Not Sure If You Want Skyrim? This May Help.

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Not Sure If You Want Skyrim? This May Help.

Skyrim is an open world single player game.

The multiple story lines and various things that Bethesda chooses in the game are static while the game itself with Radiant AI/Story are dynamic. With Radiant Story/AI, many things in the game are completely different even if two players would go in the same direction such as creatures you face or items you find. A neat feature is that if you kill someone who has a quest for you, their relative might seek revenge or hand you the quest instead. Also if you drop weapons or items, some random NPC might ask if he/she can have it.

More about Radiant AI/Story:

http://elderscrolls.wikia.com/wiki/Radiant_Story

For those who want to focus on just the main story, you can do so. The main quest alone takes over 30 hours to complete. As long as you have a specific quest selected your map markers will update each time you complete part of a quest. The game also includes many side quests.

For those who want to do anything whenever you want, this is definitely the game for you. You can play this game for days without touching a single quest. You can murder an entire town but make sure you're a high enough level to do so. You can collect ingredients and live a peaceful life in the wilderness although I do recommend having something to protect yourself with considering there's many things in the wilderness that can be dangerous.

Article on how to be a complete bastard in Skyrim:

http://www.oxm.co.uk/34965/previewselder-scrolls-5-hands-on-how-to-be-a-complete-bastard-in-skyrim/?page=1.

NPCs and wildlife are more realistic in that they don't just wonder about for no reason. You may find a NPC cooking, crafting armor/weapons, hunting, and many various things in which you the player can also do. You'll find wolf packs hunting deer as well as various other behaviors you may or may not expect creatures in the wilderness to do.

The entire world of Skyrim is handcrafted. In Oblivion, dungeons as well as the world surrounding the player were copied and pasted. Specific level designers created the areas of Skyrim.

If you are a hardcore Elder Scrolls fan, this game will be for you. Each Elder Scrolls game focused on the lore and story of the Elder Scrolls. Skyrim will be no different as it takes place 200 years after the events of Oblivion. Many people enjoyed Oblivion even on the console version just to immerse themselves in the story.

Those Elder Scrolls fans who liked Morrowind and didn't like Oblivion, I believe this game will be for you as well. This time around you cannot fast travel to each city from the start. You must explore and travel where you need to go. There is a carriage system in game that will take you to places you haven't been to. The leveling of loot, creatures, and dungeons do not level up with the character meaning you can step into areas that are too difficult for you at that time. If you do manage to defeat everyone in a higher level area you will surely be rewarded. With the world being completely handcrafted, there's a greater chance of finding easter eggs or random items laying around especially with the new addition of treasure maps and puzzles.

For those who care about beautiful and realistic graphics, this game will definitely be for you.

Streams flow and move in such a realistic fashion with Salmon and various types of wildlife. Walking in the snow you squint your eyes as you try to make out figures in the distance. When day turns to night you see Aurora Borealis/Northern Lights raining from the sky.

Bows and weapons glow with whatever power they're enchanted with. Dual wielding spells gives you a sense of power that you could never experience in past Elder Scrolls games. Seeing the flow and combination of frost, electric, and fire based spells is a wonder to the eyes.

Dragons will be a key factor in Skyrim's main quest. If you do not activate or participate in this quest, dragons will not spawn. There is an unlimited amount of dragons. Dragons in Skyrim are mainly unscripted boss battles. By unscripted, I mean they are unpredictable with their behaviors just like any creature you find in the wilderness. You'll find dragons picking up NPCs, following you above and around caves, and many other random behaviors. There are some dragons that are scripted but for the specific purpose of telling the main quest.

This is a game of freedom where you can role play whatever character you wish to be. The key objective is to survive in this massive world while finding your purpose whether it's through storyline or creating your own.

I did my best to explain why I believe this game will appeal to those unsure in getting it.

If you need more convincing here are many articles of those who have had 3 hours to play the game without restrictions:

http://www.bethblog.com/index.php/2011/10/17/new-hands-on-impressions-for-skyrim/.

Here's a text based interview with IGN and Todd Howard:

http://pc.ign.com/articles/115/1158651p1.html

I'll surely be at my gamestop midnight 11-11-11.

