The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim - Xbox 360

Game Description: The Elder Scrolls saga continues with Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim from Bethesda Softworks.
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The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim PAX 2011 Preview -- How Best to Dispose of Dead Townspeople

The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim PAX 2011 Preview -- How Best to Dispose of Dead Townspeople

By Leah Jackson - Posted Aug 31, 2011

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is so close to release that I can almost feel the snow from the game's gigantic mountains on my nose at this point. We've seen the same Skyrim demo for months now, ever since it was first shown at E3 by the legendary Todd Howard himself, but it wasn't until PAX Prime 2011 that I actually got to get my hands on the epic role playing game.

As Kevin Kelly recently took an in-depth look at the Skyrim character customization, I didn't want to spend too much time with that. Normally I'd go through every single slider and option for hours until I picked the perfect character, (which is definitely an option within Skyrim as there are hundreds of ways to customize each race) but I skipped through that so that I could jump straight in to the action.

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Our demo started about 30 minutes in to the game, as the developers didn't want us to see any of the starting areas for our characters. That part of the story is going to be a surprise up until when the game is released. So, my character, a high elf, got dropped off in the middle a lush forest with no direction as to where I was supposed to go or what I was supposed to be doing. For crazy people like me who love to explore every nook and cranny and pick flowers and kill everything, this was particularly glorious.

The developer sat behind me and didn't give me instruction unless I asked for it. I asked if I could go anywhere and he assured me I could, and encouraged me to explore the forest. After playing in the beautiful rushing stream and splashing my way to a town, I decided that it's much more fun to kill everything in games than to you know, actually be nice and do the quests like a normal RPG player.

So I went straight up to the first chicken I found in the town and slashed at it with my battle axe. That chicken stood absolutely no chance. I then saw a little boy in the town and took my axe to him as well. The dev told me that you aren't allowed to kill children in Skyrim, but that they would alert the townspeople that I'm a maniac, which is exactly what he did. I ran around the town killing dogs and cows before the townspeople finally came after me with pitchforks and axes of their own. But let's be serious, they're no match for a Dragonborn.

With my fire spells in my left hand and my trusty axe in my right I made quick work of the two townsfolk who tried to teach me a lesson. It's what happened next that basically had me in stitches. After killing the townspeople, I looted their bodies, and when you loot people in Skyrim, you actually take all of their belongings, clothes included. I took everything from these two, including all of their clothes, trinkets, and weapons, and then noticed that I had killed them by the same stream I had been wading my way through earlier. The developer told me that if I wanted to drag them in to the water I could, so you can guess what happened next.

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That's right! I dragged the two townsfolk in to the stream and away they floated. The developer let me know that if I had stayed with them that they would have kept floating for a very long time, fallen over waterfalls, and more. I would have loved to see this in action, but I knew there were dragons to slay, so I went on my way. However, this left me wondering what would have happened if those townsfolk would have given me quests had I not killed them. Would there quests now be given to me by others, or did I forgo them forever? It's a question I didn't get any answers to, and for that I'm sorry.

At this point, I was still lost in the stream, so I budged and asked the developer where I should go. He pointed me in the general direction of a temple high up on a snowy peak, the same mountain temple that's shown in the Skyrim demo we've seen since E3. As I made my up through the frigid mountainside, I began to really feel how the combat system would play out in the game. Honestly, I felt that the combat was a bit clunky, and that I threw punches rather slowly, but that made also made it much more realistic. I felt like I was really putting weight in to each of my axe swings, and that's neat. I found that the bow was a pain to use, and that a quick one handed axe or sword was much more my style. More than anything though, I loved using magic. I have a feeling I'm definitely going to be using much more magic than weaponry when the game comes out. For one, it looks really cool, having your hand in front of you constantly weaving a spell, and secondly, I think that the magic was stronger than my weapons were. I'm all about getting the most out of the damage in any video game, so magic was definitely for me.

During the demo, I was still only a level one character, and the temple I was in was a bit too high level for me so I was dying constantly. There are checkpoints for when you die, but not after every turn so I found myself having to go back through the same parts of the temple a few times before finally getting to new checkpoints. The developer assured me this was because I was too low level for this area, not because there were other, more strategic ways to get through. He was probably just being nice.

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I did find my way through most of the temple however, and got to fight a terrifying spider as well as run through a room filled with evil undead skeleton things. Luckily the room was equipped with a booby trap that smashed the skeletons to bits, but as soon as I realized that there were tricks here and there to kill the skeletons, my demo timer came to an end.

It was sad, as I was finally starting to get the hang of using my items and abilities on the go with the favorites system, as well as really starting to get in to the combat and other mechanics of the game. For only playing Skyrim for about thirty minutes, I really got a great feel for how the game plays, and how easy it will be for the average RPG lover to get sucked in for hours on end. The absolutely beautiful landscape and soundtrack truly immerse you in to the world of Skyrim. While I didn't have any idea what was going on, I'm sure that the story will be fantastic and will only pull players in even more.

Our social lives will come to an end on 11.11.11 when The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim lands for the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.

