Sterling's Skyrim Review

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Nov 14, 2011

Sterling's Skyrim Review by Sterling at 3:41 PM (1,852 Views / 0 Likes) 20 replies

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    Sterling’s Skyrim Review


    The Elder Scrolls series has reached it’s 5th entry, Skyrim. For those of you that are unfamiliar with the series, The Elder Scrolls or simply TES, is a RPG franchise published by Bethesda. On the Xbox, and Xbox 360 platform, they are open world RPGs. Take on quests, jobs, and save the day. Join a faction, kill people, save people, or ignore people. The series enables you to do as you will and accept the consequences.

    Skyrim is the newest entry in the series. You begin the game bound and en route to your execution. When you arrive, you must build your character. You may choose from multiple races, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. You then customize your character right down to the war paint on their face. The attention to detail is astonishing.

    Graphics – 10/10


    The game itself is beautiful, filled with rich environments, rolling landscapes, and realistic looking textures. When you are in the cart en route to your execution, observe and enjoy the ride even though you know where the destination is. If you pay attention, you can see the treetops swaying, snow whirling, and the expressions of the fellow prisoners. It’s all incredibly immersive.

    With all they’ve managed to squeeze into the world, I’m surprised there is only one disk. There are some problems though. Some textures have trouble loading, and sometimes objects don’t appear until you’re within arrow range. This occurred much more frequently when I installed the game to my 360 HDD. I’ve had some objects get stuck in the air, and companions sink into the ground. These are small problems though, and I’ve yet to encounter more than a few anomalies in one session. Generally, you’re too deep in battle to notice most of these things though.

    Gameplay – 10/10


    Skyrim’s gameplay is based upon an already successful game, Oblivion. Beyond the basics however, the game mechanics are 10 times better than Oblivion’s. Let’s start with battle. You can wield many different weapons in this game. How you wield them is totally up to you. There is literally millions of ways to play this game, and unless you want to play it the same way twice, it won’t be the same way twice. Do you want to be an assassin, or maybe an archer? Battlemage, or pure mage? I will say though, if you didn’t like Oblivion’s system, you won’t like Skyrim either.

    In addition to the upgraded battle system, the way skills work has received attention as well. Now as you level up, you receive Skill Points. When you reach a certain level in a skill, you may use these points to progress your prowess in them. When you do, you will receive a perk. It can be either passive, or it must be activated.

    Skyrim also features a full-fledged crafting system. From smithing, to enchantment, if you can’t find it, steal it, or buy it, then you can make it.
    All in all, an open world means there is many things to do. From cutting wood, to dungeon diving, but the most important thing to remember is, “It’s not what you can do, but who you do it to, and who you do it for.”

    Story – 10/10


    In Skyrim, there are many missions, or quests to do. There are many types of quests. Many of which may be mundane or seemingly unimportant. Remember, it’s not the destination that counts, it’s the journey. Help these people out for small rewards and gratitude. The bigger quests feature the slaying of monsters, and bad guys. Sometimes the quests require your judgment to reach a satisfactory outcome. Do you help a pretty woman kill a bunch of people, or do you listen to the reasonable assassins. Many quests appeal to your sense of honor, or lack thereof.

    The nice thing about Skyrim is that you don’t have to have played Oblivion. The game takes place many years after Oblivion. The story missions however, can be a bit tedious sometimes. A few of them are fetch quests requiring the retrieval of important objects. Some require you to hike long distances, and if you don’t have a fast travel location near your destination, it can be tedious to get there. Some require you to face a tough enemy, and the unprepared beware. You may ask, “If there is so much stuff to do before and after the story, what’s the replay value?”

    Replay Value – 10/10


    The world of Skyrim is not empty as the world of Oblivion. There are many animals. Some are small, some are incredibly large, there are some that are hostile, and there are some that are passive. As you move through the wilderness, you might startle a warren of rabbits, or stir a flock of crows from a tree. The most amazing thing is that you never feel alone, even without a companion. This is something that I felt Oblivion could never do.

    That being said, I never get tired of the lush and varying environments of Skyrim. The contents of the world are packed tightly into a map about the size of Oblivion. There is always something to do. Whether that’s stalking game, or delving into a dungeon, I guarantee, if you like this game, you’ll want to experiment with 2 or more characters. This game is easily worth 80+ hours. If you’re like me though, you’ll play to hear the music.

    Soundtrack – 10/10


    The first thing I noticed when I first started the game was the opening music. It was an epic beginning for one of the most epic games yet. I always listen to the opening track; it gets me pumped to slay at least one dragon before I turn the game off. This great soundtrack extended into the game. From energetic battle music, to tranquil marching music. This game has it all. To-date, this game is one of the most perfect games I’ve played. It’s definitely worth a buy, if not a permanent spot in your library.

    Final Score – 10/10


    If you enjoyed Oblivion, you will love this game. If you didn’t, you owe it to yourself to at least rent it. If you’ve never played an Elder Scroll game, now is a great time to jump in, and begin your life in Skyrim.
     


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    Awesome review, and I'm glad I got the game. Yeah, it's awesome.
     
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    I heard that close combat is kinda shallow...

