Elder Scrolls: Skyrim

Skyrim is finally here. Since I didn’t really play that much of Oblivion I shouldn’t have been as excited for this game as much as I was. Yay for marketing. However once Ophilye gave me the ok to buy it I started doing some serious research. I know, what research do you need? Just buy the game! Well see, I had read that Skyrim, unlike the Elder Scrolls games before it, was built for the console first and PC second. Reports came out of horrible controls on the PC, but as expected better graphics. All the amazon reviews had the PC averaging 5 stars and the Xbox360 5 stars. I also was very interested in MODS for the game but didn’t want to sacrifice anything by sticking to the PC route that was appearing to have a lot of problems.

So what version did I buy? PC. But I did also buy a 360 controller receiver for my PC. This way I can play the game with better graphics but not have to deal with the second hand controls given out the PC folks. Let me say this, it works great!!

Now on to the gameplay. Its very addicting. The story is well written, customization of your character is top notch, quest are fun and rewarding and the leveling system is the best I have seen on an RPG. I am fully addicted. I have decided to go the mage/thief route while playing the lizard race. This allows me to regen health while dealing out a fair amount of damage from spells and my bow. The great thing about Skyrim is that I am not stuck to a class. If I like to use something, I will level in it. I use magic and a 1 hand mace for close combat, so it levels up as I use it. I use my bow for long attacks and it also levels up. I can level anyway I want and create any number of class mixes. It is amazing.

Quests are plentiful. You can find a lot of them in the city as well as chances to level your skills like potion making, smelting, etc. However Skyrim really rewards people who explore. Don’t follow a path, just wander the land and discover new things, encounter new beasts and find things you otherwise wouldn’t have. I love this part of Skyrim more then anything else.

There is so many good things to say about this game and you have probably heard them all already. So I am adding my voice to the thousands who agree this game is what we expected. Of course because it’s PC I have some lockups and crashes. And my Gaming PC is top of the line, but they are few enough that the enjoyment I get while playing far outweighs these issues.

If you have been on the fence about this game, take the leap. It’s well worth it!

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