The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (PC)

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (PC)

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (PC) Review

  • 4.5 / 5
    • The good:
      stunning graphics, flexible storyline, long hours of immersive gameplay
    • The bad:
      minor glitches, AI allies are a hindrance in battle, some missions may seem repetitive in the long run, low replay value
    For players looking for an epic way to succumb to many sleepless nights in front of the game console, the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is definitely the game of choice. Countless hours of playing time will definitely compensate for its slightly daunting 80-USD selling price. Skyrim has an outrageously huge map with so many monsters, dungeons and bandit hideouts to explore and numerous AI non-player characters to interact with. Aside from the main storyline, it’s also full of optional quests ranging from saving citizens from bandits, searching for lost artifacts, to slaying fearsome dragons. Not choosing to do them, as many players will find, is quite difficult because the rewards are unknown--- some will yield a few gold coins, while others, a legendary weapon or armor--- thus making the game even more immersive. Travelling from town to town on foot or on a horse and completing every single mission is what RPGs are all about. But what really makes Skyrim stand among other RPGs is its element of choice. The fifth installment of the well-loved Elder Scrolls series is choice-laden at every turn. At the beginning, players get to choose from a variety of unique races, character presets, and even an early choice on which faction to side with: the Imperials or the Stormcloaks. Skyrim’s gameplay also encourages players to choose a specialization with which to kill their enemies: whether it’s with destructive magic, lethal stealth, or good ‘ol brute force. One can even choose to become a well-loved and respected savior, or become a fugitive loathed and feared by all the kingdoms. The game also has a balanced difficulty curve. Players can never feel too confident about having a high level as enemies, especially the bosses, seem to keep up in terms of damage, health, skills and predictability. They will still give players a hard time all throughout the game but not to the point of frustration. Yet, with a game as big, complex and as time-consuming as Skyrim, flaws are inevitable. Bugs and glitches disrupt its gameplay as many players will find out several missions after. Thankfully, its creator, Bethesda Game Studios, managed to keep them to a minimum. There are also quests that require players to fight alongside AI allies, but some will find them more bothersome than helpful especially during the more advanced stages of the game. It’s also very hard to come by an RPG that is so good, anyone who has played the game will want to play it again, perhaps, to try a different character or come back for unaccomplished tasks. Skyrim is not such a game as its replay value is almost nil. After all the hours invested into this game, it will take a very long while before player decides to go back to square one --- if he does at all, that is. Still, Skyrim wouldn’t have earned 450 million USD in just a week after its release for no reason. It’s even one of the most played games in Valve’s Steam platform today, so, if it’s not the game itself that gets you, may the bandwagon will.
  • Product description
    • The The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (PC) was added in December 2014 in the PC Games section
    • This product has a rating of 4.5 out of 5