The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim may single-handedly bring back the single player experience to the forefront. Much hype and pressure has been placed on the multiplayer experience – especially with two giant games released this year in Battlefield 3 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 but what about those who just want to enjoy something on their own? Batman Arkham City is a fantastic single-player game but still feels like a video game in which you are simply connecting the dots with a cut scene here and a fight scene there. The Elder Scrolls series has always been known for exploration and wonder and Skyrim is the biggest achievement yet in the franchise. It may or may not be a ‘perfect game’ as that will always be left up to opinion but it may just be the biggest and most rewarding experience you have in 2011 as a video gamer.
We’ve been following Skyrim all year long with interviews from their team at E3 2011 and a hands-on preview of the game in October 2011. Skyrim offers an excellent role-playing action sandbox experience. The game allows you to play in your own style and crafts the rewards according to how you play the game. If you prefer melee weapons over ranged then your character will level up to match these skills. Skyrim has improved upon the graphics, weather and overall RPG world experience. The world is enormous with tons of content to explore (and most likely more to come as DLC) and probably one of the most rewarding parts of the game is the cinematic music score that accompanies you through the game.
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