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Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim
PC, XBox 360, Playstation 3

Reviewed on: PC
Bethesda Game Studios
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Rated: "M" for Mature

CHEATfactor Game Review
by Joe Sinicki

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User Rating:        6
Presentation: 6

The world of Skyrim is one of sweeping vistas of exploration and of intrigue and it's incredibly engrossing. Save for a few unnatural animations, and bugs that pop up every now and then, the level of detail in Skyrim is staggering, as is the sound design.

Gameplay: 5

The main event here is traveling through Skyrim, making discoveries and conquering its quests. It's a constantly rewarding endeavor made all the more impressive by the level of detail throughout the game.

Lasting Appeal:

Skyrim does not end. No, really it doesn't. Once you finish the game's huge main quest and its giant number of side-quests, the game continues to generate random quests. Skyrim could be the largest game in the history of the medium.

Overall: 6
Skyrim is one of those rare experiences that challenges the notion of just what a game can be. It's one of the biggest, most sweeping games ever created, but at the same time it's incredibly intimate and rewarding.
CHEATfactor: 6

A game like Skyrim poses a serious question to how game reviewers do their job. In general, we follow a pretty rigid schedule; start game, play game, finish game, write about game. But what happens when a game never ends? The answer in short - one of the best experiences I've ever had with a video game.

From its gripping opening scene, to the adventures your quests will bring you, all the way to the game's climactic finale, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is unlike any other game you've played before. Its level of depth, dedication to storytelling and details both big and small combine to make one hell of a package. Say goodbye to the sun, Skyrim is here and it's about to rule your life.

Skyrim is less of a sequel to 2006's Elder Scrolls: Oblivion, as much as it's a new chapter in an ever expanding book. Set 200 years after the events of the last game, tensions are high in Skyrim as civil war rages inside its walls. The game opens with your as of yet unnamed character being sent to be beheaded, but then the dragon shows up. Long thought to be extinct, the slithering beast begins wrecking havoc on the town, prompting your escape. It's here that you really start to get a feel for Skyrim, and where your quest actually starts.

"The character creation tool is an impressive one..."


It's here, where you create your character, and here that you'll get your first look at the depth that Skyrim packs. The character creation tool is an impressive one, giving you the freedom to choose everything from your appearance (you can get incredibly in-depth if you want to) to your race and characteristics. You can of course, change the majority of these throughout your journey, but a few of your choices do stay with you from the beginning.

The depth of Skyrim's character creator assures for a wide variety of characters between separate games. I myself created a battle-worn, older grunt type character, complete with war paint, hobo bears and scars that specialized in heavy weaponry and elemental energies. To me, it's what gives me the best chance in any given fight throughout Skyrim. Of course, this is an Elder Scrolls game and the choices you make, combined with the way your game plays out with have a direct impact on your style.

Like any Elder Scrolls game, Skyrim is a game that believes that getting there is half the fun. Sure, you could escape the village where you nearly lost your life and go right on with the main quest, but you'll be missing a good portion of what makes Skyrim such a remarkable feat. Instead, go somewhere - anywhere. Wander through the game's vast fields and gigantic mountain ranges, see what the world Bethesda has so lovingly created has to offer you. Pick the plants, talk with the locales, find some bandit hideouts.

There's truly so much to do within Skyrim that it's likely you won't take on an actual quest for quite some time. I strongly believe that one of the most impressive moments in any open world adventure is the first time you're given a real look at just what goes in within the game's world, and that's a feeling that happened countless times as I found new areas of Skyrim. What's most impressive about the world of Skyrim is just how detailed everything really is.

"'s extremely rewarding and feels like nothing else in gaming."


There's a strict set of rules that govern the world of Skyrim, which makes the game's ecology work. My first few moments being let loose in Skyrim, I found, stalked and hunted a moose and it made me feel incredibly powerful. As I kept traveling, I came across other animals, like bears and wild boars, and while these fights tested my unproven warrior, it made me level up faster and become comfortable to take on the game's main attraction, the dragons. When you do eventually defeat a dragon and stand over the beast's defeated body, it's extremely rewarding and feels like nothing else in gaming. Just don't get too ahead of yourself like I did and think “I took down a Dragon, a mammoth should be no problem!” Just a word of advice, the majority of the game's mammoth population is controlled by Skyrim's race of giants - and you don't want to mess with them.

As of this writing, I'm more than sixty hours into Skyrim, and I still don't feel like I've even scratched the surface of just what the game is and what it can do. Now, to be fair, that's because I have been doing so much wandering and not paying a whole lot of attention to the actual events of Skyrim, but that's still a testament to just how impressively immersive the game is.  The game's impressive visuals serve as a testament to this - in most cases. The sweeping vistas and lush scenery is impressive, but close-up, especially on consoles, the textures can became blurry and create some pretty strikingly ugly scenes. For the best results, play on PC with an Xbox 360 controller. Seriously, don't laugh, give it a try.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim continues a long standing tradition of excellence for Bethesda's role playing series. Though it retains the depth and strategic elements of the previous games, it's also the series most accessible title, making it a great jumping on point for fans new to the series. With all of its exploration and content, you're going to be playing Skyrim for a long time, but that's okay, you didn't like sunlight anyways did you? 



