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5.0 out of 5 stars Skyrim One of Few Good Games These Days, 16 Jan. 2012
This review is from: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
The Elder Scrolls Games Have Always Been Great And "The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim" Is No Exception To That Opinion.

The Game Is Set 200 Years After IV Oblivion In The Northern Province Of Skyrim And Is Based Around 2 Primary Storylines, One Being The Return Of The Extinct Dragons And The Other About A Civil War Thats Broken Out Between Leaders Who Wish To Secede From The Empire After A War (Based 50 Years Before The Start Of The Game) Was Lost And The Altmeri Dominion (The High Elves) Beat The Empire And Banned Worship Of The 9th Divine Talos.

Anyway Onto The Game Itself.

The World Of Skyrim Is Gigantic In Scale Compared To Oblivion And Can Take Ages To Explore Around, The Quick Travel That Was Implemented On Oblivion Is Still A Feature That Skyrim Posesses But Unlike Oblivion You Must Personally Find And Enter Each Of The 9 Major Cities / Towns As Well As The Many Settlements Dotted Around, This Allows The Player To Appreciate The World More, And Also Around The Start, Allows Them To Become More Familiar With The Gameplay. But If You Do Tire Of Heading From One Side Of The Map To The Other Quick Travel Is Always An Option.

Combat - Scores Around 8.5/10

The Combat In Skyrim Does Feel Alot Better Than Oblivion In Around 80% Of All Aspects As There Are New Ways To Use Certain Weapons (Example Being That With A Bow Or Shield You Can Now Bash It Into An Enemy To Stagger Them) And With The New Perks Aquired Upon Leveling You Can Customize Your Character A Lot More, And Become Anything From A Heavy Axe Wielding Warrior, To A Master Of All Magic Schools, To A Master Undetectable Theif Or If You Dont Want To Make Money From Looting Caves And Crypts or From Stealing You Can Even Smith, Enchant And Sell Armour Or Accessories.
There Are Lots Of New Features In All Combat Areas. Physical 1 Handed Weapons Can Be Dual Wealded Creating Fast And Powerful Attacks. Magical Spells Can Be Casted One In Each Hand Or Using The Same Spell In Both Hands To Increase Damage Dealt By Both Spells. Archery Perks Can Allow You To Slow Time As You Zoom In, So That You Can Ensure Your Gonna Hit The Disired Target.
The Difficulty Of The Game Has Also Increased, And Unlike 99% Of Games Today, It Is Possible To Die In Skyrim As Dragons / The Undead Draughs / Giants As Well As Many Other Monsters Can Wipe The Floor With You Regardless Of If You Are A Level 3 Character Or A Level 66.
The Dragons Are Probably The Largest Aspect Of Skyrim As These Can Attack You Anywhere, Be It On A Mountaintop Or Whilst Roaming The Streets Of A City (Though They Cant Go Into Caves / Dungeons / Houses) And This Not Only Adds An Extra Bit Of Excitement And Danger To The Game But Also Gives The Player More Of A Purpose (If You Let Dragons Do What They Want In Town They Will Kill Citizens, Lowering The Number Of Quests Available).
Overall The Combat Aspect Of Skyrim Would Probably Get 8.5/10;
This Is Mainly To Do With The Fact That The Different Magic Schools Feel Lacking In Comparison To Oblivion (Mysticism Was Removed And Its Spells Were Either Removed Or Cast Into Alteration / Illusion, Also You Can No Longer Create Spells). Also Certain Spells Which Would Prove More Than Handy From Oblivion Have Been Removed On Skyrim, Examples Of These Are "Cure Disease", "Feather", "Conjuring Armour". Also You Seems Very Vulnerable To Being Infected With Diseases And Vampirism Seems Like A Large Chore In Comparison To Oblivion.

The Main Story - 9/10, And Secondary - 6.5/10
The Primary Story Which Is The Dragon Return Quests Is Very Well Put Together And Challenging Set Of Quests, I Wont Divulge Any Spoilers But Without A Doubt Is Excellent, The Only Area It Falls Down On Is That If You Are Like Me, And Try To Keep Quick Travel To A Minimum So That You Can Fully Enjoy The Game, Then The Primary Quest Lines Become Tedius As Alot Of It Is Going Up One Mountain Then Back Down Then Up A Larger One And Back Down Over And Over.
The Secondary Story Leads Me To Question If It Is Possible To Win Wars In A Day... Well Civil Wars Anyway, As This Story Is Rather Short Once You Choose A Side To Join. Having To Only Capture 2 Out Of Around 4 or 5 Possible Cities Seems Rather A Large Let Down And The Large Battles Between Dozens Of Imperial Legion And Dozens Of Stormcloaks Feels Lacking As It Is WAAAAY Too Easy To Defeat The Opposing Faction (Even On The Highest Difficulty Setting). I Feel That The Civil War Quest Line Had Great Potential But Was Ruined Due To The Fact It Takes About 2 Hours To Complete It, And When You Stand In An Army Of 20 Angry Imperials Hitting You With Their Swords And Your Health Doesnt Even Fall To 75% Remaining It Feels... Far Too Easy.

The Main Points I Love About Skyrim -
Its Very Difficult (Civil War Quest Line Excluded),
New Perks Allow For A More Unique Character,
The Size Of The Map Is Gigantic Allowing For Hours Of Exploring Alone,
Resurecting Any Dead Bodies To Fight For You (Like With Manimarco's Staff On Oblivion),
Dragons Increasing Difficulty With The Players Level.

The Main Points I Hate About Skyrim -
There Are A Few Bugs Around The Game... Noticable Bugs Too (A Shame That Games Developers Dont Get Enough Testers To Look For These Bugs. Probably Because They Can Patch The Game At A Later Date, They Feel That This Must Excuse Them When They Release Games With Major Bugs). Though Compared To What I Read From Other Reveiws I Dont Think The Bugs Are That Extensive.
Removed Spells Like "Cure Disease" Are Hugely Missed And Due To Lots Of Spells And The Mysticism Class Being Removed And The Near Uselessness Of The Illusion And Alteration Class' Of Magic Feels Like Being A Mage Is A Little More Disapointing.
>>>The Most Hated Aspect Of Skyrim Is Cissero<<< This Is An Annoying Jester Who You Will Encounter In The Dark Brotherhood Quest Line, And Wow I Dont Think I Have Hated A Video Game Character So Much... His Voice, His Attire, His Creepy Obsession With The Night Mothers Body. All Of Them Make Him So Intollerable To Be Around. I Would Say Im Happy When You Get To Kill Him, But No Having To Put Up With Him Doesnt Equal Out To The Amount Of Time You Have To Spend Talking To Him.

All That Being Said The Game Is A Very Enjoyable Game And Will Give Hours Of Entertainment And Like I Stated It Is A Great Game Among Lots Of Terrible, Poor And Dissapointing Games That Are Released These Days.
And Due To The Fact That Bethesda Havent Forced Online Play Into A Single Player Game (Yes Lots Of Titles Have) I Will Give Skyrim A Nice And Well Deserved 95/100
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Initial post: 17 Jan 2012 09:09:29 GMT
Tanzanite says:
Although Cicero is a bit annoying, I didn't kill him because then you can have him as a follower. He is the most unique and best fighter in the whole game. Plus his amount of comments as a follower are extremely varied and quite funny.
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