Skyrim or Skyward Sword?

If I had to pick one, which should it be? Separately, if I wind up getting both (which is pretty likely), which one should be first?

I’ve heard really good reviews of both. I always enjoy Zelda games, but I’m not a huge fan of playing them on the Wii.

On the other hand, I’ve never played any “sandbox” games or any Elder Scrolls games before, and I’m a bit nervous of jumping in in the middle of a series. I also tend to get bogged down in sidequests a lot, and sometimes will get so bogged down that I’ll quit the game, so the sandbox thing might not be best for me.

I’d be playing Skyrim on the PS3, if that matters.



“Getting bogged down by side quests” is pretty much the entire reason to play any Elder Scrolls game. You have your choice of doing the main quest, any of a dozen major secondary quests, or one of the umpty-bajillion little side quests that you just stumble across. There’s no way you’ll ever finish all of them, so just dive in and do whatever’s fun. You’ll usually enjoy yourself, occasionally there’s some tedium, but every so often you stumble across something incredible.

Don’t worry about missing out on the continuity with the earlier games. If you’re interested in that sort of thing, there’s plenty of backstory and references to the earlier games buried in books and the like. But you really can just ignore that find something else to do.

In Oblivion, I spent at least a hundred hours without ever finishing the main quest, and I don’t regret that at all.

But aside from that, I don’t really have any suggestions for you. I really want both games, but I have absolutely no free time, so… damn.

Well SS is the best Zelda game since OOT, so if you like Zelda then you really can’t go wrong with this beautiful immersive game. The controls are actually fun with the Wii Motion Plus so I wouldn’t worry much about playing it on the Wii, you’ll probably be pleasantly surprised by that aspect like most people are.

To be fair, every new Zelda game is the best game since OOT. Until it isn’t. :slight_smile:

I’ll probably wind up getting both, but it’ll be Skyward Sword first I suppose. My daughter really wants to play it. I’m sure I’ll force myself to play it through as well.

Skyrim? I want to play it. Heard good things about it and while the previous Elder Scrolls games never really grabbed me, the Fallout series did. That gives Skyrim a shot. I might just wait a while for a Game of the Year edition when they’ve added all the expansions.

Well, I understand that means you’ll be playing an inferior version; possibly no mods* and lower end graphics. I’ll quote someone from the Skyrim thread whose played both versions:

  • I understand they are working on it, but no telling if they’ll pull it off

Skyrim occurs a couple hundred years after the events of Oblivion, and is in no way dependent on them. Plus, you can find an in-game history book about the “Oblivion Crisis” that will recount the plot for you, if you’re interested. There are similar books that recount the events of Morrowind and Daggerfall, as well. But there is no reason to play those games first. Don’t worry about jumping into the middle of something. The stories aren’t connected at all.

Eh. Some of us have to. My computer works well enough for most day to day things, but even WoW backed way down on graphics gives my PC a run. Thusly Skyrim, when I purchase it, shall be for PS3. It may be a sacrifice, but it’ll be playable.