A month and one day is all that stands between the real world of Earth and the return to the fantasy world of Tamriel. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim will be released 11/11/11, and in preparation, Bethesda has been good enough to provide a few screenshots. Initial thoughts on each pic as follows:
First, the map, courtesy of ElderScrolls.net. What’s weird is how disappointed I felt when I first saw this map, thinking, “That’s not big enough.” That, of course, is a completely stupid thought to have, considering Cyrodil was roughly the same size and I would venture to guess that the actual in-game world of Skyrim trumps Cyrodil all day long.
As I gaze into this pictures digital majesty I cannot help but yearn for the game all the more. This screenshot reminds me, strangely, of Chrono Trigger, traipsing through the picturesque mountain-scape in search of truth and fun.
I really hope the torture rack will be accessible in this game. I don’t know how you could make it work, but I can’t think of another game that uses it.
My newest, favorite part of Oblivion is alchemy. So of course this screen gives me the chills. I can, however, remedy those chills by creating a potion that has a resistance to frost and fortifies my endurance.
I love playing as a marksman. It’s tough when you have a brown bear running at you, but there is no better joy for me than sneaking through the shadows and popping an unsuspecting bandit in the back with a sweetly-timed, life-draining arrow.
And finally: wenches. This one, in particular, is already 100 times better than anything Oblivion had to offer.