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  1. Mar 1, 2015
    1
    After Oblivion, Skyrim pales in comparison. Streamlined and boring as hell. All the missions are repetitious and while the missions threads differ, the MO of each is identical and get's boring after the first two. TES dumbed down for Console gamers.
  2. Feb 28, 2015
    9
    Definitely one of the best RPG on the PC to date. Immersion depth, diversity , we want to do everything, explore, face anything . Will remain a reference time as RPG
  3. Feb 26, 2015
    10
    Are you bored of all those RPG's, that don't really live up to your expectations. Like RPG's that don't really have that much of depth, or ones that you won't even remember after playing for months.
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    Then my friend, you're in the exact, right, spot! ________________________________________ Skyrim is a game that feels more like... another real
    Are you bored of all those RPG's, that don't really live up to your expectations. Like RPG's that don't really have that much of depth, or ones that you won't even remember after playing for months.
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    Then my friend, you're in the exact, right, spot!
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    Skyrim is a game that feels more like... another real life. It's a game that you'll never forget, never hate, and might even cry if you remember your days in it.
    It has the soul and game-play and world of an RPG, It's what you will be talking about for years after playing it. The massive open world "that is expandable by expansions (DLC's)" With no Invisible walls whatsoever. The beautiful combat and game-play system. And the precise themes and soundtracks for the game. nearly endless quests, which are all very "AAIG" (Amazingly And Insanely Great) You will never be bored from this game.
    And you should as "Joe Vargas" said, get a portable toilet with a strap so you can attach it to your butt while playing. So you won't have to go for the miserable boring toilet seat. You will love all the things for you to do here, Ranging from Crafting to Enchanting to Exploring To Dungeon delving To Finding mysterious places or thing or people To Reading books To Creating your own "Dynamic quests" To Almost everything.
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    The main quest line evolves from a dragon prophecy that states "The dragons will return" lid by an evil one who will bring the end of tamriel, while the civil wars rages throughout the holds. All of this at the same time will ensure a great time in this game. And don't forget that i said the quests are nearly endless, because they are "Literally" . The dragon and civil war thingy is just a fraction of how much quests there are in this game. I could talk about these quests but it would take a very long time to write them. Guys there is A great value for your money here, a great value for the expansions as well.
    Have i mentioned that this game will have A Greatly inevitable replay value? No i did not, because it does.
    If you have a PC, that's good enough for running games. Then buy Skyrim on it. Because of the mods there are for you to download into this game. Mods are "Custom modifications made by normal players like you".
    And these mods really Add to the value of your money, Since those mods never end "Literally said" You can see what these "mods" are by searching for them in youtube.
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    Now i want to end this Review and tell you to get some money, even if you have to kill for it "Figure of speech", And Buy this game right now, and install mods on, if you bought it on PC. And don't worry, this game is still as good on Consoles. Anyway, Skyrim is a world that will be carved in your memories FOREVER. see you in Skyrim fellow adventurer.
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  4. Feb 20, 2015
    5
    Three months after 11/11/11 I tried to play Skyrim. I won't repeat the shameful memories of those early days we all know so well. Just over three years later I wanted to give it another shot. I endeavored to mod Oblivion's half-baked successor into playability, to try and achieve an experience on par with Oblivion (or better yet Fallout New Vegas). I'm sorry to report that all theThree months after 11/11/11 I tried to play Skyrim. I won't repeat the shameful memories of those early days we all know so well. Just over three years later I wanted to give it another shot. I endeavored to mod Oblivion's half-baked successor into playability, to try and achieve an experience on par with Oblivion (or better yet Fallout New Vegas). I'm sorry to report that all the modding in the world can't save this game - well, at least not when its done by a non-programmer like myself. Skyrim simply cannot escape its dumbed down, form-over-function console roots. The hopelessly poor voice acting, ugly Havok engine and tendency to crash at the drop of a hat..its all still there, waiting to disappoint you profoundly. Considering that each TES title since Daggerfall has been more about pushing the limits of console graphics rather than PC gameplay, I don't even want to think what the next installment will be like. Now we're hearing sickening rumors that the next Fallout may be an MMO. If that comes to pass then any hope for Bethesda's redemption is probably dead. Skyrim was successful for one simple reason: gamers are desperate for *anything* with some actual depth, even if its only the depth of a kiddie pool complete with all the bodily excretions you'd expect. I don't know if its even possible but I would love to see a team of master modders put together a big package of various Skyrim mods that create as much immersion and quality gameplay as possible. I would like to think that with enough talent and hard work this game could be salvaged. As I struggled for well over a hundred of hours of fighting mods and the game's shortcomings I kept seeing little hints of promise glimmering beneath the dull veneer of simplistic gameplay, buggy mechanics and utterly generic story. I wish someone could make Skyrim the game it was hyped as being. Expand
  5. Feb 19, 2015
    10
    Skyrim is one of the truly best games ever created. The action, powers, abilities, customization, and even bunny killing counter add up to a beautiful and extremely well-coded game. Not only are you not restricted to certain classes and fighting styles, but you have the ability to mix and match armor, swords, bows, and magical powers to create your own unique character. The scenery is soSkyrim is one of the truly best games ever created. The action, powers, abilities, customization, and even bunny killing counter add up to a beautiful and extremely well-coded game. Not only are you not restricted to certain classes and fighting styles, but you have the ability to mix and match armor, swords, bows, and magical powers to create your own unique character. The scenery is so beautiful, the enemies are outstandingly varied, and loot is bountiful. Skyrim will consume your time with its never-ending list of main missions and side missions. Solid 10/10 no doubt. Expand
  6. Feb 17, 2015
    10
    Best RPG game i have ever played! I actually don't think that i'm ever gonna stop playing this game, i always come back to this game after a while. This game should not be missed by anyone.
  7. Feb 16, 2015
    10
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  8. Feb 15, 2015
    10
    Skyrim has it's ups and downs like most popular video games, but the ups tower over the negative. The storyline is amazing and on going gameplay meaning you will never get bored, as you have many other side quests. Great voice acting, and is very interactive. You will need to have a rather good pc to play this as the world is rather big. Most likely won't work on a laptop. There isn't alotSkyrim has it's ups and downs like most popular video games, but the ups tower over the negative. The storyline is amazing and on going gameplay meaning you will never get bored, as you have many other side quests. Great voice acting, and is very interactive. You will need to have a rather good pc to play this as the world is rather big. Most likely won't work on a laptop. There isn't alot of bugs, but there when there is you can use cheats to fix them and put them back in their place. Highly recomended. Expand
  9. Feb 14, 2015
    9
    9/10
    + big world
    + quest
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  10. Feb 13, 2015
    5
    Graphiquement pas trop mal mais pas fabuleux, (sur la version pc qui est pourtant bien au dela des versions consoles ) même si on peut grandement l'amélioré en le moddant, je l'ai trouvé très vite ennuyeux et répétitif. Je n'ai pas croché à l'histoire (aux histoires) et on a énormement de mal à éprouver quoi que ce soit pour les personnages
    Bien loin d'un Oblivion qui reste à mon avis
    Graphiquement pas trop mal mais pas fabuleux, (sur la version pc qui est pourtant bien au dela des versions consoles ) même si on peut grandement l'amélioré en le moddant, je l'ai trouvé très vite ennuyeux et répétitif. Je n'ai pas croché à l'histoire (aux histoires) et on a énormement de mal à éprouver quoi que ce soit pour les personnages
    Bien loin d'un Oblivion qui reste à mon avis l'un des meileurs rpg open world à se jour.

    Graphically not too bad but not fabulous (on the pc version that is yet far beyond the console versions) although it can be greatly improved with some mods, I found it boring and repetitive very quickly. I have not hooked to the story (stories) and was hugely difficult to feel anything for the characters
    Far from an Oblivion which remains in my opinion one of the best open world RPG to date.
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  11. Feb 8, 2015
    6
    A little disappointing and over rated

    PROS
    -Amazing Graphics
    -Realistic gameplay

    CONS
    -Slow gameplay
    -A little boring
    -Too many options to choose from
  12. Feb 6, 2015
    10
    hate that when people says that a good game is overrated.
    a great game it is !
    an amazing adventure it is.
    a pain in the ass it is :D
    challenging indeed
    and overall. it just **** awesome !
  13. Feb 6, 2015
    6
    It's hard to not recommend Skyrim. It's a massive step forward from Oblivion, but sadly it doesn't match to Morrowind.
    First off, Skyrim has an actually written world where everything has its place.
    It's a good time waster. It has a terrible UI and a broken character development, but simultaneously it has one of the best game rebuilding mods I've ever seen. I give it a lower score
    It's hard to not recommend Skyrim. It's a massive step forward from Oblivion, but sadly it doesn't match to Morrowind.
    First off, Skyrim has an actually written world where everything has its place.
    It's a good time waster.
    It has a terrible UI and a broken character development, but simultaneously it has one of the best game rebuilding mods I've ever seen.

