The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Xbox 360 User Review
Super Gamer Dude
Unveiled in 2012, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is the latest game in the much loved series created by Bethesda. The game is a fantasy adventure style RPG that involves a central story, multiple side quests and exploration. Retailing for $59.99, the game is available in either hard copy format for the X-Box 360 and Playstation 3, or online retailer Steam for the PC.
TES V: Skyrim starts off with the character needing to make a jailbreak or face the executioners axe. At the beginning, the player creates their avatar for their character. The player chooses gender and race, as well as physical appearance. The game does not use a traditional RPG class structure but instead allows for personal style. All skills increase based on use and include archery, melee weapons and magic. Others such as blacksmithing, lock picking and speech round out options available for use to create a personalized character.
The game itself plays heavily on two ideas: exploration and questing. A person could spend dozens, if not hundreds, of hours in Skyrim just looking around at the myriad of places to visit. Multiple locations such as forts dot the land and allow the player to wander around without the need to work on the main storyline. Playing through the storyline does help to unlock powerful new abilities and new locations. It still is not uncommon to find characters in games that have barely scratched the surface of the primary story, but still have dozens of levels to their name.
The game world is full and well fleshed out. People wander between cities and work in the towns that dot the landscape. There is a fantastic amount of history built into the game that can be discovered through books and various locations. Many of the NPCs in Skyrim have goals, families and beliefs. The cosmology created for game world of Tamriel meshes nicely and is believable.
Like most massive games these days, Skyrim does still have some bugs to it. It is not uncommon to find different places where the game will crash to the desktop. These bugs can be amusing sometimes, as well. It is not uncommon early on to see creatures such as horses and mammoths flying into the air from a distance. Most of these glitches are not game breaking, and usually just require a reload to fix. They certainly are not severe enough to prevent enjoyment of the game, especially since multiple patches have already been released.
Since Skyrims release, it has gone on to become one of the most popular Elder Scrolls games so far. Featuring hundreds of hours of content Skyrim can take an extremely long time to finish. The replay value is extensive as well given that many quests have several outcomes. To be able to see them all would require multiple play-throughs. With three additional downloadable content patches available and many more planned, it promises to provide even more days of entertainment. Skyrim is highly recommended for any RPG fan.
Super Gamer Dude
The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim is the fifth game in the series and can probably be classed as one of the best role playing games of 2011. The attention to detail is staggering, everything from the weapons, spells, and armor to the overall layout of the characters is impressive. This detail is also carried on throughout the game, from the misty mountains to the stunningly portrayed forests. The sound track which overlays the quest as you battle from one mission to the next also adds to the overall playing experience within the game.
You also have the option to free-roam as well as taking on the various missions, and the game has over 100 hours of gameplay. I still found myself able to obtain upgrades and so forth after such an extensive period of time. The length of this game is simply as astounding as its quality.
For people who have played existing titles such as Elder Scrolls Oblivion and such like, this is a much improved experience with the ironing out of all the previous problems which is frequently encountered with these games. The character integration is very fluent and there is no waiting time as in previous titles after you have engaged in conversation with numerous characters. Before long you also find you have built up quite an extensive amount of side quests and full on missions which helps to settle you into your role.
Another thing which makes Skyrim stand out is the storylines and being able to drastically change how the player is used, with options for upgrades, customizing weapons and leveling. All these are done at the pace of the user making it easy to customize and decide exactly how you plan to play Skyrim. You also have the option of trying out these options beforehand.
During the game you have various weapons and artifacts at your disposal, spells, throw fire, numerous weapons, magical attacks and so on. The gamer also has the option of being able to heal with one hand whilst firing a fireball against an enemy with the other. Or deciding to double the strength of the attack and by using both hands with one weapon. This action doubles the impact of that weapon. In order to cast weapons, the same weapon from both hands, you must acquire dual casting beforehand. It is little things like this that make Skyrim such a pleasure, multiple weapons, or combining weapons, potions, and the effects of using these changes depending on how you apply them together.
You also have options during the game to bring along followers to help you complete certain missions, or call upon dragons, summon demons, slow time, breath fire, or cast spells, and so much more. Taken as a whole, The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim has to be one of the best role playing games to ever make its way on to the Xbox 360.