The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Xbox 360)
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The gaming world has seen many exceptional role playing games, yet Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim proves that a RPG can give a whole lot more to its players while stealing even more of their time. The fifth installment of the well-loved Elder Scrolls series demands serious time investment as it is full of optional quests ranging from saving citizens from bandits, searching for lost artifacts, to slaying fearsome dragons. Optional, though they are, players will find these missions hard to ignore because there’s no telling what lies in store after accomplishing these tasks. To make the game even more immersive, Skyrim has an outrageously huge map with so many monster dungeons and bandit hideouts to explore and numerous AI non-player characters to interact with. There are also quests that require players to fight alongside AI allies, but they are more bothersome than helpful. With a game as big and complex as Skyrim, bugs and glitches are inevitable as many players will find out several missions after. Thankfully, its creator, Bethesda, managed to keep them to a minimum. Travelling from town to town on foot or on a horse and completing every single mission is what RPGs are all about. But long hours of gameplay may eventually take its toll on some gamers as some optional quests start to seem repetitive. Of course, this won’t happen if a player appreciates the one thing this RPG is most capable of giving—choice. Skyrim is choice-laden at every turn. At the beginning, players get to choose from a variety of unique races, appearance 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 Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, is guaranteed to wake the adventurer in every gamer and is an epic way to succumb to sleepless nights of brooding in front of a game console.