truly gone through everything. Personally i have several characters that all use different skills in the world. Also the PC controls are better than most games i have played. You can't bag on the graphics to much either because they are better by far than any games i have ever played. However unlike most i can play on max settings without a single hiccup. Also many people don't seem to understand that you can change the difficulty. The default is adept. In my opinion killing 3 bandits master level difficulty is more difficult than getting a killstreak of 75 on call of duty (which i have done) against real people. But my point is these reviews were made before anyone other than testers truly played the game. My main point is, don't judge until you know the ins and outs of the game world, controls, and overall story. Thank you for your time. And everyone who says its broken on the PC, they gave you the goddamn console commands, so use them to fix it. Expand
  81. Jul 25, 2012
    10
    I enjoyed Morrowind, Oblivion and SKYRIM equally. Those are my fav games of all time. In comparison with older Elder Scrolls games, Skyrim have some pros and cons. I will not go in details, just want to say that all 3 games are brilliant.
  82. Jul 25, 2012
    7
    **Spoiler Free** Let me start with: if your into "sandbox RPG's" your going love it. This game follows the typical Bethesda design of their previous games (Elder Scrolls, Fallout). You have a lot freedom in this game. The graphics are top notch especially with high rez pack. Game play and animations are excellent. The sound through 7.1 is incredible. I beat the game with your**Spoiler Free** Let me start with: if your into "sandbox RPG's" your going love it. This game follows the typical Bethesda design of their previous games (Elder Scrolls, Fallout). You have a lot freedom in this game. The graphics are top notch especially with high rez pack. Game play and animations are excellent. The sound through 7.1 is incredible. I beat the game with your typical warrior (Board / Sword) . A lot of fun! On the PC version it allows you install mods. Which makes the game play endless. So why the 7.0 and not a 10 you ask? Where the game fell short was the horrible amount glitches and bugs. Some of which were very easy to fix through the console command. Others required a ton of research and trial and error. The companion quest line had a lot glitchs in particular The problem with glitchs is you get them in middle quest line which doesn't allow you progress in the game. Bethesda really needs to come out with a patch update to address this issue. My advice to someone playing through the game for first time is make sure you have multiple save files @ different times. This game would have gotten a 9.0, but because of tech probs I can only give it 7.0. Expand
  83. Aug 6, 2012
    8
    4/5 (Good, but the potential is there to got to an easy 5) For some reason, Skyrim does everything better than its predecessors. For some other reason, I have played ridiculous amounts of it. BUT: I don't feel as attached to this game as I was with Oblivion. In Skyrim, I have not felt the need to play another character beyond the first. Maybe it's just me because it really looks like it's4/5 (Good, but the potential is there to got to an easy 5) For some reason, Skyrim does everything better than its predecessors. For some other reason, I have played ridiculous amounts of it. BUT: I don't feel as attached to this game as I was with Oblivion. In Skyrim, I have not felt the need to play another character beyond the first. Maybe it's just me because it really looks like it's got everything it needs.

    Try it, it's good.
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  84. Aug 13, 2012
    9
    Skyrim It's amazing, no doubt, and I only played the PC version. Now, PC version haves It's own flaws. It haves some annoying issues, but the game doesn't lose the magic. The gameplay is extremely fun, the visuals are top notch, and It's, obviously, the best RPG game I've ever played. 95 out of 100
  85. Aug 13, 2012
    10
    This game is really amazing - this opened, big world, soundtrack, fighting and spells system, beautiful landscapes and locations, great quests... something wonderful! Maybe there are too many facilitates and interface for PC version is uncomfortable players (however there are still mods), but it doesn't change fact that this game is almost perfect and deserves high score ;)
  86. Aug 15, 2012
    9
    This game is more than worth the money. I would recommend it to anyone who likes a game with a lot of possibilities in character-personalization (looks and skill-setup) and what to do in-game. Also Skyrim is beautiful. It has very convincing ambiance in all its areas, be it 'mountainscapes', dungeons or whatever.

    I also specifically want to highlight the thief/assassin game-play. It is
    This game is more than worth the money. I would recommend it to anyone who likes a game with a lot of possibilities in character-personalization (looks and skill-setup) and what to do in-game. Also Skyrim is beautiful. It has very convincing ambiance in all its areas, be it 'mountainscapes', dungeons or whatever.

