Blame it on my late-blooming video game obsession, but I did not play a single Elder Scrolls game until Skyrim came out. I was not much of an RPG girl, save the obsession with Mass Effect, but after spending a few weeks seeing all of my Xbox Live friends signed on and playing Skyrim, curiosity got the better of me, and like most games, I soon became addicted.
Skyrim is a huge, open-world RPG game that allows players to choose the path their character treads in more ways than one. Just the initial character creation is in-depth, with a variety of species and races to choose from. I choose to be a Nord, one of the more prevalent human species in Skyrim. I really just wanted to be a female, as I always do in these types of games.
The choices made available to Skyrim players are endless: choose to be a part of the rebelling Stormcloaks, or join forces with the with imperials to keep order in the land. You can be a vampire, a werewolf, a pickpocket, a thief lord, a mage or just a brutish soldier. You can dual wield weapons or cast a different spell out of either hand.
The options are endless, and so is the gameplay. The beautiful thing about Skyrim is that its a never-ending game–there are constant quests to complete and endless opportunities to level up your abilities. Just when you think you’re done with the game (perhaps after you finish the main story line), a side story line is made available to you.
Talk about bang for your buck.
I was so enthralled with the entire Skyrim experience that I forced my roommate to play it, and her gaming experience goes about as deep as Farmville on Facebook. And guess what? She loved it, as well.
If you’re looking for a good game that will take up those rainy summer days, Skyrim is an excellent choice. In this economy, why not buy a game that will last you four times as long as most other games?
Also, the first DLC for Skyrim was just released on Xbox Live Marketplace. It’s called Dawnguard, and you can bet your butt I’m getting it.
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