The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Game » consists of 30 releases. Released Nov 11, 2011
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The fifth installment in Bethesda's Elder Scrolls franchise is set in the eponymous province of Skyrim, where the ancient threat of dragons, led by the sinister Alduin, is rising again to threaten all mortal races. Only the player, as the prophesied hero the Dovahkiin, can save the world from destruction.
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Average score of 61 user reviews
'Ere Be Dragons! The First Giantbomb User Review of Skyrim! 4
The RPG event of the year is finally here. If you're like me, not much else in the gaming world has gotten you as psyched as the arrival of Skyrim. As such, most of what I'm going to comment on in this review will not be much of a surprise to anyone who has been soaking up the snippets of Skyrim goodness that have been slowly released over the last year. Even without a demo, I think most will know what to expect from the new addition to the Elder Scrolls franchise, and likewise, I doubt anything...27 out of 33 found this review helpful.
Bethesda doing what they do best, RPGs. Video and written review. 3
“The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim” is developed and published by Bethesda. Skyrim is a direct addition to the long running Elder Scrolls franchise in which the fourth entry of the franchise, dubbed Oblivion, was very well received and launched the intellectual property and company Bethesda into the “big time”. The success of Oblivion has since allowed Bethesda to now publish and develop their own games free of publisher red tape and or potential restrictions that would have otherwise stoppe...10 out of 13 found this review helpful.
Expected more for the buck 0
Dawnguard was more of Skyrim with one major exception: it wasn't fun. The vampire quests make the Dawnguard quest look like a circus of laughs, but the Vampire's quest turn out to be surprisingly bland as well. Much of what I wanted from the expansion made me look back to the previous expansions for the Elder Scrolls; Shivering Isles, Bloodmoon, and Tribunal. All offered something new and different, new expanses to explore complete with new cities and dungeons. Dawnguard was more dungeons includ...4 out of 5 found this review helpful.
"Why are you killing that lady?""Because I can."So begins Skyrim, the game where you can do anything, be anyone, and rule the world... except that you can't.Vast, open, and begging to be explored, Skyrim is at once both huge and confining. The country, with its nine city-states and hundreds of areas to explore, has 10 different enemies and 3 different combat encounters. Although you can walk the coast and avoid combat, you'll most likely be ineffectually hacking and burning wolves and trolls unt...4 out of 6 found this review helpful.
A Museum of Our Medium 1
There’s a cardinal rule at play with video game reviewers, which is that you cannot review a video game having not completed it. The ramifications of such a thing are plainly obvious – it could send an incorrect message about a game, misguide readers, dramatically alter the score and worst of all, compromise the sales of a game. As unshakable of a rule as that is, it’s a spell that must be broken with The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. If the video game media held Skyrim up to such a rule, it would pr...5 out of 10 found this review helpful.
Expansive surplus of fantastic stories and technical hilarity. 0
The world is expansive.50 hours into Skyrim and there’s still a voluminous amount of content to explore. At this point in the game, my character is developed enough to combat virtually every situation, I’ve conquered multiple quest lines to include the main quest and I’m married. 50 hours into Bethesda’s latest is mere child’s play in the grand scheme despite being enough time to complete 4 or 5 other games released this year. That’s two days of playing and I have yet to discover half of Skyrim’...3 out of 5 found this review helpful.
