Elder Scrolls V – Skyrim

I haven’t posted any StarCraft stuff this week, and one of the reasons for that is that I was addicted to this new RPG game – Skyrim. I’ve just finished the game, accomplishing like 90% of the quests (I kindda gave up chasing every detail when I got maximum level gear and skills).

Skyrim is an awesome single-player RPG. It has been a long time since I played a game like this. It reminds me of the good and old Might and Magic series. In fact, the game has several aspects that were probably inspired by M&M (I’ll write a more detailed article about that later… probably).

In this sequel, the Dragons, long gone from Skyrim, are slowly returning and ravaging the land. And there you are. You’re what they call Dragonborn, and your main objective is to sort out the situation with the dragons. Of course this is only the main storyline of the game, which has an infinite number of side quests. Yes, infinite. I’ve read on some forums that some side quests just keep reappearing in a slightly different way. I don’t know for sure if that’s true, but I do know that I have never EVER seen a game with so many quests.

This is one of the aspects that make this game so addicting. Initially, it looks like it’s a very limited gameplay, focused on graphics. Then, after a few hours of playing, you realize that this RPG is filled with options for character development, items, skills… just name it.

And most importantly, you have an almost absolute “free will”. That’s right, apart from the main quests, you can do whatever you want. If a guy gives you a quest that sounds too boring, you can just slash his throat and get whatever he’s carrying. A city guard is bothering you? Throw down your mace on his head. A god is demanding that you do something you don’t feel like doing? Kill his worshippers and raid his temple. Of course, there are different consequences for the different choices you make.

But this is what makes games like this so fun to play – you can do whatever you want in whatever order it is that you want. You can go wherever you want in the world since the beginning of the game (not that you’ll be able to do so unharmed). And beyond that, the game has hundreds of details, like smithing, enchanting and mixing stuff to make potions. When you first start playing, some features may seem a bit useless, but you end up using almost every ability the game offers you.

If you decide to play it, just remember to choose the difficulty in the beginning. I’m reminding you of that, because you don’t choose it as the game starts, you actually have to go to the settings menu to do so. You can also change it whenever you feel like. Of course, I played the whole game on Master difficulty (the hardest one), but just because I’m a big f***ing nerd.

Well, there are billions of comments I could make about Skyrim, but you’ll just have to see it for yourself. I recommend it to any RPG lovers out there. I say lovers and not fans, because this is one of those long games that you have to dedicate a lot of time into. If you just wanna play for the main storyline, go ahead, but you’re not gonna be experiencing the most fun aspects of the game.

Since I was glad I beat the game on my own (no google help =P), I recorded my character defeating the last two enemies of the game. This is kind of a spoiler, so don’t watch the videos unless you don’t mind seeing how the game ends.

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