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Has anyone else gotten this game yet? Reading reviews and talking to people, it seems most people love it and that it's an epic time-sink. I played Oblivion and Fallout 3 so I'm familiar with Bethesda's work and I've been keeping up with the production online. Haven't gotten it yet because I want to focus on school, but I'll definitely get it over winter break.

So, anyways, has anyone picked it up and what do you think?
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I have it. It's the only game I've been playing since I got it on release date and I still have quite a few games to go through but this game has taking over all of my play time.

Game is absolutely beautiful. When I first got it, I spent nearly half an hour just admiring how gorgeous the world really is. There's so much to do that the average gamer might feel overwhelmed but the game never feels as though you're overburdened with quests because you can go at your own pace. On top of that, the game makes you want to go through each and every quest just to see how deep the story takes your character. It truly is one of the best RPGs I've ever played.

In other words, buy it. lol
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This was a game that I didn't really get excited about because I remember how disappointing Fallout: New Vegas was. I had read things online but didn't buy into the hype because I knew the massive cult-like following that Bethesda's games have.

This is no hype: Skyrim exceeded all expectations after I picked it up as an impulse purchase.

I bought the game with the thought that I'd play it in-between other games I'm playing. Nope. This is all I've played for the past couple of days and I keep finding something new every time.

My only suggestion is that you don't go into the game playing as an avatar of yourself, as we're often apt to do in character creation. Rather, play with the mindset that this is a character in his own universe, similar to how we play as Batman or the X-Men in their respective games. Once you've done that, you'll allow yourself to do things that fit the character, which is basically a dragon-blooded version of Blade from the Wesley Snipes films and Marvel comic books.
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[quote name='theFRANCHISE' timestamp='1321381454' post='872494']
This was a game that I didn't really get excited about because I remember how disappointing Fallout: New Vegas was. I had read things online but didn't buy into the hype because I knew the massive cult-like following that Bethesda's games have.

This is no hype: Skyrim exceeded all expectations after I picked it up as an [b]impulse purchase.[/b]

I bought the game with the thought that I'd play it in-between other games I'm playing. Nope. This is all I've played for the past couple of days and I keep finding something new every time.

My only suggestion is that you don't go into the game playing as an avatar of yourself, as we're often apt to do in character creation. Rather, play with the mindset that this is a character in his own universe, similar to how we play as Batman or the X-Men in their respective games. Once you've done that, you'll allow yourself to do things that fit the character, which is basically a dragon-blooded version of Blade from the Wesley Snipes films and Marvel comic books.
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That's a pretty expensive impulse buy...

I've never really had the urge to see my (real) self get stabbed and blown up on my television screen, so it will be fairly easy to take your advice. ;)

I'm still waiting for my library to get it, but it looks interesting. I'm not sure what race I should play (but I think I've narrowed it down to the Redguard or Dark Elves). Anyone have a favorite so far?
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I started out as a Dark Elf. Pretty good class to start with if you plan on using magic throughout. Don't worry though, using magic and conjuration makes you feel like an absolute badass. It never gets old especially with the new spells you learn on the way.
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Thanks for the feedback, definitely looking forward to this. Run into any giants yet?

[url="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oso_mmhvm-Y"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oso_mmhvm-Y[/url]
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[quote name='berad' timestamp='1321405642' post='872977']
Thanks for the feedback, definitely looking forward to this. Run into any giants yet?
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I ran into a group that killed a giant in the background, but I haven't encountered any giants myself. That bug involving the giants is actually one I want them to keep!

I've already fought one troll. Be forewarned, I think the trolls have regenerating health. The frost troll I fought during one quest certainly had it. I realized it too late after I was already a few minutes into the fight. My character isn't leveled pretty high so I spent much of my time running, but when I went too long healing instead of attacking, I noticed the troll's health started to rise back up.
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[quote name='berad' timestamp='1321405642' post='872977']
Thanks for the feedback, definitely looking forward to this. Run into any giants yet?
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Lol. What just happened?
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[quote name='EnVy_CaLiBeR' timestamp='1321401744' post='872920']
I started out as a Dark Elf. Pretty good class to start with if you plan on using magic throughout. Don't worry though, using magic and conjuration makes you feel like an absolute badass. It never gets old especially with the new spells you learn on the way.
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What can you conjure?
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I bought it the day of releasing. Quite the game, to say the least. I have only done like 2 quests and spent the rest of the time exploring the world and leveling up.

