Skyrim video: twenty minutes of gameplay

Bethesda has released a lengthy video walkthrough of its recent closed-doors Skyrim media demo.

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Bethesda showed off a lengthy gameplay The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim demo behind closed doors at E3 and PAX, but now the unwashed masses can finally see it for themselves with a long set of video demonstrations. The video set is narrated by game director Todd Howard, and takes you through some of the environments.

It doesn't show off the character creation that stole hours of Xav's time at PAX, but it does showcase the different perspectives and dual-wielding. Check it out below.

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    September 12, 2011 9:15 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Skyrim video: twenty minutes of gameplay.

    Bethesda has released a lengthy video walkthrough of its recent closed-doors Skyrim media demo.

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      September 12, 2011 9:32 AM

      ...mein gott...

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      September 12, 2011 9:57 AM

      The dragon grabbing the giant and flying off tossing it off into the distance was beyond epic.

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        September 12, 2011 1:55 PM

        Technically, it was marvelous. In terms of art direction, it slipped into uncanny valley. The giant in an awkward pose, falling out the sky. But... these are just niggling details compared to what they're accomplishing in the larger scope.

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      September 12, 2011 10:08 AM

      shut up and take my money!

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      September 12, 2011 10:33 AM

      It looks so grainy, maybe cause its on the xbox

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      September 12, 2011 10:44 AM

      I came.

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      September 12, 2011 10:47 AM

      Things I saw- Amazing water effects, dualwielding a spell looks like he's doing a Kamehameha.When the dragon crashed landed it actually deformed the terrain=Awsome

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        September 12, 2011 10:59 AM

        I don't know if it actually deformed the land, but it definitely erased a bunch of plants.

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      September 12, 2011 10:58 AM

      It's been a long time since I've been this excited for a game to come out.

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      September 12, 2011 10:59 AM

      any word on which guilds will be offered if any?

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        September 12, 2011 11:02 AM

        I hear the Fighter's Guild is recruiting.

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        September 12, 2011 11:27 AM

        I read the guy who wrote the Dark Brotherhood storyline from Oblivion is back doing his thing again. So, that's exciting.

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          September 12, 2011 3:02 PM

          That is correct. It was Emil Pagliarulo, who got promoted in Fallout 3 to Lead Designer. For Skyrim he is Lead Designer again, working on the Dark Brotherhood story line, and he designed the dragon language.

          That man is great.

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        September 12, 2011 1:14 PM

        I'm pretty sure they mentioned the three standard ones (fighter, mage, thief) and then we've been told Dark Brotherhood will be back too.

        I hope there's more than that, but even just those four I never actually finished all of in Oblivion.

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          September 13, 2011 11:47 AM

          Four would be a massive disappointment. One of my main gripes with Oblivion was the streamlining of choices of faction. Morrowind had over 10, and while two or three of them were not joinable, they did play enough of a part in the game to feel like they had real influence.

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        September 12, 2011 8:45 PM

        The Skyrim version of the Mages Guild is "The College of Winter's Hold", the Fighters guild is known as "The Companions." So far all that is know about the Thieves Guild and Dark Brotherhood is that they exist, no idea if they are separate or related entities from what was in Oblivion.

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      September 12, 2011 11:28 AM

      Mass Effect's directed/controlled story was nice but it doesn't hold a candle to Bethesda's work. Bethesda's stuff is just in a class all it's own. Seeing the weather change as you went higher up into the mountains, panning around and realizing that you can actually explore everything you're looking at. Simply awesome. Day one buy along with every piece of DLC.

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      September 12, 2011 12:53 PM

      Wow. Looks better than the grainy version that leaked.

      This November: Fuck Up Some Dragons!

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      September 12, 2011 1:18 PM

      Oh dear god so good I can't even

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      September 12, 2011 2:46 PM

      Are they going to have NPC's that all say exactly the same thing, but with a different voice actor reading the exact same line? Not that that ever stopped me from buying and playing the hell out of them

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        September 12, 2011 2:47 PM

        No. They have brought in 20 voice actors to record words from the dictionary. When you encounter an NPC, it will randomly pick a voice actor out for each different word and generate the vocals on the fly.

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          September 12, 2011 8:01 PM

          Bethesda hired 70 voice actors/actresses for Skyrim. I think Oblivion had 20.

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            September 12, 2011 8:46 PM

            Oblivion only had 14 actually lol

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            September 12, 2011 10:16 PM

            After playing so many bethesda games and hearing the same voice actors time and time again, getting additional voice actors is a much appreciated and needed change.

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              September 13, 2011 12:16 AM

              Or they could waste all the voice acting budget on one high profile actor who is only there for the first 10 minutes of the game.

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                September 13, 2011 2:10 PM

                What? When would that happen? THAT SOUNDS COMPLETELY PREPOSTEROUS!

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      September 12, 2011 2:53 PM

      I want to see videos on the world itself and the roleplaying aspects of the game. Exploration has always been my favorite part of the Elder Scrolls series.

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      September 12, 2011 6:11 PM

      Nice work, lplasmatron! :D

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      September 12, 2011 6:26 PM

      Still saw enemies sliding around.

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      September 12, 2011 10:11 PM

      Wow, that looks really cool. I've never played any of these games.

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      September 12, 2011 10:35 PM

      That looks dangerous sharpening an axe and conversing at the same time.

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      September 13, 2011 8:16 AM

      I don't know what to say other that WOW! Most anticipated game of this holiday season, and that's saying something considering all of the amazing games coming out.