The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was released to widespread critical acclaim. Aggregating review websites GameRankings and Metacritic gave the Xbox 360 version 95.22% and 96/100, the PC version 94.42% and 94/100, and thePlayStation 3 version 88.00% and 92/100, all respectively.
IGN stated that “It’s a mesmerizing game that draws you into a finely crafted fictional space packed with content… Skyrim is one of the best role-playing games yet produced.”The Guardian said that “Skyrim is one of the most gargantuan undertakings gamers will experience all year. The sheer size of the adventure…is mind-blowing.” Wired.com wrote, “The game’s greatest accomplishment is that it is a paradise of escapism. There are very few scripted quests that aren’t worth experiencing.” GameSpot commented that “Skyrim performs the most spectacular of enchantments: the one that causes huge chunks of time to vanish before you know it” and Joystiq wrote, “This is the deepest, loveliest world ever created for a single player to explore.” Famitsu gave Skyrim a score of 40/40, making it the first video game developed entirely by non-Japanese companies to receive a perfect rating from them.
Criticism was made about the PC version’s user interface, with some critics remarking that it was designed for console controllers as opposed to the traditional keyboard and mouse setup. Official PlayStation Magazine (UK) criticized the technical issues and feeling that the game was in an unfinished state, though gave it an overall good review.
During the first day of release, Steam showed over 230,000 people playing Skyrim concurrently. In the first week of release, Bethesda stated that 7 million copies of the game had been shipped to retailers worldwide, and that total sales through the following Wednesday were expected to generate an estimated US$450 million. By December 16, 2011, this had risen to 10 million copies shipped to retail and around US$620 million.Additionally, Valve stated that it was the fastest selling game to date on their Steam platform. Steam’s game statistics page showed the game breaking a five million user record by having 5,012,468 users logged in as recently as January 2, 2012. During this time, Skyrim was the most-played game on Steam by a huge margin, with double the number of players as Team Fortress 2, the second-placed game. As of July 2012, an estimated 10 million copies have been sold. In the United Kingdom, Skyrim was the 9th best selling title of 2012.
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