Parents should know that although Skyrim is rated M and contains some very mature content, many families and younger players have enjoyed this game. Gameplay is very customizable. Check out this post about a dad who played Skyrim with his 4-year-old daughter for tips and ideas on how to make it work in your favor.
Violence: Combat involves bloodshed. Heads will roll, literally. It isn’t terribly realistic, though.
Horror: There are a few quests involving themes such as cannibalism, torture, serial murder, and demonic possession. However, these are not a primary focus of the game.
Sexual Content: There are spoken references to prostitution, sexual slavery, promiscuity, and sexual violence in some quests. Again, this is not a primary focus of the game.
Substance Use: Alcohol (read: beer, ale, wine) is prevalent, and can be consumed by the main character (though it has little impact).
Nudity and Costuming: Players can remove the main character’s clothing and armor, but they still wear undergarments.
Players can save whenever and wherever they choose.
Skyrim has been praised for its gorgeous world and graphics. The map is extremely large, and because of its sandbox nature, players can choose to play the game in many different ways.
- Skyrim features a few fantasy races that are shown to have a large amount of prejudice thrown their way. However, when you choose to make your Dragonborn one of these races, you are not treated badly. In fact, no other characters interact with the Dragonborn in a racially-charged manner. Do you think this is realistic, and if not, what kinds of prejudice do you think your Dragonborn might have faced if it was realistic?
- The game forces players to make moral decisions throughout the story. Did you make some decisions you would not have made in real life? Why? Do you think, in those cases, the end justified the means, or was it more of a character decision?
- Neither the Stormcloaks nor the Imperials are perfect. Each faction has its problems and its good points. Which faction did you choose, and why? Do you disagree with anything your chosen faction did or believed?