Dec 18, 2013This game is the best game I have ever played period. The graphics (with the steam mod) are outstanding the gameplay is great, a good story, it is everything an elder scrolls game could want to be. Like someone else said take the good of all the past games strain out the bad and you have skyrim.
Dec 14, 2013A wonderful, fantastic expansion to the magnificent Elder Scrolls series! While no game is perfect, I would strongly recommend this game. PROS: +Hours, and hours, and hours of gameplay! +An incredible modding community. +A story that might not blow you away but you'll remember it for years. +One of the largest open worlds I have ever played in. +While some voice acting might be questionable (but I still wouldn't call the voice acting a 'con' the characters you meet along the way are interesting to say the least.
+This game is timeless: There are amazing graphic enhancement mods that beat all games comparing up to it to this day, and users make dozens upon dozens of quests. All the user generated content makes it not only timeless but endless as well!
-There are a few game-breaking bugs.
-The animations are pathetic.
Overall, I would recommend this game an endless amount, and you should buy it now even if you don't like RPGs, check this out.… Expand
Dec 14, 2013This game is really just one word: Adventurous. The world seems infinite and there are so many things to do in this RPG game! There is a never ending stack of quests for you to do, which, are all pretty fun quests, and of course a game with a lot of quests has a great story, right? Right! If you have not already got this game, and you like RPGS, then I suggest you pick this game up and try it out!
Dec 10, 2013The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, is an improvement to the last. But yet it still lacks some things, and is annoying in some aspects. One of them is the dialogue. The voices are recycled quite a bit, as well as the things they say. But the great things counter-act that. Cave and ruin exploring, fighting dragons, tons of side-quests, and so much more. Even better, there are no huge glitches or bugs that make the game entirely unplayable. The only major bug I found was about 7-8 hours into the game, and a simple reload could fix it. I indeed suggest this game, but if you do, buy the PC version, as the console version fall a bit short.… Expand
Dec 9, 2013Great concept and fun to play. However, don't let the high meta score fool you. The game is not polished enough to deserve such a score. Bad AI that you can take massive advantage of (they get stuck, won't climb up objects, can't jump, etc)... the same environment everywhere you go, the same enemies everywhere you go, and in general the same routine everywhere you go. The inventory system is anything but seamless and the game has numerous bugs that can be found starting day 1. It has no profile system on pc, so playing with multiple people becomes a hassle trying to find your last save.
The game is fun though, has a creative leveling system, and constantly urges you on to discover something new. The pace of the game is slow at times and the dialogue scenes can be tedious. despite all of the above, and if it were a bit more polished I would give it a great score. Good Fun Game, worth the money I got it on steam sale at 14.99) but not "all that"… Expand
Dec 9, 2013Yes, absolutely legendary. It's immense, it's great, it's wonderful. I wouldn't judge it without seeing almost everything. It's shocking. Every character has a name, a family, a house, a job, and a role in the game. There's dozens of different items, each single one has it's use. Animals, creatures, you name it. Armors and weapons. All the buildings are accessible. NPCs, the way they move, talk, fight. The overall athmosphere is wow. They've created an unforgettable world.
This game is endless, so as talking about it. Even after completing everything, there's always tons of things to do as soon as you sit and start playing. Sometimes you lose yourself in it.
It's recommended to set a timer when playing if you don't want to miss a meal or forget to sleep or go to work or something.… Expand
Dec 8, 2013I first played this game after the last official patch. When I first launched it, I was in awe. The environments, the voice acting, the action, the pretty UI, the weather effects. I was so immersed and it felt amazing. However, about 15 or 20 hours later, things changed drastically.
I realized that the poor leveling system from oblivion seemed to come over to skyrim unchanged. Basically, the game gets more difficult in terms of combat (NPC's have more health and do more damage) as the player becomes more skilled in any of the skills available. Thus if you decide to enjoy yourself crafting some cool armour or playing with alchemy, you're going to get smashed with more powerful monsters (assuming you have a difficultly setting of expert or more). As a consequence I was motivated to NOT try all the cool skills out there and purely do whatever combat I had going (in my case melee). Also I basically had to drop archery for the same reason. That was lame.
The combat still is really bad. The spell system seems graphically a bit nicer, but I only did melee and ranged. When you hit NPCs with a sword, to quote some person, "its like hitting them with a wet fish." Your sword just goes through them with no response. There is a blocking ability, but I don't know its purpose because you take essentially the same damage anyway.
The AI still is dated (seems to be the same AI for the most part as Oblivion). Sure, a lot of NPCs have daily schedule where they go around doing stuff which is really cool. But often you'll see them walking into walls, and they look very robotic. Its still pretty immersive though, but those little blips you keep seeing really ruins it for you.
There's still the issue of quantity over quality. In Oblivion there was hundreds of dungeons, but they were so generic and after a few you probably avoided going in them. Its pretty similar for Skyrim. For the first few tens of hours, you might not notice, but you soon will. Some dungeons can be very unique though, and they can be very awesome.
At the beginning of the game you would notice a lot of politic stuff and that in the quests. That was really surprising and cool, but then the main quest line went more in the direction of "dragon born" which was kind of disappointing.
In summary, this game is a great RPG, maybe a bit too quantity over quality, and too many technical issues, and more of a game where you can see it had great potential but it wasn't reached. However its a pretty fantastic game with mods. When I was following this game, there was a lot of cool stuff that was supposed to be in Skyrim, but alas Skyrim was not the result. However there's a bunch of fairly decent gameplay mods that fix this and expand: combat mods that make combat interesting, making lighting real, survival mods, so forth. For me I really need immersion to enjoy this game, and the vanilla game doesn't really supply that and kind of breaks it periodically.… Expand
Dec 8, 2013You either hate it or love it. Sandbox game with such an great variety of mods. That you can replay this game over and over again. But its the TES community itself that pumps this game up. So people talked about it. I thought they probably over hyped this but Its actually worth the money.
Dec 6, 2013When I played this game, I loved it, but after 2 hours of game play I started to became crazy, this game is FULL of glitches, bugs and crashes, and not the simple ones; the very bad ones!!! My game has: -Crash in black Screen -Crash in error -Crash in the game stop working -Crash that makes impossible to make the story (happened to me 3 times) -Horses that fly -Black boots (All the boots became black and shiny)
-Trolls that fly
-Dragons that are friendly
-My character stuck on the ground
-My character going down the world and getting in a infinite void
-Explosions between battles
-VERY LONG (Like 3 hours) CHARGING SCREENS
-Stupid characters not following (The one from the start)
-Instant suicide (My character dying)
-And many other Bugs, Glitches and Crashes
So that is why I think this game should be erased from this planet, this game sucks!!!!
NEVER BUY IT!!!!!!!!… Expand
Dec 5, 2013This game is alot of fun and I'm a low spec pc gamer, so I never review by graphics, just by how the story is, sound, combat, etc. I haven't been getting any bugs that would break the game or that would make horses fly backwords lol, pretty sure it's there pc that's the problem, also my friend showed me a few neat glitches that you could do in the game.
The combat is wonky, like could you display the hitbox and my range that my weapon would be able to make contact with the enemy like how you get from those mmorpg games, which i'm used to so I'm alright with it. The bows however were okay, the melee with it seemed to me to be not very effective like I'm expecting a stagger when I hit someone with it, it would sometimes work tho. Let's not forget about those finishing blows and kill cams which made the combat glories!
I couldn't hear the sound very well since the volume was set on it's low default setting, the music however was unexpectedly great like I didn't go into the tavern just to hear a bard sing, later requesting more from him or her. Also when I started to fight a dragon I began to get all confused at first from the music like is there someone else there with me, it was badass tho once I realized it was just the music playing.
When I first looked at the map I thought it was small, but later kept running into a bunch of quest and caves that would take hours to complete, so now I don't know if I'll ever get anywhere. Awesome exploration easy 10 out of 10 there.
The story was ehh, straightforward. I just focus on what I'm going to around skyrim so I don't really look at the main quest so much.
Gameplay is great, I get to lockpick, steal from people pockets, adopt, and I don't know what else. The races would have there own special talent and the npcs would address you as that race, well I have only done the argonian so I'm unsure about the others.
The score is a 10! Now I may have been to quick to judge since I haven't gotten to far into the game, but this world is just so luminous and you're even able to use mods with would make the fun endless so this game deserves a 10 since this was able to even get my friends addicted.
Knowledge: 2nd Elder Scroll Game (1st was ESO but for a short time) I just started to play the game, 35 hours in so far as an argonian archer w/ only a mod that removed that suffocating sound when emerging from the water.… Expand
Dec 4, 2013This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This is the first time I wrote a review since I never like to write in my second language, but I want to express my opinions on this (sorry) overrated game.
This game has a great open world. Such a big open world means that there are many many quests to do, to the point that it is overwhelming and you would say "no more at the moment please, I've got to do this one first". HOWEVER, most quests are largely the same which makes the game somehow repetitive.
The best part of the game is the landscape obviously, you can meditate or look out over the mountain without doing anything for hours. Making every hold and capital city look different is no easy feat as well. Architecture of the Dwemer ruins and the automatons are one of the best thought-out elements in the game, in my opinion probably because I am very interested in ancient civilisations. The best part is not only Dwemer ruins made a return from Morrowind, this time they added the tragic backstory of the Falmer as well. But when it comes to the best-designed dungeon, nothing can beat the chaotic, otherworldly and twisted Apocrypha from the Dragonborn add-on. You might even forget you are playing Skyrim when you are in the Apocrypha! The designers definitely deserve to be praised.
Another great element of the game is music. This game would not be complete without it. Composed by my favourite composer Jeremy Soule, many of the music are beautiful and calming, just like the landscape. He contributed so much to the atmosphere of the series. I like the little palette music (not included in the OST) you can hear when exploring in the wild as well.
