You wake up in an Imperial cart that is being paraded through the small town of Helgen. Also with you in the cart are a Stormcloak rebel fighter, a horse thief, and the leader of the Stormcloak rebellion himself, Ulfric Stormcloak.
If you’re still reading at this point, it should be noted that this is NOT a real scene. This is the opening/tutorial scene of Bethesda Softworks’ 2011 game officially known as “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim” or “Skyrim” for short.
While 2011 may sound old for a video game, Skyrim is actually one of the most popular video games of all time and quite possibly, the most famous RPG (role-playing game) of all time. Since its original release in 2011 and then next-gen console remastered release in 2016, millions of gamers have had Skyrim as one of their most valuable and enjoyable games.
What makes Skyrim, as well as the other Elder Scrolls games, different from other role-playing games is that it is all based on your own choice. You can choose your physical characteristics, follow different quest lines, join different factions, etc.
For example, when you are called forward by Imperial Captain Hadvar, that then prompts the game to open the character development section where you, the player, can design your own character of a various race, various physical features (eyes, hair, body type) and even scars and war paint, if you choose and also name your character however you want. Race, name, physical features, scars, war paint, hair, etc, these characteristics of your avatar are how you, the player, would like to design your avatar.
Here is my character/avatar in Skyrim. His name is Khah’Ro. Radiating aura while standing next to him is the sassy and always-nice-to-be-around (Princess) Serana, the daughter of Lord Harkon, lead Vampire of the Volkihar Clan, a group of vampires wreaking havoc throughout Skyrim.
In this screenshot, Khah’Ro is wearing a Circlet of Waterbreathing as a crown, Nordic Carved Armor for the chest, Ironhand Gauntlets on the hands and Nordic Carved Boots on the feet. In his left hand, he is also carrying Spellbreaker, a special shield with magic-deflecting powers. On his hip, out of view, Khah’Ro is also carrying Dawnbreaker, a magical sword that is especially effective against undead and vampires.
As I said, this game is all about choices, which is what makes it a game that EVERY gamer should try at least once. I could have chosen to be a different race, such as a variant of elf or Khajiit (Cat-Humanoid), but I chose to play as a black dreadlock-wearing magic warrior– something that I am obviously not in real life. But that’s the fun of it: taking on an alternate persona that you get to create.
There are also benefits depending on which race is chosen. Some races have bonuses to fighting, others magic and few thievery/sneaking. Regardless of race, you start out with at least 2 spells: Healing and Flames. Bretons are an exception because they start with 3 spells instead of 2. Their extra spell is Sparks/Lightning.
Each race also has their own passive abilities.
For example, Argonians, or the Lizard people, are inherently able to breathe underwater and are resistant to disease and poison. Redguards, like Khah’Ro, are resistant to poison and can use Adrenaline Rush to regenerate stamina 10 times faster than normal.
In Skyrim, the three groups of character skills are the Thief, the Mage and the Warrior. You don’t necessarily have to focus on one specific skill group. My avatar, Khah’Ro, is more of a spellsword, meaning that his skills are combined between the Warrior path and the Mage path.
Because of my own focus on two out of the three skill paths, his Thief skills are not so great but that doesn’t mean sacrificing one skill path is necessary to follow the other two.
You can even make your character’s follow all three paths at once or you can focus on one path at a time and then change paths or follow two at once.
The story may sound like a lot but it’s not that complicated. The controls are easy to grasp, as well, and can even be configured to your own taste at any time in the game. In addition to this, the gameplay difficulty and audio settings can be changed at any time.
A full in-detail explanation of Skyrim would be way too much to condense,but the bottom line is that Skyrim is all about making your own choices.
You are free to play however you want. No one is there to stop you and tell you how to play the game. You are destined to save the world from the return of dragons while using a special ability against them– and be rewarded/look cool while doing it!
Add me on Xbox : BoricPainter11. The equipment I used for this article is :
Afterglow Prismatic controller for Xbox One and Windows
Standard Xbox One – 500 GB
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Special Edition for Xbox One (physical CD)
Visio 32-inch TV
Toshiba Satellite C55-A5105
Insignia Wireless optical USB mouse – Red