Dragonborn Rises: Skyrim reviews go live – all the scores

Thursday, 10 November 2011 06:31 GMT By Johnny Cullen

This is the big one: the review embargo for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has now lifted this afternoon. This will be all-out chaos.

The embargo itself, which lifted at 1pm GMT (8am EST/5am PST), is around the time the games goes officially on sale for the first time in the world in Australia and New Zealand at midnight, although retailers in the former have now since broken the street date.

A year-long anticipation, which kicked off last December at the Spike Video Game Awards, will culminate with the Bethesda RPG epic’s 11-11-11 launch tomorrow. Quite frankly, why you’d want to miss this is beyond bonkers.

Get all the scores below. If you want a link chucked in, do so in the comments below.

It’ll launch on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC, with 360 getting 30 days exclusivity on the first two packs of DLC.


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  1. alterecho


    Man, Wish i had a decent config to play..

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Quasar

    game unlocks on steam at 13 gmt TODAY in australia and new zealand, so with vpn we can all play it :)

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Edo

    Predicting around 90 at metacritic (overall).

    #3 4 years ago
  4. turin




    #4 4 years ago
  5. daytripper

    i think this will get game of the year

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Johnny Cullen

    Just got my copy. SHIT YES.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. StolenGlory


    Do a review/impressions article on it Johnny :)

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Johnny Cullen

    Within the next hour? Impossible. :D

    #8 4 years ago
  9. StolenGlory

    @8 LOL Not that quick obviously, but after you’ve had some time with it and given it some sweet lovin’ ;)

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Moonwalker1982

    I’m only so early in the game and already loving it to death, it’s just amazing. Expecting this to get nothing but 9+’s.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Hcw87

    Yeah, if you care about RPG’s and don’t like this, there is absolutely nothing else out there in the next 5-10 years that’ll make you happy. If that’s the case, you should be looking about playing a different genre.

    It’s that good.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. CityCobra

    GamingXP Review 94% (german review)

    #12 4 years ago
  13. joshua nash

    i’m predicting a couple of reviews will give skyrim a perfect 10, but i also think that #4 is pretty accurate with their post

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Hell-Raiser-85 9.5 9.5

    #14 4 years ago
  15. CptKurk

    Edge has given it a 9. That’s the only score I needed – sold.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. f1r3storm


    #16 4 years ago
  17. Crazyreyn

    Digital Spy, 5/5:

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Blerk

    Can anyone who has a store copy (i.e. not a promo) confirm what age rating it is, please?

    Seems it’s awesome. I need it.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. turin

    Surprise, surprise… 9.5 from IGN:

    @18 – 15

    #19 4 years ago
  20. slayernl

    giantbomb 5/5 console

    Eurogamer 10/10 console

    IGN 9.5 pc

    Joystiq 5/5 console

    #20 4 years ago
  21. neural

    MondoXbox (Italy) – 9.7/10:

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Magicpocket

    OXM 10/10

    #22 4 years ago
  23. slayernl

    RPS: NO SCORE BUT AWESOME and positive (pc off course)

    #23 4 years ago
  24. StolenGlory

    Will you look at those scores…

    Holy fucking shitcakes.

    #24 4 years ago
  25. Ghost_Dog 9/10 (console version)

    #25 4 years ago
  26. Blerk

    Cheers, turin. Maybe my son will get to see a bit of it after all. :-)

    #26 4 years ago
  27. CityCobra

    Can you add our review too Johnny?

    GamingXP Review 94% (german review)

    #27 4 years ago
  28. KaRmAChAnG

    IGN: 9.5

    #28 4 years ago
  29. Anders

    Fuck. The reviews are taunting me. I’d better get this in the mail today.

    #29 4 years ago
  30. Hell-Raiser-85 9.3 9.0

    #30 4 years ago
  31. flebotomo 9/10

    #31 4 years ago
  32. slayernl

    pssssssssssst johnney just use GAF for the rest :P

    #32 4 years ago
  33. bpcgos

    Yep, score is suck!

    #33 4 years ago
  34. Edo

    I guess I was wrong,it’s even better :) !!

    #34 4 years ago
  35. silkvg247

    My copy just flew through the letterbox. dum de dum.


    #35 4 years ago
  36. jaydee21 10/10

    #36 4 years ago
  37. OrbitMonkey

    I was telling family to get me this for Christmas… Fuck it, they can get me socks :D

    #37 4 years ago
  38. Anders

    Oh man, i didn’t get it. Fingers crossed for tomorrow I guess.

