Skyrim: A Timeless Classic

Aiden Vittoe, Reporter

   The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was released on Nov. 11, 2011, and since then has been known as one of the most referenced and enjoyable video games of all time. Ever since its release date, Skyrim has always been getting re-released on next-generation consoles due to how much fans enjoy it and are willing to buy it again for improved graphics, mods and more. While Skyrim is coming up on its tenth anniversary this year, fans are still awaiting a release date on the newest generations of consoles,(the  Xbox and PlayStation) but it is only a matter of time before it is released soon.

   Skyrim is an open-world game in which you create your own character to dive into vast quests, meet unique characters and creatures and slay dragons. While that is just a short summary of the game, there is a lot more that can be done. Objectives range from joining a group of warriors who can turn into Werewolves, to building and customizing a house on a plot of land and creating a family. The list goes on and on with things that are able to be done, hence the reason why fans are able to replay the game every time it’s released on a new console.

   The overall character customization is a great feature as well, enabling a huge variety of races, fighting styles and stats to be chosen from. At the beginning of the game, players are able to design their character in whatever way they like. 10 different races can be chosen as well, ranging from a simple Nord to a reptilian species known as the “Argonian.” The character’s whole face and body can be customized as well to fit any preference. Players are also able to choose how to fight in battles, which can be done using many weapons such as a sword and bow or can be done using magic and shouts which can release elements such as fire or lightning. Furthermore, by leveling up, the character’s “Magicka” (Magic), Health and Stamina can be increased. Other stats can also be increased by leveling up, ranging from blacksmith abilities to one-handed combat. 

   While Skyrim’s popularity has died down over the years due to its age and visual performance, it still remains one of the best RPG ( Role Playing Game) games that was able to set new boundaries on what that type of game could be. With hundreds of hours being spent doing random tasks, quests and leveling up, it makes sense why the game will stick around. From the newer consoles to beyond, Skyrim will always continue to be released with more components added for fans to replay and sink their time into, allowing them to have a different memorable experience each time.