    I give it a lower score because of the tendency to treat people like idiots. "Puzzles" are just insulting. The game still wants to take you on a disney jolly ride, shoveling everything down your throat even if you dont' want to. You will end having ALL daedra quests in your journal or done just by randomly walking around after a quest compass' arrow.
    Also the opening scenes are just terrible. They need to fire people responsible for such crap.
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  14. Feb 4, 2015
    6
    AAA games leaving old school players like high elves, who leave middle earth with ships in Tolkein's tales. I'm not surprised at high ratings because this isn't a bad game for average console player or player who hasn't got enough time to invest in games. Yes, this game has huge world but with lifeless characters. Yes, it has an easy to learn character improvement system but with brokenAAA games leaving old school players like high elves, who leave middle earth with ships in Tolkein's tales. I'm not surprised at high ratings because this isn't a bad game for average console player or player who hasn't got enough time to invest in games. Yes, this game has huge world but with lifeless characters. Yes, it has an easy to learn character improvement system but with broken mechanics. Yes, you have dragons in this game but they are desperate to survive against a town guard's attack. Yes, you have many quests to do but without emotion and they are repetitive. You have cities without people, you have roads without surprising adventures, you have dungeons without danger of life... I miss Morrowind. I miss unsolvable character creation mechanics and rich choices. I miss strange looking places and unknown, deadly dungeons. I miss playing a real RPG...Good luck with this game. Expand
  15. Feb 3, 2015
    9
    I can safely say, without a doubt, that Bethesda has once again crafted a unique and exciting new game that is as fun to play as it is to write about. And I'm having a blast writing about it right now! In this Elder Scrolls entry, we are sucked into the fantastically fantastical world of Skyrim, a world which Bethesda has masterfully crafted, with elegant craftsmanship being found inI can safely say, without a doubt, that Bethesda has once again crafted a unique and exciting new game that is as fun to play as it is to write about. And I'm having a blast writing about it right now! In this Elder Scrolls entry, we are sucked into the fantastically fantastical world of Skyrim, a world which Bethesda has masterfully crafted, with elegant craftsmanship being found in every tree, temple, dungeon, house, castle, etc. If you hadn't gathered already, this game is a joy to explore, with every dungeon, every bandit hideout, and every city holding its own unique mystery and excitement. In Skyrim,I wasn't forced to explore every nook and cranny in its vast open world, I wanted to explore every nook and cranny. The game never forces exploration on you, because it knows that you will be more than willing to traverse the world on your own. The combat in Skyrim is an improvement on the combat of previous entries to the series, with kill animations and an actually viable 3rd person camera. There are also many varied, interesting quests to be found throughout the game, as well as many dynamic random encounters to be found that will keep the game fresh after you've completed all of the quests. The skill trees are as diverse and in-depth as ever, and perks are a fun addition. There are a few problems though. As with many other Bethesda games, there are multiple bugs throughout the game world. While most of these bugs are mildly annoying, there are a few bugs which can be game breaking, although I myself haven't experienced any of bugs which significantly hindered my enjoyment of the game throughout the 200+ hours I have spent playing. Also, some of the dialogue is poorly written, as well as some of the characters, but most of the time the dialogue and characters are interesting and enjoyable. Overall, I have and will continue to truly enjoy Skyrim, and I highly recommend it to any fan of The Elder Scrolls, RPGs, video games or quality entertainment in general. Expand
  16. Feb 3, 2015
    10
    Bethesda has taken the world exploration of The Elder Scrolls series to a whole new level with Skyrim. The world seems smaller than Oblivion's but a lot more consistent. Most of Oblivion plains felt sterile, more and more of the same copy and paste. Skyrim on the other hand seeks to make each corner memorable, it's easy to notice differences in vegetation and clime.

    As always the main
    Bethesda has taken the world exploration of The Elder Scrolls series to a whole new level with Skyrim. The world seems smaller than Oblivion's but a lot more consistent. Most of Oblivion plains felt sterile, more and more of the same copy and paste. Skyrim on the other hand seeks to make each corner memorable, it's easy to notice differences in vegetation and clime.

    As always the main story is there but it's not the main focus, what's really important are the side quests. The main story is much better told than Oblivion and lasts a considerable longer time as well. Side-quests will really be the soul here often requiring extreme exploration in some of the hundreds of locales scattered around its colossal world.

    If I had to point out what I disled about this game would be the fact that caverns seems a lot simpler and less obscure than Oblivion's—even though they're much more fun to explore—, a mix of both world would be perfect. Also, even though side-quests are absolutely everywhere, the "infinite quests" system did not do it for me. A game this big shouldn't be infinite, and they could have exchanged the infinite system with more finite quests so we could actually reach an end for it.

    All in all, this came's scope is massive and easily one of the most immersive experiences I've ever had. Though I might not have agreed with all Bethesda's choices I can certainly see benefits in them. Still, a massive game deserves a massive score.
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  17. Feb 1, 2015
    7
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  18. Jan 30, 2015
    10
    This game is a masterpiece in my opinion. Took everything you loved about Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion and made it better. I absolutely love that rather than just choosing what skills you want to focus on leveling up you can do perks. You can choose once per level to increase Health, Magic, or stamina. I have a wood elf built stamina and health and I'm addicted to the game and have all theThis game is a masterpiece in my opinion. Took everything you loved about Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion and made it better. I absolutely love that rather than just choosing what skills you want to focus on leveling up you can do perks. You can choose once per level to increase Health, Magic, or stamina. I have a wood elf built stamina and health and I'm addicted to the game and have all the DLC. If you have a PC that can run the game on high or Ultra you'll find the experience playing it incredible. There is so many things to do that you won't ever actually find yourself "bored" in the game. I don't know how to describe the game, I mean it's the fifth in the series, surely you know somewhat how to play. Expand
  19. Jan 30, 2015
    10
    I'll admit it, I didn't give the game a fair chance in 2011, and I guess I did the right thing. Why? Because now it is consuming 35% of my free time. The quests might be a little dull, but hey, who said you have to do them? You can just roam Skyrim, which is, by the way, beautiful, and not care for the main quest. Also, the great thing about "forgetting it for the past 4 years" is the factI'll admit it, I didn't give the game a fair chance in 2011, and I guess I did the right thing. Why? Because now it is consuming 35% of my free time. The quests might be a little dull, but hey, who said you have to do them? You can just roam Skyrim, which is, by the way, beautiful, and not care for the main quest. Also, the great thing about "forgetting it for the past 4 years" is the fact that in that time a ton of mods were created, enhancing the gameplay which was great even without mods. It is basically "Oblivion v2" with those features we lacked in TES IV:
    -Dual wield
    -Better graphics
    -Better UI
    -Being the Dragonborn
    -Dragons
    -Spawning memes
    and more...
    If you liked Oblivion (or Morrowind for older players), you'll love Skyrim.
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  20. Jan 29, 2015
    8
    This is to override my previous impression of Skyrim, after I played it with mods. Community did improve the feature that made me angry - the battle system, making it much more fun and truelike. The rest of the game is very good.
  21. Jan 27, 2015
    6
    Very interesting in the beginning, extremely boring later. This game is huge but when you get know 30% of the game everything is the same later on. Poor quests. Not very interesting (or just silly) main plot. It's Not good when game is boring, especially game with high ratings like Skyrim. Morrowind is he king so far.

    Great atmosphere, soundtrack and still not bad graphics (with the
    Very interesting in the beginning, extremely boring later. This game is huge but when you get know 30% of the game everything is the same later on. Poor quests. Not very interesting (or just silly) main plot. It's Not good when game is boring, especially game with high ratings like Skyrim. Morrowind is he king so far.

    Great atmosphere, soundtrack and still not bad graphics (with the mods at least) are the strongest parts of this game.
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  22. Jan 27, 2015
    10
    It is ABSOLUTELY **** AMAZING. 10 out of **** 10. zzxczcxzxcasfasffasfsaxcxcvnaadhasdhasdhasdhasdhasdhasdhasdhasdhasdhasdhasdhasdhasdhasdhasdhasdhasdhasdh
  23. Jan 27, 2015
    10
    I just keep coming back to this game. It came out in 2011 but is still unsurpassed. An extraordinary beautiful, open world with many, many missions and chararcters. For the scope and length of the game there are surprisingly few bugs. Not only the best RPG made, the best game period. I hope something of this quality will come around this year.
  24. Jan 23, 2015
    7
    this game has nothing to do with role playing. it is more like action adventure game. repetitive cave clearing quests, fetch quests MORE THAN dragon age inquisition. but still fun game and I am playing it for hours.
  25. Jan 23, 2015
    10
    Skyrim is not only the best RPG ever made, it is also the best game ever to be made to date (2015) and the ONLY game to be truly worthy of a 10/10 score. Beautiful graphics, fantastic gameplay, a totally immersive and convincing world, so much freedom to go where you want and do what you fancy, skills that level up the more you use them (like it should be!)... the list of its achievementsSkyrim is not only the best RPG ever made, it is also the best game ever to be made to date (2015) and the ONLY game to be truly worthy of a 10/10 score. Beautiful graphics, fantastic gameplay, a totally immersive and convincing world, so much freedom to go where you want and do what you fancy, skills that level up the more you use them (like it should be!)... the list of its achievements goes on and on.

    All of this is made even better by the Bethesda modding tools and extensive modding community, which can turn an already excellent game into something truly amazing and breathtaking. With a little work, you can literally customize the game to suit your particular preferences! Don't like the way the inventory is setup? Change it! Theres nothing stopping you.

    Ignore the low scores; especially the 0/10's. Never in anyone's wildest imagination does this game deserve a score like that. I can only assume that those reviewers have some kind of hidden agenda - perhaps they work for rival game developers, who knows? They certainly aren't being honest.

    Is this game perfect? No - no game is. But its easily the closest thing you'll get to perfect right now.
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  26. Jan 18, 2015
    10
    Though Morrowind stays the better game story-wise and I really liked the fact that you could screw yourself over by killing any character in the game there, this game is just way better because of the improved combat and it just plays more naturally. Better than Oblivion in all aspects of the game and that says a lot considering how much I've played that one...
  27. Jan 13, 2015
    5
    This game has a good story, character development, and some fun quests. The game as a whole is not that great, as a lot of the game is repetitive "Fetch" quests, where you go through a cave/dungeon that looks exactly the same(or very similar) as the last one.
    The world feels horribly dead, and lacks any sort of atmosphere whatsoever, I feel as if I am in a world without emotion when I
    This game has a good story, character development, and some fun quests. The game as a whole is not that great, as a lot of the game is repetitive "Fetch" quests, where you go through a cave/dungeon that looks exactly the same(or very similar) as the last one.
    The world feels horribly dead, and lacks any sort of atmosphere whatsoever, I feel as if I am in a world without emotion when I play this game.
    I enjoyed the first 12 hours of playing this game, but it does lose it's novelty quickly, as a lot of the content is just recycled quests,textures,etc, this makes the game feel very monotonous and repetitive, as well as kills my urge to explore anything in this game.
    I would recommend this game still, but I would not say it is that great.
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  28. Jan 12, 2015
    1
    If you even try to ignore the hype surrounding this game, not even bash it or give it a substandard rating, but even just ignore the hype, you get beaten into the ground

    I hate this game so much. When I think about it I get so angry. It saturated gaming and much of the rest of the culture. They hyped it up like playing it was supposed to be a holy experience. People still believe it to
    If you even try to ignore the hype surrounding this game, not even bash it or give it a substandard rating, but even just ignore the hype, you get beaten into the ground

    I hate this game so much. When I think about it I get so angry. It saturated gaming and much of the rest of the culture. They hyped it up like playing it was supposed to be a holy experience. People still believe it to this day, because they need to believe it.

