Review by Gamegeek123

Reviewed: 01/30/12

Another Excellent Installment in the Elder Scrolls Series

Vanilla Skyrim has already been extremely enjoyable for me. This says a lot about how great Skyrim is. Vanilla Skyrim would receive a 9/10 in my book. In anticipation of the Construction Kit in addition to the current mods that are out, Skyrim, much like its predecessors, is a game one can truly consider flawless when one takes into account the mods.

Graphics: 10/10
This is just flawless. The Aurora Borealis in the night sky complements Skyrim's tundra atmosphere. The visuals are amazing and it helps create the immersion in the game. Enhanced by mods, Skyrim can become the prettiest game up to date. Not much else to say here. The spells look cool and the NPCs look realistic.

Music: 10/10
This is a game where I let the in-game music play rather than my MP3. The music is brilliantly composed and breath-taking. With a combination of excellent graphics and excellent music, the game just has an exhilarating feel to it.

Gameplay: 10/10
There are many areas in which Skyrim improves over its predecessor, Oblivion. The leveling system has been revamped, the fighting system has been slightly ameliorated due to duel-wielding, and the finisher moves are extremely satisfying. Each city has a different feel to it. When it comes to NPC interactions, I prefer Oblivion's over Skyrim. Skyrim has removed the disposition meter so it is awkward when you cannot manipulate any NPC as you pleases in comparison to the predecessor. Like in the previous games, Skyrim features a huge amount of bugs and glitches as well, which may be frustrating to the player. However, in the near future, these bugs will be fixed by patches and mods, so practically anything can be remedied. The gameplay is what you expect from the previous Elder Scrolls games, but many aspects have been touched on. Shouts and duel-wielding make for a fun combat system. Your choices can also affect the province as well, such as replacing a wilting tree with a fresh sapling, defending a city and seeing houses get bombarded, etc. Overall it's fantastic.

Replayability: 10/10
There are just so much you can do in this game. Clearing out dungeons, doing every single possible quest, etc. With the upcoming Construction Kit, there will be infinite replayability. With mods, Skyrim can simply be flawless. The developers make it easy to mod Skyrim, and so with the Elder Scrolls' huge modability for the PC, one can expect so much enjoyment to come out of this game.

Rating:   5.0 - Flawless

Product Release: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (US, 11/11/11)

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