First Thought: Oooo, nice opening!
Second Thought: Get on with it, where’s the Dragon?
Third thought: Nice, I’m going to die today!
Fourth Thought: HOLY SH*T A DRAGON! YESSSS!!!!
Redbox has graciously blessed me with Skyrim and first thing I did was take my mom’s TV to play it. I heard the game had no cinematics and I wondered how the opening would be. It was perfect and straight to the point. No overlong introduction! It opened up with the movie title: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim. So now there’s 5 mins of listening to prisoners talk about dying and going home. It was like a movie. The character creation screen was very, very nice. But the best part of the level (if that’s what you call it) was Alduin’s appearance (heck, I wouldn’t know it was him if it weren’t for the subtitles). That had to be the most adorable Dragon I had ever seen! I spent 20 mins watching that Dragon destroy everything (and glitch up). Getting close to him a few times was nice until he started setting me on fire, whacking me with his foot, and shaking me like a rag doll.
That has to be the first time I’ve ever seen something like that in a game.
Moving on, I found Skyrim to be much more enjoyable than Fallout 3 simply because you get to wield a sword and other weapons that don’t have range (longbows don’t count). Skyrim was my first game in which you wield a sword, not a plasma rifle or assault rifle. What made me angry was the fact that Modern Warfare 3 was sold out and Skyrim was not. Skyrim deserves being noticed and it has certainly done Dragons right! But I guess it’s best for Skyrim to be the underdog, because it will be more unique (like Resistance).
The next day I got back on and replayed the first level from a previous save just to see Alduin again. I heard the dev team made the dragons talk, which I was ecstatic to see! Reading the subtitles, I noticed Alduin did talk, but he did not MOVE THAT MOUTH OF HIS. It was telepathy! Telepathy! WTF? If I wanted talking Dragons that talked through telepathy, I would have opted for reading Temeraire or Dragonriders of Pern (no offense, Naomi and Ann. I like the fact that Temeraire actually “speaks” without telepathy.)!
So that was a disappointment. But still it was somewhat cute (I am VERY OCD about Dragons).
After playing through it some more I realized it was nice to play a game that took place in medieval times, had swords and Dragons, and elves and magic, rather than playing on a distant planet and shooting your way through Aliens (I’m looking at YOU, Halo! I want my $30 back!). I realized Skyrim was my kind of game, so now I’m on a hunt for other fantasy games like Skyrim (you know, swords and sorcery).
Moving on! After getting into the main quest, I had a damn hard time finding that damn dragonstone. First I didn’t know where the cave entrance was, so I constantly walked around that giant mountain. After checking the diary, I found it. They could’ve put a marker on the screen I wasted 20-25 minutes scaling a giant mountain to find a cave I had already passed by.
After going through creepy hallways and reaching the goal, the game jumped into high gear when *SPOILER ALERT* I found Alduin’s rock with the scribbles on it. *SPOILER OVER* I liked how they didn’t use a cutscene for this part, and acquiring a dragon word actually made me feel powerful. Too bad you can’t get those in real life.
Then I fought my very first Dragon!! Although I’m against anything that has killing Dragons in it, I’d have to say this game made me want to kill as many dragons as I could. Getting burned to shreds by the dragon was fun! I spent most of the battle gazing at the creature and thinking (where are his arms? Is he a Wyvern?). I just wish I could get atop that dragon and take him for a ride! (interpret that however you want). I’m surprised they didn’t use a cutscene to show you getting the Dragon’s soul, but that’s a good thing! Cutscenes are so overrated nowadays.
Using the power of Dragon Shouts felt morelike using the Force…but with SCREAMING!!
As soon as I was about to go and get training for the newfound power, my little friend came in and took the game. When I got it back I had to take it back to Redbox! Damn it! So that’s pretty much it. Now I want to get $150 to get the collector’s edition so I can **blow** the dragon statue of the adwowable dragon Alduin ^_^ .
One thing that surprised me about the game was Alduin’s size. Since he was a dragon god (is he?), I thought he would be bigger…you know…massive. Maybe I’m just too caught up in the dragons from TSODR 😛 .