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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Review

Nintendo Switch by Bethesda Game Studios

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When you wish upon a star, it's actually a dragon ready to turn your questing aspirations into a fiery inferno of time-consuming delight.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is an epic tale of destiny, dragons, and daring adventures that has captured the hearts of gamers since its release on November 11, 2011. Set in the frigid yet breathtakingly beautiful province of Skyrim, players are thrust into a world on the brink of destruction. With its vast open-world exploration, deep lore, and the freedom to craft your own story, Skyrim offers an unparalleled role-playing experience. Available on virtually every platform known to humankind, including your smart fridge (unconfirmed but wouldn't that be something?), Skyrim's allure lies in its ability to make each adventurer's journey feel unique and monumental.

Gameplay 9

From battling ancient dragons to deciding the fate of Skyrim in a civil war, the gameplay is as vast and diverse as its world. The introduction of the dual-wielding combat system, coupled with an intricate magic system, allows for a plethora of playstyles. However, it's not without its quirks—like occasionally launching mammoths into the stratosphere with a well-placed Fus Ro Dah.

Graphics 8

Even years after its release, Skyrim's scenic vistas and detailed environments remain impressive, especially with graphical mods that can make it look like it was released yesterday. However, the age of its engine shows in the occasionally wooden facial animations and the "I took an arrow to the knee" NPC dialogue loops.

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Storyline 9

The main quest, involving the player as the prophesied Dragonborn, is a thrilling narrative filled with lore and legend. Yet, it's the countless side quests and stories scattered throughout Skyrim that truly bring the world to life, from solving mysteries to joining factions like the Dark Brotherhood.

Multiplayer - N/A

Skyrim is a solitary adventure, a canvas for one's own legend, devoid of multiplayer features.

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Issues and Community Feedback

Despite its acclaim, Skyrim is not without its bugs and glitches, which range from humorous to game-breaking. The community has been proactive, creating patches and mods to address many of these issues.

Conclusion 9

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim remains a monumental achievement in gaming. Its expansive world, rich storytelling, and sheer amount of content offer an experience that keeps players returning, whether it's their first journey or their hundredth. "Skyrim belongs to the Nords," but, more accurately, it belongs to us all.

Player Quotes

"I've spent more hours in Skyrim than in some relationships. 10/10, would get lost in the mountains again."

"The only game where you can be on a quest to save the world and end up decorating your house for hours."

"Skyrim taught me that carrying too many cheese wheels can indeed slow you down in real life as well."

"Five years into the game, and I still find new quests. I'm convinced Skyrim is actually infinite."

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Please note that this review is based on the feedback and sentiments of players on various Reddit threads and does not represent the views of all players.