The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Review.

Hello everyone, GazetteGamer here once more for another review. This here is a review I've actually been wanting to do for a very long time now, the review of Skyrim.
2011's Game of The Year and very popular among the fans of the series and even players new to the series, from the creators of Fallout 3, Skyrim is one of the best games of 2011 and is still very popular today, players play Skyrim to either rank up their character or go roaming around the lush and beautiful environments of Skyrim to find dungeons, ruins, towns and new enemies to fight.

All I can say before we start, this is going to get a good score.

Story
Skyrim is not a direct sequel to the last Elder Scrolls, Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. Skyrim rather takes place 200 years after the events of Oblivion and is set in the Fourth Era of the world.

There is a prophecy that states that dragons will return to destroy the world and reclaim it  but that there is one warrior that will defeat the dragons and bring peace to the world, this warrior is known as the Dragonborn, a warrior that has been born with the blood of a dragon and can use the dragon's language against the dragons themselves.

Enter in you, the Dragonborn. You are sent to Helgen to be executed for crimes unknown, you are about to be executed when a dragon arrives and starts to destroy Helgen in an attempt to kill you.

You escape Helgen and stop at the Hold of Whiterun to begin warning the people of Skyrim that the dragons have returned and that the people of Skyrim needs to become aware of the dragons and need to prepare for chaos.

However Skyrim is in a civil war, the StormCloaks a group of Nords that believe that the worship of the divine Talos  and the worship of any divine should be allowed, while the Imperial group of Nords have a different view, the Imperial's believe that no divine should be worshiped and only the High Emperor of Skyrim should be worshiped.

You must now also stop the dragons from returning and end the war of Skyrim by choosing to fight alongside the Stormcloaks or Imperials.

The story is good with something that I have never really seen in an RPG before.Unlike in New Vegas where picking a side can hurt different factions and the people of the world in Skyrim either choice you make of who to fight with you Skyrim will benefit from your choice either way. In fact characters you come across will even see how choosing the once believed bad guys to win the war was a blessing in disguise.

Let's see how Skyrim looks.
Presentation

If you read my "Art of Games" blog then you know how I believe Skyrim is gorgeous. The graphics in Skyrim are impressive, country sides are beautiful with blue shining rivers and lake sides running through them. Castle Holds in Skyrim are unique and filled with unique environments, guilds, characters and tasks for you to accomplish.

I also have to hand it to the developers, there is barely any moment when there will be a  texture pop in or frame rate lag, Skyrim runs smooth, plays great and looks great

 If you're running around the forests of Skyrim  you can look up to the night sky and see the Aurora Lights.

The first time I saw these I was blown away. I even took pictures of these to save and never loose, they are that beautiful.

Now for the gameplay.
Gameplay
Similar to the presentation the gameplay is smooth and is very rewarding. Unlike the Fallout series where you leveled up and chose which skill to add XP points to, in Skyrim you earn XP by using said skills, you improve your one handed ability by using one handed weapons such as swords, axes, maces and daggers. Two Handed skills by using great swords, war hammers and battle axes.To improve a certain armor skill you need to wear and use said armor type, improve heavy armor by using heavy armor types etc.

Leveling up instead allows you to choose a perk to increase in all the skill trees you have but at a catch, if you want a certain perk for use in a certain ability your skill needs to be at a certain level.

Example:If you want to have the ability to zoom in when using a bow your Archery skill needs to be at level 30.

Skyrim is very rewarding in this aspect, if you continue to use a certain skill the game will constantly reward you for using said skill.

You also have the choice of choosing how your character looks, much like in Fallout but with more detail, now you have different races to choose and customize, you can choose to be an Orc and customize how he looks in the world with hair, face, eyes, hair, dirt color, complexion, mouth, eyes, nose, neck etc. You have a lot to customize to really make your character unique to the world.

With that you can also choose which kind of warrior your player can be. As said earlier with the ability to improve any skill by constant use you can choose to improve certain skills for a certain type of loadout in Skyrim.

Mage, Thief, Heavy Warrior, Swift Warrior or even obtain a Universal loadout with being good at almost every skill in the game is possible in Skryim, truly granting players the ability to play the game how they want to play rather then forcing players to play a specific way that the game wants them to.

There is so much to do in Skyrim, side quests, jobs and simply exploring Skyrim to find caves and abandoned castles to find new weapons, armor and loot. It really is a great experience that allows players to do whatever they want to do in the game.

Verdict
Skyrim was voted for 2011's Game of the Year and I can see why. There is nothing to pick at in this, nothing bad to say about Skyrim. This is truly a perfect game.

Sure you could nit pick about certain things of the game but nitpicking just to nitpick is something that should not be done consider how every single pro of the game, body slams the cons.

Skyrim gets the well deserved 10/10!

Thanks for reading, feel free to comment about your thoughts of the game.

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