Now let's talk about the flaws of this game no one can ignore. The first is, of course, bugs. I cannot count how many bugs I've encountered. It is actually the sole reason I waited until Legendary Edition was released so there would be less bugs by the time I start playing, but the number of bugs is still unacceptable. It has a HORRIBLE UI for PC as well. Fortunately the problem is gone after installing the SkyUI mod. The game feels like a half-polished port at best, forcing players to install unofficial patches to avoid bugs and fix the UI. It's pathetic that college programmers can do better job than Bethesda. Perhaps I should have expected it- it's Bethesda afterall.
Secondly, it has one of the worst plot I've seen in a bestselling RPG game. Not only the main questline (lame plot involving dragon bosses), but the College of Winterhold (kill a Thalmor and you become Arch-Mage) and Dark Brotherhood questline as well (kill someone, kill Astrid, kill the Emperor, and the story ended there. I was like "what?").
Choices are non-existent. One great example of the lack of choice is that you are asked by the Blades to kill Paarthurnax and you cannot decline their request, which is absurd considering the position of the Blades and the Dragonborn. You "can decide" to join the Stormcloaks or the Empire, but you can't remain neutral, and if you joined them, the outcome doesn't affect the story that much anyway. The disproportion of the scale of the world/landscape and the writing is almost laughable to me.
I have a minor complaint but many people might agree with me the lack of depth in NPCs. Most NPCs can be categorized into quest-givers, merchants, enemies and followers. For followers, you can only ask them to follow you, do something for you, or go home. Most of the NPCs/followers don't have backstory. You don't feel a bond with the followers, perhaps except for Serana. This is probably unavoidable because of the lack of VAs and large amount of NPCs, but it's a shame that you can't have more interaction with your favourite characters or to know more about their backstories.
Even marriage is quite pointless, they just move into your house without any more interaction other than to cook you food or share the shop's profit. To be honest I don't even understand why Bethesda included the option to marry a NPC if you can't do anything with them.
Combat is one of the weaknesses of the game, although not as bad as the plot. Melee combat is boring and most of the time it's just pure button mashing. Fighting dragons can be exciting at first, but after a while it gets dull. Still, I like the idea of Shout from a gameplay viewpoint. Even though it is unavoidable that they had to make dragons a main factor in the storyline, they should have written a better story.
Overall, I think this game is enjoyable by everyone regardless of age (ironically which stems from its shallowness), unlike DA:O, which I consider its counterpart but can be quite intimidating at first. However, DAO is better executed and has more depth. I fear Bethesda is running out of ideas for its games since Oblivion. Maybe it's time for Bethesda to make their game maturer or darker, involving romance or even sex in its main plot? There is also a more important task left for its programmers: "Back to Basics- Learn How To Debug Games".… Expand
Dec 3, 2013I bought this Game via Steam; based only on the Metacritic score (without knowing the previous series and without beeing too much into RPG, but very much enjoying RAGE from the same company) Result BIG MISTAKE !!!
Next time i will take the time to read User Rewievs more carefully.
At first you are looking forward to plunge into that huge world of "Himmelsrand" and to get many hours of fun.
Now after only about 50 hours played i earased it to create more space for really captivating games.
For a such highly rated game absolutely dissapointing.
I felt like i got a huge gift box but the actual gift inside the box didn`t match up at all !
i felt like getting a Matchbox car in a 1 square meter (m³) gift box.
In other words: yes you get a huge world wich would be great, but the tasks are so much the same that it becomes booring very fast for intense gamers like me.
I actually like to dive into a storyline, but in Skyrim it is so overloaded that not even Magnus Carlsson could follow 5000 years of history and hundreds of persons (at first i thought: well it`s because you didnt play the other parts so "hang on", but after the 60iest Book i had to read it was just too much).
- i dont like to mod. for me if the game is not working as it should after you bought it, the developers simply didnt do a good job! you won`t enjoy the game without mods and with the mods it gets more unstable… and this after 3 years not acceptable !!!
- in my opinon if you didnt follow the serie from the beginning you have far too many books to read to get into the whole story. Why not making one or two compressed movies summing the story up, or wraping it into Quests.
- little change. Be it inside or outside cities. repetative Quests.
- absolut unhandy gameplay for pc. while in the middst of boss-fights you have to manually sweep between courses or melee setup. the game has clearly been developed for consoles.
- Huge world and i guess for the Series Fans a good continuation.
- Opens up many, many ways in which you can move the story (choosing Race, sides you take on, etc. gives you the feeling of beeing free in the World.
- With the dimension of the created world i dont understand why they didnt invest one year more time to fill the game up with better content. Viewed from the outisde I guess they had a management Problem and spent far too much time on the world building and forgot about the rest.
Clearly wouldnt buy it again. neither the DLC`s.… Expand
Nov 30, 2013Well, this is not a game, this is a BUGAME, man its so bug ridden i think Bethesda should make an Elder Scrolls V Unbugged Version, because there is a Flying Giant bug, a Flying Backwards Mammoth bug and even a bug where you can't even finish the storyline quests, and a little multiplayer would be nice, you know.
Nov 30, 2013Skyrim is probably the best game of its kind. The world you explore is massive and there are plenty of things to do to keep you coming back time and time again.
Skyrim really comes through in the graphics department. The game looks great without any visual mods despite what some others will try to tell you and it runs very smoothly for the most part. All of the voice acting is done well and the story is basic but still fun to play through.
The battle system in Skyrim needs some work, with melee combat consisting of nothing more than mashing the left-click. Without mods, the inability to kill important NPCs becomes an annoyance. I'm not saying that you should be able to completely destroy questlines that are crucial to the game but Bethesda should have made it so you could kill these people and they would respawn later as if they had gone to the hospital. The fact that they are invincible too often results in them chasing you for miles on end in the most ridiculous fashion possible. Skyrim doesn't have very many weapons to collect either, with most of them being enchanted or slight variations of other weapons.
This review seems to be a bit negative, and that's not really what I'm trying to do. This game is definitely a masterpiece but not worthy of a perfect score until they iron some things out.… Expand
Nov 27, 2013If you come there from morrowind and then oblivion hoping to see a redemption of brethsa... well that's not it. This game feel like a dumbed version of oblivion. It's better, seriously, but it's dumbed down. The rpg aspect is limited to say the least. Gone are the days when you could make your own spells and weapons enchant AS you liked. And gone too are a lot of funny/stupid things that you could do with the others TES game.
But, if you can play it without comparing it with daggerfall and morrowind then you have decent game. The graphic(especially with mods) is great. The animations, sounds and music are quite nice. It's a fully immersive game. I have only one big complain, aiming to full immersion the choice of pause the game every damn time you interact with the quickbar it's silly... I mean you are in front of a HUGE dragon, hit q and... the game pause. It breaks totally the joy for me.
There are mods yes, but again if you come from morrowind dont expect to see stuff like that. There are mods VERY good, that actually make this game more an rpg than a graphic adventure but still, it's skyrim. And with skyrim i have to say dumb... so yeah, it's a dumb rpg.
Still, in the end i can't say it's a bad game. Graphic, sound, playability are all greats, it just lacks of difficulty other than "More hp/damage on monster" and there are only a handfull ways to beat it at top difficulty(the old TES had a LOT of "cheaty ways" so they felt easier but it was fun experimenting all of them). In the pletora of useless games around it's still worthless games around it's good to try it out, especially if you will be using mods it's a good investment. If there are any good discount buy it eyes close … Expand
Nov 24, 2013After over 500 hours I'm still playing Skyrim, and still finding things in hidden corners of the massive world.
The bugs suffered initially with the game have all been resolved.
Characters, Locations and Items are all still memorable, much more so than previous Elder Scrolls games, and any other games. Quests, Quest-lines, and Radiant Quests are all brilliant. The world, as I previously stated is incredibly in it's size and detail. The difficulty is perfect for the game, and the six different levels suit any skill level for any player.
My personal all time favourite game thanks to extensive mods and downloadable content packs, and the perfection of the game itself. A must-buy for any fan of fantasy, RPG, open-world or first-person games, or any combination of the aforementioned.… Expand
Nov 24, 2013I had to create an account just to review this game, and I'm gonna say why it is the best game I've ever played. You can clearly see the effort and emotion Bethesda put in this game, the level of detail in small things, such as plants, books, miscellaneous items is incredible. One may argue that it's not well made and has a lot of bugs, I don't find that to be true, Skyrim has bugs, yes, but they are only there because the developers crafted a world with a mind blowing amount of things in it, they were not aiming to do a linear 5 hours game, but to create something new and different, and I'm completely happy if that incurs some bugs. But by now, most bugs are gone thanks to the official and unofficial patches and the game runs pretty good, way better than the atrociously optimized pieces of crap that are being released for PC nowadays.
However, for me, the prime reason that makes this game so great, is the modding community which is beyond awesome and releases mods that improves the gameplay in every aspect. Someone might say that Bethesda has no merit in this, but I disagree, since game is mod-friendly and they made modding tools available for the community to use. As I like to say, if you haven't played Skyrim on PC you haven't played Skyrim. It's another game, really. Which makes me pretty happy, because PC gamers are always held hostage by the console crowd, but not with this game. Skyrim for PC is awesome, beautiful graphics, huge world, great lore, amazing soundtrack...And if you happen to find a thing that you don't like about the game, I'm sure there is mod that fixes or improves it.
