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Skyrim Overview

Skyrim Overview
 

 


The Geek Shall Inherit the Earth
First of all…I’ve never played an elder scrolls game before, but I freaking loved Fallout 3, it’s sheer intimidating scale and it’s extreme VATS-powered ultraviolence so how would I get on with a sub-tolkien orc-em-up with a distinct lack of high powered ballistic weaponry? I’ll get the disclaimer out of the way…I’ve only been playing it for a couple of days and I’ve only scratched the surface with my weedy level 7 orc. I also don’t play a lot of games. So just imagine this is a review by your dad. Except sexier.

Bear make dead
My first couple of hours in Bethseda’s sprawling new epic were a bit of a shambles, ended up running sideways around a mountain for about half an hour and then getting a kicking from some villagers for stabbing one of their chickens. As a defiantly single-player experience, Skyrim requires graft..you need to put a proper shift in. Like a dull witted eskimo stripper, Skyrim’s delights are revealed slowly..slowly. It’s all about learning, about your character, about the wildlife, about the other characters, how they all work together. I learnt for example that bears dont like it when you try to set them on fire. Who knew?
Thieving pikey
The freedom, as with all bethesda games, is liberating. In a variation of the “use-a-prostitute-and-then-mug-her-for-the-money” from Grand theft auto, in the very first town I came to I got some pointy eared middle-earth refugee to teach me archery. He charged me an extortionate amount, so that night I snuck into his house and pickpocketed him to get the money back. The next day I asked him to teach me archery again. Clearly a bit simple, he agreed. I did this several times.  As an orc I was also frequently the target of some unwarranted racial abuse. But I had to reign in my righteous berserk fury…your actions have consequences in Skyrim. Steal a horse or get caught breaking into someone’s home and it’s the big house for you son. But there will come a point where my character is so insanely nails that I will return to Riverrun and bring fire and steel vigilante justice to my bearded aryan tormentors.
Taste my massive weapon
Skyrim is, at least initially, a cold, grey, rather forbidding place, a bit like the Queensmere shopping centre in Slough. As it’s a semi-rpg, your main character (in my case, Barry the Truculent) starts off as vulnerable as a defenestrated toddler and is at the mercy of almost everything that walks and crawls in Skyrim from mangy wolves to huge mardy giants. There is a main quest to pursue, some kind of generic GRR-Martin style tat about feudal strife and dragons but the main appeal is just hiking around the place, slowly grinding through menial tasks and low level enemy scum so you can pimp your characters stats and unlock precious perks. As a personal preference I have to say that so far the combat is a little less visceral than Fallout’s splattery slo-mo gunplay but again, I have only dabbled in large heavy bladed weapons, you can specialise in archery and pick off enemies from a mile off or specialise in violent magic and go all Vordemort on Skyrim’s generic fantasy fodder.

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