The first time I played Skyrim, I ended up playing for 12 hours in a row. It was 2020 and I was bored out of my mind. I had just finished my undergraduate degree a year earlier and was having no success finding work.
To my knowledge, Skyrim is the very first open-world role-playing title I played on my PlayStation 3. The possibilities for exciting experiences were endless. Unlike some other games, this one didn’t have a singular objective. Kill the nasty guy, and bam, the end? But that’s not how it works in this game.
One of the first major objectives you’ll face is to vanquish Alduin, the World-Eater. But there’s a lot more:
- Step into the middle of the Stormcloaks against Empire conflict.
- Joining the Secret Society (if you want to do that)
- Looking for rare books for irritable orc librarians
- Track down the killer in Windhelm.
- Dig into the history of the Dwemer (or Dwarves) by exploring their ancient ruins.
Don’t worry; you’ll fill your time.
Skyrim’s Best Elements
Skyrim’s fascinating soundtrack is one of the game’s greatest features. It sounds like it was lifted from the score for The Lord of the Rings.
There is no shortage of breathtaking scenery on our earth. The best way to get about is on foot, which is how I usually do it. You could use the fast-travel feature, but why would you want to miss out on all the sights? There are some cool things to see on the way. The auroras alone are reason enough to visit.
The past of Skyrim is well-described and rich in legend. You may stock your library with books you discover across Skyrim. My favorites were The Battle of Red Mountain, The Nine, Queen Potema, and The Book of Queen Barenziah. In this game, I’ve developed a serious book-hoarding problem.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is not without flaws. Unfortunately, there are times when it malfunctions.
An enormous dead spider once landed on me after I had quickly gone to a new location. I’ve met flying wooly mastodons and monsters that have paused in mid-air during combat. When I shot a saber-tooth tiger with my bow and arrow, it always took off into the sky and disappeared. Occasionally, for no explicable reason, the program would just halt. Maybe it’s because I had auto-save turned on in my game settings; I couldn’t tell. Recently, I’ve taken to making occasional manual saves in games. When I do this, the game doesn’t lock up as much.
The Final Verdict
Is Skyrim worth your time? You should do it, for sure.
If you want even more tasks to do in Skyrim, you should get the Legendary Edition. Dragonborn, Hearthfire (essentially Elder Scrolls Sims), as well as Dawnguard are all a part of this collection.
Despite certain technical issues, Bethesda Game Studios has produced a compelling game that successfully transports players to a whole new universe without them ever leaving their living rooms.