Reviews by TheHolyPie
RPG "Lite"TheHolyPie | July 7, 2013 | Review of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Legendary Edition (NA)
The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim is the latest culprit in the series' descent from RPG to Action/Adventure. The game feels like a standard Fantasy Adventure title with a first person view mode, and a character progression mechanic tacked on as an afterthought. Gone are the classes, birthsigns (Although they are replaced with the Standing Stones), Major/Minor skills, and attributes which made the previous games so much fun.
Instead you get a game with combat with the same lack of depth as any of the other Elder Scrolls titles, a story that could be summed up by saying "Oh snap, dragon! Kill it!", and a pretty world to explore. Two out of the three DLCs add their own stories into the game, one forcing you to choose a side in the battle between vampires and lycanthropes. The other taking you to a new island where you'll battle another Dragonborn like yourself.
The third DLC speaks to all of the Sims lovers out there. You'll be able to purchase a chunk of land (Typically inconveniently located in the middle of nowhere) and build a home to suit your needs.
If you go into Skyrim expecting a quality RPG that will live up to the Elder Scrolls name, you're going to be disappointed. However if you can look at it as an action game fit into the Elder Scrolls universe, you'll find an overly mediocre experience.