The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
The story is a vast and great one, filled with lore upon lore from the past game. The story flows great and is intermingled with things that aren't necesarily part of the main story, it is presented in a way that you actually feel like you're there in some way. You can really get into it, and it is also like a book it has twists and a fast developing plot. Though the ending is kind of loose ended, that is a signature for Bethesda saying that the end is not really then end.
The graphics are great, the best so far for any Bethesda game. There is massive detail in every little thing, which is surprising for a game with a massive landmass. They do a great job of making things look authentic, giving them age and their own style. Stuff made by Dwarven people will look nothing like things made by the Nords. There is also a great amount of work put into the scenery. There are different plants every where, the weather actually looks real, the fog on the mountains is moving, and if you ever look up at the sky at night it looks amazing. Though the faces still look awkward in some cases you kind of get used to it, and when you see the detail put into the dragons and the dungeons, the flaws don't matter hardly as much.
The soundtracks of the games are great, they fit the scenery of the game, and the mood of the situation. If a bear attacks the sound will change according to that specific situation. At other times just walking around you get nice peaceful music in some areas, then when you travel elsewhere to a stormy spot on the map the sound will again change according to the location. Though there are some flaws, like in kill cams a mace sounds like a sword, but other than that blows sound exactly like they should.
The gameplay is simply amazing. It's easy to understand and it doesn't take long at all to fully master it. The difficulty modes can fit anyone's playing style, I've fought the final boss on every difficulty to test this out, and the difficulties really make a difference level to level. However Super Easy is a little bit too easy for my taste, if you're a regular player I'd suggest staying on Medium or Easy. This game has at least 500+ hours of gameplay that you can easily put into it, and only a small portion of that is the story. The hours of gameplay is backed with an absolutely vast map and vast environment.
It takes at least hours to walk across the whole map, and that's not even counting all the cities, forts, and random locations packed into it. Even ontop of this huge map the dungeons add-on to it. There is one dungeon so big that it took me two hours to full explore, and I didn't even think I was done. Character Creation is easy aswell you aren't forced to make a huge decision, and you can make your character how you want, down to the dirt on their face. You can also choose how you play easily as you level up by using abilities, weapons, armor, crafts, and just by talking and buying things. These also allow you to put skill points in trees. If you find yourself wanting to switch to magic mid-way through the game, it's easy to transition because you aren't making huge leaps everytime you put a skill point into a tree. Even if you aren't into questing there is a vast environment to explore and you can take on very many crafts. Alchemy, Enchanting, Leatherworking, Blacksmithing and etc. are available for all players to do and are a great way to level up. Not only that but even walking around Skyrim you will herbs that you can use, and even eating a butterfly wing in this game has a purpose. In closing Skyrim is it's own world that you're just a visitor to, and it will still keep going along while you're there, and why you aren't.
Lasting Appeal: 10/10
As I said before Skyrim easily has over 500+ hours of gameplay. You can pick up quests for nearly any reason, such as picking up a plant. There are also many roles you can take on in this game, you can be an assassin that specializes in sneak, pickpocketing, and lockpicking. You can be a tank in heavy armory with a sword and a shield. Maybe a berserker with a two handed weapon, or two one handed weapons. A battle mage with a sword and a spell, or a classic mage with two spells. These numerous classes call for even more playthroughs.
Skyrim is a great game for anyone, with a strong and interesting story, and adjustable difficulties for anyone who isn't quite as into RPGs everyone should at least give this game a try, it can't hurt and you might find yourself captivated by it as well.