The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
In November last year, I spent the most worth while forty five pounds on a game I have spent in my twenty years. What did I buy? The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
At first I was a little hesitant about purchasing the game, having never played an elder scrolls game before, I didn’t really know what to expect, whether I would enjoy it, or even like it at all.
However, thirty minutes into playing, I was hooked. Dragons, swords, bows, giants, trolls, this game had everything you could want from an RPG all rolled into a great story.
Players fill the boots of the ‘Dovahkiin’ or ‘Dragonborn’ someone who is able to speak in the dragon language, enabling you to use ‘dragon shouts’ powerful words that each have a different result, words which can be learnt throughout the game.
The Dovahkiin’s quest is simple, stop the dragons that have mysteriously returned to the Skyrim, a province of Tamriel, the land the Elder scrolls games are set within.
The main quest itself will only take about 10 hours to complete, the real value for money come from the world around you, the towns dotted about the map, wanderers scaling mountains and various other interesting people you will bump into along your travels, these people offer up side quests for you to undertake, some of which can be as simple as collecting a particular item, or as difficult as taking over a fortress singlehandedly. These quests are randomly generated, meaning there is literally no end to this game. These types of side quests can even be ignored completely and there is still plenty to do, key characters from around the land will provide you with quests that have three or four stages, or even more.
One such quest sees you siding with either the Nordic ‘Stormcloaks’ or the ‘Empire’ and trying to win the war for skyrim for one side or the other, a quest line that can take several hours to complete, depending on how you tackle it.
Even ignoring the quests the game stands on its own, exploration is key in this game, looting items, discovering locations, fighting creatures, and learning new shouts, all is important for level progression, allowing you to level up and earn more perks to improve your characters skills.
The main thing I love about this game is its longevity and randomness, each time you load up a game, you will get a different experience, dragons attack at random, and the inhabitants will ‘live’ out there lives whether or not you are around to see it.
I would recommend this game to anyone who hadn’t yet bought it, it is extremely good value for money, and never gets dull, I have currently clocked over 157 hours on Skyrim, that’s almost 7 days of constant gaming, and I still love it, I’m still not bored of it and I cannot see that changing.
Bethesda will only improve upon the game in the future too, with the recent addition of ‘Kinect’ support you can now ‘Fus Ro Dah’ your way through the inhabitants of Tamriel to your hearts content. Also the addition of the creation kit on Steam (PC only) allows infinite possibilities within the modding community. As well as the downloadable content (DLC) that is sure to come in the near future, this game is only going to get bigger.
Have you played Skyrim? Let me know what you thought, and I wont make any more arrow in the knee jokes!