Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Review - Xbox 360

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Nowadays a sequel to any game comes and go in quick and rapid pack, and it's really very rare to see a sequel take this much of development time, however the main reason behind it, put work into game's dept and playability. Now with that being said, it has been FIVE long years since Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion came out and fans anticipation for the sequel is on all time HIGH, which is all set to become the biggest RPG game of current generation.

Is Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim will turn out to be a worthy successor to Oblivion and Morrowind? Let's check out the GOODs and the BADs of Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim in our review.

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The GOOD:

Story

Just a glimpse of story, Not giving away too many spoilers. You begin the game as a prisoner who is just about to be executed by none other then imperial, when a dragon comes from nowhere and interrupts and destroys the town, and so giving you the time to escape. You then escape to the city of White Run, to inform the King about the dragon. The king gives you the task to eliminate dragon just outside the city's wall. By some means you absorb the soul of the dragon which gives you the ability to perform "Dragon Shout". From there on you are famously know as "Dragon Born" and must complete different objectives to learn new powers and shouts and stop DRAGON infestation in Skyrim.

The plot of Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is lot more complex and longer than describe above, so i will left it to you to play the game, and find out rest for yourself.

Gameplay

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim gameplay is brilliant. I played the game on Xbox 360, and the controls were next to perfect and smooth. I just love the different combat system the game offers, and also the bow and arrows are really an amazing addition. Skyrim gamers get tons of different things to do and the best part is that they have no restriction at all from doing anything.

As compare to other games from Bethesda, Skyrim has much less gore, and this is one of the main reason behind game's 16 rating in UK. This implies that if player continuously hack and slash at one body part it will not come off the body unlike in Fallout, some gamers will love this but some will not, anyway its your opinion.

We all know that the most popular topic in Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is DRAGONS, the very first one you meet is on a main quest, and is very easy to kill as you get lots of help from guards.

Almost all dragon that player meet on main quest is easier to kill as compare to the random unscripted dragons that may appear from behind the mountain unexpectedly. These are much harder to kill.

Throughout Skyrim you will get followers, from around Level 5, you will get your first follower who will fight till the last breath for you. You can also make use of your followers to store some of your items which will be useful, especially those heavy dragon bones and scales.

Graphics and Visuals

No doubt Oblivion was one of the greatest and epic RPG on its time, but many fans were annoyed by the glitches and the graphics the game offered. If you are worried that Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim may feature the same glitches that you will be pleased to know that Skyrim features very less glitches. During my massive 60 hours of gameplay, i noticed only couple of glitches, one of them was the quest progression issues that doesn't allow me to accept the quest, although this has been fixed now with DAY ONE patch.

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is really a massive game, and so its impossible to have perfect game with ZERO glitches. However compared to Oblivion, Skyrim has less, and the best part is that most of the time its unnoticeable.

Coming to Visual department of Skyrim, Bethesda has made the biggest improvements in this section. If you compare the visuals of Skyrim with Oblivion, the game will clearly emerge as winner by a large margin. For Skyrim, developer used all-new engine, and this makes exploring the game a better experience as player get to see beautiful lush trees with snowy mountains plus a very well detailed town.

Character models in Skyrim is 100 times better than Oblivion, you can now see character mouths syncing and witness all the emotions on their faces. The only flaw you will see in Skyrim visual is that majority of the dungeons are reused throughout the game.

Unlimited Hours of Gameplay

Elder Scrolls franchise doesn't only shine due to its EPIC storyline. In fact many gamers fell in love with the franchise because of the depth the game offers when it comes to character customization, and side stories it offers. All the extra things players do such as enchanting weapons, hunting for the best weapon, or marrying someone. In short there are tons of things to do in Skyrim apart from questing.

The main quest of Skyrim can be completed in 20-25 hours time period, but if you are among one of those player that want to get deeper and deeper into Skyrim, you can go for quest where NPCs will have their back-story and doing many of the game's quests can easily offer you more than 100 hours of gameplay. SKYRIM IS REALLY A MASSIVE GAME.

Audio

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim audio is really AMAZING. The game features one of the best soundtrack i have ever heard in a video game, from entering the city to combat. Bethesda used over 90 voice actor for Skyrim so that all the Civilians in cities don't sound exactly the same.

The BAD:

Occasional Minor Graphical Glitch

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim universe is MASSIVE, and to load it seamlessly, the game will do some heavy caching on console. However despite all these, there will be many instance where you will encounter occasional pop-ins, textures going pop up as while roaming Skyrim. There are other minor visual issues for example screen tearing, and weapon floating.

All these issues are pretty common to Elder Scrolls franchise, and are not something that big to ruin player gameplay experience.

Conclusion:

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim from Bethesda is EPIC and a MASTERPIECE. The developer has succeeded once again in making an Elder Scrolls game one of the top contended for "Game of the Year". Skyrim graphics and gameplay are much improved as compare to Oblivion. The game offers a lot of variety of things to do that each and every fan could expect from an Elder Scrolls game. No doubt Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is the king of RPG (current generation) that offers unlimited hours of gameplay and action.

Pros:

  • Huge and Massive Map to Explore for player
  • Unlimited hours of gameplay
  • Lots of Animals and Monsters to fight
  • Awesome Soundtrack and Music

Cons:

  • Texture could be Improved
  • Some Minor Graphical Glitches

BUY: Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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