1) Save often and across multiple files; Skyrim is not without bugs, and may be prone to freezing, this ensures you won’t have to work through your last 8 hours of exploration and questing, it also means should a quest not pan out as you would have hoped, you can replay from a recent save.
2) Make use of the Favourites function; pressing the favourite button (triangle to the playstationites) within your inventory adds that item to a small quick menu accessed by pressing “up” on the directional pad. This pauses combat, and allows you to switch tactics and equipment without taking you out of the game completely.
3) Buy a House; A place to stash your stuff and rest your little head, mine in Whiterun is near both the door to Skyrim, and a merchant. Here’s how to obtain the humble abode;
- Cost: 5000 Gold
- Purchase From: Proventus Avenicci, the Jarl’s Steward. Must complete the quest “Bleak Falls Barrow.” (Decorating the house means more containers which, if you’re anything like me, means dividing up your inventory into said containers, making everything that little bit easier to find…note, this will cost you more coin though) Head to the building at the highest point within Whiterun, and enter Dragonsreach to find this man.
4) Combat Styles; As you journey through Skyrim, you may pick up a companion, I highly recommend taking a few moments to trade equipment with them, to make sure you are both different in terms of weapons and armour used, and in combat style in general, if you are a close range warrior, why not make your friend a longer range archer or a mage, the more well rounded your team, the better equipped for battle you will be.
5) Map Markers; A simple tip, yet something I didn’t manage to figure out without Googling (and by the looks of the search results, I’m not alone.) To remove a self-set map marker, press X (Playstationites) on a part of the map that has no name and a menu will pop up asking you whether to “move/keep/remove” your marker…voila!
Happy Questing 🙂