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Top 10 Best Things About Skyrim
Like many others, I'm enjoying Skyrim. By enjoying, I of course mean I literally haven't done anything else since I picked it up. Seriously, I'm hungry and I stink. But within this epic game there are incredible shades of baddassery. Here are my Top 10 favorite things to do between dragon slayings.
10. Chasing Butterflies: I currently have twelve dungeons to clear, a Daedric artifact to cleanse, a traitor to deal with and a load of ebony ore I need to smelt, but instead of doing all those things, I'm wasting time at Wintermeadow Brook chasing blue butterflies. Butterflies, fireflies, salmon; I really don't care. I will chase anything. There is just something so satisfying about chasing those buggers around, then ripping off their wings like some evil little child. I have a problem...
9. Robbing People: I can't get enough of it. Hiding in a corner till I'm hidden, sneaking up behind a hapless shop owner, and robbing him blind while he tells me about his brother. Once I learned the bucket trick, It was f***ing on, taking everything in a store with reckless abandon. My new vice, however, is pickpocketing. I will steal anything from anyone. If they are stupid enough to have their house key on them, all their possessions are forfeit. Their books, their money even their food. It's all mine! It feels good to be bad.
8. Learning Shouts: My quest for Word Walls has taken me to some strange places. I'm pretty picky about what Shouts I unlock, so I have like twelve Dragon Souls just hanging out. I don't know what exactly dragon souls do while they are waiting to be used, but I like to imagine they grumble at each other. My Wood Elf is murder with a bow, but magic isn't her strong suit, so I love how the shouts allow me tu utilize the more mysterious elements of the game without sacrificing time and perks building up my magic. *** it feels good to be a dragonborn!
7. Combat: I put roughly six thousand hours into Oblivion, and although I learned the streets of Cyrodiil better than my own town, I could never come to love the combat system. All that is changed in Skyrim. It amazes me how different the approaches people can take to fighting monsters. Maybe you use a sword and shield combo, playing up your defense while you close in on the enemy. Or perhaps you stick to nothing but conjuration, summoning bound weapons, zombies and Daedra to defeat your foes. Or maybe you just fury everything you see, and create a world of mayhem. Anything and everything is permitted, so have fun!
6. Walking Around: Being the introverted miser that I am, I'm not huge on walking around the world. There are bears out there, and unfortunately I don't actually have an Ancient Nordic Greatsword of Burning to help me brave the wilds. In Skyrim, however, I will just pick a direction and start walking. I love it because I never know what I'm going to find: A new cave to explore, a giant camp, or if I'm really lucky, a Daedric shrine. Plus scaling mountains with the patented "hammer on the jump button" maneuver is just plain satisfying.
5. Sniping: Alright, so I'm standing on this hill near Riften. I have a pretty good sightline all around me, so I feel pretty safe while I harvest my Nirnroots. I hear the anguished cry of a wolf, a use my Aura Whisper Shout to discern his location. Unslinging my bow, I put an Orcish Arrow through his heart at two hundred paces. Factoring in my 3x bonus for sneaking, that Snow Wolf never had a chance. I immediately stop what I'm doing and yell at everyone around me to check out my shooting skills. Nobody cares, but I don't mind. I know how awesome it was...
4. Fury: You haven't seen true Skyrim awesomeness until you've casted Fury on a cow and a chicken and watched them fight to the death. Seriously, making barnyard animals go crazy and fight each other to the death is one of my highlights of the year. For extra fun, sneak into a bar and Fury random townspeople. It never gets old! Want to know who would win in a figh between a giant and a mammoth? Fury! What about a fox and a bandit? Fury! I tried to Fury a Greybeard, but all I got for my troubles was an icicle through the dome.
3. Leveling Up: Crap. I like to sell things, so I kinda need to take the Merchant perk, which allows me to sell any item to any merchant. That would cut down on annoying non-dungeon time, but I've really been neglecting my Heavy Armor perks. What should I do?! Leveling up was more of a hassle than anything in Oblivion, but I can't wait for that bar to fill so I can select a new perk for myself in Skyrim. It truly allows you to tailor your character to your play style better than any other game I've played.
2. Smith, Enchant, Sell: In real life, I hate to work. In Skyrim life, it's one of my favorite things to do. Clearing out a mine, bringing back a butt load of ore, smelting, tanning then smithing is part of my daily routine. Then I take my brand new equipment, upgrade it, enchant the s**t out of it, and sell it for a ton of gold. Just thinking about it is making my greedy brain want to go make some more fake money. Thanks to some strategic leveling, the Steed Stone and a particular Pickpocket perk, I can carry about 600 lbs. Trust me, I need every ounce of carry weight I can get to hold all these Dwarven Warhammers.
1. Clearing Dungeons: This is what has made me trade my social life in. I have put over fifty hours into Skyrim, and have not so much as touched the main story, or any other quests for that matter. The only stories I care about are the myriad tales waiting to be told within every cave, keep and ruin I find. It seems like every place I wander into has some awesome quest to accomplish, a piece of epic gear to acquire, or just an interesting story to tell. And I'm not even a quarter of the way done! I can't focus on anything for want of clearing out more caves, and it is unquestionably my favorite thing about Skyrim. What's yours?