Skyrim

I’ve never heard so many grown men gush in unison. The office is awash with swooning artists and designers gazing longingly into the middle distance. Love is in the air. The object of their fawning is Skyrim, an RPG set in the frosty mountains where dragons soar and giants prowl. What has become of our hitherto hard-nosed industry vets? They’ve regressed into over-enthusiastic fanboys. Bethesda has finally made an Elder Scrolls game everyone can enjoy.

If someone pitched you Skyrim (or any Elder Scrolls game), you would be within your rights to think the designers had got a little carried away. Mechanics abound. If your heart desires, you can buy a pickaxe, mine some ore, smelt an ingot, forge a sword, sharpen it into a ‘fine’ sword, brew a potion, poison the sword, learn an enchantment, steal a soul gem, capture a soul, enchant the sword and then just sell the bleedin’ thing back to the pickaxe vendor for a tidy profit and you get to keep the pickaxe. Can’t say fairer than that. Mercifully, you will find other ways to make your fortune but the boundless freedom and facility to do whatever you like is what makes Skyrim so compelling.

I rarely get that into games’ stories, they are so often predetermined however well this is disguised by branching conversations and moral choices – give me gameplay every time. But I love when a game mixes the two with a meaningful decision. In Mass Effect 2, you weigh a dangerous species’ past crimes and potential future ones against its right to survive. There’s no right answer and the choice you make will impact your game – kill them all and they won’t turn up in future missions and various people will think more or less of you for what you’ve done. However, beyond a smattering of these throughout the game, your character’s arc is chosen for you. Skyrim is truly an open world and it’s so enormous and the options within it so numerous, you feel you can do anything. It has a main quest line but it isn’t given priority, you don’t need to complete parts to unlock other areas or quests lines. This freedom makes you think hard about what you want to do and once you’ve done that, you are much more invested in the choices you make. In Mass Effect 2, you can shape Shepherd’s story but in Skyrim it’s your story to tell. Linearity is a dot to them.

The combat is varied and well-balanced throughout with AI smart enough to make the harder difficulties pleasingly unforgiving. There’s a range of weapon types each with corresponding skill trees, 6 schools of magic and lots of opportunities to sneak around and catch your quarry unawares. Self-medication with potions and food allow you to boost your health, magic and stamina to withstand the abuse meted out by enemies far tougher than you until you can finish them off. And some of the baddies are no shrinking violets. Dragons will swoop down and rain fire on you while irascible giants will cover drive you for 6 to the rapturous appreciation of their Mammoth flock. And those are just the random encounters you will stumble upon out in the wilds. More monstrous beasts await you underground.

The range of crafting options gives significance to every plant and berry you discover on your travels. Pop home and that modest mushroom may be the missing ingredient for your magic potion or indeed your venison stew. Modifying weapons with poisons and enchantments is very satisfying and seeing their effects writ large on hapless victims is equally rewarding. Conversations have just enough significant choices to keep you on your toes and characters (and the occasional book) may offer tips to improve your skills. And the music…wow…it always takes a while to notice a game’s music and this was no different but now I am tapping along to the stirring, Nordic war songs and getting teary during the soulful, pastoral refrains. Some soundperson somewhere deserves a medal. Person, I salute you.

There are of course some janky bits but you are so into the game, you barely notice. Certainly for the first 10-20 hours you are too busy gawping at the sheer scale of the landscapes, the gorgeous art and the myriad options at your fingertips to gripe about bugs. Skyrim feels like a step up for the RPG genre. It’s a timely reminder that however constraining our 6 year old console hardware is becoming, the tech is not the limiting factor on the fun; the design is. The ambition of Bethesda’s designers has been rewarded at last.

310 Comments

Filed under Games, Reviews

310 Responses to Skyrim

  1. Kris Skellorn

    Hey, totally agree, I’m loving Skyrim at the moment. I’m a little intimidated by the range of missions though. I find myself trying to ignore people in towns that I’m not ready to delve into yet. Simply because I have too much on my plate already. It’s jolly good though. I think I could happly sink a few months into it.

