Skyrim Still Making Impact
March 11, 2016
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Before I begin, yes, I know that “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim” is over four years old, but there are not many games coming out this month, and “Skyrim” is an amazing game that I still play to this day.
“Skyrim” begins with your character in a horse drawn cart, on your way to your execution in the village of Helgen. When you arrive in Helgen, you will get the chance to create a character. As usual in games developed by Bethesda, such as “Fallout 4” the character customization is very in-depth. You can choose between 10 different races, each having its own benefits. After you create your character, you will be sent to the execution block. As you make your way to the block, you will hear noises echoing off the sides of mountains. Right as you are about to be executed, a dragon lands on top of a guard tower, and wrecks the whole town, which is not very nice. Later in the story, you kill a dragon and absorb its soul. When you do this, you learn you are something called “Dovahkiin” or “Dragonborn.”
In “Skyrim” the three main attributes you have are; Stamina, Health, and Magicka. Stamina affects how long you can sprint, how much weight you can carry, and how many power attacks you can perform before you run out of stamina. Health is exactly what it sounds like, it determines how many health point you have. Magicka is how much magic you can use before it has to recharge. Some spells you can use are; Healing, which restores health. Flames, which shoots flames out of your hands at enemies. And Sparks, which shoots lightning at opponents. When you level up, you can choose one out of the three to add 10 points to.
Earlier I talked about absorbing dragon souls very briefly. Those souls can be used to unlock shouts. Shouts are words that can be picked up throughout the game, and can be used to your advantage. One of the strongest shouts, unrelenting force, throws anyone in the area of the blast into the air, giving you a chance to use potions to heal up and get a quick rest from combat. However, they take varying amounts of time to recharge. Their recharge time typically depends on powerful the shout is.
One thing that has normally been poorly done in “Elder Scrolls” games is the combat system. The main melee weapons you can use in Skyrim are; Swords, Axes, Maces, Greatswords, Battleaxes, and Warhammers. The combat system is not bad, but it is repetitive. Killing enemies in “Skyrim” is essentially swinging your weapon back and forth until they are dead, and it can get kind of boring, and it is one of the only things in this game that is not outstanding.
Overall, “Skyrim” made a huge impact in the world of games, and it continues to be one of the most played games and one of the most highly rated games of all time. Rating 9.5/10