    I also specifically want to highlight the thief/assassin game-play. It is truly amazing and unique.
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  87. Aug 25, 2012
    10
    Je joue sur pc depuis ses tout début et Skyrim est tout simplement le MEILLEUR jeu dans ce registre. Liberté totale, choix multiples, quêtes variées et intérêt du leveling. Sa grande durée de vie vaut très largement l'investissement. TOP TOP TOP
  88. Aug 25, 2012
    9
    Great story, great story telling, epic world design and lots of quests. Never seen a "bigger" game. Problem: Some quests/areas/characters are buggy and there are a few annoyances such as unrealistic physics etc.
  89. Aug 27, 2012
    10
    Amazing. Skyrim has to be one of the best games ever made. The game is a little glitchy and the controls are kinda weird on PC, but I have not enjoying playing a game more (With the exception of Oblivion and Fallout 3, which were just about as fun) that this one. Awesome graphics (Do not see how they suck, according to the lower scored reviews), great questline, and hundreds of hours ofAmazing. Skyrim has to be one of the best games ever made. The game is a little glitchy and the controls are kinda weird on PC, but I have not enjoying playing a game more (With the exception of Oblivion and Fallout 3, which were just about as fun) that this one. Awesome graphics (Do not see how they suck, according to the lower scored reviews), great questline, and hundreds of hours of gameplay. The world is huge (I have seen larger, but it was in a game meant for more than 1 person) and has around 345 (I think) locations to discover. If you have played oblivion before than I would highly recommend this game, Expand
  90. Aug 28, 2012
    9
    Surely the best Elder Scrolls game so far. It's good to see that they removed nearly all annoying things from Oblivion and Morrowind and added a lot more new things. Crafting and Alchemy are very very good. The only reason i don't give 10 is beacuse of the leveling system. After lvl 20, perks are really slow to get and even if you play alot you cant get all the perks only about 80 of 250.Surely the best Elder Scrolls game so far. It's good to see that they removed nearly all annoying things from Oblivion and Morrowind and added a lot more new things. Crafting and Alchemy are very very good. The only reason i don't give 10 is beacuse of the leveling system. After lvl 20, perks are really slow to get and even if you play alot you cant get all the perks only about 80 of 250. This perk system is great in itself the fact that i can't get them all is annoying. Alltogether its a fantastic game still, so buy it and play it. Youll enjoy it, Expand
  91. Aug 29, 2012
    10
    Skyrim is very addictive, life-consuming, and overall amazing. It is pretty much the reason why I don't get enough sleep at night. You can spend several months developing a character, as you undertake a seemingly endless amount of missions. You can find yourself obsessed with leveling up your character, by unlocking perks to obtain new abilities. The story is pretty interesting as well,Skyrim is very addictive, life-consuming, and overall amazing. It is pretty much the reason why I don't get enough sleep at night. You can spend several months developing a character, as you undertake a seemingly endless amount of missions. You can find yourself obsessed with leveling up your character, by unlocking perks to obtain new abilities. The story is pretty interesting as well, however, the most enjoyment comes from choosing which paths your character will take, charting your own course. The world of Skyrim is majestic, hostile, and mystical. For people interested in high-adventure, ala Conan: The Barbarian; this is the game for you.

    However, there are some annoying issues with the game. The loading time in enter into each area can be very annoying. Moreover, the game is loaded with glitches, making some missions unplayable, or broken. However, there have been several patches to correct many of these issues.

