The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Review
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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Box Art
System: PS3, Xbox 360, PC
Dev: Bethesda Games Studios
Pub: Bethesda Games Studios
Release: November 11, 2011
Players: 1
Screen Resolution: N/A Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Use of Alcohol

However, aside my unfortunate world-crashing experience, I found the Skyrim universe to be incredibly immersive. The developers have taken great pains to pay attention to even the smallest detail. Any object can be picked up, dropped or used; every animal can be stabbed; and every NPC is willing to have some type of discussion. Well, it would probably be more accurate to say that mostobjects can be picked up. Larger objects like rocks and furniture are still immobile, but it definitely doesn't detract from the overall experience. You know how you can steal all of the towels and shampoo bottles from your hotel, but the TV is nailed to the wall? It's kind of like that.

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It's probably worth noting that this isn't a direct sequel to Oblivion—and this is a good thing. Skyrim's plot is set a couple hundred years after the events of Oblivion and in a completely different location. Also, both the graphics and gameplay have received roughly 200 years worth of upgrades. The controls feel somewhat less clunky than its predecessor and the combat system isn't nearly as frustrating. However, it's definitely not perfect, and hopefully it won't take Bethesda 200 more years to work out the kinks.

Also, if you consider that Skyrim might be the biggest open-world game ever made, it's incredibly impressive that they've also managed to make it easily accessible to the non-RPG lover. The controls are straightforward and intuitive and the character setup (armor, weapons, magic, etc) has been wonderfully simplified since the last Elder Scrolls incarnation. I'm sure some of the hardcore fans will argue that it's overly simplistic, and they might be right, but there's a certain level of elegance in its streamlined interface.

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In the end, Skyrim will be hailed as both the best and worst title of the year depending on whom you ask. RPG gamers who look for subtle storytelling and endless replay value are going to love every minute. But gamers that have even a slight problem with impatience will quickly become frustrated. However, even the most devoted naysayer has to admit that Skyrim is at the top of its genre, and that's no small feat.

Also, killing dragons will never get old.

By Josh Engen
CCC Contributing Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.3
Graphics
Good, but often glitchy.
4.7
Control
Intuitive and simple.
4.5
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Famous (and varied) voice actors, but audio glitches will show up.
4.5
Play Value
Great replay value, but extraordinarily repetitive.
4.5
Overall Rating - Must Buy
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Play any type of character you can imagine, and do whatever you want; the legendary freedom of choice, storytelling, and adventure of The Elder Scrolls is realized like never before.
  • Skyrim's new game engine brings to life a complete virtual world with rolling clouds, rugged mountains, bustling cities, lush fields, and ancient dungeons.
  • Choose from hundreds of weapons, spells, and abilities. The new character system allows you to play any way you want and define yourself through your actions.
  • Battle ancient dragons like you've never seen. As Dragonborn, learn their secrets and harness their power for yourself.

  • Videos / Game Trailers
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    Debut Trailer
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    Behind the Wall: The Making of Skyrim
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    The World of Skyrim
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    The Concept Art of Skyrim
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    The Animation of Skyrim

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