    #38 4 years ago
  39. MikeWorks

    gamrReview 9.7/10 –

    #39 4 years ago
  40. silkvg247

    Oh wait, it won’t let me activate today.

    Well damn, wish I’d just pirated it now.

    #40 4 years ago
  41. Shubb9

    My copy just arrived! At the delivery address I was using when I pre-ordered in August…
    /gets in car.

    #41 4 years ago
  42. Phoenixblight

    @40 Only the 360 version was leaked, the PC version is not leaked, its kinda the reason why Bathesda went with Steamworks.

    #42 4 years ago
  43. Moonwalker1982

    Nothing but 9+ and 10′s….awesome. Congrats Bethesda, this is well deserved.

    #43 4 years ago
  44. mongbatstar

    Guardian have theirs up,

    #44 4 years ago
  45. HeavyD-Love

    IGN compared the 360 and PC versions. No reference to PS3 yet :(

    #45 4 years ago
  46. polygem

    just received a call that my copy is ready for me to pick up….will do just that in about an hour after work. crazy crazy scores!!! can´t wait.

    #46 4 years ago
  47. DarkElfa

    Well, when the 360 get’s an exclusivity deal, you just know the term “console port” will be justified.

    #47 4 years ago
  48. IL DUCE

    Glad to see a game that deserves the good review scores to be getting them…

    #48 4 years ago
  49. Patrick Garratt

    Downloading the PC version now.

    #49 4 years ago
  50. DarkElfa

    @49, Hey Pat, do you get to play it early being a big wig and all or do you have to wait like the rest of us slobs?

    I’m still kind of aggravated that after months of waiting for the TOR beta that they get me in the very day of Skyrim’s release.

    #50 4 years ago
  51. Patrick Garratt

    Nah, I have to wait with the rest of you. I’m pre-loading now. I’ll be able to play it from midnight, apparently.

    #51 4 years ago
  52. DarkElfa

    I think I’ll do my character creation at midnight, screw around with it a bit.

    #52 4 years ago
  53. aseddon130

    completed uninterested in this game, Oblivion was overrated and broken, Fallout 3 was plain boring … this looks like a mix of the two.

    #53 4 years ago
  54. Se_7_eN


    @ 53 – I will most likely be killing YOUR KIND in Skyrim…

    #54 4 years ago
  55. Telepathic.Geometry

    This will be posted to me tomorrow, and (fingers crossed) arrive in time for my weekend (Sunday and Monday). I’m deep in Dark Souls now, close to my plat (well, kinda…) but although I was able to stave off Batman and Uncharted and Ico and Colossus and Rage and Child of Eden, I doubt I’ll be able to resist Skyrim or Zelda. :-)


    #55 4 years ago
  56. viralshag

    I’m getting the red bull and subways ready for the midnight marathon…

    #56 4 years ago
  57. Ireland Michael

    RPG Site – 95%

    #57 4 years ago
  58. Edo

    #53 I see that you are COMPLETELY uninterested in basic grammar as well.

    #58 4 years ago
  59. Gekidami

    Has anyone else ordered from Amazon UK? Is it normal that my order is just sitting there at 5pm on the day they say they’ll ship it, marked “Dispatching Soon”? Seems they’re either cutting it really fine or for some bizarre reason they arent going to ship it today. I dont really have any experience with Amazon.

    #59 4 years ago
  60. bryani

    playing it since two days, if u loved oblivion u’ll marry this one coz its just better in every possible way

    #60 4 years ago
  61. fearmonkey

    I absolutely cannot wait to play this game….. The first time sitting down to play an elder scrolls game is always a magical experience.

    #61 4 years ago
  62. Anders

    #61 I’m with you. Having a hard time passing the time until tomorrow. I was thinking about watching Giant Bombs 12 hour live stream of the game, but I’d rather not have anything spoiled for me.

    #62 4 years ago
  63. Giskard

    I have the game but waiting for stupid steam to let me active.. Screw you Einstein! Why’d you have to make time unbendable at sub-light speeds? :( (This is unscientific sarcasm, do not think I’m too serious about this. Everyone knows Einstein only invented ice cream).

    #63 4 years ago
  64. Kabby

    I want to see a sales breakdown of the first day and first week. Get to it VG247.

    #64 4 years ago
  65. kmtburton

    Gekidami I live in the US but it shouldn’t be any different. I order almost every game off amazon and they always ship out in the AM the day of release. Thanks to them having a very large amount of shipping centers it arrives only a few hours later though. Can’t wait to play this, gotta wait till saturday though for mine to arrive.