    Gameplay stood out when I scan over it, I want to game on it myself before I really get into this review.
     
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    You don't play an Elder Scrolls game for combat.
     
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    Fuuuc. I'm so tempted to pick up Skyrim but I have University...
     
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    It's a big part of the game, and it's only as shallow as you make it. It's not Zelda, it's not a brawling game, it's an Elder Scrolls game. Enemies are smart, and you must be even smarter.
     
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    Offtopic: My name is Sterling! :blink:
     
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    The AI is poor, they're not smart at all.
     
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    I'm playing on Expert, and they do clever stuff sometimes, but most of the time they just dash at me trying to slash me.
     
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    I gotta say To take this review with a grain of salt he even lists Numerous graphical Glitches he has seen and then Says 10/10 for graphics? that would suggest perfect to me so This is a TES:Skyrim review by a fanboi nothing more nothing less. Not worth the Post even. completely lacking any objectivity
     
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    i would rather give the gameplay a 9.5/10. Tons of bug to fix. Not to mention that im playing on Master and is still facerolling everyone. That might just be me, but oh well. I guess Skyrim would be the only game that made me hate console. Becasue of console, skyrim had to get a graphic downgrade. Well i guess mods are out for that. Only thing left is wait.

    EDIT: If i had to review a unmodded skyrim, then it would have gotten 8/10 in terms of graphics. Yeah i mean it. Tons of slack in the texture if you pay attention. Just look at your damn blocky nose. All because of the restrictions of a console.
     
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    They always work to flank you. Many times I go to hit someone and I find them circling behind me.




    Numerous? It's much less than I anticipated. I expected several times more than numerous. Considering this is much more jam packed with stuff than Oblivion, and continues to be one of the greatest looking games on the 360, I'd say that despite the numerous graphical glitches, it deserves the 10/10 on graphics I gave it. As I said, it does not take away from the game.

    Also, please. If you're gonna accuse someone of being a fanboy in a well written review, at least have the courtesy to spell it right.
     
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    I meant like a common criticism, "I feel like I am hitting air". Other words close hits felt empty or no substance.

    ...but idk since I have not played the game.



    At 2:56+ is the combat I'm talking about.
     
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    I know KingVamp. It's why I said it's an Elder Scroll game. There isn't anything else to compare it to. Zelda has a targeting scheme to make sure the blows land. Fighting games keep the action centered on the fighters. Skyrim puts emphasis on skill and strategy while keeping your cool. Of course, if you do lose your cool, you could just chug a potion from the pause menu. There just is no comparison you could make to Skyrim without another ES game in it.
     
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    Great review. This game has to be probably my favorite in the series. One thing that I wish they would have implemented somewhere in the game though, is some sort of arena like Oblivion. I can't tell you how long I've been waiting for a decent gladiatorial game to come out, and these games have to be the closest the game industry's gotten to something good. :P
     
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    Not one word about Morrowind. I'm disappointed in all of you. Sure Skyrim is great, but it doesn't hold a candle to what Elder Scrolls is all about. Sure, I may be a hipster for claiming these views, but to overlook by far the best entry in the series is not only a mistake, it's downright blasphemy. Skyrim's story is flat out boring. It's near non-existent. Sure, you're a Dragon-Born. But who cares? You never really got to feel like somebody. It never unfolded into...well, you're the reincarnation of a god. I'll laud what Bethesda did in Skyrim. It's huge. It's daunting. Some may even call it an epic journey, but it is what it is. A giant list of shit to do. How it's getting all these Game of the Year awards is beyond me. Now...don't get me wrong. I love the game. Put over 60 hours into it, but there are too many technical things wrong with it, save for one big one where you can level your character to 81 in a matter of minutes. No range of enemy types, boring, uninspired dungeons and lackluster, and laughable voice work keep Skyrim from what it could've been. It's a great try--miles better than Oblivion--but just not good enough.

    Seriously...not ONE word about Morrowind?
     
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    I can't say anything about Morrowind because I've never played it. I'm waiting to buy a decent PC so I can get the Morrowind Overhaul mod.

    You're also playing the game wrong if you're getting max level quickly. I know for one, power leveling yourself will get your ass handed to you. Just because an exploit exists doesn't mean you should take advantage of it.

    The enemy types I can almost agree with.

    The dungeons are actually very well created, though all the candles and such is kinda silly.

    I also think you're wrong on the voice acting. Characters are believable, voices match and is at least 20 times better than Oblivion, or even Fallout 3's. The only thing I could wish for is that followers should have more than 3 lines.
     
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    I wasn't just talking about you. I was talking about everyone that almost insisted the only two titles in The Elder Scrolls series was Oblivion and Skyrim. Now I know that Arena or Daggerfall aren't as popular, but they also existed. Morrowind was just the one that put em on the map.

    I should have also stated that Skyrim really felt like Bethesda used too much of the wonky Fallout 3 engine and it's way of combat. The cutaways are nice, but I felt like I should've had a blaster to go with my broadsword. I've been pissed at Todd Howard for years now, can ya tell?
     
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    I can tell, but Todd wasn't involved with the Fallout series, only TES.
     

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