Comments are Closed


    Well I hope this game blows Dark Souls out of the water.

    Posted: October 31, 2011 6:47 AM
  • DGV009

    Will November get here already? And please say that you'll be able to ride some dragons!

    Posted: September 12, 2011 10:06 PM
  • NinJaeSque

    I love the fact that he said he was dying constantly. It goes to show you that the scaling is has been fixed and EVEN BETTER that the game isn't too easy like some forums have been suggesting. Can't Wait! Bart Scott style for this game.

    Posted: September 12, 2011 7:49 AM
  • waynesanz

    skyrims going to rock

    Posted: September 11, 2011 10:38 PM
  • JimDanD

    Good lord I am so freakin excited for Skyrim. I think I'm most excited to see all the different spells they added. The flamethrower-from-the-palm-of- my-hand looks awesome, and summoning beastly creatures was one of my favorite parts of Oblivion, so seeing the new summonables will be awesome. I also wonder what kind of transportation there will be. I never really liked using horses in Oblivion but I hope they add something new and fun to get around without relying too much on fast travel.

    Too much to talk about.

    Posted: September 11, 2011 12:22 PM
  • Arch_angel

    If you think Skyrim will get Game of the Year for at least 5 different sources +1 this comment!

    Skyrim is going to be amazing, as if we had any doubt look at both predecessor games...

    Posted: September 11, 2011 10:04 AM
  • cacdac20

    This game first or third person?

    Posted: September 11, 2011 8:29 AM
  • vileavatar

    The big question is...can I ride the dead body down the river?

    Posted: September 11, 2011 12:59 AM
  • dmdf11

    Vacation starts at 10pm Thursday November 10th....Heading straight to GameStop and waiting patiently for midnight...Then I will spend my 2 week vacation in the wonderful world of Skyrim. I can not wait. I told my boss that the game's release was in November to which he promptly replied..."See you in December." Thanks boss....you rock brother!

    Posted: September 9, 2011 11:46 AM
  • CosmicBrownies

    This game is the reason I wont be playing anything else for a good 6 months after it is released!

    Posted: September 8, 2011 10:46 PM
  • GamerEdge

    I can see it now....Body races down the river LMAO :b

    Posted: September 7, 2011 7:49 AM
  • futuerg4host

    smell that kitties....thats a five

    Posted: September 6, 2011 8:51 PM
  • JP297

    I can't wait for Skyrim, me and some friends are throwing a Skyrim party before we go to the midnight release, we all got Skyrim t shirts from ebay, we are goint to walk into gamestop and yell "DOVAKIIN" when we get the game we crashing at Mason's houst and playing Skyrim, im packing up my 360 and tv to go over there lol.

    Posted: September 6, 2011 6:58 PM
  • xDocHolliday

    Every review I have read, makes the game get better and better... But the one thing I have yet to hear is... Can you fish in this game? Because they talk about cooking fish and meat... I understand that in the previous Elder Scrolls game you can kill fish will a weapon. But, I would really like to hear if it is possible to fish in-game.

    Posted: September 6, 2011 3:21 PM
  • Toastiscool

    It sounds like a 12 year old wrote this.

    Posted: September 6, 2011 2:55 PM
  • igetpwnd445

    Why are people getting so pissed off about the writer? dear God..... i agree it could have been a little better, but you don't need to be jerks about it. It shows her personality in how she writes and in the way she describes things. Who wouldn't say "undead skeleton thingys" while talking or writing about a game they have a lot of excitement about? This in fact shows her love for video games. Stop being jerks. This is one reason why people view gamers in a negative light.

    I'm sorry. I get really pissed off when people get so worked about about something as stupid as a persons writing style. If you don't like the way someone writes; don't read the things they write.

    I personally am very excited for this game and any news about the game is good news to me!

    P.S. I am a chem major. SO rant about my writing all you want. :P

    Posted: September 6, 2011 2:37 PM
  • 3percentmilk

    Dear G4:

    Fire whoever wrote this article, and hire me instead. This whole mess of boredom is an awful, inspirationless nightmare, which briefly made me want to pluck my own eyes out, and Skyrim, nay, the video game industry, deserves better. Seriously, it was nothing but an endless parade of "I think" "I felt" "It was"; the very literary deathtraps that a serious writer learns to aviod. Even if you don't hire me, fire this guy, he sucks. I can't believe that I didn't like an article about Skyrim! This is unforgivable.

    Raise your standards, G4.

    Posted: September 6, 2011 1:39 PM
  • Luck702

    Oh Skyrim <3

    Posted: September 5, 2011 10:07 PM
  • Nooch

    Skyrim will take away what little life I have left and I couldn't be happier =D

    Posted: September 2, 2011 11:27 PM
  • TheSledBaron

    I think I recall an earlier video stating that if you kill a quest giver there are several other ways to trigger the quest, including accidentally stumbling into the item/cave you need to find while exploring.

    Checkpoints in dungeons? How is that supposed to work?

    Posted: September 1, 2011 5:17 PM