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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim [X360]





Bloody awesome! Deffo worth the big gap! from oblivion

10

Editors' Choice
Difficulty:
Just Right
Time Spent:
10 to 20 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Worth the wait"

Summary

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I think Skyrim is a amazing, Highly addictive, Huge game and is worth every penny spent on it, 10/10 very impressed.

10

Editors' Choice
Difficulty:
Just Right
Time Spent:
100 or More Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Highly addictive"

Summary

I think Skyrim is a amazing, Highly addictive, Huge game and is worth every penny spent on it and cant wait for any dlc that is coming out and I will be happy to pay what ever price for it!!!
10/10 couldn't ask for more. The updates are regular and deal with every glitch. The games processing is up to standard and graphics are good as-well.
The game can be challenging at points but can be easily overcome as the saving routine helps a bundle considering you can save at any possible point during game-play and can hold up to as many saves as your memory can handle.
Each save is about 1MB so could be smaller but can't complain at how many you can hold.
As the game is so long it is sometimes hard to keep track of what you have going on at once but the handy pause system helps that because you activate and inactivate specific quests at a time.
In my opinion the game is highly addictive because if you see a location you haven't discovered you feel the urge to go to it and keep on going and going.
All in all I think it is a good RPG to play and deserves a 10/10 well done bethseda good game.




After playing over 100 hours no bugs. Read the real Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim review. A game in a league of its own.

10

Editors' Choice
Difficulty:
Just Right
Time Spent:
100 or More Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Masterpiece"

Summary

Emerging from the Imperial prison sewers in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion was a defining moment for this generation of consoles. The huge open world of Cyrodil was beautiful and Oblivion was the best looking game on the 360 at the time as well as the best open world game ever made. Now all has changed with the arrival of the long awaited sequel, Skyrim. Bethesda took their time (a long 5 years!) and it has paid off with an instalment which has won many E3, RPG of 2011 and Game of the Year 2011 awards. The fans waited and it has come exceeding all hype and becoming one of the best games of this fantastic generation. The moment of emerging from the sewers in Oblivion is matched as you escape your execution in The Elder Scrolls V, and you enter the harsh snow caped land of Skyrim.

The Tale of the Dragonborn

200 years after the Oblivion Crisis the people of Tamriel have moved on without a Dragonborn being around since Martin Septim but that's where you the protagonist of the game steps in as the first Dragonborn in 2 centuries. The game begins in typical Elder Scrolls style as you are led to your execution leaving it to you to decide why you were sent to be killed. Your execution is of course interrupted and you escape from the mayhem and into the beautifully hand crafted world of Skyrim left to forge your destiny in any way you choose.

The main story of the game revolves around the return of dragons who are led by the Nordic dragon god Alduin, the World eater who is back to destroy Tamriel. Throughout the game you will be facing these powerful creatures in any place imaginable as you have been fated with this task. Be it on top of a snowy mountain with a heavy blizzard or in a dense dangerous forest where the dragon won't be your only problem the main quest in Skyrim easily tops Oblivion. Factions of old even return in the story which takes you on some memorable quests to the Throat of the World and more. Though you do not need to follow the main quest I would advise it as it is where you gain some invaluable dragon shouts.

Dragonslayer

In a world plagued with problems Skyrim throws choices at you all the time right from the start deciding how to create your character which can be 1 of 10 races with a much improved character creation system and later whether to join the loyal Sons of Skyrim the Stormcloaks or the empire devoted Imperials. So much is happening all the time in this vast world and it never stops giving as The Dark Brotherhood and Thieves guild return and the Companions and College of Winterhold make their debut each offering their own unique story lines with surprises at every corner. All round the quests are greatly improved with Daedric quests making a welcomed comeback offering more priceless rewards. Even the side and miscellaneous quests are as well thought out as the more important quests as the AAA standard is maintained all round by Bethesda. Once again like its predecessor the Dark Brotherhood quest line stands out as the culmination of the quest involves you assassinating a key figure in the world of Tamriel. Throughout the quest line the missions are all very well written nonetheless the other guilds also have memorable moments.

Another pivotal part of the gameplay in Skyrim is combat which is the best so far in any Elder Scrolls title. A weapon or spell can be placed in either hand and because I played a Nord warrior I duel wielded a sword in my right hand and a war axe in my left dealing double the damage. No RPG offers as many combat options as Skyrim due to the fact that you can fight with any weapon you choose and due to the clever favourites menu you can quickly switch as I did to a healing spell in my left hand or a bow. (Or my deadly two-handed battleaxe). Newly added are finishing moves depending on the weapon you are using e.g. an axe to the skull or dagger to the neck. I focused my levelling on the one handed tree adding deadly decapitations to my finishers meaning heads are chopped off as well! Many critics believe the melee option is not as good as magic but for the first time I feel melee has more weight about it and sword attacks can stagger enemies so it is definitely a viable option.

