Sure, it’s going on 5 years since Skyrim was released, the fifth title in the Elder Scrolls video gaming franchise. But, its impact can still be felt. Mostly because some gamers have yet to get through this amazing world! For those who’ve had their fill, there are alternatives. Here are some other games (some older, some newer) that may fit the bill. But, probably not. Let’s face it: Skyrim rules!
Red Dead Redemption
What sets RDD apart is the Wild West scenario. Forget about mythical dragons. It’s regular folks who turn out to be the worst kind of enemy. Walk through the open worlds of the early 1900s trying to get your family back by ratting out your gang. It’s a great change of pace…
An authentic classic, this 20 year old series first caught on in Japan. Subsequent titles have increased in technology and the beloved fan favorite still manages to entertain as you search for daddy in an old, underground graveyard. We love it already…
The option to play as either a dude or a chick is irresistible to some gamers, accounting for the game’s popularity. But, with a sidekick like The Gryphon sharing the excitement, it quickly becomes apparent that, just maybe, you can walk a mile in somebody else’s shoes…
Risen 2: Dark Waters
While the Titans are away, the Pirates will play in this tropical-setting, near open world thriller which rewards hand-to-hand combat skill as much as becoming an expert with blades or pistols. It’s totally up to you. Isn’t that what a pirate’s life is all about?
This decade old classic recently got an HD upgrade on the Xbox 360 which has old and new fans alike joining in the action. The game proves there’s a fine line between good and evil. The question is, which side will you follow?
Dragon Age: Origins
Six years in the making, it’s obvious that a good chunk of that time went into story and artwork. Many gamers have compared the series to The Lord Of The Rings, no small accomplishment. In its latest incarnation, Inquisition, the player can choose between Human, Dwarf or Elf characters. As it turns out, none of these roles are quite what they’re cracked up to be. Seems like even immortal Elves have their problems…
An apocalyptic tale, set not too far in the future, Fallout 3 is still being played by addicts. Literally. One of the game’s controversial issues is that players can be hopelessly drunk or pathetically addicted to drugs while in character. Hey. How else you gonna deal with the end of the world as we know it?
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Even bigger than Skyrim, this game offers more open world play than its role model. Ultimately a grim, dark and bloody love story, the game is all about chasing down your one true love. Then sacrificing yourself so she can take the throne. Or not. There are three possible endings, one of which is open-ended itself. Do wonders never cease?
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Literally Skyrim’s daddy, Oblivion hinted at the glories of open world gaming to come. Even nearly a decade after it launched to universal acclaim, the game still hath powers to charm and beguile. Basically, you can’t go wrong in mythical settings where swords and magic rule. There’s just something about being a Knight in Shining Armor…