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Skyrim gets 20+ minute gameplay blowout – watch

Monday, 12th September 2011 15:28 GMT By Johnny Cullen

This will be an RPG like no other, by the looks of it.

Bethesda’s released 20 minutes or so of gameplay footage of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, detailing the demo its shown to press at the company’s pre-E3 event in Utah, E3 itself, QuakeCon and PAX.

The footage, narrated by game director Todd Howard, was captured from the Xbox 360 version of the game. Get the three-parter below.

Why anyone wouldn’t want to buy this game after this is beyond us. You should definitely pre-order now if you haven’t.

Skyrim launches on November 11 on PS3, 360 and PC. It’ll be playable at Eurogamer Expo next week.

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  1. Maximum Payne

    OMG Same footage since E3 I am sick of it OMG!

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Edo

    This game is freaki’n 300 hours long and they can’t show us some other parts!?!?!?!WTF!?!

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Phoenixblight

    @1 and 2 Most of the time Dev make a self-contained part of the game and use that for the press and because of this being mostly bug free and illustrates what they want to show. They won’t or don’t have enough time to create another one maybe the current build is buggy as shit and they wouldn’t want to use that version to the press.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Perfectionist

    7:52 = DICK SHOT!

    #4 3 years ago
  5. KrazyKraut

    yep…same like always..

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Edo

    #3 Well,it wouldn’t be a Bethesda game if it wasn’t buggy.Anyways,3rd person view looks very good ,gonna play like that.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Asterixx

    I don’t want to see loads of new gameplay anyway, spoils it.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. deathgaze

    As exciting as they make their new games look, Bethesda has a reputation for promising the moon and the stars and then delivering, well, another Elder Scrolls game.

    At the end of the day, that’s all that Skyrim will be. Sure, it might have some tweaks here and there, but the minute-to-minute gameplay will likely not differ all that much from Oblivion. And, personally, that’s fine with me.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. IrrationalGamer

    Who’s more excited by Dark Souls? I want to see how good Skyrim’s core combat is compared to Dark Souls. My guess is that it’s not as good. Also, like everyone else, I’m tired of seeing the exact same gameplay that was taped in march during GDC (or whenever it was).

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Erthazus

    @8, absolutely. thats what is with Bethesda and Todd Howard. He likes to promiss shit and talk much. At the end of the day it’s… going to be Oblivion which was a medicore game to be honest.

    I wish someone could start making a remake of Morrowind or Daggerfall, but this will never happen… Someone need to fire Todd howard and fast.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Kuwabara

    Wtf is with the Aliasing… It needs work done!!

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Moonwalker1982

    This is obviously all from E3, the only new part is the puzzle, but it is awesome nonetheless. When he approaces Bleak Falls Barrow, you can see how much attention has been spent on that. And inside that place, it looks freaking awesome, and lots of variety, in that dungeon alone was more variety than any dungeon in Oblivion.

    And sorry…Oblivion mediocre? Hey i guess it’s all about opinions but it’s my personal favorite 360 game. Mediocre…more like fantastic.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Erthazus

    “Bleak Falls Barrow, you can see how much attention has been spent on that.”

    and how much? You can tell us?
    Everything that was shown there was done before since Gothic 1 and games like Witcher 1-2, RISEN, Gothic series and etc.
    Nothing new and nothing big there. It was done before and even better (in 2001 game that is Gothic citizens went to sleep at night everytime for example and in the morning they came back and started to work)

    “And inside that place, it looks freaking awesome, and lots of variety, in that dungeon alone was more variety than any dungeon in Oblivion.”

    what variety? Can you tell me please? Killing more stuff is more variety? Or +1 simple little puzzle is “That” variety?

    “Hey i guess it’s all about opinions but it’s my personal favorite 360 game. Mediocre…more like fantastic.”

    more like you never played something that is better. Thats the answer. I don’t see nothing that is better than it was in Oblivion (except for maybe better map, perk system finally that is stripped from Fallout series, interesting magic mechanic with two hands.). some of the stuff like a smarthphone UI looks even worse than in Oblivion interface, although it’s easier to navigate… Everything else looks worse than in 2002 game aka Morrowind and there is no improvement on whatsoever.

    I still don’t know what this game is all about. Ok, you are dragonborn so what is the main story?

    #13 3 years ago
  14. Fin

    @13

    So Day 1 and 500 hours playtime for you yeah?

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Erthazus

    @14, Of course there will be 400 hours for this after people will release 40 mods than i’m going to try it.

    you waste your time with trolling, Halo matches are awaiting you.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    Is it that this is the first time it’s been released direct feed HD perhaps? Otherwise, yeah i’ve seen this off screen prior.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. Fin

    @15

    Oh ok, just 100 hours to start, then 400 hours once mods are released.

    Nah man, I don’t play Halo. Indeed, across all Halo, Call of Duty, Fallout and Battlefield titles I’ve ever played, I’ve still put in less time than you have on Black Ops.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. UuBuU

    @13 – Stick to linear RPGs, kid.

