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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - PlayStation 3

  • Publisher: Bethesda
  • SKU: 2095198
  • Release Date: 11/11/2011
ESRB Rating: Mature
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    93% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (211 out of 227)

    Product Details


    • Developer: Bethesda Softworks
    • Publisher: Bethesda
    • Platform: PlayStation 3
    • Genre: Role Playing
    • Release Date: 11/11/2011

    Synopsis


    The long-awaited and much-anticipated next installment of the award-winning The Elder Scrolls franchise is here. Now, the expansive, open world that forever revolutionized the face of the fantasy epic leads you deeper into the combat, the magic and the myth than you've ever been before. This time, you don't just play as a character, you truly become whomever it is you wish to be — and have the freedom to do anything you can possibly imagine. This follow-up to the 2006 Game of the Year, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, offers stunning graphics and a gripping storyline that immerses you in the game from the moment you turn it on. Are you ready to unroll the Scroll and let the journey begin?

    Imagine rolling clouds, rugged mountains, bustling cities, lush fields and crumbling dungeons. Imagine ancient dragons beholding secrets so powerful they could transform your future. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim immerses you in the engrossing world of the franchise you already know and love with more realism, more choice and more intensity than ever before. Featuring a new game engine that brings every tiny environmental aspect to life in blistering detail and AI that brings you close to your allies — and your enemies — Skyrim blurs the line between your world and that of the game. An all-new character engine opens wider an already vast virtual world, putting every decision, every action and every consequence entirely in your hands as you arm yourself with hundreds of new weapons, abilities and spells. Developed by Bethesda Game Studios, the creators of the 2008 Game of the Year, Fallout 3, this immaculate fifth chapter challenges your skills, immerses your mind and will forever change the way you view gaming. It's time to return. It's time for Skyrim.

    Features


    The Elder Scrolls

    Dive into the engrossing world of the award-winning franchise in the much-anticipated sequel to the 2006 Game of the Year, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

    Become a character of your own design, do anything you can imagine and choose every path you take in a completely open virtual world

    Immerse yourself in a hyper-realistic environment, rich with rolling clouds, rugged mountains, bustling cities, lush fields and ancient dungeons.

    New character system gives you the ultimate freedom of choice, and delivers advanced AI technology for deeper interactions than you've ever experienced

    Arm yourself with hundreds of different weapons, spells and abilities

    Battle ancient dragons like you've never seen, and learn to harness their secrets and powers for yourself

    Fallout 3

    Developed by Bethesda Game Studios, the creators of the 2008 Game of the Year,

    Spike Video Game Awards — Winner — Game of the Year



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 227 reviews

    93%
    would recommend to a friend

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Another Great Open World RPG

      Posted
      01Sugar2

      Skyrim was created by Bethesda, which is the same group that produced Oblivion (Elder Scrolls 4), Fallout 3 and many others. I have Oblivion, but am more currently familiar with the Fallout series and can relate a lot of the feel of Skyrim (Elder Scrolls 5) to that of the Fallout games. Skyrim is a first person RPG that basically places you in ultimate control of your destiny. In the beginning you'll chose a character class (each come with a small benefit of some kind), but these classes don't limit you to traditional Mage or Warrior type RPG skill sets; you develop the skills that you chose to play the most. The more you use a particular skill (such as two handed weapons), the higher the level goes and the more options you have to spend attribute points within the skill. As your character gains enough experience, the leveling system works much like that of Final Fantasy 13; you spend attribute points on particular skill upgrades provided the skill level is high enough. The graphics are stunning and I'm enjoying the game quite a bit so far. If you're someone who got burnt out on Fallout, then at this time Skyrim may not be the game for yourself. However, if you're a fan of RPG games and you enjoy the Medieval type setting with a game that has free roaming in an open world with multiple possible endings, then Skyrim is certainly the game for you. I'd also say that if you're new to these types of games that Skyrim is very intriguing and that you may get hooked fairly quickly. If you pay attention to all of the side quests that the citizens within each town tends to give you, it'll be easy to "chose your own adventure" by joining various groups and to create your own story-based ending. To add to all of that, I believe that there are 50 PS3 trophies available to unlock in Skyrim, so there are quite a bit of ways to potentially enjoy the game. In closing, there aren't many RPG games out there that I won't try, and if I had to give this game a numerical rating, I'd probably give it a 9.5 out of a possible 10. I don't regret paying full price for Skyrim and I have a good feeling that if you're on the fence about it, that you won't either.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Awsome Game of Fantacy Leads You To Heroic Status

