The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Skyrim is the most recent game in The Elder Scrolls series. This installment of the series is the long awaited sequel to Oblivion, the critically-acclaimed game released in 2007. Skyrim takes players to the realm of Skyrim where dragons are a real threat to the inhabitants of the land; once thought to be a myth, they have begun to wreak havoc on the land.


Skyrim builds off the controls for Oblivion. Developers for Skyrim streamlined the controls from Oblivion, making them more console-friendly. The controls allow players to effectively switch between battle styles, allowing for dynamic and adaptive gameplay. This ensures that players are able to play as strategically as possible.

Skyrim has a unique character development system when compared to the previous games in the series. In earlier games, players were restricted to a class system. In Skyrim, players are not bound by the limitations of a set class system. This allows players to pick and choose the skills known as perks. This lack of a class system allows players to develop their characters in a natural and organic way.

Skyrim. Photo from Creative Commons.

Another new major mechanic for the game is shouts. Early in the game, players discover they are what is known as the dragon-born. This means they can harness the power of dragons they have slain once they have learned the appropriate words of power. These words can be found on word walls in dungeons enabling players to harness the power of a dragon’s soul. These spells are referred to as shouts, as characters literally shout to use the power.

Skyrim is an expansive game; aside from the long main quest-line, there are what seems to be an infinite amount of side quests. These additional quests send players to all corners of Skyrim, allowing them to enjoy the truly immersive environment of the world of Skyrim. These side quests enable players to develop their characters as much as they wish, adding unique perks and skills.

The Good

The game has stunning vistas that allow players to enjoy the nature of the world of Skyrim. The game has an in-depth and winding plot as players uncover the secrets of Skyrim. The combat is fluid and fun, allowing players to create their own combat styles and enabling them to play organically and naturally.

The Bad

Skyrim is a solid, well-developed game with few flaws. The one issue with the game that has developed are a number of bugs with the Xbox 360 version of the game. These bugs randomly wreak havoc on gameplay for users.

Final Thoughts

This is a game that would be a great addition to any avid RPG fan. For those who have not played previous installments of The Elder Scrolls, this game does provide some of the background information to understand the greater reach of the world and all of its history, so it is the perfect game to pick up the series from.

Whim Rating: 4.5/5