The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Review by skeletorissatan
"Amazing, but some flaws"
Bethesda has a history of making great games, starting with Oblivion, then continuing with Fallout 3, and then, the latest installment of the Elder Scrolls series, Skyrim. Upon release, Skyrim was lauded as one of the best games of the year, heralded an instant classic and generally considered to be a masterpiece in modern gaming. And these opinions would be well founded, given that it was one of the games that was consistently good throughout, and had a lot of replay ability in it, not to mention the add on Dawnguard being released, as well as the thousands of mod that currently populate the Steam Workshops.
Skyrim boasts some of the tightest game play mechanics of any modern game. The leveling system is fantastic, far better than many RPGs out there. The RPG genre is rather a stagnant genre, but Skyrim proved there is a lot of life left in the old horse yet. The skills in it are interesting and fun to level, and the graphics are nearly perfect just to top it off. This was a beautiful game that clearly had a lot of work put into it, and is completely engrossing. The characters were all perfectly written, with fantastic scripting, and the smaller details, such as a guard's passing comment, just made it that more intriguing.
However, this was not to say that it was perfect. For starters, the plot makes little sense and is far too short. Whilst the game has nearly infinite play time to its name, the quests were all rather short, and there were not enough of them, making the main quest line rather a chore to complete, with the meat of the game being in seeing your character develop as you progress, and crafting the character that you, the player, wanted to play as. The plot tells of the return of dragons to the land of Skyrim whilst it is in a civil war, and it just makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.
The other main point is that the game has little staying power. Due to the rather repetitive nature of the game, there is little incentive to come back to it for more than twenty minutes at the time, which is just not enough for the money the player pays for it, and really does drag it down. If there was a little more variation, then this game would be perfect, however, it is just too easy, too short, and too underwhelming in places.
Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 10/03/12
Game Release: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (EU, 11/11/11)
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