When the doors to this year’s Eurogamer Expo opened last month, a group of gamers frantically ran across the show floor to play Skyrim.
In fact, it was the highest-rated playable game at the show, with the 35,000 attendees awarding it 4.47 out of five overall, placing it above Battlefield 3, Mass Effect 3 and Modern Warfare 3. Queues stretched for hours, and each gamer had their own unique experience with Skyrim.
But don’t be fooled into thinking the game only has a small dedicated following. The fanbase for Bethesda’s RPG is as huge as the title’s in-game world. 2006’s The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion has sold millions of copies worldwide and boasts a Metacritic score of 94.
Skyrim is the spiritual successor to Oblivion and the fifth Elder Scrolls game. It fills a five-year gap since the last title which has left fans excitedly awaiting the next iteration.
The game thrusts players into a medieval fantasy world where players can form their own adventure. They can choose from ten races – including orc, elf and cat-like khajit. Whether they want to be an axe-wielding madman, wily bowman assassin or heroic magician that can produce fireballs, it’s up to them.
The Sky’s the limit
After the High King of Skyrim’s in-game world Tamriel is murdered, dragons spawn across the land. Players can battle with the ancient beings and acquire their powers, such as the ability to magically force enemies back.
Skyrim can of course be played in the series’ traditional first-person viewpoint or in third-person. It has a similar feel to Fallout 3 which was also developed by Bethesda.
With hundreds of potential gameplay hours, quests, abilities, items and locations to explore, gamers and RPG fans will be on Cloud Nine when The Elder Scrolls V:?Skryim hits shelves next month.
This special £129.99 boxed SKU features a 200-page art book, a making-of DVD and a copy of the game. It also comes with a 30.5cm Alduin perching dragon statue.
The Elder Scrolls is one of Bethesda’s longest-running franchises, with Arena first arriving on the PC in 1994. The series hit consoles with Morrowind in 2002 before Oblivion arrived in 2006.
Skyrim boasts an all-star voice cast. Actors include The Sound of Music’s Christopher Plummer (pictured), The Exorcist’s Max Von Sydow and Battlestar Galactica’s Michael Hogan.
Bethesda has been heavily promoting Skyrim outdoors this year, including a billboard that covered three buildings at E3 and a huge poster on Earls Court during the 2011 Eurogamer Expo.