The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Looking forward to this game
Skyrim looks like it will be a masterpiece.
I'm don't want to say this haphazardly, but if it is everything it's supposed to be, the unique game play based on your style. The interaction with NPCs, the beauty of the scenery and creatures. The reaction of enemy NPCs. The ability to do non-combat related task when you're tired of dungeon diving and want to take a small break in the vast world. The greater complexity to battle instead of the hack and cast we're used to. The menu which let's you stay in the world instead of leaving to go to a screen. The perks which help you to even more individualize your character. Leveling with no cap, but making the level up rate sensible, so if you're a hard core player or a casual gamer you can get what you want. The very large variety of voice actors and scripts so people don't get redundant, such as "Thank you kind sir" which sounded the same from every beggar you heard it from, and occasionally non-beggar, in oblivion. Quest being Dynamic instead of static and different based on what you do. NPCs don't stick to the same routine and walk the same path at the same time every day. It is truly a revolution in gaming.
Skyrim (from my PS3 experience) is the easily the best RPG to date. It has the most depth and choice you could ever ask for. This game will keep you playing for hours. After you're done, you are likely to replay the game again to try out a different character build or progression technique. I have not seen replayability like this since Dragon Age Origins. There are many who say they are disappointed in the graphics, however they are excellent and a definite improvement IMHO. They stay true to the TES series, so you still get a good nostalgic sensation. The UI is definitely optimized for consoles, so some PC users may cry blasphemy. Also the removal of spellcrafting could be seen as heartbreaking, but for me I am to busy partaking in the many other activities within the game to care. The music is cinematic and immersive. Somebody overheard (but did not see) the game on the TV and asked what movie I was watching, it's that good! Also, if you have been reading the news, you will find out (unless proven as hoaxes) that there is visual proof that Bethesda created a monster within this game. Beyond the game map, it appears the land masses from Oblivion and Morrowind (and potentially more) have been recreated!!! Imagine DLC that reopens Morrowind and Cyrodiil to the player, reimagined using Skyrim's engine. That concept is just sensory overload for me. Cheers to a very likely 2011 GOTY.
Best game I bought in 2011
If you're a fan of RPG games, and fantasy, even in the slightest, you need to buy this game. Skyrim is played in first person view (with option of 3rd person as well). There is an acceptable amount of depth involved in building your character through his or her levels. The graphics aren't revolutionary, but they are still up there with the best. Especially when you consider the amount of thinking and generating the system is doing the background, which is an incomparable amount of computing. All I can say is this new game engine Bethesda made is amazing, and if they use it on the next Fallout game, we're in for game of the century. I could go on and on, but I'll keep it short and say this game deserves to be in every RPG players system.
I was let down... personally.
I heard a new TES was coming out... i got JACKED! Then i played it. in the beginning i was in love... for about an hour. The combat is clunky and one of the worst combat systems ive ever played with, battles can be sparce, crafting is incredibly time consuming... and between the MASSSSSIVEEEE world, and hundreds of objectives, personal wants, etc it gets overwhelming. I struggled on and on until I hit a point where i had so much to do and knew so very little of what i was ACTUALLY doing in the game i alost had an anurism, shut it off, and havent played since. The map is pretty brutal, youre only able tohave 2 skills mapped to your buttons at once... just overall i was unhappy. Even though the company went under id give Kingdoms of Amalur a 50x better rating than this game. Still, if your a TES fan, try it for yourself, this is my opinion, but for me... open world concept is great but skyrim went so far as to make me not want to bother.
this game is lots of fun and there is always something to do
Best Console RPG to date!