I admit that I am quite biased with my excitement of this game but I will do my best to point out things people may see as negatives.

The UI of Skyrim is more basic for easy access of weapons, spells, and miscellaneous items. The proper term for this is stream-lining but is welcomed in my opinion so the player can focus more on gameplay and story.

Classes have been removed meaning major/minor skills and birthstones. Although this is majorly different from most Elder Scrolls games, it removes the necessity of restarting a character if you picked the wrong skills. Everything you do now affects how you level up. Some people enjoy planning out their skills in spreadsheets but in removing this you are more absorbed in gameplay and story.

When you talk to NPCs it is in real-time instead of pausing the game through dialogue. This is something brand new for Elder Scrolls games.

Skyrim has removed certain skills such as athletics, acrobatics, and mysticism. People of former games may see this as dumbing down the leveling system but many of these things can still be performed and enhanced in game through spells, dragon shouts and by leveling up skills such as strength, magicka, and fatigue.

For those new at this game, the size and scale may be a bit overwhelming. You have to think of it as entering an already existing world filled with opportunities, challenges, and adventures. The world has many quests in store for you but you are not forced to do them right away. The best thing to do is level up skills and explore your surroundings, then go back to those quests later on.

This game will most likely contain glitches from the start, maybe even some potentially game breaking. I recommend saving very often even with Skyrim's auto-save feature which you can modify however you please. Bethesda will be monitoring the game even after its release applying nearly unnoticeable updates automatically instead of only having the ability to release patches. Some glitches in Elder Scrolls games are welcomed. Even with a game of realism, unrealistic glitches/gameplay makes the game have interesting and memorable experiences. Those are the type of things that get shared all over youtube and get talked about with a group of friends.

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#2 Posted by Azteck (7416 posts) -

Weren't you the person who just relayed that IGN article a week back?

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#3 Posted by beef209 (75 posts) -

Isn't this demo already on the site

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#4 Edited by JesseInsanity (8 posts) -

@Azteck: I'm new to this website and I don't post on IGN. This is pretty much my very first article.

Edit: I think I tried posting a comment on an IGN article one time but it never showed up. It may of showed up without me seeing it. IGN is so buggy xD

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#5 Posted by Witzig (364 posts) -

So you copied an article from another site without any intention of starting a meanful discussion. Flagged

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#6 Posted by JesseInsanity (8 posts) -

@Witzig said:

So you copied an article from another site without any intention of starting a meanful discussion. Flagged

This article was written by me and I do have an intention of a meaningful discussion. I wrote this article to help those who are not sure if they should buy Skyrim or not.

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#7 Posted by Ravenlight (8057 posts) -

@JesseInsanity said:

I'll surely be at my gamestop midnight 11-11-11.

You had me convinced you were a real person up until there. Nobody shops at Gamestop anymore :P

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#8 Posted by Ventilaator (1569 posts) -

You work at Bethesda, right?

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#9 Posted by MeierTheRed (5466 posts) -

Giantbomb, where new users get treated like shit straight from their first post. 
 
Welcome to GB, hope your stay will be pleasant. Judging by this it probably won't be, right off the bat.

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#10 Posted by awe_stuck (820 posts) -

@Ravenlight said:

@JesseInsanity said:

I'll surely be at my gamestop midnight 11-11-11.

You had me convinced you were a real person up until there. Nobody shops at Gamestop anymore :P

Most profitable gaming company in North America.

I see little kids, girls, and grandparents there all the time. Twice a year I walk in and buy a preorder...

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#11 Edited by JesseInsanity (8 posts) -

@Ventilaator: I'm unemployed xD

@BaneFireLord: thats because he speedran it without listening to the dialogue.

@Ravenlight: I do that already xD The day after Skyrim releases I'll be at this really special girl's house for her birthday and we're gonna Skyrim it up and go to a concert :D

@Fripplebubby: Thank you, yeah I know what you mean lol

@BoG: Thank you. I wasn't really sure if I could post the original sources considering they were on my blogspot and reddit. I just thought I'd post the article but I see why it would seem that this article would be just a simple copy/paste deal.

