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The reason why the game is so small and the PC requirements are so low is, it's basically the same engine just re-tuned yet again - like Infinity Ward does with the CoD engine. They even admitted as such, saying they just gutted the renderer and all the systems and rebuilt them (again). Not that this is a bad thing mind you, the game still looks pretty nice overall. But imagine Skyrim (or the next Elder Scrolls game) on the Rage engine (without the Rage launch problems!).

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alphaomegainfinity

In the tech demo which Todd Howard showed, the graphics were quite amazing in comparison to Oblivion. That graphics quality and small size of the install just don't add up.

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Yusuf M.

Bethesda Softworks announces The Elder Scrolls® V: Skyrim™ Collector's Edition

Pete Hines, Vice President of PR and Marketing

August 5, 2011 (Rockville, MD) – Bethesda Softworks®, a ZeniMax® Media company, today announced that it will release a collector’s edition for the highly-anticipated The Elder Scrolls® V: Skyrim™. The limited collector’s edition will be available for Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, and Games for Windows and can be pre-ordered now through participating retailers in both North America, Europe and Australia.

In addition to including the highly-anticipated game, this premium version of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim also includes:

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Source: ElderScrolls.com

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alphaomegainfinity

The packaging of the box above looks strange. Somebody here has mentioned that the Alduin statue is a plastic one.

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mattmatik

Playing through Fallout 3 for the first time (well, first time I'm actually putting in the effort to finish it) and all it is doing is getting me super pumped for Skyrim. So much so I am imposing a FO3 finish date of 11/10 since I pre-ordered Skyrim. Absolutely cannot wait. Been listening to the GiantBomb and Weekend Confirmed podcasts and just those guys talking about their 3 hour jaunt with the demo sounds amazing.

I was going to pick up either CoD or BF3 this month also but I think I'll be good with Skyrim and then working on Mass Effect/ME2 before ME3.

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+jamesyfx

The packaging of the box above looks strange. Somebody here has mentioned that the Alduin statue is a plastic one.

Yes, it is a PVC statue, but it'll be precision engineered using the model data from the game files, so it should be high detail. On the other hand, don't expect it to be large. These statues always look bigger in the promo photos.

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Lingwo

It is 31cm high.

Still £130 in the UK is way too high for that. When Arkham City and AC2 offered similar statues with their collectors edition for under £70.

I love collectors editions but this way too high.

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Tharp Daddy

Anyone else watch the leaked intro? I'm guessing it was really bad quality, because the graphics and such seemed to be much lower quality than what we've seen in the previews. I'm disappointed about some of the finicky animations (spoiler from the intro)

such as when the woman goes to execute the man, she stops and then glides into the correct position - it was very awkward looking

but i can't wait to play it! Only 10 days left.

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Digitalx

Anyone else watch the leaked intro? I'm guessing it was really bad quality, because the graphics and such seemed to be much lower quality than what we've seen in the previews. I'm disappointed about some of the finicky animations (spoiler from the intro)

such as when the woman goes to execute the man, she stops and then glides into the correct position - it was very awkward looking

but i can't wait to play it! Only 10 days left.

I managed to catch a watch of it, it did look like it was a console development build so would explain those issues.

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Tharp Daddy

I managed to catch a watch of it, it did look like it was a console development build so would explain those issues.

Sadly, DCDeacon (VP of PR and marketing for Bethesda) tweeted

Looks like terrible footage of the final build. I don't know how they'd get an alpha or beta copy.
This would explain the slightly muddled looking graphics, but the animation and glitches would remain.
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Geoffrey B.

From what I understand about the leaked intro it was a final xbox 360 version that a warehouse employee stole. I did see some horrible glitching in it which i can only hope is present only in the 360 version as I will be playing on the PC.

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Draken

No glitches so far (360 version)

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Tharp Daddy

No glitches so far (360 version)

How are the graphics so far, in comparison to Oblivion?

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Draken

How are the graphics so far, in comparison to Oblivion?

So far my impressions:

Much better lighting and overall detail.

A lot better character models and textures.

Transition to combat music is smoother.

Great city and dungeon ambient sounds.

I guess will see bigger graphical improvements with the PC version :yes:

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Tharp Daddy

So far my impressions:

Much better lighting and overall detail.

A lot better character models and textures.

Transition to combat music is smoother.

