The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - PC

Release Date:

11 November 2011

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8.2

Summary:

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is the next installment in the award-winning Elder Scrolls series. Skyrim is the follow up to the 2006 Game of the Year, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and the next game from Bethesda Game Studios, and this time the Empire of Tamriel is on the edge. The High King of Skyrim has been murdered. Alliances form as claims to the throne are made. In the midst of this conflict, a far more dangerous, ancient evil is awakened. Dragons, long lost to the passages of the Elder Scrolls, have returned to Tamriel. The future of Skyrim, even the Empire itself, hangs in the balance as they wait for the prophesized Dragonborn to come; a hero born with the power of The Voice, and the only one who can stand amongst the dragons.

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8.5

When you talk about The Elder Scrolls series, you’re talking about games rife with fully customizable characters, a near endless amount of quests, and true open-world, free-roam gameplay. That hasn’t changed in the slightest with The Elders Scrolls V: Skyrim for PC.

Gameplay: 10/10

It’s 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. There’s no restraint placed on the player and you’re free to roam anywhere you choose. You can be whatever kind of man/woman/or hybrid you choose to be. If you don’t want to complete a quest, you won’t be forced to. You could literally just roam the countryside causing a ruckus, or exploring every crack and crevice of the vast environment. There’s 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.

Graphics: 10/10

If your PC will run this game at its highest graphical settings you’re 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 unrivalled in nearly any game for PC. Close inspection of every weapon, or even smaller objects like jewellery, will reveal top of the line textures.

Sound: 10/10

If something you’re 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 it’s presented in that you’ll really start to notice when the soundtrack in other games falls short. There really isn’t much more to be said about the audio in the game, but I will say it has to be heard to be appreciated.

The Glitches

It wouldn’t 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, I’ve heard varying reports from others stating the glitches aren’t that bad, and that leaves me wondering if maybe it’s 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

I’ve seen many reviews for this game calling it a masterpiece. While I agree with that to a certain extent, I can’t 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 can’t 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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