Watch this! Ever since it was first announced, this is one of my most anticipated games of the year, especially since the Elder Scrolls series is one of the best franchises at doing open-world games.
Several things immediately stick out in the trailer: in-game motion from the first-person camera feels a lot more kinetic, with the camera moving while the character sprints. The few character animations on display look vastly improved from Oblivion. The world of Skyrim is rugged, but there are shots of stunning beauty (like the autumnal forest) that have me wondering how console versions of the game can possibly keep up with even a modest PC rig. The new Creation Engine looks like it will pose a host of problems to console hardware, but here's hoping that Bethesda can ship a title with a solid framerate for once. With full modding support confirmed, the PC version will be the one to have, but I typically enjoy the relaxed posture of console gaming - so I'll be tracking both side of the divide.
Written previews, mostly from Game Informer, have talked about the new dual-wielding system and the dragon shouts - but it's good to see them in action. In all honesty, depending on how closely this represents the final product, we could be looking at a bigger technical leap between Skyrim and Oblivion than Oblivion from Morrowind - which is great news. It looks like we're finally getting an open-world RPG that doesn't demand graphical compromises to deliver on its freedom.
Somewhat disappointing is the fact that Bethesda has not announced any sort of "limited" or "special" edition of the game. I'm personally holding off on a pre-order until such an announcement (may) be made, particularly if it includes actual swag and not day-one DLC like so many of the EA titles recently. Something along the lines of the extra-special Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings would be mighty interesting, particularly the cloth map.
Aspects of the trailer you find intriguing? Share in the comments!
November 11th, 2011 can't come soon enough.