Why Skyrim Just May Be The Best Game of All Time
My husband bought Skyrim the day it came out. I saw him playing it, and had no idea what was so enchanting (pun intended) about the game. Oh, wow. You can take women’s clothes off and ravage people’s homes? Wow…innovative– I thought sarcastically…at first. And then I picked it up and started playing it. Needless to say, the amount of sandwiches my husband has since received since I started playing this game has dropped dramatically.
I realize now why it’s so captivating and why people can’t seem to put it down. It’s an infinite world–pretty much– where you can do anything you want. Wanna wander aimlessly collecting awkward things, and looking at scenery? Go ahead. Nothing’s stopping you. Wanna do the missions completely out of the order they’re supposed to be completed in? Fine. Wanna ride a horse up a mountain and ravage helpless people in their homes and steal everything they own? Done.
I really, wholeheartedly believe that Skyrim just may be the best game of all time. In a world where FPS games are ruling, and name-calling and immaturity run wild, Bethesda has given us yet another amazing breath of fresh air. It allows you to completely immerse yourself into the Province of Skyrim, forget about your problems, and live as your character in an open world that allows you to go anywhere and do anything.
Skyrim has what I call “the just one more” factor, and that is yet another reason why it is so compelling and addictive. Just one more mission, you tell yourself. Biggest lie EVER. When I get back to Whiterun and it saves, I’m going to go to bed. As soon as I drop some items in my chest, I’m done. Five hours later, you’re fighting a dragon at the top of a mountain, or wandering through a field collecting mountain flowers to make weird potions you’ll never use. One does not simply play Skyrim for an hour. Or two. It’s the Pringles of the gaming industry. Once you pop, you sure as hell can’t stop.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve started playing telling myself I’m “only gonna play for a little bit,” then four hours later, I have no idea how much time has passed, or what my actual goals for the day were. And that, my friends, is a sure sign of an amazing game. If a game can make you forget your problems and the outside world, if only for a moment, then it is good. If a game can make you forget about your problems and the outside world for hours on end, with no desire whatsoever to stop playing, then it is excellent. Pure excellence.
The most important thing about Skyrim is that it appeals to everyone. Anyone from a young kid to my Grandma could play this game—and enjoy the hell out of it. The fact that you can make the story what you want it to be, have choices, go anywhere you like and do whatever you want, makes it a good, progressive, innovative game. The fact that you are immediately immersed in this fictional world, and have a desire to see the story as you have shaped it unfold—makes it a great game, and the fact that ANYONE can just pick it up and have the same kind of experience, makes it the best and most appealing game on the market to date…in my opinion. I have never been a fan of RPGs before. I always thought they were boring and uninteresting. Until Skyrim. Bethesda is an RPG powerhouse, and I’m excited to see what the future of their company will offer us.
By Dr. Nikki