Ive seen many reviews for this game calling it a masterpiece. While I agree with that to a certain extent, I cant in good conscience give this game a 10 out of 10. The graphics are out of this world, the sound is unbelievably good and the gameplay is deep, but you cant just overlook the glaring glitches.
Super Gamer Dude
When you talk about The Elder Scrolls series youre talking about games rife with fully customizable characters, a near endless amount of quests, and true open-world, free-roam gameplay. That hasnt changed in the slightest with The Elders Scrolls V: Skyrim for PC.
Its been over 200 years in-game since the events of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and the player finds himself/herself in the province of Skyrim, which is on the continent of Tamriel. Theres no restraint placed on the player and youre free to roam anywhere you choose. You can be whatever kind of man/woman/or hybrid you choose to be. If you dont want to complete a quest, you wont be forced to. You could literally just roam the countryside causing a ruckus, or exploring every crack and crevice of the vast environment. Theres also a tremendous variety of weapons at your disposal and each one is unique with its own attack speed, damage rate and range. As you level your character you can choose which bonuses you get with each level, and can therefore shape your character in any way you choose. Your skills increase each time you repeat an action which adds even another layer of customization depending on how you play.
If your PC will run this game at its highest graphical settings youre really in for a treat. However, even those of us with low-end systems can experience tremendous graphics as well. Everything is beautifully rendered and a joy to behold. There are endless amounts of gorgeous waterfalls and forest trails, flowery plains and majestic, snowy mountain tops. All of it with an amount of detail that's unrivaled in nearly any game for PC. Close inspection of every weapon, or even smaller objects like jewelry, will reveal top of the line textures.
If something youre doing in the game seems epic, then you can bet the accompanying music will match it. The score produced for this game, and all games in the Elder Scrolls series really, is so perfectly suited to the situation its presented in that youll really start to notice when the soundtrack in other games falls short. There really isnt much more to be said about the audio in the game, but I will say it has to be heard to be appreciated.
It wouldnt be fair to wrap up this review without mentioning the glitches. Bethesda is almost synonymous with the word glitch and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim does nothing to break that bond. You will fall victim to so many glitches, minor and major, that you'll often find yourself so frustrated you turn the game off in disgust. However, Ive heard varying reports from others stating the glitches arent that bad, and that leaves me wondering if maybe its just the PC I played on. Either way, the game does so many things right that the glitches will be tolerable for most people.
Final Score 8.5/10
Ive seen many reviews for this game calling it a masterpiece. While I agree with that to a certain extent, I cant in good conscience give this game a 10 out of 10. The graphics are out of this world, the sound is unbelievably good and the gameplay is unbelievably deep, but you cant just overlook the glaring glitches that are present. Still, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is in my mind, a must-own title for serious gamers everywhere.
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