Bethesda really did a great job, Skyrim set the standards of medieval RPG's in terms of world exploration, lore and immersion. For me, it is a giant leap forward from Oblivion, even if it got a little simplified in character development (I really miss the attributes), but, as always, there are mods that help with that. Long time Elder Scrolls fans that still complain about this game are probably somewhat blinded by the nostalgia of the older games, and I bet 10 years from now Skyrim will be considered an all-time classic, if it's not already. Take my word for it, Skyrim is a completely awesome game, may not be perfect or might not be a game for everyone, but it's flaws can be easily overlooked when you consider the whole picture, make no mistake, once you start playing it, you are not going to need another game for a very long time.… Expand
Nov 23, 2013For a game, it certainly has a lot of content. The downside of this, is that most of it is actually pretty boring after some hours into it. The only way I managed to even get to over 100 hours clocked on this game was to install a bunch of mods for it. But these mods people make for this game are amazingly good. This game probably has some of the best mods I've seen in a game yet, and that's basically why I was able to play so much of this game. The story is pretty average at best, the could of done a few things to make that better. It does do one thing good that The Elder Scrolls series has always excelled at; allowing you to play the game the way you want to. It does have a couple of bugs here and there, but that's to be expected in a big game like this.
In short, if it wasn't for the large database of mods available for download, I'd probably give this game a 5 or 6. It just likes to keep throwing the same stuff at you a lot and the only way to really avoid this is by either ignoring it or installing mods.… Expand
Nov 21, 2013I love and enjoy every moment in this epic and very vivid role-playing adventure with only a few things I feel I can put my fingers on. So many details but one detail I feel is missing out is the player character seems lifeless and do not have much character really, No head tracking not much movement with the eyes only standing stiffly most of the time. Reminded me of the mute in GTA3 but it is a minor thing nothing much that mods can't fix if you are lucky enough to have it on a PC if you have it on console shame on. A poor pc interface some weird AI at times, companions and NPC gets stuck or lost is just not enough to bring this game down much. In my opinion it it is a great game that I still cant get enough off, it suck you right in and you slowly become the dragon hunter.… Expand
Nov 20, 2013after playing skyrim now i understand all the hype about it yes it is a legendary game the world of this game is just amazing big and fun to explore the soundtracks are good as well but i didn't like the gameplay that much in this game i found it a bit repetitive but other than that it is a good game that will keep you occupied for a long time
Nov 19, 2013This game is a masterpiece!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Nov 18, 2013Finally, something to fun to play with actual depth. Sometimes I wonder what the budget game companies have for paying people to give positive fake reviews for their games. Or do they just own the websites who do the reviews? Or, maybe... it's that the internet is full of tasteless, call of duty loving, mouth breathers now and they actually do think that garbage is gold. But then a game like this comes along and it has well deserved reviews and it renews my faith in humanity. So congrats Bethesda, you guys continue to make great games!… Expand
Nov 18, 2013The Elder Scrolls series is like The Matrix, started off strong, then went into a decline into bad. Arena? Awesome. Daggerfall? Amazing. Morrowind? One of the best games ever made. Oblivion? Okay. Skyrim? BAD. No more rpg for us! No more Classes, no more guilds that effect the world's opinion of you if you join. No more Worth while quests! No more meaning full characters! No more meaning full ANYTHING! It isn't all bad, but most of it is. I feel like they reused the same voice actor for each race, Nords all sound the same, all Khajjit sound the same! I feel like when I open this game bugs will crawl out because that is what this game is full of. Falling through ground, crashes, freezes, sound issues, FPS issues, AI issues, this game is full of it. Example:
There are these things called dragon priest masks, one of them is the 'wooden mask' this is essential to getting the main mask which will make you character amazing. Well you wanna know what? My wooden mask fell through the ground and now I can't get it! I can't get the awesome mask, great.
Is there meaning full choices throughout this game? NOPE! The only choice you get is "StormCloaks or Empire" which you want? This doesn't affect the world if you choose one and do all of the quests for them! This game tries to give the illusion that it has choices but it has none! Do you remember the rock hard difficulty of the first three games? That is gone! The highest setting is 'Legendary' but this makes you die in two hit, and your enemy die in a million! The thing that made this first three hard was that it was fair! The menus in this game are unfriendly. The story sucks, never do you feel emotion, like in say Mass Effect, or feel like your talking to real people, like in say Deus Ex. The boss battles in this game are a joke! Just have a healing spell in one hand and a sword in the other. I do like this kind of but this doesn't hinder your combat any, just you can't block. Think if you had a spell in one hand you fighting ability would decrease, that would be awesome. What do I like of this game? It is fun to steal things, and kill a bunch of people in town. But this is something I didn't like, you can't kill story characters... Because of a AI engine that has people doing their daily routine. Oblivion had the same thing but I think that in Oblivion you could kill story characters after the story.
I don't like this game, it is a sad disgrace to man kind. It isn't good, not even okay. It may not be the worst game of 2011 but it is one of the worst.
Don't buy this game, please. Like I said it isn't the worst thing ever but it still sucks. It is below below average (Below average being Four), so it is bad. Nowhere near something like Daikatana or Ghost Busters for nes but it still sucks.
I will leave it at that.… Expand
Nov 15, 2013This is my first time playing an Elder Scrolls game and I really enjoyed it...such a vast world to explore with lots of hidden nooks and crannies, interesting variability to the enemies present, a world filled with dragons, magic, and sexy sorceresses. I put a lot of time into this game exploring dungeons, searching for powerful masks, armor and weapons.
Nov 10, 2013The graphics are definitely better than that of Oblivion. Characters look much prettier, too. You still have enormous things to explore, and never bored about exploring. The only problem for me is that the stories are not so attracting, or consistent. Like there should be more connections among those side-stories. Anyway, it's really a fantastic time-killer though.
Nov 9, 2013Great game, but for me it just didn't have the same vibe as Oblivion, I can't really give it a lower score after all the time I've put into it and being the Elder Scrolls maniac I am.
The story about dragons was just plain awesome, the actual dragon fights were not though. I dread meeting a dragon in the wilderness, it's always the same thing over and over again and the fighting mechanic is quite broken, as dragons won't land if they don't have a piece of flat around, which makes killing them pretty much impossible. Once they are on the ground though they are easier to kill than a bear, which is quite pathetic.
The world of Skyrim on the other hand is a joy to be in, just walking down the slopes of Skyrim's mountains and taking in the amazing scenery while thinking about all those quests, dungeons and things to do there are in those flatlands under you is enough to give this game a ten out of ten. The lore is is in abundance here as always with many books to read and stories to be heard from locals. I guess the graphics don't even need mentioning, they are simply stunning if you've got the rig for it.
I would definitely recommend this game to anyone that's reading this, the only true problem the game has is ironically it's main feature the dragons. Lest also not forget the great modding community and mods that are traditionally available for an Elder Scrolls game.… Expand
Nov 5, 2013This game really did dissapoint me i know this is many people's game of the year but i cant help but think this whole game was nothing but a dissapointment half of the people that have played other elderscrolls games knows what im talking about oblivion was alot alot alot alot better in every respect and was ahead of its time my heaps but this is just hack and slash with crysis graphics everything about it just made me think why am i playing this its done better in oblivion id honestly say this was my biggest dissapointment of the year i was so hiped up for this game hanging on to every peice of gameplay and trailer bethesda gave us and i was just givin bugs popins hack and slash with no good story or any effect on the world no matter what you do 7/10 good game im not saying its bad its just really not as good as it schould have been… Expand
Nov 5, 2013Writing a full-blown review for this game would take way much time. On the other hand a game that I sinked 200 hours into deserves a review on Metacritic. Let me just break it down into pros-cons for you:
++ Huuuuuuge fully open world, massive amount of quests, items, enemies, virtually everything !
+ Many ways to develop your character in a deeper way than most RPG allow
+ Vast amount of mods let you customize a game to your likings, add tons of content and fix balance problems this game has
+ Freedom like you have never met before in an RPG
+ Great soundtrack
- The game has some design flaws: the spells are unimaginative, enemies level up with you so you rarely feel truly powerful, radiant (RnG) quests mechanic is terrible and the game often forces you to do them with almost no rewards for them
- Amount of bugs, especially with AI is unbelievably high (this is still very noticeable after about a dozen of official patches and community patches !)
- Without mods, the game balance is broken (spec in enchanting or stealth and you're a demigod)
- It's a massive time sink, reeling you in and wasting your time very efficiently
Recommended to everyone, but remember to grab some mods (especially the community patches) before playing and make sure you have a lot of free time or iron will… Expand
Nov 5, 2013Good game. All for RPG fans you can't stay away. The Elements of the game describes many and many things that hide within such as a lore, and others that people will try to say. The game has astonishing graphics and features such as killcam and unlike other Elder Scrolls game ever, and what people will not expect other than just a normal fighting game. A stunning game that only slight of mods will do the work on making Skyrim a "perfect" game of graphics and fighting. The limitation about the game is the problem, is that the game needs more features or the gamers will say it's boring. The game needs real life situations in everyday. The updates and the DLC's was astonishing, but they also need to change more features like Update 1.5. The team needs to be active on the series and put more and more features so the players will not get bored easily.
Nov 5, 2013The 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!
Nov 4, 2013One of the best games I've ever played. Not sure how this only has an 8.3 user score. I am not usually into the oldschool genre of swords and shields, but I couldn't help but get immersed in this world. I have come back to play this game multiple times since I purchased it, and that is no easy task for me. Once I finish a game, I am usually done with it forever, but not Skyrim. The PC version offers tons of mods to change your experience, and is hands down the best part about the game.