Great city and dungeon ambient sounds.

I guess will see bigger graphical improvements with the PC version :yes:

Sounds great, then! The leaked intro had me worried about the graphics, but it sounds like it was needless worry.

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:: Lyon ::

Oooohh... gotta play my Battlefield 3 until I get a bit bored with it so I can switch to Skyrim :p ugh..so many great games.. not to mention the upcoming Batman Arkham City for PC

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Draken

After 5 hours of non-stop nord mountain climbing and dungeon exploring:

Bad Side:

Yes, there are animation glitches, like the female captain jumping places on the execution scene, and the rough transition to a Fallout-like finishing move.

A lot, and I say a lot of muddy and low res textures, may be it's a 360 disc space problem, but there are solutions like BF3 hi res install, go figure..

First outside view its not so wow like Oblivion's out of the sewers moment.

Good Side:

The new engine lighting is impressive, also the water shading looks amazing.

New combat system and dual welding weapon feels good and balanced, the shield bash mechanic adds a powerful feel to combat.

Much better voice acting and less repetitive dialog.

New inventory system is a lot more fast to manage.

Well, those are my impressions so far, I'm not yet faced my first Dragon, so I'll report back when I do

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Razorwing

It all looks nice graphically. but I dunno. It just doesn't interest me at all. Looks like Bethesda and me are sworn enemies. I tried Fallout 3, it was soo boring and didn't bother with New Vegas. I also tried Elder Scrolls IV a long time ago. I didn't like it either. Mind you guys I'm just speaking my mind out and I don't intend to offend anyone. I want to like this game, (looks really awesome with Dragons and so much detail in the world) but it's just the RPG factor of it is just not for me.

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Osiris

Never played the previous 4 games, I think the 1st person view puts me off, but I guess FO and Rage have softened me because I am looking forward to this. Wait for my pc order is killing me, tempted to mod the 360 just to play early :p

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SimplySchizo

I've already logged more time with Skyrim than I have with all the previous installments, combined!

For those that enjoyed Oblivion; I'd have to warn you about this one. :D

Be ready to be consumed by the this wonderful world/story.

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mattmatik

Never played the previous 4 games, I think the 1st person view puts me off, but I guess FO and Rage have softened me because I am looking forward to this. Wait for my pc order is killing me, tempted to mod the 360 just to play early :p

Yeah, I hated Morrowind, I tried three or four times to get into that game and just couldn't. Same with Oblivion but I think if I were to go back and play it now I would enjoy it. Some of the gameplay changes they've made for Skyrim though sound like changes I needed (the inventory\combat changes specifically).

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TheLegendOfMart

God I love this game, I was walking for about an hour and only got from the middle to near the edge of the world it's HUGE.

The soundtrack is so good you get a Lord of the Rings vibe when wandering the landscape over rocks and hills, through forests, over mountains, across rivers, down waterfalls. The landscape is so varied it makes exploring really enjoyable whereas Oblivion used to just be forests with copy pasta dungeons, dungeons and caves in Skyrim look designed and thought out rather than put some numbers into a dungeon generator then use that same dungeon across the map.

The combat system is way improved you cant just spam with a weapon like Oblivion you have to time your attacks and you can even parry if you hit block at the right time stunning your opponent for a short while.

Im about 8 hours in and I have barely scratched the surface of the main quest, I've been busy exploring and doing a lot of the side missions.

The Dragon encounters are EPIC. The pad rumbles and you just hear a screeching and a massive shadow whizzing past you over the landscape, you look up and you see a big fricking dragon circling ready to attack.

I can't wait for a new Fallout that uses this engine.

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furyshinobi

Never played the previous 4 games, I think the 1st person view puts me off, but I guess FO and Rage have softened me because I am looking forward to this. Wait for my pc order is killing me, tempted to mod the 360 just to play early :p

Same here :laugh: I generally prefer RPGs where you get to play it in third person like The Witcher 2 and Dark Souls where you get to see all that shiny armour and stuffs. I have Skyrim on my radar but I'm not sure if I should pick it up.... I tried Oblivion and stopped after a couple of hours since I found the main quest to be boring...

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TheLegendOfMart

Third Person view is MUCH improved this time round, its the only view i use.

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Smashing Pumpkin

Was gonna say surely you can swap between first and third person views?!

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