      Posted
      swis

      MINOR SPOILER:***The overall feel of the game is restituted in the opening scene where you have no control other than looking left to right as your wheeled down a hill slowly in what appears to be a wagon taking you to jail. You slowly reach your destination and all you can hear are the townspeople talking about you as if you are a criminal and so you anxiety heightens as you come to a stop by a guillotine***. This is the suspense in the storyline that reveres this type game above your normal Grand Theft Auto style open platform as the storyline allows you to progress in the game , though you have the choice to develop other skills, quests, abilities and other side and miscellaneous quests by the hundreds aside from the main storyline quest. The graphics are stunning along with the physics although when picking up an item it sometimes only allows you to move it in the environment instead of it being in your inventory. You then have to drop the item in the environment and click on it again to add it to the inventory. Sometimes you may want to move the item in your environment but be careful; a piece of paper will knock over a shield on the shelf if you are trying to place the paper on the same shelf as the shield, so those physics are not realistic. Adventure awaits the traveler with this single player World of Warcraft feel of a game although when you make a potion or a piece of armor, you actually have to go to an alchemy lab or a forge as opposed to conjuring the item like you do in World of Warcraft in your hands; which gives resonance to the verisimilitude of Skyrim and Tamriel, the world in which you kill dragons with the same ability that dragons have and delve deep into dungeons for, not only treasure but words you can also use against ; not only the dragons but other foes as well. Bethesda has spared no expense on this fantasy game's reality check. The elements, such as water, light, rain, snow, blizzard, and fire actually gives the gamer a true feeling of what the avatar on the screen is going through. The blizzard to the north of your starting city of Whiterun, will actually give you chills as the wind and snow limit your visibility to the eerie unknown. This civil war torn region, Skyrim, between the Imperials and Stormcloaks will have you vying for which faction you should choose in many occasions and which will unlock certain quests and instances where you can get the most of what the game has to offer. Ideally, this is not a game for a casual gamer, with hundreds of quests, surprises, and action, this could take you literally a few years to complete but at the same point when you have the time, relax with a few hours of Skrim and be whisked away to a fantasy land where you can decide to be good or evil and show off your Dragonborn heritage to the people of Skyrim. Bo tuh Da!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      A great game flawed beyond forgiveness.

      Posted
      Chiefblackhammer
      • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

      Story: The entire game is broken into a number of smaller quests, which is nice. The main story was a bit weak for me. It never had me really feeling like I was playing an important part of the game. Also the game has no real ending, some may like that other never get that feeling of completion just get sick of the game and quit playing. I would have liked the quests to be broken up into "only playable as certain character types" so you had a reason to play a shorter game. This would allow you the opportunity to play various other styles during replay attempts which had differing story bits & playing types. A master wizard, theft, assassin character which even then is “limited” IMO, is a bit much. Having said that a game that gives you the ability to easily put over 100 hours and not replay any dungeons or be forced to continue a boring plot line is pretty spectacular. Gameplay: 160+ hours and a majority of the game play is so freaking repetitive (enemies, weapons) though you never really seem to be that upset at it and at least the dungeons all unique. Enemies level as you do so there is no worrying about going back to an area and having to kill a ton of super weak enemies however if you have played these type games before the game play is never really a challenge. My biggest beef is the bugs, any idea how upset you will be when 100 hours into a game an you realize a certain quest item is missing from the game completely (an you may be stuck with others in your inventory because of it), or when you can’t kill a dragon because it is flying around backwards too far away to attack? Any idea how bad is sucks when you get dozens of quest items stuck in your inventory and either you have no idea what quest to complete to get rid of them? Or that you missed some minor part of the quest but finished the overall quest and thus can never get rid of the item? When it takes several minutes for an area to load and you have to pass trough 7-8 load areas (such as doors) to get where you are going? Never playing it again, not that it isn’t a great game. It is just way too flawed and way too long to interest me in another play through. Graphics: Most of the time the game is freaking beautiful, people and mountain sides (when scaling) were my only real areas where there was noticeable pixelation or "voids". Mountains from a far, dragons, waterfalls and some of the unique areas (look at the Ill Met By Moonlight quest, my personal favorite area) were just amazing for a game this massive, kudos on this from me.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Beyond Amazing

      Posted
      SilentWitn3ss

      It's hard for me to give a game a 5/5, but this one deserves it. First off, you might want to say goodbye to your social life before buying this game, because it'll be gone. Not only is Skyrim's main story pretty lengthy, all of the side quests, lone wandering, places to discover, ect., will add about 300+ hours. Skyrim is huge, with over 300 places to discover, it'll take you quite a bit to find them all. Which is great. The graphics are beyond beautiful. This game is designed to be looked at as a whole. That being said, the mountains, grass, trees, ect. are all very detailed. There's 70 NPCs, so there's plenty of people to talk to/get quests from. There's thousands of items to loot, and you can look at all in full detail. The favorites menu is very well thought of. And the sound is exceptional. The soundtrack plays in the background throughout the whole game, matching every sequence perfectly. If you've heard a rumor about the PS3 glitching about 30 hours in, it hasn't happened to me. They've patched it. But just in case, you might want to delete all your old Skyrim saved files to save room. There really is no way to review this whole game. But, for your sake, but it. 5/5 easily.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      OUTSTANDING Despite its faults