For those of you having a negative experience with the game, you should try modding your Skyrim. Nexus Mod Manager makes it very easy to do, and the amount of add-ons that this game offers is astonishing. You will be able to customize your game in so many ways it will blow you away. All of your complaints about control schemes and ugly graphics will sound really stupid when you take 5 minutes to look at all of the FREE add-ons this game offers. The 2k textures, the lighting mods, and all of the extra armor, clothes, player customization....the list goes on and on. You are crazy if you pass up this game.… Expand
Nov 2, 2013I have always liked the Elder Scrolls Series, but I just cant give this a 10. The magic within the game was fairly boring (unlike Morrowind), but they did do a fairly good job at making their linear game. Yes, I know, how on earth could I call this game linear? Well, you see, if the games were not made linear then Bethesda would be unable to make proper sequels. Nonetheless, It was still fun to play and the stories (and the lore) were all very interesting making me want to keep playing. Anyway, I do hope the next game involves the Snow Elves, Dwemer or the Psijic Order (I would really love to know more about the Psijic Order).… Expand
Nov 1, 2013Skyrim never really lived up to its expectations for me. The hype was exciting, considering the games apparent vastness and depth. However in truth the game in many aspects pulls the player away from believing in its world and the developers hype was mere illusion. NPC's have 1 body type and little facial variation, all children have exactly the same face and the game won't stop making this apparent. Dungeon designs are repeated and enemy types are too few for a world so large. Armor and weaponry is absolutely linear, removing all illusion of choice. Civilians repeat the same phrases over and over again as you pass them with different voice actors repeating the exact same written phrase as another. Junk items litter the game world that serve absolutely no purpose mechanically (other than filler). We were told that arrows would be hard to find to balance the fact bows were so good, but in reality it's impossible to run out and using a bow in melee combat is exploitable. The AI is quite poor, especially in stealth situations, and does not convey an illusion of a living world. The game was and still is littered with bugs and issues. It certainly wasn't a terrible game, but it was no where near as good as people seem to believe. My opinion is certainly in the minority, but hype is a powerful thing.… Expand
Nov 1, 2013If I was forced to only play one game for the rest of my life then Skyrim would be it. Alright, here's what's great - The landscape is absolutely breathtaking and very accurately reflects the real-world Scandinavian environments from which it was taken.. - The storylines are well-written and engaging, - The armor and weapons are sufficiently Norse and generally avoid the silly 'fantasy' look (way oversized weapons and backwards-curving spikes etc) that make so many other fantasy games look absurd.
- A combat system that allows you to go weapon-shield, 2-hander, double weapon, spell-weapon, or double spell.
- Character design that avoids warrior, wizard, thief class-system altogether and lets you customize exactly how you want.
- Playable werewolves! There are vampires also if you are a Twilight fan although to be honest, vamps feel completely out of place in a Norse setting and should all be destroyed.
- DLC's and player mods that keep things interesting for YEARS of gameplay.
Here's what sucks
- Typical Bethesda bugginess. Most of this has been fixed by now and there are always work-arounds for the PC but sometimes you will still run into something that is aggravating.
- Combat is WAY too easy at high levels even on hard setting. Do yourself a favor and get a player mod that makes high-level enemies tough again.
That's it really. This is the best fantasy adventure game ever made.
- DLC's and player mods insure that the game goes on and is repayable many times.… Expand
Oct 31, 2013Um dos melhores jogos que ja joguei em toda minha vida, nunca tinha jogado um Elder scrolls antes (infelizmente, pois sou muito fã de RPG) nota 1000, o jogo muito completo, história extraordinária, cada cidade que tu conhece tem sua cultura diferente etc... da pra ver que o jogo teve ótimas inspirações em outros RPG's (como tibia, que para mim um dos melhores RPG) e o jogo muito livre, ivre, compra obrigatória para quem fã de RPG.
One of the best games I already played in my life, had never played an elder scrolls before (unfortunately, because I'm a big fan of RPG) note 1000, the game is very full, extraordinary story, you know that every city has its different culture etc to see that the game had great inspirations in other RPG's (like tibia, which to me is one of the best RPG) and the game is very free, compulsory purchase for anyone who is a fan of RPG.… Expand
Oct 30, 2013Another excellent game from Bethesda, less good than the king Morrowind, but better than Oblivion.
All the ingredients are here a big, beautiful, well-designed map, tons of quests, a living world, a beautiful and inspiring soundtrack,... Everything that make the charm of a TES game is here, even the bugs and crappy AI, ahah.
Those who know the series know that the main quest has always been a weak point in TES, all the interest is in the exploration and side-quests, which are very numerous and interesting.
I would rate it 9, but I will 10 it because of all the trolls and laughable hipsters rating 0, 1 or 2.
Don't go see console players reviews of this game, people buying a TES on console are just... stupid. This is a RPG and despise the fact that the game was developed on consoles, it's definitely meant to be played of PC. What's more, the modding community for this game is huge and talented, if something doesn't please you or lacks in the base game, you can be sure you will find it on modding community's sites.
TES V Skyrim is a very good game and an excellent RPG that I highly recommend to everybody wanting to go on a fantastic journey.
Don't mind the haters and all the "games were better before" guys, no matter what we do, unfortunately unable to deal with modern video games and spitting on their own enjoyment. Plus, I bet you they are still waiting for TES VI, even if they don't wanna admit it even to themselves.… Expand
Oct 25, 2013Ton of bugs, lighting issues galore, frustrating UI that was lazily ported from the console. In spite of all this, why am I giving it a 10? Because after 300+ hours I still have fun hunting deer for hides. I still get excited when I find an unexplored dungeon. I have a level 45 that i havent even touched the main story quest on. This game is immersive, it is intimidating, and best of all it knows how to stay out of it's own way. In the land of cookie-cutter FPS and $70 dollar day one dlc preorder mountaindew dorrito exclusive weapon skins, skyrim takes an unusual risk in treating the player like an adult.… Expand
Oct 24, 2013Pros: Huge, beautiful world to explore; no two places are the same; lots of quests between the main plot and all side quests; attention to detail in all aspects of the game; lots of dragons; general feeling of epic-ness and immersion into the world.
I first played the game on my computer that definitely did not have enough visual memory, etc. so the gameplay was choppy and sometimes glitchy, but it still didn't bother. Playing on my new, improved laptop yielded much smoother and virtually faultless gameplay.
Cons: not a lot of variety of monsters/foes; NPC's are somewhat boring and many are just clones with repeated diaogue; most of the quests were very simple and didn't seem to take advantage of the vastness and detail of the Skyrim world; although I liked being able to do the main plot quests and side quests at the same time to prolong my gameplay, I never felt an overwhelming urgency or excitement regarding the main plot. Although the plot does extend its effects all across the world and into some secondary quests, I wish it could have been even more expansive so that more of the quests you do feel as though they are happening at the same time and under the same circumstances as the main plot.
8/10 Definitely worth playing.… Expand
Oct 23, 2013With the addition of many mods (I have 100+ installed at the moment), this game is easily a 10, however, the base game is flawed. With little variation in the combat style and relatively easy fights once one reaches about level 20, the overall combat aspect of the game can become a tad mundane, and feels more like a chore. That's not to say it's all bad, just that it could have been improved. Also, not taking away from the score, but the UI is no where near optimized for the PC, and is only made better by mods. Without mods, you'll enjoy this game for many hours, with mods, you'll enjoy this game for years.… Expand
Oct 21, 2013oh boy the elder scrolls, probably one of the best series ever! and skyrim delivers, however this game is not perfect, the lack of magic crafting and spears lowered this score, first let's talk about magic.
magic in this game was dumbed down, you have different level of spells with presets, there is no magic crafting, that was awesome! now the magic is shallow and not fun, the spells go like this spray>projectile>explosive-aoe projectile>aoe this limits magic, they did NOT improve the system, big disapointment
the combat itself and how it plays out, is great, really good smoth intuitive combat, weapons are balanced and hitting feels good, the combat is great however, stealth trivializes any fight, you can kill dragons in 1 hit
holy crap! dragons are awesome! the fights themselves are great, dragons are varied and scale with your level, and the soul system is great, dragons are not scripted and fights can happen everywhere, in the middle of a quest or when you're searching for supplies
here is the game's strongest point, the quest, varied, MANY of them, nuff said, its an elder scrolls game
Buy this game, its worth it… Expand
Oct 20, 2013Overall, a disappointing technological step forward from Oblivion. Your first impression, the graphics, are an underwhelming improvement but the environment design feels good, more varied and interesting than previous games. Human faces look bad and idol animations (such as when speaking) dont look natural. The dialogue is often awkward and contrived. AI sucks. Arrow in face, oh nevermind, just hearing things.
Whilst the environment looks good, one of the largest downfalls of Skyrim is that, besides dragons (which are intersting and done quite well), theres nothing but dungeons which are repetitive and completely uninviting. The cities are completely BORING. Again, nothing in them. The guilds are only few in number and I could barely begin them before Im bored....Im baffled by it all. This was the nail in the coffin for me, cities are just bad.
Combat is improved but still fails in the same fundamental ways as previous games. Swing swing block, swing swing block. Bows feel more powerful. Magic is the same as it used to be. New shout mechanic is interesting but essentially just magic.
Story, um, I dont remember it lets put it that way. Characters? What are those?
