Dragons! Real dragons, sweeping through the air and spraying fiery death onto hapless bandits and critters scurrying across their path.
And dungeons! Musty castles and abandoned mines, bustling with treasure and denizens who can't possibly be expecting the dagger you're about to plant in their back.
And magic! Or massive battle-axes, if you prefer the personal touch. And books, flush with the world's history and lore. And babbling brooks cutting across the trail you've blazed on your trusty (and possibly stolen) steed, in pursuit of some mythic artifact.
There's something for everyone here, including procedurally generated quests so you'll never actually have to stop playing. But Skyrim, the fifth chapter in the legendary Elder Scrolls series, is an explorer's playground, rewarding the curious with a fully realized world to call their own. Our game of the year will leave you entranced with its windswept vistas and hulking monstrosities for years to come.
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By: Bethesda Softworks