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Out of all the games I was anticipating in 2011, The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim  (Kelle: Keizaal in the Dragon tounge) was strangely not one of them.This was because I hated Oblivion and expected Skyrim to be the same.

 I was very,very wrong. There were actually only two reasons I hated Oblivion, but they deterred me from actually attempting to finish the game.Reason one was that the inventory used illogical little icons and was as intuitive as Quantum mechanics(I to this day don't know how to drop an item in Oblivion) .Reason two was aesthetics,the people are the ugliest collection of creatures ive seen in a game,and thats just the humans... And then theres the water,lets just say it filled my head with strange thoughts of water coolers in the Bethesda office being filled with a strange matte blue liquid.

In Skyrim they fixed it all ,everything is beautiful ,and finally someone got it into thier head that words are alot more intuitive than silly little pictures (they even tell you how to drop stuff in the inventory menu).I am a sucker for lore and there is plenty of it in this game,I got so immersed in the world of Skyrim I found myself reading online about the dragon language used in the game.Sad to say that the made up language is not a full language and only consists of the few hundred words needed by Bethesda to produce the game so there will never be nerds speaking fluent Dragon as there are speaking Klingon.(hint hint Bethesda)

After completing the questline twice I decided to do some cheating,this proved a lot of online chatter about the game to be false.My uber character at level 81(highest) with all skills at 100 and all perks
only dissapeared for around two seconds when suddenly changing to sneak in the middle of combat and I was not able to pickpocket clothes off people without them noticing.What is notable though is that in combat this fully leveled character could probably take on all nine devines at once and win(yes nine ,not 8 you thalmor elf!).

There are tonns of quests to do in Skyrim ,alot of which have different ways to approach them and apparently they just keep generating until Alduin eats this world,but after a while you will notice they will become repetitive.Once you have reached that point you have two options,read all the interesting books scattered throughout the lands ,or head down to the nexus and pick up some mods,the selection of mods is already large and impressive, and keep in mind that the Creation kit hasent even been released to the public yet.

Personally ,I enjoyed this game more than any other game I played this year,its completely immersive and I can't wait for the DLC because I actually feel bad getting bored with it.Well done Bethesda.

As the dragons say: Brit.


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