    #65 4 years ago
  66. Gekidami

    ^ …Ok, so why havent they shipped it yet? Normally when i order stuff here its shipped in the morning too, yet at past 7pm (for them) it apparently sits in their warehouse, doing nothing.

    #66 4 years ago
  67. joshua nash

    there seems to this the trollish stench coming from the direction of #53

    #67 4 years ago
  68. kmtburton

    Wait, did it release over there today? If so disregard that…

    Edit: In case you didn’t notice I said DAY of Release as in tomorrow. It should ship around 1am and arrive via whatever service is the equivalent of UPS here. That is assuming you chose release date delivery.

    #68 4 years ago
  69. Giskard

    @67 Not trolling. Just really sick of waiting. The game is in front of me, and I can’t play :(

    #69 4 years ago
  70. Erthazus

    @67, nope.

    If it’s anything like Oblivion or Fallout 3 it is going to be boring and uninspired piece of trash.

    I don’t say nothing bad about SKYRIM, i didn’t played it, but if…

    #70 4 years ago
  71. Edo

    #69 He was talking about #53 and speaking of trolls,here comes their mastermind…

    #71 4 years ago
  72. fearmonkey

    @70 – Sigh…………
    Oblivion and Fallout 3 are two of my favorite games of all time, why do you have to be such a hater? I know you loved Morrowind,, so I guess there is hope for you.
    You think Oblivion and Fallout 3 are uninspired trash, but yet claim to enjoy JPRPG’s (which are mostly boring same ol same ol crap and this is coming from a big Square fan in the SNES and Playstation days)

    #72 4 years ago
  73. Edo

    #72 Don’t feed IT!

    #73 4 years ago
  74. partchimp

    not everyone likes everything. If you don’t like it don’t play it :)

    Does look awesome though, enough to make me accept game’s SHOCKING trade in rates just to afford it!

    #74 4 years ago
  75. fearmonkey

    @73 – Sorry man, I just can’t help myself……

    #75 4 years ago
  76. monkeygourmet


    Constantly complains Skyrims just a dumbed down console port…

    … Orders Skyrim special edition on Xbox 360 and plays for 350 hours…

    #76 4 years ago
  77. Gekidami

    It comes out tomorrow, but they’re meant to send it early so that it arrived on the release date. It even says that the dispatch estimate was today. Seems they’ve just decided not to. Seriously, fuck Amazon.

    EDIT: Oh wait, apparently its been dispatched just now… At nearly 9pm GTM… What?

    #77 4 years ago
  78. Phoenixblight


    That sounds about right when you order Release date shipping they typically ship that very night prior to release.

    #78 4 years ago
  79. kmtburton


    Well I must be closer to a shipping center, every time I order with release date shipping it ships at 1am as I said. Anyways point was they weren’t going to forget you lol. I’m getting from gamefly this time though, hence the extra days wait for mine.

    #79 4 years ago
  80. Crab of Thunder

    Got mine today (UK), pre ordered from Game.

    Can safely say it is amazing, totally worth it.

    #80 4 years ago
  81. Erthazus

    @fearmonkey, i enjoy(ed) JRPG for combat and for character customization and skills in most cases.. JRPG have nothing to do with WRPG.

    also, if you enjoyed F3 or Oblivion. Good for you, i and some people who played Morrowind don’t like Oblivion because in my opinion it’s a dumbed down experience and really uninspired piece of a game compared to old titles. Same goes with Fallout 3, although Fallout:NV was amazing.

    Maybe SKYRIM will be much better than i expect. I never played it so i can’t say much about it.

    Also, i’m not a hater i just have strong opinion on games and have taste to not enjoy every shit out there. If you liked these games good for you. Some people like Wii sports or Just Dance. Good for them.

    #81 4 years ago
  82. fearmonkey

    @81 – I don’t get the dislike of Fallout 3 but feeling Fallout:new Vegas is amazing…. I have and finished both, and preferred Fallout 3 overall.
    Fallout:NV had some great elements but I thought the bethesda game was more polished overall. It was also way buggier than fallout 3, and I was unable to finish the game the way I wanted to because of a bug that Obsidian never fixed. I bought the game six months after Launch, and to this day that particular bug isn’t fixed.
    The DLC for Fallout:NV though has been great so far, better than Fallout 3′s with the exception of Broken Steel and my favorite, Point Lookout.

    #82 4 years ago
  83. HeavyD-Love

    Forgive me vg247, but this is a fun little Skyrim vs Oblivion game engine screenshot comparison….really reminds you how far Bethesda has come.

