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Skyrim - One Hour With Skyrim Finally Made Me a True Believer

by Dhruin, 2011-08-26 00:44:27

Ripten has a hands-on Skyrim preview titled One Hour With Skyrim Finally Me Me a True Believer. The author is a self-professed "PC RPGamer and an old school Elder Scrolls fan", who was apparently disappointed with the E3 demo but converted after this hands-on. Pesonally, I didn't see anything that would really convert the non-believer but here's a snip (language warning for the those offended by such and bad spelling warning for the rest of us):

I pressed the map button and the camera shot up into the heavens.  Talk about an in-game map!  The map of the game is actually the game world itself!  You will actually look down upon all of Skyrim in real time from the clouds.  Talk about draw distance!  It was gorgeous to say the least, and really conveyed a grand sense of scale.  You are small, Skyrim… is enourmous.  I saw a town nearby and decided to head off in that direction.  However, it wasn’t long before I was approached by a woman who was trying to escape from yet another group of bandits.

She ran to me and asked for my help.  I accepted as the bandits came toward me.  It was too late to draw my bow so as I meant to draw my axe, I instead hit the wrong button (damned consoles) and ended up in 3rd person perspective.  “Shit!” I thought.  “This wont do at all, I’m fucked!”  But there was no time.  I side stepped one bandit and hacked at another.  Before long they were all brought down as I circled my camera around to survey the damage I’d done.  I jumped around in celebration.  “…Hey” I thought. “The jumping animation isn’t terrible anymore and… holy shit I just played the game in 3rd person and it worked!”  Not only that but it was damn near enjoyable.  Dare I say that Skyrim is playable and outright fun in a 3rd person perspective?!  Could such a thing be true?!  Did Bethesda actually live up to the promise of making an Elder Scrolls game that was playable in something other than a first person perspective?!  It had appeared so.  I was impressed.

Thanks, Count Chocula!

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SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC, Xbox 360, PS3
Release: Released