‘Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim’ Trailer Analysis & Questions

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Elder Scrolls 5 Skyrim Gameplay Trailer Breakdown

The most startling Skyrim detail revealed to date was the complete removal of any formal player classes. Players would no longer choose the type of fighter they wished to be, instead forming their own unique character over the course of the story. The biggest question on this change was how the idea would succeed in granting players even more control, or if every player would advance utilizing the same skills and techniques.

From the few moments seen in the trailer, it’s apparent that the choice is still very much up to the player. The video features the Viking-like hero from the leaked Skyrim scans, a stealth character assassinating someone in a bar, a fully armored knight and even a partially-armored rogue creeping through a dungeon. Any fears that you were holding onto concerning the wide-open variety of the player leveling should now be dropped.

There are still some lingering questions concerning the new combat mechanics like wobbling, being stunned or moving with greater speed in battle. There were a few shots of combat in both first and third-person, but aside from som fancy footwork and the much-talked about execution, the trailer didn’t reveal much. We are in favor of any system that allows players to actually choose their strikes against an enemy as large as a dragon, so we’ll reserve judgement until we get a deeper look.

We do wonder though if any of that particular dragon fight was player-controlled. The angles suggest it was a cinematic, so in first-person/third-person, it will be quite different.

And finally, the dragon shouts and soul gathering – It doesn’t take too much imagination to wrap your head around Bethesda’s idea of dragon shouts; magic words that give the Dragonborn ability to manipulate dragons and their surroundings when in combat. To see the word uttered with a wave of impact is satisfying, but the gathering of souls from fallen dragons takes the cake.

The process was previously described in detail, but to actually see the soul finding its way out of the dragon’s form and into that of the main character is, simply put, incredible. With each fallen dragon, the player’s fully-customizable character becomes even more powerful, and closer to wielding all of the possible dragon shouts required to destroy the greatest and most evil dragon, Alduin.

Ah yes, Alduin. The main antagonist of the game, who has risen as prophecies foretold is notably absent from either the story or action portions of the trailer. What are we supposed to take from that? Bethesda is keeping some of their cards close to their chest. With so many details on the game’s quests, combat and technology, the developer has to keep something to surprise fans.

If that is the motivations, missions and impact that the mythology of the game will have, then we’re all in for a pleasant surprise.

So even with more than a few nagging questions still left unanswered, we can at least now breathe a sigh of relief that Skyrim is, in fact, a video game that looks stunning and isn’t going to be unrecognizable.  With Dragon Age 2 and The Witcher 2 prepared to scratch the swords-and-sorcery itch, it’s nice to know that we can still count on Bethesda to give us a comparable experience.

What questions of yours were answered by the first glimpses of gameplay? There were no shortage of reveals that might evoke worry and fear as opposed to confidence, but for now at least, the game looks like one that we wouldn’t mind being reminded of everyday.

Let’s keep our fingers crossed that Bethesda will be as open about the game’s development as they have been already, since the wait until November is going to be an excruciating one.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim will be making its way onto the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC on November 11, 2011. Is it asking too much to hope for a demo?

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TAGS: Bethesda, PC, PS3, Skyrim, The Elder Scrolls


  • http://gamerant.com Rob Keyes

    Very cool stuff.

    I’m so excited for this to come out!


  • Vain

    Thank you!! Very good article. You guys know your Elder Scrolls.

  • Antwon

    I gave been dying for this game. I want it so bad. I check everyday to see if any new details have emerged.

    • ObLiViOn

      same here i check every day for any new updates. this is going to be one of the best games ever

  • Kholdstare89

    I hope I can still play as a Dunmer. They’re the only race I can beat these games with. :p

  • http://gamerant.com/elder-scrolls-5-skyrim-details-quests-combat-dyce-68544/ Ford

    They need to add a underwster city to this game

  • http://gamerant.com/elder-scrolls-5-skyrim-details-quests-combat-dyce-68544/ nate the great

    I agree they need to add an underwater city to this game. If they add an underwatercity or dungeon to this game that gives u a quest that would be sweet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111

    Also add horse combat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

  • Ace

    Maybe we can get some How to Train your Dragon DLC haha

  • Perry de Havilland

    Still keen to see Witcher 2 and Skyrim as both look very promising, particularly as Dragon Age 2 now looks like a lame arcade fighter game.