The combat shines against dragons as you can utilise your dragon shouts to full effect especially Unrelenting force which is powerful enough to halt a dragon when it is unleashing a wave of fire. Most of the time when you find a word wall in the world a dragon is nearby so you can kill it and absorb its soul so you can unlock the dragon shout. And killing dragons early on is no easy feat so be prepared as you'll need long range spells or preferably a bow and some strong close range weaponry as I usually utilised a battleaxe. Not until around level 20 will you feel dominant against these beasts but even then stronger dragons appear such as blood and eventually elder dragons.

The Sky's the limit


The best Fallout 3 feature implemented in Skyrim is the levelling system which is heavily refined as each time you level up you can increase one attribute by 10 points (Health, Stamina & Magicka) and then you can pick one perk from a selection of 18 skill trees which each have multiple perks. This system is so simple yet it offers a lot of depth as there is a total of over 200 perks making it one of the best levelling systems in an RPG in a very long time. As you progress through Skyrim you really feel like you're going on a long journey and you're rewarded for it a great deal by a system which makes you feel more powerful as you continue to level up.

A testament to Bethesda's hard work on the game is the setting: Skyrim. The world of Skyrim is the definition of the words living world. There is no other game you will have played which has such a thriving land with its own clear and distinctive Nordic cold environments. The mountains really stand out as you traverse the land and can even block you as you try to navigate the map but there is always a way round. Horses also help to speed up navigation and can climb steep terrain. As you walk in the hand crafted cities and towns or in the over 150 dungeons everything looks unique and nothing I mean nothing looks the same so dungeon crawling is 100% worth it as you almost certainly find great loot, a quest or a word wall plus exits at the end of the dungeon. Wherever you walk something is happening; a dragon is attacking a helpless town, bandits are attacking weak farmers or the civil wars impact is evident as prisoners are being transported.

Skyrim is simply a game which never stops giving as quests are infinite, as are dragons. There is constant discovery all over this vast troubled land be it helping people by being a vampire slayer or a werewolf who slaughters anything in its sight the choice is always yours. This is why it excels and when it is at its best. Jeremy Soules soundtrack is phenomenal and is right on cue throughout your adventures. Skyrim matches the hype and exceeds it with ease.


The Breakdown

Graphics 10 Lifelike environments and breathtaking vistas

Sound 10 Jeremy Soule at his absolute best and top quality voice acting.

Gameplay 10 One of the best worlds to explore filled with intriguing quests, satisfying combat, a great third person view and dragons.

Lifespan 10 Over 300 hours of gaming on offer not to mention
upcoming DLC.

The Final Word Bethesda have out done themselves with The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, I had the most bug and glitch free experiences with a masterpiece of a game. Not only is this the best RPG on the market; it is one of the best games on the XBOX.





One of the greatest games I've ever played, truly a masterpiece of gaming inginuity.

10

Editors' Choice
Difficulty:
Just Right
Time Spent:
10 to 20 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Revolutionary"

Summary

When I first played Oblivion, I thought it was the most revolutionary game I had ever played. Before Skyrim came out I wondered how it could out do Oblivion. Within the first minutes I was blown away with the graphics, the climatic beginning and the combat system. Oblivion did take awile to get in to, but when you did, it was amazing. However, with Skyrim I was in the game right away and it never let go. I was slowly immersed into the main quest, but it was so easy to get sidetracked with all the things to do. I felt like real life, something no other game in my opinion has ever been able to do. When I finally took down Alduin in the epic final battle, I was breathtaken by the cinematic moments that this game provided, something Oblivion never did, or any other game because you felt that it was you in that battle, not the protagonist or other character. All this game did was impress. When I finally decided to take on all the side quests and upgrade my skills, I truly fell into the game. I went from dungeon to dungeon with no track of actual time. This is what makes Skyrim such a great game, the way it puts you into the game and never lets go. After playing Skyrim it was hard to play anything else because I always thought, this is not as good as Skyrim. I can only wait for the next installation of the Elder Scrolls, because I can't even imagine how they can top Skyrim, but I thought the same way with Oblivion, I never imagined how wrong I was. I think this is worthy of the title: "Greatest Game of the Decade."




An epic masterpiece. I thought I'd outgrown video games. Skyrim proved me wrong.

9.5

Editors' Choice
Difficulty:
Just Right
Time Spent:
40 to 100 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Instant classic"

Summary

I've never spent so much time with an RPG, and I still have so much more to do. I almost hope it never ends. The main quests are great, but there are also a TON of miscellaneous quests. It seems like just about every npc has a quest you can do, and some of those quest can be just as big and epic as the main quests. I didn't play the last Elder Scrolls game much, but I did play a lot of Fallout 3. I'd say, overall, Skyrim is better. It's similar to Fallout, in that you go out on quests, find loot from enemies that you kill, sell the loot, do more quests, etc. the difference is, the world of Skyrim is SO much bigger, and your quests are occasionally interrupted by a random dragon attack, which is always fun.

There are a few minor glitches here and there, as is typical with Bethesda games, but overall, Skyrim is just an amazing experience that I'd recommend to anyone who likes video games.
9.0

Editors' Choice
9.6
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