THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was released November 11, 2011 by Bethesda Softworks. The game was developed by Bethesda Softworks. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is a first/third person action adventure.

We have awarded Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim with game of the year for 2011.

Morrowind, Oblivion, Fallout 3 are the earlier ones in the series.

The game is set 200 years after the events of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. Players take on the role of one of the last dragon hunters (dovakhin) and following in the footsteps of the ancient prophecy trying to prevent the arrival of Alduin, the god of destruction that threatens the entire continent of Tamriel.

As you progress in the game character acquires new skills and improve already possessed. The open, non-linear environment allows players to explore and choose how they wish to play the game.

By default the game is a third person, using the F key and the mouse wheel, the view can be as a first person shooter with medieval weapons etc. This alone reaches out to legions of first person shooter enthusiasts.

Almost immediately the player gets several weapons etc. Using the I key the player can change the weapons in each hand. There are many different weapons available. Armor is also needed.

Skyrim is more mountainous than some other competing titles. This adds more to the game play as it requires much more exploration by the player. There are lush valleys and lots of small villiages.

Skyrim is significantly different from the earlier installments. A lot of spells have disappeared. Although storyline missions are necessary to progress through the game, players can complete them at their own leisure.

The player can explore the open world of Skyrim on foot or on horse, and fast-travel to cities, towns, and dungeons after they have been discovered. There is even a carriage ride. Quests are standard in this class of game. They can be found widely throughout the realm. When not completing quests, the player can interact with AI characters through conversation, and they may request favors or training in skills from the player.

General stores and armory stores tend to accept weapons. You can sell stolen goods to certain people, but with the right Speech perk you can sell stolen goods to anyone too. Items pickpocketed from people you can kill to take without theft, will get marked as stolen and be untradeable.

Players start off at level 1 and as they move around in the game exploring it can be tough as more and more bad guys attack. Its important to grab food to keep the health up, fighting 2 enemies takes a lot out of a players stamina.

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT

Typical of a RPG is the character development.

At the beginning of the game, the player selects one of several human, elven, or zoomorphic human races, each of which has different natural abilities, and customizes their character’s appearance etc.

Health is depleted primarily through combat and can be restored by spells, potions, or resting; the loss of all health results in death.

Magicka allows for and is depleted by the use of spells; it is regenerated naturally over time, but it can be restored in similar ways to health.

EXPANSION

Dawnguard has been been released first on a console. The PC version should be available soon on Steam.

There is also a free high resolution pack that improves the overall game appearance. Its a 4.4 GB download.

SOUNDTRACK

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim features an excellent soundtrack that is typical of leading RPG titles.

UPDATE

Several updates have been released since the game was released. They are all on Steam.