Skyrim: The Elder Scrolls V Review
written by Samantha LaRochelle
Skyrim is the name of one of the countries in Tamriel, a made-up continent, and it happens to be where most of this game takes place. When you first start playing, you wake up in a horse-drawn wagon with your hands bound. There are a few other prisoners who explain to you what happened, and before you know it you’re riding into a city called Helgen. You are to be executed there. While prisoners are being called to gather by the execution block, one of the soldiers realizes you are not on the list of prisoners’ names. He asks who you are, and then you can customize your character.
You can be any one of the Tamrielic races; there are 10, and they are all briefly explained to you to help you choose. After that you can customize your character’s weight, facial features, scars, war paint, and hair. When you finish you may name your character, and then the storyline begins. (You do not end up getting your head chopped off). However, this storyline is unlike most other games. You do not have to do any quest, and every action you take advances the game. Most questlines differ depending on your actions and responses, and there are endless play-styles. You can be a thief, an assassin, a treasure-hunter, a scholar, a werewolf, or vampire, and more. There are endless possibilities on what you can be. You are not limited except that you cannot be a werewolf and a vampire at the same time.
There are two big questlines that you will hear about often. The first is the main quest that the game starts you on. This quest is very interesting and has some extra valuable loot. The other is the Civil War questline. There are two sides, the Empire and the Rebellion. The Empire is also called the Legion, and people who are loyal to this side are called Imperials. The Rebellion is led by a man named Ulfric Stormcloak, and people who are loyal to him are called Stormcloaks.
Skyrim is a role-playing game, but it’s also like a sandbox game. For anyone who doesn’t like to follow a set storyline and likes to play a custom character, have in-game choices, store all of your loot in a house, and freedom to do whatever they want - I recommend this game.
- Custom character
- Speech options
- In-game choices
- Random world encounters
- Endless quests (almost all of them fun, rewarding, and/or interesting)
- Housing options
- Endless play-styles
- Endless Easter Egg in Dawnstar, one of the villages in Skyrim
- You do not die if you neglect to eat food or sleep, although if you don’t sleep your character will get tired and not operate as well.
- There are three updates: Dragonborn, Dawnguard, and Hearthfire (which add more content, quests, loot, friends, and enemies to the game).
- Game glitches occasionally (tip: do not save while in sneak mode).
- Game freezes sometimes.
- Game characters sometimes glitch and do weird (also hilarious) things.
- If you try to climb a practically vertical mountain or wedge your character into a practically impossible space you will get stuck.
- Sometimes you will accidentally steal things while trying to loot free stuff. For example, trying to click on a merchant and accidentally clicking on one of the items on his desk and stealing it.
- Game is very addicting.
And here are a few images to give you an idea of what it’s like, in case you haven’t played yet:
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