I think I may need to buy the guide to beat the quests, just so I have an idea where I am exactly headed.

I have ran into those giants quite a few times and always die from 1 hit. :( I fought one dragon and beat him / her though. :) There is vampires in this game too.
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[quote name='darklight1216' timestamp='1321420304' post='873134']
What can you conjure?
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As far as the spells I have, you can revive the dead enemies you kill for 60 seconds and they fight for you. Depending on how powerful they are determines which conjuration you need. You can conjure Flame Atronachs which basically fight for you and throw fireballs at your targets.

You can also conjure Axes and Swords.
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[quote name='berad' timestamp='1321405642' post='872977']
Thanks for the feedback, definitely looking forward to this. Run into any giants yet?
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i remember when i first ran into a giant, probably the funniest thing I've seen happen in a game for a long time. Just ran up and hit it, and the next thing i know my guy is 500 ft in the air..i had to ask my self if that just happened [img]http://content.boards.baltimoreravens.com//public/style_emoticons/default/laugh.png[/img]
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[quote name='berad' timestamp='1321374002' post='872329']
Has anyone else gotten this game yet? Reading reviews and talking to people, it seems most people love it and that it's an epic time-sink. I played Oblivion and Fallout 3 so I'm familiar with Bethesda's work and I've been keeping up with the production online. Haven't gotten it yet because I want to focus on school, but I'll definitely get it over winter break.

[b]So, anyways, has anyone picked it up and what do you think?[/b]
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I was wondering the same thing. Would have gotten an answer if someone would check their messages. (I'm looking at you Demon!) :D
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[quote name='YYZ66' timestamp='1321462331' post='873346']
I was wondering the same thing. Would have gotten an answer if someone would check their messages. (I'm looking at you Demon!) [img]http://content.boards.baltimoreravens.com//public/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.png[/img]
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Haven't seen ATD 'round these parts much. Not like he's missing anything, though, same bellyaching after losses. You could always count on him for some solid movie / video game commentary, outside of football.
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[quote name='MagicianCamille' timestamp='1321521152' post='874205']
Skyrim has to be Game of the Year. I can't put it away.
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Every morning before work, I've woken up and intended to play about 30 minutes, and ended up killing a whole hour each time without realizing it.

Good thing I get up early enough to have enough cushion to get to work. If not for working evenings, though, I'd never make it to work on time, largely because of this game. [img]http://content.boards.baltimoreravens.com//public/style_emoticons/default/sleep.png[/img]
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[quote name='XxSizzleXx' timestamp='1321573395' post='874866']
Is your guys PSN down or is it just mine
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It's 14-hour routine maintenance that was announced two days ago. It'll be restored around 1AM EST tonight. Online will work intermittently throughout this outage.
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Amazing game...I have way more hours already poured into it than I'd care to admit, and I was even able to get the gf hooked on it as well. Not only is there just so much content, but it's GREAT content as well. Definitely worth the price tag.
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[quote name='TreTheRaven' timestamp='1321918787' post='880792']
I just turned into a werewolf. Loving this game!
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WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT that's now next on my Skyrim to-do-list


Right now I'm Archmage at the College in Winterhold. Being a Werewolf would just bump up my badassery.
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[quote name='Ravens Beast' timestamp='1321926837' post='880926']
WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT that's now next on my Skyrim to-do-list


Right now I'm Archmage at the College in Winterhold. Being a Werewolf would just bump up my badassery.
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Lol, it's definitely an experience that adds to the game.

