Skyrim - One of the Most Fantastic Games

Back when it was released, Skyrim received fantastic scores all around. IGN gave it a 10/10, while Gamespot also gave it a fantastic rating. The Metacritic rating for Bethesda’s latest entry in the Elder Scrolls franchise currently stands at 94, which probably gives you an idea of how awesome the game is. If you have played any of the Elder Scrolls’ games before, you may already have an idea of how the game plays.

You begin your journey on the character creation screen, which is incredibly fleshed out. There are several races to choose from, ranging from the Khajiit, the Nords, the Orcs, the High elves, Wood Elves, the Argonions and a few others. Once you select your race, you will be taken to the creation scheme. Here, you can let your creative talents come to life. Choose from hundreds of different facial expressions and options to create the perfect character. Once you have made your character, the game begins.

You start off the game in first person (as is customary for all Elder Scrolls games). You are seated in a carriage, which is being drawn by formal guards up ahead. The game begins in earnest when a dragon attacks the stronghold, forcing you to flee. As the trailers suggested, this is the first game in the Elder Scrolls series in which dragons appear. You can actually fight them, and if you purchase and install the Dragonborn expansion, you can even ride on your dragon (how cool is that?!). 

Gameplay

Compared to Oblivion, Skyrim is significantly larger. As you stare out in to the environment from a particularly high mountain, the game gives you a feeling that there is no place which you can’t go. There are routes leading everywhere. Whether you want to reach the highest mountains on the map or travel to the lowest reaches under the ground, Skyrim always has a way. 

You can even ride a horse for faster paced travel. Given the fact that the map itself is massive (and I mean it), you will need a horse by your side. Gameplay is exactly what we have come to expect from the Elder Scrolls’ series. You can toggle between first and third person views while playing the game. 

The combat system is relatively poor, but you don’t really judge Bethesda RPG’s on the combat. New to the game this time are the Shouts. Dragon shouts are learned every time you kill a dragon and absorb its soul. You can also learn these shouts at random places, where a “Word of Power” is written. The screen dims slightly while your character learns the shout. Combat itself is a bit blocky. It doesn’t match up to the combat of the Witcher or Kingdoms of Amalur, but it is still pretty good. There’s a heavy attack and a light attack. 

You can make your character however you want it to be. Whether you want to play as a Mage, a hard hitting warrior or a nimble assassin, the game gives you ample choice. you can equip daggers, bows, axes and swords in order to alter your playing style just how you see fit.

The game allows you to build meaningful relations too. You can even marry a person in the game, and make them a “housecarl”. Basically, this means that they will either fight with you, or stay at home and look after your trophies. The game itself takes you to many places, from the highest reaches of Windhelm to the lands of Riften. There’s plenty of diversity in the game, and you can easily get lost for hours. For a person who has sunk approximately 100 hours in to the game, I still find something new every now and then. 

The story is also pretty engaging. You start off a relatively unknown warrior who was about to get killed. Eventually, you end up fighting dragons, and become the sole hope for the people of Skyrim. There are many different factions to join, people to meet and quests to complete. Everything is highly varied in terms of the content, so you will never feel as if you just did the same quest a while ago.