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#1 Posted at 2011-06-10 00:51        
     

Gameplay features taken from the wiki.

Gameplay

Skyrim retains the traditional open-world gameplay found in the Elder Scrolls series. The player is free to roam the land of Skyrim at will. Within Skyrim lie five major cities, expanses of wilderness and mountainous ranges. When visiting cities, the player can complete activities such as cooking, farming, woodcutting and mining. The player levels up by raising skills. Eighteen skills are present in Skyrim, and the class system from Oblivion has been removed. Perks are skill-specific abilities, organized in a system of branching groups called "skill trees." Each rise in level allows for another perk to be picked. There are 280 perks, which are balanced between approximately fifty levels; although the theoretical maximum level depends on the character's skill choices.

The on-screen heads-up display only appears when the player's health, stamina, or magicka are being depleted. Items and equipment layouts can be saved to a quick-access menu, and the pause-screen inventory menu is presented in a compass-style overlay; while in the inventory, the player can rotate and zoom in on acquired items. The game is also confirmed to have horses.

Weapons can be created by the player at a forge, and are assigned to each hand individually, allowing for dual-wielding. At the cost of stamina, the player can sprint and jump. Shields can be used with a bashing attack, and timing is required for blocking with a shield. Blunt, bladed, hacking and stabbing weapons each have specific advantages and roles; as an example, the player is granted the ability to perform finishing moves. There are over eighty-five spell types, which can be used in ranged and close combat forms. Spell types have specific qualities; a frost spell slows and drains stamina, while a fire spell causes prolonged damage through burning, and may also ignite the environment. When practicing archery, arrows take longer to draw back than in previous Elder Scrolls games, but do greater damage. Because of this, arrows are expensive and considered rarities. A player equipped with a bow can use it defensively in close combat, in a charging counterattack. The player can sneak, and non-player characters (NPCs) become alerted if the player's movements are detected. Daggers are specifically effective when used in a sneak attack, inflicting devastating damage.

Oblivion, the most recent predecessor to Skyrim, made use of an artificial intelligence system known as Radiant AI. Skyrim makes use of an updated AI system, still known as Radiant AI, however offering far more complexities. It allows NPCs to "do what they want under extra parameters", as stated by lead designer Todd Howard. Radiant AI allows NPCs to interact with their environment, such as by working at bars, mills and mines. NPCs also interact with the player character through conversation, and may request favors or training in a particular skill, or challenge the player character to a duel. These events are generated as random encounters by the new Radiant Story system, taking influence from Fallout 3, a game created by Bethesda in 2008. Another new feature to Skyrim is known as Radiant Story. Radiant story is similar to Radiant AI in its workings, however it governs not NPCs, but quests and how they function. Through Radiant Story, side quests are dynamically altered based on the player's actions, and are tailored to the player's abilities and progress within the game. As an example, the player might be sent off to a dungeon that has not been previously explored, and face enemies that are defeated most effectively with the player's preferred combat style.

Folklore

Folklore is commonplace within Skyrim's game world. Creatures such as mammoths and sabre-toothed cats are encountered throughout the game and can be slain. The legendary dragons have a particular influence on gameplay and story, and are a challenging opponent for the player. Different races of dragons are encountered throughout Skyrim, either alone or in small groups. They can speak directly to the player character in the world's native language of Draconic. Dragons can attack cities and towns at random, "merrily [ravaging] towns without warning"; often, dragons nose-dive to the ground, march through city streets and breathe fire, which engulfs and causes significant damage to city structures. Not every dragon will be hostile, and some can be communicated with.
Through a course of events, the player character learns that he/she is "Dragonborn." Because of this, the player is granted the ability to use dragon shouts. These are powerful skills gained by slaying dragons, examples of which include teleportation, slowing down time, and summoning a dragon to aid the player. Dragon shouts (Dovahzaan) are described as battle cries spoken in the native language of the dragons. There are over twenty different dragon shouts to be gained throughout the game, and they become more effective as the player absorbs the souls of slain dragons. A minority of non-player characters also have the ability to use dragon shouts.

Plot

Skyrim is not a direct sequel to Oblivion; rather, it is a new chapter in the Elder Scrolls series, set two hundred years after the events of Oblivion. In the premise to Skyrim, the Empire began ceding territory to the Elven nations it once ruled, because there was no heir to the Emperor's throne. The Blades had no one to defend, and gradually died, were murdered, or secluded themselves from the rest of the world. After the king of Skyrim was assassinated, a civil war broke out amongst the native Nord race – the majority being those who wished for Skyrim to secede from the Empire, and the rest being those who wished for Skyrim to stay in the Empire.
As with previous Elder Scrolls games, Skyrim begins with the player character as an unknown prisoner, on the way to their own execution. The player character eventually learns that Skyrim's civil war is last in a sequence of prophetic events foretold by the Elder Scrolls, who also foretell of the return of Alduin, the Nordic god of destruction. Taking the form of a gigantic dragon, Alduin is prophesied to consume the world with his servants, the Jills (a race of black dragons). The player character is the last Dovahkiin (Dragonborn), a dragon hunter anointed by the gods to help fend off the threat Alduin poses to Skyrim and Tamriel. Aiding the player is Esbern (voiced by Max von Sydow), one of the last Blades

