Saturday, 11 May 2013

The Elder Scrolls V SKYRIM

Epic Fantasy Reborn

The next chapter in The Elder Scrolls saga arrives from Bethesda Game Studios, the makers of the 2006 and 2008 Games of the year. Skyrim re imagines and revolutionizes the open world fantasy epic, bringing to life a complete virtual world open for you to explore any way you choose. The legendary freedom of choice, storytelling, and adventure of The Elder Scrolls is realized like never before.
Dragons, long lost to the passages of The Elder Scrolls, have returned to Tamriel and the future of the Empire hangs in the balance. As Dragonborn, the prophesied hero born with the power of The Voice, you are the only one who can stand amongst them.

This has to be the best RPG I have ever played. The graphics are simply amazing and makes you feel like you're inside an epic world of monsters and magic. Weather your way through the snowy regions or the volcanic planes in the south east, the visuals are flawless. You'll never tire of taking a stroll through the country side in Skyrim, but be warned, many dangers await around every corner, from vampires, werewolves, dragons and even trolls. The landscape is abundant with life in every form, from physical creatures to supernatural and magic creatures.

The game may have you feeling overwhelmed at times, with more side quest's than I've had hot dinners. You'll never be bored here in snowy Skyrim, you get to choose you character's race, gender and abilities. You'll be able to build upon your skills and attributes, as you gain experience through completing tasks. Some of these include Blacksmithing, Alchemy, Lock picking or any of the many more skills and attributes. Best of all, the more you practice, the better the skills get and the higher grade of weapons you can create and sell at a profit. This is how to make easy, quick money in Skyrim without pickpocketing or stealing.

Featured in the image above is one of the 'Stones'. There are 20 or so throughout Skyrim and each helps certain abilities, but you can only have one active at a time. Combat is brutal and bloody, from blocking strikes to being able to decapitate your enemies with one massive blow or pummeling them into submission. Whether you're wielding an over sized battleaxe, shot swords, or even a wizards staff, ranged combat is also a breeze with weapons ranging from bows, fireballs, lightning (Emperor Palpatine style) and other magical means at your disposal. 

The kill cams are a true masterpiece to behold if you're lucky enough to get a one shot kill. An automatic kill cam will be enacted, this is awesome for arrow shots. Whether you're taking down goblins, orc's, vampires or just wild deer, the kill cam will give you pleasure in knowing you are a true master of the ability you're using to decimate the enemy.

Again, the famous Dark Brotherhood returns but in a very creepy setting. You fall asleep, when you wake you find yourself bound to a chair, hooded and wondering, is it the end? Let's just say, it's a creepy ordeal. You can also if you choose to join the Empire of the rebel Stormcloaks, this is if you choose to, it's optional, like most other things in Skyrim. The best part of this game is that you can choose your adventure and write the history of Tamriel as you see fit, this will have pros and cons with every decision, but its your adventure to live.

The Daedric Gods will try to tempt you into helping them in exchange for your service, there are MASSIVE advantages to helping them as you will usually get rewarded with powerful items, whether they are weapons, clothing or even rings. The ring of Hircine for example, will allow a player who has become a werewolf to turn for longer. This is a great addition to the Elder Scrolls series by Bethesda studios. Finally we have the natural enemy for the vampire, but on the flip side, the vampire abilities have been taken down to a realistic level, people know what you are just by looking at you. If you're unfortunate enough to contract the vampire virus. 

You'll have to fight dragons. There are ways to kill them easily, but be warned, as your level increases, so do the enemies, to keep a balance of power within the game. After you kill a dragon, you will absorb it's soul and spend that awarded point on unlocking shouts, which is an ability you have to learn from the Grey Beards. They all have different abilities, and this is they main quest line to eliminate the dragon threat from Skyrim

Re-playability is massive in this game, whether you want to play as any of the following High Elves; Argonian, Wood Elves, Breton's, Dark Elves, Imperial, Khajiit, Nord, Orc or Red Guard. There are many ways to play the game over, and you don't have to do any quests, you can just roam the countryside, picking plants and practicing alchemy, or kill anyone you cross. This game is a true shining jewel and would be a great asset to any avid gamer, no matter their skill level.


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