    The game is just like Oblivion. There aren't thousands of interesting quests, there are thousands of worthless quests that are all very similar. A million tons of dirt is still dirt. You don't wander around and stumble into an epic journey, you just wander around. Occasionally you bump into someone who needs the medieval equivalent of having his tv antenna straightened. You go through 4 or 5 dungeons before you realize they're all the same. In fact I remember Oblivion having more mythos and attitude than this

    Relative to the hype, I would give this game a negative ten-thousand. Ignoring the hype (which is almost impossible to do), I would give it about a 2 honestly. There's no real story besides what you imagine and inject into the game. There's a marked lack of personal interaction between the characters. There's a lack of interesting characters period. It's like you're a guinea pig. You complete a little task, you push a button and a food pellet pops out. Except in this case it's a new sword, or a level up. I feel the programmers laughing at us

    It just goes to show that people simply like what they're told to like and care about what they're told to care about. They're too lazy to even find their own entertainment and develop their own tastes, and basically look for the biggest most confident thing around so they have the least risk of being made fun of. I wish there was a game out there as good as everyone pretends Skyrim is, but there's just not
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  29. Jan 11, 2015
    10
    I would give this game more of a 9.7 but since I have to round, I will round up because this game deserves it. This game may be infamously filled with miner glitches due to its enormous size, but that doesn't stop it from being probably the best open world adventure I have ever experienced. I personally LOVE games that are almost impossible to complete, and this game does that well. InI would give this game more of a 9.7 but since I have to round, I will round up because this game deserves it. This game may be infamously filled with miner glitches due to its enormous size, but that doesn't stop it from being probably the best open world adventure I have ever experienced. I personally LOVE games that are almost impossible to complete, and this game does that well. In this game, you will find yourself replaying it over and over again. I generally do not have any thing to say about this game that is bad, but the glitches can be somewhat annoying if you find them, so that is why I don't give it a full 10. Expand
  30. Jan 1, 2015
    10
    Skyrim is a big hit for Bethesda. To me this is one of the best elder scrolls games out of all. and yea i have played the previous two game Oblivion and Morrowind and I still think Skyrim is better. While I agree that the inventory is more designed at console gamers and the AI seemed to act bad sometimes this game is still one my top 5 with so much to do this game is one of the best.
  31. Dec 28, 2014
    10
    It's Christmas in Skyrim 2014. The game is over 3 years old and I am still playing it and having a great time. Why? Because of the mods and creation kit. Modded Skyrim is a completely different game - better graphics, more followers, bigger towns, enhanced player homes, more armour, more hairstyles and so many new high quality quests that the original plot sometimes seems tame inIt's Christmas in Skyrim 2014. The game is over 3 years old and I am still playing it and having a great time. Why? Because of the mods and creation kit. Modded Skyrim is a completely different game - better graphics, more followers, bigger towns, enhanced player homes, more armour, more hairstyles and so many new high quality quests that the original plot sometimes seems tame in comparison. So much innovation. So much extra gameplay. The ability to personalise the game world.
    The only depressing part is all the other rpgs that Bethesda could make with the game engine that won't get made,
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  32. Dec 28, 2014
    10
    Arguably the best RPG ever made in recent years. It perfects its music, weather, scenery and filters to craft a splendid immersion, allowing you to trek through the large gameplay area without ever feeling a dull moment. After playing for a few hours you start to feel the character is really you. In addition the world is so organic that the player has complete freedom to be as creative asArguably the best RPG ever made in recent years. It perfects its music, weather, scenery and filters to craft a splendid immersion, allowing you to trek through the large gameplay area without ever feeling a dull moment. After playing for a few hours you start to feel the character is really you. In addition the world is so organic that the player has complete freedom to be as creative as possible with the objects and abilities around. This allows for variety and makes the gameworld feel real.

    Amazed by the smooth graphics as well when I first played 10/10. With mods 20/10
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  33. Dec 27, 2014
    9
    i found skyrim to be my #1 game on an island alone the story is not that good i liked playing it but it does not give you stuff like a normal rpg you have to find ores and MAKE your own stuff of course thats fine after the story theres a lot to do for say doing an assassin/theif class? join the dark brotherhood then do the mehrunes razor side quest! doing a warrior class? join thei found skyrim to be my #1 game on an island alone the story is not that good i liked playing it but it does not give you stuff like a normal rpg you have to find ores and MAKE your own stuff of course thats fine after the story theres a lot to do for say doing an assassin/theif class? join the dark brotherhood then do the mehrunes razor side quest! doing a warrior class? join the companions (which i never did) even if you completed ALL MISSIONS and ALL SIDE QUESTS theres still mods and i love to explore and find bandit camps and assassinate them with bows and daggers to level up my stats theres thousands of places to explore! theres alot of side quests i like walking around to find a bandit camp? a dragon might appear and a big battle will start after that courier might show up saying something theres alot of things to do but lets say you 100% completed the game what now? create a new save as an assassin class and be all assassin-y on people and if you have done ALL CLASSES and stuff thats possible go buy morrowind or oblivion get tired of oblivion go back to skyrim and a new class as an assassin/mage plus all dlc's Expand
  34. Dec 26, 2014
    10
    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. This is a game that I was really excited to play. Having played its predecessor, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, and hearing amazing things about this game, I decided to get it over the summer in 2012. Much like Oblivion, Skyrim gives you a massive fantasy world to do whatever you want, and allows you to influence it however you want. So, is this game theThe Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. This is a game that I was really excited to play. Having played its predecessor, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, and hearing amazing things about this game, I decided to get it over the summer in 2012. Much like Oblivion, Skyrim gives you a massive fantasy world to do whatever you want, and allows you to influence it however you want. So, is this game the amazing experience I was promised, or will I have to shout this game to pieces? Let's find out! The gameplay of this game can be explained by what I said earlier: you get to live another life in a fantasy world that you can do whatever you want in, and influence however you choose. As I said, you can literally do whatever you want in this game. You can choose to help or harm the citizens of Skyrim, choose which dungeons you wish to explore, craft potions and armor, or you can just wander throughout Skyrim looking for something to do. Literally, whatever you want to do in Skyrim, you can do it. Whether you are a heroic or villainous character is all up to you. Skyrim is an RPG, so you can expect tons of role-playing game elements as you play the game. You get to create your own character from the start of the game using an amazing character creator. You can decide exactly how your character will look from a variety of options, and it is very simple and easy to use. After you play through the game's first quest, you are free to do what you want in Skyrim. You can play however you choose, whether it be aggressive, magic-based, or stealthy. As you use your character's skills enough times in the game, they will increase in level. Once you level up your skills enough, your overall level will increase. This allows you to increase your character's health, magic, or stamina (once again, this is totally your choice as to which you increase), by ten points. You also get a perk, which you can distribute to one of your skills, that will give it an additional ability. The leveling system is very addictive to say the least, and will probably keep you playing for hours on end. There are also tons of quests to do in Skyrim, further adding to the replay value. Overall, the gameplay in this game is just about the most fun you could possibly have in a video game. As for the graphics, they are every bit as amazing as the gameplay itself. This game boasts a much better graphics engine than Oblivion, and it shows. Everything in Skyrim is decorated with an incredible amount of detail, and makes the game look every bit as good as it plays. From the flora and fauna in the forests of Skyrim, to the cities and towns, to the many dungeons and dragons in the game, this game looks amazing. It also boasts an incredible day and night cycle, along with a weather system, further adding to the game's beauty. As for the story, this game actually has many stories in one. It all depends on what you are looking for. You could always follow a quest's storyline, or you could create a story of your own. This game does have a main quest, in which you are the chosen one, and you must find out why dragons are returning to the world of man. On top of that, you must kill a giant black dragon named Alduin, who's primary goal is to destroy the world. It is a bit of a cliched story, but the way it is told is very original. You will understand why when you play it. There are also factions you can join which have their own stories. Those stories are generally just you joining a faction and doing missions for them until their leader is killed and you rise to become the new leader. However, the way these stories are told is also original. There are also plenty more different kinds of quests in this game, or you can just wander throughout Skyrim, creating your own story for your character. You don't even have to do these quests if you don't want to. Overall, no matter what you decide to do for your character's stories, this game will be amazing either way. Overall, this game was, and still is one of the greatest video games I have ever played. If you do not own this game, you need to get it now. I can easily recommend this game to just about anyone who wants to play a video game. If you do not own this game, you must buy it now! Also, be sure to get the Legendary Edition of this game. That version includes this game, plus all of its DLC (downloadable content).
    Gameplay: 10/10
    Graphics: 10/10
    Story: 10/10
    Overall: 10/10
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  35. Dec 26, 2014
    10
    BETHESDA ye r a wizord ye just created a game where u can attack chickens with yor bear fishts n punsh im up wid a steck then raip e 12 ye old # I liek eggs and this gaim faibeel 10/10 IGN I acheevt mie lief golez inn e double playthroo on de vodka
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  36. Dec 25, 2014
    10
    Normally PC games aren't as good as console ones but the elder scroll series is an exception! The base game is near perfect as it is...but with mods available only to pc users any small issues can be smoothed over for a perfectly tailored game for each individual.
  37. Dec 23, 2014
    7
    Despite my complaints, Skyrim is easily the best game on the shelf until you fast forward 3 years to get Divinity Original Sin. Like previous Elder Scrolls games, the world is gargantuan and the graphics really look great albeit that does not drive my score. Voice acting is good. Story is acceptable and combat is tolerable albeit still not great.

    What I liked: + Exploration. Best
    Despite my complaints, Skyrim is easily the best game on the shelf until you fast forward 3 years to get Divinity Original Sin. Like previous Elder Scrolls games, the world is gargantuan and the graphics really look great albeit that does not drive my score. Voice acting is good. Story is acceptable and combat is tolerable albeit still not great.

