Good goodness. Skyrim came out, guys, dunno if anyone has noticed. I’ve been having a real good time with it, too, as my lack of blog posts can attest to (as well as having been working at “an job” – previous inactivity can be put down to Aurora, which I’ll go into another time).
So, it’s good. Most people agree, I think, so let’s just talk about a few points about the thing.
Combat: melee is basically the same, with a few touches up (block-attacking is a good addition, and I personally like the cinematic finishers, although I can understand how people could find it annoying). I haven’t done much dual-wielding with melee weapons because of this Bad Thing; you can’t block with two one-handed weapons, because each mouse button is bound to each hand, so you can’t use either to block (unlike wielding a shield, or a single weapon). There should be a block key – hopefully someone will mod that in. Magic seems much better, what with the dual-wielding mechanics, and the spells are alot more impressive than a little orb of coloured light.
Graphics: it obviously looks amazing. People who have insane PCs may complain that it’s not photo-realistic, but for everyone else it’s great. The art direction is much, much better than Oblivion, too; there is a nice character to the game and it’s aesthetics. Also, for those of us with modest PCs, the console-oriented release has proven pretty beneficial: I can run the game on medium-high settings with a decent framerate, so it’s obviously been very well optimised.
Quests: they’re ok. I haven’t done all that many – maybe 10 “proper” quests and a few dozen minor ones, but there are the usual mix of completely generic and a few nice ones. I’ve not done any Dark Brotherhood quests yet (the standout questline of the last game), so I don’t know if they are up to their usual standard.
The main quests seem a little better than Oblivion (being based on a political division as well as “hero saves the world” generic stuff), the Dragon Shouts are a nice touch (especially for non-magical characters, but there are shouts useful for any build), and voice acting is improved (being around as good as the videogame average, I’d say).
Good game. Gooood game.