I cant be bothered explaining any more, Im tired of complaining. I honestly feel bad trashing the only game Ive ever pre-ordered. Exploring the land and finding new shouts was the only fun I had.… Expand
Oct 20, 2013Skyrim is clearly overated. The biggest fantasy of all is that Bethesda is a studio that 'knows' and 'loves' RPGs. Oblivion was A LOT MORE FUN. If you disagree go back and try it. Skyrim is a hollow shell of a game with only a single great feature: The WORLD. The rock structures the plants and the weather of Skyrim are all brilliant. The fish in the streams, the butterlies in the air. AWESOME work. well done Bethesda. Sadly its ALL DOWNHILL from there. Skyrim boasts '300' unique locations. Well its more like 4 really, all copypasted and tweaked to be 'different' but they dont feel different. You might enjoy your first draugr ruin, but running through nearly identical ruins over and over again looses its luster soon enough. And it becomes incredibly tedius before you have levelled up even your first character. Character development in this game hits NEW LOWS. For a company that is supposed to 'know and love RPGs', how can it be that with each new game levelling your character becomes more tedius and BORING. The character levelling system in this game is TERRIBLE. Choosing between 'red' 'green' or 'blue' when you level is TERRIBLE. And from the studio that 'knows and loves RPGs the magic system is also TERRIBLE. The mellee combat, hit detection, and double-wielding mellee options are all TERRIBLE! Go Bethesda! The studio may be famed as 'knowing and loving RPGs', but is an abiding mystery why they think they can create immortal games without HIRING ANY WRITERS. You got that right. Click on the credits for the game, read it and weep. When you are playing the game you might notice how dull, boring, repetive and tedious it all is. You might notice that every single quest is a pale version of something you saw before in Oblivion or Morrowind. You might awaken to the fact that the 'endless questing' is a lie, no fun at all. Check the credits to blame the writers. THERE ARE NONE. that's right. Bethesda is so hard up for money that the 3D artists who built their 4 dungeons and the 20 physical assets they dump in every single room in the land double-up as scenario writers. And if you think the side quests are bad watch out! The main quest is WORSE. it's probably the most pathetic excuse for a story dumped into a game in the last decade! It's ever worse than Fallout 3 (Which is overall a much better game than this one by the way). Not only that. This game is totally lacking in terms of the kinds of magical or legendary items we usually associate with RPGs. The only vaguely interesting items to find are tied into the Daedric Quests. These quests are an assorted grab bag of sheer nihilism and ammoral garbage which will demand you please the 'whims of the gods, doing such role playing classics as eating human flesh and murdering strangers in order to get the blessings of the god'. Nice work Bethesda! (NOT!) So if you can endure a dreadful character system, boring combat, boring 'adventures, terrible magic, non-existant plots, a game that in all areas is inferior to both Morrowind and Oblivion, I guess Skyrim is Ok. It has its moments, roaming, watching sunsets, catching butterflies, of fishing by hand in the cool clear streams. I truly wonder at user reviews that give this game 10/10 scores. presumably these are all written on the initial wonder, before 40 hours have passed. Before they have accumulated 300,000 gold with nothing you need or CAN buy, or learned how to make every potion under the sun, only to find that they NEVER EVER need to use even one potion, or while they are trying various wield options before realising that most of them suck, and settled on playing sneaky archer, which is the only really viable build (SIGH). When you play this game to maximum level it reveals itself as a soul-less, empty, hollow lonely, terminally BORING, joyless affair. There is not a single likeable NPC in the game. No kind of interesting interaction with any of the puppet-like characters in the game. There is no main plot, no compelling sidequest, nothing memorable at all. Only some sunsets, some bug-catching and then tedium as you waste dozens of hours unlocking dragon shouts that you never even need to use. All this in a crappy port with the worst UI ever put on a PC. Bethesda do NOT know and love RPGs. Bethesda are cheap skates who cut corners, build huge worlds and fill them with copy-pasted tedium and FILLER. The high scores for this game are wishful thinking, tinged with nostalgia, and appreciation for all the good things Bethesda have done over the years. Bethesda needs to know the ways this game is NOT GOOD. They have to understand the way it fails. They can and should do a LOT better than this. Giving this game a 10/10 is a really big mistake because that only encourages more of the same. Wake up people, believe me. You do NOT want more of THIS!
Oct 19, 2013The game is very easy, full of bugs, the main story line isn't interesting. The game-play is rather relaxing than demanding, it's also unbalanced. The animations looks rather cheap. Combat system is so simple and not difficult. I don't remember any characters (I even forgot the name of our character's alter-ego!). At least land of 'Skyrim' is very big, you can play this game for dozens of hours (if you're RPG amateur I uninstalled the game instantly after ending main story line). One of the most overrated games of all time.… Expand
Oct 18, 2013Bethesda, you've done it again! The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is in my top 5 games, and I would just like to say I play a lot of games. My fav thing about Skyrim is that you could go on a road trip from the castle of vampires to the dawngaurd lair (The two furthest points on the map) and have the best gaming moment of the year. You can't get from point A to point B without battling a dragon, exploring a dungeon, robbing some farmers and "nosying" around structures. The game is by far the best RPG to date, and also a close competitor to best GAME ever. To start of, character customization. Starting the game your confronted with a menu allowing you to choose a species and then customise it to insane depths. Each species has unique special ability's and skills. After slashing, bombarding or shooting your way through the first dungeon, you reach the beautiful outside world. The first thing it says to do is to go to Riverwood, and have a great time getting there to! On my first run to Riverwood, I found myself conquering bandits, chatting to a friendly hunter, gathering flowers and chasing deer. And that's just about a ten min journey! No game has done "Road Trips" as spectacular as Skyrim has. I could go on but I'll just name some key points. Each hold and character has a different story to tell or forget, and new things to explore. Whether its halting invasions and defeating the drauger or assassinating thanes and stealing from houses, you'll never run out of stuff to do. Guaranteed!… Expand
Oct 14, 2013Skyrim is great, and from someone who loved (most of) the previous games in the series, I'm absolutely in love. The environments are beautiful, the graphics are excellent even on lower settings.
But the game has bugs. So many bugs. Animations are off, the AI can act irrational and strange... one of the most common bugs is that the top-billed voice actor (Max von Sydow) can't be heard at all, and thus has to be hacked for quests to progress! Minor bugs are acceptable and almost expected, especially with games this huge (you can play this game for 100 hours and still have things to discover on the map!), but something as basic as making sure the key elements work?
I love Bethesda in general, and I will keep playing Skyrim for many more hours, but it's so bug-addled sometimes that the shining light fades slightly and annoyance takes over.… Expand
Oct 12, 2013I was initially hesitant to pick this up. Reported bugs and all. Well, after two years, three expansions and a number of patches... It still sucks, despite the rave reviews (note how like 80% of those are from 11.11.11-13.11.11 fanboys are so fan). The idea is kind of good an open world RPG with a lot of freedom to do and be done to. The implementation, however, is atrocious. The PC version's interface is STILL limited to the capabilities of a console and the keyboard/mouse is STILL pretty much being shoved aside. I can't even use any keyboard/mouse controls unless I unplug the x360 gamepad. But entering the character name no, can't do THAT with a gamepad. Not allowed! Bad gamer! Get up from your chair and TYPE!
The in-game UI is bad. I mean, seriously bad. The compass shows a number of weird symbols with no indication of what they are or how far they are. So, there's this... barbed spear ahead. Okay, let's go see. Oh, joy, I've discovered the Dreaded Asswind Glade. What do I do with this discovery? Is it somehow useful? Now, my character is weakened by the sunrise. Yeah, I know, I've been bitten by a vampire fledgling, I reckon. But... No character status page. Where do I verify my suspicions and find a cure? Right, under "Magic Active effects" oh, ok. And a cure? Google that, Prisoner.
The melee combat is so uninspired it hurts. I mean, the whole idea of having first-person view combat without auto-aim using a gamepad is a perversion but whatever. I can swing a sword, it might hit someone, they will grunt maybe and then they'll swing back. The level of combat interactivity is sooooooo amazing. Battletoads on SMD had a similar one. And if you want to be able to block with a one-handed weapon, you'd better forget about using an off-hand weapon or magic spell. No point in having an empty hand there grab a shield for blocking (and blocking doesn't even do anything a lot of the time. Backpedaling while slinging arrows or spells is a LOT more effective). I know this is not Devil May Cry, but god forbid melee combat was actually fun to do or watch.
But wait, there's magic. It's also pretty meh. You have a right spell, a left spell and a shout (with a huge cooldown). If your spells are identical, you have a special perk AND you manage to press both triggers at once you get a stronger version of the spell. Combining different spells for a variety of effects? NO! THIS IS NOT SOME ANIME CRAP! GET BACK INTO YOUR SEAT, PRISO... GAMER! Summon familiar costs 89 magicka. But I can't get it to work. It drains my magicka bar and does nothing. I know, I must have less magicka than is necessary to cast that. Hi, I'm Tellah, anime crap reporting for duty! Nope, my max magicka is 100, so?..
Speaking of combat in general no numbers. So have fun guessing if your weapon/magic is ineffective against the target or they just have a boatload of health.
I'm not touching the story because it's more or less an industry standard open-world games must only have an excuse plot so that the player is not inhibited in their actions by some stupid story advancement or anything. And Skyrim is no exception meet people, kill people, go on randomly generated quests... Much like a single player MMORPG. Just without the MMO part that could give the player some really big and challenging fights.
In conclusion: Skyrim is not a bad game. It's just not worth the money or the time.… Expand
Oct 10, 2013Well the newest Elder Scrolls game is great but... it feels rushed kill moves are glitched character models and voice actors are repeated many times.Graphics tend to pop in and out and quests are broken but that wont stop me from playing this game you will spend hundreds of hours just playing it and with DLC's like Hearthfire and Dragonborn you will get you're moneys worth even though TES is a bit dumb down at this point… Expand
Oct 9, 2013Lets face it, yes it has some bugs like any other game..but Skyrim is a rpg fan's dream..its an elder scrolls game for crying out loud. I grew up playing all of the series and watched it blossom over the years into something simply quite amazing. I have no complaints what so ever.. its truly a diamond in the rough.
