I have a lot of thoughts on Skyrim. Some are pretty good and some aren’t. I wish I could say nothing but great things about the game but I just can’t. I wish I could…really.
First I’m going to tackle all the good things about it:
Graphics: The look of the game is fantastic. Sometimes in my videos I will just look at the sky and comment on how beautiful it looks. Other times I will just look at enemies for a while and check out the detail that they have. The towns all have their unique look and feel to them. They all look so different that you can tell which town you are in just by looking at a certain building and knowing what kind of architecture that city uses. All the weapons and armor in the game look amazing and even some of the items in the game are worth zooming in and looking at. It’s really beautiful.
Sound: The sounds of Skyrim…oh how they woo me. You can easily hear everything that’s important to hear, and muffle everything that’s not. In my sound menu I have the footsteps lowered so I can hear enemies yelling or wolves howling better. I also have the voice option higher because of everything that is said in the game can potentially lead you to a new area you have not discovered yet. If you just listen to a conversation, sometimes they will talk about a den or something that you haven’t heard of yet and it marks it on your map. Simply amazing. The spells and dragons all sound fantastic, they really did a great job with the sound.
Content: The sheer amount of content in the game is astounding. The amount of things to do in Skyrim can lead you astray from real life for hours. I found myself 2 hours deep in the task of getting all my homes situated just how I wanted them. I put everything where I wanted it to go, when I can’t even bring myself to do that in real life! My girlfriend hates me lol The amount of quests you can get in Skyrim can overwhelm you, but never seem to overwhelm you to the point of which you stop playing because it becomes too much. All the quests are easily differentiated and all of the misc quests go into one pile. Things like fetching quests or killing a group of bandits for gold are all grouped into one. You can pick out these quests one by one and do them which is amazing. Map markers help too. Some of the misc quests develop into larger ones, which is just one more way the game exceeded my expectations.
Leveling: The way you level up has been done before. The way they have perfected it just amazes me though. The more you use one handed weapons, the more one handed skill goes up. Simple enough. But instead of getting a little better with one handed weapons, you reach skill levels and you get to assign perk points to increase one handed attacks more impact-fully. For instance, once you get to level 35 in one handed (it goes to 100) you get to chose a perk on a perk tree to increase your sword, mace, or dagger damage. From there, you can go further up the tree depending on where you put your perks. You get one perk point to every level you gain. Playing only for 20 hours will get you to about level 20 which gives you a lot of gratifying choices, but slows down after that so you don’t become a powerhouse too early. There are exploits, which I highlight in some of my videos, but other than that it’s really fun to level up your character.
Quests: Now here is where I start to go into things that worked and some that didn’t. Some quests are bugged. Yup…bugged to the point to where you can’t go any further in that quest. I’m not talking about quests that are bugged in the sense of where they just award you with the quest completed or whatever, I’m talking about the quest is broken. In one of my videos, the character wouldn’t talk to me at all once I had completed her task, therefor not letting me continue on with the quest at all. It’s really disappointing that all of the quests, even though there are a lot of them, don’t let you complete them or always run smoothly. Some people have commented on my videos about how they have doors that won’t open, or items that won’t be there. Maybe they are missing something, but the majority of them have real issues.
Dragons: Although they are cool and deadly and awesome to look at, the dragons just are a nuisance after a while. You get plenty of souls to absorb and use as powers, and you get enough dragon scales and dragon bones to last you a lifetime. But after a while, the fights are all the same as you shout at them to knock them down and hammer away at them. I’m at level 60 right now and my character doesn’t die at all from any dragon, even the toughest of them. Maybe I’m really strong with too much health, or maybe they just don’t do enough damage. I’m not sure, but what I DO know is that I find myself running away from them most of the time. Sometimes they come into towns and kill people, and sometimes they just annoy you to the point of which you can’t fast travel away from the area so you have to chase them down to kill them because they just hover in the sky.
I’ll update this post with more thoughts on what is good and bad about Skyrim.