I love role playing games but I am not into lots of gore. I like the story driven adventure and character development. I know you will have to kill lots of monsters but I don't want the blood and guts effects. Does this game contain lots of gore? Can you adjust the settings to tone down the gore effects etc.?
"There is more violence in it [Skyrim], not for gore's sake -- there's not a ton of gore in the game -- but it just seems like it would be a more violent place."
As the player you can try and avoid bloody conflict if that's the way you want to play it, but I have seen a recent preview which featured an NPC being beheaded quite graphically - this is probably a pre-scripted event which would be hard to avoid, so that's the sort of thing you can expect to see. Doubtful there'll be a turn-off option as there wasn't in Fallout 3 or New Vegas. There have been mods for the PC version of F:NV which tone it down, but for Skyrim of course that would be a good while after launch, if ever. The fact is, Skyrim has been given a 'Mature' rating in the US so it'll probably get an '18' certificate in Europe like New Vegas did.
I noticed that beheading bit in the preview too! I was quite shocked at how graphic it was. It was not something I was expecting to see. Not that it disturbed me, as I see a lot worse in Fallout 3, but it was just unexpected.
People are talking about an assassination move not an actual beheading. For stealth characters you can sneak up behind them and will play an animation and slit the NPC's enemies neck with no blood or gore. Just a simple animation. This game will be no more gorey than oblivion apart from the assassination moves: No dismemberment, not bleeding. But of course blood splatter no different from any modern game carrying the mature label.
"but I have seen a recent preview which featured an NPC being beheaded quite graphically" is to simply put it an over reaction. don't listen to this guy.
Here's the footage http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjqsYzBrP-M 1:31 to 1:33 simple stealth animation
It's just a quick bit of video towards the end, but it shows an executioner chopping some guy's head off with a big axe and the blood spurting out of his neck - whether the dismemberment and bleeding is just limited to these scripted scenes I don't know, but it looks to be present in some form.
Malcolm, you shouldn't be so hasty to post when you don't know the facts. That is very rude to say "don't listen to this guy". We were talking about a 'recent preview', so how were you to be sure it was the one you posted? It wasn't. Gordon has made a link to the one we were talking about.
I totally understand the post above and that other people like different things so I don't get it when people moan I am being silly by wanting to minimise the violence and gore. It is the stroy and character development I like.
This setting works well and presumably required a certain amount of programming to make that happen. Stange then that they keep it secret rather than put an option in the settings. I have no idea how people work out these mods themselves. I really appreciate your letting me know.
I sympathize with Giles on the basis that this is the fifth? title in a franchise... and it would suck if you had to drop a title in a favorite franchise because it departed from its core ethos. As much as I hate censorship it should be standard to have gore settings on games these days.
On a personal note though, I think the gore animations in Skyrim are hilarious, and highly dependent on your class. Playing atm as a 2 hand warrior build Im frequently decapitating humanoids and it makes me chuckle every time. As per another poster above, you can play this game whilst trying very hard not to engage in violence or slaughter (to a point). Id also add that if I bought a game where I spent a large amount of my time hitting people with axes, or shooting them in the noggin with a sniper rifle, I would be a little disappointed if there were no graphic visuals.
In my very personal opinion though, A-team style violence (sanitized for a pg13 audience) in films and video games are far more damaging to kids than full-on gore. They teach them false ideas about consequences of violence. To quote a shot gang member interviewed in a hospital in the States: "I didn't realise getting shot hurts so f***g much! Its not like this in the movies"
I don't have a problem with the gore in Skyrim but I agree that games should ideally have gore controls.
The one thing I would object to would be if they took the gore and violence out of games in order to avoid some people being offended and/or a few idiots being influenced in a bad way by it (as happens in Germany and Australia, e.g. you can't get an uncensored version of "Left 4 Dead" legally in Germany). I think giving gamers choice is the way forward.