My Skyrim Review 1
I feel I should start this out by saying that Oblivion is not only my first Elder Scrolls game, but is was also my first Bethesda game as well and I fell in love with it instantly. It scratched an itch I had for so very long of wanting to play D&D (Dungeons and Dragons). I have never played Morrowind and apparently that seems to be the best of the series, or so the internet would have most believe anyway. So, I will unfortunately not be able to use that as any kind of comparison, but Oblivio...1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Hearthfire offers an interesting experience, but fails to expand Skyrim 0
Pros:Creating your house provides a unique experienceOffers some interesting questsHearthfire DLC is at a nice, low priceCons:The building process is a bit repetitiveNot as many customization options as there could have beenHearthfire doesn't add anything of substantial importance to the gameHearthfire is a Skyrim DLC that allows you to build your own house. On the surface this sounds like a fun idea, and in many ways it is, but it doesn't really expand upon the game. The result is a decent, but...1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Strong characters and moments make Skyrim worthwhile 0
I waited until Bethesda fixed the PS3 version before buying Skyrim. And I bought it used just to spite their crappy handling of that situation. But I bought it out of devotion to the ideas of this sort of game. And that devotion was not, ultimately, ill-spent.Skyrim lives through its characters. While consistent voice actors and some blandness is held over from Oblivion, for the most part Bethesda appears to have honed their ability to make most individuals in the world worth caring about. Alth...1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
This game is brilliant! 0
If you are fresh from Fallout and all Oblivioned out then this is the game for you! This changes the horrible menu interface from Oblivion and makes it into a slick 4-way menu which means that you are always a button away from everything you need. Although the fighting is not fantastic it is still much better than Oblivion. Overall it has great graphics, unlimited play-through value and vast array of weapons and armor to keep anyone happy. Must Buy!...1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Hunt Vampires or Hunt as one and attempt to destroy the sun 0
Dawnguard is the first expansion for Skyrim, and features the conflict between Vampires and the human hunters after them called the Dawnguard. If you choose to go down the path of aiding the Vampires, you’ll encounter the Vampire Lord Harkon, who seeks to accomplish what would give Vampires dominance over all: Destroy the Sun and create eternal darkness. Siding with the Dawnguard will give you slightly different results, but either way you’ll be fighting new enemies alongside vampires or dawngua...1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
a late review of skyrim 0
skyrim is a epic fantasy role playing game in this installment you play as the dragon born facing a huge threat f**cking dragons which is the most powerful creature in fantasy.You start the game going to the exautionner get a nice hair cut. this is the high point of the game. the dragon attack in skyrim are really random so trying to talk to sven and a dragon attack is pretty fun.by the way there are small bug in the game....1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Bethesda have perfected the formula 0
If I had to use one word to sum up The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, the sequel to Bethesda's critically acclaimed 2006 game Oblivion, that word is epic. Although to use only one word to describe a game so large and detailed seems almost unfair. You can quite easily spend 100 hours exploring Skyrim’s rich Nordic world discovering bustling towns populated by chattering pedestrians, joining secret guilds, crafting potions, marrying a local, attending a college of magic and so much more. All that withou...1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
An overdose of things to do. 0
The Elder Scrolls series has always been groundbreaking to some degree. The first games had randomly generated algorithms and they were still too large for their own good. Morrowind was a big undertake back in the late '90s up to its release in 2002. Oblivion is often mentioned as the one title to have 'kicked out' the new generation of games for real on consoles. A massive feat during the initial days of brand new hardware on PS3 and Xbox 360. So it's not a misunderstanding to say Skyrim was hi...1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Review 0
The role playing game that arguable defined the genre for this past generation of consoles, the PS3 and 360, left me in awe once I finally broke away from it 75 hours from the start. It wasn’t just an enhanced version of the hit success Oblivion, it was an entirely new game.So it was obvious not to have any ridiculously high expectations for the game going into it. The only thing the game suffered from was a cookie-cutter, by the books approach to the game. For instance, the opening scene of th...1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
One of the deepest open-ended RPGs to date. 1
Most games earn the unflattering distinction of being catalysts of social destruction. Is the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim any different? No, not really. Yet, if you can allow yourself to cave in, a hugly rewarding experience can be found therein; an experience unlike any game in the market today. The fifth in the hugely successful Elder Scrolls RPG series makes its infallible mark in the fabric of the franchise, and just might possibly be one of the greatest video games ever made. Such a claim is op...1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Complain All You Want, But This Is Bethesda's Best Game Yet 3
