Posted by: seanmalstrom | January 14, 2015

Email: Skyrim is really, really good


Don’t miss out on Skyrim. It has all the stuff you’ve been complaining about losing in Zelda:1. Feeling of growth — Your abilities keep getting stronger and stronger. If you crank up the difficulty a bit, gangs of bandits are quite fearsome at the beginning. Eventually, you will be hurling them from mountaintops with fierce shouts and cleaving their heads from their necks in single blows. And the growth is visible…your armor looks progressively more badass the higher in level you go.

2. Massive, interesting world — There’s so much to do. So much to see. Go anywhere, do as you like. Heck, if you don’t want to, you don’t even *have* to do the main quest. Just spend all your time hunting vampires and slaying giants.
3. Up to you how long you play. You can play for 30 minutes and clear out a tower, or you can play all day and do a major quest.
4. Not too much plot. — It’s an RPG, so of course there’s a plot, but there aren’t interminable cutscenes, it doesn’t beat you over the head with “the genius of the game god” or some heavy-handed moral message. The focus is on you, the player, smiting enemies, gathering loot, and rescuing damsels in distress.
5. Decide how you want to play. — You don’t have to spend any time smithing if you don’t want to. You don’t have to ever learn how to sneak if you don’t want to. You don’t have to learn magic. You can recruit followers. Or not. Whatever you like.
I have been a huge critic of earlier Elder Scrolls games, but this one really takes the cake. It’s very good. Best RPG I’ve played since the late 1990s.
I don’t diss Skyrim. At least Skyrim SOLD WELL. Skyrim is very noteworthy because it sold extremely well when the Game Industry was declaring the death of single player games and only multiplayer games can sell. Nintendo is looking to Skyrim for inspiration for Zelda U based on those high sales.
I really wish Nintendo would look for inspiration from Minecraft for a game. Aside from Wii Sports, the most revolutionary game in the Seventh Generation was Minecraft. Minecraft is as revolutionary as Tetris. Yet, Nintendo doesn’t seem to take notice.


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