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- Skyrim reimagines the open-world fantasy epic, pushing the game play and technology of a virtual world to new heights
- Play any type of character you can imagine, and do whatever you want; the legendary freedom of choice, storytelling
- Skyrim's new game engine brings to life a complete virtual world with rolling clouds, rugged mountains, bustling cities, lush fields
- Choose from hundreds of weapons, spells, and abilities; the new character system allows you to play any way you want
- Requires internet connection and free steam account to activate
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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is the next installment in the award-winning Elder Scrolls series. Skyrim is the follow up to the 2006 Game of the Year, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and the next game from Bethesda Game Studios, creators of the 2008 Game of the Year, Fallout 3.
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Reading the reviews, I was a little intimidated. What's this Steam stuff? I never heard of Steam. What about the long download time everybody is talking about?
I opened a Steam account and installed Steam the night before Skyrim was delivered, by just going to the steam website. [...] . Easy. I didn't have to give Steam much of any info about me, other than an email address. No credit card, no real name, the usual consents, and so on. Verdict: Steam is not all that bad so far.
When I received the software I followed the simple directions, which were: Insert disk, run setup, follow directions. That is really all that I needed to do. Download time for the game on a Friday at 3:30 PM was 11 minutes, and download time for the patch was 1 more minute. Then, Steam wanted to upgrade my Active X and such (on a one year old high end Dell laptop with Windows 7, gee...), and that took another 5-6 minutes or so. So, I was playing within less than 20 minutes after opening the box. Can't get much easier than that.
An 11 minute game installation? What a surprise! Bear in mind that I live in New Orleans, not out in the country, but my Cox Cable connection is nothing special and just the usual cable connection. So, if you live in a metropolitan area and have high speed internet, and if your computer meets the game requirements I'd say you will be fine.
Speaking of which, the package says minimum system requirements are:
Operating system: XP, Vista, Windows 7
Processor: Dual Core 2.0 GHz
Memory: 2GB RAM, 7GB free hard drive space
Video Card: Direct-X 9.0c Compliant video card with 512 MB of RAM
It also says increased performance will be noticed on more powerful systems.
It will take me a while to get used to the assigned keys for various movements and actions, and the camera angles of modern video games, but so far, so good. After just an hour of game play I don't feel completely confident yet of being able to handle combat very competently or avoid it, but I'm sure that will come in a day or two.
Don't start playing until you have an hour or so of free time, at least, because you will start as a prisoner about to be executed, just before a battle with a dragon begins. Talk about stress. :) I managed to get away from the dragon and those who wanted to kill me, and learned to equip weapons and armor, got to a safe place at the guy's uncle's house, and talked to him. Then just before I was headed out again to explore, the game crashed. I am not expecting this to be a major problem because I had been playing quite some time by then and these things happen. If it turns out that the game repeatedly crashes, I'll edit this review later on.
All in all, I am pleased. Obviously I haven't gone very far in this game yet, but I am looking forward to more game play. I just wanted to encourage any other older players that might be feeling a little intimidated, to give the game a try.
And then there's the richness of the communities of Skyrim. There's a full trilogy worth of story-line here, especially when one considers the detailed interactions among residents of each town, the history of the region, and all the various factions, guilds, etc.
Each "dungeon" whether it be ruins, a cave, an encampment, or something else really does feel unique. Unlike in Fallout 3 where the vaults, sewers and caves started to feel a bit repetitive, in Skyrim you never know when you'll stumble upon a vast and beautiful underground cavern, find the remnants of a long-lost underground empire, or simply find some thieves loot hidden behind a few carefully constructed traps.
Personally, I'm not a huge fan of exploring the endless minutia of weaponry and spells. I'd rather find a few that work (while occasionally upgrading of course) and blast away. That said, it is fun to be able to choose my game play (warrior, mage thief or some combination). I've chosen to be a thief and really enjoy sneaking around and picking enemies off from a distance, height or some other concealment. But the real joy for me is the sheer exploration of a seemingly endless world.