@miguelkosta76: Thank you, yeah I honestly can't wait for this game either :D

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#12 Posted by Ravenlight (8057 posts) -

@pornstorestiffi said:

Giantbomb, where new users get treated like shit straight from their first post. Welcome to GB, hope your stay will be pleasant. Judging by this it probably won't be, right off the bat.

We kid because we love. Some of us anyway.

@JesseInsanity:

How will you be weathering the time between now and 11/11? I'll probably be sleeping less and hitting refresh more.

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#13 Posted by Adamsons (877 posts) -

Looking forward to Skyrim but.. 

The main quest alone takes over 30 hours to complete.

I really doubt this.
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#14 Posted by Ravenlight (8057 posts) -

@awe_stuck said:

@Ravenlight said:

@JesseInsanity said:

I'll surely be at my gamestop midnight 11-11-11.

You had me convinced you were a real person up until there. Nobody shops at Gamestop anymore :P

Most profitable gaming company in North America.

I see little kids, girls, and grandparents there all the time. Twice a year I walk in and buy a preorder...

I see what you did there ;)

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#15 Posted by BaneFireLord (3321 posts) -
@Adamsons said:
Looking forward to Skyrim but.. 

The main quest alone takes over 30 hours to complete.

I really doubt this.
Some QA guys managed to speed run it in about 2 hours, so yeah...
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#16 Posted by ADAMWD (725 posts) -

@Adamsons said:

Looking forward to Skyrim but..

The main quest alone takes over 30 hours to complete.

I really doubt this.

Yeah, especially considering those two BethSoft designers finished the game in around 2 hours.

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#17 Edited by Adamsons (877 posts) -
@BaneFireLord said:

@Adamsons said:

Looking forward to Skyrim but.. 

The main quest alone takes over 30 hours to complete.

I really doubt this.
Some QA guys managed to speed run it in about 2 hours, so yeah...
Even without speed clearing it, I would be surprised if someone who had played previous TES games takes longer than 15 hours to complete it. (not skipping vast amounts of the storyline/chat etc.)
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#18 Posted by Fripplebubby (1057 posts) -

I liked the article. Good work. Some of the more jaded users here can be real dicks, but it is so everywhere.

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#19 Edited by Valames (758 posts) -

@awe_stuck said:

@Ravenlight said:

@JesseInsanity said:

I'll surely be at my gamestop midnight 11-11-11.

You had me convinced you were a real person up until there. Nobody shops at Gamestop anymore :P

Most profitable gaming company in North America.

I see little kids, girls, and grandparents there all the time. Twice a year I walk in and buy a preorder...

If you only go in there twice a year, how do you know that those kids and old people are only there twice a year too? Your argument is fishy.

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#20 Posted by BoG (5390 posts) -

Hey guys, looks like this guy wrote the article. It's not copypasta as far as I can tell. So, please be nice to the new member.

@JesseInsanity: In the future, I would recommend posting articles you write in your blog. You can still attach them to the forums for all to see.

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#21 Posted by awe_stuck (820 posts) -

@Ravenlight said:

@awe_stuck said:

@Ravenlight said:

@JesseInsanity said:

I'll surely be at my gamestop midnight 11-11-11.

You had me convinced you were a real person up until there. Nobody shops at Gamestop anymore :P

Most profitable gaming company in North America.

I see little kids, girls, and grandparents there all the time. Twice a year I walk in and buy a preorder...

I see what you did there ;)

LOL

;D Oh ya.

My typical gamestop experience

Girl: Can I play this game on my PC?

Employee: What kind of PC do you have?

Me: WTF MAN ITS RIGHT ON THE FN BOX.

5 minutes later.

Mom: Do you think this game is too violent for my children? They are about 10 years old.

Employee: No, it should be okay. We do have a large selection of great games for kids like Kinectanimals, you need to buy a Kinect for that but its completely worth it. (buys Kinect and gay animal game)

Kid: Awww, thanks mom.

5 hours later

Dad: WTH Are you doing on the kinect with that girl!!!!!!!

