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Bethesda has created a monster,
This review is from: Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Xbox 360 (Video Game)Time passes really fast when you are playing this game. The first six hours went by in the blink of an eye yesterday ... my character is at level 10 and I feel like I have barely scratched the surface of anything. If you like these kinds of games, you will be hooked because Bethesda has managed to create something which really nails it on every level. I am a heavily magic oriented player so I spent most of my time so far in the mages' guild in winterhold. For some reason though the Dark Brotherhood wants me dead and sent an assassin to kill me. I was just messing around with some conjuration spells in a forest glen and the assassin was killed by this flame creature I had conjured before I even knew what was going on. Looted the body and found a note saying they want me dead. Stuff like that just happens and it is awesome. Dungeons btw are really fun and very well designed.
I do have one gripe that I see has been addressed by some other reviewers who gave a low rating for the game on amazon. That is that you have to pause the action to switch spells. In Oblivion, I could instantly switch spells with the d-pad and then cast them with RB while wielding a sword and shield. In Skyrim, you must assign a spell to one hand or the other, so it kind of feels like you have lost your RB button. I can understand this complaint.
However, if you have posted about this, keep in mind that your RB button is not idle. It has been reserved for shouts, and you will obtain shouts eventually although you have to play along the main quest until you get the first one. I have none as yet because I am focused on the mages' guild for now. However once you do you get shouts, you can instantly cast them with RB while also dual wielding whatever you choose.
The bottom line though is that this game is basically like Oblivion on steroids. If you liked Oblivion and spent 200+ hours playing it like I did, you will be addicted to Skyrim. Having playing all through yesterday and now it's 4 am and I'm getting up to play some more rather than get some sleep, this is probably the best game I've ever played. That's a lot of praise coming from a life long gamer. Again, so long as you like RPG's as opposed to say, MW3 (which a lot of people are playing non stop right now as well), this is the game for you. BTW $65 almost feels like a very low price if you were to actually measure out how many hours you are going to spend playing this game over the next year or so, and divide it by $65. I could spend $65 in a heartbeat at say, a Jets game at the Meadowlands, but that money goes a LONG way when playing Skyrim.
To sum up...why am I wasting my time typing this review? Time to go play Skyrim.
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Initial post: Nov 12, 2011 3:42:09 AM PST
PS2 Bruce says:
Nice review, and I do sort of agree with you on the interface: I miss the D pad, too. BUT this "inventory, I think is an improvement. Yes, after awhile you have big lists of stuff, but I just put the things I will use all the time on the "favorites." It DOES take some getting used to. I have around 2,000 hours in Oblivion, and I really like this....its Oblivion with updated game play, with Fallout's face on it. Very good game.
Posted on Nov 14, 2011 11:29:40 AM PST
Matthew Robinson says:
I enjoyed reading your review, however if you haven't found it yet there is a way to add a certain spell/potion/weapon or really anything you want to be accessed by your d pad. If you go to the items in your menu you can hit y when on that item to add it to your favorites. This allows you to open the screen for each favorite item and equip it quickly. I actually like this better than I did with Oblivions pad needing to be held down constantly.
Posted on Nov 14, 2011 4:58:48 PM PST
Thanks for the review. I've never played an RPG before. I'm used to the Call of Duty series, Halo, and that's pretty much it. I am hearing that this is a good first RPG to start out with!
Posted on Nov 15, 2011 8:41:41 AM PST
Paul Arellano says:
Good review. I am still deciding whether to get it for PC or PS3. I'm an old PC gamer (born in the 60s). I have PS3 because of the blu-ray thing and I love Final Fantasy :). I heard/read the PC version is suffering from "consolitis" aka " console port problems." Decisions...decisions...
Posted on Nov 15, 2011 9:44:58 AM PST
Once you have assigned weapons/spells/potions to the favorite menu, you can access those favorites with the up & down of the "D" pad during gameplay. BUT... you can also assign two items to the left & right "D" pad, and access them DURING gameplay. To assign them, press up or down on the "D" pad during gameplay. Scroll to the item you desire, then press and hold down "D" pad right or left. When the right or left are pressed during gameplay, those items are armed without pausing the game. You can assign two items of your choice. For me, "L" is Firebolt, "R" is Fast Heal. In the heat of battle I am able to switch instantly.
Also, I normally equip a sword and spell, but when required, arm my bow. If I tap R or L (which are both spells) while the bow is armed, the sword and spell are both assigned again... and the game never paused at all. Try it for yourself, I believe this is what you are after.
Posted on Nov 16, 2011 11:02:08 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 16, 2011 11:08:37 AM PST
nathaniel furedi says:
Anyone know if you can go past lvl 50? I'm guessing you can like Oblivion. I am lvl 38 and I only have 2 skills at 100.
Update: I just found this online for anyone else who is interested.
The game imposes a soft cap at level 50. Past level 50, leveling up happens much more slowly. The theoretical level cap (maximum level) is level 81, reached by increasing all skills to 100
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2011 11:05:21 AM PST
Greg Garrison says:
I was stuck deciding between the PC and XBOX 360 versions and bought the 360 version yesterday - now I can't wait for it to be delivered! I'm sure I'll pick up the inevitable GOTY version on a Steam sale eventually (like 2 Christmases from now or so) but I'll wait for the mod community to do some serious work on it first.
Posted on Nov 16, 2011 1:30:42 PM PST
Evan W. Jenkins says:
At least the skill leveling speed doesn't slow down past 50. So if you really need 100 restoration after you hit level 50 you can still raise it just as fast as you could before. However, you will level more slowly (meaning less health/mana/stamina increases and less perks). It's a killer system because it encourages specialization and unique characters but you have plenty of opportunity to fix "mistakes". Just remember, magicka consumption is tied to perks heavily. You may be 100 destruction and cast powerful spells, but without the perks they will hog your magicka. With 100 skill in one-handed you will only be half as effective as someone with 5 perks in the primary one-handed perk.
So 100 skill = great. 100 skill + perks = amazing
Posted on Nov 17, 2011 12:46:53 PM PST
A. D. Anderson says:
Great review. What a time-sap, but what else can one expect from the Elder Scrolls series? I don't know how long my wife is going to put up with it...
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2011 12:08:52 AM PST
cool good to know that bit of info.