The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim®

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"...one of the most fully-realized, easily enjoyable, and utterly engrossing role-playing games ever made." - IGN.com

"A vast and gorgeous world of exciting possibilities, fascinating places, engrossing adventures and flying lizards." - PCGamer.com


The next chapter in the highly anticipated Elder Scrolls saga arrives from the makers of the 2006 and 2008 Games of the Year, Bethesda Game Studios. Skyrim reimagines and revolutionizes the open-world fantasy epic, bringing to life a complete virtual world open for you to explore any way you choose.

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.


Key Features:

  • Epic Fantasy Reborn:

    The next chapter in the highly anticipated Elder Scrolls saga arrives from the makers of the 2006 and 2008 Games of the Year, Bethesda Game Studios. Skyrim reimagines and revolutionizes the open-world fantasy epic, bringing to life a complete virtual world open for you to explore any way you choose.

  • Live Another Life, In Another World:

    Play any type of character you can imagine, and do whatever you want; the legendary freedom of choice, storytelling, and adventure of The Elder Scrolls is realized like never before.

  • All New Graphics And Gameplay Engine:

    Skyrim’s new game engine brings to life a complete virtual world with rolling clouds, rugged mountains, bustling cities, lush fields, and ancient dungeons.

  • You Are What You Play:

    Choose from hundreds of weapons, spells, and abilities. The new character system allows you to play any way you want and define yourself through your actions.

  • Dragons Return:

    Battle ancient dragons like you’ve never seen. As Dragonborn, learn their secrets and harness their power for yourself.

Customer reviews

95

A Blank Page

npiersma13 | Jan. 9, 2015 | See all npiersma13's reviews »

I had heard ridiculous amounts of hype about this game before finally playing it in 2014. I wasn't sure what to expect.

Needless to say, it blew away my expectations.

With the addition of the HD texture pack the province of Skyrim went from pretty to gorgeous. The world itself seems like a living entity, full of life and color. The characters, while limited to a select number of voice actors, each had their own personality and habits and quirks. It was easy to immerse myself in such a fleshed-out world.

As someone who doesn't enjoy the over-complicated and often cluttered systems and GUIs of the more hardcore RPGs, I found Skyrim's gameplay to be refreshingly simple. Combat felt real and visceral, crafting felt exploratory and innovative, dialogue felt smooth and natural, and questlines ebbed and flowed in a way that felt truly open-ended.

Skyrim's story is really not the highlight of the game. The world is where it shines. Your character has no forced responsibility, leaving his or her development completely up to you. You can stumble into a civil war, get recruited as an assassin, study as a master magician, or plunder ancient ruins in search of treasure. your abilities realistically adapt to your play style, improving with use rather than being selected in a level-up screen.

I have sunk over 600 hours of gameplay into Skyrim and still have not discovered all the secrets it has to hold. The map is massive, and the modding community continues to expand it. If you're looking for a beautiful world in which to make your mark, Skyrim is the place for you.

70

Vast but shallow

CitrusAbyss | Dec. 30, 2014 | See all CitrusAbyss's reviews »

The fifth entry in The Elder Scrolls game series, Skyrim takes place on the fictional continent of Tamriel, a home to Men and Elves of all different sorts. Hundreds of years after the events of TES IV: Oblivion, the northern province of Skyrim has been plunged into a civil war - and now, there are dragons as well.

Having only played Oblivion briefly before beginning Skyrim, I only have a vague idea of how the game's mechanics have changed since the last game. As far as I understand, the leveling mechanics have greatly improved. You will no longer find yourself hopelessly outpaced by enemies because you didn't spec into the right skills. Actually, it is quite the opposite in Skyrim - you will quickly find yourself incredibly powerful and able to destroy your enemies with a few swings of your sword and a blast of magic.

Speaking of combat!

The combat in Skyrim is a little lacklustre, consisting of mashing the attack button and pausing every once in a while to gulp a health potion down. Of course, you could always play a ranged character instead of a melee or magic-oriented one, in which case you can level up your Sneak until crouching gives you ungodly power with a bow and arrow. Apparently that combination pretty over-powered.

In terms of what you actually do in the game, let me tell you right now: dungeon-crawl. Walking around the expanses of Skyrim, you will be amazed with the variety of locations: vast grasslands, towering mountains, and stunning bays are some of the impressive sights you will lay your eyes on. It is all genuinely beautiful! When it comes to actual quests, however, it is amazing how every person in the world wants you to crawl through a dungeon, slay some Draugr, and retrieve some artifact for them. It gets incredibly repetitive, and once you realize how repetitive it is, you'll lose some of your appetite for the game.

Ultimately, not a bad game if you snag it at a low price. The game takes place in a vast and beautiful world, but it is unfortunately filled with a lot of the same, just with in different locations and with different excuses for you to go stab some Draugr. I haven't had a chance to try the DLCs, so I can't comment on those.

95

Probably the closest to perfection a sandbox game can give us.

MadDemon64 | Dec. 29, 2014 | See all MadDemon64's reviews »

Skyrim is one of those rare gems that you must experience. Excellent storytelling, simple yet intuitive combat, and some of the best exploring you can find in any game, Skyrim has it all.

Skyrim has you take the role of a dragonborn, a person capable of using dragon magic. You can choose from one of various races, each with their own specialties and skills and make them look however you wish. After the tutorial where you are attacked by a dragon, you are off to make the world your oyster with minimal handholding.

One of the best parts about Skyrim is that as you level up, the enemies get progressively harder. They will can still be beaten, but you will never run into a bandit that takes one hit from a dagger to kill. That being said, you can fight however you choose. Do you want to dual wield swords? You can do that. What about take out your enemies afar with a bow and arrow? There is a skill tree for that. You can even sneak around a dungeon slitting enemies throats while tossing fireballs to blow stuff up. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination.

Even when you have finished the main story mission and side quests, the game isn’t finished. You will still have skills to learn, armor to craft, and most importantly, mods to install. Everything from custom races to god mode weapons, to graphical improvements to a full conversion of Morrowind that is currently in the works, if you can imagine it there is a mod that will let you do it or use it. And if there isn’t a mod, you can always make one yourself.

Skyrim is regarded by many as a must own game. It is. It most certainly is.

100

Great Game

rodrrj | Dec. 28, 2014 | See all rodrrj's reviews »

Skyrim allows players to have a lot of freedom in their approach as they build their own character and story. The player's decisions greatly affect the world as certain aspects may appear in the game, such as joining a group known as the Companions, local guards will take notice and refer to the player as a member of the companions. The player can also delve into dungeons or fight dragons. Not only is the game massive but it may be played over and over again without losing any fun to it.

92

A Sandbox RPG worth playing

Jason55 | Dec. 28, 2014 | See all Jason55's reviews »

Being the fifth game in The Elder Scrolls Saga, by Bethesda, it proved to be a stunning game. The reason lies in not one, but in a lot of features: it's graphics are really detailed and nice comparing to console versions, and even better in comparison with Oblivion, the fourth title. As a sandbox RPG, you can really go anywhere you want to do anything you want, from being a nice Dragonborn to being a pickpocketing thief sneaking around the square. It gives a plenty of options of quests, its plot is amazing and so on. The only con I can point in this game is the glitched physics out there, like, climbing a mountain on foot merely, some animals are just hanging arround, and so on. Overall, it's a fascinating game, recommended not only to RPG enthusiasts but any other kind of players too.