Oct 7, 2013Good game but from an RPG I expected more. Quests aren't particularly creative. NPC dialogues and are okay but could of been better. The other problem I have with this game is that there is so much space but so little in regards to what's actually in it. The level-up system was simplified to health, mana and stamina. Weight is problematic sadly, you can hold barely anything heavy and you cannot increase strength. It improves on some aspects which other Elder Scrolls games lacked but in return loses a bit here and there but I'd say overall it's a step up as a modernized version.… Expand
Oct 1, 2013It could be better... all the bugs are a real pain in the ass, example, I'm trying to open the vampire lord perk tree, the game simply crashes, with nothing to say, no warnings, nothing... sure my game was heavily moded, I took a bunch of them and even all of them out of it, even then it kept crashing. Story is good, I do like all the planing your character stuff, but these bugs really bother...
Sep 30, 2013Pros: + Rich atmosphere, great audio and visual effects + It does a lot of things right, compared to previous titles + Amazing modding support Cons: There are plenty, but I won't even discuss them because most of them have been fixed by mods. Seriously, other gaming studios should learn from Bethesda it doesn't matter if you release a flawed game, if you also provide great modding support, all will be forgiven and forgotten. Everything, from core game mechanics to visuals and completely new content, has been introduced/changed/fixed by modders. Without them, this game would be a '6' that would have been already forgotten by now, but now it's a game that will be loved and talked about for years and years to come!… Expand
Sep 30, 2013For me, the wonder and magic starts to wear off after about 20 hours or so into the game. Truly wonderful, gorgeous open game-world, with great music and hundreds of hours worth of content to discover and explore, is unfortunately let down by rather repetitive and boring quests, characters and combat. It's a difficult one, because in terms of volume of content and ambition it certainly gets top marks, but just how fun and engaging is the experience of actually playing Skyrim? I guess that completely depends on the player, and I'm totally aware that this Bethesda RPG is considered one of the all-time greats. But, starved of any real narrative meat, tense combat and addictive reward systems, it kind of left me feeling like giving up, even though I've got the Legendary Edition and have probably only completed 5% of the game, or less. Despite having some essential visual mods, I still was annoyed by bugs and glitches in the game, or having side-quests that I just couldn't seem to complete. That being said, I'm still in awe of the value for money the game provides, and if I were a bit younger and had a lot more time to go traipsing around, then I might have carried through. This is a huge, epic game but it is not a fantastic gameplay experience.… Expand
Sep 29, 2013This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. A poorly thought out and written main story is the thing that killed this game for me. Kill a dragon get a point for voice stuff and only voice stuff....... Read a scroll for the storyline and get a point or have someone teach it to you......
Overall a game that could have been good if they had invested in hiring a decent writer.....… Expand
Sep 27, 2013This game is legendary, there is no doubt about that. Not everything is perfect in this game, but it does so much more right than other RPGs that it is absolutely forgivable. If you are looking for a single-player western RPG in the current generation, this is the one to play.
Sep 27, 2013One of the best RPG out there, and for all those who reviewed a low score because "Oblivion was better" well ik that Oblivion was awesome, but i prefer Skyrim and after 200H of gameplay i still keep playing so I guess you can say that this game will be fun to play for a long time
Sep 26, 2013I spent about 500 playing this game so why give it 6/10? Well I discovered something called mods, where practically it breaks all layers of gaming that we know till today and coverts it into a masterpiece scoring 9001/10. I give it a 6/10 because the game by ITSELF is a mess, a beautiful role playing mess. The game that Bethesda gave us doesn't catch my taste at all. The game by itself is simply boring and doesn't do justice to other rpgs that are definitely shorter but more memorable. But with mods......mmmmmmmmm this game is so sweet loverslab XD.… Expand
Sep 24, 2013I really really really don't get it. This is hands down one of the most boring games i have ever played. I can't believe i fell for the steam sale on this one, i hate it. This game sucks. Tedious F'N WOW like fetch quests to PAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAD this game out ruins it for me. For every 10 hours of game play there's less than an hour worth of "epic 10/10 game" experience. Dark Souls is not really comparable to this game but after beating that game in 60 hours in about 2 weeks it's been over a month and i just don't want to play skyrim no more because i can't take how tedious absolutely everything about this game is.… Expand
Sep 14, 2013This is no doubt, absolutely the best game I've ever played. The visuals look beautiful, the scale of the world, the number of quests, which is MILLIONS. There is absolutely no way to stop playing this masterpiece. And with the two additional DLCs, there is absolutely NO WAY you'll sleep at all! However, there are a lot of bugs, and glitches, so I'm rating it a nine. I wish I could rate it a 10.
Sep 14, 2013Game runs smoothly. Pretty smooth!!! This game is major masterpiece. Its obviously the best Real Person Game of 2011. The gameplay's good. This game deservedly to be one of the best games to be recognised in the future. One of my all time favourites. U will never get bored with it unless u play it over a 3 times.
Sep 12, 2013Not much left to be said that hasn't been said already. Brilliant game.. expansive, beautiful and highly addicting. Base game is a 9/10 then add in the customization available through mods and this game is one of the only games ever to truly pull off a perfect 10 rating.
Sep 11, 2013A glorious masterpiece of a game, which is literally a country for you to explore and become part of. The graphics are sublime, the endless quests are intriguing, mysterious and compelling, the customisation of your character and what he/she chooses to do is liberating and a stroke of genius.
The added DLC is also all worth getting and worth the money, something which I VERY rarely say these days.
Honestly, in my humble opinion, arguably the greatest achievement so far in the realm of video games.… Expand
Sep 9, 2013Probably 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.… Expand
Sep 9, 2013I played Skyrim from beginning to end, made a ridiculously OP set of armor and weapons, and finished about 80% of the side quests. I'm usually a completionist when it comes to games, but I had to give up on Skyrim. Although the game IS pretty and has a few epic set pieces involving dragons and cool powers, it gets old fast. There is SO MUCH to explore in this game, but a lot of it seems pointless. I don't mean to discredit the game designers in any way, but I personally am not one to enjoy an area of a game just for its scenery. If I want to climb up a mountain and enjoy pretty creeks and nature, I'll go camping. It got to a point where I was doing quests just to start shortening the ridiculously long quest list. There was no real emotional attachment to any of them, and no real sense of accomplishment when completing them. No reward was better than the equipment I had crafted, and the enemies ceased to be a challenge. This leads into combat... I don't think there is much to say about this. The melee combat is still pretty clunky in this game (Bethesda... PLEASE take some notes from "Chivalry: Medieval Warfare" on how to create satisfying FPS melee combat), and the range combat consists of slowing down enemies or pathing them into obstacles and pew pewing them do death. There is no real challenge aside from a few encounters, and even then, it is the same concept; just against a harder hitting, longer lasting enemy. The game can become a grind (especially if you are a completionist), and the key battles like Dragon fights become a bore. A real benefit to the game would have been some form of multiplayer (the hardest opponent is always human in my opinion), but we'll just have to wait for the Elder Scroll MMO for that... As an art piece or interactive movie, I give this game a 10/10. Beautifully done... but as a game... I'm sorry, it's just not appealing to me. It's a humongous beautiful world full of repetition and empty of emotion. You got half of the formula Bethesda. Make your game a bit more challenging, clean up your combat mechanics, vary the gameplay a bit more... I'm going to go play some Dark Souls … Expand
Sep 9, 2013This game is amazing. Simply put, this is one of the best games I have ever played. The story is phenomenal and has very good role-playing elements. Just as good as the other Elder Scrolls games. The soundtrack is my favorite among the other Elder Scrolls. This game offers around 200+ hours of game play, which is great. 10/10
Sep 7, 2013Strong points:
- Offers hundreds of gameplay hours, even more with DLCs and User content.
- Has thousands of mods that range from additional content to changing game mechanics
- An amazing soundtrack with both epic and relaxing music that fits to the game's setting.
- A huge open world to explore, with many dungeons, towns and places waiting to be explored. Traveling is convinient thanks to the fast travel system.
- Game offers alot of freedom with your choises and tasks you can do so many things without behind restricted at all (But don't expect the guards to leave you alone if you start a mass murder).
- A good variety of enemies, quests and items. It's important to point out that you can add more with mods!
- Amazing graphics and details that will make you drool!
- A weak and short "main storyline", although there are many more that you can take part in. The opening is quite slow and characters aren't very rememerable. As soon as the tutorial ends though, you are free to do what ever you what.
- You will spend alot of time running from shop to shop to sell all your loot.
- Bugs, crashes and glitches. Very annoying at times.
- A pretty bad AI. Followers do a terrible job of sticking around and helping. The enemy AI can be absolutly retarded at some times: Randomly runing away, ignoring you completly, not seeing you when you clearly should have been seen or just being plain stupid ("I just got shot in the head a minute ago, but I guess there is nothing there").
- Gets repatative after a while: same enemies (only stronger), same quests (Go there, kill that/get that).
- Mediocre voice acting: many characters sound alike, and their lines can be repatative at times.… Expand
Sep 6, 2013This is my least favorite game in the TES series, mostly because it is barely an RPG. The game seems to awkwardly try to breach the hack and slash genre, with some mixed in faux RP elements. It seems like no matter how you choose to advance your character, the game plays functionally identical. Also, the "follow the gold beacon" method of questing is rather bland. I liked Morrowind for requiring you to travel places and figure things out on your own, rather than the teleport and find gold dot method.
I hear there is a mod that adds back a lot of the missing RPG elements that were present in the past games, but I have not tried it yet.
I vote a 3 because there is definitely less of a problem with bugs, and significant improvements on the engine (I guess that it would have been a good beta). Other than that, I cannot think of any redeeming qualities. Also, how does this game have a 94 on MC (other than BSW paying for critic reviews)? Even the friends that I have who loved this game don't think it should have gotten that high of a score.… Expand
Sep 6, 2013I'll skip writing a long thoughtfull review cause... I'm lazy.
Just gonna say that from the moment i spent about 2 hrs in game it became my favorite, it still is!