    What I liked:

    + Exploration. Best open world game since Morrowind and you can do a lot of things from stealing everything to owning most of every town.

    + I love finding unique items and displaying them in my home. They are my trophies.

    + As stated above, voice acting was good. People need to get a perspective and compare it to most games in the genre and previous games. Have you people actually played console jRPGs? They are a travesty in comparison and they are all considered 'ok,' by many reviewers.

    + Spells are still fun despite lack in variety. I like blowing things up.

    There are a few things I do not like about Skyrim:

    - Shameless dumbing down of what used to be awesome (Morrowind)... fewer spells, less enchanting options (and easier to get high level enchants), and fewer types of weapons and armor. Less variety = less fun. Yes it makes the game easier to balance, but who cares in a single player game? I dont. I want to play the way I want. Its an open world game right?

    - I hate the inventory system. Its slow, and cumbersome. Clearly it is a console downgrade for people who use a pad. The lack of respect for the PC platform that popularized the series is really disheartening.

    - AI is still as bad as previous games. Enemies keep getting stuck and you can easily defeat them by hopping onto a rock and then off... hilarious for the 1st hour, very disappointing after that.

    - Combat is still disappointingly shallow. They can really take a lesson from Witcher here, not that it is a work of genius, but it is much better than combat here. This has been an ongoing problem with all ES games.

    - Economy... lol what economy? You basically own the world in this game. Very dull and was also a weakness in previous ES games. It still has not been addressed and I am very disappointed.

    - Claw puzzles... are lame. These are not really puzzles. No brain required.
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  38. Dec 18, 2014
    0
    Skyrim acts like nothing's special. All games account for every possibility, aside from glitches, but they at least acknowledge you for doing something extraordinary, going the extra mile, discovering a secret. No matter what you do in Skyrim, it just gives you a blank stare. Greatness is no different from common-ness. There's an ego buried beneath the surface here. Skyrim wants youSkyrim acts like nothing's special. All games account for every possibility, aside from glitches, but they at least acknowledge you for doing something extraordinary, going the extra mile, discovering a secret. No matter what you do in Skyrim, it just gives you a blank stare. Greatness is no different from common-ness. There's an ego buried beneath the surface here. Skyrim wants you to think it's so wonderful and above you that "Yes, of course almighty Skyrim doesn't acknowledge my accomplishments. Just take my money and I'll be quiet." This goes against the basic tenants of entertainment. You're supposed to give something to your audience, make them feel special. Skyrim is selfish and self-absorbed Expand
  39. Dec 8, 2014
    6
    This game is good but not awesome
    the good
    open world
    sense of adventure and discovering
    plot

    the bad
    inventory
    repetitive dungeon, dragon, enemy, puzzle
    very very stupid ai
    abuse of potion in combat

    The most annoying thig is how much repetitive are things in this game, it became boring too soon.
  40. Dec 8, 2014
    0
    Without mods Skyrim is nothing but a mediocre hiking simulator...

    - clunky combat
    - laughably bad writing
    - mostly consists of garbage content ( fetch quests, c&p dungeons, kill x amount of y, etc. )
    - No matter how big a game is, that amount of bugs and glitches is simply not acceptable
    - really poor animations
    - the interface is basically unusable
    - etc.
  41. Dec 7, 2014
    10
    As you can tell by my username, I freaking love this game. It's arguably my favorite game ever. I'm not even in to RPGs that much, but this game is just incredible. To explain why would take WAY more than what a metacritic review allows, but I'll try to get a few reasons. The hack-and-slash gameplay is downright fun and definitely addicting, and character leveling works perfectly, andAs you can tell by my username, I freaking love this game. It's arguably my favorite game ever. I'm not even in to RPGs that much, but this game is just incredible. To explain why would take WAY more than what a metacritic review allows, but I'll try to get a few reasons. The hack-and-slash gameplay is downright fun and definitely addicting, and character leveling works perfectly, and the story, while it may seem somewhat unoriginal, is still intriguing. However, you may not even get to playing the main story considering there are HUNDREDS of well thought-out side quests. Just be sure to get the definitive version on PC, where with the help of mods, this game becomes a truly timeless classic. Expand
  42. Dec 6, 2014
    10
    Skyrim is the best game ever. The graphics are beautiful and so is the soundtrack. The combat system allows you to play what ever play style fits you best. You can shoot fire out of your left hand and attack with your sword on your right. This is a must buy game. BUY IT!!!!
  43. Dec 6, 2014
    8
    Skyrim is a fantastic game, filled with exploration and adventure. The world is vast, and there is plenty to do. Absolutely recommended for all RPG lovers. My breakdown is as follows:

    1. Graphics: 9/10 - excellent, looks amazing on high-end rig
    2. Gameplay: 8/10 - satisfying combat, non-linear, do what you want when you want
    3. Story: 8/10 - totally immersive

    A must-have.
  44. Dec 6, 2014
    10
    I never give a 10 score out but this one is deserving. After 400 hours of play and a constant urge to replay over and over again.....what's not to like. There are too many reviews to waste my time adding a 5000 character review so I'll jump to what matters:
    Bethesda.....please make an inventory system that doesn't suck. Make SkyUI part of your future games. Your welcome!
  45. Dec 6, 2014
    6
    It's really hard to rate this game; Each review is subjective, because every one of us is different. Rpg's are also different; some of them focus on different parts of the gaming experience, others in other.

    What does Skyrim do best? Ambience (graphics and sound), exploration and adventure. What does Skyrim do worst? Narrative (plot, storyline, characters), progression (quests, hero
    It's really hard to rate this game; Each review is subjective, because every one of us is different. Rpg's are also different; some of them focus on different parts of the gaming experience, others in other.

    What does Skyrim do best? Ambience (graphics and sound), exploration and adventure.

    What does Skyrim do worst? Narrative (plot, storyline, characters), progression (quests, hero development) and combat.

    If you're interested in playing a game where the story and the characters exist just because they need to and all you want is to wander, to explore stunning environments, to experience roaming in a fantasy world and kill foes just for the sake of it, then this game is for you.

    If you're interested in playing a game with intriguing storylines with carefully woven plots, memorable and diverse characters, well-written dialogues (there is a certain dragon that is the exception to this), meaningful hero development and choices, imaginative and interesting quests, diverse and difficult combat, then this game is not what you seek.
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  46. Dec 5, 2014
    9
    Really good game, there is a hundreds things to do and hundreds things to explore. It might get little bit repetitive at the end but anyway stil AAA RPG game.
  47. Dec 5, 2014
    4
    The first thing you need to do is download some mods because this game has a bad case of consolitis.
    The menus are made for a controller and the "favorites" tab is obviously made for consoles. Rather than having the ability to hit a key and swap to the spell assigned to that key, you hit a key to pause the game and open a menu of various items/spells that you marked for that list.
    The first thing you need to do is download some mods because this game has a bad case of consolitis.
    The menus are made for a controller and the "favorites" tab is obviously made for consoles. Rather than having the ability to hit a key and swap to the spell assigned to that key, you hit a key to pause the game and open a menu of various items/spells that you marked for that list.

    After you fix that, everything about skyrim is less than the previous elder scrolls titles.

    The world is a decent size, but its very bland. Snow, snow, snow, snow, and some woodlands with no snow. Look at the architecture of skyrim's cities compared to even oblivion or morrowind. Skyrim's are all roughly the same style, while morrowind and oblivion have a handful of distinct styles. The dungeons of skyrim are equally bland. Icy cavern or ancient ruins; take your pick.

    The gameplay is almost completely gutted. There is only a fraction of the skills left. The perk trees are ok, but they aren't completely new or fun. A lot of the perks are boring "this does % more damage" or "% less mana". The fun effects like invis when crouching is akin to oblivion's mastery perks.

    There are some interesting quests in skyrim, but a lot of them are very typical. Some of the quests are just downright silly. In order to join the college of winterhold, you just need to cast a spell at the ground. A spell that they will teach for a bit of pocket chance. Compare that to oblivion's mages guild, where you help the various guilds in order to get the recommendation to enter the arcane university. Skyrim replaced an interesting variety in quests with repeatable quests.

    Really, skyrim isn't a terrible game in its own right, but its definitely taking a few steps back from morrowind.
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  48. Dec 3, 2014
    10
    Skyrim, where to start. This game changed my life, hours and hours of gameplay everyday for like a month.
    This game changed my look an all other games. Im not talking about my opion but all of the fans of skyrim when i say that this is the best game ever made!
  49. Dec 1, 2014
    10
    Buy this game.Buy this game.Buy this game. Buy this game. Buy this game. Buy this game. Buy this game. Buy this game. Buy this game. Buy this game. Buy this game.
  50. Nov 29, 2014
    10
    There needs to be a way to purge the bottom ratings from this game. Anyone that gives Skyrim less than a 5 should have their computer use and gaming privileges removed forever. This is by far one of the best RPGs ever made. It has absolutely set the bar so high that current games half a decade later still fail to life up to it.

    Newsflash! RPG games ALWAYS have an exploitive easy-mode
    There needs to be a way to purge the bottom ratings from this game. Anyone that gives Skyrim less than a 5 should have their computer use and gaming privileges removed forever. This is by far one of the best RPGs ever made. It has absolutely set the bar so high that current games half a decade later still fail to life up to it.

    Newsflash!

    RPG games ALWAYS have an exploitive easy-mode way of playing the game. For Oblivion it was probably battle-mage. For Skyrim, it's probably stealth archer. The ability to mod and keep the game alive well after it's introduction is amazing. The Skyrim modding community is one of the biggest modding communities on the net next to Minecraft.