    Gothic and The Witcher are decent, but the idea of trying to compare them to TES is laughable.

    That said, I do think Skyrim is taking the series in the wrong direction. I don’t think it will beat Morrowind, Daggerfall, or even Oblivion. But it will still be RPG of the year.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. MFBB

    #9 Dark Souls combat is gonne be much better.

    I always thought combat is the weak part of all Elder Scrolls game.
    Especially close combat with swords etc dosnt look good, not that much fun.

    Magic and ranged seems to be ok as usual.

    Imagine if they would just copy Demons Souls/Dark Souls combat into Skyrim….how great that would be.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    I do like how it looks. Except the rain effects at end of 3rd vid leave a bit to be desired. Their snow looks better than their rain imo.

    Speaking of snow……….I will say hands down THE BEST snow/weather effects I’ve seen TO DATE (meaning my entire life) was in Resistance 3 over the weekend. I know, it surprised me as well. I’m not talking about accumulated snow (ala Uncharted 2), but rather the falling snow effect.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. UuBuU

    @20 yeah, a 2011 game REALLY shouldn’t have rain falling through roofs / objects. I hope they fix that before release.

    #21 3 years ago
  22. Erthazus

    “Gothic and The Witcher are decent, but the idea of trying to compare them to TES is laughable.”

    laughable? Laughable in what? If you are a fanboy of TES series it’s your only problem, kid.

    I don’t have a preference over open world RPG or linear RPG but i have eyes, brain and taste to say straight facts. I like TES series ideas, but starting from Oblivion that is going a consolized direction… i don’t see any improvements at all.

    “But it will still be RPG of the year.”

    for you maybe and for some people who never played decent RPG games. If the game is open world (and heavy on exploration with shitty puzzles) it does not mean that it is better than linear RPG games. They are different of course, but i can easily compare depth in which TES series starting from Oblivion lacked compared to other RPG giants.

    Combat is going to be better at Dark Souls by a miles, Exploration and puzzles are going to be better at Zelda: SS, Story and linear experience + interesting dialog mechanic? Call Witcher 2 or Deus Ex. Heavy Exploration? Deus Ex:HR.
    So whats left for SKYRIM? Everything in the middle. Or everything that is worse than in other great RPG, adventure games. Schwing!

    #22 3 years ago
  23. Aimless

    @21 This is a Bethesda game. You’ll be lucky if people aren’t falling through roofs/objects.

    #23 3 years ago
  24. UuBuU

    @22 – Even if Oblivion was consolized somewhat, it still offered a deeper RPG experience than the Gothic games, with their lack of character creation and simplistic skill system. The only thing the Gothic games have that’s really better is a more interesting gameworld… and that comes at the expense of being more linear.

    “for you maybe and for some people who never played decent RPG games.”

    I’ve played plenty of RPGs. TES, Gothic, Baldurs Gate, Might & Magic, etc. etc. One of the main things I love about TES is the open-world, i’ll admit that… but they’ve still had fairly decent RPG elements as well. Especially Daggerfall, which is probably Bethesda’s best RPG to date.

    #24 3 years ago
  25. Erthazus

    “Even if Oblivion was consolized somewhat, it still offered a deeper RPG experience than the Gothic games, with their lack of character creation and simplistic skill system. ”

    because they are different mate. Different. Gothic 1-2 has a big story about one character and you can’t change it’s gender or whatsoever. Each game was followed by one characters story, while TES series with each installment had one story for it’s giant continent and thats cool too because it’s how it was designed.

    I do agree about simplistic skill system in Gothic series but it was great not because of it. I absolutely agree that they should improve it in RISEN 2 in the future.

    But gothic series and TES 2-3 were equally great. One offered something that was better and in my opinion at that time no one could top these games. because they offered a great experience to RPG fans.

    “I love about TES is the open-world, i’ll admit that…”

    thats awesome. I like open world too, but you should not judge RPG’s or Adventure games if they don’t have open-world stuff. They all have different design decisions and a lot of people like more open world (like you), some people like more linear RPG’s or adventure games or JRPG which don’t have a dialog system at all and is heavy on skill/Combat system. Personally i like both (Even Jrpg’s)… But for now linear RPG games have more depth at some mechanics and i really want SKYRIM to succeed because Morrowind is my favourite Bethesda RPG (although gameplay wise Daggerfall was much better) and it is one of my favourite RPG’s. another problem is that Bethesda is probably the only one that is trying to make open-world RPG game sadly. Some games fail at this.

    #25 3 years ago
  26. Moonwalker1982

    My god Erthazus, you are always…just always so damn negative about things. I’m not gonna explain here why i find Oblivion amazing, cause i’d still be writing stuff down tonight, honestly.

    What i meant variety had NOTHING to do with killing enemies or whatsoever. I was only talking about the looks. Remember the dungeons from Oblivion? I think i can say there are about 10 or alittle more dungeons that look different, all the others look incredibly similar, that was easy to notice.
    This dungeon in the Skyrim video had…waterfalls, water streams, several different looks, just watch that part. In terms of the level design of the dungeon, it has plenty of variety.