    Kris

  2. Hello Web Admin, I noticed that your On-Page SEO is is missing a few factors, for one you do not use all three H tags in your post, also I notice that you are not using bold or italics properly in your SEO optimization. On-Page SEO means more now than ever since the new Google update: Panda. No longer are backlinks and simply pinging or sending out a RSS feed the key to getting Google PageRank or Alexa Rankings, You now NEED On-Page SEO. So what is good On-Page SEO?First your keyword must appear in the title.Then it must appear in the URL.You have to optimize your keyword and make sure that it has a nice keyword density of 3-5% in your article with relevant LSI (Latent Semantic Indexing). Then you should spread all H1,H2,H3 tags in your article.Your Keyword should appear in your first paragraph and in the last sentence of the page. You should have relevant usage of Bold and italics of your keyword.There should be one internal link to a page on your blog and you should have one image with an alt tag that has your keyword….wait there’s even more Now what if i told you there was a simple WordPress plugin that does all the On-Page SEO, and automatically for you? That’s right AUTOMATICALLY, just watch this 4minute video for more information at. Seo Plugin

  3. Skyrim | Jeremy Hogan
    strhpzrpfc http://www.gh7f419oo57od4mwz24x98yd20lh482es.org/
    [url=http://www.gh7f419oo57od4mwz24x98yd20lh482es.org/]ustrhpzrpfc[/url]
    astrhpzrpfc

  4. HI!Thanks a lot for providing individuals with an extraordinarily spectacular opportunity to read in detail from here.look forward to so many more cool times reading here. Thanks once more for all the details.
    stan smith shoes

  5. ap e l’unit dell’intersuola. 2016

  6. Great post. I was checking continuously this blog and I am inspired! Very useful information particularly the final part :) I take care of such info much. I was looking for this certain info for a long time. Thanks and best of luck.

  7. Ora disponibile presso un rivenditore locale / Disponibile solo in taglie per bambini.

  8. difficile vedere una luce alla fine del “gesso per i piedi” tunnel 0 aiuta a costruire la forza nei tuoi piedi, la gente. lacci,

  9. Have a heart and let me miss you I have great ambitions Not only do you still think you have been happy always happy forever health There is a love called care Have a feeling is sweet.

  10. Acquista on Foot Locker – 24:00 EST / 2 di aprile, un nuovo equilibrio cosa orgoglioso,

  11. TSN is well positioned as an international real-time sports wire service with customers throughout North America, Asia and Europe. This guide will receive we from the hard piece and grow a knowledge thus you can create a superior choice with regards for you to get a hidden spy cara. My ausative is to provide the good and subservient selective information and tips to my online buyers. Consider other items such as wallets, CD and DVD cases, as well as accessories for his vehicle. But, you can not advertise your site using regular channels. This eliminates the work of writing a examine in your bills and having to attend for them to be mailed out. Then all of a sudden we realize simply how much fats and calories we have now appreciated within our body. Purchases could be paid for imdiately and you”ll store right from the consolation of your house. On common, the larger a tumor is, the lengthier (or faster) its been growing, having a subsequent correlation amongst tumor size and metastasis.

  12. I’m really inspired along with your writing talents and also with the structure in your weblog. Is that this a paid subject or did you customize it your self? Either way keep up the nice quality writing, it is uncommon to look a great blog like this one nowadays..

  13. The side effects reported from the garcinia kola use in this study were weight
    loss, increase in prolonged slumber and libido.

  14. A: No. The brief answer is pregnancy is an interval that is delicate and you don’t need to take a supplement
    obtained at causing weight loss.

  15. Eventually, the third part of Dr. Oz’s fat-burning strategy
    is easy: Just have a tablespoon of pomegranate
    vinegar after every meal.

  16. Why visitors still use to read news papers when in this technological globe the whole thing is existing on net?

  17. Definitely consider that that you said. Your favorite reason appeared
    to be on the web the easiest factor to consider of. I say to
    you, I definitely get annoyed at the same time as other folks think about worries that they plainly do not recognise about.
    You controlled to hit the nail upon the top as smartly as defined out the whole thing with no need side-effects ,
    people could take a signal. Will probably be again to get more.
    Thanks

  18. It’s an amazing paragraph in favor of all the online people; they will take advantage from it I am sure.

  19. I enjoy what you guys are up too. This kind of clever work and exposure!

    Keep up the good works guys I’ve included you guys to blogroll.

  20. This page definitely has all of the info I wanted about
    this subject and didn’t know who to ask.

  21. Hi, Neat post. There’s a problem together with your web
    site in internet explorer, may check this? IE still is the
    market chief and a large element of people will leave out your
    wonderful writing because of this problem.

  22. Hello, all the time i used to check weblog
    posts here in the early hours in the break of day, since
    i enjoy to find out more and more.

  23. I’m curious to find out what blog platform you have been utilizing?
    I’m experiencing some small security problems with my latest blog
    and I would like to find something more risk-free.

    Do you have any solutions?

  24. Wonderful blog! I found it while surfing around on Yahoo News.
    Do you have any suggestions on how to get listed in Yahoo
    News? I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem to get there!
    Thank you

  25. Informative article, just what I wanted to find.