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Game of the month, November 2011

Winner: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Some gamers poured over a thousand hours into The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. They explored every square inch of the game’s expansive world, finished every quest, and became completely immersed in Cyrodiil. Yet the development team at Bethesda has succeed in building a follow-up, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, that is even better and even more consuming.

Skyrim is absolutely everything fans wanted from a sequel to Oblivion. The world is still massive and chock full of interesting things to do. Wander in any direction and you’ll be tripping over days of content, with a fascinating narrative that absolutely wraps around the you. You don’t experience a story in Skyrim, you write it with every slash of a sword, and every cast of a spell. You’ll meet intriguing people, engage in amazing battles and encounter powerful dragons flying through the sky, dynamically spawning to create randomized and unique experiences. You’ll find them, shoot them down and eat their soul.

And once you hit a wall, you can just turn, face another direction and continue walking, discovering new content with every step. Bethesda has surpassed all expectations with Skyrim, and crafted a remarkable experience that will bring gamers together for years as they recount their own stories of conquest (and, of course, plenty of dragon-slaying).

Runner-up: Saints Row: The Third

Is Saints Row: The Third filled with absurd madness? Yes, but it’s more than that – it’s a stripped down hot rod of a game that sacrifices all the unnecessary chaff of the typical sandbox game and hones itself into a being of pure fun. The excellent campaign is complemented by an insanely detailed customization mode, plenty of side missions and enough hidden jokes and content to keep you entertained long after you’ve beaten it for the first time. Besides, what other game lets you play as a base-jumping toilet dual wielding Tron sub-machine guns?

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim review
Returning with all the power and grace of its star mythical creatures





Saints Row: The Third review
The pinnacle of the series and one of the finest sandbox games ever made





The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim beginner's guide
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75 comments

  • TheZigMan - December 5, 2011 9:52 p.m.

    Skyrim easily deserved the win. With the amount of content and fun they put into the game, it is my personal favorite game of all time, and easily game of the year.
  • c-c-c-combo breaker - December 2, 2011 2:58 p.m.

    Yeah, I bought the game recently, froze up on me several times, gamebreaking glitch stops me getting into whiterun (guard doesn't appear), choppy fps after a couple of saves. Game of the month? More like Game of the first ten minutes...
  • needles - December 2, 2011 10:53 a.m.

    Alright enough bullshit. What do you guys recommend I get next? Skyrim, Arkam city, saints row 3? I'm not really into RPG's but this skyrim thing looks good. I've heard good things. What do you recommend? Seriously.
  • inkyspot - December 2, 2011 5:56 p.m.

    Your not into RPG's. I'd say get batman. I like Saints Row, but it's not for everyone. If you just like games and you don't mind RPG's, I'd say get Skyrim... My favorite game of all time. Just my opinion. (I have all 3 games).
  • Boomer1992 - December 2, 2011 10:22 a.m.

    Definitely agree on Skyrim being GOTM. It is going to be my GOTY personally. Haven't played SO3 but it did not look like it was anything special, especially when compared to Uncharted 3
  • RonnyLive19881 - December 2, 2011 7:02 a.m.

    I can't take a site seriously that put some gansta crap game above one of the greatest games ever made. This site is basically a bunch of trolls imo. You cant beat Skyward Sword.
  • CombatWombat101 - December 2, 2011 2:06 p.m.

    I can't take a person seriously when they don't seem to realize that their opinion is not a universally-recognized objective fact.
  • THEDevinBlanton - December 2, 2011 12:52 a.m.

    TROLL,TROLL,TROLL,BATTFIELDSUCKS,TROLL,TROLL,BATTFIELDRULES,TROLL
  • THEDevinBlanton - December 2, 2011 12:54 a.m.

    Sorry, wrong month. Replace Battlefield with MW3
  • gmcb2011 - December 2, 2011 1:43 a.m.

    Oh yes, the Battlefield/MW3 war was MUCH less annoying than people complaining about it. Also, way to bring in a topic that literally nobody was talking about.
  • Cloud1Fair3 - December 1, 2011 9 p.m.

    Although it's not my type of game (I love RPGs but too open world RPGS kind of suck and feel abstracted from any substantial story), I like Skyrim. I can see it being many people's game of the month and GOTY, but I gotta give it to Uncharted 3 so far. To hell with SR3, it looked alright but when you get down to it, it's a goofy version of GTA. So, just on the basis of my own taste, I'll grant Skyrim it's crown and say Uncharted 3 as #2. But then again, I haven't even played many of the big games out there to decide for sure, I still can't wait to get my hands on Battlefield 3 and Skyward Sword. Either it was last month, or I am suprised Arkham City didn't make the obvious Batman fanboy GR list. I think it was last month though. Alright, though, for once I'll lay off on GR and say good choice for GOTM. Seriously though, Saint's Row 3? By the way, you gave Uncharted 3 a 9, I'm still not over that. Am I the only freaking person that liked it more than 2? Really? I wonder how many people actually think 2 is better than 3 and aren't just nodding their heads and saying 2>3 to fit the popular opinion. Most people, including GR can't say why they don't like it as much, they just give wishy washy non-answers.
  • kingsmikefan - December 2, 2011 10:49 p.m.

    They did, it was in the review.
  • Oliolioliooo - December 1, 2011 7:40 p.m.

    These two games deserve it...glad it wasn't MW3
  • Elementium - December 1, 2011 7:16 p.m.

    I love Skyrim but it's far from perfect.. Skyrims landscape is beautiful and uninspired, take a look around at anypoint and you know you're either in a snowy area or a still cold, grass-ish area. The "hand drawn" dungeons? accurate if you mean someone drew a simple maze and said "Fill this with wooden planks and rocks" The models.. once again are an eyesore that makes me glad I have dwarven armor..which is also fairly uninspired armor. Let's not forget about the bugs.. dead mobs are stuck in the ground, game freezes (on Xbox) etc. Don't get me wrong.. I love Skyrim. But it's so obviously clear at somepoint Bethesda kept the fact that this game will be modded too much in mind.
  • NightCrawler_358 - December 1, 2011 7:14 p.m.

    I enjoy and respect your opinions, but when I realized Skyward Sword wasn't there I died a little bit inside... Great Time to leave Mr. Elston!!
  • comaqi - December 1, 2011 2:21 p.m.

    Skyrim definitely deserves this. Definitely.
  • Technozombie83 - December 1, 2011 1:49 p.m.

    Being someone who has not played skyrim i cant say much about that but more than 80% of my friends currently on xbl are playing it so I am sure its great, and people talking trash about Saints row....you obviously did not play it. I enjoyed the 2nd one but this Saints Row the third was amazing, I enjoy every second of it, great story, awesome jokes and great gameplay so dont knock it till you try it. Oh yea and Thank GOD there was no MW3 on this that would be "blatant fanboy-ism only existed on IGN, but I guess you're on that bandwagon now." You guys a great. Good picks.
  • Fox_Mulder - December 1, 2011 1:33 p.m.

    I love it how nowadays a game has to be the second coming of Jesus to warrant a perfect score from some of these non-editors. Goddamn is there just no pleasing you people anymore?
  • WTeen8 - December 1, 2011 1:14 p.m.

    Skyrim won. Who DIDN'T see that coming?
  • tymillz102 - December 1, 2011 12:30 p.m.

    Skyrim was the obvious winner. Skyward Sword on the other hand should have been the runner up, not Saints Row 3.

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