The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Footage Leaked – Best Elder Scrolls Yet? Spoilers!

Okay, I think it should go without saying that there are going to be spoilers in this article, so leave now if you don’t want your Skyrim virginity taken from you.

Well, let’s get started, shall we?

The Elder Scrolls series has pulled in players over the years for its giant worlds that allow players to roam about and do as they please. However, interesting action sequences, whether fully scripted or not, has been one of its major weaknesses. This Elder Scrolls, Skyrim, is bucking that trend. The opening sequence is more drawn out than the previous games, with a giant dragon that crashes through a few walls and smashes buildings, seemingly hell-bent on burning you to a crisp.

Then there’s the NPC who accompanies you. He actually talks to you, giving advice and commenting on the situations you two are in. I know that some of it just has to do with being a tutorial section on picking up items, but I’m hoping that this kind of attention to character interaction is continued throughout the game. The fact that it’s been said that NPC interaction is supposedly more character specific–characters have their own unique things to say as opposed to the mindless drones of Oblivion–has me a bit more excited than I expected to be. I have greatly enjoyed Bethesda’s past games, but there’s another particular aspect that I’ve felt needed a dramatic overhaul: the combat.

One of the major changes to combat this time around is the addition of an endurance bar. Even something this small can be a game-changer. Players can’t swing away with reckless abandon, and they can’t dash around to their heart’s delight. Instead, they must keep an eye on that bar and make their decisions wisely. Though I didn’t see it in the video, players cannot run backwards quickly anymore, which should fix the ridiculous scenarios in which I run backwards blasting magic at the helpless enemies who can’t seem to catch up to me to be any sort of threat.

I have to admit that I have been a bit worried at times as to whether Skyrim could live up to my expectations, especially considering that a new challenger has come along (Dark Souls), but watching these 20 minutes of the introduction of it has lessened those fears greatly.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim comes out November 11th on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.

Spoil yourself silly with the first 20 minutes of Skyrim at Kotaku.

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