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Of All Mighty Epic..ness!
on 11 December 2011
As a fan of Oblivion it was obvious I had to pre-order this beauty of a game. Now I did have to take some time altering to it, some changes like not being able to use health spells while still wielding weapons, remembering this time around that vendors DO now run out of money to buy off you, and that rather than a standard level for enemies you now face regular/fairly regular "big bosses" or masters/leaders so you do have to plan ahead often to make sure you are well equipped. But the latter is fine with me, its easy to get robotic on games and Skyrim mixes it up a little to keep you on your toes!
For those new to TES, the world is an epic freeroam world, many interactive A.I. and many quests, main, sub etc. This installment sees your character (fully customisable, male/female, size, war paints, hair, and best of all you get to (with requiring money ingame) customise armour etc) in a new world from Oblivion, we see a Triassic or Jurassic style age map, with such beautifully designed beasts as the Sabre Tooth, Mammoths and tundric terrains. There are giants (mostly friendly if you keep your distance, try not to take them on early on), mages, mercenaries, dungeons, caves all in mountainous and open regions, all explorable (though some only by quests in first instances), you have many guilds you can join, thieves guild, the Dark Brotherhood (assassins), and many other unique to TES this edition. There are cities and quaint villages all with their own unique offering to quests and skill trainers. Though the size of the map can be daunting to many not just new players so its advised you make good use of the carriage outside Whitehall stables to pay a small bit of gold to travel to each city so you can the fast travel easier (to fast travel you must have explored the area atleast once before).
This edition to TES is literally about you being a dragonborn (able to take the soul of a dragon), the dragons are mostly random on appearing but there are areas you can seek out to hunt them, you also have a special "shout", the language of the dragon, they are great at using verse enemies but be careful not to use them on the citizens or you can get into trouble ;-) Also you seem to be in the middle of a wonderful war between the Nords (native to Skyrim) and the Imperials who reside in Skyrim as semi-rulers though you will notice there are still Jarls in the cities of Skyrim who are mostly backing the Nords or Stormcloaks as they are known. So you can have your hands full when people expect you to choose a side ;-)
Though originally I gave a 3 star for taking away some of the original Oblivion leveling styles etc I find myself ever more addicted to the TES via Skyrim, this game is hard to put down and there are so many options to choose and paths you can take that it feels alive within you. The interactivity as always is great but I have to say its a great thing the voices sound more numerous than Oblivion, that got a tad irritating hearing only 2 different voices in the game :P Now you have a more diverse accent arena and as for the characters, so much has been added to the details, the Khajiit look awesome and sound much better! Seriously good work put into this title! Bar the rush to get the PS3 version out on 11.11.11 hence the often glitchy problems verse Xbox and of course the mighty PC! But I highly recommend this to any age group, bar like the rating its given (15 in UK) as there are darker circles in the game just like in reality! But the beauty is you get to choose how you play it, good guy, bad guy, or a bit of everything! This is no ordinary game!
Alas there are a number of glitches I have found:
1. A couple of times out in the wilderness you can get attacked while already in conversation within a quest so you have to come out of it to fight then start the conversation from scratch again.
2. Sometimes an enemy will fall and you won't be able to pick their items (but you can leave area via a door etc and return to successfully do this).
3. Dragons often "flee" leaving you to chase them far and wide to kill them and also you must be careful, I have had many dragons kill vendors etc, a blacksmith, a sneak trainer and other important people that I didn't realise were important until later on when I found some shops were no longer available to trade with.
4. Sometimes vendors will not show the selling bit to use for trade, I thought maybe somedays weren't trade days etc but this seems very random and not set.
5.a. There is a serious "slow down" rate on PS3 but I have only found this on gameplay of over 6 hours non-stop! So shouldn't really be an issue so long as you keep an eye on real time ;-) But this is hard, its an addictive game, and beautiful in so many ways!
5.b. I have found taking auto save off completely and just manually saving has also stopped "glitching" when entering/exiting areas, the autosave seems very badly done so if you can rely on yourself to save regularly then I highly recommend this.
6. A door is missing in the garden you find a Daedra God in via a portal for a quest (I forget exact details) but you get out of the garden via speaking with this Daedra but if you return to this garden later you will not be able to return so be careful to save often especially before entering new areas.
7. Horses die very easily and you still can't attack while riding so you have to just keep fleeing regularly, dragons can kill them in just one hit if the horse doesn't run in time (when you are not mounted on the horse), this is costly and unique horses like Shadowmere will be gone for good when dead!
8. Some areas you travel to on quests will still not be possible to fast travel to even if you've been there before.
So really I have come across a couple of bad glitches but overall most problems are rectifiable manually so its just a case of remembering where not to return and having breaks between gameplay (even if it is your day off!), on my days off I play 4 hours a time, turn off console and come back 30mins or more to return to gameplay, with this I have had no real issue with slow down bar the odd moment where you can just stop movement a few seconds, let the game load settle and return to play.
(*This is without the patches, I haven't internet for PSN so unsure what the patches do to the glitches but without the patch these steps should help*)
Top game, see it taking another Game of the Year award without any hassle! Well deserved and keep up the great work!