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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Xbox 360

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim delivers another expansive, absorbing, and immense RPG that gamers have been waiting for.
  • Release date: 2011
  • Genre: Action
  • Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
  • Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
  • Rating: Mature 17+ (M)
  • Players: 1-Player
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soulforge
Got this game at launch and for some weird reason it stood unopened on my shelf. But recently I have put some major hours into this game. The level of imersion is amazing. This is imo one of the best games ever made on any console . It has a few flaws that annoy me such as repetitive dialouge from some npcs.. bad pathfinding by npcs (not always) but my main complaint is that is just so much to do in this game that it has taken so much of my time and im no where near complete. Great game.
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viciousaliencrab
Fun with some awesome graphics. The game has all the things you would expect from an RPG like character creation tools and potions. Add in many sides quests and a huge main story and you have Skyrim. But like all 3D RPGs there is some grinding and boredom in between major story scenes. All in all a step up from the last Elder Scrolls game, Oblivion.
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teddykongcountry
There's a lot to do in this game and it's an impressive display of not only the Xbox 360's graphics and single-player gameplay but also the Elder Scrolls journey. It redefines what it means to be a collector in-game as you explore new realms looking for different shout powers, locations and hidden secrets. The tree perks are an extra bonus to make in-game abilities that much sweeter. And then let's not forget dragons. They are an exceptional feat for this game, integral to the story and a beauty to fight. However, I'm not without my reservations for this game. As with Oblivion while the story is neat, I did not find that it particularly gripped my interest at any point and simply having the ability to pause and scroll through a quick list of spells and weapons takes away from the feeling of really being in a fight. My first point about the story is what I'm really trying to stress; although there's a whole mass of content to absorb, none of it strikes me as particularly engaging. Other gamers may disagree with my sentiment, however, I can't say I ever sympathized with a character from an Elder Scrolls game, an element which, to me, is synonymous with replayability and more important than visual appeal. Yet, I won't detract stars from the game because it's clear how much effort went into making it look, play and sound beautiful.
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scottvogler
I doubt there's much I could add to convince anyone to purchase and play this game. If you're a fan of RPG's and have never gotten into Elder Scrolls, I will recommend going back to the original Xbox game Morrowind and the Xbox 360 game Oblivion before playing this game. Just note that it will take you an extraordinarily long time to do this daunting task. That said, the rewards from a gaming stand point for doing so are tremendous indeed.
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venom
WOW. I did not think that I would like this game as much as I did. Believe it or not, this game actually exceeded the immense hype prior to its release. If you have played a previous Elder Scrolls game, Skyrim plays very similarly, but many of the more confusing, and honestly less useful, (acrobatics?) prospects of the previous games have been greatly streamlined. The combat in Skyrim being the most notable improvement, as weapons finally feel like they have their own weight. 100s of hours long.
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ryanchristhornton
This game truly is a masterpiece. Hundreds of hours well spent.
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ace66
fun
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joshgames
This game is all around amazing! The graphics are the best I had seen when it came out. This game has the character leveling as well weapons down perfect. I played the hell out of Skyrim. The game has it's downsides.. Bugs are everywhere and has prevented me from completing purchased DLC. The main story is alright, it has a lot of annoying side quests that are summed up like this: walk for an eternity here, defeat enemies, recover item, walk an eternity back to the quest giver, turn in quest.
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bootis
If you love open-world exploration and crafting of all sorts then this is an excellent game for you. And if your idea of 'immersion' is being able to interact with npc's and their societies - marriage, buy housing etc - then Skyrim may also be for you. The music is awesome as are the visual designs and graphics. However the storyline is not interesting, it is absent and forgettable for the most part. The same can be said about the characters. They are all rather generic and dull. An 'OK' game.
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squirreltacos
The Story is fantastic and it barley even scratches the surface of the world. A must play for RPG fans.
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rourakthewolf
And I apologize for not actually submitting a review/score...NOOB mistake. It's a 5 out of 5 man.
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rourakthewolf
I'm still playing this game since it's release...this game is actually the first and ONLY time I'll ever go to a midnight release. Oh and I wish Bethesda didn't abandon development of future DLC...it's a shame.
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scottvogler
I'm STILL playing this game on my original character. STILL and it's not gotten boring at all. I don't know if there's anything else to say other than this game is just awesome.
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starchasm9
This game is amazing! I love this game! There's so much killing and there's so much to kill! You can basically do whatever you want!
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silentmark
this game got me into RPG's. it's a really fun game with a ton of quests and a massive world to explore
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slaoud
As a long time fan I was greatly disappointment with Skyrim, but as a fanboy I loved it, the lack of clothing slots, spell creation, proper enchanting, and other great things that I loved to use as in game hacks from Morrowind are missing, no more levitation, cities we can just waltz in to (back when even if they had a huge wall around there was no stupid load time), and most importantly, the diversity in landscape.
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deathsChemist
holy shit skyrim- this is literally my favourite game of the generation. the whole game just... yes. i can't describe the experience- you need to buy this game, you need to experience this masterpiece.
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When your previous game in a series won Game of the Year, it’s tough to improve upon it. But Bethesda has somehow done it with their newest entry into their action rpg Elder Scrolls series. This is a review for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim for the Xbox 360.