    Overall, I still give Skyrim a 10. Despite some of the technical issues, this game is worth experiencing.
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  92. Sep 20, 2012
    9
    I'm reviewing my 1.6 build of "Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim" (much improved version with far less bugs than the original one). As an introduction I'll say that I've been playing pc RPGs for years. I started playing in 1997, my first one was the mythical "Diablo" followed by "Baldur's Gate", "Neverwinter Nights" and so on...
    As you can see, this review is not written by some inexperienced
    I'm reviewing my 1.6 build of "Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim" (much improved version with far less bugs than the original one). As an introduction I'll say that I've been playing pc RPGs for years. I started playing in 1997, my first one was the mythical "Diablo" followed by "Baldur's Gate", "Neverwinter Nights" and so on...
    As you can see, this review is not written by some inexperienced player with no knowledge about the genre... I'm rating it a 9 only because this game is excellent, not just because I like it.
    This game has cursed me, I can no longer play another RPG without realizing that "Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim" simply kicks his ass.
    Skyrim has a nearly unmatched graphic engine (not only for RPG standards), an unmatched world design (I've never seen such a massive detailed world, it's almost unlimited, gorgeous, wild and full of life. You can go anywhere inside the map...an Skyrim isn't exactly small), a well designed character development system (It was about time! At last you can combine whatever skills you want without any character limitations! You have plenty of USEFUL skills to develop, and I have never seen a better level-up interface, by the way). The overall design is simply superb: landscape, weapons, armors, buildings, characters, interfaces...
    Every time you swing your sword, shoot your bow, block, etc. a counter will trigger allowing you to increase your experience in that specific skill, thus allowing you to master the skills you use most (you can also learn from people, as long as you have the coin). You can forge your own weapons, armor and jewelry in many different materials and styles (you can even mine those materials right from the rocks), also you can enchant any items you forge with an assorted range of spells, you can buy houses, horses, spell books, etc.
    I'm telling all this only because I think it's worth noticing, I've never seen such depth in a pc RPG before...
    and believe me, it's pretty easy to do each one of these things by using the interface.
    Finally I want to talk about the general scheme and missions. This can be Skyrim's "Achilles heel".
    This game HAS a main scheme that follows the steps of the "Dragonborn" (I don't want to spoil anything, so this is all I'm going to say about it), there is also a secondary scheme that makes you pick a side in Skyrim's Civil War (Imperials vs. Stormcloaks). Aside from these two main schemes, there are hundreds of missions and tasks across the towns and cities of Skyrim, you'll be pretty busy almost all the time, don't worry. I said that this was some kind of "Achilles heel" because nothing compels you to finish your missions, and there is almost no hierarchy between them, you could say that you are free to explore the wilderness of Skyrim, you can play at your own pace almost without worrying about the missions. Some people like that, some others don't, it's up to you.
    A real weak spot of the game is the difficulty level. Unless you set your game difficulty settings to "expert" or above, you won't find any real challenge during the game...you'll kill any foe without fearing for your chances of winning. Another "limitation" of the game (it's not big deal for me, but it is for some people) is the "simplicity" of design in hostile caves and fortresses. There is plenty of hostile caves/mines/fortresses in Skyrim and they are superbly detailed, the "problem" is that there is only ONE way to go, you can't get lost...and when you reach the end, there's almost always a shortcut that takes you directly to the entrance. Surely Bethesda studios did this in order to save time and to keep the pace of the game. Lastly, the combat system could be better (it's still far superior to any KOTOR/Neverwinter Nights/Dragon Age combat systems), I'd prefer some kind of "Witcher 2" combat, but nothing is ever perfect so I'm satisfied with Skyrim's combat.

    I don't rate it a 10 because the game has various bugs (they've corrected many of them in 1.6 build, but there are still some issues to be fixed).

