Skyrim's main story revolves around the player character's efforts to defeat Alduin, a Dragon god who is prophesied to destroy the world. Set two hundred years after Oblivion, the game takes place in the fictional province of Skyrim, upon the continent of Tamriel, and the planet of Nirn. The open world gameplay of the Elder Scrolls series returns in Skyrim; the player can explore the land at will and ignore or postpone the main quest indefinitely.
Completed the game
I revisited Skyrim this fall, nearly one year after I stopped playing it. It is always hard to come back to a game and I've always found that I must start a new character because it is impossible for me to resume playing from where I was.
But, with Skyrim I found the inverse to be true. I couldn't bare myself to create a whole new character after putting 70 hours into my old one, and I didn't find it very hard to get back into the game with my old character. This must have something to do with the way Skyrim is built.
Once I finished the main storyline during my last playthrough I couldn't find any reason to go on. Yes, I could continue to build my character, but why should I when there is no real goal to aim towards. So I quit playing.
Now when I revisited the character it was not about finishing the game anymore. It was more about exploring the world and get to know more about the people and individuals living there.
And it is an amazing world. Just starting this game and hearing its music give me chills down my spine. The atmosphere is fantastic and the side missions are very detailed and great. Side missions in games are most often there as fillers. They are not connected to the world the same way as the main story line, and they are there just to make sure that you play a bit longer. In Skyrim the side missions *are* the game. They are connected to the world and to the lore. Some of them make direct changes to Skyrim and changes the game and takes the lore a few steps forward.
I've quit playing. Yes, I'm done for this time. My skill in archery is now 100 and I don't want to restart on a new combat style right now. There are still some problems with load times and bugs. I have had to restart the game several times because the it would just hang in the load screens. These things are irritating, and the main reason why I can't give this game a 5up. Still, it is a very good game worth revisiting again and again and again.
Skyrim is one of the better sandbox games I've ever played. There is a main story but it's not that long and I think for most people it is not the draw of the game. The main draw for me is the complete freedom to do pretty much what I want.
The first hour or so is always the same, mainly to get to know the game and for the game to have an introduction and a "tutorial", after that the game opens up and pretty much all areas, towns and mountain tops are available. The sheer number of quests, caves and camps to be explored among all the cities is astonishing.
This is both good and bad. The good part is that it really feels as it is MY story. My story is completly different from my friends story.
The bad thing is that I will never finish the game and I will stop playing it when it grows boring. For me the best game stops just before it becomes boring.
I won't cover the technical details as I've nothing to say about them (this is a good thing). They do their job well and enhances the experience.
I still haven't finished the main quest line and although I have the intention to I believe that I will never manage to. I've booted the game up and it hasn't been able to capture my intrest again sadly. It'd be a bit of a chore to finish it and it would be just for the sake of it.
Completed the game
There are games I never want to see again. Red Dead Redemption is one of those games, and L.A. Noire is another. The explanation is simple. They are great game for 15-20 hours, but in order to finish them you need to spend 30-40 hours. And those last hours, you just want to kill yourself. It is so insanely boring, and you play just to get rid of it.
Designing a game as such, great gameplay that lasts 15-20 hours, but a game that drags out for twice that time, will make sure that you never revisit it again.
Now, Skyrim is the opposite of that. It has a main story that goes on for about 10 hours, that is not very interesting. What is great about Skyrim is all those side missions that are optional. There are just so much to do in this immense world.
It is a beautiful game, with vast stretches of landscape that is just a beauty to behold. Someone said that you don't have to play Skyrim to appreciate it. Just start it up and walk around - experience it.
And that is the greatest strength about this game. It is the world that is interesting and exploring. You can't really explore it all, so you play until you're bored. If you want to finish the game, you have just a small amount of questing to do.
This is a game that I think about now and then, that I would like to pick up and continue my character. Yes, I have completed the game, but there's just so much more to see and do. I believe that I'm not quite finished yet.