    This game is awesome! If you've waited this long to play, you've waited too long, but start now!
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  51. Nov 26, 2014
    10
    This RPG is awesome, it has an awesome open world with awesome dungeons and cave to explore, an awesomely awesome combat system, and awesomely of all, dragons. I use to hate RPGs, in till I played fallout 3 and I tried this again and forgot to upgrade my armour skills. So this and fallout 3 are my favourite RPGs and possibly games of all time, but I like skyrim a little better.
  52. Nov 25, 2014
    10
    This game is the current high water mark against which modern RPGs are compared (As of end of 2014). The plot admittedly takes a back seat to the large and fully flushed our world you can explore. There is so much to do, so many places to go. I spent 200 hours on the base game and ~80 more on the expansions. There is some stupid stuff, and some glitches. But on a scale this large it is allThis game is the current high water mark against which modern RPGs are compared (As of end of 2014). The plot admittedly takes a back seat to the large and fully flushed our world you can explore. There is so much to do, so many places to go. I spent 200 hours on the base game and ~80 more on the expansions. There is some stupid stuff, and some glitches. But on a scale this large it is all forgivable. Also there is an active MOD community that still actively creates new skins and visuals. Like if everyone belonged to the cat race for instance. Expand
  53. Nov 24, 2014
    10
    This review is from the perspective of someone with a decent gaming PC and enough know-how to safely install/manage mods for the game.

    On a decent gaming PC with mods, there is no other gaming experience like Skyrim. According to Steam, I recently passed the 5000 hours mark and still playing. I probably spent 25% of my play time checking and updating mods and 75% actually playing the
    This review is from the perspective of someone with a decent gaming PC and enough know-how to safely install/manage mods for the game.

    On a decent gaming PC with mods, there is no other gaming experience like Skyrim. According to Steam, I recently passed the 5000 hours mark and still playing. I probably spent 25% of my play time checking and updating mods and 75% actually playing the game.

    After 2 years of modding, I now run just under 200 mods and have reached a stable configuration for a script intensive, visually enhanced game with ENB post processor. All aspects of the game has been overhauled. I haven't done the normal start in 2 years. My character is sensitive to temperature/rain/snow/wetness, must eat and sleep, gets diseases. Enemies are smarter, there's more of them, can use magic and potions, equipped with enhance/tempered weapons, and even loot dead bodies. Weapons and armors for everyone degrades and can get destroyed during combat. I have to feed my followers. All NPC's responds to weather conditions by equipping proper gear or goes home. There are holidays that will caused NPC's that would normally be confined to some interior cells to come out to common area to celebrate. There are new lands, locations, new NPC's to meet, and new quests to do. If you want your game to really be rated M (or way beyond), there are mods for that, too.

    The based game has its problems and I can see why some people gave it low ratings. However, Bethesda gave PC gamers the Creation Kit. Creation Kit + awesome (international) modding community = one of the best sand box game to date. If you have good PC and haven't tried this yet, pick up the Legendary Edition at the next Steam sale and head on over nexusmods. Prepare for a gaming experience like no other.
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  54. Nov 24, 2014
    9
    I'm just going to say, this game is wonderful. The soundtrack, graphics, combat, amazing. When it works. I have crashed and massive bugs can make your game experience horrid. Otherwise, this game is great. The story is very well written and keeps you glued to your chair the whole time. Free-Roam,oh man. Free-Roam is phenomenal. So many items and armor, and the beautiful landscape will makeI'm just going to say, this game is wonderful. The soundtrack, graphics, combat, amazing. When it works. I have crashed and massive bugs can make your game experience horrid. Otherwise, this game is great. The story is very well written and keeps you glued to your chair the whole time. Free-Roam,oh man. Free-Roam is phenomenal. So many items and armor, and the beautiful landscape will make you think "Wow". Overall this is a great game from a good developing team. Expand
  55. Nov 23, 2014
    10
    There are 2 kinds of people in this world.
    1. People, who life their life without purpose, just to die one day without achieving anything.
    2. People, who dont achieve anything either. but played skyrim. As a member of the second variant of people i proudly announce that after 632 hours (thanks steam for creating this record) i finally found some time to write this review: One of
    There are 2 kinds of people in this world.
    1. People, who life their life without purpose, just to die one day without achieving anything.

    2. People, who dont achieve anything either. but played skyrim.

    As a member of the second variant of people i proudly announce that after 632 hours (thanks steam for creating this record) i finally found some time to write this review:

    One of the best games i´ve ever played.

    Thank you for your time and if you would excuse me: I NEED TO SAVE THE WORLD OF TAMRIEL JUST ONE MORE TIME X)

    *is starting the skyrim.exe*
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  56. Nov 21, 2014
    10
    Certainly one of the best games I've played, ever. It comes with it's problems, of course, Millions of bugs, some of which have never been fixed by Bethesda, and the user interface is really ugly and not that intuitive. But the game sucks you in like... well, I don't even have the words. There has not been a game ever since Skyrim that took so many hours of my life. And I don't even likeCertainly one of the best games I've played, ever. It comes with it's problems, of course, Millions of bugs, some of which have never been fixed by Bethesda, and the user interface is really ugly and not that intuitive. But the game sucks you in like... well, I don't even have the words. There has not been a game ever since Skyrim that took so many hours of my life. And I don't even like RPGs! But the best about the game, aside from its atmosphere, story and soundtrack, is that it let's you play as you want. And if you don't like RPGs, you can kind of play like it's not one. This game is a must buy, and everyone should try it at least once. Expand
  57. Nov 20, 2014
    8
    Played this game for days on end. Really enjoyed it and had a blast with all the mods that are out there for it. Still have yet to play the expansions, but I'll get those installed one day.
  58. Nov 20, 2014
    6
    Fantastic setting, great world, great map. So you can clear and loot and do other unminingful stuff. It is impossible to get involved - it is more like - hmm, I have free half an hour, so maybe a quick race in Forza? Or maybe I just clear some cave in Skyrim. To me this is like a GTA without a plot and with an infinite loot to spend huge amounts of time sorting and crafting. Still, theFantastic setting, great world, great map. So you can clear and loot and do other unminingful stuff. It is impossible to get involved - it is more like - hmm, I have free half an hour, so maybe a quick race in Forza? Or maybe I just clear some cave in Skyrim. To me this is like a GTA without a plot and with an infinite loot to spend huge amounts of time sorting and crafting. Still, the freedom, feeling of being there, art design - that aspects make it a true gem. Too bad it is missing a plot. Sidenote - If Witcher 3 succeeds in combining Skyrim's world and immersion with Witcher's 2 characters, plot and decisions - I may get a game of my life. Expand
  59. Nov 20, 2014
    10
    Quite possibly the greatest game of all time. Well, it's definitely up there for me. Every single thing about this game is outstanding, and continues to grow via PC still to this day with more mods then sense. Buggy, yes. A true Bethesda quality when it comes to ES games. One flaw aside, I cannot fathom how much time I put into this game and still do. 3 years on and still discoveringQuite possibly the greatest game of all time. Well, it's definitely up there for me. Every single thing about this game is outstanding, and continues to grow via PC still to this day with more mods then sense. Buggy, yes. A true Bethesda quality when it comes to ES games. One flaw aside, I cannot fathom how much time I put into this game and still do. 3 years on and still discovering quests. When you get a perfect round the board score like this in every category, it's difficult to critique. 10/10
    I've never been more involved and immersed in a such a top quality masterpiece.
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  60. Nov 19, 2014
    7
    The greatest role playing game ever crafted? Um, no. For all the wonders of its open world concept, Skyrim lacks the beautifully rendered characters and interactions seen in the Bioware games like Mass Effect and Dragon Age: Origins. There is no sense of epic drama to the story which matches the vast world that has been created. Choices make little difference in terms of how your characterThe greatest role playing game ever crafted? Um, no. For all the wonders of its open world concept, Skyrim lacks the beautifully rendered characters and interactions seen in the Bioware games like Mass Effect and Dragon Age: Origins. There is no sense of epic drama to the story which matches the vast world that has been created. Choices make little difference in terms of how your character is treated by others in the game. And battles become laughably easy, even on the toughest settings, once you have improved your equipment enough. Bethesda is to be credited for creating something with impressive scope. I just...don't care much about it. I played DA:O and couldn't want for another play-through. I went on the suicide mission in Mass Effect 2 and my heart was in my throat. I'm halfway through Skyrim and I'm just...bored. Expand
  61. Nov 19, 2014
    7
    Offers a big open world and creates a genuine sense of adventure, but after a while everything feels very samey. Looting tombs and dungeons become a routine chore and the core, hack and slash gameplay soon turn into a dull affair.
  62. Nov 17, 2014
    10
    The Elder Scrolls V:Skyrim has trapped me and I can't leave my chair, can't stop playing. I keep telling my self to stop playing and do my math work, but no I have to play Skyrim. This game has possessed me plz send help.

    This game is Gr8, I R8 8/8, M8!!!!!!!!
  63. Nov 13, 2014
    5
    When I started playing Skyrim I was flashed, the world was big and looked good and it really felt like an Elder Scrolls game.

    But the longer I played the more I realized how shallow it is. The game is basically a giant hub for Draugr dungeons with a dragon here and there that I can oneshot with the right build, no matter how strong. The game is a major downgrade from Oblivion, which
    When I started playing Skyrim I was flashed, the world was big and looked good and it really felt like an Elder Scrolls game.

    But the longer I played the more I realized how shallow it is.
    The game is basically a giant hub for Draugr dungeons with a dragon here and there that I can oneshot with the right build, no matter how strong.
    The game is a major downgrade from Oblivion, which was already a major downgrade from Morrowind, but at least Oblivion fixed a lot of bugs compared to Morrowind.
    Skyrim on the other hand has a worse leveling system, a less complex fighting system, badly balanced skill trees, uncreative quests, a badly written plot and badly empty constructed Cities.

    The only thing rescuing Skyrim from being completely redundant is how easy it is to mod, like any recent game made by Bethesda.
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  64. Nov 12, 2014
    8
    Its not bad but all it really has going for it is the environments (which are incredible). The quests tend to be worse than Oblivion. Especially when it comes to the thieves guild (where you don't even need to remain hidden to complete the quests and get all the rewards), dark brotherhood, and mages guild quests. The mages guild quests in particular are just terrible. The dark brotherhoodIts not bad but all it really has going for it is the environments (which are incredible). The quests tend to be worse than Oblivion. Especially when it comes to the thieves guild (where you don't even need to remain hidden to complete the quests and get all the rewards), dark brotherhood, and mages guild quests. The mages guild quests in particular are just terrible. The dark brotherhood quests are probably the best quests in the game and even then they are pretty average by RPG standards.