There are plenty of reviews here already, so I'll try to only say what hasn't been repeatedly said already. In this review I'll try to offer something a little different but still useful, especially to those who have played Oblivion (the previous installment from Elder Scrolls, also PS3, another great game and now for a great price!). I'll present features and comparisons to the earlier game (P.S. I've only played Oblivion, not Morrowind). Let's go... (GREAT VIEW) It's been said before. The game is absolutely beautiful, a testiment to what can be accomplished on this generation of consoles that will likely far exceed anything most developers/publishers will put out even on the next (few) generations of consoles. To say it's visually stunning is an understatement. You get to view the wonderfully rendered world of Skyrim from a first-person perspective. While this can be a little disorienting at first for some (notably figuring out how far your weapons can reach, or losing track of an enemy who walked past you or ducked out of your field of vision) these issues are easily overcome and not only will you likely get quite sued to it, but you'll wonder how you ever played any other way. You will certainly feel like you're in the world, and what better way to experience the brilliance of it all... (CHARACTER IMPROVEMENT) Like Oblivion, Skyrim has a levelling system based on the acquisition of experience points gained in one of several skills. Once those skills level up so much, you also gain a level. There are no classes to select from, your character simply gets good at doing whatveer it is you're doing repeatedly. For some this is too open-ended and there's too much room for error if you "level the wrong skills". For others, this is the epitome of character customization. There is no way to "level wrong" in my opinion, and if you're bad at something, well the reason why it's low-levelled is because you never liked doing it anyway. The game won't force you to do it. That's the beauty of it. This is slightly modified from Oblivion where you had to choose a class and certain skills leveled faster absed on your choice. Also in comparison to Oblivion, any skill will level you rather than only those skills tied to your class, as in Oblivion. Similar skills in Oblivion (like Mercatile and Speechcraft) have been combined in Skyrim (Speech) in ways that make sense, while other skills have been newly introduced (Smithing and Enchanting). Your items no longer get damaged (no more tedious repairs) but you do get to make them better with skills like enchanting or smithing. Finally, you'll no longer need to pay such close attention to the abilities you're levelling as the game ensures key aspects of your character (Strength and health, etc) are all leveled a little bit as you progress, but you get to choose a little bonus at every level to help you get just that much better at your favorite things. (OPEN WORLD) You can do anything and in almost any order, go anywhere, and the game supplies some very surprising new mechanics and strange routines that somehow seem fun in fitting with the roleplay aspect of the game (cutting wood to sell it as firewood, helping an NPC at a mill, catching fish in the rivers, drinking contests at the tavern, asking passing bards to sing some of your favorite ditties, choosing your favorite companions to accompany you even in random combat and even getting married with both hetero-and-homosexual options, etc). Most quests also offer a number of optional ways to finish them, some even going FAR OFF TRACK of where it began (help a man steal a horse can become helping his enemy sabotage every aspect of his family life... if you want to... you could also just report him). (SOME NEGATIVITY) It's difficult to find anything WRONG with this game. With that said I have found a few things frustrating. Occassionally the fighting is "jumpy" - What I mean? I guess it's framerates or whatever mumbo jumbo, but at times I find the animation isn't smooth and sometimes the controller doesn't respond while it's "thinking". I'll try to shoot fire from my hand and all my character does is stand there and get bloodied. The game is also seems to like withholding information that isn't tied to a quest. How do I buy my house? How many more quests must I do before I can buy your stuff? Where's the bloody note that I dropped and you keep mentioning every 10 seconds? Where do I find these rare gems that you desperately need to make a set of earrings? Why is that wolf attacking me and ignoring that giant stomping on its back? Which of these two people (two available paths) is with the "Rebels" so I don't accidently shag up with the "Empire"? Where is that dang barking dog? Why can't I kick or bite at that bloody fish? (BOTTOM LINE) The negative remarks above are few and very scattered. They rarely happen. The choice is here, the world is open, there's lots to do, and it all looks and feels great. Buy it. New, just so you can get it sooner. This thing's amazing.
KIND OF GAME THAT MAKES YOU WANT TO QUIT YOUR JOB
This game is amazing. The story line is epic, The graphics are breathtaking, the choices are never ending, the battles (can be) challenging and the large array of combinations you can have with the dual wielding is truly satisfying. you can put fire in one hand and ice in the other and shoot at the same time, or fire in both and combine the flames to make bigger ones. or maybe just swing around an axe or mace and use the other hand for a shield or healing magic. there is a "bug" in some or maybe all of the games that after a while the game starts to get slow and choppy. im not sure if BETHESDA has fixed that problem or just closed its eyes and prayed no one would notice, but it doesnt usually happen until about 30 - 60 hours in. I recommend this game for anyone with either A LOT of time on their hands, or for someone who wants to have a game that could take a year if going for a platinum trophy and playing casually.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> SIDENOTE<<<<<<<< the collectors edition of this game comes with some really cool stuff so if there are any left and you can afford it id advise getting it because its alot better than most "special editions" that come with a little extra gun and an imaginary pat on the back for paying an extra $20
Prediction: GOTY 2011
When HASN'T an Elder Scolls game been amazing? This game looks to carry on that tradition. There has been some concern expressed lately over some of the changes that have been made, but time will tell. Based off Bethesda's track-record, I'm going to assume this game is going to rock, hard. Game Of The Year hard.
Great Game / Full of Bugs
Skyrim is a great game with a great story and fun quests all in a huge open world. Unfortunately, the game seems to be filled with bugs. I've gotten stuck in rocks, died by falling off a horse and got trapped underwater. The worst part of all is that the game continually freezes after about 40 hours of gameplay. Fortunately, I downloaded the new 1.04 patch which seems to have corrected the issues that I've noticed, but the game still freezes in between loading screens from time to time. When the game freezes up, I have no choice but to pull my power cord as it seems to lock up my system. Nevertheless, this is still a great game that gets you hooked for days! Strongly recommend (after the 1.04 patch)!
Great game But not on the PS3
I really like the game but I'm always on the loading screen with my PS3 while my friends are on the Xbox and PC and they have minimal loading. The Gameplay is Great more like addicting to say it. The graphic are good. The sound really ties in well.