Today marks five months to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim!!! For anyone looking forward to this release, the numbers 11.11.11 have a huge meaning, and in five months time, we will be there!
The Elder Scrolls have come a long way since 1994 with the launch of The Elder Scrolls: Arena. I started playing like a lot of people with The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind and was hooked that first time I played it. Since then I have played Morrowind's expansions, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and all its DLC and expansion and I even went back and played The Elder Scrolls: Arena and The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall. Also if you do not know, you can get Arena and Daggerfall FREE.
The modding community of the Elder Scrolls series is huge as well, and if you have not found it yet, you really should. Websites like TESNexus have a massive community, that till this day uploads mods for Oblivion. From new lands to races, quest and locations, it really expands the game even further. I tried my hand with some Oblivion modding too and created a Quest/Housing mod called Chorrol Plateau.
So this year marks the next big game in the series, Skyrim, and it sure looks amazing. Once again Bethesda has made a huge open world for players to explore, this time in the province off Skyrim, hence the name. Also we see a huge introduction to dragons, which have been mentioned in previous games, but there were never great detail about them.
The E3 Expo this week showed some amazing games and Skyrim was one of them. Actually more than just that, as the Figueroa Hotel was painted with a picture of the dragon born.
Then game director, Todd Howard, showed us some gameplay footage of Skyrim with Gametrailers.com and G4TV.com. The game looks well... amazing. Graphics wise its awesome and the world looks huge with a lot of detail in it. Once again you can walk to what you can see, e.g., To the top of mountains or to a city in the distance. The world seems very alive and interactive and even horses are back!
Something that spiked my interest immediately is the word walls that let you learn words for dragon shouts. The dragons have their own language and can even write, so they are not just another creature race like trolls for example. Some words have already been identified like here on UESP Wiki and considering that Deadra got their own language and alphabet, I am excited to see more of the language in the game.
Then there is the dragons. Gameplay wise, they are not scripted, meaning they are not told when to attack and where. They fly around and explore, and attack at random as seen in the videos below. It is pretty impressive to see the dragon just coming in to attack. The dragons have really great detail and animations that feel very alive. Lore wise like I said before, before Skyrim there have not been much information about them, but we know now too that not all dragons are evil, and being a huge lore fan, I cant wait to learn more about them.
So that is enough from my side. Below is the two videos from Gametrailers.com and G4TV.com on Youtube! Enjoy and happy five month countdown!
The images are from http://www.elderscrolls.com/skyrim/media/.
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