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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Game Review

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Published January 14th 2014
Nothing is as fun as dual wielding two maces into combat
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The Night Sky


The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is an action RPG (role-player game) incorporating magic, skills, combat, smithing, archery, alchemy and a great many other things in a fantasy world. It was originally released on the 11th of November 2011 by Bethesda Softworks and was developed by Bethesda Game Studios.

Skyrim is a part of the Elder Scrolls series and is the fifth installment following The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.

It was re-released in 2013, with the three DLC's, Hearthfire, Dawnguard and Dragonborn as The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Legendary Edition.
 

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Skills Screen
When I first played this game I was extremely impressed by the detail in the game world and the sheer size of it blew my mind. I really enjoyed the levelling up and perks system which gives you endless possibilities for your character's skills. Even if you don't enjoy combat games that much, you would still enjoy this one because of the freedom that it allows you.

Skyrim incorporates multiple activities other than combat. You can forge your own weapons and armour, and by using your upgrade perks on smithing, you can gradually forge better types.
 

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Forging
You are also able to enchant items, which requires you to have learnt the specific enchantment and to have a filled soul gem in your inventory. Creating potions can be done at alchemy table using different ingredients that you can buy or find throughout Skyrim.

Unlike many other combat games, Skyrim has a dual wielding option. This lets you equip each hand separately with a single-handed weapon, shield, magic or a dual combination of these. You can also equip two-handed weapons which have higher damage but are are very slow to use.
 

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Dual Wielding a mace and magic
The story line is excellent and pretty interesting, however, you can be easily distracted by the many side quests all over Skyrim. As I was saying before, the Skyrim game world has a massive amount of detail.
 

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3rd person view
You can see fish jumping up streams or the massive mountains in the distance. The game is mostly lag free, however, it can get a bit laggy when moving quickly into new areas, but you never see any environment features jumping out of nowhere ahead of you.

Overall, Skyrim is a great game for anyone mature enough to handle the fighting as it allows you freedom to not just having to fight and walk around looking for the next fight.
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Why? Skyrim gives you lots of freedom and is interesting.
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Where: r Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
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