Game Review: Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

This year on Nov. 11, a beloved video game celebrated its eighth birthday – “Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim” was released by Bethesda on Nov. 11, 2011 as an addition to their Elder Scrolls line of games. With an uncountable number of gameplay hours and an extensive list of quests, Skyrim is a game that seems to last forever, and whether that is positive or negative depends on the player. The main quest is easy to finish but there are plenty of additional major quests to take its place. 

Unfortunately, Skyrim does have glitches, and while they are irritating to deal with, some of the glitches can be hilarious. The bugs can freeze the game, forcing the player to return to their latest save (save often!) and sometimes prevent the completion of a quest. Glitches are almost always able to be fixed with a reload of the game, or simply given time to finish loading.

Skyrim is an open-world game, meaning the player can roam the wilderness between cities and find hidden locations and quests, and meet several interesting non-player characters (NPCs) along the way. The player character is customizable, being able to choose gender, race, hairstyles and colors, basically anything with the face, and class. Class is not labeled as such; it is more of what you choose to do. You could potentially master all abilities with time and dedication. 

Skyrim is set in the land of Skyrim, where the player fights dragons, trolls, bandits, hungry wolves, and bears. There is unrest as the Imperial Empire tries to control Skyrim while the rebel Nord Stormcloaks try to seize control of the throne, all the while a fearsome dragon named Alduin the World Eater tries to take back control of humanity. The Deadric Princes (evil beings) all have their own (sometimes gruesome) quests for the player to complete, and the Thieves’ Guild and Dark Brotherhood all have questlines as well.

 If the standard quests are not enough, there are three additional downloadable contents (DLCs) that add hundreds of hours of play time. The Dragonborn DLC adds a whole questline that branches off the main one and the Hearthfire DLC adds three buildable houses and child adoption. The final DLC, Dawnguard, adds a vampire questline, giving the player the chance to be a vampire lord if the option of being a werewolf isn’t appealing.

Skyrim is an expansive game available on many devices and has been held in the hearts of many since its debut in 2011, and will continue to be a favorite to many people across the gaming world.