Length and longevity is a top priority for a game like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim .

Many fans of the franchise will gladly tell you they've spent at least a hundred hours on any one title; some will say that number is actually closer to two hundred. Well, let's up the ante again for the fifth entry: according to PSM3 magazine , Skyrim executive producer Craig Lafferty offered a few impressive production details. Not only will the overall package feature 300 hours of gameplay (with a main quest that can be completed in 20-30 hours), but the team also recruited 14 voice actors to perform 70 different roles and 47,000 lines of dialogue. …that's a lot of different roles for only 14 people; we hope we don't hear a lot of characters that sound very much alike.

But the bottom line is that for $60, you likely won't find another game that gets you better bang for your buck.

Related Game(s): The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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coverton341
coverton341
9 years ago

Had this one on pre-order from amazon for a while now. Can't wait.

Claire C
Claire C
9 years ago

Me too! Cloth map! =)

Riku994
Riku994
9 years ago

I actually have the magazine sitting next to me, but hearing it twice never hurts 😛

Looking Glass
Looking Glass
9 years ago

It doesn't matter much to me how many gameplay hours they put into this one. Personally I've always been very disappointed with Bethesda's strange aversion to romance options. I know some people might find this strange but for me one of the best parts of these kinds of RPGs are the romance options. And this is also one of the main reasons that Bioware's games interest me (although not as much as JRPGs). So as long as Bethesda continues to be averse to this kind of thing in their games I will continue to pass on them personally. Although the one exception would be Fallout 3. I purchased that one for an unusual reason that I'd rather not talk about.


Last edited by Looking Glass on 6/30/2011 11:15:05 AM

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
9 years ago

Well that's alright, although unusual. I've never let that type of thing hinder my experience with games, but I suppose you have your reasons.

But now I'm curious why did you purchase fallout 3?


Last edited by bigrailer19 on 6/30/2011 12:22:09 PM

Beamboom
Beamboom
9 years ago

Yeah I'm curious about Fallout 3 too 😀

And I totally agree with you Looking Glass – the romance part of the BioWare games makes the characters so much more alive and add personal nuances to the story. Going back to one of the Fallout games feels kind of "empty" afterwards.

… That does not mean I'll pass on this one. Not a chance. But it ain't BioWare for sure.


Last edited by Beamboom on 6/30/2011 12:50:29 PM

Looking Glass
Looking Glass
9 years ago

@ Beamboom

I agree. Having romance options greatly enriches the experience with these kinds of RPGs. I'm not saying that Bethesda's games are bad, just not as good as they could be. Fallout 3 is one example of this.

@ Beamboom and bigrailer19

Sorry, but I have no intention of talking about my reason for purchasing Fallout 3.

Claire C
Claire C
9 years ago

Morrowind had romance quests. Don't know if Oblivion did. There's that gal in 'Big Town' I think it was that you could schmooze as a male character in FO3. I hope Skyrim has romance options as well.

Looking Glass
Looking Glass
9 years ago

@ Claire C

I believe you're referring to Bittercup in FO3. And compared to the way Bioware does romance, Bethesda's options (what little there are of them) are a joke. As far as I know the most you can hope for is a bit of flirtatious dialogue and not much more in most of the cases. Ahnassi in Morrowind really seems to be the exception, not the rule. And even that ends up being rather anti-climatic. And on top of that there are a lot less of them (romance options) than in the Bioware games.

I suppose it would be nice if things get better in Skyrim, but I would not expect it. Because for whatever reason this kind of thing really doesn't seem to be Bethesda's forte.

Claire C
Claire C
9 years ago

Outside of DA and ME not too many games have romance 'options' (that I know of). Did KotOR2 have any? o.O

Looking Glass
Looking Glass
9 years ago

@ Claire C

No, I don't think KOTOR 2 had any romance options, but KOTOR 1 did. And romance options in video games are actually not as uncommon as you may think. There are actually quite a few games that have them in one form or another. Japanese Dating sims for example are pretty much built on this concept. This is also shared by a number of Japanese visual novels.

