Tuesday, December 27, 2011

5 Reasons to Play The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

I have been playing The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim for about a week now. Yes I know I am a bit late, but I have it right? Anyways what got me interested in this game aside from the pure hype of it, was the fact that I had previously played The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. As a fan of this game, I was very tempted to play the newer version of the series. Yet I was skeptical at first because of all the bugs and glitches from the previous version. As I sat down and started to play it, I noticed that getting the game was a great decision.

1. The game mechanic are much better. Upon playing for some time I noticed that you can't just run around and jump and sprint and gain a skill increase. Unlike its older brother, this was an issue for me. As it made the feel of the game seem a bit unreal. Yes I am sure in real life if you run around jumping, you will get better at it. Yet for game physics it would allow you to feel God-like. Jumping 15 feet in the air is not realistic, and for a game like Skyrim, you want it to be as realistic as possible. Even though it is a fantasy genre game.

2. The graphics are improved. I don't really have to show you to be able to tell, but I will. The fact of the matter is. Oblivion came out in 2003 and then Skyrim came out in 2011. Here is a visual of the character evolution from the two.

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3. Freedom to do anything you want. Well almost anything. The game is so open and so is the world. You be any type of character you. It has its limits just like any game does. Yet it doesn't force you to follow the story line if you wander off. In fact you can play the game without doing much of the storyline. It is up to you to complete it. You can always just follow your own path that attunes to your play style. The game doesn't block you off with an invisible wall that forces you to follow the story. This I like. A lot of games will make you follow the story. Yet with Skyrim, there are so many side quests and other things to do in the game. You could play for hours on end and not complete any of it.

4. Dual Wielding. Ah yes, who doesn't like to dual wield? Well magic caster normally don't like it, or do they? In Skyrim even as a magic caster you can dual wield spells. How freaking cool is that! This was something I always wanted in Oblivion. A lot of the times I just dodged the attacks anyways. With dual wielding you can take advantage of the extra weapons damage modifiers. When dual wielding spells it also allows you to use an overcharge ability that also has a modifier to it!

5. Skyrim has the ability to keep you engaged in play for what some say "hundreds of hours". The storyline, side quests, training of skills, exploration, and so on. Skyrim leaves little behind for almost any player. From what I read online, the fastest time someone has completed the game was in between 2-3 hours. For a game of this magnitude, if you completed it that fast, you skipped most of the fun parts. Rushed through quests, didn't read anything, and basically had the concept of how to beat it to begin with. You should play a game of this caliber to its fullest potential.

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