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The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim Review

Updated on February 22, 2017

The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim

Bethesda's amazing game, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is one of my favourite games of all time. As a matter of fact, it's my second favourite, Last of Us being first.

So, to start off, let’s talk about graphics. Bethesda has been known for making great games with great graphics.Skyrim has some amazing, especially on PC, and you can even get certain mods to make it even better. At the time of first playing it, I had to run the game on the lowest graphic setting because I didn't have an amazing PC, and yet, somehow, the game still looked amazing on my PC. I saw Skyrim playthroughs on YouTube where the people playing them had amazing computers, and when I first saw them I almost died of a heart attack. Because of the fact that Skyrim on it’s lowest graphics settings on my computer already amazed me, Skyrim on a better PC was like heaven.

Next, let’s talk about the framerate of it. Like I said before, I’m surprised the game could run on my old PC, even for the lowest settings. I never get any FPS drop now, but even back then I rarely had low framerate in the game. The only time I ever would is if I walk up and look straight at a fire, because my computer couldn't handle all the particle effects going on. Even at that, it didn't drop as much when I look straight at a fire than other games that have worse graphics and lag all the time.

Alright, let’s talk about the story and side quests. For the most part, the main story isn’t amazing, but it is still pretty good. If you wanted to get Skyrim just for the main story, I would just suggest watching some YouTube Let’s Plays on it, because just doing the story alone can get to be boring. I do have to say, the story is better than other stories in games out there, but there are a lot better stories out there, too. Now, let’s get to what's called the “sidequests”, but I prefer to call them the “sidestories”, because they all have their own personal stories. Now, I need to say that these sidestories are the main thing of Skyrim in my opinion. I love these sidestories because they allow you to give your character more of a backstory, because all you know about your character is that they were caught trying to cross the border when an Imperial ambush happened, and that you are the dragonborn. But when you join something such as the Dark Brotherhood, or the Thieve's Guild, you can say this was like your character's passion as a kid to become an assassin, or become the best thief in all of Skyrim.

Okay, now let’s mention the glitches of the game. There are a lot of glitches in Skyrim since it is such a big game, but I’m just going to talk about a couple of the ones I’ve come across. One of the most common one is when an NPC is talking to you, but talking to someone else. Now Skyrim has it to where NPCs can’t talk to you if they’re doing something else by displaying the message that they are busy (I can’t recall the exact message). Sometimes, though, this can glitch out and make it to where the NPC starts talking to you while they are talking to another NPC. I have no idea how this happens, but it just seems random. Usually for me it happens when I get impatient and need to talk to an NPC for a mission, and start spamming the talk button, but sometimes it will just happen when I hit it the first time. The next glitch is the flying animals glitch. Once again, no idea what triggers this, but I just know that it can be hilarious. Now, I’ve seen this can happen to a horse when you are riding it, but that has never happened to me, but what has happened to me is the moment I get off a horse, it just flies straight up. I have also seen this happen to random animals in the world, when I haven’t even gone close to them.

Now for the conclusion and rating. I have to say that Skyrim is still an amazing game, even though it has the occasional glitches and bugs. And, even though the story isn’t great, like I said, it’s still better than some other ones out there. There was a major point I didn’t touch upon, and that was character customization. Now I love customizing my characters, and Skyrim does an amazing job at allowing you to customize, but there’s just not too much to talk about, so I left it out. Anyways, I would have to say that I would give Skyrim a 4 out of 5 stars on this.

The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim Rating

4 stars for Skyrim

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