The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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Beverly Yow and Stephanie Tombolini

General Information

Title of Game: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Developer: Bethesda Game Studios

Genre(s): Action Role-Playing

ESRB Rating: M (17 years or older)

Price Average: About $20 (subject to change)

Available Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360

Plot Summary: Skyrim is set 200 years after the events of Oblivion (the first game of The Elder Scrolls series), though it is not a direct sequel. The game takes place in Skyrim, a province of the Empire on the continent of Tamriel. A civil war has begun between two groups in the province. The Stormcloaks, led by Jarl Ulfric Stormcloak, are made up of Skyrim’s native Nord race. They wish to separate from the Imperials and restore power to the Nords. The Empire opposes the Stormcloaks and seek to reunite the province.


The story begins with the imprisoned player being led to an execution. A large black dragon, attacks the town before the player can be executed. The main character escapes to a nearby town called Riverwood. The player is asked to request aid from the city’s Jarl against the dragon threat. The Jarl directs the player to his court wizard, who asks the protagonist to help him with a project. By helping the wizard, the player will come across many other missions and eventually be given many opportunities and quests to fulfill.


Overall Ratings

Graphics: ★★★★

Storyline: ★★★★★

Audio/Voice Acting: ★★☆☆☆

Mechanics/Controls: ★★★☆☆



Skyrim is a game that has surpassed my already high expectations. With the wonderful graphics, storyline, and characters – you can’t go wrong! It’s always enjoyable to customize your own character, but Skyrim takes it to the next level with precise customization. In addition, the amount of quests that are available to the character are immense! Not only are these quests unique, but they all relate back to the storyline; you may finish one quest just to discover another one!


However, the game does have its cons. As many Skyrim players know, the game can be quite buggy. From randomly spawning mammoths to disappearing and reappearing dragons, Skyrim has its wacky moments! In addition to this, the game has one of the worst dialogues ever. Now most of the time, its interactions are subject to inside jokes like the infamous: “What, did someone steal your Sweet Roll?” or “I was an adventurer like you, until I took an arrow to the knee…” but that is not always the case. The same lines are used for practically every merchant or store owner, and the guards use repetitive lines that range from annoying to downright boring. This is not saying that the voice acting is bad, but more along the lines that the writers did not have the time nor energy to make daily discussions a more unique experience. Despite this set-back, the game is detailed and extravagant as a whole.
In conclusion, Skyrim is one of the most treasured video games. It has all the right aspects (in my opinion) with only a few flaws that I can look past. I believe this game is worth the money and can make a wonderful gaming experience! For those Skyrim fans out there, enjoy the game and if someone says they don’t like Skyrim, just remember to shout at them!