Sessler's Soapbox: Skyrim Survival Guide

Posted: November 15, 2011
Sessler's Soapbox: Skyrim Survival Guide
Adam talks about why he thinks Skyrim is such an incredible game and how you can avoid the pitfalls of never leaving your couch ever again.

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  • zazoiec

    DO NOT FINISH MAIN STORY LINE! *Spoiler* I have noticed that all the positive feedback is from those who have not completed the main story line and that is probably a good thing. I decided to just plow through the main story line and when I got to the end, goes really quick too, I couldn't believe it was the end, really its the end? I need to google that to make sure...what it is!? But it ends like any other quest! Nothing special at all. What? I was upset for awhile a real let down probably the worst in history!

    But...but after thinking about it perhaps it was the right design choice. If the ending was epic you would be done with it? I suppose the reason for such an anti-climatic ending is so that you can now live in the world as Dragonslayer. I guess that's cool. Yes I know there are hundreds of hours of game play yet to be had but what a bummer of an "ending" I seriously wish I never played it through. A part of me is still hoping I was tricked into thinking the main story line ended with Dragonslayer...tell me I am wrong? Please.

    Posted: November 16, 2011 1:18 PM
  • roxorz14

    Yikes! This, Zelda, Kingdoms of Amalur, and Mass Effect 3. That is going to be my entire 2012.

    Posted: November 16, 2011 1:08 PM
  • CDempsey56

    My friend hates Fallout 3 but is looking into getting Oblivion because he doesn't want to get Skyrim for so much money if he doesn't like it. Do you think he will like Oblivion if he doesn't like Fallout.

    Posted: November 16, 2011 1:04 PM
  • SPE825

    Loving this game. I almost regret SWTOR being released in about a month. I could see spending tons of time in this game.

    Posted: November 16, 2011 11:07 AM
  • bigboi21

    Saying Skyrim is the greatest game to date, is an understatement. This game covers every aspect of a good game and makes it great. The awe-struck moments are rivaled by no other. For example. After about 4 or 5 hours in i was wandering over some plain. When i saw a dragon in the distance. Now you can imagine that in 4-5 hours you don't have time to level up significantly to take on a dragon, but I didn't care, it was my first time seeing a dragon, and i did as anyone else would do. Run to it head first. But as i came closer i saw it was attacking a pack of wolves. So i stood in some bushes and watched at a distance. The wolves came from every angle seeming to overwhelm the dragon. When it suddenly threw its wings against the ground and thrust itself up, letting out a huge blast of flames engulfing every wolf. But it did so in such a graceful and elegant manor that it was like watching a National Geographic scene in slow motion. Then it drops back to the ground and lets out a screech as it picks one wolf up and flies off. Naturally i tried to follow it before i lost it in the dense woods. But at that moment i was even more immersed in the game than i had been that 4-5 hours prior. I'm unsure if every dragon in Skyrim is unique, however, the thought of coming in contact with that dragon drives me to be stronger in every aspect of the game. Learning everything i can so that when i do see him again. I'll be ready.
    Things like this in a game make you want so badly to live in a world like this. As frightening as it would be, the epic adventures and awe-struck moments would be even more rewarding. Bethesda has truly outdone themselves with this. And set the standard for any company now or in the future looking to take on this genre. If you can call it a specific genre. This only makes me drool over what the future of this series holds.

    Posted: November 16, 2011 9:28 AM
  • zimmy91

    The day this game came out I got and upset stomach and mad well... You get the picture. We still don't know what I ate to cause it, Personally I think it was a side effect from playing this game.

    Posted: November 16, 2011 9:07 AM
  • Lacking_Fractal

    Skyrim is one of if not the best game I have ever played. Oblivion is just a downright disgrace compared to both Skyrim and Morrowind.

    Posted: November 16, 2011 9:03 AM
  • SgtDamon

    I don't own the game but watched my buddy play it for a good while and fell in love with the game.

    I tried out oblivion and in 2 hours got bored of it. I managed to get a couple of hours out of Skyrim and knew for sure that the game was special. I was amazed at how awestruck I was at the main and side stories especially when they referenced things that I knew from watching friends play oblivion.

    Everything in that game seems unscripted even the scripted parts. You get so drawn in that you can play at 11am on Friday and won't notice time pass till you get up to pee or poo.

    Posted: November 16, 2011 6:25 AM
  • This_Dave

    The main reason I haven't picked up this game yet is the pile of other great games coming out right now. I know that between a game this large and my OCD about doing everything in a game I'd be stuck playing it for a long, long time. Not that that's a bad thing but I do want to play all the other things too!

    To me this looks like a game I'll get and probably keep in wraps until the Great Summer Game Slowdown when I can devote a lot of time to it.

