The introduction of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim back in 2011 was welcomed with a lot of excitement. To be honest, the game developer outplayed the notion of an open world game by presenting one of the largest maps in the game genre. For me, The Elder Scrolls Skyrim is amongst the best alongside GoD, Half-Life, as well as BioShock. This game takes the gamer as far as they get tired. I am talking about hundreds of hours of exploring the map only to find out there are still more things to discover. Kudos to the directors and developers for investing a lot of time in planning such a game.
I remember trying to wrap my head around the comparison of The Elder Scrolls Skyrim and Witcher 3. Having played the former for a significant amount of hours, I couldn’t believe there would be a game that can surpass the experience Witcher 3 presented. But then, there was The Elder Scrolls Skyrim. My first encounter triggered some chills and gave me a feeling that I can’t explain. I bet you all know what I am talking about. Both games are masterpieces to compare but one has to wonder why they should place Skyrim on top of the other. Get me well folks, I don’t mean this to be a comparison, but still, when you have played both games, i.e. (Skyrim and Witcher 3), you’re left with a haunting question of what makes Skyrim be the better game.
After a long analysis of the two games, I figured out one significant defining point. Unlike Witcher 3, in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim you play as the hero of the story. You are given an insane liberty, and you are responsible for defining your character. Skyrim allows you to invest your emotions, thus experiencing the game from a personal perspective. Just like in real life, in the game, you start off the woods with no prior knowledge of where you should go or where you are coming from. You set your own path by making sound choices. You have got many options such as selecting the nearest village or head straight to the capital where you will be able to complete quests with higher rewards.
During your journey, you’re likely to face bandits that you won’t be expecting or be surprised by a freaking Dragon. You can earn powers such as absorbing the soul of a dragon after killing it by visiting one of the sacred mountains where you get to learn dragon language. After completing an exhausting fight, you have the liberty to chill in a tavern to ease your mind. Well, everything is connected in this game. While at the tavern, there is a chance that you will get to hear a rumour that might be useful. Just like in real life, a tavern is the best place for rumours (yet they say men don’t gossip). So you might find both games equally interesting with the one based on immersion while the other focusing on presenting an engaging storyline, flawless gameplay, as well as interesting characters.
Fast forward to 2017, we get the introduction of VR in video games. Well, when I got my VR gear, I had a list of games that I was keen on playing and The Elder Scrolls Skyrim was on the list. VR comes with a lot of fun and gives an intriguing experience. Having already enjoyed the wonderful map of Skyrim in the first person, I couldn’t see how the introduction of VR would spoil rather than spice up the experience. Well, I was partly right and partly wrong. VR in Skyrim is amazing if you consider the view that you get when you are in the Throat of the World. Another amazing scenario is a close up of a dragon flying over you. Damn! It feels like you are Tyron Lannister seeing Drogon flying over for the first time. The sh*t is real and there is no way you are going to miss the excitement in it.
However, as the struggle of many games with combat continues with the implementation of VR, The Elder Scrolls Skyrim is no exception. When on VR, combat is at its best clumsiest. Forget about killing those Frost Spiders while on VR because they will whoop your ass to a pulp. Although you will be able to crawl through when facing one enemy, when the number of your opponents increases, it becomes difficult to switch between your targets. Thus, in the end, you will resort to sorcery as your only weapon to defeating your enemies (but the most annoying part is that you didn’t get the game to play some sort of Dragon Ball sh*t).