  • http://www.galactic-Rangers.net Sam

    i was VERY pleased to see the towns and cities brought back fully into the game enviroment and not seperated by an impenatrable wall cut off from the rest of the world, very nice to see one of the best aspects of morrowind back in ^_^

    • Soulinvoker

      Yes, I am grateful that they went back to open towns too! ^_^

  • Unknow

    Did no one else notice that right next to the mill there´s a horse. Looks suited for travel to me.

    I think it´s there to show they are gonna have horse mounts.

  • UK_John

    I read this article and believe in you, then, right at the end you mention Dragon Age 2 and The Witcher 2 as comparable cRPG’s to Skyrim.

    As a 20 year plus RPG fan, let me tell you, Dragon Age 1 and especially Dragon Age 2 are NOT comparable cRPG’s to The Witcher or Elder Scrolls games!

    Firstly Dragon Age 1/2 are NOT open-world, they are linear. Yes, you can take the quests on in any order, but once on the quest it is totally linear!
    In addition to these linear quests, you have ENFORCED fast travel, which you have to have, if you don’t have an open world. These two features alone put Dragon Age closer to an “Action-Adventure” than a real cRPG!

    So yes, compare The Witcher or Two Worlds or Gothic cRPG’s to the Elder Scrolls, as they are all non linear, open-world, with exploration, many many side quests in towns, villages, caves and ruins, to visiting with NPC’s to talk to and armour and weapons to buy/find along with all that lovely levelling up.

    If games like Jade Empire, Mass Effect and Dragon Age are RPG’s, then we have to come up with anew genre name for REAL cRPG’s like The Witcher, Gothic, Two Worlds and Skyrim!

    • kilraine83

      quality idea!!!

      • Kade

        I second that motion!
        I am in Total and utter AWE at Bethesda’s Unique, Loyal-to-the-fans, approach at such an incredible breath takingly beautiful. and at times (The Awesome and very Chilling music) haunting Game.
        The fighting mechanisms Alone, are something to write home about! couple that with truly innovative and enthralling storylines, New state of the art Engine, Brand spanking new ‘jaw-dropping’ eye-popping gameplay features.and Best of all, The (with out question or any sane doubt) Ultimate Reward any true hardcore RPG game fan would gladly ( I know I would!) give their left nut for, The stunning Realization For The First Time Ever, Th ability to witness and partake in the Birth and(inevitable but highly sort after)Death of Dragons in Glorious HD fashion(say it with me now..).. “IN-GAME”!!! And you have yourselves a TRUE Hardcore RPG elemental Game of monumetal Epic Proportions!

        I ask you can Anything more of much worth, be said, and contributed to even begin to give this the justice it so thoroughly and richly deserves!?

  • http://www.rabbitgame.webs.com CF

    I usually don’t like RPG games especially fantasy RPG games, but when I started playing Oblivion, It was amazing how some places will give you happy moments but in other places like caves and dungeons gives you the scary moment where your just ready to jump. Oblivion was my favorite RPG game ever until I heard about Skyrim is coming out and when i heard about that, I can tell that, that will be my next favorite game and will give you more frightful moments and happy moments. The graphics are going to definitely make the game more realistic as if you are part of the game and for sure make you jump out of your seat. I just hope im right that Skyrim is the next generation of the game of the year. Im pretty sure that Bethesda is making another elder scroll. But who cares, Im so excited that they are having skyrim coming out. oh and its coming out the day before my birthday (11/12) wooo cant wait!!!!

    • UK_John

      I just hope it’s more Morrowind or Fallout 3 than Oblivion, and if it just has 10% of the Dragon Age 2 features, I won’t be buying it!!

  • TheElderKidd

    I want this game so frikkin bad!

  • Ventaur

    The absorption of dragon souls reminds me of Highlander. That said, I believe it is an excellent way of explaining how your character will “learn” a new ability. Brilliant!