    #83 4 years ago
  84. Johnny Cullen

    Just added a shitton of reviews there.

    #84 4 years ago
  85. DSB

    So not a single reviewer thinks it’s less than a 9. Okay!

    @82 Fallout 3 and New Vegas are probably great if you don’t really have a reference, but compared to the old games, they really don’t cut muster.

    They’re very toned down in terms of all the offensive shit that you’d find in the original Fallouts, and they both rely way too much on a stilted up main plot, when the whole appeal of the originals was the sidequests and the batshit insane world you explored. The main quests were completely ridiculous.

    Ultimately when you change those things up, you’re going to take flak from the people who sunk hours and hours into the old games. Fallout 2 is one of very few games I’ve played where I’d honestly not know whether it was dawn or evening when I’d look up from the monitor.

    New Vegas did slightly better on adding a bit of craziness and interesting content to the wasteland, but even the developers themselves have said that there were huge discussions within the development teams, where the new developers wanted to make it all “realistic” and the original Fallout crowd would lobby for a more authentic approach.

    #85 4 years ago
  86. Edo

    #85 “So not a single reviewer thinks it’s less than a 9.Okay!”So much pain in those words…

    #86 4 years ago
  87. DSB

    @86 Pain and disappointment.

    #87 4 years ago
  88. Edo

    #87 Well,you said it…

    #88 4 years ago
  89. fearmonkey

    @85 – I played the original fallouts and other games in that ilk by Black isle. I really enjoyed them, but I guess I prefer the immersive first person RPG style over the isometric gameplay of the past. I loved the more recent Dragon age games, the witcher, two worlds 1 and 2, and the Gothic and Arcana series, but much prefer first person rather than Third or isometric.
    I would die and go to heaven if someone made a planescape game in the FP style, or a new Heretic style FPS……
    To each their own…..
    I’m just happy that Bethesda makes Elder scrolls games, there was a new Deus ex game, an upcoming Thief game, and a new syndicate game on the horizon. They may not be exactly or anything like their original titles, but im happy that the series is still of interest.

    #89 4 years ago
  90. Fr34k5zInc

    I received my copy of the game 10 hours ago, I just stopped playing, so i could go to bed and get some sleep. The game is amazing and totally fulfills any expectations I’ve had. I mean, I feel like I will never get to explore the whole game, it really is THAT big of a game. You can pretty much do anything that you would think you could do in the game, and besides that the graphics are–to me–the best graphics I have ever seen!
    I have BF3, UC3 but skyrim still takes first place.
    Anyways, you all have something in store for you tomorrow. I am so glad I didn’t order the game for pc (I ordered for ps3) because then I’d be stuck with the stupid ass pre-load and waiting, just like some of you might be doing right now.
    I’d say this game immerses you like no other game has ever done, and I think part of it really has to do with the amazing graphics. It just looks so beautiful, and you can’t stop feeling like it’s a real world, because you know there is so fucking much land you haven’t covered, and dungeons you haven’t explored, and you maybe never will, unless you play for more than hundreds and hundreds of hours.

    Skyrim is just like the first time you’re having sex.
    You don’t really know what this thing is, it’s like another world to you, but you’re very intrigued, and when you finally get to it. It just feels so good.

    For me, Skyrim is an everlasting orgasm. I hope every fan may enjoy it as much as I am.


    #90 4 years ago
  91. Erthazus

    RPG Fan – 88%
    Tracked by metacritic.

    This is a nice review, although i don’t understand how he felt that Oblivion is overrated but Fallout 3 is not…
    To be honest, Fallout 3 was a freakin disaster compared to old titles.

    #91 4 years ago
  92. Johnny Cullen

    Just played the first two or two-and-a-half hours. Barely scratched the surface, but seriously, utterly impressed by the depth of the world. And like I said, that’s only before starting to properly dig into it further.

    This could be the first Bethesda RPG that truly grips me (been in and out with past stuff, only thing that comes close to that kind of attention for me is Fallout 3).

    #92 4 years ago
  93. polygem

    level 5 by now – male khajiit -warrior stone picked. LOVING the game. had to force myself to stop playing now but i have to get up early. well deserved scores if the game stays this good. the dungeons are so well designed, so much stuff to do. everywhere theres something to find. almost too much. really good voice acting. animations remain stiff here and there but overall it plays (and looks) so much better than oblivion imo. the world is beautiful. entering some snowy mountain pathways seeing a troll in the distance while listening to the awesome sounds of the game…so good.

    #93 4 years ago

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