CHEATS USED: Add Dragon Souls, No Shout Cooldowns, Add Lockpicks, more

In Skyrim, you're going to be spending a lot of time searching through the vast world the game uses as its setting; you'll search for minerals, weapons, items, potions - just about anything you can use to stay alive against your enemies. In that sense, you can think of the Cheat Happens trainer for Skyrim as the ultimate discovery.

Your basic cheats, like unlimited health, stamina, mana and lockpicks will help you with everything from your everyday tasks to the more viscious encounters found throughout Skyrim. It's the more Skyrim exclusive cheats, like the ability to add dragon souls and no shout cool down that will allow you to craft your warrior in whatever style you want at whatever speed you want - something that's infinitely useful in Skyrim



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User # 1354971
posted: 4/9/2012 12:27:21 PM -  Report Post                edit post

Dante_Reaper said: Im a little dissapointed that i managed 100% completion without any form of glitching or cheating in under 24 hours game time when the devs promoted it as having well over 300 hours worth

With respect, DR, I doubt very much that you have 'managed 100% completion".

You may have finished the main story questline but have you completed the Companions Questline, the Thieves' Guild Questline, the College of Winterhold Questline, either side of the Civil War questlines (Stormcloak or Imperial), the Dark Brotherhood Questline, the Daedric Quests, the Bard College Quests, or any of the dozens of other side-quests or literally infinite number of Radiant quests?

Have you maxed out the perks in any of the eighteen skill trees?

Have you bought and furnished any of the five player houses?

Have you travelled to and explored all nine of the main cities? Found all twelve of the standing stones? Become Thane of each of the nine Holds? Visited all 24 forts? All the dozens of small settlements, camps, farms, shacks, stables, ports and docks and shrines?

Have you entered and cleared the dozens and dozens of caves, dungeons, ruins and mines?

Have you lived as a vampire or werewolf? Been imprisoned and broken out of jail?

Did you learn all twenty Dragon Shouts - all three words for each?

Have you earned the loyalty of any of the thirty-two followers? Have you had more than one follower at a time? (Up to six is possible without mods.) Did you marry any of them? Did you have a pet? A horse?

Have you learnt the arts of smithing, (making your own weapons and armour), alchemy (making potions) or enchanting (making magical weapons, armour and stuff)? Can you cook?

Have you done any of these things as more than one of the ten races available?

Did you really give this game a chance to take over your life?

I doubt it. I've been playing for about 120 hours and have only really just begun.

I've started the main questline and travelled to High Hrothgar. I've killed a few dragons. I've only just sided with the Stormcloaks in the Civil War questline and I started the Companion questline but decided to leave it for later when I was asked a game changing question.

I've explored about 20% of the map. I've only been to two cities - Whiterun and Windhelm - and about five towns or villages.

And I've done perhaps about two dozen side-quests and cleared out about a dozen dungeons, forts, etc., and retreated from a few that were too tough. (I'll be back!)

I've got about 50 quests to do in my journal.

I've made a small amount of weapons and armour, two or three potions and only enchanted one ring.

I've only increased my perk levels in the bottom ranks of four of the skill trees. I've bought and furnished one house and I have only had three followers so far. I've not got married yet. I'm Thane of only one Hold. I have loads and loads and loads of stuff left to do. And I'm sure that there's a whole load of other stuff that I haven't even found about yet.

Anyway, I think you get the point.

Dante_Reaper, please, please, try the game again. Don't rush through it. There's much, much more to it than just the main quest. Take time to (literally) walk in the meadow and pick the flowers.

To be fair, 300 hours is the least amount of time it would take to get anywhere in this game.

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posted: 12/9/2011 2:50:42 AM -  Report Post              I rate this game   edit post

Im a little dissapointed that i managed 100% completion without any form of glitching or cheating in under 24 hours game time when the devs promoted it as having well over 300 hours worth

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posted: 11/26/2011 6:11:29 AM -  Report Post              I rate this game   edit post

Very good game even with some of the glitches and CTD at times...Looking forward to continuing my exploration of the Skyrim area now that the main quest is done (a little on the downward side for the conclusion, but ok).

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posted: 11/19/2011 2:39:21 PM -  Report Post              I rate this game   edit post

I have always been a sucker for RPG games. i play these games more than i play any of types of games. Elder Scrolls V Skyrim has to be one of the most spectacular rpg's i have come to play, because of the variety in this game,so much one can do,once main plot quests are complete. there still is a huge ammount of the game to play from side quests to even quests in locations untouched on the 'Huge' map. the Gameplay in my opinion is fantastic, a few glitches but im sure every game has the odd hick-ups.Skyrim really does deserve to be given a thumbs-up in the top 10 of best games.(in my opinion). It is one game that i personaly adore for every aspect this stunning game has to offer. Top marks to Bethseda for bringing us Skyrim. worth the long wait. and a game in my opinion that will be rank in my top 10 of best games.

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