You get the quest by joining the Companion league.
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[quote name='Purple Punishment' timestamp='1322794382' post='892196']
Im a BIG RPGer. Im into the traditional Final Fantasy type of games. Is Skyrim for me?
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Skyrim is far from a traditional RPG. It fits more of the mold of today's popular open-world games but with a much heavier RPG element than those other titles. Final Fantasy and other traditional RPGs have always had an air of linearity even when there were places to explore.

I would still recommend the game but, at first glance, I'll say it might not be for you personally. I'd rent it first just to see.
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[quote name='theFRANCHISE' timestamp='1322807189' post='892267']

Skyrim is far from a traditional RPG. It fits more of the mold of today's popular open-world games but with a much heavier RPG element than those other titles. Final Fantasy and other traditional RPGs have always had an air of linearity even when there were places to explore.

I would still recommend the game but, at first glance, I'll say it might not be for you personally. I'd rent it first just to see.
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Thanks. My other question would be since it fits the mold of mmorpgs. Does it have a storyline or do you just go out looking for bad guys with no purpose other than leveling up?
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[quote name='Purple Punishment' timestamp='1322834318' post='892326']
Thanks. My other question would be since it fits the mold of mmorpgs. Does it have a storyline or do you just go out looking for bad guys with no purpose other than leveling up?
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It definitely has a storyline and I wouldn't say the open-world environment fits the mold of MMORPGs. MMORPGs are built on the foundation that other people will affect the world around you; open-world games are built on the foundation that the world is affected by you alone.

The main storyline is an excellent epic tale based heavily around dragons and other fantasy elements. The world borrows heavily from Norse culture and mythology. There are also plenty of side missions that are activated just by exploring the world; you could theoretically complete side missions without realizing it because you're just doing what comes natural to you in the course of exploration.

The main draw of the Elder Scrolls series is that you're given the freedom to do what you want in a massive world, and that you dictate the order in which your story progresses. While the main story is largely linear and non-changing, your approach on how you reach the end is up to you. Furthermore, you're able to keep playing after the main story is done, so there's infinite replay value with the sheer amount of stuff to do within the game.

Heck, the game is so massive, the official strategy guide is thicker than some college textbooks. -_-
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[quote name='theFRANCHISE' timestamp='1322848868' post='892438']

It definitely has a storyline and I wouldn't say the open-world environment fits the mold of MMORPGs. MMORPGs are built on the foundation that other people will affect the world around you; open-world games are built on the foundation that the world is affected by you alone.

The main storyline is an excellent epic tale based heavily around dragons and other fantasy elements. The world borrows heavily from Norse culture and mythology. There are also plenty of side missions that are activated just by exploring the world; you could theoretically complete side missions without realizing it because you're just doing what comes natural to you in the course of exploration.

The main draw of the Elder Scrolls series is that you're given the freedom to do what you want in a massive world, and that you dictate the order in which your story progresses. While the main story is largely linear and non-changing, your approach on how you reach the end is up to you. Furthermore, you're able to keep playing after the main story is done, so there's infinite replay value with the sheer amount of stuff to do within the game.

Heck, the game is so massive, the official strategy guide is thicker than some college textbooks. -_-
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Whoa! That's insane. You sold me with the picture you just painted. I'm picking it up in a few hours
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I've sunk 41 hours into it over the last 4 days. There is too much to do! I'm on my way to finally continue the main quest, until all of the sudden, I'm approached by a mail courier who hands me an invite for an opening of a museum. Visit a museum? Seems simple enough. I might as well get it out of the way first. Lo and behold, this simple trip turns into a voyage to find numerous missing artifacts, likely guarded by a hord of enemies. And how the time flies after that.
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[quote name='-Truth-' timestamp='1322862548' post='892647']
I've sunk 41 hours into it over the last 4 days. There is too much to do! I'm on my way to finally continue the main quest, until all of the sudden, I'm approached by a mail courier who hands me an invite for an opening of a museum. Visit a museum? Seems simple enough. I might as well get it out of the way first. Lo and behold, this simple trip turns into a voyage to find numerous missing artifacts, likely guarded by a hord of enemies. And how the time flies after that.
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[i]<WHAAAAAAT>[/i]
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