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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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The idea I have from that is something along the lines of Fable. To heck with it. I'm on my way to get Skyrim
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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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And the best part about it is that no mission really feels the same. You have a good amount of fun on each quest you take in the game. I plan on playing this all through my college break. lol
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[quote name='Purple Punishment' timestamp='1322862800' post='892651']


[i]<WHAAAAAAT>[/i]
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Hey Franchise that was a quote from ragetoons like that Truth has as his avatar, wasn't meant to be the profane word though I see how it could be mistaken in that contex
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[quote name='Purple Punishment' timestamp='1322872398' post='892753']
Hey Franchise that was a quote from ragetoons like that Truth has as his avatar, wasn't meant to be the profane word though I see how it could be mistaken in that contex
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Exaaaactly. :)

How're you liking the game so far?
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It's in the back of my truck with my fiance driving. My fiance and I have been out ever since I suggested I get a new game. Kohls should not exist. Women take more time in there than any of you have spent on this game lol. I'll be breaking it open in an hour after I get back from cheeseburger in paradise. I'm super excited to play it though. On a full belly is going to make the victory even sweeter
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She got a freaking movie, on Blu Ray at that. And now we have to use the PS3 to watch it. She's sabotaging my whole night :(

Don't get married or engaged lol
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[quote name='Purple Punishment' timestamp='1322884626' post='892868']
She got a freaking movie, on Blu Ray at that. And now we have to use the PS3 to watch it. She's sabotaging my whole night [img]http://content.boards.baltimoreravens.com//public/style_emoticons/default/sad.png[/img]

Don't get married or engaged lol
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She knows once you start playing you'll become a hopeless Skyrim junky and she's stalling for time, trying to delay the inevitable.
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[quote name='JimJ' timestamp='1322887575' post='892892']

She knows once you start playing you'll become a hopeless Skyrim junky and she's stalling for time, trying to delay the inevitable.
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The only reasons why I've been able to put the controller down:
1) Food
2) Sleep
3) Restroom
4) Work
5) Bar
6) WWE 12
7) Modern Warfare 3 online with my best friend
8) Occasional bit of Saints Row The Third

If not for those reasons, I would do nothing but play Skyrim. Even reasons 6-8 are flimsy at best.
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Played for 3 hours last night. I have to say, Im totally hooked! I found a bandits den on the way to the first town, beat them up and looted the place lol. Then Im on my way to get a golden talon for this shop that was robbed. I went too far past the marker and ran into a giant. He managed to launch me in the air and kill me when I faced him head on. I decided to think things differently. I stood on the ledge of the mountain and shot him with aarows. Next thing you know, here he comes, so I bolt up the mountain and turn around to wait for him with more aarows. Turns out he cant go past a certain point on the mountain and kinda gets stuck there. I just stood a safe distance away and hammered him with Fire Magic for about 3 minutes til he died. I wasnt looking for a glitch but i found one lol. Awesome awesome game guys. BTW Im using a High Elf
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[quote name='Purple Punishment' timestamp='1322925301' post='892992']
Played for 3 hours last night. I have to say, Im totally hooked! I found a bandits den on the way to the first town, beat them up and looted the place lol. Then Im on my way to get a golden talon for this shop that was robbed. I went too far past the marker and ran into a giant. He managed to launch me in the air and kill me when I faced him head on. I decided to think things differently. I stood on the ledge of the mountain and shot him with aarows. Next thing you know, here he comes, so I bolt up the mountain and turn around to wait for him with more aarows. Turns out he cant go past a certain point on the mountain and kinda gets stuck there. I just stood a safe distance away and hammered him with Fire Magic for about 3 minutes til he died.[b] I wasnt looking for a glitch but i found one lol[/b]. Awesome awesome game guys. BTW Im using a High Elf
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That's my sole problem with the game. There's 101 glitches you can use to improve just about anything.
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[quote name='Purple Punishment' timestamp='1322934861' post='893085']Slaughtered my first dragon![/quote]
Feels great doesn't it? Lol. There are different dragons so no dragon is the same.
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it was the first one from the storyline outside of the gigntic town

it was a group effort with the towns soldiers. got my first shout from it. but yeah it feels good.

I think Im just going to go out exploring for a few hours now
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Dang, you guys are making me want this game even more. It's going to be a nerdy winter break!
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Has anyone experienced the PS3 save file glitch where the game because virtually "unplayable" after the 25 hour mark?
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well after exploring for 3 hours, i completed a couple of side quests but man i really didnt accomplish anything. plus i ventured too far to the north and ran into some ice spirits that killed my horse and servant :( i made it out by the skin of my teeth
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Just picked the game up on pc. Found that if I change the controls, it still displays the default when I need to perform an action.

ie, If my loot button is Caps Lock, it still says "Press R to loot".

Makes the game a little awkward at times, but it's still amazing. The opening sequence after making your character made me smile. Seeing the spiders quickly took that away.
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[quote name='berad' timestamp='1322959015' post='893338']
Dang, you guys are making me want this game even more. It's going to be a nerdy winter break!
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Give in to the Skyrim...

It's not that nerdy, since everyone and their grandmother plays this game.
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[quote name='Otterpelt' timestamp='1323028581' post='893770']
The opening sequence after making your character made me smile. Seeing the spiders quickly took that away.
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The spiders were torture for me...it wasn't so much that they're spiders (though I still hate spiders), it's that they were huge and hissed at you when you approached them...

Makes me wish I had a powerful enough machine to run the PC version so I could use that mod that turns all spiders into bears...

[quote name='Clutch Ravens' timestamp='1323030858' post='893813']

Give in to the Skyrim...

It's not that nerdy, since everyone and their grandmother plays this game.
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I've had people tell me they love this game and they've probably played virtually nothing but sports games. It's not a fantasy epic in the traditional sense. Rather, it's just a wonderful experience that captures you with the world's immersion.

Plus, you play a dude who kills dragons. If you were never fascinated with dragons at one point as a kid, you probably didn't have much of an imagination growing up.
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[quote name='theFRANCHISE' timestamp='1323031743' post='893829']
The spiders were torture for me...it wasn't so much that they're spiders (though I still hate spiders), it's that they were huge and hissed at you when you approached them...

Makes me wish I had a powerful enough machine to run the PC version so I could use that mod that turns all spiders into bears...


I've had people tell me they love this game and they've probably played virtually nothing but sports games. It's not a fantasy epic in the traditional sense. Rather, it's just a wonderful experience that captures you with the world's immersion.

Plus, you play a dude who kills dragons. If you were never fascinated with dragons at one point as a kid, you probably [b]didn't have much of an imagination growing up.[/b]
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A personality equivalent to the color beige.

I don't think I've heard one person tell me they don't like this game. It took me a while to figure it out at first (I hadn't played any other Elder Scrolls /shockedface) but it's a spectacular game.
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its just crazy how big the world is on this game. i feel like i traveled forever and I probably only covered a tiny nibble of the the map. not to mention all of the side quests that are located in that small chunk. i never played an elder scrolls game in my life but Im completely sold to this game and might even pick up Oblivion for the hell of it
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