As a 14 year old boy who grew up playing Morrowind and later Oblivion, this was an unbelievably exciting release for me, and one I could hardly wait for. After the lacklustre Modern Warfare 3, I really missed a game that kept me fully absorbed for weeks. And Skyrim does not dissapoint.
The Graphics are amazing, running beautifully on my PC. The view from the Throat of The World made my jaw drop, and the dragons are incredible. While not perfect, the character models have greatly advanced from the blocky, glowing faces of its predecessor.
The gameplay is exciting, and I love the dual-wield system, as it manages to do it better than another one of my favourite games, Bioshock 2. The perk tree is a great addition, and really makes you feel like your character is gradually becoming more badass. I am disappointed that they did not remove the Fast Travel feature, as it ruined Oblivion for me.
The main story is not the strongest, and the ending was a bit of a anti-climax. I really enjoyed the Dark Brotherhood quest line ( as it features one of the best characters in Elder Scrolls history) , and found the other guild's quests to be good also. I believe that the Radiant Story helped with the overall immersion into Skyrim, and crafted it into a game for the ages.
And now for some bad points. There are multiple bugs in game, some that have made me start from a previous save, and some that cause Arrows to be lodged in my characters head for a long time. I also did not really like the dragons attack patterns, as it was the same every time, and after half a dozen dragons they no longer posed a challenge.
But overall, I loved Skyrim. It is a game that will keep me absorbed in its world for years to come, and the DLC will hopefully be as amazing and immersive as the Shivering Isles. This is my Game of The Year. And while it may not quite deserve a perfect ten, the rating system does not allow me to rate in decimals, so ten it shall be.