Skyrim is Amazing!
This is a must have game for any RPG gamer! As the sequel (sort of) to Oblivion, the standards are set pretty high, but Skyrim does not disappoint.
Graphically, Skyrim has an attention to detail that is simply stunning. If Oblivion was good, Skyrim is great. There is a grittiness to the characters and the world they inhabit that was missing from Oblivion. The details are just out of this world... or should I say accurately represent this world. Like the flowing water and the salmon jumping up stream. Simply incredible.
The possibilities are endless. This is a game where you can personalize your character to accurately represent whomever you desire (yourself or something completely other). You can do just about anything. In addition to quests and adventures, the developers at Bethesda even make it possible for you to pick up such mundane tasks as smithing which can help improve your weapons and armor.
Skyrim is a stand alone game. By that, I mean that you don't necessarily need to have played Oblivion to understand what is going on. There are elements in the back story that you might recognize, but if you are new to the series, jump right on in. Even the controls have changed enough since Oblivion that you would need to relearn the finer points such as how to navigate through the items menus.
There are only a few drawbacks to this game. The first is that my XBox has had some lag issues trying to keep up with the graphics. It's been a couple of hiccups in smoothness where it might freeze for a second or two. I've even had it freeze up completely once during a loading screen.
Second, I find the text size (everything from the menu to subtitles) to be a bit too small to comfortably read. Perhaps an HDTV or large screen TV would be better for this.
This is an amazing game and I give it a hearty thumbs up!