The RPG genre is a stranger to very few people. It initially spawned popularity in the late 80s when gamers spent hundreds of hours crawling through dungeons in early NES titles such as Final Fantasy and Dragon Warrior. Over the course of the last 25+ years, the definition of the genre has slowly, but defiantly evolved into something much more real and time consuming, but what’s charming is the fact that the overall concept has remained the same. Roam around a vastly filled over world with dozens of quests to complete and even more weapons and magic to obtain.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim honours this tradition in the most intuitive way imaginable, making it one of the best games of all time, and one that any RPG fan should have in his/her collection. The land of Skyrim seems never ending at the first glance, and offers a wide array of areas to explore at the player’s pleasure, ranging from snowy mountains, to huge cities and caverns that’ll blow even the most veteran players away. Whether you want to delve into the main story and uncover the secrets of your dragonborn heritage and why the dragons have reappeared, or join the Stormcloaks and rebel against the empire is completely up to you.
One of the many features of Skyrim that’s particularly interesting, is the open ended way it can play. Levelling up is done by using a specific skill constantly. For example, if you constantly use destruction spells like fire and ice that damage an enemy, your destruction level will eventually increase. Unless your playing the Legendary Edition of Skyrim (which features all of the aditional DLC and let’s you level up all of your skills to the max), you can only level your character up to 80, meaning you can improve no more than 80 skills. This allows every player to have a different approach to their playing and creates a unique experience every time you play it. The game also allows you to more or less ignore the main story if you wish to, and do an unlimited amount of other things. The player can join the Companions by transforming into a werewolf and become the mightiest warrior of them all, join the Thieves Guild and become the greatest criminal mankind has ever known, register in the College of Winterhold and master the arts of magic, or even get married and become a simple blacksmith. The possibilities are endless.
Role playing games allow gamers to escape the problems of the real world, and go to a fantasy world, filled with magical creatures and objects that would otherwise be fiction. I suppose the real magic is how a good RPG allows the player to, for a second, believe that all of the fiction is real. No game does that better then the The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
Gameplay – The gameplay is extremely fluid and fun and never leaves the player wanting anything else. – 10/10
Presentation – The province of Skyrim is fascinating and beautiful, but occasionally suffers from minor glitches. It rarely distracts from the enjoyable experience though. – 8.5/10
Story – The game allows player choose their own path and make their own amazing story filled with whatever they please. The main story is thrilling and will always leave you wanting more. – 9.5/10
Overall Rating – 9.5/10