be one Elder Scrolls Game means that the game must be an open-ended experience, and The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim is certainly the rule rather than the exception. The possibilities for defeating enemies, solving problems, and completing quests are nearly endless as the player is able to create their own ways to navigate Skyrim.
This leads to crazy or interesting player experiences, such as B. a player who avoids and yells at each dragon Skyrim, making each playthrough a unique experience. In turn, the uniqueness of each playthrough inspires replayability, as different builds, choices, and factors make the playthrough more satisfying for players.
Another phenomenon that enables new playthroughs is the induction of constraints; in other words, when players choose to limit themselves with rules that make playthrough more challenging. This is probably most commonly seen in FromSoftware games, but is certainly possible in other games in particular Skyrim with added mods. However, recently a player showed how creative one can be without mods by posting a clip of his level 1 playthrough and his incredibly unique and hilarious Mercer Frey kill.
Reddit user walter-fring captured her very quick fight against the traitor of Skyrim‘s mysterious thieves guild. Inside, they quickly grabbed Mercer with the Vampire Grip Charm and tossed him around in midair like a rag doll. They then threw Mercer high and fired the Wabbajack (a staff that transforms the target), hitting him before hitting the ground. On impact, Mercer turned into a cute roll of all people, which Walter-Fring promptly picked up, found in her inventory, and devoured like some kind of mad magician cannibal.
To be fair, one can argue that it wasn’t cannibalism since Mercer was a sweet bun. However, Mercer’s soul was trapped in this new doughy prison, and so Walter-Fring literally ate Mercer. Many Reddit users were rather upset that Walter-Fring ate the Mercer roll after it fell into the disgusting water at her feet. In the end, nobody really cared about Mercer Frey’s death since he was a hated character that made Skyrim‘s Thieves Guild often looks foolish.
Walter-Fring’s clip is a perfect encapsulation of Skyrim‘s openness; With a level 1 character, they used an exploit to cast Vampiric Grip so they could launch Mercer Frey and blast him with the Wabbajack to turn him into a cute reel. This alone would have been enough to set the playthrough apart, but Walter-Fring then picking up and devouring the sweet bun was the icing on the cake, so to speak.
The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim is currently available on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and Nintendo Switch.
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