Come Get Some!!

Yet, what the hell had I just done?  Did I just push a Draugr off a cliff with a shield?  I hit the same button again.  Son of a bitch,  you can do that now?!  I believe in proper swordsman speak this would be considered a riposte of sorts, but here in Amurica, we call it shovin’.  You can shove things with your weapons now.  Awesome.  Another Draugr came at me – No time for swordplay, a quick shove to my left and he too went flying off the cliff!  Bwahahahaaaa, this was most excellent!

Well played Bethesda, it’s the little things like this that make the combat in Skyrim so much better.  The improved animations didn’t hurt either.

So, after sending a few more Draugr, skeletons and wraiths to their doom I soon came upon a large door in the side of the mountain.  My quest arrow was pointing in the direction of the door so I assumed that where I was heading was either within this mountain or somewhere on the other side of it.  Either way, it was cold, so I ventured inside.

"You Guys Mind If I Hang Out In Here?"

Down a narrow icy hallway I crept, I could hear undead abominations in the distance.  “No matter” I thought.  “They’re no match for me.”  I came upon another door and as it opened to a much warmer mountain interior and I noticed a glowing pile of dust at my feet.  In the pile lay a pair of worn leather boots and a sword.  Yet, this was wasn’t just any sword.  It was big, it was silver, it was two handed, and it was imbued with FIRE.  I equipped it immediately as my inventory screen showed it to be roughly over 9000 times better than the rusty axe I currently wielded.  “Oh, hell to the yes!” I said to myself.  “This’ll do JUST fine.”

With my trusty new sword equipped I ventured deeper into the cave.  I came upon a grand room that was clearly at the center of this mountain.  A large spiral stone staircase claimed the distance from top to bottom and I was standing smack in the middle of it.  I knew down would likely take me out, so I ventured upward in hopes of finding more epic loot.  Alas, I found nothing but more undead.  However, this time they were greeted with fiery death from damned near one slice of my two handed sword of awesome as they shrieked in agony and took burning damage over time from my blade of #winning.  The staircase was broken near the top so I ventured back down.  More undead.  I sent them to Oblivion one by one.  With my new sword, this was almost too easy.

Just then a fireball came at me.  “What the fuck?, where did that come from!?”  I heard laughter.  Vampires!  A dastardly pair of them had set up shop in the bottom of the mountain near a statue of some sort.  I should have known.  These fools were no joke and their spells were quickly draining my health.  I ran full speed and held down my attack button hoping a heavy attack would do the trick. Oh, it did the trick alright.  With one long sweeping motion I took them both down in a blaze of fire and steel.

“Suck on that, Twilight.”

As I went to loot these bloodsuckers, I realized that I was over encumbered and could not run.  Why am I always over encumbered?  /Sigh.  So, I dropped a few rusty swords and pieces of leather and continued past the vampire hideout and out of the mountain.  My quest arrow was still pointing straight forward… at least I had been going in the right direction.

Onward.

“5 minutes left to play”  We were reminded.

Damn, only five minutes.  A guard rode by me on a horse.  I attempted to speak with him but was greeted only with, “I’ve no time to talk with you stranger”

“The hell you don’t!”  I pulled out my fiery broadsword of death and sliced the son of a bitch and his horse in twain like a hot knife through butter.  The horse caught fire and fell to the ground in agony but the guard… well, he flew up into the sky at 100 miles per hour ragdolling into the clouds.  God, I love Alpha Builds.

But then something damn near magical happened…

As I looked up at the sky, suddenly everything around me stopped.  The day had turned to night and above the snowy lands and frosted trees of Skyrim sat an Aurora Borealis stretching out across the night sky.  It was marvelous, it was breathtaking… and it was on a console.

Pete Hines saw my wonderment and remarked, “It’s nice, isn’t it?”

“Yeah” I said… “It’s fuckin’ beautiful.”

That had sealed it, I was sold.  I knew right then and there that I would have to take back everything I said about Skyrim after E3, and so I have.

If Bethesda can make a believer out of even the most jaded of Elder Scrolls fans such as myself, what’s going to stop you from getting lost in the world of Skyrim?  My guess is nothing.  You were already a believer, you’re just glad that finally – I am too.

Put in for those sick days now, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim will be unleashed on 11.11.11

You are not prepared.

Want to talk Elder Scrolls or Skyrim with me?  Find me on Twitter @DaveOshry or email me at Dave@RipTen.com

154 COMMENTS

  1. So awesome, I especially loved the parts where you described how much better the combat was…and HOW (instead of just saying it’s better)!

    Let’s just hope that glitches like a guard flying sky-high actually gets fixed. And either way, I’m excited for this game. Not crazy obsessed like some kids…but it’s definitely the only game I’m looking forward to.

  2. (“The hell you don’t!”  I pulled out my fiery broadsword of death and
    sliced the son of a bitch and his horse in twain like a hot knife
    through butter.  The horse caught fire and fell to the ground in agony
    but the guard… well, he flew up into the sky at 100 miles per hour
    ragdolling into the clouds.  God, I love Alpha Builds.)

