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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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5 years 10 months ago #16149 by S.A.F Klawful
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I've been playing it, so just been wondering who else has been? and what they think of it?

So i'll write a mini-review...

I reckon it's a dam good sequel, that definitely lives up to the previous series and improves.

The graphics are stunning, that's for sure. Everything feels hand painted. The massively huge draw-distances easily make you feel like you're in a massive world.

All the armor and weapons are simply, beautiful. The artist on their team did an awesome job of the Ebony Armor, as well as the Plate Steel. And the rest easily match.

My main character is a lvl 47 Khajit (cat-person) Archer-Thief, wearing dragonscale light armor and a Legendary quality Daedric Bow. The beauty is, you aren't limited at all to any one class. You can be mage-warrior-rogue all in one if you want. I also have a high level of Illusion magic, giving me the ability to cast Invisibility. heh heh heh

What makes the game tho, is the atmosphere. The general sense of adventure. You can simply just forget the main quest if you want to, and walk off in ANY random direction, and just find caves and ruins to explore. And once you find a cave, you will notice one thing.... it just looks realistic, feels realistic, sounds realistic. So easy to just get into the moment, and start creeping around the cave. Whether it's a ice-chilled cave full of melting ice, dripping water and creaking walls, to some Dwarven Ruin that still has some working machinery, full of anicent detailed architecture. All the shadows work together so well, giving EVERY cave a sense of mystery.

And yes, the combat is good too. Because you can dual-wield, you can go Mace and Spell, Dual Spells, Dual Swords, etc. All the monsters scale perfectly, so even at higher levels, there is many powerful monsters, bosses, and dragons to kill. Oh, and the dragons are coded REALLY well. Flying around the sky's, scouting you out, and then making a few long strikes with a breath attack, before landing and either blasting you up close, or simply taking most your health in 1 bite. Ouch!

The characters are interesting, and the main plot so far sends you to cool places, to do cool things, and doesn't feel like "bitch work" at all. I've completed the main quest line for the theives guild, and was rather impressed. Also well into the mage school quest line, and have explored some really cool dungeons and faced off against some truely challenging wizards. (Anyone like having multiple 20ft Fireballs launched at them? lol)

And to top it all off.... the sound. Words can not explain the detail of sound, which easily is the best sound in the RPG market. The surround sound experience is perfect, and the soundtrack constantly plays at the EXACT right moment most the time, making every cave and every fight a impressive experience. Even just wandering a city selling your goods can be a enjoyable with a good piece of soundtrack as you go.

If you're at all a RPG fan, Skyrim is simply one game you can't miss. It's play-value is excellent, with hundreds of hours of content from quests to exploring and every in between. The map is simply huge, and doesn't feel repetitive at all.

For a RPG, I give this an easy 9/10. True single-player RPG experience.

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5 years 9 months ago #16151 by S.A.F GOATKILLER?
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i havent decided which platform to buy it on yet, i want it on pc for the spec side of things, but also wouldnt mind it on PS3/Xbox fo rthe ease of controller, big tv and home theatre......arrrrgh

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5 years 9 months ago #16153 by Althizor
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having played morrowind and its expansion packs and also oblivion saw this running on a friends pc looked amaising so much more content than i think oblivion has and the best think is u can have 2 ready spells :)

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5 years 9 months ago #16157 by S.A.F Masterpetey
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IM DEFINATELY GETTIN THIS GAME...

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5 years 9 months ago #16159 by S.A.F Dman
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Pity its not online. Would of been awesome online. I dont think I could keep interested in a game with no online gameplay at all although I did play Oblivion for a bit. Playing against AI Bots dosnt seem like much fun to me. I did have a go at Skyrim for half an hr the other day though. I think it really needs some kind of online function for me to stay interested and for a purchase but besides that the game looks cool.

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5 years 9 months ago #16161 by S.A.F Klawful
S.A.F Klawful replied the topic: Re: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
The reason The Elder Scrolls series is so popular, is because it's NOT online. The developers would have to spend an extra year or more coding it for online play, and drastically alter what the game is. All that extra time is what they use to make the graphics so good, and the world so large.

As for bot AI, Skyrim's AI isn't too bad. Whether they're smart or not doesn't seem to matter too much, soon as they know you're there, you've got a fight on your hands. Plus, the monster difficulty always scales. However, if you play sneaky, I have to admit that it can be pretty easy to 1 shot sneak attack monsters with a bow. Sometimes even bosses if you use a 50% archery elixir and manage to headshot them. (I did that to a dragon once, but it was only a standard dragon, not Elder/Ancient). The game is coded so that large plot-based boss fights leave you no option to just sneak in and 1 shot them, they become aware of you soon as you enter their chamber, often with a little cut scene.

