Skyrim

Skyrim is an open-world game developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks in 2011. The game is the latest instalment of the Elder Scrolls series set in Tamriel. To date, Skyrim has sold over 10 million copies and has outsold all other PC games three to one. [1]

Background

The opening sequence of the game starts as a story where you learn Skyrim is embroilled in a civil war between the Stormcloaks and Imperials. Your character has been captured and is a prisoner of war and at this point has no race or name. As the story unravels a Dragon attacks and interrupts your imminent execution where you break free and kill the Dragon. The game then prompts you to enter your desired race and name. You then learn of the legend of Dragonborn where you consume the Dragons soul which starts the main quest.

Gameplay

The game play of Skyrim is completely open-world, containing five major cities and smaller places of interest. The landscape of Skrim is rugged and mountainous mainly because it is the most nothern city in Tamriel. The main cities are Dawnstar, Falkreath, Markarth, Morthal, Riften, Solitude, Whiterun, Winterhold and Windhelm. Once a place of notable interest is discovered the player can fast track between places by clicking the Skyrim map. [2] When walking through Skyrim on horse or foot the player may encounter people or wildlife within Skyrim such as Bandits or Snow Trolls. Not all things encountered are hostile but some will attack without reason. Characters within Skyrim give the player quests which may or may not be part of the main story.

Plot

The main plot of Skyrim is the return of the Dragons, which have been extinct for thousands of years. The Dragons return comes at a time of civil war between the Stormcloaks and Imperials. The players character is a Dragonborn, a person able to speak to Dragons and consume the Dragons soul. The player meets with the Greybeards, an ancient order of Monks who's leader itself is a Dragon. The player eventually fights Alduin, the leader of Dragons at the throat of the world. Among this quest, there are also a number of side quests to complete.

Reception

Skyrim received universal critical acclaim from gaming magazines with most giving Skyrim 9 or 10/10, the lowest score being 7/10. IGN stated that "It's a mesmerizing game that draws you into a finely crafted fictional space packed with content… [Skyrim is] one of the best role-playing games yet produced.” [3] There were some gamer issues with bugs such as frequent crashing but the developers created a number of patches to improve game play.

References

[1] http://www.joystiq.com/2011/12/15/skyrim-ships-10-million-copies-already-outsells-other-pc-titles/
[2] Onyett, Charles (March 31, 2011). "The Elder Scrolls Evolved: What's New in Skyrim". IGN. http://pc.ign.com/articles/115/1158651p1.html. Retrieved April 3, 2011.
[3]77.^ a b "The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Review — Xbox 360 Review at IGN". IGN. November 10, 2011. http://xbox360.ign.com/articles/121/1212136p1.html. Retrieved November 10, 2011.
[4] ^ "Skyrim 1.2 patch breaks Resistances, makes dragons fly backwards; http://www.computerandvideogames.com". November 30, 2011. http://www.computerandvideogames.com/327951/skyrim-12-patch-breaks-resistances-makes-dragons-fly-backwards. Retrieved November 30, 2011.

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