    The other criticism I'd have with the game is the frequency in which naturally formed caves turn into large ruins. It just takes away from any immersion when nearly every cave leads to something extensive and grand.

    Finally races have very little impact in your interactions with people in the game. Its said that dark elves live in poverty and are looked down upon in one of the cities, yet when you go there as a dark elf people react to you no differently than if you had been a Nord. Its just sloppy, lazy, programming on Bethesda's part to not have included different reactions based on race. Even Dragon Age Origins managed to do this (so they had 2 years to improve on what other games have already done).

    The interface is also clearly designed for consoles and not for PC's. Overall I'd say.

    Gameplay : 7/10
    Graphics: 8.5/10
    Sound: 9/10
    GUI: 6/10
    Replayability: 8/10
    Overall: 8/10
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  65. Nov 8, 2014
    0
    My problem with basically every game that tries to be real general and open, is that the impact of your choices decreases proportional to the amount of choices. Skyrim: millions of choices, no ability to fundamentally impact the world. It's a small step away from flying around a landscape in a 3D modelling program. Yes, I can increase my smithing to 100, but for what? So I can 'make' aMy problem with basically every game that tries to be real general and open, is that the impact of your choices decreases proportional to the amount of choices. Skyrim: millions of choices, no ability to fundamentally impact the world. It's a small step away from flying around a landscape in a 3D modelling program. Yes, I can increase my smithing to 100, but for what? So I can 'make' a 3D model that someone else made and have slightly better stats so I can delete some other 3D models from the map, and these 3D models don't even impact the virtual world, and I didn't even need the increased stats to kill them. There has to be either a decided goal for a game, or some fundamental human thing at its core, like love or friendship or dreams

    I don't need actual hard work in my fantasy. That's why fantasy exists, that's why I'm pretending and not actually doing it. I pretend so I can have all the good bits, and not have to deal with the bad bits. Skyrim seems to have the opposite philosophy. Work real hard, suffer all kinds of unpleasantness, for no reason whatsoever. All the bad bits and no good bits. We already have that, it's called Real Life.
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  66. Nov 4, 2014
    10
    One of the best RPG's ever made. It has so much content, it can keep you playing for weeks.
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  67. Nov 3, 2014
    10
    I just finished replaying it this month, 3 years after its release! Even to this day, it remains the standard for the entire video game industry. I cannot praise Bethesda enough for their work, and this game will always remain one of our family classics.
  68. Nov 2, 2014
    0
    Just a bad game. Awful combat, no challenge, no intensity, broken inventory and bugs everywhere!!. Looks completely unfinished and feels like nothing more than a bad dlc of oblivion. Could barely finish it. How this garbage sucked so many people in is beyond me but I can safely say this is by far one of the worst videogames ive ever had the displeasure to have on my computer.
  69. Nov 1, 2014
    4
    First let me start with saying that Skyrim's combat is sh*t. It takes away the feeling that you are developing a character, that you help contribute to your character, that this is Your character. I am talking about investing points into Agility and seeing your character hit more often, those sort of things that create attachment to the game. Skyrim lacks the attachment part because asFirst let me start with saying that Skyrim's combat is sh*t. It takes away the feeling that you are developing a character, that you help contribute to your character, that this is Your character. I am talking about investing points into Agility and seeing your character hit more often, those sort of things that create attachment to the game. Skyrim lacks the attachment part because as long as You have the skills, You can do anything (from picking master locks, to hitting every time with the bow) which leaves you without a reason to care for this world, no attachment...

    In Skyrim earlier perks completely say 'FU' to the difficulty and the need of finding better gear by giving you more damage, less mana requirements for spell usage (some perks are good).

    Why Morrowind is better: from finding your own way via reading the journal, to more interesting architecture, more diverse and interesting locations, better made dungeons, better weapons, armor and loot, loot with value (for example glass or daedric loot was nearly impossible to sell due to its high value (1 daedric bolt is 4000 gold!)), more diverse and interesting magics, better and deeper stories, harder and more interesting puzzles (lockpicking was level based and if your Security skill was low forget about lvl100 Master locks unless with a magic scroll), harsher consequences for your actions and therefore more choices (you can kill anyone for example plot characters rendering the main plot impossible to complete unless you reloaded a save or found some other way; also NPCs were interesting because you could do more with them - if you were to increase the disposition of an NPC and your Personality was high enough you might find newer quests for example and new dialog. NPCs would offend you if they didnt like you and shopkeepers wont barter with you if you had items they disapproved like Skooma; if you had no stamina and were under attack you would fall to the ground unable to act until some stamina comes back).
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  70. Oct 26, 2014
    10
    1.You must mod it. (especially graphics)
    2.You must buy all DLCs.
    With that Skyrim is perfect. I recently bought all DLCs, I modded that game and I played 20 hours in one week without even noticing it. If you don't have it, buy it right now! Seriously you should enjoy it!
  71. Oct 23, 2014
    9
    Amazing game. Obviously. It is Elder Scrolls after all and they really did a superb job improving on the previous instalment. Still playing this 3 years after release.
  72. Oct 22, 2014
    10
    Simply amazing game. Elder Scrolls fan or not you will love this game. Period. Buy this game. YOU MUST BUY THIS GAME. EVEN BETTER THAN OBLIVION NEARLY BETTER THAN MORROWIND!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  73. Oct 21, 2014
    10
    Like fam you can do well lots wiv dis game its well swell and fun fam a lam. The guards who steal your tasty sweet rolls are bad yeah like the man called alduin who does real bad things like yeah lick sweet rolls and powder in the soul cairn on dawnguard
  74. Oct 21, 2014
    9
    This is one of my all time fave games. Elder scrolls games never fail to disappoint. An absolute masterpiece of epic proportions. I loved everything about this game. Despite all the bugs, such as not being able to progress in the mages guild as the quest NPC bugged out. I had so much fun and spent over 456 hours total playing this game. Would of scored 10 if it was not for the bugs.
  75. Oct 20, 2014
    10
    When I bought this game I literally could not play anything else for several weeks. Incredibly detailed world, brims with content, massive player freedom in both what you do and the style of character you build and clever graphics. If you buy any game ever, buy this.
  76. Oct 19, 2014
    10
    brilliant but not good as morrowind .
  77. Oct 14, 2014
    9
    Full game with all the expansions and some mods- 8.5/10. Graphics was good at the release. Shadows was pretty crappy. Game had bugs and problems but now is ok.
    I love the story- Main is better than Oblivion. Combat is better too. Music and sounds are awesome. Characters- so-so. They should make more deeper the impact of your decisions.
    But main problem for me is that they didn't improved
    Full game with all the expansions and some mods- 8.5/10. Graphics was good at the release. Shadows was pretty crappy. Game had bugs and problems but now is ok.
    I love the story- Main is better than Oblivion. Combat is better too. Music and sounds are awesome. Characters- so-so. They should make more deeper the impact of your decisions.
    But main problem for me is that they didn't improved that voice acting- its just not so good like Witcher 2 for example. Also, animations are really not so good as I expected. For me animations>graphics.
    If they succeseeded to improve that 2 thing I would gave 9.5.
    Still its must have game.
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  78. Oct 14, 2014
    10
    Este juego en mi opinión es el mejor juego del 2011 y, tal ves si no es que ya, el mejor de la antigua generación de consolas. (PS3 y Xbox 360) Este juego tiene tanto... Su atmosfera, su manera de meterte en el mundo, su enorme historia, sus multiples lineas argumentales, cientos de misiones secundarias. Lo único malo del titulo serian bugs, pero de resto es una obra maestra. En mi opiniónEste juego en mi opinión es el mejor juego del 2011 y, tal ves si no es que ya, el mejor de la antigua generación de consolas. (PS3 y Xbox 360) Este juego tiene tanto... Su atmosfera, su manera de meterte en el mundo, su enorme historia, sus multiples lineas argumentales, cientos de misiones secundarias. Lo único malo del titulo serian bugs, pero de resto es una obra maestra. En mi opinión es como vivir otra vida, en un mundo mitológico, mágico, horrible, crudo, hermoso, y hasta casi... realista. Todo es muy bueno, sus gráficos, su gameplay, sus detalles, sus misiones, su música... Esta ahora en steam a 40 dolares con todos sus DLC y a ese precio nadie se lo debería perder. Es hasta casi injusto que lo hayan bajado tanto. Este juego es un 10/10, es como GTA San Andreas, una leyenda de los juegos que se seguirá jugando muchos años después de su creación. Expand
  79. Oct 14, 2014
    3
    Just as Oblivion, Skyrim is a huge step back in RPG design.
    CON:
    1. The attributes system has been completely ditched and streamlined for the casual crowd. 2. The GPS compass hand holding arrow is even worse than in Oblivion and you can literally skip through all the dialogues, shut off your brain and let the arrow guide you through already simplistic quests. My 6 year old kid managed
    Just as Oblivion, Skyrim is a huge step back in RPG design.
    CON:
    1. The attributes system has been completely ditched and streamlined for the casual crowd.
    2. The GPS compass hand holding arrow is even worse than in Oblivion and you can literally skip through all the dialogues, shut off your brain and let the arrow guide you through already simplistic quests. My 6 year old kid managed to finish this game within a month, and he can't even read for crying out loud.
    3. Vast majority of Quests all boil down to go to X, kill whatever stands in your way, grab Y and come back or deliver it to some other guy. I have played MMOs with better quest design and I cannot believe how horrible this aspect of the game is.
    4. The beauty of Elder Scrolls games usually came from playing any kind of character you can imagine. But even that has been removed in Skyrim. Do you want to play a warrior that can't do magic? Sorry cant, because you start the game with some basic magic spells. Want to play a mage who is inept at using melee weapons? Sorry cant, because Bethesda wants you to be able to be proficient at everything at whim. Want to play a dumb and strong orc who is too bulky and clumsy to sneak? Cant, because streamlining the game requires all races to be equally smart, equally agile, equally strong, etc... *sigh*
    5. AI is horrible, combat is repetitive and not challenging. The dragons are too weak in comparison to the lore surrounding them.
    6. Dialogues are horrendous. Majority of NPCs are voice acted just by few voice actors, while dialogue options are very limited. NPCs seem oblivious to your actions and you are basically just asking questions when in dialogue.
    7. Story is very generic and there are no choices and consequences beyond the binary choose your side in a civil war.
    8. World is again badly designed with one big city in the center of the map and roads encircling it and leading to other smaller towns. Luckily there are a bit more mountains in Skyrim then in Oblivion, but the world is still way too easy to navigate and you will never get lost like it could happen in Morrowind.

