Review: TESV – Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
PC | PS3 | XBOX

DLC: Dawnguard | Hearthfire | Dragonborn

I feel like it would be best to start off this gaming blog with one of the best PC/console games of this generation.

Skyrim.

An open – world action role – playing game that sets a new standard for RPGs everywhere, Skyrim takes world exploration and storytelling to a whole new level.

At first it may look like just your standard fantasy RPG —- spells and swords with dragons and dungeons, but upon playing it further that’s when you start to see what sets it apart from the others.

CUSTOMIZATION
In Skyrim you are able to customize your characters to any of these races:

Argonian
    • 50% resistance to disease
    • Infinite breath underwater
    • Hitskin
    • Alteration (+5)
    • Light Armor (+5)
    • Lockpicking (+10)
    • Restoration (+5)
    • Sneak (+5)
Breton
    • 25% resistance to magic
    • Dragonskin
    • Alchemy (+5)
    • Alteration (+5)
    • Conjuration (+10)
    • Illusion (+5)
    • Restoration (+5)
    • Speech (+5)
Dark Elf
    • 50% resistance to fire
    • Ancestor’s Wrath
    • Alchemy (+5)
    • Alteration (+5)
    • Destruction (+10)
    • Illusion (+5)
    • Light Armor (+5)
    • Sneak (+5)
High Elf
    • +50 Magicka
    • Highborn
    • Alteration (+5)
    • Conjuration (+5)
    • Destruction (+5)
    • Enchanting (+5)
    • Illusion (+10)
    • Restoration (+5)
Imperial
    • Voice of the Emperor
    • Imperial Luck
    • Block (+5)
    • Destruction (+5)
    • Enchanting (+5)
    • Heavy Armor (+5)
    • Restoration (+10)
    • One – handed (+5)
Khajiit
    • Night Eye
    • Unarmed claw attack
    • Alchemy (+5)
    • Archery (+5)
    • Lockpicking (+5)
    • Pickpocket (+5)
    • Sneak (+10)
    • One – handed (+5)
Nord
    • 50% resistance to cold
    • Battlecry
    • Block (+5)
    • Light Armor (+5)
    • Smithing (+5)
    • Speech (+5)
    • One – handed (+5)
    • Two – handed (+10)
Orc
    • Berserker Rage
    • Block (+5)
    • Enchanting (+5)
    • Heavy Armor (+10)
    • Smithing (+5)
    • One – handed (+5)
    • Two – handed (+5)
Redguard
    • 50% resistance to poison
    • Adrenaline Rush
    • Alteration (+5)
    • Archery (+5)
    • Block (+5)
    • Destruction (+5)
    • Smithing (+5)
    • One – handed (+10)
Wood Elf
    • 50% resistance to poison
    • 50% resistance to disease
    • Command Animals
    • Archery (+10)
    • Light Armor (+5)
    • Alchemy (+5)
    • Lockpicking (+5)
    • Pickpocket (+5)
    • Sneak (+5)

In addition to being able to choose your race, you can also customize their visuals. Although there are limited presets and options, you’ll always end up with decent looking avatars. Skyrim could do with more versatile menus, though.

~ Spoiler Alert , but only for the beginning. ~

You start off as a prisoner about to be executed by the Imperials at Helgen. Just as the executioner is about to cut off your head, a dragon swoops in and attacks, destroying everything around you. In the chaos, you manage to escape.

~ End Spoiler.~

This is when the game truly begins.
The moment you get out of the “tutorial” section, you are free to do anything you want. Literally. It can range from simple exploration to killing everything on sight. Just be careful with the latter, though. You can’t kill everything. Here’s a pro tip: when you reach ANY village, don’t kill the chickens. Or any other animal in the vicinity. Or else they’ll kill you!

Anyways.

When you reach certain places and talk with certain people, quests will be triggered. It can be done at your pace any time you like, and quests can overlap each other. You can do the main quest while doing a side quest. This is one of the main things that makes this game amazing — anything is possible, as long as it’s within the game’s mechanics. The developers put so much effort into making everything realistic — to a point where in certain quests, you can choose one path and change at the last minute, and the characters will have the appropriate dialogue. Not only that, but when your friends die, you get a letter of inheritance and some gold.

Skyrim is a wonderfully constructed game and to put everything about it here would take me forever. My advice? Go PLAY IT YOURSELF! It’s amazing and totally worth every penny you pay for it, the DLC especially. With more than 400+ hours of gameplay in my personal save, (and I’m still not done,) you’ll be missing half of your life if you don’t try this.

Hats off to Bethesda.

P.S. – TESV: Skyrim is best played on a PC. I haven’t tried the XBOX360 version so I can’t speak for it, but the PS3 version is extremely buggy and will hang when your save file reaches a certain size. (10MB+.)

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