When Skyrim was first released in late 2011, I was freshly 21 years old and going through one of the most difficult times of my life. Depression overtook me and I had difficulty finding joy in anything. It got so bad that I could barely get out of bed. Playing Skyrim, though, was one of the few things that actually brought some joy to my life. I credit the game to being my saving grace at that time. I spent hours upon hours playing, completely immersed in the wintry province of Tamriel.
A trek up the The Seven Thousand Steps
The gorgeous scenery calmed my anxiety, and the action of raiding caves gave my mind a break from the sorrow. I took joy in leveling up my character and providing her with the best weapons and armor. I got to hold a place of importance in the world. The Dragonborn, the leader of the Thieve’s Guild, Harbinger, and so on. It was a rare aspect of my life that made me feel good. So, 5 years later, when developer Bethesda re-released it, I was ecstatic.
My first Dovahkiin, June 2012; my current Dovahkiin, November 2016
Happily, I’m doing much better now, but still, Skyrim feels like a safe haven for me. So I excitedly downloaded the game and started it up, creating my character: Fern, the orc. I started out as we all do, with my head on the chopping block — literally — when, lucky for me, a dragon attacks. Making it out by the skin of my teeth, I made my way to Riverwood to begin my journey. From playing match-maker, to killing off Draugr, the world is so vast and there is so much to do. Despite having done it all before, it feels limitless.
Takin’ out a Draugr in slow-mo
I love taking my time to play the game. Exploring the lands and taking in the scenery in itself is fun, but then there are the abundant side quests and miscellaneous mini-quests to do. Although there is a lot of ruins exploration, which I’ve heard some criticism for, I personally find them enjoyable. And the stories behind the quests are interesting. Each one keeps me thoroughly engaged. From the intricate faction quests of the Companions, the Dark Brotherhood and Thieve’s Guild, to the small personal quests that the people of Skyrim ask of you, I never get bored.
Skyrim is still one of the most beautiful video games of all time
After all this time, I can still put my woes aside and jump head first into the world of Skyrim. I’m so glad that the special edition has been released so that I can re-live the magic that is Skyrim. I’m sure I’ll be spilling hundreds of more hours into this playthrough.
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