With the launch of The Elder
Scrolls V: Skyrim
can look forward to losing many hours to this addictive game. Ten Ton
details the sandbox nature of the
gameplay, both in character development and questing. As that players
today are unused to having an incredible amount of choices available to
them in games, this freedom can lead to some preventable problems with
players. However, have no fear as that Ten Ton Hammer is here to give
you ten tips to keep you heroically questing.
Tip #1 – Save Early,
is a fairly punishing game- the bad thing about the concept that
a dragon can swoop down on you at any time is, well, that a dragon can
swoop down on you at any time. Worse, the game isn't too conscientious
about auto-saving. Get in the habit of saving before and after every
encounter and you'll save yourself a lot of backtracking. It is also
helpful to save before making a big decision that could have a
tremendous impact upon your game.
The world is dangeous. Save
yourself grief and save often.
Tip #2 – Study the
It is very prudent to thoroughly study each of the skills in the game
and decide which ones you will concentrate on for the specific
character you are playing. Concentrate your choices within a few skills
and don’t spend your points across the board, thereby
diluting your effectiveness. A wide variety of combat disciplines are
at your disposal, but the more you stick to a single style - one handed
blunt, destruction magic, etc. - the more your skills will grow, the
more feats you can train, the less time you'll spend playing the menus
to play the game, the better the equipment you'll feel compelled to
invest in, and the more powerful a warrior you'll be. Save the other
options for other characters, because (chances are) you're going to
feel like playing this game more than once.
Tip #3 – Be a Smart
Just like in Oblivion
just about everything that isn't nailed down is
yours for the taking. Whether or not you want to use the red hand of
theft (and reap the consequences) is your business, but everyone has to
be concerned about inventory space. The game is fairly generous with
inventory size, but you'll still want to carry only high value stuff
away from long dungeon runs. A good rule of thumb is to only pick up
items worth 10+ times their weight in gold. Make sure that
you grab the gold off of every corpse you see as that gold does not add
any weight. Also, don’t be afraid to come right back to a
dungeon after selling your excess inventory to grab any loot you left
behind the first (or second) time.
The companion in the
background looks healthy and could carry a lot of loot.
Tip #4 – Always have
Even though companions can (literally) get in the way, game difficulty
is clearly balanced with the assumption that you'll be bringing a
companion along, so do it! Some potential companions you'll nearly trip
over, others are yours for the price of a conversation, and some others
require a little more effort. Each companion is different so make sure
you pick one that complements your combat style. Don’t be
afraid to use companions as mules to carry extra loot that you pick up.
You’ll be surprised by how much some of them can carry!
Tip #5 – Buy a House
Players can purchase a house in each major city. Houses are useful for
a number of reasons, but the primary reason is that it’s a
great place to store your stuff. As there are no banks, you will need a
safe place to store all your goodies. To cut down on travelling for
specific tasks, you can upgrade your house to allow you to cook and do
alchemy. The bookshelves are especially handy for easily storing your
book collection. After you purchase house upgrades, thoroughly search
them as you will find inventory items and even some gold.