The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (or just Skyrim) is a 2011 role-playing game that is the fifth installment of the Elder Scrolls franchise. The game was released for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and computers. It was developed and published by Bethesda. The game was later re-made and released as The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: Special Edition for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC in 2016.
Set 200 years after the events of Oblivion, the game focuses on a player known as the Dragonborn, a being with the soul of a dragon and must do battle with Alduin, a god in the form of a dragon who is prophesized to destroy the world. In addition, Skyrim is in the throes of a civil war with the Stormcloak rebels seeking to take over Skyrim and secede from the Empire while the Imperials seek to ensure Skyrim stays a part of the Empire.
Why It Rocks
- Over 70 hours of questing and content.
- You have to increase skills by doing whatever pertains to that skill (i.e. using an ax increases your two-handed weapon skill.) This system basically means that, rather than the player choosing a class given by the game, the game creates a build around the player.
- Numerous ways to level up, not just by fighting monsters. You can level up by raising skills like lockpicking, alchemy, blacksmithing, and so much more, allowing for a wide variety in the gameplay rather than forcing players to endlessly kill enemies and grind.
- Leveling up allows you to either increase your health, magic, or stamina. This increase the already large variety of builds that can be made, as health is great for warriors since they are usually in melee combat, magic is great for mages, and stamina is great for thieves for increased sprinting for escaping and carrying more stuff to steal.
- Raising skills to level up also allows players to increase perks in their favorite skill areas, an innovative encouraging players to create a specialized build instead of being a jack of all trades, as you are in many RPGs
- Pretty much any playstyle will find at least one faction based around a part of their playstyle. These factions give you unique quests, jobs, followers, and access to special weapons.
- This is the first game in the series where you actually fight dragons.
- Defeating dragons allows you to absorb their souls! You can then unlock unique, magical "shouts" (or Thu'um) that you find in dungeons.
- The Thief skill allows gamers to use stealth gameplay.
- Disenchanting items allows you to learn the enchants for other pieces of equipment better suited to the player's class.
- Players can customize their character anyway they want. There is no wrong way to customize.
- Some quests allow you to obtain powerful, unique items from the Daedric Princes.
- Several questlines add their own major story to the game, aside from the main questline.
- Two other major faction the player can join are the Imperial Forces and the Stormcloaks. The Stormcloaks want to secede from the Empire and the Imperial Forces want to keep Skyrim united to the Empire.
- In the Dragonborn DLC (that comes with the special edition) you can tame and have dragons as your pets.
- The game has a massive modding community on PC, giving it a nearly endless lifespan. Mods are also available in the special edition on consoles, although they are more restricted, especially on the PS4 version.
- Epic sound track is perfectly thematic, especially the main theme, composed by Jeremy Soule.
- It's a me, Paarthurnax! Charles Martinet, who does the voice of Mario, voices Paarthurnax in this game.
- The game has a very large number of glitches, bugs, crashes, and freezing issues due to having a very large world. However, many will not break the game and are often a source of humor. Many of these issues were fixed with patches.
- The leveling system is extremely exploitable. The player can increase stealth skill for example by simply walking towards a wall when NPC:s are around while some skills can even be increased by continuously attacking corpses.
- The main storyline is nothing special. Its your average fantasy chosen one story.
- The game takes place at the time of a civil war but except when doing the civil war quest line, you really don't see it happening. People constantly talk about it but you never see it.
- The characters are extremely forgettable. In fact, the most memorable characters in the game seem to be the ones who have generated memes.
- The melee fighting system is below average. While the player can utilize light and heavy attacks, blocks and bashes in melee combat, the most effective way to win is simply spamming light attacks. Its a far cry from something like Dark Souls.
- The dragon battles are extremely anti-climactic. For a better example of dragon battles, see Dragon's Dogma or Dragon Age: Inquisition.
- The final boss of the game is just another dragon with only one additional attack which doesn't change the way you fight him much.
- Much of the follower A.I. is flawed with followers unable to follow you at times and are likely to activate traps or even attack enemies when you don't want them to. Additionally, they often tend to block doorways, preventing you from getting through.
- Stealth AI is humorously bad. You can shoot an enemy with an arrow and if you don't get seen and enemy doesn't get killed, they will be cautious for a moment and then say "guess it was just my imagination" and go back to the way they were.
- As with every Bethesda game, the engine isn't great. The character models in particular look weak in comparison to what other games in 2011 had.
- The games engine does a bad job at conveying emotion. As a result, moments that are supposed to be emotional don't really feel that way.
- The voice acting is only passable.
- The game does not have a large variety of voice actors. As a result, you will constantly hear the same few voices coming from different characters.
- Cities are extremely small, feeling more like villages with populations barely in the 20s.
- Dungeons, while numerous, tend to be rather forgettable.
- The player can join different factions and even become the leader of said factions despite their skills not fitting the style of that faction in the slightest. This leads to pretty nonsensical scenarios, such as the player becoming the arch-mage of the College of Winterhold despite being an axe-wielding brute who barely knows any magic.
- The player becoming the faction leader after every faction questline feels rather bland. Additionally, despite being a leader, the player really gets to do little with this.
- Marriage is possible in the game but it really makes no sense. Rather than building a relationship with characters through questlines before proposing to them, the player simply needs to wear a certain amulet and certain NPC:s, even ones the player has never met before might express interest in marrying the player.
- Many side-quests are rather uninteresting, especially when compared to the games predecessor, Oblivion.
- Radiant quests are simply bad. They are basically MMORPG daily quests but in a singleplayer game, endlessly repeatable quests with simple objectives such as "kill the bandit leader".
- The PS3 version had an issue with severe frame-rate drops and momentary freezes on release after playing the game for many hours, dubbed "Rimlag". This delayed the launch of downloadable content for that version of the game. This issue has mostly been fixed in updates, so make sure you are playing the most up to date version of the game if you're playing the PlayStation 3 version of the game.
- The Special Edition of the game has microtransactions and paid mods via Creation Club. Bethesda also hid the original version of the game from Steam. If you want to buy the game on Steam, buy the original version , not the Special Edition unless you like paid mods (Which is highly unlikely).
- Like with Fallout 4, the focus is more on swordplay over roleplay and its perk system can be seen as underwelming when compared with its predecessors.
- The outcome of most quests is pre-determined, rather than player-determined as it should be in a roleplaying game.
Skyrim is often considered one of the best games ever made and won over 300 awards.
Angry Joe gave the game 10 out of 10.