4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Absolutely epic despite a few flaws,
This review is from: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (PC DVD) (DVD-ROM)
After spending a few hundred hours on Oblivion + Expansions I have been waiting a while for Skyrim. Going into this game expecting a "bigger, fresher, better looking Oblivion" I have to say I'm not disappointed.
Skyrim is everything TES fans could want. A vast open world brimming with lots to do.
The game has many quests, items, places to explore plus the main story is, in my opinion at least better than Oblivion's. However, although it does bring everything you could want from TES series, it also has some of the same glitches.
The glitches and bugs in Skyrim are to be expected for a large game, let's be honest it is massive considering how much detail there is. It does show that Bethesda has spent a lot of time ironing out many issues, there are far less than Oblivion. However AI is still somewhat, odd, at times. AI is rarely a problem, especially compared to Oblivion, but there are some minor quirks, such as for when when I was sat in an inn and a hunter next to me kept saying "what do you want?" "I'm waiting" "how can i assist you" despite no chat dialog open.
There is a lot of talk of texture issues, but I think this is more on the console versions. The only problem with graphics I've found is some rocks look a bit pixellated when viewed up close and standing water in dungeons seems to reflect in a pink/purple colour almost as though its oil? But neither of these are deal-breakers, just minor annoyances.
The graphics themselves are really good. Okay its not running on Frostbite 2 or ID Tech 5 engines, but the engine looks good and is very well optomised. On full settings I run the game at a steady 60fps. I'm sure mods will be released to improve the graphics further such as the Make It Pretty mod for Oblivion. The only gripe I have is that when on horse back, the camera is 3rd person only(or at least I've not found a way to make it 1st person)
I run the game on highest settings at 1920x1080 resolution very smoothly on the following spec:
Core i5 2500K @ 4.3 Ghz
8GB DDR3 1600Mhz RAM
Radeon 5870 1GB Graphics card
Xonar D2X Soundcard
60GB SSD / 1TB HDD
I won't say much about the story besides its better than previous titles, keeps you on edge and has good flow. But I'll let you find out for yourself, believe me its worth it.
The game sounds good in 5.1. Various sound effects and voices are great. There are more voice actors than Oblivion so you are unlikely to encounter 2 same sounding NPCs together.
I'm not going to go more in depth than this on this review, if you know what this game is about then you've most likely read almost every review going. It's not perfect but it is still a fantastic adventure to lose yourself in.