Bethesda is well known in the gaming world for its ground breaking, open world games that allow players to go anywhere and do anything. The fifth installment of The Elder Scrolls series, Skyrim keeps up this grand tradition and simply blows all other role playing games out of the water.
The main storyline in Skyrim focuses on a civil war raging between the empire and a group of rebels known as the Stormcloaks, and most importantly, the return of the fearsome dragons.
The player assumes the role of a Dragonborn, a person who is born with the soul of a dragon and has the ability to use the dragon’s own powerful “dragon shouts” against them.
Dragon shouts are in the magical language of the dragons, and allow the player to do things such as slow time, breath fire, blow enemies backwards and transport forward at lightning speed. These shouts are extremely fun to use and sound rather awesome.
Combat is exciting and visceral and could rival an action game. Players have to be quick and smart with their attacks because simple button mashing won’t work in Skyrim.
The player is instrumental in determining the fate of Skyrim, but the true beauty of the game is the fact that they are free to ignore the main quest completely, and go in any direction they want.
Players are free to wander anywhere they want in this massive world and there are many cities, fortresses, dungeons and caves to explore, each one unique and intricately detailed.
There are loads of interesting factions the player can join or side with and countless quests offered from the many interesting characters in Skyrim. The level of detail in this game is staggering; bards play lutes and sing ballads in taverns, hunters track deer through the woods, water flows naturally over rocks, trees sway in the wind, children play in the streets, and merchants peddle their goods in town squares.
The world of Skyrim is a vast and beautiful place, with towering mountains, lush forests and snow covered tundra all rendered in beautiful high definition and awaiting exploration. There is estimated to be about 300 hours of gameplay to be had in Skyrim, but with all the extra things to do, such as blacksmithing, gathering herbs to make potions, hunting, cooking, making friends, getting married, etc. there is limitless potential play time for this game.
Skyrim is an amazing masterpiece of video game art that offers an experience unlike any other game that I have ever played. It would not be an exaggeration to say Skyrim is one of the best games ever made.
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