Thoughts on Skyrim after 300 hours

  • After playing for over 300 hours I have some thoughts about the game i would like to share.  These are my own personal opinions and reactions.  Others will have diffent experiences, different reactions, differntopinions.

    I love the game and it has not disappointed me.  I did not expect it to be perfect.  No game can satisfy everone and developers and publishers wish to get the broadest possible sales base.  Even if there were no bugs the game would not be perfect.

    I started playing RPGs with Betrayl at Krondor, played some others and found the Baldurs Gate series, Icewind Dale and then Morrowind and Oblivion.  I also played Dragon Age:Origins.

    The TES games are sandbox games where you can go were you wish, do what you wish, be what you wish.  I like this feature very much but can understand why some people have a problem with.  Your character is what you want him or her to be.  There is no alignment feature, you choose if your character is good, evil or neutral.    This puts the burden of role playing on the player and not the game.   It is up to the player to create a back story for their character.  Bethesda not force you into any set pattern.   Bethesda pays attention to what players want and in Skyrim there is very little hand holding by the game. 

    I have a very good computer to play Skyrim on but I have also played it on my laptop which has poor graphics and lousy sound.  I still enjoyed the game.   In the beginning there were quite a few bugs, broken quests, things not happening as they should.  Bethesda has patched the game and I am currently using the 1.4.2 beta patch.  So far I have had no problems and no crashes.  This is roughly after thirty hours of game play.

    There are things I would like expanded or added.  There is a lot in the game to work with.  After the civil war is ended Winterhold could be upgraded, the different guilds could do some additional work,  The Thalmor could be dealt with.  I am working on a mod to enhance the Sky Haven Temple, the home of the Braves.

    I have only added a couple minor mods as I wished to wait for the Bethesda patches.  I also like to get a good idea of the game before I add mods.  With the Creative Kit I am sure we will be flooded with a variety of mods.  The first will probably be house mods or eye candy mods.  We already have a large choice of retexturing mods and I am sure there will be more.

    I would like to see better companion mods, more dialogue for the companions, the ability to take two or three companions along at the same time.  It would be nice to have pack animals to help you carry all the loot you can pick up.  I find myself going into god mode so I carry things back either to sell or store to be used or sold later.  A light weight camping gear mod would be nice, too.  Quest mods will take longer to make at least good ones will.  Vanilla Skyrim is an excellent game but Beth has left the door open for modders to take wing and reach for the stars. 

    I consider this the best RPG I have ever played and that includes Baldur's Gate :)  However if you need to have your hand held, to be lead by the nose this game is not for you.  The player is responsible for how the game is played and I find that unique in games.


  • Shannon
    Shannon   ·  January 30, 2012
    I have thoroughly enjoyed this game and am level 49 3/4 and am still loving it. That says a lot. Dang, all this talk of D&D is making me want to play. ANYONE??
  • Guy Corbett
    Guy Corbett   ·  January 30, 2012
    I am also a graduate of the old school D&D, paper characters and d20's. I think more than ever Skyrim has given you the ability to roleplay quite strictly but as you said that is more down to the player. The biggest difference being you can be profici...  more
  • Unix
    Unix   ·  January 30, 2012
    Yess! The same thing I feel about the game. I got everything I expected from this game, and I feel deeply satisfied. My character became just like a friend of mine, she has her own way of thinking but also she's got a bit of me, and that's what makes my e...  more
  • Nakia the Rogue
    Nakia the Rogue   ·  January 30, 2012
    Thanks, mates.   I can understand why some people have been critical of the game.  It is not your typical role playing game.  Those who are used to D&D playing might have a hard time adapting.  I am a graduate of the D&D school so can emphasize wi...  more
  • Shane Wigmore
    Shane Wigmore   ·  January 30, 2012
    I couldn't agree more with you! Even though I play on the 360 and can't use mods, I find there is enough diversity/options and ways to play the game (for me anyways) to alway keep it interesting!
  • Andrew
    Andrew   ·  January 30, 2012
    I have played Skyrim about 300 hours as well, and I agree with everything you are saying:) Great summary/Review=)
  • Paul
    Paul   ·  January 30, 2012
    Pretty good summary Nakia 
    More or less echoes my own thoughts. Not a perfect game, but one of the best games that I have ever played...
  • Guy Corbett
    Guy Corbett   ·  January 30, 2012
    Well said Nakia. I agree with you on most points. Ive not had the 1.4 patch as Im a console user but can't wait for it to iron a few things out.
    I look forward to the dlc and more skyrim maddness lol