E3 2011: Over-encumber your eyes with Skyrim gameplay. But be warned - here be dragons!

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has become one of the stars of this year's E3, despite only being shown off behind closed doors. However, Bethesda have given G4 TV a massive demonstration, which means you can see it for yourself right now. Woot! In it, you'll see the dragons, new 'shout' abilities, Guardian Stones and the new 'Radiant Story' dialogue system in action. As well as plenty of up-close-and-personal combat with a selection of fearsome and brilliantly-realised foes.

Impressions? Excellent. The thought of seeing a mountain in the distance and walking all the way to it, up it and probably down inside it is still mind-blowing, even though the same was true of Oblivion. Everything here looks bigger and better, from the giants and mammoths that roam the wasteland to the thousands of 3D objects that you can browse through in the inventory screens.

Considering the scale of the game and the wealth of content in here, it's amazing how polished it looks. Character animation is improved, combat is improved, weather, magic, character levelling... everything looks better. And when you consider how well Oblivion stands up even today, that can only mean this will be amazing. The only possible fly in the ointment is the buggy state that Bethesda's recent games and DLC have launched in. Some of the GR team are sceptical, but I'm not - I'm convinced this will be THE game of 2011.

10 Jun, 2011




  • PopularBluesMagicianSandyCabbage - June 16, 2011 4:14 a.m.

    I would get bit by a rabid skunk for this game
  • D0CCON - June 16, 2011 1:14 a.m.

    The game was so awesome that the original hosts had their minds literally blown so they had to be replaced halfway through the video (either that or they wanted to switch for some reason between a commercial break). Anyways, I still can't wait for the game (any news on it's preorder bonus?)
  • BlitzkriegBEAR7 - June 15, 2011 3:46 p.m.

    Morgan Webb is the bane of my existence.
  • jackthemenace - June 13, 2011 1:56 p.m.

    Oh, man. Day 1 buy, definitely, even on 360. Although, the need to switch between weapons and spells does look a bit confusing, as do the shouts. Are they, like button combinations we need to input, or do we map a specific shout to, say, the Analogue stick press?
  • TopNewt - June 11, 2011 5:28 p.m.

  • dontshootthereviewer - June 11, 2011 3:44 p.m.

    I want this game so bad it hurts...
  • ZigzMagoo - June 11, 2011 6:34 a.m.

    Bethesda has already stated that they built a new engine for this. By the way, this game looks fuckin awesome. I may have to flunk out of university for this
  • tacoman38 - June 11, 2011 3:14 a.m.

    @IhateMakingUserIds I saw that and was confused for a moment. they must have run away during the break away to the demo part.
  • kor2disturbed - June 11, 2011 2:04 a.m.

    Who ever said Bethesda made the best RPGs is completely correct.
  • Jedipimp0712 - June 10, 2011 11:35 p.m.

    i think the fallout DLC was buggy because the guys at bethesda were more focused on Skyrim. impressions... <3 i have a feeling im going to be broke as hell this christmas, especially with Skyrim, ME3, BF3 and other coming out...
  • Markstone - June 10, 2011 11:14 p.m.

    Where's the horse armor! :P Absolutely cannot wait for this, my grades are definitely gonna suffer.
  • D0CCON - June 10, 2011 11:11 p.m.

    @Kage_No_Shi Speak for yourself, I got FO3/NV on PC for the sole purpose of removing the constant decapitation (I wanted it on 360). As for the game itself, it looks friggin incredible. I could go on into a 15 page essay about how excited I am for this, but basically, let's just say I'm really glad I've preordered this game and paid for it in full.
  • jonnybanks17 - June 10, 2011 10:27 p.m.

    11-11-11 the week of Skyrim, Battlefield, MW3 and Uncharted 3 Goodbye life
  • lawman2593733 - June 10, 2011 10:13 p.m.

    @IHateMakingUserIDs: Yes, what was up with that?! It was like they switched personalities mid-conversation. But in all seriousness, I have been looking up everything I can about this game(I've even tried to find something to tell me how to translate the dragon language to english, no luck by the way), and I have a few things to say. 1. Skyrim=GOTY(definitely)!! 2. I want this game so badly!! 3. And, I hope I can get my PS3 fixed before it comes out!! 4. Skyrim!! I await you!!
  • Romination - June 10, 2011 8:10 p.m.

    Wow, they finally realized that other RPGs exist and decided to compete with them. A lot of the things they tout as huge features I found a bit unimpressive because I've done them in a lot of games before, but the game does look amazing. They've done nothing but good by moving away from Gamebryo.
  • Yeager1122 - June 10, 2011 8:08 p.m.

    Cant wait for this game.
  • MyCoolWhiteLies - June 10, 2011 7:07 p.m.

    This looks great. Hopefully I'll enjoy it more than Fallout 3, which I just couldn't seem to get into. I really enjoyed Oblivion, but that game stopped working for some reason after I was already 20 or so hours into it.
  • lilspooky - June 10, 2011 7:04 p.m.

    I really like Todd Howard, He makes great games. I am very excited for this game. I am gonna pre-order it for PC for sure. I hate G4 though, they are so corporate and out of it. Tech TV FTW! I hate Kevin Pereira More then anything though, i think hes an ass! In an interview about Fallout 3 with Todd Howard, Kevin Pereira ask if PC gaming was dead. To FUCKING Todd Howard, that man loves the PC and his games show it.
  • lovinmyps3 - June 10, 2011 6:21 p.m.

    This game looks sooooo good!!
  • ChrisCultista - June 10, 2011 6:12 p.m.

    Calling a storm cloud to kill a dragon after ive already killed one of its brethren, that had just picked up an NPC that I was fighting with. FUCK YES!

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