    #26 3 years ago
  27. Erthazus

    @26, thats just a graphical iprovement. RPG’s =/= graphics.

    Yes, i do agree that dungeon “look” is finally much better than in the previous games, but Morrowind for example had variety in dungeons too. there were not only dungeons… There were also tombs and etc.

    Also, just relax… I’m not negative on anything. I’m just saying things that i see and Bethesda just showed us one dungeon. We still don’t know how other 140+ look.

    #27 3 years ago
  28. Fin

    @27

    “I’m not negative on anything.”

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    #28 3 years ago
  29. UuBuU

    @25 “another problem is that Bethesda is probably the only one that is trying to make open-world RPG game sadly. Some games fail at this.”

    Oh believe me, I long for the day when an unknown developer comes along and pulls the rug out from under Bethesda’s feet with an amazing open-world RPG.

    The problem with Bethesda now is they’re no longer making open-world RPGs just for open-world RPG fans. They’re making them for everyone who plays videogames, hence all the dumbing down.

    #29 3 years ago
  30. Moonwalker1982

    That’s true, but i have faith in Bethesda. After Oblivion and its Shivering Isles DLC, Fallout 3 and its DLCs, i have alot of faith in them. I enjoyed these games immensely, and i expect to enjoy Skyrim incredibly much too. I agree that they could have shown a few different things, go off-track and just kill enemies in different ways, but they didn’t. Here’s the reason though, they didn’t record a completely new gameplay video.

    Read this, the tweets from Pete Hines

    http://forums.bethsoft.com/index.php?/topic/1229501-the-new-official-videos/

    #30 3 years ago
  31. HeavyD-Love

    I’m actually really looking forward to getting sucked into this game. These are the creators of Fallout 3 is that correct or am i wrong?

    #31 3 years ago
  32. LOLshock94

    @31 this is made by the developers who made sniper ghost warrior

    #32 3 years ago
  33. Moonwalker1982

    Fallout 3 yes!

    Sniper ghost warrior?

    Developer(s) City Interactive
    Publisher(s) City Interactive

    #33 3 years ago
  34. iBirch

    Looks amazing. Can’t wait to lose myself in this gem.

    #34 3 years ago
  35. Anders

    It amazes me that people can’t say that they are stoked for a game without getting pissed on.

    Skyrim looks awesome. I’ll play the shit out of it.

    #35 3 years ago
  36. Lahanas

    Check the comments at Youtube. The PC elitists are at it again. Disgusting.

    #36 3 years ago
  37. Sini

    I’m gonna have to go with combat sucking balls compared to Dark Souls gameplay vids.

    #37 3 years ago
  38. Moonwalker1982

    It’s not sucking balls, it’s very different. I watched a few Dark Souls gameplay videos and honestly, at times the combat looked more clunky. What i DO notice in the Skyrim footage is how human enemies don’t really seem to react to being hit, no hit detection…if that’s the word, like hitting a tree. But when the player fights the spider, the frost troll, you do see these reactions from them when they get hit…weird.

    #38 3 years ago
  39. klewd

    @38
    fact: the combat in dark souls (which is almost identical to demon’s souls) is not clunky. demon’s souls has one of the best, if not the best, combat systems ever created. the combat in demon’s souls is responsive, realistic (in terms of physics, environment) and very rewarding because you use these factors to your advantage and it works. you become very “aware” of your character because of it. if you die in demon’s souls, it’s not because of “clunky combat”.

    i agree with the other stuff in your comment. it immediately caught my attention when first watching the e3 footage. …almost reminds me of morrowind combat.

    @13
    “what variety? Can you tell me please? Killing more stuff is more variety? Or +1 simple little puzzle is “That” variety?”

    The environment. If you have played Oblivion you should have noticed that every dungeon is built using the same modular set. Use of modular sets doesn’t have to be bad, but when it (modularity) is starting to become very apparent to the player then there’s a problem. This dungeon doesn’t look modular in the same way Oblivion’s dungeons does. That’s not to say the rest of the game will be as diverse, for all we know this could be a special dungeon, or perhaps every other dungeon in the game looks almost exactly like it.

    #39 3 years ago
  40. BloodyJoe

    This cannot really be compared with Demon’s or Dark Souls. In Souls if a dragon hits you with its fire breath youre dead. In Skyrim youre a flame sponge man, you can obviously take tons of damage before you die. In this videos the player, unlike to the Souls games, has no reason to dodge any attack, roll or block or something. And if he does, there is no accurate response. So hope they make the Skyrim battle system a little bit more direct before it is going gold.

    #40 3 years ago
  41. YoungZer0

    @39: “fact: the combat in dark souls (which is almost identical to demon’s souls) is not clunky.” Guess we played a completely different game then. The Gameplay as in every From Software game was very much clunky.

    #41 3 years ago
  42. klewd

    @41
    please elaborate on how it is clunky. we must have a very different opinion on what “clunky” means.

    #42 3 years ago