Personally, I hope the series NEVER goes massively multi-player. That being said, I do believe there is room for perhaps a 2 person co-op mode.

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5 years 9 months ago #16164 by S.A.F GOATKILLER?
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whats the control's like using mouse keyboard? i need to decide what platform to get it on.

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5 years 9 months ago #16165 by S.A.F Klawful
S.A.F Klawful replied the topic: Re: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Mouse/Keyboard gives excellent control, especially with the camera. After all, it is a FPS view game like Battlefield. So naturally it's easier to play on PC, as there are targets you will need to fire spells/arrows accurately and quickly sometimes.

WASD movement, TAB to open the 4-way menu to choose between Map/Items/Magic/Skills

Left click for spell/weapon that's equipped in left hand (or shield), right for right hand spell/weapon.

Plus, PC will have better graphics and resolution.

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5 years 9 months ago - 5 years 9 months ago #16167 by S.A.F Dman
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Tried playing Skyrim again tonight. It was a bit of a borefest for me honestly. I just cant get into it. Not saying the game is crap by any means I just don't think it's for me. Once again the no online is a big issue for me and the fighting mechanics havnt seemed to of improved much from Oblivion imo. It didnt feel much differant from Oblivion actually. Not worried though because Im loving Bf3 atm which will keep me entertained for a while yet.
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5 years 9 months ago #16168 by S.A.F OggyMan
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I like potatoes...
Sometimes if it was on line the I would mash the potato ...

A potato never the less..

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5 years 9 months ago #16169 by S.A.F Dman
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What u smokin Oggs lol

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5 years 9 months ago #16170 by S.A.F GOATKILLER?
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HE SMOKING POTATOES!

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5 years 9 months ago #16171 by S.A.F Klawful
S.A.F Klawful replied the topic: Re: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Oggy, whatever you're on.... I want some. lol

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5 years 9 months ago #16172 by S.A.F Kastaboy
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I think he's on those ol Ilam Hardies,,,, but new season potatoes are out now So go for the Jersey Bennes nice n firm boil before smokin........... but then where he lives the sun is hotter than here so they probably all RED'S!!!!!!!!!!!..... lol

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5 years 9 months ago #16220 by Coincidence
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Skyrim is great, but I can't imagine a playthrough with 100+ hours, like Oblivion. Graphics are a huge step up from it's predecessor, although the 512x512 sized textures really do show off their low quality when up close. Heck, people are actually making 2048x2048 textures already, as well as custom shaders and FXAA injections, so after a few months, there's going to be no real loss in that aspect.

PROTIP: Turn V-Sync off by going into Skyrim.ini, located in .../Documents/My Games/Skyrim/ and change 'iPresentInterval' to 0 (False).

It's in the [Display] section, if the line isn't there then add it in. Note that turning off V-Sync does cause some glitches, such as time and events going out of sync (which I've yet to see on my 50+ hour save), but more annoyingly, when you're near water the game's camera may start flashing when you move it. Still, mouse performance is awful with it on, as with framerates.

Interestingly, the game only uses two cores and there's no 64-bit exe at all. Which is a shame, surely Bethesda Softworks knows that everyone pretty much has a PC with Quad-Core and 4GB + RAM these days? Still, it runs a lot more smoother than Oblivion ever did - now that was unoptimized.

TL;DR - Console port-ish and not exactly perfect, but since I'm sick of the same shooters over and over, this is a very welcome addition to my game collection and it's great fun.

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5 years 9 months ago #16222 by S.A.F Masterpetey
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thanks for that, i have noticed on our bank statement that the wifey already has got it for me so im lookin forward to it, also might try dead island but i dunno, looking forward to spending quite a few hours over the hols as the bach on wahiki island were going to has no net which will be awesome, eating, beach, swimming, gaming, sleeping.....
from what ur saying i think my almost 2 year old laptop will run it sweetly but what do u think coincidence?

i5 450m 2.4ghz
mobility radeon 5650 1gb @ 1366 x 768
4gb ddr3 ram
500gb 7200rpm samsung hdd

this lappy can run beef3 on medium at about 40-50 fps so should be ok...

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5 years 9 months ago #16225 by S.A.F Klawful
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I reckon it'll run Skyrim just fine.

PS: My Khajit Archer-Thief is lvl 57, 100 Smithing, Enchanting, Pickpocket, Archery, and Illusion. And he has over 250k gold, all earnt legit (Buying Ebony Ingots, making bows, upgrading them to legendary, and selling to the Riverwood trader for 5k each, since the Riverwood trader has 12k gold once you've invested 500g with him). I'm wearing dual-enchanted Dragonplate armor, with a Daedric Bow. Completed the Thieves Guild, Mages College, and the Dark Brotherhood. Still working on the Companions Guild, and the main quest line...

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