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Reality Redefined

sbrown01 | Aug. 10, 2012 | Review of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (NA)

The Elder Scrolls Series has always been known for their lush, realistic worlds. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is no exception. It has a wide variety of both exterior and interior locales, a wide, expansive world to explore, and plenty to do in each world. The races you can choose from differ in base skills, powers, and strengths (for example High Elves are the best mages with their extra magicka and the ability to regenerate magica with thier 'High Born' Power). Combat feels realistic with each sword swing or spell cast. Quests are often exciting and yield good rewards.

The main storyline has the player trying to figure out why dragons have returned, which also adds a new dimension to battle, the dragon shouts. These attacks from pushing your opponent away (ala force push) to slowing time, adds more strategy to the already robust combat. Being dragonborn, you absorb the souls of dragons and can unlock shouts in three words. Each word adds more strength to the shout.

One of the best features of the game is the freedom to choose your role through gameplay. Unlike in Oblivion which had you choose major and minor skills, Skyrim gives you the complete freedom to choose which path you'll take by simply acting. Use melee combat to improve your one-handed or two-handed skills. Cast destruction magic to improve your magick skills.

With so much to do in the world and the freedom afforded the player, Skyrim is a game that actually redefines what reality should be in an RPG or any game, for that matter.