This is what I imagine when I wait in a line with 20 people for a preorder. I live downtown picking up a mail order could mean waiting a couple days more, or having the order stolen by one of my sweet roommates...

fml

But for the record I buy from eb games (which I believe is owned by gamestop, dont quote me). They always get there orders about an hour early. I go in and check with them. Some of their employees are cool, but you do get the typical guy who manages the store makes $12.50 an hr and says he doesnt pirate movies or tv (doesnt even have netflix...), he pays for cable. Imagine if the manager is soo dumb he wants to teach his son right from wrong by making himself more poor. How is that helping your son. I'll teach you to be a good kid and how to be super poor. You can cry while that bad kid is super rich. I'm a good father (in truth your terrible). Netflix is $8. They had Star Trek on it like a couple months after it came out. In Canada its nowhere near as good (we had Star Trek, but still no South Park). But for $200 you can get a netbox pc and IDK stream global tv on your big screen. For free. That situation applies to every conversation you have at eb games and gamestop. Buy Ratchet Clank totally worth buying a PS3 just to play it. How much do you spend on videogames in a year? IDK man about $500 or $1000 (just on games). I could see if you had the money, but these guys make like $10 an hour before taxes. A quarter or more of what you make a week is going just for the actual games nothing else. In practice thats half of weeks savings down the toilet. I have no lie heard them say to parents oh if your son is 8 years old I'm sure he'd love Harry Potter or Sponge Bob Square Pants (they also have Transformers... omg why... that poor kid LOL)

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#22 Edited by awe_stuck (820 posts) -

@Valames said:

@awe_stuck said:

@Ravenlight said:

@JesseInsanity said:

I'll surely be at my gamestop midnight 11-11-11.

You had me convinced you were a real person up until there. Nobody shops at Gamestop anymore :P

Most profitable gaming company in North America.

I see little kids, girls, and grandparents there all the time. Twice a year I walk in and buy a preorder...

If you only go in there twice a year, how do you know that those kids and old people are only there twice a year too? Your argument is fishy.

The store is in a mall by my house. I have to go through the mall to take the bus, and half the time I wanna buy something I go to the mall. EB is on the first floor. Hard not to walk past it.

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#23 Posted by miguelkosta76 (34 posts) -

@JesseInsanity said:

@Witzig said:

So you copied an article from another site without any intention of starting a meanful discussion. Flagged

This article was written by me and I do have an intention of a meaningful discussion. I wrote this article to help those who are not sure if they should buy Skyrim or not.

Don't worry about the comments, some guy's like to vent their frustrations on noobies.

Welcome and keep up the good work.

By the way, after the viewing the video... I NEED TO PLAY THIS GAME...

http://thehalfgame.blogspot.com/

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#24 Posted by Azteck (7416 posts) -
@JesseInsanity said:

@Azteck: I'm new to this website and I don't post on IGN. This is pretty much my very first article.

Edit: I think I tried posting a comment on an IGN article one time but it never showed up. It may of showed up without me seeing it. IGN is so buggy xD

Oh sorry then! We had a person who posted an IGN article only, hard to remember the names sometimes. 
 
Welcome to the site
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#25 Posted by Valames (758 posts) -

An 8 year old kid and his mother came into a Gamestop I was buying a game in. The kid wanted inFamous 2 and his mom asked the clerk for it. The kid only had a 360 so the clerk said that inFamous was PS3 only and recommended Prototype instead?! WHAT?! WHAT?! Gamestop, shut the fuck up! You are a terrible person!

But yeah, I will be there at midnight. And AT Midnight. The lines move fast enough for me to not have to show up before that. I will get it, install it on my computer while I sleep, and then awake to a world of woooonnnndddeerrrr.

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#26 Posted by senorfuzzeh (424 posts) -

@pornstorestiffi said:

Giantbomb, where new users get treated like shit straight from their first post. Welcome to GB, hope your stay will be pleasant. Judging by this it probably won't be, right off the bat.

Isn't that how most forums are?

Although Giant bomb douchebag ratio is a bit higher than some other places...

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#27 Posted by MikeFightNight (1213 posts) -

What i'm worried about is if I will get my order for Skyrim on Friday. I pre-ordered it way back when Futureshop was having a pre order 3 games get one FREE promotion. They usually always deliver the shipment the day of release but since this is being released on a unusual day I wonder if that will effect it?

