20 minutes of The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim footage released
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Dungeons and dragons has come a long way...
Let's face it - The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim is not only one of the most anticipated games of the year, but of the decade. Although the franchise has been running since 1994 - the afferently named The Elder Scrolls: Arena was the original release - it was the success of The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind that really caught our eyes.
Morrowind won countless awards - including GameSpy's PC RPG Game of the Year Award, IGN's RPG Vault's Game of the Year Award and IGN reader's choice for Best Story - marking its place as a true great. Furthermore, the release was Bethesda's first console release, and it too was positively received. While the games inability to use modifications on the Xbox was unhappily felt, as was non-native resolution, the overall response was excellent, and Morrowind remained in the top 10 console sellers for the whole year...a feat matched only by Bungie's classic Halo: Combat Evolved.
After the Morrowind's success, the next game in the franchise was always going to have a lot to live up to. These high expectations were not helped by the wealth of expansions and mods being added to Morrowind all the time, keeping it fresh. Even now, there are a lot of players faithful to Morrowind and its community.
Of course, we needn't have feared. When The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion was released people were queueing up to give it awards. It's huge and diverse world and ground-breaking graphics left gamers in awe. It was most highly praised for its immersion, this was a game that grabbed you and took you into a world that felt real and believable. Endless hours could be lost simply wandering in a forest or a swamp, searching endlessly for Nirnroot. No matter how much time you spend playing Oblivion, it could always throw out something new, and it seemed like the more you played it, the more there was to do.
In 2007 PC gamer rated The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion as its number one PC game of all time. High praise indeed, and it serves as a good summary of the expectations being placed on The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Long time fans and newcomers to the series alike are already claiming it to be the game of the year, a claim that it could very well live up to. The game, frankly, looks epic. The graphics, physics and large portions of the game play have been given a complete overhaul, and the world looks fresh, crisp and alive. The monster encounters alone are enough to make me want to play the game; mammoths, giants and yes, finally dragons are all present in the footage below. The videos give just a taste of what the game is going to be like, but judging on the quality of what's on show here, those 'game of the year' claims look pretty believable...
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