Game: "Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim"

Score: 9.4 out of 10

Genre: Action RPG

Parental rating: Mature for blood and gore, intense violence, sexual themes and use of alcohol

Developer: Bethesda Game Studios

Publisher: Bethesda Softworks

Platform: Xbox 360 (also available for PlayStation 3 and Windows)

Price: $59.99

Play: Single player

Full disclosure: This game was provided to me by Bethesda. I completed the main quest and several side quests in about 40 hours.

The final boss: The enormous, mesmerizing land of Skyrim and the volume of addictive activity it offers places Bethesda's epic among the best games of 2011.

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