But instead of making a list I think what I'll do is direct you to one or two. Specifically in the "examples" sections of the two pages these links bring you to:

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/RelationshipValues

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/GayOption


Last edited by Looking Glass on 6/30/2011 10:00:27 PM

big6
big6
9 years ago

Yes, I have mine pre-ordered as well. My only concern right now is not the length or quality of the game.
I'm actually mostly concerned of the impending level cap…

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
9 years ago

If the level cap is anything like oblivion you shouldn't have anything to worry about. I havnt heard much on this topic so…

Claire C
Claire C
9 years ago

They've stated there is not level cap but that it just gets really hard when you're in the 50's/60's range.

A3ero88
A3ero88
9 years ago

Oh god, this games isn't going to just wreck a couple of months, its gonna wreck my whole year

Yetishi
Yetishi
9 years ago

You got it wrong! The magazine says that there are 70 voice actors playing the roles in Skyrim compared to the 14 in Oblivion.

Beamboom
Beamboom
9 years ago

Wow – is that seriously so? That's… Amazing!

Fane1024
Fane1024
9 years ago

Oh, thank God.

"Can I interest you in some of my wares?"

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

Good old Bethseda. I picked up Fallout 3 a little while back and started playing. At first I was like ugh! These graphics suck and how many times do I have to see the same persons face on someone else's body? And that VOICE! I recognize that voice from Oblivion. And why is it so grey, brown and green? Whether it makes sense or not, I want my post apocalyptic wastelands made colorful with blue roads, yellow dirt, pink and white pokadot mushrooms, and red craggy rocks =p
But then it bites you, Making it easy to cast aside thr scrutiny over graphics, control, and redundant voices, Bethseda's games attempt to do things unlike no other, making for a truly first person ever addicting experience, even if the sum of it's parts should add up to something less.

SirLoin of Beef
SirLoin of Beef
9 years ago

Can't wait for Skyrim!

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
9 years ago

Considering that Fallout 3 lasted me over a year in which I had 150 hours put in, Skyrim looks like a 2 year game for me.

Excelsior1
Excelsior1
9 years ago

that's great. i hope the ps3 version turns out good. all the footage we have seen so far has been captured on the 360. it was playable at e3 on the 360 but not the ps3.

CrusaderForever
CrusaderForever
9 years ago

Hopefully I will be done with Batman Arkham City and Dark Souls by the time this comes out. Then there's U3! Twisted Metal…..gasp! Oh man, better start working on the real life Multiplicity problem!

BTNwarrior
BTNwarrior
9 years ago

you will never be done with dark souls

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
9 years ago

Here we go again… Ugh I hate when games take over my personal life!

DjEezzy
DjEezzy
9 years ago

I just want to know… Who the hell has 300 hours to put into a game? No offense at all. I just know that I played BFBC 2 for over a year and I only managed to squeeze in just over 100. Maybe it's because i have kids but man thats alot of hours!!! It would take me years to get that many hours out of the game. LOL

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

That's what makes it so good.

Beamboom
Beamboom
9 years ago

When a game is good enough it can't be too many hours. 🙂

I would not mind spending many years on a game. Come to think of it I've already done just that.
Keyword: mmorpg. 🙂

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
9 years ago

Well, I am a father of two, work full time, and I put 150 hours into Fallout 3.

It just took me a year.

CrusaderForever
CrusaderForever
9 years ago

You guys are rookies! I have a wife and kids and all I do is chain them up downstairs. Getting 300 hours on Skyrim is a piece of cake! j/k 🙂

Sithis
Sithis
9 years ago

I put 300 hours into Oblivion. It wasn't hard at all. Bethesda's games suck you in like no other game does and it's awesome.

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

Awww, how long will the DLC add, because they're already working on it. That means it's a GotY edition wait for me. Ah well, should be a great game.

