The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011)

Video Game  -  Action | Adventure | Drama  -  11 November 2011 (USA)
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The Empire of Tamriel is on the edge. The High King of Skyrim has been murdered. Alliances form as claims to the throne are made. In the midst of this conflict, a far more dangerous, ... See full summary »

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Esbern (voice)
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Arngeir (voice)
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Delphine (voice)
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General Tullius (voice)
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Mercer Frey / Clavicus Vile / Barbas / Cynric Endell / Belethor / Mallus Maccius / Alain Dufont / Andurs / Boethiah Cultist / Braig / Captain Valmir / Dark Brotherhood Initiate / Endrast / Enthir / Erikur / Fallon / Jesper / Kodrir / Lemkil / Lucan Valerius / Madanach / Malthyr Elenil / Molgrom Twice-Killed / Nobleman / Orini Dral / Emperor Pelagius Septim III the Mad / Pelagius the Suspicious / Pelagius the Tormented / Sarthis Idren / self - Doubt / Sibbi Black-Briar / Sild the Warlock / Sorex Vinius / Stig Salt-Plank / Viarmo / Arch-Curate Vyrthur - Dawnguard DLC (voice)
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Vaermina (voice)
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Odahviing (voice)
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Paarthurnax (voice)
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Elenwen / Meridia / Boethiah (voice)
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Hakon One-Eye / Arrald Frozen-Heart / Bolgeir Bearclaw / Captain Aldis / Captain Lonley-Gale / East Empire Mercenary / Eorlund Gray-Mane / Erlendr / Frokmar Banner-Torn / Gonnar Oath-Giver / Hero of Sovengarde / Jjornskar Head-Smasher / Horik Halfhand / Hrongar / Igmund / Imperial Guard Jailor / Imperial Soldier / Irnskar Ironhand / Istar Cairn-Breaker / Jorleif / Jurgen Windcaller / Kai Wet-Pommell / Kottir Red-Shoal / Olaf One-Eye / Orthjolf / Riften Guard / Riften Guard Jailor / Sinmir / Stormcloak Soldier / Thorald Gray-Mane / Thorygg Sun-Killer / Unmid Snow-Shod / Yrsarald Thrice-Pierced / Ysgramor / Hjalfar - Dragonborn DLC / Torkild - Dragonborn DLC (voice)
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Molag Bal / Adebar / Adventurer / Agrius / Belyn Hlaalu / Brandish / Captain Avidius / Challenger / Duach / Ennis / Etienne Rarnis / Farmer / Fugitive / Gloth / Haldyn / Hamelyn / Hired Thug / Leontius Salvius / Louis Letrush / Omulag / Peddler / Perth / Plautis Carvain / Rahd / Rondach / Salvianus / Soldier / Telrav / Thimas / Tynan / Weylin / Wood Cutter (voice) (as Christopher Smith)
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The Empire of Tamriel is on the edge. The High King of Skyrim has been murdered. Alliances form as claims to the throne are made. In the midst of this conflict, a far more dangerous, ancient evil is awakened. Dragons, long lost to the passages of the Elder Scrolls, have returned to Tamriel. The future of Skyrim, even the Empire itself, hangs in the balance as they wait for the prophesized Dragonborn to come; a hero born with the power of The Voice, and the only one who can stand amongst the dragons. Written by Bethesda Game Studios

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Both Lynda Carter and Susan Eisenberg have played the character of Wonder Woman; Carter in the titular 1970's series and Eisenberg in various DC animated projects. See more »

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Esbern, played by Max von Sydow, has a clear mismatch in voice done by an unknown voice actor during the mission when the main character has to talk to Esbern about the Elder Scrolls after he has been freed from prison. See more »

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Lucien Lachance, the Spectral Assassin: Perhaps we should find a random stranger to murder. Practice does make perfect.
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The Age of Aggression/ Opression
Performed by Jason Marsden, April Stewart, and Michael Gough
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An epic fantasy within an epic game!
7 June 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Normally I do a Good, Bad and Verdict on my written reviews but in the case of this game, aside from a few minor bugs and nitpicks, I can't think of any complaints about this game. This is pretty much my perfect game!

There are so many stories in this game, all of them really work well and in no way conflict with one-another, and with a game this big with so many stories within it, that must have been really tough. The main quest is very intriguing and builds to an awesome finish. Even the side quests and the downloadable content is very good, my personal favourite of these being the Dawnguard questline, though that is largely due to the new characters but will mention that in a bit.

The world is absolutely beautiful, from the snowy environments and forests to the dungeons and caves. The detail in the world is immense and you could tell the team behind the game put everything they had into it, creating a unique land and filling it with unique characters and creatures. The Dawnguard expansion had some of the best environments not just in this game but in any game. The Forgotten Vale is unbelievably beautiful and it's extenuated by the musical score. I've heard that Jeremy Soule is the John Williams of video games and before this game I didn't think much of him. But in this game I'm completely sold on him and it feels like the timing and mixing is spot on. When you see something beautiful or threatening you get the perfect musical accompaniment for it. Obviously the main theme is epic, one of my favourite pieces of music of all time.

As for the characters, despite having a lot of the same voices, they make up for in creating distinct personalities, including Lydia, the character everyone remembers. Though there are very unique characters with big name voice artists, like Christopher Plummer as Arngier, Joan Allen as Delphine and my favourite character Serana played by Laura Bailey. She has one of the best (if not THE best) back stories in the entire game, she has a great conflict and I love her interactions and reactions in the world. The enemies are awesome too, I love Alduin as the main villain, I love the Daedric Princes (Sheogorath and Clavicus Vile are my favs), I love Miraak and the other dragon priests, and even the dragons you fight can provide a major challenge.

As for the character you control, he's anything you want him or her to be. You can just ignore the main questline and do your own thing. You don't even have to kill things, you can just go around and help people out and build your own house (with Hearthfire). Or you can even go around and literally do everything in the game and that's what a great sandbox game should do in my opinion. I love the enormous variety of weapons and armours and general clothing you can get in the game, my favourite combo being Ebony Mail, ebony gauntlets and boots, Zahkriisos the dragon priest mask, Nordic arrows and either the Ebony Bow or Ebony Blade. Kickass dark assassin look!

I only have two issues with the game. One is the bugs and there are quite a few of them but with such a huge game there's bound to be a few. The other is the dragon riding mechanics they introduced in Dragonborn. It doesn't give you the freedom I wanted, and it's something that another one of my favourite games, Drakan the Ancient's Gates, trumps Skyrim. I desperately wanted something like that in the game but for what I got I liked it fine, especially seeing the world from that height.

My verdict: It's my all time favourite game, I can't praise this game enough. I love it so much I'm actually gonna buy the Legendary Edition on PC so I can have everything for the game plus the Creation Kit so I can put my personal mark on the game. I haven't stopped playing it since I got it and I ain't slowing down now!


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