Setting

Skyrim's game world is the province of Skyrim. It is a northern province of Tamriel, the continent on which all the games in the series have taken place. Skyrim is roughly the same size as Oblivion's game world Cyrodiil, which is around 16 square miles (41 square kilometers) in area. Within Skyrim lie five cities, larger than Cyrodiil's cities, as well as smaller townships and expanses of wilderness. Much of Skyrim's topography is mountainous, and dragons are frequently encountered when exploring the wilderness. There are over 150 dungeons scattered across Skyrim, and when the player enters a dungeon for the first time, the monsters within lock to the player's level permanently, even if visited later at a higher level. Fast-travelling is a returning feature, allowing the player to instantly travel to any marked location that has been previously visited.

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#2 Posted at 2011-06-10 08:02        
     
I must say I think I am going to buy this. I have played Oblivion many hours and liked it a lot. I know I probably wont have much time for it but it should give me some good moments at least.
I did not follow the development of this new title, I only saw it now since E3, so I might wait a bit after its released to make sure the game is good. So, Viper, you buy it first please :-)

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#3 Posted at 2011-06-10 09:54        
     
I love Oblivion but I had to stop playing I was like 3 weeks just playing it, closing oblivion gates, this game takes too much time, sure ElderScroll V would be awesome, the game engines looks better but we will have to wait to see it


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#4 Posted at 2011-06-10 18:43        
     
Well I WILL be getting this on release... unfortunately some literature Is also coming out a few days before, which kind of ties in with this game setting (Inheritance Cycle) so I guess my time wont be spent on it fully, I'd be willing to offer a review of the game as soon as I feel I've discovered its secrets. :-)


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#5 Posted at 2011-08-13 18:59        
     
More pictures, focused on character creation/races of skyrim and a few maps of the land.





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#6 Posted at 2011-08-13 19:14        
     
I was all excited since TES has always been a great PC RPG series. Then I found out this is a console game ported to PC and lost all interest in it.


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#7 Posted at 2011-08-13 19:33        
     
I'll be honest I first got into it via the xbox..... so it doesn't worry me, I'll be getting the 360 version and the PC Collectors edition aswell, never played them with PC, I implore you to stick with it mate, it's really good on console so it can only get better with PC. Also morrowind and oblivion were also console ports.

I wont be buying the Steam version however. :-D

Haven't played my 360 since AC: Brotherhood came out so I will be reviving it for the this....


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#8 Posted at 2011-08-13 21:30        
     
Its looking very nice, I hope they will release a gameplay video or maybe some more info about the game itself soon too.

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#9 Posted at 2011-08-13 22:02        
     
Well there is a little bit of new gameplay shown in the video below, but its late alpha stage at the moment so their aren't any full on gameplay vid's, there's quite a bit of information given out on their facebook page too.



I should expect we'll see an official gameplay vid late august/mid september... :-)

Found some awesome soundtrack vids for skyrim aswell by Jeremy Soule



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#10 Posted at 2011-08-15 15:41        
     
Couple new pics of an orc, female redguard, female argonian and male khajit, also a picture comparison to show the level of detail characters have since morrowind.





Here is a list of the available races in skyrim with the addition of one new race, the native to the skyrim province, the nord.

  • Altmer (High Elf)
  • Argonian (Reptilian)
  • Bosmer (Wood Elf)
  • Breton
  • Dunmer (Dark Elf)
  • Imperial
  • Khajit (Feline)
  • Nord
  • Orsimer (Orc)
  • Redguard


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    #11 Posted at 2011-08-18 23:54        
         
    An interview with peter hines, vice president of bethesda public relations... some very good answers have been given, and dark brotherhood has been confirmed, also I have updated the above post with four new character creations.


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    #12 Posted at 2011-08-19 06:16        
         
    Looks like a good game. Sorry to be a party pooper Viper, but arn't you forbidden to double post or in your case tripple post?


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    #13 Posted at 2011-08-19 08:27        
         
    No he is not forbidden, its a usefull post with new info and not just a simple bump post for the sake of getting it back on top to draw attention to it (as in "bump, help me asap" kind of posts).


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    Sorry, I actually confirmed it was forbidden while I meant to say it was a perfectly ok "bump". In this case triple posting is allowed.
    I fixed my stupid typo's.

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    #14 Posted at 2011-08-19 15:41        
         
    # Allizdog1000 : Looks like a good game. Sorry to be a party pooper Viper, but arn't you forbidden to double post or in your case tripple post?

    I was thinking this myself, but as you can see from the first to the last its 5 days difference with 2-3 days per post, I was going to join them all into one post eventually and when done (because when new stuff arises I would add it to the same post, it would not show new info in the thread) I'll speak to fox about it if your worried... ;-)


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    #15 Posted at 2011-08-19 21:30        
         
    Love games like this. They always have such a great story behind them with a very long grasp on the player. It's usually games like this people are considered nerds when it played.

    Nerds surely do have the best choices in games then! This game is on my watch list.

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