I'm running Skyrim on a PS3, fully updated (2.5). However, I can't seem to trigger the new kill cinematics I've heard of. My character level is 78, and archery skill is 100, but I still haven't seen any of the new animations.

Is there something particular I need to do to trigger them? What might prevent the animations from being triggered?

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    I'm slightly confused. What exactly are we meaning by "execution"? I don't recall having much trouble pulling off one-shot kills in Skyrim, last I played. Are there supposed to be new, special animations for ranged kills - like there are for some melee kills?
    – Iszi
    Commented Jun 13, 2012 at 20:25
  • Got some clarification from UESP. Edited the question for clarity. Hope that helps.
    – Iszi
    Commented Jun 13, 2012 at 20:29
  • Oh Just I havent played in a while so im just getting the slo-mo kills now basicly getting to grips with it now, this is what I want to pull off youtube.com/watch?v=4ZHSw4uWiZY
    – Ryan Sloan
    Commented Jun 13, 2012 at 20:34

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For the PS3. Performing a finishing move can happen randomly in a fight but can be done on command by tapping R1 and flicking the left analog stick forward. A finisher factors in how strong the player is against its enemy and how the player's character is positioned.

Also, after doing a bit of testing, to perform Magic/Archery finishing moves(besides the randomly occurring ones), you need to have the target moving, having less than 5% of their health, or be unaware of your presence, and your attack be strong enough to kill them.

and I think your problem is:

Since Magic/Archery finishing moves were added in patch 1.5, you will need an Internet connection to your PS3 to install/update to the current patch.

If you want to learn more: http://elderscrolls.wikia.com/wiki/Finishing_Moves

  • just to clarify, any one of those conditions will meet the requirement to potentially trigger the cinematics, doesn't have to be all of them.
    – l I
    Commented Aug 16, 2012 at 11:24

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