For anyone addicted to release-date gaming, this November has been a grueling month, each week stuffed to bursting with high-profile new games. It’s been the kind of hectic month that April is for certified public accountants, though probably with a lot more software patches.This week, we’ll be running the numbers on Skyrim, the fifth and latest installment in Bethesda Softworks’ flagship role-playing franchise The Elder Scrolls. (Note that this is the last time I will use the word “scrolls”, be...3 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Shut Up and Take My Money 1
I broke my new game policy for Elder Scrolls: Skyrim for one reason: Because it is The Elder Scrolls. The only other company I will wait in line at midnight for is Valve, and thanks to Steam and digital distribution all I have to do is wait in line at my computer. In this case, however, I decided to forego my PC fanboyisms and give Skyrim a shot on the Playstation 3.If you never finished Oblivion and don't want the game spoiled, don't play Skyrim. Skyrim spoils the ending for Oblivion right off ...2 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Review 0
This was probably one of the most anticipated games of the year for me, and I have to say that having put so much time into it, and planning on putting more time to seek out random dungeons that this game not only had me from start to finish, but left me wanting more. In the game you start off as a captive of the Imperials, this is going to be your execution day, but something happens. A Dragon attacks and all hell breaks loose. Somehow you're going to have to manage to fight your way out, and o...1 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Super Simple Review: The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim 0
If Bethesda's promise of dragons, 100's of hand crafted unique dungeons, Radiant AI and dual casting of spells excited you, then read no further because this game is for you. Go and buy it because nothing I say henceforth will convince you otherwise. Have fun and we'll see you when you emerge. For those who weren't entirely convinced or require further coaxing, read on.DragonsYes, they are awesome to fight. To see a dragon flying around the environment is pretty fantastic. Hearing a dragon in th...1 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Skyrim > Oblivion (duh) 0
I'm just gonna put it out there. Skyrim is awesome.As for why, well, that's a much longer statement.This game does not need my praise as it's gotten overwhelming support from game critics and the community, but I'm gonna put my own two cents out there anyway.To be upfront, I did not like Oblivion. Something about how that game began, the lack of direction, the clunkiness of the combat and the bugginess of the game engine put me off three separate times. Skyrim fixes a lot of those issues.I feel ...1 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Kiss your Social Life Goodbye. 0
I approached the gigantic tundra with my sword drawn. A native of the town of Whiterun had asked me to clean out this cavern so that he could continue his mining operation. As I approach the cavern and entered, I could hear the shrill sounds of the dead literally rising from their graves. I stand back, and embrace whatever is to come my way.And thus begun my journey into Skyrim, Bethesda's newest entry into the Elder Scrolls series.Let's be honest, I've waited a little over five years for this g...1 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Impressive World, But Fails in the Role-Playing Department 2
Skyrim is a truly remarkable game that demonstrates some of the best in terms of the graphical power and the versatility of this generation's game consoles. Straight up it is an incredibly beautiful game that immerses the player in an expansive world. There is an absolute myriad of things that can be done in this game and the degree of side quests is staggering. Hundreds of hours can easily be put into this game.While all of this stuff in the game is impressive, it is largely the exact same thin...1 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Fus Ro Dah 0
You have to give Bethesda credit for their ambition. They clearly have a vision for what video games can be, and the kinds of transportive experiences they can offer. And while a number of technical issues try to keep that ambition in check, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim proves to be another phenomenal RPG that fans will absolutely love.The Elder Scrolls franchise has always been primarily about presenting expansive fantasy worlds for players to explore, and that is most certainly the case with Sk...2 out of 7 found this review helpful.
More gimmick than game to me. But it's an awfully good gimmick 0
If you ask most gamers, Bethesda's brand of seam-busting, side-quest stacked, open world gameplay is the pinnacle of interactive entertainment right now. If not all interactive entertainment, certainly the RPG genre, where the Fallout and Elder Scrolls series have been inked into holy canon, every release assured of across the board, near-perfect review scores and multiple Game of the Year honors. So canonical have these time-wasters become, a recent PC Gamer article listing the top 100 PC games...0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim 0
Skyrim came out exactly one month ago, so now seems like as good a time as any to write about it. I haven't been playing it constantly that entire time, but I have spent quite a few hours with it. I haven't finished it, of course. Not in the sense of seeing all the things there are to see, or even just completing the main story quest. I'm maybe about a third of the way through it. As far as the other quest lines, I've joined three of the five major factions, and I've only finished doing work for...0 out of 1 found this review helpful.
