Amazing...12+ million copies sold
...game is almost 2 years old and is still going strong and still selling. Why? Because Bethesda got it right. They gave people a game that is timeless and will no doubt be played for years and years to come. I'm going to say it again, and keep saying it, to whomever will listen - this is how an RPG should be done. Open world, no restrictions, with tons of content(with the option to add content as you go). Of all the games I have ever played Skyrim is almost my perfect game.
I say almost because the one thing I wish Bethesda had given us is co-op game play. If they had done this...MMORPG's as we know it would probably be dead or would at least have taken a huge hit. A co-op version of Skyrim would be the perfect computer RPG.
Think about it. It would be like that perfect vision of a computer based dungeon master I am sure many RPG gamers dreamed of when they were younger. I know I did. TES Skyrim is, for me, that vision. With Skyrim I can have hundreds of hours of adventuring in a make believe world of dungeons and dragons.
With the ability to mod and add adventures - I see me still playing Skyrim years down the road - at least until Bethesda releases the full world version of TES Tamriel - with full immerssive graphics in 4k. Well I can dream can't I?
Back to the topic at hand - why does Skyrim kick so much arse? I have played countless computer RPG games, many since Skyrim's release and none have come close to the level of Skyrim. Skyrim is a 12 while the others barely score a 7 on a scale of 1-10. I know...but the scale only goes to 10...so how can Skyrim score a 12? Because this is my blog and I say it does.
Let's talk graphics. I'll just let Skyrim's speak for themselves.
Seen enough yet? No...ok then...bam!
I know right...still not enough to convince you...then how about these?
Graphics aren't everything - but frakking "fus ro dah" - tell me graphics like this don't help with immersion - go on - I'm listening. In the mean time - here's a few more pieces of gaming eye candy for your enjoyment.
No...but seriously, name me one computer RPG that is as rich graphically and stunningly beautiful on the scale that is Skyrim. If you have played a computer RPG with better graphics tell me what game it is I'd really like to know. Seriously, the graphics in Skyrim are mind blowing awesome.
Now I know some people are wondering how you can get such rich graphics in Skyrim. You can, if your computer can handle the graphics levels that the game is capable of putting out. With a few mods to enhance the graphics and a little tweaking the game is incredibly beautiful and none...none of these screenshots do it justice. You have to play it on a good monitor, with all the bells and whistles turned on to see TES Skyrim in its full glory. And yes - graphics are important in a game like this - it helps draw you into its magical world of dragons, demons and sorcerers. It's like taking part in a fantasy movie and you're the main character. That is how a game should be and wow...Bethesda nailed it with their game.
What else makes Skyrim a game that game developers can learn from? It's openness and scalability. I have never played a game that was so open. You can literally go where you want and never not find something to do.
I was put to a quest by a mage to retrieve some lost script that would help him unlock the secrets to a powerful conjuration spell. So off I go in the direction that the mage said I should go to get more information that might lead me to this lost script. I get on my horse and no more than a few minutes pass and I am off chasing butterflies for their wings. Not that I wasn't hard pressed to finished the quest I had just begun, but I saw the butterflies and knew I needed them for a potion. Next thing I know I'm hunting an elk. Then - what's this? What is that glowing tree?
Oh cool! A grotto.
Oh and look...a cave behind the waterfall. Hmmm...I wonder what's inside? Quest? What quest...quest be damned I found a cave!
Eventually I did finish the quest. After traveling across the country in the wrong direction doing stuff. Never once did I get bored or wonder what to do next. That is Skyrim...that is what makes it such a great game. With all the mods and down loadable content is it any wonder why so many people are still playing it.
Speaking of mods.
Don't like vanilla Skyrim? That's OK...the makers of the game gave us players the tools to mod the game to our hearts content! Want to change the look of your armor? No problem. With the right tools you can alter textures. Don't like the way that building or house looks, or maybe you want to increase the size of a town - get out the Skyrim Creation Kit and...it's like being a kid with a box of Legos® - you can build anything, anywhere and put it into the game. For example I really disliked that we had so few choices in mages robes in Skyrim...and the ones we did have for our mages were - blah at best. Most are all dirty, torn and look like a dragon chewed up the former owner and spit the clothes back out. So I went in and created new textures for many of the robes and put them in the game(not replaced - added - so old ones are still there, I just put new choices in the game). Did the same for hair and jewelry...you name it and I probably have modded it. See for yourself.
I mean...how cool is this? Skyrim with the creation kit is like the ultimate tools for great game masters(aka dungeon masters for the old school players reading this - who have played or played any pen and paper RPG's). With the tools, as I said, we can add, destroy, remake, build - do whatever we want in Skyrim. I know there are games like Fallout and others that you can mod...but I do not think they are as easy as Skyrim is and for me - well, I'm no computer genius and if I can do it...I think just about anyone else can as well. Which means more mods and more gaming in TES! I think I spend as much time modding as I do gaming...hehehe. Just another reason Skyrim is still kicking much arse.
Imagine if Bethesda decided to do a true successor to Skyrim - but as an MMO...and no, TES Online is not it's true successor - it is a hack and a wannabe. Why make a TES game and then close it off at every turn to the players because you decide you want to change the way a TES game plays. And then...then you also want to add realm vs realm in the world of TES! Screw that, the head developer of TES Online needs replaced. TES Online should be open and scalable - and if you don't wish to get involved with the BS that Matt Firor is dragging over from his time with Mythic and Dark Age of Camelot we players shouldn't have to. It should be optional. No imaginary lines drawn in the dirt to keep you from exploring Tamriel(like they have planned). Classes? Really?
Ugh...it really burns my britches that the people making TES Online are trashing the core game mechanics and elements that make the TES games so great.
I still think this game could be made into either a co-op game or a multiplayer online game and retain what makes it great. Sure a few things might need tweaked here and there, but the main core game mechanics can remain. That would make for an awesome MMORPG.
I dream alot - huh?
Anyway...back to Skyrim.
This game is so full of awesome sauce - it oozes out of our computers and our monitors. Game developers need to take notes and start producing more games like this for us RPG fans. That includes the up and coming Star Citizen. I really hope Chris Roberts is paying attention. Give us a TES Skyrim in space - give us a Skyrim version of Star Citizen. Then we players can have both a high medieval fantasy RPG and a Sci-FI RPG. We'd truly be in gaming nirvana.
How cool would it be to be able to add and mod Star Citizen as much as we mod Skyrim? Hear that Chris. That is the sound of money being printed into your bank account by the millions of Skyrim fans.
I think we've been told that Star Citizen will be moddable - but I do not know to what extent. If it is as moddable as Skyrim...cha-ching! Chris's bank account explodes. :)
Anyway, Skyrim is the single best game I think I have ever played. It is the single best computer RPG I have ever played. It is the single player RPG that plays like an MMO - but isn't - and it should be. It is the best computer dungeon master any pen and paper gamer could ask for in this day and age. It can be a game masters greatest tool for pen and paper fans. It is a great vehicle for telling epic stories - and you get to participate in them! It is a great tool for present and future game developers to learn from. It is all this and much more, and that my friends is why Skyrim is still kicking arse in the gaming verse!
NOTE: To mod Skyrim there are two great places to get them. Here are links to them.
To learn how to mod - if you are interested. Bethesda has a complete tutorial online via Youtube. Here is a link to their channel.