Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Xbox 360) Review – Is the Sky the Limit?

Game:The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Ten Ton Hammer
Ten Ton Hammer Rating
93

Value - 90 / 100

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has great value. While the game isn’t cheap at $60, there is a ton of content to be found within the game. If you’re one of those psychos who just want to tear through a game and get to the final encounter, then I would recommend waiting until the price goes down. For those who crave ultimate RPG immersion to sink into for weeks of world exploration and questing, Skyrim is a must-have. I imagine quite a few people are going to strain their marriage by getting addicted to this game.

Xbox players can further rejoice in that they will receive a month of DLC exclusivity, which will probably infuriate PC users.

the elder scrolls v: skyrim review
Smart mages bring armored companions with them in dungeons.

Lasting Appeal - 90 / 100

Skyrim definitely has lasting appeal. Most players will want to create different character types to go through the game and also to see what changes occur due to making different choices made along the way. Those who played as a fighter who pledged his loyalty to the Companions the first time around will want to perhaps try their hand as a sneaky thief who disdains the heroic Companions and ally themselves with a more sinister group.

I want to replay the game and choose to join the rebel forces since I joined the Imperial forces the first time around. There are so many choices that a player can make in The Elder Scrolls V: Skryim that it’s incredibly tempting to go back and see how much you can do differently.

the elder scrolls v: skyrim review
Ah, the sweet outdoors. Surely there's no danger?

Pros and Cons

Pros
  • No classes allows great flexibility in play style
  • Open sandbox style of gameplay breathes freedom into your gaming experience
  • Great sound and graphics immerse you fully into the world of Skyrim
  • Combat is easy and intuitive
Cons
  • Some combat animations are stiff
  • Music can get repetitive
  • Workplace productivity will decline in the first few weeks of the game’s release
the elder scrolls v: skyrim review
Hitting a market to sell some loot.

Conclusion

Overall, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim delivers on Bethesda’s promise of putting out an incredibly immersive RPG. The experience of Skyrim is that the player can create the type of hero that they want, explore the fantasy world in the manner that they wish and at their leisure, and not be forced to follow a rigid quest chain of A, then B, and then C. You will get sucked into the world of Skyrim and lose track of time. On the back of the game box, it states, “Epic fantasy reborn.” They got that right.

Overall 93/100 - Outstanding

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