I won't lie; I dream about Skyrim. I dream the fifth Elder Scrolls game is released, months in advance, and the only unwitting recipient of this so very rushed title is me! Then I wake up, and console myself with yet more Call of Duty. It's a pitiful life, really. And I've yet to pre-order Elder Scrolls V Skyrim, either, which is a little stupid considering my nigh-obsession with it. If you're a fellow dovahkiin aficionado, you might be pleased to hear pre-ordering Skyrim nets you a "premium quality" world map.
This pre-order incentive applies to all platforms, be it PC, PS3 or Xbox 360. While Bethesda have sought to improve all aspects of the much-maligned Elder Scrolls UI with Skyrim, a physical object you can refer to and pore over will be a great deal of help when navigating the rugged homeland of the Nords.
Jon got his hands on Elder Scrolls V Skyrim at E3 a few weeks back, and came away very impressed. He called it a "tour de force of substance over style", marveling at the "ambiently jaw-dropping" new engine on show and the all new and improved "visceral" combat system. I begged Jon to attempt a stunning heist of the Skyrim booth, right from under Bethesda and the show-floor caretakers' noses. Alas, it was not to be. Back to daydreaming, then. [Eurogamer]