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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 13 days ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

The Elder Scrolls is a series of action role-playing games that take you to detailed open worlds with free-form gameplay. The series has sold more than 58 million copies.

Each game takes place in Tamriel, during a pre-medieval period that includes a Roman-like Empire, Tolkein style monsters, magic and limited technology. You play a hero that rises to defeat a malevolent being or an antagonistic army.

Since debuting with Arena in 1994, the series has produced a total of five main games
  • The Elder Scrolls: Arena (1994)
  • The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall (1996) with a deeper plot and character classes.
  • The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind (2002) with a more modular approach to expansion on PC and Xbox
  • The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (2006) with a tighter storyline and improved AI on PC and Xbox 360
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011) on PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4
  • The Elder Scrolls Online (2012) on PC, Mac, Xbox One and PlayStation 4

In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim you are free to roam the wilderness, dungeons, caves, cities, towns, fortresses, and villages on foot or by horse. There is a main quest although you can decide how closely you stick to it. The world is populated by wildlife, creatures and characters you can interact with. The characters can provide or deny quests and items depending on how you treat them.

As you go you develop your character with combat, magic, and stealth. When you have enough skills you level up and choose a new improvement. Along with finding items and weapons, this enabled you to enhance your fighting ability. It's a game that players enjoy as much for the adventures that happen through open play as the main story.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 11/11/2011, updated in 2017

Price: 70% off

Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Role-Play, Shooting and Simulation

Accessibility: 2 features

Developer: Bethesda Studios (@BethesdaStudios)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 30 hours and 100 hours to complete. Although you can complete the main story quests in these games quite quickly, exploring the world will absorb tens of hours.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Skyrim is rated PEGI 18 due to depictions of gross violence towards human characters, depictions of apparently motiveless killing to multiple innocents, and depictions of violence towards the vulnerable and defenceless. This game features frequent depictions of gross violence towards human-like characters. As the player you are able to decapitate and dismember humans, all these attacks are paired with strong blood/gore. The same gross violence can be inflicted onto multiple innocent civilians, with the exception of children who take no damage from attacks. In some quests there are depictions of violence to the vulnerable and innocent, for example, there is a quest where the player is told to kill one of three humans, one of them is a criminal and the others two are innocent, all three are tied up with bags on their head, as the player you have the ability to kill all three regardless of their innocence.

Expansion for 'The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited': In line with the base game and previous expansions, players are able to attack multiple innocent civilian bystanders, as well as vulnerable or defenceless human characters who are unable to fight back or flee.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Mature Accompanied (MA 15+) for Violence, Strong Horror Themes.

CostsCosts

The Elder Scrolls usually costs £8.95 to £84.99. 

The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Game of the Year Edition Deluxe

Steam Store PC £14.99

The Elder Scrolls Online

The Elder Scrolls Online Collection: Blackwood

PlayStation Store PS4 £47.99

The Elder Scrolls Online Collection: Blackwood CE

PlayStation Store PS4 £69.99

The Elder Scrolls Online Collection: High Isle

XBox Store Xbox One £59.99

The Elder Scrolls Online Collection: High Isle Collector's Edition

XBox Store Xbox One £79.99

The Elder Scrolls Online: 14000 Crowns

XBox Store Xbox One £48.74

The Elder Scrolls Online: 1500 Crowns

XBox Store Xbox One £8.95

The Elder Scrolls Online: 21000 Crowns

XBox Store Xbox One £65.99

The Elder Scrolls Online: 3000 Crowns

XBox Store Xbox One £14.39

The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr Collector's Edition (2019)

XBox Store Xbox One £64.99

The Elder Scrolls Online: Greymoor

XBox Store Xbox One £54.99
XBox Store Xbox One £49.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £49.99

The Elder Scrolls Online: Greymoor Collector's Edition

XBox Store Xbox One £74.99
XBox Store Xbox One £69.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £69.99

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Anniversary Edition

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR

PlayStation Store PS4 £47.99
Steam Store PC £49.99
Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. This includes a regular subscription fee (known as a 'battle/season pass') to unlock access to reward items and other aspects of the game. These games have additional content and the option to buy Season Pass access. The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim had three expansions Dawnguard, Hearthfire, and Dragonborn. These are included in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Legendary Edition.

On Switch Skyrim unlocks content via purchasing physical amiibo figures separately.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our The Elder Scrolls Accessibility Report documents 2 accessibility features:
On Switch, Skyrim offers optimal aiming of bows (along with spells) through subtle movements of the controllers. You can perform basic swings to attack and block with swords.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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