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Holy crap, I have not seen a game that grabs you by the balls like this in a long time. The last time I remember a game with such an epic start was Half-Life and Left 4 Dead.
The way Skyrim starts out, you are a prisoner in a wagon on the way to meet your death. Your neck is put on the chopping block, the executor is just about to swing when the dragon shows up. Mages start throwing fireballs at the dragon, archers are shooting their arrows as you and someone helping you head to cover.
The caves are a nice way to introduce the player to the game. When you get to the outside, its like “holy crap”. The graphics are awesome, the sounds, the mountains,,, everything is there to make the world believable.
Skyrim plays well even on my low hardware specs:
Motherboard – ASUS M4A785-M
CPU – AMD 620 quad core 2.6Ghz AM3
Memory – 6 gigs of PC6400 DDR2 800MHz
Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
Video card – ATI 4850 – 512 megs
My 4850 is below the recommended video card specs of an ATI Radeon 4890 or higher.
One major complaint I have is Skyrim did not support DX11 on release. To be honest my video card does not support DX11 anyway. But still, companies should stay with the times. DX9 is almost a decade old. Why are gaming companies using decade old technology on games that are supposed to be cutting edge?
Why did skyrim use DX9? Because that is what the current generation of consoles is using. Instead of pusing gaming technology to its cutting edge limits, Bethesda used gaming technology that is almost a decade old.
Even with DX9 technology, the graphics of Skyrim are simply amazing. I have not seen a game that looks this good in a long, long time.
The menu system is streamlined, but is going to take a little getting used to. With any new game there is going to be a learning curve, and Skyrim is no different.
Besides the DX9 and DX11 debate, my first impressions of Skyrim are great. From the looks of things I am going to enjoy Skyrim a lot more then I did Oblivion.
You can add a variety of spells and weapons to a favorites list, then bind the favorites menu to a key. In my case, I bound the favorites to a side button on my mouse.
I added a lightening attack, healing and a melee weapon to my favorites menu.
Walk around with the melee weapon, see an enemy in the distance, hit a mouse button, bring up the favorites menu, select a ranged attack, press the mouse button again to make the menu go away. Hit the enemy with a ranged attack such as lightening until he gets close to melee range, bring up the favorites menu, select melee weapon, press button again to make menu go away.
The favorites menu is almost seamless. It is a very nice addition and makes gameplay a lot of fun.