'Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim' Trailers Spotlight Story and Combat

Skyrim Trailers Combat Animations Story

Nothing is more frustrating than seeing a high quality game fail to get the attention it deserves. Luckily, that is not the case with Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. So while fans of RPG grinding and dragon-slaying eagerly await the game that will likely consume the rest of their calendar year, it's important to realize that the game won't just be relying on inventory and leveling to deliver a satisfying experience. The newest trailer for Skyrim give a look at the people and places of the game world, along with some devastating combat executions.

A role-playing game is only as good as the roles that can be played, and Skyrim isn't lacking in that department. For starters, being given the title of 'Dragonborn,' and possessed of the abilities to master weapons, magic and dragonshouts is bringing more dreams to life than we care to admit. Oh, and did we mention you can be a vampire?

But all joking aside, the story being told is as large as the game's world itself. We're over 50 hours into the game just to review it, so there is obviously no shortage of interesting characters and races to get familiar with, and more than a few breathtaking environments. They're all here in the latest trailer, 'Reaching New Heights: The World of Skyrim.'

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We got to see exactly how the animations were captured in the latest Skyrim making-of video, but at this point we'll take every single second of gameplay footage we can get our hands on. The sword and sorcery combat of Skyrim is something we've seen plenty of, but being given the ability to slay giants, dragons, and monsters of all shapes and sizes is something that doesn't get old.

It was made perfectly clear that Bethesda wants every player to feel empowered and powerful after the release of their live-action trailer, and the game's execution animations will be a big help. But from the newest combat trailer, it looks like Skyrim may contain an even larger array of finishing moves than Arkham City or Assassin's Creed, but we'll let you be the judge.

Be warned, the combat shown is from an M-rated game and isn't recommended for the squeamish:

It's obvious that the creatures of Skyrim won't be the usual ones expected from other fantasy titles, since enemies of both flesh and steel abound. Considering how much precedence is being given to the story, quests and choice of the latest entry in The Elder Scrolls series, the combat has taken a back seat. Hopefully the real deal will be as slick and satisfying as it looks.

What part of Skyrim are you most looking forward to? The random encounters, or single-handedly eradicating the dragon scourge? Leave us your own plans in the comments, and expect our review soon.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim will be released for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC on November 11, 2011.

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