Truly a masterpiece (MY OPINION!) i've spent over 300 hrs in the game, started over at least 6 times just to try different style of play from a scratch, the graphics are nice, controlls are simple, even got used to the inventory that many people didn't like. And the fact you can add mods that have so much new content and stuff to craft/find/get for completing a quest, so many places to explore and turn skyrim into something OF YOUR liking is truly awesome!… Expand
Sep 3, 2013best RPG ever made until tes6 i hope this game is so awsome in too many ways : 1 a lot of quests 2 kinda big landscape with a lot of exploration 3 amazing skill tree 4 nice combat system 5 pretty graphics 6 a lot of weapons and armor 7 many thing to do like fighting working at farm and mining 8 complete world with houses and cities where you can go in 9 advanced gameplay with sneak and bounty special killscenes
10 creation kit to let people make there own weapons armors worlds quests everything and more… Expand
Sep 2, 2013In its own right, Skyrim is a shallow but passable RPG, but compared to previous Elder Scrolls titles it's a huge disappointment. The level of casualization is simply depressing less equipment slots, more linear dungeons, no stats besides health/mana/stamina, less skills etc. The combat is actually a step up from Oblivion, and yet is still very basic and mindless. The first two or three dragon fights blew my mind, but it didn't take long to notice the looping patterns every single dragon would follow and how easy it was to exploit that. They soon became a chore. The main questline had a ton of potential but it's just so lacking and by the end I couldn't care less about it. I didn't care for many of the sidequests either, and the much-hyped infinite quests where nothing more than fetch quests. All in all, Skyrim is a nice-looking but barren and shallow sandbox that makes modding a near necessity.… Expand
Sep 2, 2013This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. If i could rate more, i would. I thought oblivion was good (and it was) but then i bought skyrim. Actually i bought it for the console and PC. There is so much to explain. (See below)
I like all TES games, and each continually develops. When i first bought skyrim, the first thing i noticed was the magic. Holy Hellicopter, they revamped the magic. There are so many more spells than before, all of them have better animations and artwork, just wow. They deserve an A+ on the magic bit. It all looks beter.
Next, the animations. I love the animations, and they have gotten better since Oblivion. Granted, i didnt play Oblivion as much as i wanted to, but the animations in both games are splendid. (More so in Skyrim).
The world. Every quest, every landmark, every Easter egg, every enemy, the items, weapons, spells, NPC's all fit into one big basket of perfect. The entire everything is perfect. It does get a bit boring if you dont have an active quest (Just kidding, go kill some dragons, or explore the random events.)
1. Bugs (Its a sandbox game, there are always bugs. Deal with it.)
2. IF YOU HAVE A BAD COMPUTER, DONT COMPLAIN ABOUT THE F*ING GRAPHICS.
3. Also dont complain aout the UI. Its amazing, and is not a console port, or whatever.
4. IF YOU HAVE A BAD COMPUTER, DONT COMPLAIN ABOUT THE F*ING GRAPHICS.
5. This is not an MMO where you can "Switch Weapons/spells 1-5. Its made to be more realistic, and a hotbar would ruin the freedom. (For example, dual weilding.)
6. 4. IF YOU HAVE A BAD COMPUTER, DONT COMPLAIN ABOUT THE F*ING GRAPHICS.… Expand
Sep 1, 2013I have changed my feelings on Skyrim I found it a bit dull after a while (100s of hours) and the DLCs are done with so I heard that the mods are amazing on PC so I found out it was on sale so I downloaded it off Steam and was amzed at these mods so I say you could buy the PC version and never touch the base game
Aug 30, 2013I don't really care that Skyrim is a little bugged game. When I started playing for the first time, I just couldn't leave this game. I was spending all my free time playing this game. You can trust me, you won't get bored playing Skyrim. If you don't care about the main plot (which is a little weak) you can just explore game's world. It's great, very atmospheric RPG game and nothing can change it. It's as good as Morrowind and Oblivion. I hope Bethesda is going to make TES VI. Let's just wait.… Expand
Aug 29, 2013Oblivion bored me. So I ignored Skyrim successfully for some time. Then I decided to give it a try. Boy, was I in for a surprise. The game is great. Whereas Oblivion got boring after some 30 hours, this one leaves you wanting more. You can see why actually. First of all, questing no longer involves going to a dungeon that looks almost exactly like the previous 20 or 30. True, some types of dungoens are similar, but not to the extent that would make it tedious. This rule applies to other fields, and you can see the developers paid more attention to minor details. No more irritating rules, like buying a new alembic etc everytime you get a better rank in alchemy etc. Although such things may seem minor, they really make the whole experience much better. Also, the main quest is much more well-written than that in Oblivion. And much more fun. I'm on my 120th hour and I's still enjoying it.
So, basically, the bottom line is: if you still haven't played this cause you think oblivion sucked, play it. Much better.… Expand
Aug 29, 2013Skyrim is my favorite game of ALL TIME. You are never bored and this game runs amazing. Now for the people who say it crashes and stuff, it's not the game! It's your computer, so stop complaining. The only thing in the ENTIRE game that annoys me a tiny little bit is that you teleport we you turn around. If you are in third person and you are facing yourself and you run forward, there is no animation for turning around you just seem to teleport. I think it would have been easy to fix this. If any of you have played Batman Arkham City there is and animation. But other than that skyrim is amazing.… Expand
Aug 29, 2013I fully agree with all the people who rated this game from a 0 to a 6 and their reasons for it. Skyrim just wasn't what a true TES had to be like.
Besides the obvious: poor storyline, poor voice-acting, poor leveling and a abysmal UI, what truly ruined the game for me is that the towns and dungeons didnt made ANY sense to me. Every time i entered a dungeon i could see the "secret" sliding stone door. Dungeons, untouched for centurys, were littered with fruits and vegetables. Wolves are walking around with diamond rings while the population is piss poor. I've seen more bandits than civillians. Wardrobes in the town houses contain a apple, 2 gold, a shoe and a piece of carchcoal. 20m2 huts normally contain a bed, a table, a wardrobe, 3 treasurechests(each filled with a couple of gold pieces and maybe something like a banana) and 8 barrels for the 5 pieces of vegetable. The layout of the town houses and defenses are complete nonsense. The average dungeon consists of 3kilometers of elaborate, narrow, copy-paste corridors whom, again, dont make ANY sense at all.
But what really pissed me off,,,, bandits are walking around with some crappy cloth armor a bow and utter rare enchanted deadra arrows while the room next to them is filled with ebony armor and one of skyrims 900.000 enchanted jewels.......
Aug 25, 2013In my case the game was real fun only for first 30-40 hours after this time I just got bored with landscapes and the open world of Skyrim. Unfortunately this game lacks a decent storyline, I've tried to play it after completing The Witcher 2 and I was struck with the simplicity of plot. Besides at some point it's easier to kill a dragon than couple of Nordic zombies. However the game is worth to give it a shot … Expand
Aug 23, 2013Regarding skyrim This game is not for kids, its extremely violent. The game started out great! Then the vampire stuff started, my warrior had to take magic spells and thus became a mage. The advertisement on this game implied it was about killing dragons. This just sucks you into buying the game. $63.00 for the new addition. I am not adverse to games that have killing but skinning human flesh? At one point in this game I had my head cut off! I was really shocked! Now at a level 31 I can't be a warrior because of all the magic involved. This could have been a wonderful game. They need to study World of warcraft, those folks know how to make a game that has lasted and leave the warriors what they are. That's why Blizzard still has millions of people still playing their game. Kids can play world of warcraft, they should not play Skyrim at all if under 18 years old.… Expand
Aug 22, 2013There you have it, the modern RPG. Spending over 200 hours with it, I can't even remember why I did it. The world becomes hollow, once you've been there long enough. The fast-travel system that Oblivion invented, helps to ignore most of the open world, by simply traveling right to the front door. The fighting system is still mostly a simple 1-click annoyance. The story is great, that saves a lot. I understand that dragons are fascinating and big enough to give birth to one of the greatest hypes, but the rest of the game is dull. At a certain level, you run around and just wait for another dragon to show up. It's even more simple than older TES games. Your actions have no real outcome, no matter if good or bad. You cannot kill important people, the game babysitts you through until you have enough bad-ass equipment to bore yourself to death, while spending 24 hours in armor that looks like it was designed by 15 year olds, neither looking comfortable nor practical, but just "stylish". With the real world becoming more and more a catwalk for one-day celebrities, bred from boring normal people, becoming a dragon slayer in a dull world is just another step on the arc of the uninspired youth. When a company thats doing RPGs runs out of ideas, it might just as well put dragons onto the table.
Here are some reasons why this world is so dull IMO:
1. dwemer ruins.... traps and machines still intact after hundreds of years. Unexplored while being 10 minutes away from civilization.
2. civilization... standing still for thousands of years. Rumors tell of a thing named "crossbow", to be developed soon. The people in this world are lazier as the average gamer.
3. dragons... scary as they should be, have a companion with you who just cannot die until you kill him yourself and the fights become meaningless. The companion is like your babysitter, someone from Bethesda, accompanying you through the game so that the bad boys won't hurt you.
