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A masterpiece in RPG gaming,
This review is from: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (PS3) (Video Game)2 days in, 30 hours down, grip on reality ebbing ...
As an experienced RPG gamer, I am not easy to please. I want true freedom in character creation. I want an excellent story (sorry Dragon Age 2, you really let me down). I want the best swords, axes, spells, enchantments, robes, shields and even books/journal entries (depending on the RPG) possible. I want bloodthirsty enemies and damsels in distress. I want excellent graphics. I want well-thought out side quests and sandbox style play. I want maps that are actually exciting to explore. I want that experience when you turn a corner and have absolutely no idea what to expect. I want the detail. I want a game you can get lost in, and give up your life for. And most of all, I want DRAGONS.
There is absolute delivery here on all of those things and more.
This game goes back to its Oblivion roots and thankfully Bethesda have listened to what the fans wanted and removed many annoying elements that plagued the prequel. Lots of the pointless skill attributes have been removed to streamline the experience (inteligence for one), and other little graphical issues (swimming anyone?) have been much improved.
The game runs on a new graphics engine and thats plain to see from the draw distance and stunning vistas, to the way the water runs down the river with the spray and ripple effects. I played Oblivion on both the PC and PS3 and after seeing this run on both, I think the difference is smaller this time in terms of quality- really pushing what the PS3 is capable of.
The learning curve to get in to the game is shallow by comparison to other RPG's, and its not that which will put off the first time Elder Scrolls adventurer but the shear scale of the world you live in- its beyond words and something you'd usually associate with a massively multiplayer online game. Even I (a hardcore geek gamer!) was slightly intimidated by its scale. But that only adds to the immersive nature of the Skyrim world- hours flash by in seconds as you explore that tiny little cranny behind the stables, or have a swim down the river just to see where it takes you. I have never quite felt so involved in a game before.
If you like a nice chronological gaming experience, with limited choice and mainly hacking and slashing (bah, you unimaginative types) then this game probably isn't for you. Otherwise, buy it now.
Just don't expect your friends/family/boss/significant other to be too pleased about it- you're giving up 100+ hours of your life. And wow, is it worth it.
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Initial post: 13 Nov 2011 15:33:48 GMT
Mark Hudson says:
Great review Sir and one that has made up my mind to put this game at the top of my list, MW3 and Uncharted 3 can wait.
In reply to an earlier post on 13 Nov 2011 16:32:32 GMT
Go for it Mark, I own MW3 and its hardly been out of the wrapper because of this :(
Posted on 14 Nov 2011 17:00:28 GMT
Sabine Reimers-Mortensen says:
Hey, I am interested in skyrim and I want to import it from amazon.co.uk to Germany. Please let me know if you can change the language from the uk version of skyrim to german.
In reply to an earlier post on 15 Nov 2011 10:54:48 GMT
Sabine I have looked for you but I can see no way of changing the options from English to German, from the master settings or in-game; sorry :(
Posted on 17 Nov 2011 09:30:32 GMT
Mr. M. D. Vicars says:
Great review, thanks. I'm going out in a minute to buy it. However, I did find this comment rather amusing "you're giving up 100+ hours of your life." That's 4+ days. I think I'll be spending more time than that :P
Posted on 19 Nov 2011 14:27:09 GMT
Mr. J. Darby says:
Usually you can change the language, just by changing your system language, and the game will automatically adjust.
Not sure if this is the case with Skyrim.
It worked for me for FarCry 2, Oblivion and EndWar though.
In reply to an earlier post on 21 Nov 2011 10:13:37 GMT
Chief Wansum Tail says:
It should change automatically to whichever language your system is set up to. I live in Germany and want my games in English, the German games I buy come up in English straight away without touching anything in-game.
Failing that could you not buy it from Amazon.de or local shop.
Posted on 21 Nov 2011 13:46:12 GMT
There seems to be some confusion over the rating for this game (15 cert on some sites and 18 on others). My son wants this game and don't really have much of an issue with cartoon violance (not keen on GTA type violence though) but oddly do have an issue with bad language and sexual content for under 16's. As you've been playing it a bit, can you confirm if there are any of either? Thanks.
In reply to an earlier post on 21 Nov 2011 14:48:08 GMT
Neil there is some bad language and some of the themes are quite adult; in line with the setting of the game (think Feudal Europe).
The gore is also what you'd expect in a game like this, its not over the top but akin to a modern 15-cert teen horror (some slow-mo's of the werewolf transformation melee attacks for example).
I know parents who use the following site for info on things like this; i've given the actual Skyrim link below:
In reply to an earlier post on 23 Nov 2011 13:56:39 GMT
Thanks dave. I really appreciate the response.