    Posted: November 16, 2011 6:24 AM
  • Rudyv30

    First of all, I've never been a fan of RPG's or dungeon crawlers. The top down perspective and waiting to see how many points my strike made just drove me up a wall. A friend of mine described it best as video gaming for accountants. But when I saw the visuals and how the combat flowed, I wanted to give Skyrim a try. 25hrs into it I know I've barely scratched the surface and my wife now makes fun of me for loving a dungeon crawler. I love this game and I keep coming back to it over MW3, BF3, and Batman AC (until more dlc of course). Great job Bethesda! Skyrim= Game of the Year!

    Posted: November 16, 2011 6:16 AM
  • Quixotic_Noble

    This game is epic. I have only put 5 hours in and sadly due to other responsibilities I won't be able to pick it up again till the holidays. If there will be any faults in Skyrim I foresee some NPC being less developed and engaging. Its been said before and honestly its the only flaw I can see at the moment. Presently key characters in the game have more depth but it would have been nice that even the bar made in Whiterun had some depth. The game is so massive the two things I am most happy to see is fast travel and limitless dragons. The introduction of fast travel is not a cheat. I'll explore like crazy but when I need to complete missions it's a huge time saver with such an expansive world. I presumed when I purchased the game that there were a set number of dragons and they each had their own territory. To learn that I could be fighting dragons till the end of time is satisfying. Especially of how easily I dispatched the first one.

    Posted: November 16, 2011 6:08 AM
  • Chris7692

    How about this for an unscripted event. Fighting an Ice dragon AND a Fire dragon at the same time while in some small little town with the villagers and guards helping me kill them both. Was pretty epic.

    Posted: November 16, 2011 5:23 AM
  • hoof_hearted4

    i really want this game. im not into going melee the whole entire time, combat looks pretty bland except for when it does those little kill action scenes or whatever. but i know i want it for PC. and while my laptop meets the requirements to play it (and i have a friend with a similar laptop playing it) i want to wait until i build my PC, which might not happen until Spring of next year. on the bright side, that will allow time for bugs to be fixed, plenty of mods to come out, and some DLCs and whatnot.

    does look like an amazing game, and beautiful on PC. watching Mitch's gamefront walkthrough and it makes me want it more.

    Posted: November 16, 2011 4:07 AM
  • MrLee95

    Skyrim is indeed a great game, it has it's flaws like some other posters have posted already but could you imagine if Bethesda took the time for the PC side and made it look like The Witcher 2 or even Battlefield 3! hehe
    I guy can wish right? :P
    Thank god for the Modding community!! I Cannot wait to see what you come out with!!

    Posted: November 16, 2011 1:12 AM
  • Andarach

    He has a point about the absorbing you in the game with long stretches of gameplay. 68 hours in....simply amazing. I now subsequently have a cold. Worth it.

    Posted: November 16, 2011 1:00 AM
  • Phategod

    My only problem with Elder Scrolls Is the story and characters. All the characters are there for, is to simply ply you with another quest. My problem is Other then the fact that I've been given something to do, I don't feel an undying urge to help these cardboard cutout characters, no one has a defined personality. Take for instance I ran into this little boy who thinks I'm demon he summoned to kill the headmistress of his orphanage. My choice is yes or no, I picked yes just to continue the mission, I get to the orphanage and the women is really mean but she doesn't deserve to die, but I have no choice no other resolution but to kill this lady (with no repercussions or even traumatized kinds), who probably needs nothing more then some good ole fashioned Commander Shepard therapy. There is no character development or in many instances choices to resolution. But its still a fine game.

    Posted: November 16, 2011 12:53 AM
  • Luck702

    Watching this directly after a 6 hour "stretch", I agree with every point. This game is amazing and absolutely one of if not the best game I have ever played. Every aspect of the game seems brilliantly designed to keep you immersed and keep you having fun. Any game that keeps me so immersed that I forget that I'm hungry, or that I havent stood up in 6 hours shows how much of a masterpiece this game really is.

    Posted: November 15, 2011 9:30 PM
  • InnerRise

    There IS something to compare this game to: OBLIVION.

    It looks just like it.

    Posted: November 15, 2011 8:52 PM
  • Kaos24

    I've been playing Skyrim and I have really been enjoying it.... however I don't think I like it as much as a lot of the critics and fans do. That being said even though It's not my favorite game from this year, I can understand why others like it as much as they do.

    Posted: November 15, 2011 8:09 PM
  • ShinjiEx

    The most remarkable thing quest wise
    was I was talking to a NPC and he's like I need you to go grab this item from a dungeon

    So a dialog choice comes up and I choose "oh you mean this item"
    the NPC is surprised by this

    This would not have happen if I would not have taken on a sub quest earlier on
    that was kinda of hidden

    Posted: November 15, 2011 7:03 PM