As you all may have guessed, I've been playing Skyrim for the past week and rather then write a full review on it I decided to give my reaction to it after playing for about thirty six hours. It's just going to be a quick pros/cons sort of thing; what I like so far and what I don't like so far so don't go apeshit if I say something that offends you fanboys. Even if you are completely wrong. So, here they are.
On the positive side the open world gameplay is really fun and there are an endless number of things to do. The combat gameplay and leveling system is a massive improvement over Oblivion as it feels a bit more natural and not as stiff and clunky. Graphic wise it's also a big improvement over the last one but I would recommend playing it either on a CPU or on an HD TV to get the full effect of it. The various random missions are really fun but get tedious after a while, (especially when 90% of them involve some kind of Indiana Jones style caves/temples). The guild missions have also been radically improved, seeming a bit more mature then the previous game. The Thieves Guild for example is a criminal organization rather than the Robin Hood style band of thieves they were in Oblivion.
On the negative side, the plot and characters are mediocre at best. They're better then those of Oblivion but that's not really saying much. The characters are just boring and there isn't really anything compelling about them. The same can be said for you character. Again, he's better than the protagonist from the first game but again that's not saying a lot. The plot is just as uninspired. Dragons coming back to destroy the world? I mean come on! It's not that the concept is bad but we’ve already heard it half a dozen times in the past five years. This wouldn’t be so bad but the main story missions I've played are executed in such a way that it just seems like more generic high fantasy.
Ultimately, my initial reaction is this: It's better than Oblivion, has great gameplay and the guild missions are interesting but that's where my praise of this game. I'm of the belief that a good RPG should have a good plot and compelling characters and this game falls flat in that regard. If you want a really good open world RPG that has these I say go for Fallout 3 or New Vegas and if you’re looking for a really good fantasy RPG go for Dragon Age: Origins or The Witcher 2 because they're all a lot better than this game in many regards. But again, keep in mind that this is just my initial reaction to the game. Maybe it'll gets better the deeper I get into the plot and guild missions but I doubt it. Is it game of the year? Well, in my humble opinion, no. But maybe the rest of the game will change my mind in this regard. So until next time, this is The Illusive One signing off.