Ok so the day I got the Elder Scrolls V Skyrim I was very excited. My experience with Bethesdas previous offerings was very positive, I would say Fallout 3 was maybe the best experience I have had this console generation, so to say my expectations were high would be an understatement. I had no previous experience with the Elder Scrolls universe until the second I put this game in my 360 and played.
The opening 2 hours of the game display exactly what this game is going to be great at a huge open world punctured with detailed dungeons and an ever open and expanding story with many layers of detail that you may never touch upon. To those that have played the game I completed the companions guild, the thieves guild and even started on the mages guild. I saw a lot of the open world and what the game had to offer, I spent over 40 hours in my experience with this game and played the main quest up to the Aludins bane quest.
My opinion of the game began to sour roughly 20 hours in, I had really enjoyed the companions guild and suffered the second half of the thieves guild (the reward was well worth it), the main quest started interesting, your first dragon fight is a fantastic and exhilarating experience. That said the story became convoluted and confused and much of the characters and areas in the Elder Scrolls universe names were dropped but never expanded upon.
My main gripe is with the gameplay, I had spent my first 20 hours focusing on the two handed and archery sides of the combat, but began to hit a brick wall. I changed things and started to bring magic in, I invested a lot of time in levelling up my magic ability and for a while this helped. The fact that the combat was clunky and not perfect was a major frustration, maybe I'm spoilt by the fps generation that I am now used to with instant and rapid responses to the press of a button or trigger. With a number of combat options now available I believed the game would open up even more and I would be able to progress where I have struggled previously to this.
Unfortunately this wasn't the case and this where my journey ends, a convoluted world and story that was hampered by its own size and the team that created it ambitions. The gameplay's lack of skill and responsiveness hindered my experience and led to a lot of frustration. That said I would recommend anyone try the game and this was just my experience.