An RPG Masterpiece 0
NOTE: This review is being written after the updates on PS3, so the frame rate issue along with other bugs has been fixed and will not be in the review as they are no longer an issue.Pros:-Huge and beautiful world to explore that is filled with great variety and detail-Dragon fights are epic-Combat, Magic, and Stealth gameplay mechanics are solid-Complete freedom to play who you want and how you want-Insane amount of gameplay and replay value-Good graphics and art direction-Nice soundtrack-AI is...0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
Unbelievably good. 0
Sometimes a game comes along that is just a cut above the rest. Skyrim is one of those games.Yes there are bugs. Yes there are glitched, game-breaking quests. No, none of that matters. The gameplay itself is so well designed, the world so expansive, and the story so engrossing that before you know it dozens upon dozens of hours will be gone into this game and you'll just keep coming back for more.I really don't know what it will take for me to finally get sick of this game, because there is no e...0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
A Dream Come True! 0
Skyrim is a game we have dreamed of for years and why we are intrigued by video games A bold statement but taking into account of what gaming is Skyrim does it all providing a game that could take a lifetime of playing making it above & beyond the best value a video game can be Such could of been the case with Morrowind & Obilivion the 3rd & 4th games of the Elder Scrolls series But do to poor design choices and bad porting to consoles those games where never really able to live ...0 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Tamriel Just Got A Little Better 0
Skyrim is a big open world sand box that put plainly, is a ton of fun. It hits all the key points you would expect a game of It's type to hit, but It doesn't stop there. Skyrim will continue to surprise you even after you pour 60+ hours into the games many quests, dungeons and random things you can do. Upon your first play through you may or may not experience a group of werewolves, a little boy doing devilish things to a skeleton, or a bard that is entangled in a love triangle with a Dunmer and...0 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Game Of the year. 0
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. A big open world sandbox where there is no limit to how to play the game a full RPG, FPS with dragons.I love this game I have used so many hours in this game even though with all its bugs and there a lot and even more on the PC version of the game.I like how much voice acting there is in this game and is one of the things that means a lot to me, and so I can't play Morrowind again because you have to read everything. Skyrim is one significant open-world with 1000 of ...1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
A friendly WRPG 0
This seems to be the game that everyone was talking about last December. Skyrim, the new entry on the Elder Scrolls franchise. This game seems to have quite a big cult following, with fans defending it to the death and a pretty good RPG for people who are new to the genre.The combat is fluid, much better than Oblivion's and Morrowind's, the scenery is well-designed, but far from perfect, there were much better aesthetically pleasing games in 2011 (Alice: Madness Returns) although granted, given ...0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
Beautifully executed 0
It's been 3 years since BethSoft (yes, that's the name I'd like to call their company now from now on) has released Fallout 3 and 5 years since the last Elder Scrolls game. So just like in the past two games they have made in the current generation of consoles, they have managed to create great experiences that are encapsulated in moments both intentional and accidental. The games have always had high points that many consider to be great enough to outweigh the shortcomings, which are more often...0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
An epic journey that will make any social life crumble 0
Where to start with this game.. i truly don't know. There are so many things to do, to see, to kill. There is no review or video worthy enough to explain what this game is and does. I say does because this game does something to you. It pulls you in. Into the story, into the combat and into the world.The world of Skyrim is filled with quests. There are main story quests and there are side quests. You will have your hands full with both. That is, if you even spend your time doing quests...0 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Skyrim: Dawnguard Review 1
DAWN GUARD IS FINALLY HERE! Many of you have been waiting for this day since it's announcement a few months ago! Well wait no longer! Finally a DLC package for an amazing game like Skyrim!SKYRIM is an absolutely amazing game all by itself. But this isn't a review on the basic game. Instead, about the newest DLC, Dawnguard! For the manageable price of 1600 Microsoft Points (20$), you can have it downloaded in a matter of minutes from XBLA or at the main menu of the game under "Game Addo...0 out of 1 found this review helpful.
