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Skyrim World Map and Game Manual "Leaked"

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A printed world map and the Xbox 360's manual for Bethesda's The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim have been scanned/photographed and uploaded.

Monday brought reports that a printed map pulled from the Russian Collector's Edition of Bethesda's upcoming The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim RPG was scanned and published online by members of a Russian fan forum. There wasn't any question in regards to its authenticity, as the scan itself was huge and featured numerous folds as if pulled from a game box.

Turns out that the map wasn't exactly "leaked," but rather handed out to attendees of the Igromir gaming show in Moscow. Either way, the virtual landscape looks massive enough to rival an MMORPG (ok, that's an exaggeration), and the map even reveals the nine major cities as previously reported, defined by their own coat of arms.

Now it seems that the Skyrim manual for the Xbox 360 version has been obtained, photographed and uploaded to imgur. There are 38 images in all covering details like cooking, the items menu, increasing skills and leveling up, the main game screen broken down into ten components, skills, traveling, quests, bartering, sneaking, pickpocketing and lockpicking, crime and punishment, and more.

Unfortunately, because the manual was photographed instead of scanned, some of the text is blurry, making the details hard to read. Still, there's plenty to read and in-game imagery to drool over until the game lands on store shelves next month.

Was this a leak? Look at it this way: what better way to create buzz over your product than to "accidentally" release in-game footage, prototypes or other materials? The appearance of a map and a manual back-to-back just doesn't seem coincidental.

Bethesda is set to launch The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim in exactly one month, on November 11, for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC.

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    amk-aka-Phantom , October 12, 2011 6:27 AM
    Eagerly waiting for this game and hoping it will be closer to Morrowind than to Oblivion; and give us some good graphics!
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    alhanelem , October 12, 2011 6:37 AM
    actually i prefer if the gameplay is better in Skyrim, if the graphics are the same or just slightly better than oblivion then i dont care, someone somewhere might make a mod to make it better just like the mod on morrowwind and oblivion
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    ThruSeer , October 12, 2011 7:12 AM
    Very exciting! New skill trees, sweet graphics, expansive world, combat physics... Gonna be a dream.
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    kasugurami , October 12, 2011 7:28 AM
    Another mod craze HERE I COME!
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    killerclick , October 12, 2011 7:29 AM
    What I didn't like about Oblivion:
    1. fast travel - discourages exploration
    2. quest arrow - also discourages exploration (game was designed around fast travel and the quest arrow so turning them off via mods makes the game unplayable)
    3. leveled NPCs and loot - bandits with Mithril armor and glass maces trying to shake you down for 50 septims
    4. uninspiring enemies - daedra are basically mindless monsters in the game
    5. closing Oblivion gates was boooring


    What I know I won't like about Skyrim:
    1. no weapon maintenance
    2. reduced number of attributes
    3. graphics suited for current gen consoles (not much better than Fallout 3)
    4. world map is same size as in Oblivion
    5. fast travel, quest arrow and leveled NPCs and loot


    Oh well, still better than MMO crap...
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    alidan , October 12, 2011 11:32 AM
    killerclickWhat I didn't like about Oblivion:1. fast travel - discourages exploration2. quest arrow - also discourages exploration (game was designed around fast travel and the quest arrow so turning them off via mods makes the game unplayable)3. leveled NPCs and loot - bandits with Mithril armor and glass maces trying to shake you down for 50 septims4. uninspiring enemies - daedra are basically mindless monsters in the game5. closing Oblivion gates was boooringWhat I know I won't like about Skyrim:1. no weapon maintenance2. reduced number of attributes3. graphics suited for current gen consoles (not much better than Fallout 3)4. world map is same size as in Oblivion5. fast travel, quest arrow and leveled NPCs and lootOh well, still better than MMO crap...


    wow... you have no idea what was taken out of oblivion for the engine run on the consoles do you?

    youtube some early pre e3 ai demos, and how the game worked.
    play a bit of morrowind, and than complain about
    fast travel... while i can admit was poorly done, you also have to remember the only way to fast travle is to have BEEN TO THAT AREA ONCE, it didn't discourage exploration. now on towns, im not sure, i didn't discover fast travel till i already visited all the main citys.
    enemy leveling was lame, what i would love is a more demon souls feal but we all know that will never happen.
    ai was SEVERELY dumbed down for the consoles. blame them not the game itself.
    after playing/seeing rage, it will be hard for skyrim to be impressive ai wise.
    and graphics... i go into that enough for people to know i care far more about game/gameplay than what the game looks like.
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    spookyman , October 12, 2011 1:43 PM
    I think I will get the PC version. At least with it you can have mods. And mod the game easily yourself.
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    beardguy , October 12, 2011 3:19 PM
    Can't wait!

