Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Nintendo Switch Impressions
I was fortunate enough to receive a review code from Bethesda and have had a good amount of time to get some solid impressions of Elder Scolls V: Skyrim which launches on the Nintendo Switch November 17th!
Skyrim has been around for a number of years but for me this was my first experience playing the game. There will be many others like me, but also a large amount of gamers who have played a version of Skyrim at some time or another.
I think this version of Skyrim can appeal to both sides. This version of Skyrim includes all the of latest DLC and updates as the special edition. In addition to the DLC, motion controls have been added for combat making the game even more immersive.
Skyrim is a large open world game and after a few minutes of intro, you’re allowed to customize your character choosing between a number of playable types from Reptilian, to Orc’s, Elves, and a number more. The character creation process is very detailed and you may spend a good amount of time making your character unique. Options are in abundance from size of facial features, color of skin, scars, and more. Enjoy the process as you’ll be sinking countless hours in this beautiful open world game.
The first 30-40 minutes of game-play introduce you to combat, picking up items/food/weapons, and the basic mechanics. The story grabs your attention immediately. You start off as a prisoner who is about to go to the chopping block, but your life is spared from some wild dragon attacking the local village. A fellow comrade has you follow him through the castle corridors which are being obliterated by the attacking dragon. Finally you make your way to saftey and into the open world of Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
Once you enter the open world, the game is yours to do and play how you want. I recall Kotaku saying in one of their reviews to play Skyrim through wanderlust, which basically means to just wander where your heart desires and let the story unfold with your actions and decisions. Obviously, there are quests and story-lines within the game, but you don’t have to move from check point to check point. The world will adapt with your decisions and how you play.
There are treasures to find, enemies to encounter, people to meet, things to steal, weapons to craft, and more. One fun moment happend for me early in game-play. I saw a large buck ahead of me and decided to take my bow out to try and take him down. I never had used my bow at this stage so figured it would be a good opportunity to practice. My first arrow hit but wasn’t a kill shot. The buck darted across the river bed to the other side to safety. As I snuck closer I noticed a wolf approaching from the mountain above. It sped towards the buck to attack. The buck responded by jumping into the water and swimming to safety. This moment so early in the game may not happen to you, but it appears we all will have a unique story to tell in our adventure in Skyrim.
To wrap things up, the game offers up boat loads of content where you will certainly get hundreds of hours in the game… easy. This is the perfect fit for the Switch and sits perfectly next to Breath of the Wild. If you clamor more of that open world adventuring and exploring, this is a must have for you. Obviously the Nintendo Switch makes this game even more accessible by allowing you to play in TV mode, tabletop, and handheld. As mentioned earlier, with all the DLC, and addition to motion controls (which are optional) this game should be in every Switch owners library. Highly Recommended! Don’t forget Amiibo!