PAX 2011: Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim
We kick off our PAX 2011 coverage with a look at one of the most anticipated games of 2011.
PAX 2011 is in full swing today, and the first game I got my hands on was The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim. This latest entry in The Elder Scrolls series has much to live up to, and so far it looks to be a great game. I was able to get my hands on the Xbox 360 version. The control scheme was fairly simple, with B acting as a quick menu button to replace the tedious menus of Oblivion. Being able to switch spells and weapons on the fly is much easier, and there is a favorites menu that allows even quicker access. Any weapon or spell can be placed in either hand, allowing you to single or dual wield anything as you like.
The spells in Skyrim have been retooled and are really neat. I was only able to get my hands on a flamethrower and heal spell, but there was much fun to be had with both. The fire spell can be put in either hand and works as a flamethrower. As I was exploring the mountainside, I came across some ruins and ran into a tree elemental. I figured that fire would work well, so I equipped the fire spell into both hands and let lose a torrent of flames. Sure, it burned my magicka twice as quick, but it sure was fun to melt that leafy bastard.
I’ll admit I’m a huge Elder Scrolls fanboy, but I can say with earnest that 11/11/11 can’t come soon enough. The world of Skyrim is just sitting there waiting to be explored, and I can’t wait to light the entire place on fire.