    PRO:
    1. Huge and beautiful world.
    2. Dragons
    3. Modding

    Final remarks:
    A bland, generic, uninspired, dumbed down and lazy game which will again have to resolve to the modding community to actually fix all the problems.
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  80. Oct 14, 2014
    4
    Very disappointing. A good game for most, but, playing as a mage, I felt it left much to be desired. The magic system overall is weak, and most of the interesting bits from Oblivion (such as custom spells) have been removed entirely. Additionally, melee classes get effective access to magic via shouts, which just feels cheap and marketing-driven. If you want to play a melee character, thenVery disappointing. A good game for most, but, playing as a mage, I felt it left much to be desired. The magic system overall is weak, and most of the interesting bits from Oblivion (such as custom spells) have been removed entirely. Additionally, melee classes get effective access to magic via shouts, which just feels cheap and marketing-driven. If you want to play a melee character, then yes, perhaps try it, but if you want to play a magic-user, skip this one entirely and just get Oblivion instead. It is a far better experience, and cheaper too. Expand
  81. Oct 12, 2014
    10
    modsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmods
    so basically mods make this moddier than the moddiest moddy game ever.
    the graphics are moddy as **** moddy MODS. I NEED MORE MODS. THIS GAME IS BEAUTIFUL brb modding
    modsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmodsmods
    so basically mods make this moddier than the moddiest moddy game ever.
    the graphics are moddy as **** moddy MODS.
    I NEED MORE MODS.
    THIS GAME IS BEAUTIFUL
    brb modding skyrim more.
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  82. Oct 11, 2014
    10
    To be honest, the original game without anything activated i would rate this game a 7/10. However, after you begin to toy around with mods, you can easily make it a 10/10 and one of the best games you have ever played.
  83. Oct 10, 2014
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I absolutely love Skyrim, and yes there are problems, but as soon as you walk out the wreck of Helgen I forget all of them and enjoy one of the most expansive and immersive games of all time. In essence Skyrim is quite simply breathtaking.
    Also if you ever get bored go onto Nexus and there are thousand of mods to either; fix some of the issues, improve performance and/or visuals or to add tonnes more content.
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  84. Oct 10, 2014
    10
    Skyrim is an amazing game, you can just sand in awe of its awesome wilderness. It was better than any other game I had ever played. The new leveling system made it easy to personalize your character. the random encounters of a dragon made it so you always had to be paying attention so you don't get jumped by a frost dragon. Altogether I thought that the game is a must have.
  85. Oct 7, 2014
    9
    Best RPG on the planet! Awesome story, unbelievable mods, cool side missions and my personal fav. riding dragons! Really love the DlC's but would like if there were more than just two.
  86. Oct 5, 2014
    5
    From the standpoint of quests, choices/effects, and enemy variety, this is the least salvageable Bethesda Software open world game to date. I have legit not seen a quest line I consider even passable. The dungeons, while a fair improvement over Oblivion's couple strains of layouts, are mostly populated by the following: Bandits, more bandits, necromancers, Falmer, Falmer-to-dwarven-ruins,From the standpoint of quests, choices/effects, and enemy variety, this is the least salvageable Bethesda Software open world game to date. I have legit not seen a quest line I consider even passable. The dungeons, while a fair improvement over Oblivion's couple strains of layouts, are mostly populated by the following: Bandits, more bandits, necromancers, Falmer, Falmer-to-dwarven-ruins, Dwarven ruins, and irrationally savage natives on the west side of the map. Bland.

    This game is in some ways so watered down that even the obvious racist factions do not care what race your character is. In many ways this game is unbelievably sterile. I think it is because they stopped letting Kirkbride be lead writer, artist, and designer. God knows it would have killed him to continue that amount of alcohol and drug abuse, but the setting is ever the blander for it.
    Almost.. perfectly.. ripe.. for an MMO... huh.
    Anyway, in my honest opinion, the setting jumped the shark when the lore books started to directly contradict the setting, entirely to make an inoffensive, voice worked, familiar game. What do we have now? A setting more generic than the first EverQuest? Prove me wrong.

    Now this isn't fair to judge these games off the bat. They have always, at their best, been about user content. But we're lacking the 'big' mods, like Mart's Monster Mod, Obscuro's overhaul, Fransceso's, the Tamriel Rebuilt, etc and ever the poorer for it.

    So it has to be half a score. There is nothing insanely dense and creative, the writing has pooped itself, and the creators are pushing an MMO. Holy crap what a downturn.

    Imagine if the game series we had in 2002 had continued on with no sacrifices made to the gods of expedience or so your neighbors idiot kid would play it for more than an hour or two.

    ALMSIVI, ****
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  87. Oct 2, 2014
    8
    This is one of my favorite games
    Pros:
    Good Graphics,
    Amazing game play,
    Good stealth system.....
    Cons:
    Buggy!,
    Crashes a lot,
    Horrible loading time (Only on console,The pc version is quick :D )....

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    I give this game a :8/10
  88. Oct 1, 2014
    10
    This GEM delivers on all fronts. You are cunningly slinked into this beautiful imaginary world, where even though in reality You may be a wizened old fart, here You feel a true hero, rogue or obi wan type neutral balance the world jester of wisdom. People spending days on "match three" games need not apply here, everyone else should buy. Frankly I'm so dazzled by this game that it'sThis GEM delivers on all fronts. You are cunningly slinked into this beautiful imaginary world, where even though in reality You may be a wizened old fart, here You feel a true hero, rogue or obi wan type neutral balance the world jester of wisdom. People spending days on "match three" games need not apply here, everyone else should buy. Frankly I'm so dazzled by this game that it's difficult to even begin explaining the amount of things done right, it's all there: fantastic music, great voice overs, intricate lore, stunning graphics, plethora of side quests, captivating main storyline (which can by the way be completely ignored to enjoy other stuff which by my estimate dwarfs the main storyline 1 to 10 in terms of content), giant LIVING world. Tempted to say I'm speechless given today's undercooked, bug ridden, craptastic releases that such a wonderful product came to fruition. Expand
  89. Sep 30, 2014
    8
    Only bad thing is that game is bugged as hell, so you will have to use mods or you will have to use console commands. Still greatness of this game easily overshadows such flaw.
  90. Sep 30, 2014
    10
    This game was pretty fun. I spend numerous hours killing, looting, plundering, pick pocketing, and enjoying the immerse content of the game. Whether it was killing dragons or mud crabs, I really enjoyed the game even though it was a bit too easy. To be honest, I would rate it a 8.5/10.

    The real reason why I rated this a 10/10 was the mods. The freaking mods in this game make it so
    This game was pretty fun. I spend numerous hours killing, looting, plundering, pick pocketing, and enjoying the immerse content of the game. Whether it was killing dragons or mud crabs, I really enjoyed the game even though it was a bit too easy. To be honest, I would rate it a 8.5/10.

    The real reason why I rated this a 10/10 was the mods. The freaking mods in this game make it so worthwhile to replay. You can literally change the whole atmosphere from character models to graphics and quests. I would rate it 11/10 if I could btw.
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  91. Sep 30, 2014
    3
    Three strikes.. and you're out. And that is the fate of Skyrim for me. I really wanted to like Skyrim, and I gave it three tries, but it was not to be. But why? Why can't I like this game?

    Skyrim has things going for it. For instance it offers you an open world, which allows you to go anywhere you like. It also gives you freedom in developing your character. Want to be a
    Three strikes.. and you're out. And that is the fate of Skyrim for me. I really wanted to like Skyrim, and I gave it three tries, but it was not to be. But why? Why can't I like this game?

    Skyrim has things going for it. For instance it offers you an open world, which allows you to go anywhere you like. It also gives you freedom in developing your character. Want to be a mage/warrior/thief character? It is possible with Skyrim. But these are the only two positive things I can come up with.
    There is perhaps also the fact that you can mod it(modify it). But this is an advantage with a certain irony because Skyrim needs to be modded. It is simply to dull on its own.

    An example of this dullness is the story. When the game starts you are... a prisoner? Hold on, where have we seen that before? Oh right. Oblivion. And you are about to be executed? Oh wait.. wasn't something like that in Oblivion? And you are imprisoned for reasons unknown. Ditto Oblivion..
    And then something happens and you are liberated..Like in Oblivion.
    And then you have to work yourself through some underground areas to escape pursuit. Like in Oblivion.
    You might think that the story of Oblivion is so great that it is almost verbatim retold in Skyrim. But it isn't a great story despite the fact that a dragon is involved.

    But there is more dullness in the game.For instance. The excitement of having an open world to explore condenses quickly into disappointment, after you discover that the world is basically a dull sub-arctic landscape dominated by the colors grey, brown and white. The landscape is at times obscured because it is fogged over by mist and half the time it is drained of all colors because it is night. Towns do not offer a break in this dreary visual spectacle, as most of them seem to consist of half-ruined buildings and often resemble piles of stone more than buildings. They look as if dragons crash landed into them. There are exceptions, Dragon Reach has a few nice buildings and sometimes you actually see a nice landscape. But those are exceptions in the otherwise steadfast monotony of the game.

    An open world is a nice idea until you find out that the game requires that you visit a place before you can quick travel to it and it expects that you travel all the way through the dull landscape. And while you travel you find yourself subjected to attacks by the same spawned wolves over and over. It is a testimony to the dullness of the game in that it throws you the same spawned creatures at you again and again. And what is more, because the game levels with you, you should not expect any break in these pesky attacks.