    I truly hope this game is optimized for PC. When Oblivion came out, it clearly was not well optimized for PC(still love the game though). I am a little nervous after the Rage PC fiasco. I pretty much updated my system just to play this game though.

    Please Bethesda don't let us down with another bad console port. I have faith this one will be great!
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    klavis , October 12, 2011 4:08 PM
    Wow, so you say it was "leaked", then you admit that it was not leaked at all but given out as a promotion, then you write a whole paragraph about how things that are leaked now aren't really leaked when the whole thing was never leaked to begin with. It was given out as promotional items at an event! Why was items being leaked even brought up in this article, nothing was leaked, not even fake leaked? This article is contradictory.
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    bender3000 , October 12, 2011 4:23 PM
    I refuse to look at the map! I don't want to spoil this game because I look forward to discovering the POI's on my own.
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    bennaye , October 12, 2011 4:28 PM
    What I hated about Oblivion was the jarring experience you got when you just finished talking to some random city guard, then literally 10 seconds later you would hear the same voice.

    And the dialogue you heard when you happened to pass by some gossiping folks was just terrible. "I ran into some mud crabs the other day"..."I've fought mud crabs tougher than you". My god, it was so bland but hilarious. Fkin MUD CRABS!!! I hope they pick up the dialogue a bit in Skyrim.
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    Anonymous , October 12, 2011 4:39 PM
    "leveled NPCs and loot" - Skyrim does this *differently* than Oblivion - the NPCs only level up to a set limit in each area - so in starting area when you come back at level 30 - everything is gonna be level 5 still and you could 2 shot everything with ease.

    So Skyrim is NOT the same as Oblivion as far as auto-scaling NPCs
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    killerclick , October 12, 2011 5:24 PM
    skyrim_testerSkyrim does this *differently* than Oblivion - the NPCs only level up to a set limit in each area


    Yeah, it's an improvement (and NPC leveling was solved with mods in Oblivion), but the reasoning behind NPC leveling with the player is stupid in my opinion and I'm worried that the same reasoning will ruin some part of Skyrim.
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    ChiefTexas_82 , October 12, 2011 5:46 PM
    looks like I'm gonna be looking for another colorized "Elven Map Redux" mod...
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    Mr_Blastman , October 12, 2011 5:58 PM
    skyrim_tester"leveled NPCs and loot" - Skyrim does this *differently* than Oblivion - the NPCs only level up to a set limit in each area - so in starting area when you come back at level 30 - everything is gonna be level 5 still and you could 2 shot everything with ease.So Skyrim is NOT the same as Oblivion as far as auto-scaling NPCs


    Well, sure, but it doesn't solve the fundamental problem of NOT leveling up like people would do on purpose in Oblivion. If areas have a set level limit, that still means they scale to a point... and if you enter the area at a really low level, the monsters will also be low level.

    This kind of system stinks. There need to be areas like Morrowind or Daggerfall that intentially kick your tail for being too weak to even be there... or even like The Bards Tale. If you went into Harkyn's Castle at level 5... Oh wait, I mean... TRIED to go into it--as there was an ominous Grey Dragon guarding the door... well, your whole party would die (to the tune of 296 points of damage or so) from his dragon's breath.

    IF you managed to get into the Castle, you'd still face the 99, 99, 99, 99 Berserkers behind door #3...

    So, no, having a level limit doesn't fix it. The only thing that fixes it is having set minimums and maximums but more appropriately, just having fixed levels and making some areas pure suicide to even attempt at low level. Maybe adding in that other Bard's Tale feature of... permadeath would help also (that is, unless you could afford to pay a temple to heal your character)...
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    reggieray , October 12, 2011 6:09 PM
    Really looking forward to it but will not buy it on day one, have to wait for initial reports of game killing bugs. If no major bugs then I will buy. This is a PC game, the best way to play FPS/RTS and RPG games.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , October 12, 2011 6:22 PM
    Quote:
    This is a PC game, the best way to play FPS/RTS and RPG games.


    What other genres are there? :lol: 
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    proxy711 , October 12, 2011 8:26 PM
    As long as enemy loot doesn't scale with levels I'm sure this game will be awesome.

    I don't want to find a full set of glass on some random bandit, that isn't a boss or really really hidden in some dungeon.
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    gm0n3y , October 12, 2011 11:21 PM
    Really looking forward to this. Please don't be dumbed down further than Oblivion.
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    Anonymous , October 13, 2011 1:17 AM
    you guys are dumb. Todd already said that there will be areas that will kick your butt, like New Vegas.

    The other option would be no scaling which puts the whole game on tracks and encourages exploitative and suicidal play to get high level loot early in the game.
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