      Posted
      UnkaP
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I received the game on 11/11/11 from preorder through Best Buy and they delivered on time. Thanks BB. The game is ADDICTIVE and I mean that. If you like RPG Freestyle games this is the best. Although the story line follows Bethesda's Oblivion world the gameplay is more reminiscent of Fallout 3 and has many of the same similarities (look & feel) as well as faults that Bethesda is becoming famous for; (Quests that fail, buggy long term play, repetitive NPC vocabulary and a general messiness that occurs over time - such as food stall items falling off tables and staying around forever, and of course the occasional lockup requiring a system reboot.) However; all of that can be forgiven, (if Bethesda fixes the quests eventually), because the game is so huge. There are hundreds of dungeon delving opportunities and each one is different from the last unlike the often repetitive nature of Oblivion's dungeons. This makes sense since one developer did all the dungeons in Oblivion but a team did Skyrim's and the imaginative reflection of many talents shows (Kudo's to the team!!!). The sound and visuals sets the "feel" of the dungeon and may change on a moments notice as most of the larger ones are layered as you work your way through different types of bad-guys. The music alone is worth the asking price and the theme song is quite addictive in its own right. And of course, there are Dragons to slay. Lots of them. You can tell that Bethesda has listened to the fans of Oblivion and Fallout and are using the newest technologies available to expand their games. This is not a game for young children though. Mature audiences only.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Just Wow

      Posted
      rockymike
      • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

      I tried to avoid this game at first, but my wife got it for me for Christmas, and I have to say it is mind-blowing. In terms of visuals there may be none greater. The overworld has an incredibly vast and realistic looking landscape, like if it had been designed by National Geographic. You could spend weeks just exploring the country and never stop finding new hidden locations throughout the game world. The side-quests seem endless to where it feels like every person you talk to in the game gives you a quest. The main story isn't the greatest thing in the world, but the people in the towns reactions to that and the story of civil war that runs parallel the game feel realistic and natural. You will find yourself engrossed. The only complaints I can come up with is that the game begins to lag later on when your save file gets too large. I've only noticted it though after playing for more than three hours. In addition, because the game is so open ended, it's very easy to do quests out of order which sometimes introduces bugs. For example, I cleared out a dungeon of bandits only to discover a person on the other side of the dungeon asking me to do what I just that. It took more of an effort to get him to respond to the fact that I already had, then just going back and doing the quest again the right way. Nevertheless, don't let this game slip past you. It's essential for any hardcore gamer!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      It barely runs on the ps3!

      Posted
      EARTH
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Be warned! This game might same like a great deal at a nice, low price... but it runs like garbage on the playstation 3! I hear they are putting it on playstation 4, probably because they know about this. If you don't have this on pc or wait for the current-gen release you'll be disappointed. I was so hyped up to get this after hear a friend who has it on pc talk about it. Everything is simple soooo slow and choppy. Every time you open something it freezes for a second to display to you what you have just picked up. Oblivion ran much better than this. Personally, I'd have taken a downgrade in graphics for the ability to run this game smoothly as it should be!!! I also heard after looking into it more that the game freezes and crashes fairly frequently on consoles, so you'll have to save it constantly. It's a shame it ran so poorly because I really wanted to get into it. I ended up recently buying witcher 3 on ps4 instead and that game runs as it should and it much, MUCH better in terms of combat, depth, and everything else. I'll do a review for this again for the ps4 version once it's released but I urge you.... stay away! There are much better RPGs on the ps3 that run much better than this. I've never played a game that ran so poorly on playstation 3. Save your money and put it towards something better.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Solid Game for a Solid Gaming Console

      Posted
      Anonymous
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Positives: Skyrim is a solid game with solid graphics, gameplay, combat, audio and more! If you like the Elder Scrolls series you'll love this game. It has 100's of quests. I've personally logged about 200 hours of gameplay and I'm still attempting a platinum trophy to complete my experience. This is not to say it takes 200 hours. It's been said this game can be "finished" in around 50-60 hours (all quests completed). The presentation is professional and doesn't disappoint artistically speaking. Sometimes, I'll pop the game in simply to hear the music play or run around the vast landscape that is Skyrim. There are several towns to visit and I've personally discovered well over 150 locations but there's more than that! Negatives: My wife has experienced freezes and loss of frame rate while playing her character. We've also had one incident where the PS3 restarted and warned us: "Data may have been corrupted. The hard drive will now be scanned." Or something to that effect. There's no doubt some issues with the PS3 version as I've experienced them myself. However, none of these have distracted me enough to see them as game-breaking. To buy or not to buy? that is the question: BUY.

      I would recommend this to a friend


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