Posted: March 24
This game is great. First time I played this game I was amazed with the graphics. Definitely an improvement over Skyrim's. The next thing I noticed was the voice acting. Unlike the previous games that primarily used text, npcs will now actually talk to you. After only 30 minutes of playing I noticed something that made this game stand out from all the other games. It has an absolutely EPIC combat engine, based entirely on skill but focusing even more so on creating smooth, satisfying animations. The first time I killed an Argonian slave was the moment I will never forget. One more strong point of the game, before I focus on the negative ones. This game was designed around stealth. Caves, forts, ruins, and houses always give you the opportunity to use stealth rather than raw strength or use of magic. It's entirely possible that you won't even have to kill one guy to complete 90% of the quests! Now it's time I warn you of the game's weak spots, for there are many. The main quest is a very cliche "defeat the Dunmer trying to turn himself into a god at a volcano" kinda deal. It's obvioiusly stolen from Lord of the Rings and doesn't appeal to me or other loyal Elder Scrolls fans. I have also noticed that this game has forgotten about the role play aspect of The Elder Scrolls. No longer does combat, lockpicking, speechcraft and other skills rely on character skill, but now they rely on player skill. There is also the problem of bad landscape designers; it all seems very bland and a little too repetitive. In Skyrim we had mountains, Oblivion we had wonderful hills and forests... in this game we have nothing good, nothing new. Feels like I'm exploring my neighborhood, not a new fantastical world. Aside from those main issues, there are only a small amount of bugs and quircks about the game. For example, the loading times are ridiculous when compared to newer games like Skyrim. If you're looking for a beautiful, action packed, incredibly realistic game, then this is the one you want. If you liked the original Elder Scrolls games such as Skyrim, Oblivion, and Elder Scrolls Online that focus more on role play and, at least for Skyrim, a good storyline then I'd suggest you skip this one and wait for The Elder Scrolls VI. Don't take my word for it though! Buy it and try it out for yourself!