This is the most impressive Elder Scrolls game to date. The story, the graphics, and the combat are all fantastic.
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Where the older games in the series failed, this game excels. Skryim is like Oblivion in the sense that it takes away the things that didn't work and replaces them with new mechanics that make sense and add to the adventure rather then arbitrarily make it more complicated.
For instance armorer is gone and equipment no longer degrades. It didn't make much sense to open up a menu and bang on your sword a few times to fix it. Now you go into town and can improve your armor if you have the proper smithing skill.
The graphics are a great step up from Oblivion, the engine is at its best when rendering wide open vistas and tends to fall apart close up. When looking at mountains from a valley you will notice volumetric fog slowly floating across the peaks. All the little details in the scenery add up to create a believable world. Spells crackle and waft around in your hand as you move back and forth to aquire a target. Swords gleam in the sunlight as you stare down a giant.
Gone is the feeling of fakeness that was present in Oblivion, the world really feels alive. You can go into a town and find a blacksmith pounding a piece of red hot metal into a sword, talk to him and he doesn't stop his work but continues to talk to you while working. Chickens run in the street while fish jump out of a stream nearby. Nobody does details like Bethesda. The game play is just as good, if not better then the graphics.
This is a game that tries to be the best sword game, the best magic game, and the best sneaking game all at the same time. The cool thing is, it succeeds at it all. Every attack style is a viable option to any situation. In Oblivion if you wanted to play as an archer you were in for a tough time, not so in Skyrim, bows can take out strong enemies without them even getting close enough to attack. Magic and melee are good options too, you can even use both at the same time if you want. You can shock mages, incinerate archers, and freeze warriors with a steady stream of magicka. Then finish them off with a mace-induced decapitation which will bring back fond memories from Fallout 3 players.
If you are looking for an adventure and you don't like being told where to go, Skyrim is the game for you.