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A lot of people we’ve talked to loved Oblivion but found its actual main story thread boring. They’d play a bit of it and then go back to sidequests and random messing around. Many seemed to not even bother to finish the story and yet play for hundreds of hours. As we said before, we’ll spoil nothing here. Just know that Skyrim’s story is leaps and bounds over Oblivion’s and very much worth playing through. It’s not long – clocking perhaps ten hours for an average player, but the game overall is absolutely gigantic, and we predict it has the ability to provide considerably more hours of entertainment than Oblivion.
Oblivion? Yes. We think we’ve made it clear why. It’s prettier, it’s deeper, the story is better, the dragons and shouts are stupidly fun and exciting, it’s better balanced, it has dual-wielding, need we go on? Fine: the skill system is more intuitive and somehow deeper, the dungeon variety is mind-blowing, and you can have a zombie walrus following you around and fighting for you.
Dead Island? Yes. Wait a minute, what’s this doing here? A survival horror zombie game? Are we crazy? Think about it: Dead Island is first-person, melee-combat centric, loot-focused, long as hell, has tons of side missions and areas to explore, lets you build weapons, has skill trees, and is full of bugs! Har har. Actually, Skyrim is significantly more polished than Oblivion, and naturally more so than Dead Island. Okay, so maybe it’s not fair to compare them, but not because of genre – it’s because of the gap in quality and imagination. Dead Island has co-op though. Yeah.
Dark Souls? Yes. We all know Dark Souls is amazing. We’re not going to compare difficulty because it’s not relevant here. The main difference is the reward over time. Dark Souls is incredibly rewarding, but it also features a lot of repetition and grinding. It seems long and huge because it takes time to make progress in it, while Skyrim is just plain long and huge. Skyrim just has more to show you, and it can’t be bothered to put barriers between you and those things because then no one would see everything the game has to offer, ever. And you will want to do everything in Skyrim. We love Dark Souls, but Skyrim gets the edge here – not by much, mind you.
Nov 11 2011 (Xbox 360, PC, PS3)
|Expected release date:||
11/11/11 (Xbox 360) 11/11/11 (PC) 11/11/11 (PS3)
|Available Platforms:||Xbox 360, PC, PS3|
|Franchise:||The Elder Scrolls|
Mature: Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Use of Alcohol