More Reviews
REVIEWS Faster Than Light: Advanced Edit Review
FTL's Advanced Edition is a natural fit for the iPad. But whatever platform you're playing on, the new content adds depth and variety.

Kinect Sports Rivals Review
It's been far too long since Microsoft's Xbox consoles had a Kinect-only title. Is the wait worth it?
More Previews
PREVIEWS Sniper Elite 3 Preview
Sending bullets through the hate.
Release Dates
NEW RELEASES Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
Release date: Out Now

Trials Fusion
Release date: Out Now

The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Release date: 04/29/14

Bound by Flame
Release date: 05/09/14


LATEST FEATURES Ouya's Best Games Coming to the Platform
The Kickstarter console is slowly establishing itself with a couple of creative gems on the way.

Tips for The Elder Scrolls Online: The Vestige's Guide
Just a handful of ways to keep yourself from dying.
 
Coming Soon

LEADERBOARD
Read More Member Blogs
FEATURED VOXPOP danielrbischoff
Peace in the Era of Call of Duty
By danielrbischoff
Posted on 04/15/14
In a world dominated by violent media, Americans are no more eager to go to war than they were in the 1980s or the 1960s or the 1940s. Hasn't it always been someone else's problem? The overwhelming majority would rather go on thinking it had nothing to do with them and there...

DAILY MANIFESTO

PAX Prime 2011: An Hour With Skyrim

Posted on Thursday, September 8 @ 20:33:20 Eastern by

What's wrong with me? Why haven't I ever played an Elder Scrolls game? Did I lose all gamer-cred when I revealed that fact? Let's be honest, Oblivion was an ugly game, despite the leap it made to next-generation platforms. It wasn't until Fallout 3's post-apocalyptic setting did I jump into the Bethesda RPG.

Having been converted by radiation fire in the nation's capitol and New Vegas, I was excited to try my hand at the already fantastic looking Skyrim. Bethesda offered journalists an hour long hands-on at PAX Prime and I jumped at the early impressions of 2011's biggest RPG. So what's the verdict? Am I ready to be dragonborn again?

With a resounding yes, I'll confirm that Skyrim appears to be every bit as good as you'd hope and dream, but it's a good idea to temper your excitement with the reality of it all. As visceral as the combat is now, as detailed as the environments are, and as open-ended as the world is, it's still a Bethesda game. The section I played had been polished and polished again, but don't expect an experience without glitches, at least at first.

The demo started players off in character creation, letting us check out each race and every derivation there of. I quickly selected the Argonians and set out. The trail leading from the cave took me past a river, over a bridge, and into a settlement where I could take up jobs and watch the townspeople set about their work. These NPCs didn't just sit around either. Most of them interacted at great length with the environment. I'm sure I could have found a quest or two, but I decided my time would be better spent exploring.

I promptly got lost and fell off the edge of a cliff.

This brought me back to my cave. While revisiting the river path, I noticed fish jumping upstream. I couldn't help but jump in and swim after them. Quickly caught in the current, my character struggled to find the shore again.

Focusing on an icon on my HUD's compass brought me to a dungeon filled with enemies. I dispatched the first two with stealth attacks, each resulting in some pretty fancy animations. Without a full list of spells to play with, I stuck to a flame spell in one hand for attacking enemies at a distance and a war-axe in the other for anyone who got too close.

Players will control each hand with the trigger buttons and run with the left bumper. Holding an attack trigger will trigger a stronger attack. Weapons and spells are selected with the direction buttons while a more detailed menu can be accessed with the B button. Players will level up their skill trees via constellations and explore the map in a grand sweep up and away from the player.

As much as I'd like to tell you more, I really can't. Looting is quick and easy. Combat is brutish and fluid. Exploring the environment is just as good as it's always been. Despite an entire hour with the game, I felt like I had only scratched the surface. Everyone with previous experience in the Elder Scrolls universe would confirm that for me throughout PAX Prime.

Be sure to pick up Skyrim when it lands on store shelves for PS3, Xbox 360, and PC this November 11th, 2011.
Related Games:   The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim


comments powered by Disqus

More On GameRevolution