Friday, January 27, 2012

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim-review

Having finally gotten through the main storyline of “Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim,” I finally feel confident enough to talk about it.  It’s a damn good game.  There is a lot of content and there is plenty to do in game, which is really nice.  The character creation is pretty smooth the skill trees and leveling is easy to figure out.  It’s also pretty nice to see that after main quest you can continue questing on side missions.  This was something that Bethesda games made the mistake removing in “Fallout: New Vegas”.  

The concept is that the character you create is a Dragonborn, a person that can use the powers of a dragon and can absorb the souls of dragons he kills.  You begin on your way to get executed when a Dragon attacks.  This allows you a chance to escape and make your way into the world of Skyrim.  Skyrim is lovely world that looks like a mixture of Viking art and the style of the animated “Beowulf” movie.  The graphics are fantastic and the creatures are very clever. 

The good thing is that there is a ton to do.  This whole game is incredible. It’s beautiful to look at and it’s very detailed from the books you pick up to the music in the background.  You can create a character that is unique and very customized to whatever your style of game happens to be.  If you are a melee style person, ranged fighter, or someone that would rather hurl magic like champ it is easy to set up to switch it out on a whim.  The NPCs are all very stylized and show a lot of depth and are not usually the generic kind you see in most other games of this style.

The mediocre thing is that some of the quests will get monotonous over time.  That is not to say they all are. You will do a lot of running from place to place. Many of the locations you delve into will either be way too hard or way too easy so finding that middle ground is a fair challenge. Still, it isn’t hard to gain experience and find better equipment so if a place is a pain you can always return later when you are stronger and ready to meet the challenge.   

The bad is that like any Bethesda game this one has an irritating mass of bugs.  It freezes at times.  Sometimes characters will go into a dialogue loop or dead characters will vanish into the floor.  This is not the worst thing in the world but it is annoying that the kinks aren’t all ironed out.  The other thing I’ve noticed is that it’s a real pain to pick up stuff in close proximity to certain things since if you accidentally take anything that isn’t yours you will have a bounty on your head and will immediately have the whole town guard come down on you. 

The good far exceeds the mediocre and the bad on this game.  If you are fan of role playing games then this is a great one.  It allows you a lot of chance to explore and create a fun and unique character.  I highly recommend it since it shows a lot of potential and can only get better if and when DLC comes out.  It has an epic story with original concepts that make it an adventure that is really worthwhile and memorable. Even a newcomer to the franchise like me can easily get into this and find it easy to lose time playing.

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