After years of exploring the province of Skyrim, it’s safe to say you’ve seen everything from the good, the bad, and the ugly. Whether you’ve completed the main story or turned into a chicken menace out of sheer boredom, there’s admittedly plenty of little things to love about this decade-old franchise.
No matter what point you’re at in the game, here are a few things we can all agree make exploring the ever so vast world of Skyrim easier and more fun.
10/10 Freedom to choose who you want to be
Not only do you get the option to choose who you want to be at the start of the game, but you also get more options to choose affiliations and ideals. Whether you want to be a Stormcloak, an Imperial or something outside of these two is up to you.
You can be whoever you want to be, and choosing who you want to be will change the overall experience of the game compared to other players. Over time, you may even get a chance to abandon your humanity to be a vampire (and be practically immune to poison).
9/10 Realistic skill mastery
Unlike other games that have no experience related to advancing your character, Skyrim makes you use the skills you want to master in the game as much as possible. To be a master lock picker, you have to pick locks again and again. The same goes for archery, heavy armor, or any other skills you want to be a god for in the game.
After all, practice makes perfect; at least, that’s what you tell yourself when you pick your hundredth lock, which ironically still clicks.
8/10 You can change the game in almost any way you can imagine
You can’t mention the joy of Skyrim without considering mods. If you want to enhance your gameplay, you can add more sounds to the game to make it even more realistic. If you’re not happy with the lights in the game, don’t worry! Even it has a mod you can download.
If you are unhappy with a character, you can change how they look. One of the more popular mods is the one where Serana’s appearance can be changed (although technically you make her a partner without even more mods).
7/10 Books have different genres
Books aren’t just there for their in-game benefits; they also exist for entertainment. If you are looking for books to improve your skills, there are books for that. If you like magic, there are spells that can only be read once before they mysteriously disappear.
If you just want to pass the time, you can read books that exist just for some more knowledge. Many of these books are quite entertaining, like Kolb and the Dragon, an in-game choose-your-own-adventure book (as if you don’t already choose your adventure).
6/10 There are different languages in the game
There are so many languages in the game, with Tamrielic being the official language of Tamriel. However, because Tamriel is a diverse world, different tribes and races have different languages that these natives speak in the game.
This is a much appreciated detail due to the huge number of languages present in the game. While you don’t need to learn every language, it’s a nice touch to the world that makes it feel alive.
5/10 Detailed execution scenes
For a game that is years old, skyrim execution scenes never fail to make you pause with an audible gasp. Another lovely detail about this game is that when you hit an enemy with a killing blow, a cutscene ensues and the brutal execution of said enemy plays out.
While you’ve probably seen worse, Skyrim’s execution scenes are just fun and brutal to watch.
4/10 Different fighting styles
You may find yourself becoming a pure mage with a spellbook in your head, or you may find the class shield and sword more appropriate. Either way, Skyrim doesn’t limit how you want to fight and gives you the freedom to master any fighting style you want.
You can even be a ranged hunter and go for a bow weapon. Coupled with spells or shouts, you can practically go on a rampage against anyone in your path.
3/10 Cities come in a row
Cities in Skyrim are diverse, and not all of them are big, busy, and grand. Enter the Rift and get involved in dirty politics. Visit Falkreath and be greeted by the silence of death; If you’re a fan of cemeteries, this is a good place to settle down. Weird cities aside, you can live in Solitude and live the high and prestigious life most Nords could only dream of.
Each city is unique in design, and even the locals in those cities vary in their treatment of you.
2/10 Each dungeon is unique
Over hundreds of dungeons in the game, all with their own unique stories and monsters. Discover entire ancient cities like Blackreach below that spread throughout all Nine Holds with an extensive history involving Dwemer, vampires, giants, frost trolls and much more.
Enter Faldar’s Tooth and enjoy the dog meat, which the chef has apparently been feeding to other residents. Enter the eye-catching Pinewatch dungeon and find a tunnel containing a settlement of bandits.
1/10 The Daedric Artifact Collection forces you to travel through Tamriel
Artifacts are acquired through quests, a great reminder that Skyrim is an open exploration game. Collecting all sorts of items, from armor that eats away other people’s flesh to a staff that can be a weapon of mass murder or mass laughter (looking at the Wabbajack here), improves your combat quality.
The only way to get these incredible items is to explore the game thoroughly.
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