Skyrim Countdown -- Your The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim Launch Guide


Posted November 10, 2011 - By Leah Jackson

Seeing as the countdown to The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim is almost over, we wanted to make sure you had all the information you need to ensure you are as prepared and amped as possible for what is sure to be one of the year's biggest releases. As such, please enjoy our The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim launch guide!

Skyrim Countdown -- Your The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim Launch Guide

The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim
Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC
MSRP: $59.99

ESRB Rating: M

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What kind of Game is it?

Praised as one of the best games ever made by Adam Sessler, Skyrim is the fifth installment in the The Elder Scrolls fantasy action role playing series. The vast landscapes of Skyrim's world offer almost endless playability to this huge game where dragons herald the end of our days. Gamers who love vivid open world exploration and epic quests will feel right at home in the world of Skyrim.

Who Developed it?

Skyrim was developed by Bethesda, the studio responsible for games like The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion and Fallout 3. The game has been in development for over three years with almost 100 passionate people working on it. Todd Howard is the director of the game, and it has been said that he pushed his team above and beyond to meet certain design objectives that would take the game to the next level. In doing so, the team created a brand new engine call The Creation Engine for the project which offers gamers a far more detailed and immersive gaming experience than anything that has come before it.

What's the Story?

Skyrim takes place 200 years after the events in The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion. In the midst of a civil war between those who want the land of Skyrim to either stay or secede from the Empire, dragons begin returning to the world of Tamriel to bathe it in flames. As the last Dragonborn, you are the only one left who the dragons fear. It's up to you to slay them in order to stop the threat of Alduin, the Nordic god of destruction. 


The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim features an expansive single-player storyline. With the Radiant Quest system, Director Todd Howard has said that Skyrim actually has infinite quests and unlimited amounts of dragons for your character to slay. If you rush through the main story events you should still expect to put atleast 80-100 hours in to the game, while those who want to explore absolutely everything can expect to put much, much more time than that in. There is no multiplayer in the game or planned for the future.

What Did We Say?

From Adam Sessler's The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim review:

“Amazing” doesn’t do the landscape justice. Skyrim offers the single most impressive gaming landscape I have ever seen, not just in its scope, but in the variety and detail, a truly monumental achievement that allows for sublime absorption of the player in its verisimilitude. Towering mountains, sodden marshland, and arid plains comprise the landscape with such character and drama that you can sense the dry air and caustic environment that seeps with the harsh danger that informs the events of the game. Where the setting of Oblivion conveyed a seat of majesty in the Empire’s center on the verge of devastation, Skyrim evokes the eruption of natural forces that form the tenuous survival of its inhabitants against this menacing backdrop, underscoring the civil war and dragons that threaten to consume it all."

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Skyrim Countdown -- Your The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim Launch Guide


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