DAWN GUARD IS FINALLY HERE! Many of you have been waiting for this day since it's announcement a few months ago! Well wait no longer! Finally a DLC package for an amazing game like Skyrim!SKYRIM is an absolutely amazing game all by itself. But this isn't a review on the basic game. Instead, about the newest DLC, Dawnguard! For the manageable price of 1600 Microsoft Points (20$), you can have it downloaded in a matter of minutes from XBLA or at the main menu of the game under "Game Addo...0 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Secret's Short Reviews #002- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim 0
As someone who loved Oblivion for all of it's flaws and for hundred upon hundreds of hours, I was afraid of going into Skyrim, as I wasn't sure if I'd be able to enjoy another entry of the series with the same amount of passion and force that I was hit with for Oblivion. So what happened when I played Skyrim? About another 150 hours down the toilet in a game that greatly expanded upon not just the changes and implementations from Oblivion, but from Fallout 3 and New Vegas as well. The controls a...0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
A very typical Bethesda game, in both good ways and bad 0
Morrowind had problems. They were addressed somewhat in Oblivion. But then Oblivion had problems, which were addressed somewhat in Fallout 3. For Skyrim, Bethesda stuck with the same basic formula as their other huge open-ended fantasy role playing games, but they also imported a lot of the good parts about Fallout 3. Those good parts included a slightly smaller world with more focus on design, more interesting quests and dialog, and better choice and consequences. Most of the flaws with Morrowi...0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
Epically Epic 0
Oblivion has been the longest time I've ever spent in my gaming career (108 hours before DLC. 130 hours post-DLC). I was actually hesitating to play Skyrim due to the fear of this game sucking my life away. The good news it didn't suck up as much time, only about 70 hours pre-Dawnguard. It was every inch as amazing and epic, but way more manageable.It does take some time to get used to the Elder Scrolls leveling up system where missions don't really give you experience directly. Your level is ti...0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
Great Game 0
This game is amazing. Though on the 360, the initial release was a bit glitchy...it was rarely game-breaking. With a game that is such a large world and contains SO many intricate pieces, there's no wonder that the initial release had some minor glitches. Now, after a few updates, the game runs fine and looks phenomenal. The quests are pretty varied, the puzzles can be varied in difficulty, and the depth of the fiction and dedication to that fiction is quite impressive. Though certain aspects ca...0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
So who else lost there social life to this game 1
So after almost two weeks , i am ready to review this life altering game.It would not be fare to say that me like many other gamers are biased when reviewing such a great game franchise, which has put out great games. Bethesda a company that releases legendary open world RPGs i.e Fallout 3, Morrowind, and Oblivion canning the phrase Bethesda RPG. With fun game play, and a great story, but such a thing is not without cost with allot of the bugs Bethesda games are know for, plus some texture issue...0 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Great Fun 0
I've been a fan of the Elder Scrolls since Morrowind, so I'll probably be a bit biased here. I'm sure everyone else has read mostly what they know from the past few months. So I'll be brief.Skyrim gets about everything down for an enjoyable experience. The game is not frustrating to pick up and the learning curve does not take long to get over for new players. Returning Elder Scrolls players should be able to slide in quickly. I was a bit disoriented with the removal of the old leveling system o...0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
Ahh Skyrim. Probably the most overrated game of this generation. Before you fanboys get your panties in a twist let me explain myself. I did give the game a six. This means it is playable. But it really is not worth your time. Why?First off, and for me most frustrating is the needless complications. “But it's an RPG. You must not like the genre if you don't want complication.” Incorrect. I said “needless” complications. Myself, I have finished many an RPG and loved every second of it. So that ar...0 out of 1 found this review helpful.
The Definition of Immersion 0
Skyrim. What else is there to say? The perfect younger brother of its older siblings, Oblivion, Morrowind, and Daggerfell. Truly, Skyrim is the game that Bethesda has wanted to make; it is the final draft of their other prominent open world RPG’s. You can see the clear evolution of mechanics and systems that they have taken through the Elder Scrolls series as well as the Fallout series. The visual fidelity of the world, the amazing ambiance of the wind, of the trees and animals that populate thi...0 out of 1 found this review helpful.
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