Archive for November, 2011

It’s all about the little things!

Posted in Games with tags , , on 30/11/2011 by arthur1977

I enjoy playing games for the little touches put in by the developers and Skyrim keeps on surprising me.  While playing Skyrim I have been captured by a case of wanderlust and have been exploring the beautiful world more than following the main quest line.  This has caused me to clear out some areas that I have been asked to venture to in quests after I had cleared it out and stripped it of treasures.  One example of this was my quest for the Mage in Dragonspire, he asked me to venture for a particular item in an area I had already combed top to bottom.  To my shock when I handed him the item he was looking for without leaving his presence he did not do the staple “Welcome back” speech but responded that maybe he misjudged me and that I was more than just a common adventure after all , a nice touch.

Another good example is when I cleared out Fort Greymoor of bandits I left a locked expert chest behind before continuing my adventure.  After I have gotten more experience in lock picking I decided to travel back and pick the lock (fast travel is so nice for stuff like this!).  I entered the fort only to realize it was now occupied by Imperial Troops.  In most games I would have expected the bandits to simply respawn, so seeing Imperial Troops was a nice surprise even if they were not too nice to the guy who liberated their Fort.

These are just little things but it shows how much thought the Bethesda put into making Skyrim.


2 Dragons Down….

Posted in Games with tags , , , on 28/11/2011 by arthur1977

Another Epic Battle…..

Who thought Dragon slaying would be so much fun!

An adventure around every corner… (maybe spoilers?)

Posted in Games, PS3, RPG with tags , , , on 25/11/2011 by arthur1977

Since I have made my decision to focus on becoming a Wizard I decided to make the track to the College of Winterhold.  While crossing the frozen wasteland I happened to run into the settlement of Alftand. Exploring the destroyed settlement I found an entrance to the Alftand Glacial Ruins and headed in.

The ruins are beautifully crafted dwarven stone work that is starting to crumble over time.  As I kept going deeper and started running in to mechanical Dwarven Spiders trying to block my way to little effect.  Part way down I happened upon some adventures that didn’t have as much luck as I surviving the horrors of the ruins.  After continuing down I made it to the Alftand Animonculory, in here I ran across a new enemy called the Felmers trying to block my way.

This is where my adventure currently stands.  I love exploring various points that I discover even when I am not at a level high enough to complete them.

One Dragon Down…

Posted in Games with tags , , on 22/11/2011 by arthur1977

Well I finally have advanced the game far enough to battle my first dragon (truth be told I have played numerous hours since this monumental kill but have been too busy to blog).  It was a fun battle that left me battered and bruised but triumphant!   

I am now just starting to get use to being a pure magic user but tend to find myself on longer battles having my trusty axe in hand for the killing blow.  I started picking Perks to enhance my spell casting abilities focusing on both the destruction (hehehe Fire!) and alteration (Oakskin) schools.  Enchanting is another area I hope to put some focus into so I dropped a few points in there as well, but truth be told I still need to level up in this a lot more to make any good enchantments.  I think Mage will be a little more challenging to master then a well armored fighter, oh well I just cannot resist throwing a nice fireball into a crowd of enemies.


All in all I am still enjoying running around in the beautiful world.  I admit to taking my lumps a few times after wandering into areas that were out of my league, but that is one of the things I enjoy about open world gaming.

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Posted in Games, PS3 with tags , , , on 14/11/2011 by arthur1977

Talk about a nice weekend of gaming!

I got to spend about 3 hours on Friday with some friends drinking some exotic beer and playing Uncharted 3(which looks and plays amazing).  Then over the next 2 days I got immersed in the experience of Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. 

My little Princess was nice to me Saturday afternoon by taking a 2 hour long nap and letting me get my feet wet in Skyrim.  I really liked the opening of the game and how it kind of filled you in on the current happenings of the area.  I was surprised at the amount of race options and enjoyed reading the little bits of information that was provided.  I am enjoying playing in first person as it feels like that is how the game should be played, I generally like 3ed person but it just did not feel right in this game.  By the time I made through the opening and to the second little hamlet my little Princess was just waking up so gaming time was over.

When the house was quite again later that night I decided I wanted to reroll my character and try a different race.  I enjoyed playing the opening again and making my way back to the hamlet.  I decided to explore the hamlet some and took a quest to catch a thief that stole an item from the local store.  During my exploration to the location of where the thief was hiding I explored some beautiful locations and forgot how much I liked open world games after playing the likes of Dragon Age I+II and Final Fantasy XIII.  Having the freedom just to wonder the world is very refreshing and I have a feeling it will add numerous hours of game play. 

Sunday night I managed to free up a few more hours to play.  By this time I had made it the where the Thief was hiding and started exploring the new location.  I got to refine my rusty battle skills while searching for the thief; my current setup is having a spell equipped in my left hand and a battle axe in my right (a system that is working well so far).  I have a feeling as the game progresses I will be becoming more of a magic user than hack and slasher but like the option of trying both in the beginning.  By the end of the night I had managed to catch the thief, explore where he was hiding, and return the item for a nice little reward.  A quite satisfying ending to my gaming session.

After only about 6 hours playing I have to say I am LOVING this game.  The game is beautiful, diverse, and so full of life and I cannot wait to jump back in.

Skyrim is HERE…..

Posted in Games with tags , , on 11/11/2011 by arthur1977

After all the waiting and anticipation Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim finally hits stores today.  I have my copy Pre-ordered and ready for pick up after work at 4PM. 

How about you?

Is the Final Fantasy series in trouble?

Posted in Final Fantasy with tags , , , on 04/11/2011 by arthur1977

When listening to last week’s IGN Podcast BEYOND! (#212?) they commented on an article recently posted by their Final Fantasy guru Ryan Clements.  Being a huge Final Fantasy fan myself I headed over to the website and checked it out. 

Final Fantasy XV: Retro Reasoning is a great idea on how to stop the bleeding and get the Final Fantasy series back to its traditional roots.  If Square-Enix is planning on another Final Fantasy, I really hope someone stumbles across this article and takes some of the ideas to heart because I think it would help get the franchise back to where it belongs as one of the top JRPG’s on the market.

For me, the last final fantasy game that had me hooked from start to finish is there last retro styled game in Final Fantasy IX (for the PlayStation!!).  I am not saying I have not owned and beaten the other releases since then (I have even subscribed to FFXI 3 times and FFXIV twice) but none of them have gripped me enough to keep my attention.

Here’s hoping that Square-Enix realizes that something has to change sooner rather than later or their flagship franchise will fade back into background and become just another JRPG. 

For me that would be a real shame.