    Best paragraph right there.

  3. (“The hell you don’t!”  I pulled out my fiery broadsword of death and
    sliced the son of a bitch and his horse in twain like a hot knife
    through butter.  The horse caught fire and fell to the ground in agony
    but the guard… well, he flew up into the sky at 100 miles per hour
    ragdolling into the clouds.  God, I love Alpha Builds.)

    Best paragraph right there.

  4. Well, if it’s a payed article, people going to buy it eventually…so, just stop making pointless comment that will never going to change a thing.

  5. I already scheduled that Monday off since I’m getting the CE in one-day shipping, so I’ll get it Saturday. I fully plan to spend 3 full days playing the crap out of this. I can’t wait.

  6. I already scheduled that Monday off since I’m getting the CE in one-day shipping, so I’ll get it Saturday. I fully plan to spend 3 full days playing the crap out of this. I can’t wait.

  7. Lop our heads off with a Deadric Crescent? Are you mad? All the ones on the mortal plane were destoyed in Battlespire. Well, except for one or two…

  8. Thanks a bunch for this preview, it’s really settled me a lot more on what to think about Skyrim.. I too have been balls deep into Morrowind. that game sucked more time out of me than world of warcraft which is a statement not to be taken lightly, I remember having a library in my house and trying to collect and read every book in the game. I’d even go as far as to say that Morrowind is the greatest game I have ever played. So although Oblivion was certainly enjoyable I was disappointed by its change in focus from hardcore lore focused pc gamers to the casual and console market, I felt that it stretched itself too thin trying to appeal to both audiences and so failed to stand in either. I was worried that Skyrim would experience the same fate, like you, the preview released earlier in the year did little to ease my concerns.
    Reading this article has certainly eased some of my concerns a substantial amount.. It seems as if the game play has improved substantially, though I was disappointed to see they are still using that horrible quest arrow from Oblivion that in my opinion crippled any sense of immersion the game might of offered otherwise, I’m glad to see that at least the gameplay elements of the game are otherwise looking excellent. I still have high hopes for the lore aspects of the game that you understandably didn’t have time to look into but I can at least feel comfortable knowing that the game is going to stand out regardless. Liked the little illidan tribute at the end there too (or was that just me)

  9. omg dave your house in Skingrad brought back memories, i must of spend a literal year in that house perfecting it in every detail despite me owning a huge castle else where, i love the elder scrolls series and i fear for my A levels, degrees and general life that that skyrim will consume me for several years as previous elder scrolls have, there is no other game where i will happily walk around the world doing epic adventures to jack shit and every joy every single RPG epic minute of it.

  10. Although this has been stated before, big props to Dave for the quality of this article – excellent detail and an engaging writing style.

  11. OMG It was like im playing the game… The way you tell the story is marvelous! I am playing oblivion for the uhhhhhhh 6th time… maybe 900 hours….    Morrowind even more.. 

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  13. Yeah yeah this is nice and all, but i wont truly be a believer until my gameplay style is deemed sufficient: unarmed/monk asskickery. Muahaha. *cough* If such a previously lackluster playstyle is vindicated, then will i finally be satisfied with the upcoming release. =)

    • If I remember correctly, completing the “main” storyline in Oblivion causes them to stop spawning – then they can all be closed.

    • If I remember correctly, completing the “main” storyline in Oblivion causes them to stop spawning – then they can all be closed.

  14. Sorry, but I have to admit that (in my opinion) the writer of this article
    comes across sounding like an obnoxious child. He talks about how he is a
    veteran of the Elder Scrolls series, with an appreciation of the lore and the
    originality of Morrowind; “I live for the immersion, the escape, the beauty of a
    world completely original and unlike anything we could ever hope to see in our
    own” – yet he spends the entirety of the article droning on about combat without even
    touching on any of these things.

     

    Nothing about the lore, nothing about your impressions of the script, nothing about whether the
    game feels more in tune with Oblivion or Morrowind, nothing about the detail of the game (not just in terms of visuals), and nothing about whether the game felt truly original and inspired. So in other words, useless. These are the things I care about (and apparently you care about), yet you didn’t even bother to address them. Instead you rambled about combat, which I can see for myself by watching youtube. 

  15. For all you other Morrowind fans out there – did anyone else use the Mage’s Guild hall in Balmora as their primary base-camp?  I always left the sleeping area near the Guild Guide in the basement as my Mark point, and by the end of every (very long and thoroughly-enjoyed) game, every surface in that room was COVERED in epic loot.

    One other thing I miss about that game was the travel system.  If you knew what you were doing and where you were in the world, travel could indeed be very quick (which is why I based in Balmora, since it is a hub for several different kinds of transport).  But that was a skill that could only be gained by long hours playing the game and free-form exploring.

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