I assume retailers get shipments once a week so if anything Skyrim would probably break street date early at some locations. Either way I am seriously considering getting it off Steam if I don't get it on Friday as I am totally off that whole weekend and mail won't come again until monday. I'll be the first one to admit that does sound crazy.

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#28 Posted by Enigma777 (6285 posts) -

Nope, still don't want it. 

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#29 Posted by kingopork (55 posts) -

It's less suspicious when you read his post with the voice of Ralphie from a christmas story. It brings the Red Rider BB Gun school paper to my head for some reason.

"The multiple story lines and various things that Bethesda chooses in the game are static while the game itself with Radiant AI/Story are dynamic."

"You'll glitch the main quest kid..."

"NOOOOOOOOO"

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#30 Posted by Floope (209 posts) -

I hope you continue to do things despite jerks.

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#31 Posted by JesseInsanity (8 posts) -

@RobbleWobble: Of course I will. Just because a few people are dicking around, making negative comments, doesn't mean I'll stop expressing my believes, opinions, and other things on my mind. This is pretty much my first article. It has received quite a great amount of feedback, mainly positive and a few negative. I've already made a few people who were unsure of the game go ahead and buy Skyrim. That was my goal, helping those who were unsure to reach their final decision. Reaching that goal is a good enough reason for me to continue writing articles like this. I'm a random person that not many know about and yet I have affected random people with simple words. Such a great thing to achieve.

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#32 Posted by TheHumanDove (2520 posts) -

I feel informed

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#33 Posted by Buscemi (1125 posts) -

This has not convinced me to want Skyrim, I am now angry, persuade me within the hour or I will be VERY angry.

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#34 Posted by mandude (2828 posts) -

The interface...goddamnit...it looks so crappy...

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#35 Edited by GTCknight (728 posts) -

Can I make a character who has zero magic? Does the game change depending on how I play it. Could I destroy the world or do you have to save it?

These are the questions that matter to me.

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#36 Posted by mandude (2828 posts) -

You can either save it or ignore it.

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#37 Posted by TheKramer89 (501 posts) -

@JesseInsanity said:

@RobbleWobble: Of course I will. Just because a few people are dicking around, making negative comments, doesn't mean I'll stop expressing my believes, opinions, and other things on my mind. This is pretty much my first article. It has received quite a great amount of feedback, mainly positive and a few negative. I've already made a few people who were unsure of the game go ahead and buy Skyrim. That was my goal, helping those who were unsure to reach their final decision. Reaching that goal is a good enough reason for me to continue writing articles like this. I'm a random person that not many know about and yet I have affected random people with simple words. Such a great thing to achieve.

You should almost be flattered by the fact that people were pissed that they thought you copied and pasted an article, even though you wrote it. People on here are often dicks, but there are some pretty good guys as well. I usually don't post much, but everybody hounding you and accusing you of plagiarism just because they were intimidated by a forum post with more that 10 words, kinda pissed me off because it turns people off of an otherwise incredible website. Enjoy your stay here and don't let these pricks bother you.

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#39 Posted by fullmetal5550 (347 posts) -

@Titus said:

This has not convinced me to want Skyrim, I am now angry, persuade me within the hour or I will be VERY angry.

It's either my way or the highway. What's it gonna be Mr. Pink?

If you buy Skyrim you won't be angry anymore.

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#40 Posted by McShank (1688 posts) -

I still dont think i'd buy skyrim till it hits GOTY and is on sale. Not my cup o tea as it just doesnt seem like that much fun. None of the elder scrolls games seemed much fun to me.

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#41 Edited by bybeach (5801 posts) -

Skyrim................hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm........

'I'm going to buy it tomorrow, but tomorrow never comes'

Still.. I think someday, when I actually decide I want to play a Fantasy rpg, the dwarfs will bellow and the elves will twitter, and manly men will wag their swords, and thank you so much oh glorious Sun King that it isn't a goddamned FUCKING Jrpg, then the sun will shine and I will buy it. But till then I toil in the shadow of First and Third Person shooters, with a bit of Sci fi rpg ..amen.

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