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

90

Huge world, great game.

Verlyn | March 25, 2015 | See all Verlyn's reviews »

If you are thinking about buying this game you've probably heard of it already. And let me tell you, everything they say is true. This game will absorb you and most of your time. So do play it with caution. The game starts with a good story and then it leaves you out in an unbelievably huge open world. There are just so many things to do, crafting, killing mobs, questing, exploring, etc. That you can spend over 6 hours without realizing. The only games I've spent so many hours without realizing were MMOs. The combat mechanics work quite well and I loved the skill system. You see, the more you use a certain weapon or skill, the better you get at it. Simple enough but it lets you check other skills and weapons whenever you want. You are very high leveled with the two-hand sword? Change that for a bow and level up that too. The world is yours and you are free to roam around this enormous world. Great experience.

100

Vast playground to explore.

jonathanrflores | Feb. 19, 2015 | See all jonathanrflores's reviews »

Skyrim is an extremely entertaining game - provided you understand what you're going to get. If you liked the other Elder Scrolls games, you'll love this one. If you've never played one before, then Skyrim is a great game to start with (the Elder Scrolls games don't have to be played in order), as long as you understand the genre.

Skyrim gives the player a huge expanse of land to explore. Every quest in the game is meant to encourage exploration. Skyrim encourages exploration by asking the player to travel long distances. If an NPC asks you to find something for them, the object will generally be quite far away - forcing you to run through the woods for a while. This situation can be a double-edged sword.

If you're a goal-oriented player, that likes getting things done, that likes a fast-moving, tight-knit story - Skyrim is not for you. You'll be running around a lot. All the running slows the story down (even when you're riding a horse. Even when using the fast-travel system). If you like a game with a deep combat system, you're not going to find it here - combat is fairly simple.

However, if you're the kind of person that likes to wander, then Skyrim is wonderful. The amount of space for you to explore is vast. There are so many assorted events, locations, characters, and side-quests to discover that it's almost impossible to know them all. And all the while, you can work through the various skill trees that the game offers so you can build your character in different ways.

When I first started playing The Elder Scrolls games, I really hated them. I just couldn't figure out what I was supposed to do. And then when I figured out where I was supposed to go to progress the main storyline, I couldn't figure out why I was running through the wilderness so much. But eventually I approached the game with a different attitude - what if exploring the countryside could be fun? Once I started approaching the game with less urgency and more curiosity, I ended up quite addicted.

If you can embrace that sense of exploration, then Skyrim is a great value that can entertain for a long time.

100

Skyrim: One of the best RPGs I've Played

koticpaxx | Feb. 7, 2015 | See all koticpaxx's reviews »

Wow. Wohahow. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is one of the best games I've played in a while. In this game, you are the Dragonborn, a human with the ability to defeat dragons and absorb their souls. In a backdrop of the rise of dragons, a bloody civil war is also being fought between the Imperials, and the Stormcloak Rebels, ravaging the province of Skyrim. The story in itself is memorable, with some off-missions here and there. In terms of gameplay, boy oh boy. The open-world is MASSIVE, allowing players a deep and immersive experience. The role playing elements are astounding, their are TONS of missions, which allows you to put in countless of hours in to your game. Bethesda has really outdone themselves with this game. The replay ability is one of the best things about the game, with Steam Workshop and the Nexus that really takes the meaning of mods and takes it to the next level. When playing Skyrim, The hours of fun you'll have is unimaginable. The Elder Scrolls V is truly one of the best games I've ever played, and YOU should buy it to, because it is a most definite BUY for a gamer.

95

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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.