Yes we have hit the day that all of the die hard Elder Scrolls fans have been waiting all year for. It is 11-11-11 the day that Bethesda Game Studios has released its fifth installment in the Elder Scrolls series. It is also the last time that anyone will see me for the next few months unless you count eating and the occasional bathroom break. So now lets take a look at what this game has to offer. How it Starts The game starts with you in a horse-drawn carriage on your way to be executed,no one knows, no one knows what you did, you're supposed to make up that story by yourself. So anyway your in the carriage with three other people scheduled to be executed too. One is a prisoner who thinks he is completely innocent. The other two guys are part of the stormcloak rebellion. One of the stormcloaks is a basic soldier named Raylof. The other is the leader of the rebellion, Ulfric Stormcloak, he is accused of killing the High King. When you arrive at Helgen, the point at which you are to be executed, all four of you get up and hop of the carriage. The Legionaire ordered to carry out all the execution calls off everyones' name except for your's, then someone asks you your name. Then this is where you get to choose your name, race, and facial features. After that its off to the chopping block for you. Throughout your walk over to the block you hear a series of weird growling noises. Once you get on your knees and put your head down to be killed the executioner slowly starts raising his axe and right before you lose your head a dragon drops down and summons a violent thunderstorm. Next the game has you follow two different people on your way out of Helgen one is Ralylof and the other is a member of the imperial legion. Eventually you have to make a decision that really has no effect later in the game, but you have to choose between Raylof and the legion soldier you followed earlier. Then who ever you chose you follow the rest of the way out of Helgen. After you make your decision you follow whoever you chose into a building where that person will unbound your hands allowing you to loot objects and equip spells and weapons. The next part is basically a tutorial so I'm going to end it there
How do You Like to Play? The way the Elder Scrolls games are set up always allows you to play how you wanna play. If you want to go through the entire game as a mage and burn enemies with fire you can. If you want to be a full on warrior and carry a sword in both hands you can. And the really cool thing about this game is this games duel wielding system, which allows you to put what ever you want in either hand. But the really spectacular thing about this system is that you can duel wield spells and when you have the same spell in both hands it overcharges the effects of that spell creating a more powerful version of that spell.
Why are You so Important? The thing that Bethesda is really pushing with this game is the dragons so therefor the story is going to centered on dragons. The story is that the dragons have returned to Skyrim and no one knows why and your job is to find out why. Why you? You are chosen to do this task because early on in the game you find out that you are the only dragonborn on the planet. Now I've probably confused you because you don't know what it means to be dragonborn. Well the dragonborn is a person that has the blood of a dragon, which allows them to absorb the soul of a dragon. When you absorb the soul of a dragon you gain the ability to spend that soul on a word from a word of power allowing you to perform a Thu'um or shout.
Shouts The dragons in Skyrim breath fire like you think they would but when they do this they are really speaking. So if two dragons were to get in a fight they would really be having a verbal battle. So basically what I am getting at here is that shouts are what the dragons are saying to breath the fire. There are many shouts to be found throughout Skyrim ranging from breathing fire to a shout that allows you to call your own dragon that will help you in battle. Each shout contains three words of power that can be found all over Skyrim on word walls hidden inside places like dragon lairs and ancient tombs.
Improvements Bethesda has made a large amount of great improvement since the last Elder Scrolls game. In this next portion of my review of Skyrim I'm going to talk about a series of improvements that have been made since Bethesda's last installment. Leveling First I'd like to talk about the leveling system because I think this is really what works the best in the game. Bethesda's motto for this game has been, "You are who you play," which I think sums up this game really well. The way it works is that if you primarily use destruction magic then you'll destruction magic will level up, if you use a shield then you'll level up your block skill. So basically whenever you use something you'll get better at it. When your character levels up you get the choice between more magicka, more health, or more stamina, then you get one skill point to be spent on any of your minor skills in Skyrim's constellation based perk tree system.
The Menu Bethesda has really simplified its menu system by setting up this system that flows fluidly and shows how much detail Bethesda has put into this game. Another thing about this game is its new favoriting system that allows you to equip another weapon or spell without even opening up the menu. I know that the last game had this but in Oblivion you could only have a limited number of things in your favorites in Skyrim you can have as many as you want, just go over it in the menu and favorite then you never have to go into the menu for it again. Just press the directional buttons up or down and equip it.
Animations The people in Oblivion really needed a make over and since then Bethesda has delivered in Skyrim with the people actually looking like healthy people. And their facial animations look more natural to. Do you remember the 3rd person view in Oblivion and how terrible it was. If you do then you will be happy to know that 3rd person has gotten a major overhaul. The movements look more natural. The thing for me is that I've always been a fan of the first-person in the elder scrolls games and the 3rd person is actually good enough that I could see myself playing in it.
The Amount of Content The truly phenomenal thing that I love about this game is that there is so much content that I don't know what to do with myself. The thing I really want to know is how did fit all of this game on one 360 disc. First of all they have this huge viking age world for you to roam around that has so many places to explore, it has so many people, dragons, and side quest aw the side quests. This game has so many side quests and I'm not just talking about most game's side quests where you go find something in a cave and then return no I am talking about quests that have some back-story. Conclusion Skyrim is a truly magnificent game with plenty well designed content and the biggest most immersive world until most likely the next Elder Scrolls game. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim gets a five out of five.