If you attended the recent Eurogamer Expo in London over the last week, you will know that The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was arguably the best playable attraction at the event, with Bethesda giving thousands of gamers the opportunity to play the game for the very first time ahead of release.
We were at the event and to put it lightly, the queues for the Skyrim were nothing short of agonising, with gamers having to wait the best part of an hour in some cases just to get a brief hands-on time with the game – but it was worth it of course.
Perhaps more importantly, the hands-on time at Eurogamer gave gamers the chance to try out the create a race features in Skyrim and just like Oblivion, you’ll have the opportunity to pick your favorite race, with each one having a specific set of characteristics and bonuses that you’ll get during play.
One helpful gamer on hand at the Expo has listed his experiences with the game over on the official Skyrim forum, and he has listed a solid list of race bonuses, as well as perks for some of the skills featured in Skyrim, that players will be able to unlock as they progress. The list isn’t 100% complete, but it does give you a very good idea of some of the unlocks available as you work your way through the game.
For example, an Wood Elf player choosing Archery as a main skill will get an instant race bonus of being able to command animals, as well as being immune to poison and disease. Then archery skills will include a 25% damage bonus with bows, the chance to have a 10% critical hit, recover 2x the amount of arrows from dead bodies, chance of paralysing the enemy and also zoom in attacks with slow motion. Many of these are similar to Oblivion of course, but we love the idea of recovering double arrows from bodies, that’s definitely a new one.
If you head over to the forum post, you’ll find a list of skills for many other perks, including Sneak, Alchemy, Conjuration and many more. Don’t forget that this list isn’t final and was based on a gamer’s hands-on time at Eurogamer. Let us know what you think of the information – are you happy with some of the new skills and perks available? Bring on November 11, that’s all we’re saying.
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