Other new features include the ability duel weld weapons at the loss of blocking to make you into a swinging cyclone. Also have you ever felt lonely within this great open ended game? Well marriage has been implemented with the option to marry a great selection of warriors, traders, trainers to make sure you donít feel lonely again. Hetero and ****sexual marriages are all acceptable, once married you both can move in with one other and feel as unhappy as you do in real life (jokes)
As you first start the game you notice the amount of detail of the landscape in game. From the rocks and trees or the water falls you will be enchanted by the living world around you. Improving the previous game graphically by a mile. Having the graphics at this level for a game by default is totally jaw dropping and adds to the feel of the game as it sucks you in deeper. On your adventures you'll see beautiful towns drawn together as if it was a cut directly from a movie that you can interact with.
Being such a beautiful game adds to the realism of the game, Just like when you walk into the first town of Riverwood you see the stream running water through the town and the embers flying from the blacksmiths forge as he bangs away at the heated metal. You'll easily find yourself staring at the beauty and bustle of day to day life in the game for hours if you're not careful.
If the stunning terrain doesnít do much for you then the combat animations will. Have you ever wanted to sneak behind someone and silently slit their throat without alerting other enemies? Well in Skyrim you CAN! From decapitation to gut driving blows are only one click away. It creates intense action with movie like killing blows that only pull you into the game even deeper.
Every rose has her thorns and Skyrim is no exception. Past the beauty and open ended world comes at a price of its share of glitches and limitations. Quest glitches have to among the worst with at least 5-10 quests can easily be bugged by a none connected choice or game event leaving the quest incomplete able or denied to the player. Thankfully the main quests are not affected but generally small numbered miscellaneous quests that have no impact on the game world.
Being a console ported game it leaves a few thing within the PC version left footed, like the conversation menus with NPCs. Sometimes the mouse doesnít properly select the desired option and can lead you into trouble or into a negative scenario. As well as the mouse click issue the game engine will only recognize up to 2gigs of ram regardless of the amount you have installed. Thanks consoles :P
CTD (crash to desktops) can happen regularly regardless of PC performance which can lead to loss of game time and create annoyance to the player. Myself, I've had about 5-10 crashes within a 50 hour game time and others have a crash an hour if not more. This gives us the feeling that they spent more time making the graphics look good rather than stabilizing the game. But PC isnít the only one with bugs the consoles are getting hit very hard as well. Once the PS3 game saves hit 6MB of size the game becomes laggy and almost unplayable and the 360 has texture issues. So at least the PC isnít having issues like this.
The length of a game after completion by the player is decided by the quality of the mods it produces. Bethesda has always left great tools for changes and editing in game data which has left a great trail of mods in previous games.
Bethesda games all had an editing tool called construction kit (or set) that left the community in charge of making anything they liked. Currently the new Creation kit hasnít been released for Skyrim for unknown reasons but we will surely have the tools hopefully before Christmas. But donít let that get you down! I have currently been editing textures from Skyrim using the Fallout 3 kit. FMM or Fallout mod manger can access files from the Skyrim directory and process them into editable image files. I have worked on a texture edit for the Steel Plate armour
What can the future hold for Skyrim? Well with all the new features of smithing, cooking and kill animations you can expect a lot especially from veteran Bethesda community modding groups.
What do we need as a community for Skyrim? Well firstly we need the stabilization of the game to stop glitches with quests and CTDs. Also for the game to fully utilize RAM usage on the PC to improve FPS and load times. Repairing these issues will greatly help in game experience and feedback and further polish the game.
This game has blown me off my feet! Very surprised that new games can better themselves still. With the updates, expansions and mods we will see this game through until the next elder scrolls. We live in a day and age where sequels dominate the market especially the COD and BF series that only push out titles to keep the stock holders happy that donít have any new features or very little new game play aspects. So it's good to see that sequels can be improved and continue to refine a winning formula as the years go on.
Game-play : 9 - Great but feels like its missing more real life animations or events
Graphics: 10 - The most beautiful game I have ever played
Content: 9.5 - Vast amounts of quests and dungeons
Enjoyment: 9.5 - Nothing more satisfying as gutting an enemy
Issues: 7 - The current issues are letting the game down
Sounds: 8.5 - Great sounds affects and music but needs more variety of voice actors
Overall: 52.5/ 60 - Game of the year
Current Metascore: 95/100 - Current leader
By Rowdy Rot Stein