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Most Anticipated Games of 2011

The Escapist Staff | 22 Jul 2011 23:20
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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Release Date: November 11, 2011
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

Skyrim is one of the most highly-anticipated titles the year. One needs go no further than the series' devoted fan base to see why - the appeal of an open-world epic fantasy RPG is widespread, and Bethesda is working hard to make Skyrim the most immersive and flexible of the Elder Scrolls saga thus far. From deeper skill selection and more versatile combat to more dangerous and dynamic enemies, it looks as though Bethesda is going to hit their mark.

Rather than restrict you to a specific kind of character or class, the game lets you fight however you like simply by choosing what you'd like each hand to do. You can do sword and shield, dual wield two one-handed weapons, hold a magical staff in one hand and an axe in the other, have a spell ready in one and a different spell in the other, or the same spell in both to increase its power - the options are plentiful and easy to swap out at will.

Skills have, thankfully, also benefited from a revamp, and now every skill you use counts towards your leveling, even if you use it sparingly. There's also a perk tree for every skill, which creates even more options for customization.

The part of the demo that I found the most interesting - besides the dragons that kept popping up - was the new shout mechanic. Your character is Dovahkiin - Dragonborn - and can use the shout ability because it's dragon magic. Each shout has three words to it that increase that shout's power. You can find new words on word walls; you can also absorb the souls of dead dragons to learn new shouts. We saw a few different shouts, including Fire Breath, which lets you breath fire as dragons do, and Storm Call, which brings down bolts of lightning.

Read the full preview of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim here.

Game: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Release Date: November 11, 2011
Genre: RPG
Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Platform(s): PC, PS3, Xbox 360
Available from: Amazon(US), GameStop(US), Amazon(UK), Play.com(UK)

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