Playing Too Much Diablo? Go back to Skyrim…

Dawnguard DLC has arrived on Steam.  You can now stop Vampire’s from blotting out the sun.  Or become a Vampire, and help blot out the sun.  Or maybe you just want to be a better werewolf.  It is all in the new $19.95 download from the nice folks who brought you Skyrim.  You need Skyrim to play this but you already knew that.

Click here to order… http://store.steampowered.com/app/211720/

 

Skyrim and Yes, Skyrim

So I have been playing a lot of Skyrim.  More than any other game since I purchased it in November.  Since then it became the most played game in hours for the entire year of 2011.  This is pretty impressive when you consider it was only out 7 weeks of a 52 week year.  And people had to finish their Christmas shopping…… Even more impressive.  I will soon post a more in depth look into the most played game of 2011.

I would have done so sooner but I took an arrow to the knee……

Terraria and Skyrim and Lego MMO

Well the under 20′s above 2 set in our house, boys 11 and 13, seem to be Terraria crazy since the update.  I have not played much Terraria lately myself but Teen and PreTeen here have really enjoyed the update.  Lots of new weapons and armor to find and craft.  New bosses to learn to destroy.  The Molton Armor set no longer requires gold armor to craft.  And a new vendor, the Engineer, selling you bits and pieces to automate your Terraria world.

I have been immersing myself into Skyrim.  The PS3 version.  It is way more fun than Oblivion.  The graphics are great.  The list of exploits to get ahead is amazing!  Oh wait, that is cheating.  The game is so complex that to speed things up, resting for 30 days in game may help with your save times.  I have played two characters.  The first one was a try everything no specialization sucked at combat but still fun character.  My current one is a sneaky cat man with a bow and a penchant for making armor and enchanting it.  I have not had the problems some people have with slow saves and crashes.  (Knocking on virtual wood now)  I do have the bad habit of killing my companions.

A friend came over and returned a borrowed camera.  He had seen my tweets and G+ #Skyrim posts and he asked to see the game.  We played for 30 min on a new character on the PS3.  The next day he downloaded the PC version off Steam.  The game is that good.  Definitely a Christmas Present goodness for the gamer in your house.

And in sad news, the Lego MMO is going off line in January.  They did not get enough players.  Sad because the youngin’s in our house enjoyed playing.  Good bye!

>Skyrim First Impression.

>Skyrim is trending, check twitter or Google+ and you will see many fans micro blogging about almost everything about the game.  I played and played the previous version, called Oblivion, on my Xbox 360, it was the first RPG I purchased for my then new Xbox.  Oblivion was a huge world and fairly non linear, you could side quest till your heart’s content.  Skyrim, the new game (number 5) in the Morrowind Elder Scrolls universe is that much bigger and there is plenty to do if you want to dally a bit.

It took Bethesda a while to update their 2006 Game of the year Oblivion release.  I think the wait was worth it.  I am playing on the PS3 this run through.  Some PS3 players had problems after 20 hours or so of play with their save file getting slower and slower to update.  Rants on the Web say it was unplayable.  I did not have this problem having played 2 different characters up to level 20.  They patched the PS3 version yesterday, supposedly fixing the problem.  I have actually had a couple of freezes during “fast travel” since the update, but only twice and I save a lot so it has not been a barrier to fun.
What makes this a great game?  Dragons.  Killing them.  Talking to them.  Taking their bones and making armor with them.  Excellent graphics and an engaging story line.  Making your own weapons.  Improving said weapons.  Making your own armor.  Disenchanting armor with magical properties and learning it to enchant your own weapons and armor!
One thing that makes this game different from other RPGs?  You do not level up with experience points per se.  You level up as your skills level up.  If you hit something with your one handed sword enough times, your skill level score in one handed weapons improves.  Each improvement in a skill pushes your over all level up.  In the early levels 4 or 5 skill bumps earns you a new level.  Each level earned lets you spend points in your skill tree making the skills more valuable.  
This is not a family friendly game, way too violent and graphic for playing in front of my 2 year old, plus the dragons are downright scary.  Our 11 year old and 13 year old could probably play without too many nightmares! 
Most people’s biggest complaint is this is a single player game.  I agree it would be fun to play with others.  So I joined some Google Hangouts and chatted with video on my PC while playing on the PS3.  
For 59.99 (retail) I am going to get a lot of hours of play.  Worth it!  For PC, Xbox360 and PS3, PC version even gets fan made updates you can add to the game!  Buy it!