One of the great things about the 7th generation of consoles is that they brought more open world PC-like titles to the forefront. The benefits of jumping into a massive single player game like Skyrim or Fallout 3 are many; you can explore, engage in trade/commerce, complete quests or simply take in the environment. Perhaps that’s an oversimplification…the truth is, you can do pretty much whatever you like inside of a game like Skyrim, whatever that might entail. Of course this is the primary appeal of these sorts of games, the freedom they offer up to gamers.
However, everyone might not feel the same way; in fact, some gamers actually find these open world titles to be either too massive or difficult for them to enjoy. If you’re one of these people, you’re about to learn how to succeed (or at the very least, have a good time) in open world games like Skyrim.
First things first, select your race / character attributes and base them on a certain type of playing style. For example, if you want to be the ultimate hero who is a master swordsman and wizard, then you need to concentrate on building up those skills first and foremost. In fact, pick one specific attack and defensive skill / weapon type and focus on leveling them up before you actually start trying to take on too many quests, difficult foes or engage in exploration. In short, you want to be powerful enough to take down most standard enemies and stocked up on goodies before setting off into the great unknown (kind of like real life).
Now, once you’ve started building up your attack capabilities it’s time to start looking for better/higher quality items, armor and weapons. In most cases this might also require you to engage in commerce with the local merchants of whatever town you happen to find yourself in. If you’ve already been exploring at this point you probably have a lot of goodies that you can trade over for coin, others might have work for you that pays well. At any rate, the idea is to get your hands on the best weapon available for your chosen class; so, if you’re an archer for instance, you want that enchanted ebony bow.
Once you’ve built your character up a bit, perhaps move up a few levels, it’s time to get creative. The true key to success in open world games is to use your imagination; this is after all a vibrant simulated environment that features a great deal of simultaneous activity, most of which is generated randomly. Remember, there are no rules; you can approach each and every situation an almost infinite number of ways too. Perhaps one of the best ways of ensuring that you remain a foe to be reckoned with is to use stealth tactics. In other words, never let enemies know you’re lurking around unless you have to (this is especially true when you’re surrounded by those who might otherwise wildly overpower you).
Lastly, don’t be afraid to experiment. Try anything / everything you can think of. Games like Skyrim were designed to be reactive and immersive; they’re not going to lead you around like a lost puppy. Keep in mind these are also largely role-playing games we’re talking about here too, so try to get into the mindset of your character and above all else, focus on having fun and leveling up, not mindlessly completing quests for the sake of it.