There are many fans of the Elder Scrolls in the gaming world. So it’s understandable that the latest game, Skyrim, has gotten a lot of attention. With a major plot, minor quests, and basically the freedom to do whatever you want to in the world- who wouldn’t love this game?
For those who don’t know…Skyrim is the fifth game of the Elder Scrolls series proceeding Oblivion. It is a Role Playing Game set two hundred years after Oblivion. The adventure takes place during the civil war immediately following the death of the king. The game was released for the PS3, the Xbox, and the PC.
Overall the game seems very realistic graphic-wise. (Though I did feel like I was playing a successor of an other-worldy single player Everquest 2…) The clouds and water are both amazingly intricate and completely believable. The mountains, cliffs, dungeons, and pretty much everything else involving the world itself is absolutely breathtaking. Not to mention the storyline…which is captivating and surreal. The menu and equipping tasks are overly complex and to a degree, a little ridiculous, but other than that the game itself is fairly easy to pick up.
Additionally, you could easily put hundreds of hours on the game and never actually finish the storyline because you can adventure into the world and do basically whatever you want. Unfortunately the PC version of the game, for whatever reason, seems to universally lag a lot more than it should…so unless you’re sporting a highly enhanced computer with additional modifications to the game itself, it won’t run completely smoothly at its optimum level of attractiveness.
Still, the game is addicting. It hosts surprises at every corner and life-like battle scenarios of all sorts and sizes. It’s the kind of game that you could walk away from for any length of time and return to without needing to remember the story. In that respect, it holds the potential to have a very long shelf life. Especially since, due to the ability to freely play about the game, it’s a game that you could pick up and play again and again regardless of whether or not you were playing the story.
I would highly recommend playing it. But I’ll warn you now….borrow it once, play for a little while, and you’ll be addicted to it. This is a must own, must keep, must have, kind of game. It’d make a great gift for any gamer and it should be in every gamer’s library.