    More of the utter dullness of this game: a magic user quest which makes you face an adversary who is immune to magic so that you are required to run around shooting arrows at it or make dash attacks with hand weapons. What fun is that?
    Or, as part of that same quest, your teacher, a master wizard, leaves you alone to fight hard hitting undead in narrow corridors and only reappears after you have killed the monsters. And then prior to entering the last chamber with the bad guy, he abandons you to fight this guy alone. Again!
    And..-this same quest again- Is it not predictable that when you visit an already fully explored dig site, you happen to find that hidden corridor that is overlooked by master wizards and excavation experts alike?

    Another example of how strangely boring the game is, is in the way that combat works. In skyrim combat mostly takes place in your inventory and the interface. You see, you can only equip two things in your hands. And if that is all you require than you are fine. But if you require more.. like for instance you need to quaff a healing potion, down a magic regenerate potion, swap between a summon spell, an attack spell and your bow and arrows you find yourself half the time in the inventory. Indeed, the game has no quick selection functions. It expects you to do the job with whatever you have in your two hands or waste your time in screens swapping things around.

    Quests are as inspired as the rest of the game is. The reason is not that they are they same quests as you see in any other game. As a matter of fact almost all quests are of the same nature in any game. The problem with Skyrim is that they are not embedded in a captivating story. Skyrims just fails to tell a compelling story. It offers a sandbox and expects that to be enough. Apparently it is exactly what a lot of people want. But then, MMOs seem to be immensely popular too and they are basically the same sort of thing. No wonder there is an elder-scrolls online. It is probably as boring as Skyrim is.
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  92. Sep 29, 2014
    7
    Despite the nice visuals/environments and the grand sense of scale with Skyrim's large map, I found my enthusiasm for Skyrim dwindling quickly the more I played. It seems that Bethesda have focused more on quantity rather than quality, as there are a large number of quests, but only a handful of them have any actual thought put into them. Most of them are monotonous dungeon raids that getDespite the nice visuals/environments and the grand sense of scale with Skyrim's large map, I found my enthusiasm for Skyrim dwindling quickly the more I played. It seems that Bethesda have focused more on quantity rather than quality, as there are a large number of quests, but only a handful of them have any actual thought put into them. Most of them are monotonous dungeon raids that get old very quickly. A part of this is because of the sheer lack of any depth or creativity to many of the side quest narratives. There are a few exceptions ('Blood on the Ice', 'The Mind of Madness', 'The Forsworn Conspiracy'), but these quests are few and far between.

    Other problems include the sub-par UI (though this can be fixed with mods), repetitive voice actors and some balancing issues. For instance, gold is far too easy to come by, thus in accidentally owning the entire economy of Skyrim, the incentive for gold as a quest reward is no more. There are also numerous glitches and exploits, though fortunately most of them are fairly minor, and sometimes humorous.

    On the plus side, some of the gameplay mechanics have been improved over past TES games, and the game allows for a variety of different playstyles, however there might be a few who dislike the simplification/removal of some elements such as spellmaking and attributes.

    In short, Skyrim is a decent game at best, I just wish the game could've been more engaging in terms of storytelling and variation in quest design.

    Overall rating - 7.4/10
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  93. Sep 29, 2014
    4
    Pros: Fun first person shooter style combat; often feels like an actual roleplaying game; fun looting and trading system with merchants; the voice acting is good.

    Cons: Not enough general stores in cities and towns to sell your looted junk to; dumb follower AI; only allowed one follower at a time; it is contrived that races other than Nords and Imperials can be Dragonborn; bad horse
    Pros: Fun first person shooter style combat; often feels like an actual roleplaying game; fun looting and trading system with merchants; the voice acting is good.

    Cons: Not enough general stores in cities and towns to sell your looted junk to; dumb follower AI; only allowed one follower at a time; it is contrived that races other than Nords and Imperials can be Dragonborn; bad horse combat system; the Daedra "Gods" often times feel contrived; NPCs are too talkative, they will try to talk to you even when you run past them uninterestedly; most of the children in the game are annoying brats who you are forced to put up with; dragons feel contrived; the game is too unrealistic; ridiculous stealth combat system; a lot of ugly, dumb weapons and armor you can use in the game; the sound, music and volume of the voices are pretty badly balanced by default; NPCs which drop to their knees panting instead of dying when they should die.

    Score Breakdown: Voice Acting 7/10, Sound Effects and Music 5/10, Plot Development 4/10, Graphics 4/10, Game Stability 4/10, Loading Screens and Frame Rate 4/10, Background Story 3/10, Gameplay 3/10, Replay Value 3/10, Realism 1/10, Total Score 3.8/10

    Conclusion: The base game isn't so great, especially with the unkillable non-playable characters. I recommend playing using console command cheats (to kill immortal npcs and such) and mods to get much more enjoyment out of the game. Even then, although this game does have its moments, in the end I'd say it's really mediocre at best. I question whether any so-called reviewer who gives this game anything higher than an 8/10 actually played the game longer than for a couple hours.
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  94. Sep 25, 2014
    10
    The game you want to play, that's it. You may regret the possibilities of a Oblivion, but the simplifications come with improvements in all regards, and are therefore easily forgived. I liked the custom spells though.
  95. Sep 21, 2014
    9
    fantastic one gripe is the loss of attributes but other than that it doesnt get much better than this................................................................................
  96. Sep 18, 2014
    10
    Skyrim has consumed my gaming life. I started on XBox 360 in 2011, and pute over 600 hours on that copy, and moved to the PC version a year and a half ago, and fell back in love with it due to the wonderful modding community. If you're a fan of open-world RPG's this game will keep you entertained for days.
  97. Sep 16, 2014
    10
    Where should I start... Skyrim has already achieved it's title in being one of the best games that had ever existed. I used to be horrible at open world but I have not lost the slightest of interest in playing this game. It's scenery, environment and gameplay is amazing. Graphics could even be adjusted to low quality and still looks astonishing. The story's progression is basically writtenWhere should I start... Skyrim has already achieved it's title in being one of the best games that had ever existed. I used to be horrible at open world but I have not lost the slightest of interest in playing this game. It's scenery, environment and gameplay is amazing. Graphics could even be adjusted to low quality and still looks astonishing. The story's progression is basically written by the player, For those who haven't bought the game, I seriously recommend that you should try it out. Expand
  98. Sep 15, 2014
    10
    Skyrim is the best RPG even after a number of years in release. It set the gold standard for RPGs. Take a look at the gamers reviews which gave it a negative rating and you will know they lie through their teeth. Even the poorest done parts of the game are not less than a 7 rating. Skyrim is a work of art down to the smallest details. Now, add in the great ability to mod the game and youSkyrim is the best RPG even after a number of years in release. It set the gold standard for RPGs. Take a look at the gamers reviews which gave it a negative rating and you will know they lie through their teeth. Even the poorest done parts of the game are not less than a 7 rating. Skyrim is a work of art down to the smallest details. Now, add in the great ability to mod the game and you know that the lowest possible rating for this game has to be an 8. So, There is nothing out there in the way of RPGs that have not learned from the Elder Scrolls series. And when there are new innovations in RPGs to be had it will be the Elder Scrolls series which first brought them to the gaming world. Skyrim sits on top and will continue to sit on top. Expand
  99. Sep 14, 2014
    9
    i bought this game on steam for 7.49, one of the best deals I've ever made in gaming. The graphics, music, and environment of Skyrim is amazing and unique. The PC version works pretty well and even ran on my old laptop. The gameplay is fun and the world feels large and interesting encouraging exploration. The K+M controls of Skyrim were ok except when in dialogue or the inventory. The UIi bought this game on steam for 7.49, one of the best deals I've ever made in gaming. The graphics, music, and environment of Skyrim is amazing and unique. The PC version works pretty well and even ran on my old laptop. The gameplay is fun and the world feels large and interesting encouraging exploration. The K+M controls of Skyrim were ok except when in dialogue or the inventory. The UI is where the game really lacked. The UI consisted of blocky lists that were hard to navigate and manage. The quests were ok though some may be shallow and repetitive. The game also lacked on animations, and the bugs were plentiful. However, don't let these shortcomings deter you from buying the game as many of these problems (UI, Animations, and Bugs) can be fixed with mods. Expand
  100. Sep 14, 2014
    7
    Honestly, this game deserves more than 7/10, but I didn't like it that much. The world is expansive and fun detailed as hell and the missions are varied. Personally, however, I disliked the game for the promise of RPG elements, but instead I received barely differentiated classes, boring skill trees, and little to no weapon diversity. For those who prefer a more action oriented game fromHonestly, this game deserves more than 7/10, but I didn't like it that much. The world is expansive and fun detailed as hell and the missions are varied. Personally, however, I disliked the game for the promise of RPG elements, but instead I received barely differentiated classes, boring skill trees, and little to no weapon diversity. For those who prefer a more action oriented game from elder scrolls, play this game. The "problems" that I mentioned were just nitpicks and personal dislikes. Expand
  101. Nov 11, 2011
    0
    To those who can't believe how somebody could rate this game so low, I know exactly how you feel, about the game and the rating. I couldn't possibly care any less though.:)
    Good WRPG is all about choices/options and involved/enjoyable character development. An epic, well written story helps as well. This game does not have any of this.
    With a large world to explore, it first felt like a
    To those who can't believe how somebody could rate this game so low, I know exactly how you feel, about the game and the rating. I couldn't possibly care any less though.:)
    Good WRPG is all about choices/options and involved/enjoyable character development. An epic, well written story helps as well. This game does not have any of this.
    With a large world to explore, it first felt like a lot was possible. Cave exploration, ruin exploration, underwater exploration, fight X creature, find a random town and talk to random denizen, etc. After about 10 hours, it became more obvious that, yeah there is a lot you can do on the side, just none of it was all that interesting. At a certain point it just felt like I was playing offline MMO, in that the game allows you to do so much but it's just done so poorly.
    I know that the graphics aren't the most important part of a game like this but Skyrim don't even look average. I would never be so ridiculous as to say that I would buy a game just based on the visuals, but this game look like heavily moded Oblivion.
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Metascore
94

Universal acclaim - based on 32 Critics

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