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The Elder Scrolls (Series) Review

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Posted: A year ago, last updated 2 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


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

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

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

Developer: @BethesdaStudios


Duration: 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.
Players: This is a single player game.


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.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

This game has been rated ESRB MATURE 17+.


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.


Accessibility for this game is as follows:


How you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.

View Game Map: View a map of the game world during play, with points of interest and missions highlighted throughout entire game.


How you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.


Motion Controls Available: You can use motion controls, tilting the controller to steer for example.

Motion Aiming: Can use small movements of gamepad to fine-tune aiming, or as main aiming mechanism. This is sometimes known as Gyro-Aiming.

Motion Controls Not Required: You don’t need motion controls to play the game.

System Settings

Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games... read more about system accessibility settings.

Supported by PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors: @GeekDadGamer

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