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5.0 out of 5 stars Is your wife a Skyrim widow too??, 26 Nov. 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
Yes ok - your husband could be a Skyrim widow as well - but the point is they don't know what they are missing. I bought the game on launch day (like an excited child) and have clocked up around 35 hours so far. There are already 115 reviews on here and there's almost no point in me adding my meagre offering to the pile - if only for the satisfaction of being able to say "SKYRIM IS AMAZING" in big capital letters.

It is just about everything you want from your 360. Thrills, spills, exploration and adventure. The number of NPCs and monsters is vast. The number of collectables and upgrades is enormous. The playing area doesn't seem that big at first (echoes of New Vegas size) but once you start plodding about you realise that you are going to be looking at the map for a very long time before you visit anywhere near all of the places there are to be found in this exciting, dangerous FRP world.

There are always some very small criticisms to be levelled at Bethesdas RPG games - notably around animations etc of the playing character (in 3rd person view) and the odd glitch between NPCs and scenery - but really these are trivial. The rest of the game is just jaw droppingly enjoyable - between the weather laden open air (can you feel that chill? Yeah?!) and the inspired creepy dungeons with their breathtaking design and variety. Fabulous. Add in more baddies than you can shake an enchanted mace at and - MAGIC. TO. DIE. FOR. - and the game becomes not just an adventure - it really becomes an immersive experience. You care about all that stuff you just found. You cherish that new sword, you want to learn to enchant it - so you do - and it feels good. Your horse defends you in battle - so you charge in to it's aid with all the gusto of a berserk viking on amphetamines - becasue that horse is not just a horse. It is your faithful and trusty steed. You have too much stuff - so you give some better items to your companion (if you choose one) and they use it - and they also help you in battle. There is a real sense of purpose and interaction with all the NPCs from the get-go.

Red Dead Redemption set the benchmark for me for atmosphere and ambience. New Vegas was different and had a different atmosphere overall but came close. Skyrim is different again - but it leaves you so delighted in a different way. Watching a dragon fly in to barbeque a bunch of soldiers in the distance, at night, against a starry sky, with the aurora hanging in the background - is just one of the many rich visual highlights I have enjoyed thus far. Just incredible.

If you have a 360, and you don't have Skyrim yet - then buy it. And tell your wife/husband/partner/dog/kids/boss that the normal schedule of things is going to have to change a bit for, oh, six months or so??
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