Before I started modding the game I took it as it was, a breathtaking adventure of monumental proportions. I started out as a humble Argonian prisoner of war and then blossomed into a death defying terror of unimaginable power. I will go into more detail providing screens of actual gameplay from my earliest stage to my latest.
|aw, look at how cute and weak he is|
|got my first Dragon Word and slew this dude|
The world is just breathtaking, here are some screens illustrating my point, and the crazy thing is this is just a small sampling of what is in the world to be seen.
Yeah, this is just a sample of all that I've seen. Currently I'm coming up on Level 46, and I've slain 13 dragons, the first dragon was a piece of cake, then they got progressively harder. I've died several times, which led me to scale the difficulty down to novice level, and it's still really hard! I've made my own Elven Armor, Glass Armor, and finally Dragon Scale Armor. I've only maxed out one skill; Smithing, but I'm proficient at stealth, lockpicking, one handed, and light armor. I'm a sneaky bastage who occasionally uses magic. I've recovered several Daedric artifacts, and am to proud member of the Thieves guild and Dark Brotherhood. I have this sweet set of armor from finishing the Thieves guild quest line, which looks like this;
|I look so freaking awesome|
A great deal can be said for the story as well, it's never very clear what is making dragons come back to life, but you suspect it has something to do with you being Dovakhiin, (dragonborn). Also, other aspects of the world are shrouded in mystery. There are numerous crypts which are inhabited by ancient nord Draugr, which are undead, but much more difficult to defeat than the standard zombie fare of Oblivion. I thought that I would be bored of this game by now, but I'm not even close. There's so much to do and see. You could go through the entire game hardly fighting anything if you wanted to. I don't know what else to say except that this game has destroyed every bad feeling I had for Bethesda in the past. I expect that the next Fallout game will be twice as amazing as Skyrim is.
Now even though I love the Vanilla game there are a few things that I think could be improved upon, like not being able to wear more than one ring, or certain items weighing too much, for that I turned to the modding community on skyrimnexus.com. They already have a growing library of various mods for the game. In my opinion Skyrim is best suited to the PC for this reason alone. If you're not one to really care about mods you can happily play this game on the PS3 or 360 and never be unhappy about it. I expect that some things will change with patches and fixes in the future, the UI is rather terrible on the PC as it is, but on the consoles I believe it's very intuitive.
The PC version takes advantage of your video card. When I first ran it the launcher suggested I run the game at ultra settings, with x16 in Antialiasing and Anisotropic Filtering. This proved to be very good, for a while. I suspect that the game has numerous flaws when it comes to utilizing GPU RAM and system RAM, i.e. memory leaks, because after a while I experienced screen tearing and FPS slowdown. So I scaled it down a bit, downloaded a custom ENB graphics .ini for Skyrim and haven't had many issues since. There have been instances of CTD (crash to desktop) with out warning, but that comes standard with any Bethesda product. I don't blame them for this occasionally happening, because the game is so huge, there's bound to be errors in it. Besides, they will be fixed sooner or later.
Anyway, here are some more awesome screenshots of me killing my first dragon in the game. Enjoy!
Awww yeah, this game is flipping sweet! Btw, enjoy this metal cover of the theme.