This time, you’re plunked down into the Skyrim portion on the continent of Tamriel. As is a staple of the series, you’ve been arrested for unknown crimes, but are soon forgiven, as everyone focuses on two larger issues at hand: dragons returning to the land and a political war going on over who is the rightful ruler of Skyrim as well. You will be called upon to aid in these matters since you soon discover that you are Dragonborn, meaning you’re capable of using the old magic known as “the Voice” or Dragonshouts. But this is only the main storyline of the game. As any fan should know by now, once you’ve created your character with an extensive character creation system, there is a whole world plenty of side quests that you’ll stumble upon in your explorations as well as guilds, like the Companions and the Dark Brotherhood, who each have their own structured series of quests to undertake.

The gameplay is largely unchanged from Oblivion. Rather, Bethesda has instead improved and added to what was already there. Gone are the zoom-ins to people’s faces when talking. Instead, the camera stays zoomed out, allowing the people to emote more with gestures. Special kill animations to the combat, a redesigned level-up system with perks for each skill, and the removal of deteriorating items in exchange for items that can be refined are just some of the changes made from complaints made about the last game or new ideas exclusively for Skyrim. There are more skills and abilities introduced too, like tanning leather to make leather armor or improving the quality of weapons easily with ingots. And gone is the discovery of every city from the outset, forcing you to traverse the land and discover their locations on your own, increasing the length and enjoyment of the adventure. There is too much to describe in just this review, but suffice to say, a lot has been added while still retaining that quality open world, action rpg gameplay the series is know for.

The graphics are absolutely jaw-dropping. The frigid mountains and vast tundras of Skyrim come alive with beautiful characters and creatures. It all helps immerse you into its world and you’ll find that you’ll lose yourself in it very quickly. The menu designs also have their own little touches, like the perks being arranged via the constellations, that in turn correspond to the skill they represent. The only problems that the game has really comes from a few benign graphical glitches, as is par for Bethesda’s large worlds, and the aspect ratio. For some televisions, you’ll be forced to change your view from normal to widescreen since there are no options to position the HUD, which can get cut off if you don’t. That’s the only annoyance that manages to bring the game down slightly.

Of course, the music department is no slouch. The grand overtures and songs playing throughout only enhance the experience, leading one to believe they might be watching an epic fantasy from the beginning rather than entering a game’s world. And as you might expect, the controls are very good too, remaining mostly unchanged except for the inclusion of a sprint button.

Save for the aspect problem, the game could be considered pretty much flawless. That’s high praise, sure, but it’s very much warranted. Whether you like rpgs, the Elder Scrolls, open worlds, fantasy games, or just want more of what Oblivion offered, then you should be happy with a purchase. At the least, give it a long rental. But you should be running out right this instant and projecting a sixty dollar Dragonshout at the cashier for this game.

Developer: Bethesda Game Studios

Publisher: Bethesda Softworks

Release: NA- 11/11/2011; Japan- 12/8/2011

Platform: Xbox 360. Also available on Playstation 3 and PC.

Rating: ESRB- M; ACB- MA15+; BBFC- 15; OFLC- R13; PEGI- 18; USK- 16