I’ve finished this game a while ago but I never got around to posting something about it until now. I want to admit that I did rushed things a little at the end of the game. This is mainly due to the fact that I got so powerful by the end that there was basically no challenges left. I will get to that later but lets start out by saying what an amazing game Skyrim is. I finished the game clocking in at 110 hours. This aside from certain MMOs is probably one of my longest game time in a single game. I also wanted to point out that you can’t really finish a game like Skyrim. There are just so much to do that it becomes overwhelming and will eventually become tiresome. I say that I finished Skyrim because I felt that I did everything that I wanted to do in the game. I finished the main story, all guild quests, deadric quests, and even most of the side missions. However I didn’t find all the locations the game has to offer and did not left the game with an empty quest log.
I want to start out by saying what Bethesda did right in this game compare to their other games. Not unlike their other games, this is a truly open world game where the player can traverse the world and do almost anything the game allows you to do. However unlike their other games, Bethesda really gave a reason to explore the world in Skyrim. In Oblivion, I found myself exploring for about the first few hours of the game but nothing about that world felt distinct or gave me a purpose. Sure there were caves and dungeons for me to explore but I began to see a similarity between them after going into a few of them. Skyrim fixed this problem by making each dungeons, caves, and temples unique to each other. One cave may have a waterfall inside while another will have a river that connects to another dungeon. Making each locations unique helped brought out the realism of the world that Bethesda has created. It also helped me keep exploring one cave to another without being bored due to similarity. It also helps that this game is beautiful. I took about a little over fifty pictures in the game to show them to my friends how gorgeous this game is. Other then Red Dead Redemption, I don’t think I found a game that was able to make me just stop and look around.
Skyrim is a Bethesda game in the line of a lot of open world games they created like Fallout 3 and Oblivion. Similar to those games, they brought back the markers on the game HUD that always tell you that there is a new location around the corner. I love that little marker. It made me want to explore and diverge off my quest path to go find out what this new location might hold. Sometime it may just be a dungeon with some loot in the end. Sometime it may hold a dragonwall which will allow you to get a new shout power. There’s usually at least one unexplored location around the corner and the completionist inside of me want to go explore everything.
Skyrim also improved on their melee combat from both Fallout and Oblivion. It is still not perfect but it is a major improvement. I love the kill cams and I love that they just released a patch updating it with more kill cams. Hits are also properly detected now unlike Oblivion where you were not sure swinging the sword did anything at all. However once you get a powerful enough weapon, most of the combat skills the game introduce become useless as swinging the sword would just do as well.
Speaking of getting powerful weapons and armors, Skyrim changes the way how enemies level up with you in Oblivion. In Skyrim, enemies have a set level so if you’re level 30, a level 10 enemy shouldn’t be a challenge. I finished the game at level 50 so I was pretty powerful already. I got the best weapons and armors early in the game as I improved my smithing skills. By the time I got the weapons and armors, I was pretty much unstoppable. I was hold the block button as an enemy attacked me for about 30 minutes to just increase my blocking skills. It is not to say that I want enemies to level up with me though. I hated that in Oblivion and I love that I am super powerful in this game but it would have been nice to get some challenge from an enemy once in a while. Sure they throw in some Ice Mages to try to kill you but they become nothing with some help from potions. This is probably one of the main reasons why I rushed it in the end of the game. I was just running through the dungeons without the need to worry about death. I would have liked some challenge but hopefully they can make up for that with DLC.
Some enemy variety would have helped also from becoming mundane later on. They were able to add variety to the places you explore so I don’t see why they couldn’t add a few different enemies. After killing thousand and thousand of the same enemies, I eventually just ignored them and ran past them. They can’t hurt me and I don’t want to kill them anymore. As I said before, hopefully the DLC will change that.
I have finished with Skyrim for now but I’m excited for DLC that will be coming later on this year. Bethesda promised that they will most likely be more expansion like DLC than they had done in the past so here’s hoping that they could add better enemies and more challenges.
Skyrim is a game that needs to be played by anyone who is even slightly considering about it. It is a remarkable game and a true testament to modern video games.