4. the system... is downgraded with each TES game. No more weapons ready to swap with a single key. No sir, we develop games for consoles now, and since the average gamer becomes younger and younger, we have to make it so damn easy, even a 10 year old could feel like a dragon slayer.… Expand
Aug 21, 2013I've spent a lot of time playing Skyrim. As a former Oblivion fan, I have to compare the two. The main plot is much more interesting in Skyrim (I've played Oblivion for months and never bothered to finish the main plot not the case here). I like the perks system and I like the multitude of side quests. For some reason, though, Skyrim felt a little like a glorified hack'n'slash to me... a little more so than did Oblivion. I cannot pinpoint what exactly I was missing but this is the reason I finally stopped playing and why I am only giving it 8 points.… Expand
Aug 20, 2013Skyrim has made significant improvements over the past games, those being replacing the class system with a perk system, allowing for greater specialization: now improving a one-handed skill doesn't mean practicing with a sword makes with better at swinging a mace. Customization options are really good and the characters don't look like potatoes. The game world is really beautiful, varied, with some degree of verticality due to the mountains and filled with little stories here and there in the form of notes and journals. However, the game feels largely unfinished and empty. The guild questlines are incredibly short and still allow for a character with no skill to become guild leader, especially the College of Winterhold and the Companions, though the Dark Brotherhood one is well done. The Civil War could have been much more, but it limits itself to changing the guard outfits, the dragons all have the same behavior: land at ~35% health and the player can head-on charge, spamming attacks left and right. The combat feels largely like Oblivion: hit the enemy sponges until they die. Blocking has no benefits, you still get damage and stamina is useless outside of sprinting: enchant your weapon with stamina drain and get power attacks all day long. Despite being very nicely handcrafted, the towns are incredibly small, even Solitude, which is supposed to be capital of Skyrim, only feels different in size due to its tall buildings you (most of the time) won't be able to enter. Almost all dungeons are corridors with the back entrance either being inaccessible due a combo of high terrain and invisible walls or are just stupid 'key required' locks. The loot is very poor, even a master locked chest has no more than one or two mildly priced items, forcing the player to use a lockpick perk to suddenly find daedric items everywhere, much like the speech perk tree is required for you to sell all the items you want. Lastly, this is the first game since Daggerfall where the player character can utter complete sentences all the time, unlike Morrowind and Oblivion, but the dialogue is very simplistic: Speech checks are rare and useless: a step back from Bethesda's own Fallout 3, where you could completely bypass a quest with a simple check. They also force the character to be a dumb warrior/wizard/thief/whatever simply due to the lack of skill checks like in New Vegas: Your character, the Dragonborn, blessed by Akatosh with a soul of a dragon, is nothing more than a dumb chap who needs everyone to tell him what happened for the last years because apparently he/she was living under a cave or something.
Bottom line: the game is enjoyable, but not exactly GOTY material, not with these issues, not with the bugs and definitely not with the interface on PC.… Expand
Aug 17, 201310s? And so much of them?
How come is that? Did the professional critics ever played one Bethesda game before Skyrim? How come they didn't notice the character-less followers, the horrendous interface, the predictible dungeon's ending patterns, and, most of all, the fact that the player has even less options regarding their character's attributes, birthsigns, skills, magic and equipment?
All are throating off about the graphics and the immersion, the shouts and the dragons. Yes, they're quite fine, thank you. But they are also normal it is expected that the next TES will be even better in this domain. They always did that since Morrowind, putting all the work on superficiality as a substitute for imagination and the option they didn't give back to players.
This game is played like Zelda; It is obliously made with the young console user in mind, the kinda guy that buys (or rather his parents) like 3 games a month. It has little re-playability value, since a sole character can pretty much do all aspects of this thin game. Bethesda's first public, puristic roleplayers that enjoyed a rich, open world and character elaboration, are slowly being forgotten. It is a game made for children. Check this out at this rate, I'm sure Bethesda will do away with the third-person view altogether, soon. All you will see about your character will be a pair of arms.
I read the professional critics here before buying the pricey game. That should teach me to never do that again. And as a result, playing Skyrim just makes me want to return to the Fallouts, Oblivions and Morrowinds. Shame on this guy for the promotion they did of the game, at the expense of the players. Shame on you, Metacritic. Oh, and you owe me 60 bucks.… Expand
Aug 14, 2013This game is an absolute masterpiece. I have not encountered any glitches or crashes so far. The more and more you play, the more addicting the game gets. With spectacular graphics and an adventure you'll never forget. I would say Skyrim is one of the best games I have ever played.
Aug 13, 2013This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I had a 3000 character review written but metacritic gave me the message "Your review must be at least 150 characters long.". Okay... So I'll condense what I said into very easy bullet points.
Keep in mind I've played about 60 hours total now which is more than broken in but admittedly not as good as it could be for a full review. Nevertheless, let me begin:
1. Dwemer ruins, caves & crypts are literally the only dungeon tilesets in the game.
2. Game boasts hundreds of hours worth of side quests. Once you've done 60 hours worth of them like me you realize the "quantity over quality" feel and that the experience & reward before, during and after all quests are the same and quite pointless. Quite literally "Kill X for X Reason" or "I lost X Item in X Dungeon".
3. Almost all quests are fast-travel fests. Expect the map to be open often as you travel across the world in seconds. No fast travel would be worst with Skyrims setup but it is nonetheless immersion breaking.
4. Guilds are a shadow of their former selves, with you being able to join guilds like the Dark Brotherhood literally after 1 short quest. After 1 short quest you are simply allowed access to this super secret society and their secret lair.
5. No real impact on the world beyond guards saying things. I killed the EMPEROR OF TAMRIEL and the greatest impact I've seen so far is a town guard saying the "emperor of skyrim" was dead.
6. At level 31 and 60 hours played, my 60k gold is pointless and selling items are pointless.
7. Storyline is cliched to hell with the standardized "ancient evil villain (dragon) trying to take over the world, and only a last of his kind super badass (dragonborn) can save it". Within a few minutes of starting the game you manage to take down a DRAGON with iron weapons & 4 or 5 regular town guards, and are then told you are an amazing total badass warrior. This personally irks me because I hate the modern casualized babygamer trend of stories starting off with the protagonist already being an established god of warfare. This is why I liked games like Fallout 1 & 2 where you started off relatively as a nothing, but through your own efforts became a powerful badass.
Skyrim is worth buying to enjoy for around 60 hours but only if you manage to get a steam sale. Beyond that you shouldn't waste $60 or more. If you want a real RPG I suggest trying out Baulder's gate, fallout 1 or 2, planescape torment among many others. Not to mention you'll get far more & longer enjoyment out of them for $5 on gog.… Expand
Aug 11, 2013Skyrim is an absolute masterpiece. A very hard push forward in the right direction for the elder scrolls franchise. Skyrim, even after 2 years still delivers the sense of awe, and wonder that it did immediately upon its release. The main quest line is involving, and rather interesting. It takes about 10 or more hours to finish, and even that is so much more than most games that are released. However, Skyrim by no stretch of the imagination is only 10 hours long. It easily carries 300 hours of immersive, fun, and high quality gameplay. There is not only the main story to complete here. There are guild quests which pack the same storytelling qualities as the main quest line. There are a plethora of side quests, and misc quests to complete. And even after all that there is still the leveling of your character, and the deep crafting mechanics implemented into the game. The exploration in this game is also very deep. Having a large amount of interesting and varied environments to explore. Definitely a lot better than oblivion's very familiar looking dungeons, and areas. The variety, and detail in a game as huge as Skyrim really shows Bethesda's passion, and patience. The variety in weapons and armor however, to me, is dissatisfying. There is a good amount. However by the time you get your character into the higher levels, it feels as if there are very limited armor choices. The armors do look great but I wish there were more armors and weapons honestly. The weapon variety is definitely way greater than the armor variety, but still not as good as it can be. However, despite that minor complaint, overall Skyrim boasts a ridiculous amount of content in a single package. This game is well worth 60 dollars, considering that there are 7 hour games with no replay value sold at the same price.
So the game definitely shines in the content department. Boasting an easy 300 hours (even more if you add mods). But how does it do in the game play department? I'm happy to say the combat is the slickest it's ever been in an elder scrolls game. It feels great, and the combat is mostly fun. However, if you're playing a one handed character of some sort, the combat does start getting rather boring at higher stages of the game. Not only that, but when you are high level, you are god like. meaning during later stages of the game it is very difficult to get killed if playing on the default or lower difficulties. Despite this shortcoming the combat overall is fun, and satisfying. As for bugs, the game doesn't have many. Bethesda has done an excellent job of patching a lot the bugs that plagued the game in its early incarnation. At this stage in Skyrim's life cycle, it is the best performing game in Bethesda's catalog. Having minimal bugs, and glitches. But the inventory UI is awful on PC. The UI in general is awful on the PC. I needed a mod instantly in order to be able to use the inventory. The UI is honestly a rather significant part of a game like this. So I must say that it is really bad, and Bethesda should really have put a little more time into a PC version of the clearly console biased interface. Overall, the game feels great, and really does well in the gameplay mechanics. Something that previous elder scroll games didn't really achieve. But they really should have thought about that user interface.
Honestly, I can go on for hours about this game and its amazing features. That's literally how huge it is. Huge like my hand. It's a masterpiece. A marvel of modern gaming. some of my complaints (not many at all) are rather nitpicky. However, everything has its flaws, especially something with this kind of scope (The game not my hand). Anyway it feels like Ive been here for hours. I'm sure there's a lot I missed, but just go buy the game if you haven't played it already. It's pretty incredible.… Expand
Aug 11, 2013This game is the best freakin RPG game ever made so whoever hates it. It has great graphics barely any glitches and the swords, crossbows,magic,also the bows are amazing.So if you dont like The elder scrolls shove your pc up your ass and play with it.
Aug 10, 2013The game is not an RPG. None of the choices you make matter. You can kill the emperor and join the imperial army. You can be the Arch-Mage of the college of winterhold while the only spell you've ever cast in your life is a lesser ward. You kill Alduin, the big bad dragon that for whatever reason wants to end the world and forces the dragons to attack, nobody cares and the dragons keep attacking, eventhough they've all cheered you when you've killed him. This game is just an action adventure game, an Elder Scrolls game simulator, if you will.… Expand
Feb 29, 2012Unfortunately, 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.