    Anyways, this is the best and most detailed pc RPG I've ever played...and I fear it'll be for many years to come. Bethesda people have set the bar way too high, I think it'll be quite difficult for anyone to beat them.
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  93. Sep 25, 2012
    10
    Why aren''t you playing this? It's easily the best Bethesda game so far. Explorations is as fun as ever and you can make whatever character you want from the get-go.
  94. Sep 25, 2012
    10
    This game is near perfect near legendary barely any flaws (all flaws are but minor ones) a great game, if you like fantasy RPG games buy it, buy it now!
  95. Oct 1, 2012
    10
    a beautiful, creative, and unique game designed by the best. i have no bad things to say. ive had no bugs or anything and if there is i don't care. i got past it and so should anyone else. its not fixed bugs that make a game. its the whole that counts. the forest and mountains are breath-taking and the lakes and oceans are my favourite. every little detail in the game makes it so good anda beautiful, creative, and unique game designed by the best. i have no bad things to say. ive had no bugs or anything and if there is i don't care. i got past it and so should anyone else. its not fixed bugs that make a game. its the whole that counts. the forest and mountains are breath-taking and the lakes and oceans are my favourite. every little detail in the game makes it so good and i love the battles. they make soul sing. Expand
  96. Oct 2, 2012
    9
    Skryim is a game that's come from a company that truly loves RPG games. This game visits skyrim and is part of a series that's already visited 2 territories. The first critical thing I have to say about this game is the buggyness of it.! There is a lot of bugs in this game and I believe it semi-relies on its modding community. That being said the modding community are a positive but theSkryim is a game that's come from a company that truly loves RPG games. This game visits skyrim and is part of a series that's already visited 2 territories. The first critical thing I have to say about this game is the buggyness of it.! There is a lot of bugs in this game and I believe it semi-relies on its modding community. That being said the modding community are a positive but the bugs are still a negative. I rate Skyrim 10 for everything except the technical aspects of the game. The story was very interesting but could of been longer, the gameplay mechanics were improved from Oblivion and I really applaud the immersive feeling you get from feeling like you are shooting an arrow or using magic for real. The environment is where Skyrim truly shines. Beautiful night sky's, lovely particle effects and amazing sound all come together to make you feel like you are truly in a cold icy desolate climate. For modders or even people interested in modding Skyrim is an instant 11. However if you are a general gamer with a wide taste Skyrim comes in at an 8. Final score 9. Expand
  97. Oct 11, 2012
    10
    What Snowgirl said, and i will add crossbows rock. i started with bows and with the dlc was pleased to feel the release of the bolt and the cutscene to the kill. It almost echoes of V.A.T.S but with an ancient glow and shadow. The ten im giving this game is mainly for gameplay, as i really feel the developers could have spent a tad longer on the voice cast. That being said its about myWhat Snowgirl said, and i will add crossbows rock. i started with bows and with the dlc was pleased to feel the release of the bolt and the cutscene to the kill. It almost echoes of V.A.T.S but with an ancient glow and shadow. The ten im giving this game is mainly for gameplay, as i really feel the developers could have spent a tad longer on the voice cast. That being said its about my only complaint. Except there could have been a bit more choices but even with that said, it deserves nothing less than a ten This game is Awesome Expand
  98. May 16, 2013
    2
    Only redeeming factor about this game is the soundtrack and countless mods. The developers released a broken product with countless bugs and errors; leaving it up to the community to finish the game for them. With that said, this game isn't my cup of tea. Sure the atmosphere is very inspiring, and the combat is enjoyable.

    However the lore, story, characters, spells, UI, and just about
    Only redeeming factor about this game is the soundtrack and countless mods. The developers released a broken product with countless bugs and errors; leaving it up to the community to finish the game for them. With that said, this game isn't my cup of tea. Sure the atmosphere is very inspiring, and the combat is enjoyable.

    However the lore, story, characters, spells, UI, and just about nearly everything else is uninspiring and bland. There is really no incentive to continue playing after finishing the main story, the remaining portions of the game are generic in every way.
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  99. Jun 18, 2013
    9
    I've spend houndreds of hours on this addicting game. One of the few times a PC version is better than the console versions and that is the way it SHOULD be. Steam workshop makes this game have tons of extra fun. But on its own the game is worth your while. If you like a good story or combat system that has tons of choices this is it.

    It does have some flaws, and with the steamworkshop
    I've spend houndreds of hours on this addicting game. One of the few times a PC version is better than the console versions and that is the way it SHOULD be. Steam workshop makes this game have tons of extra fun. But on its own the game is worth your while. If you like a good story or combat system that has tons of choices this is it.

    It does have some flaws, and with the steamworkshop you can find other developers who agree with how you think the game should have been to fix what you think were poor balance choices. This makes for an almost ideal experience.

    Issues arise with strange glitches at times, however overall the sheer amount of things to do certainly outshines what annoyances you encounter.

    A must purchase for mature gamers with a sense of adventure.
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Metascore
94

Universal acclaim - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 32
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 32
  3. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Feb 29, 2012
    90
    Unfortunately, Skyrim trips and falls on its own (most probably, to make the cool-sounding deadline of 11-11-11) and just before it reaches perfection as the ultimate specimen of its genre, it self-destructs in a crucial aspect of game design: the interface and the peripheral components (inventory, journal, map, etc)... but that is not to say that Skyrim is anything but a truly majestic, epic RPG that will suck you right in its cosmos.
  2. Feb 14, 2012
    100
    Skyrim is definitely one of the best games of 2011, but if the DLC holds out, it might just be one of the best games of 2012 as well.
  3. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Jan 19, 2012
    90
    Skyrim is the best open world RPG you can get. A true evolution of genre is not flawless but still it is the game you love to live in. [Christmas 2011]