If you haven’t played any Elder Scrolls game before, prepare yourself for an experience of a lifetime. If you have take what you love about the series, remove what you don’t like and get ready to say goodbye to real life.
The beauty of an Elder Scrolls game is that it takes you to a fantasy world where you can actually live an alternate life. It gives you the freedom of doing anything you want. You can go exploring and traverse the entire map, enter any structure, pick up any object you see and kill almost every single NPC. It’s possible to spend hours into the game without even starting a quest.
When you first enter this world you realize a lot has been going wrong. The king has been murdered and rebel leader Ulfric Stormcloak is slowly uniting all of Skyrim to free his homeland from imperial rule. To make matters worse, Dragons have mysteriously returned. You are Dovahkiin, Dragonborn and it’s up to you to learn the way of the voice and protect Skyrim from the dragons and from itself.
Unlike other RPGs, you don’t earn experience by completing quests. There are 18 skills in Skyrim each with its own skill tree. The more you use a particular skill, the better you become with it. Levelling up a number of skills increases your overall level. This permanently increases your Health, Magicka or Stamina and you get one perk to invest in any skill tree.
During combat you can dualwield weapons and spells in any combination. You get a new ability called Dragon Shouts which lets you breathe fire, freeze enemies, change weather and much more. The only way to learn shouts is visiting Dragon Walls which are scattered across Skyrim.
Aside from a main quest, there are 7 storylines and tons of other side quests which will keep you busy for months. Not only does Bethesda pack the game with content, almost all the stories told in Skyrim will keep you interested and surprise you on many occasions.
With so many strengths, Skyrim falls just short of a masterpiece. Numerous bugs and glitches carry over from previous games and textures look dated up-close. But none of them are game breaking. Skyrim is an RPG in its truest form. The sense of being a part of another world is perfectly instilled and hundreds of hours will magically vanish as you find yourself venturing into a new yet vaguely familiar land all over again.