RPG Battle: Dark Souls vs. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Forget all this Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 vs. Battlefield 3 talk. For role-playing fans, the battle might be between Dark Souls and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
Thankfully, fans of the genre should have time for both, as the follow-up to the award-winning Demon's Souls will release on October 4, and Skyrim won't be ready until November 11. Of course, given the amount of time people may spend with Dark Souls, maybe there isn't enough time...
So what will the hardcore role-playing fans choose? These are very different experiences, although both will likely offer 100+ hours of gameplay for those who want it. Dark Souls will tax your combat and strategy abilities to the limit; it's a real-time, third-person adventure that builds upon the success of Demon's Souls. On the other hand, Skyrim features a gigantic open world (Dark Souls isn't quite as open) and a first-person viewpoint. The style is different, and so is the progression.
There's little doubt that Skyrim will be the most popular, but that's hardly the intriguing question. MW3 is destined to trump BF3 on the sales charts, but that's not what gets headlines; it's a quality vs. quality battle. In that case, which of these RPGs will emerge victorious according to reviews? We'll let the RPG fans weigh in with their picks.
7/28/2011 9:04:20 PM Ben Dutka