Sithis
Sithis
9 years ago

Let's hope they add another province in the DLC's. That'd be swell. Maybe Morrowind or High Rock, or if that's too hard then Solstheim.

burnedknight
burnedknight
9 years ago

It's looking like a great game and instant purchase for me .

BTNwarrior
BTNwarrior
9 years ago

only game I ever put that much time into is demons souls. Though I did put alot into Oblivion as well

NoSmokingBandit
NoSmokingBandit
9 years ago

Gameplay hours are pointless without substance. Oblivion felt like a bunch of loosely connected sidequests with no real story pushing it forward. You have to find ways to entertain yourself in the game world, so you could say there are infinite gameplay hours since it all depends on how much time the player wants to waste.

KNG201
KNG201
9 years ago

I cant wait for this game. d1 for me. now I hope they will be putting 300 hours into "making" Fallout 4.
off topic : I would really like to have them make a modern rpg without swords and magic and futuristic stuff. maybe some guns bats knives toxic chemicals idk something other them the norm.

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
9 years ago

Not if it is anything like Oblivion, played it for 10 hours at most, beat this evil spirit in a house, then I settled in and felt no need to continue with the quest, I was happy with my house and to live as a humble elf for the rest of the characters life…. No idea why i felt no need to continue. It was a good game lol.

Crabba
Crabba
9 years ago

Long doesn't equal good in my book. I'd rather see a shorter, well polished game with a good story that makes sense and tight gameplay that keeps you interested, rather than a long drawn out game.

Nickjcal
Nickjcal
9 years ago

it's not exactly the game that's drawn out, but for you to complete every single thing there is to do in the game it would take you 300 hours. Side quests, finding loot and so on.

sirbob6
sirbob6
9 years ago

Well, since Fallout lasted me longer than that amount of time I can plan on easily doubling that amount with Skyrim.

DjEezzy
DjEezzy
9 years ago

With all the good games coming out. I wouldn't even want to spend that much time on a game. There's too much out there and coming soon to just stick with one game the whole time.

DcIronfist
DcIronfist
9 years ago

This will just have to be a Game I come back to in between other games:). Not a bad problem to have

Kai200X
Kai200X
9 years ago

Sounded about right! I got 300 plus hours from Oblivion and I am hoping Skyrim can top that. Also I think I might have the highest legit bounty in PS3 Oblivion, so i am looking forward to see what I can do in Skyrim in that department lol

Nickjcal
Nickjcal
9 years ago

300 from oblivion?!?!?! holy macrol. Skyrim will probably double that haha. Your going to be like the guy who lives under a rock in the Geico commercial!

Gordo
Gordo
9 years ago

Jeez… Wish I was a time rich (but cash poor) student again… Having 300 hours to sink into a game would be excellent!

It can take me months to finish a game nowadays… Skyrim would take me a year on "married with kids" time…

Maybe I should rob a bank… Are you allowed PS3's in your prison cell?

___________
___________
9 years ago

yes, but whats the point if its boring as bat sh*t?
to be honest i found freaking ben 10 more entertaining then the last elder scrolls game!
ok, i only played it because my nephew was over and hes mother would slice me to bits and feed me to the dogs then hurl the dogs entrails into a foundry if i played one of my games with him.
only one game going to keep me occupied in november!
just hope the crappy stealth focus and tacked on story are gone!

Robochic
Robochic
9 years ago

Preordered it for my hubby he loves Obilivion so had to do this for him but I'm mean and waiting for him to open it up for Christmas MWAAAAAA

correction
correction
9 years ago

Just a correction:
Various sources (ps3center, msxbox-world, gameput) quote that Craig Lafferty said "…we had 14 people doing all the voices in Oblivion. In Skyrim, we have 70 different actors performing 47,000 lines."
So there's not 14 voice actors filling out 70 roles in Skyrim, there's 70 actors filling out an unspecified amount of roles. I guess the numbers got mixed up in this article, but if you could fix this, it might clear up some confusion and misconceptions.