• 11 August 2011 13:07:41

    Slew of Quakecon hands-on previews

    posted by Lingwei Game News
    The Bethblog has a list of links to a number of websites that have posted previews of Skyrim based on a one hour playthrough.

    The games were played on the Xbox so commentary about the PC interface or controls will not be included.

    Some examples of the remarks include:

    But it’s not just the animals you need to be weary of, and I mentioned earlier I’d encountered a few bandits, but what I wasn’t ready for was the level of sophistication the baddies have apparently been granted here. Certainly fighting a rogue bandit on a road is something of a staple for the series, but walking under a makeshift bridge with a hostile gentleman above, clearly annoyed I was on his turf, and thus dropping pre-set boulders on me, is not. This was then followed by an ambush of his cohorts, ready for anyone the boulders didn’t crush, and while I did make quick work of them, it was an exhilarating encounter nonetheless

    There are bandits to eavesdrop on and sneak around – the Khajiit are especially good sneakers, so I huddle in shadow and draw a longbow on the nattering bad guys from a few feet away. Later there are the skeletal draguar, who employ magic as well as swords and axes, and there's a mini boss fight with a giant spider.

    There are door switches rigged to banks of arrows that need to be disarmed by observing your surroundings and rotating totems like tumblers in a lock, and there are pressure plates and levers that activate spike doors and swinging blades, which are great for making short work of draguar as their numbers increase.

    There are many more so head on over to the blog post to read them all. Skyrim will be released in exactly 3 months as of this posting, 11 August 2011 (UTC+10/Australian Eastern Standard Time).

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