It’s no secret that I love video games, especially those designed for the Xbox. Funny thing is, I never thought I’d own an Xbox until Left 4 Dead came out. Sure, we own a Wii and Playstation, but for me the Xbox is where it’s at. (Now only if they would stop pulling a Facebook and changing the UI on Xbox Live.)
The last game I became wholeheartedly involved in was Alice: Madness Returns. I’m of the the belief that the Lewis Carroll tale was more messed up than Disney or even Tim Burton will allow us. American McGee seems to get it. I can fully get behind a game that embraces insanity and weaponry.
I was looking for another game I could dive right into and truly enjoy playing every sec0nd. Enter Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. I had absolutely loved Elder Scrolls IV:Oblivion, and not just because Sean Bean voiced one of the characters. (Spoiler alert — but not really if you’ve seen most of his movies — he dies.) Between wielding magical powers, swords, bows, killing for contract and thieving to my heart’s content, that game kept me plenty happy. I was very much looking forward to Skyrim, but I usually don’t go after games immediately upon release because I’m cheap. I’ll wait until the price drops or until I can find a good sale. But I wanted to play, so I rented it from a Redbox. I was hooked almost immediately. Not only do you have just about everything Oblivion offered, this time you get to kill dragons! DRAGONS! Oh, and you can become a werewolf. And get married. If you’re into that sort of thing. I just like doing sneak attacks with my bow and stealing things. The interface is different than Oblivion‘s. It reminded me more of the way the Fallout games are set up in that way. When you level up, you can increase Magicka, Health or Stamina, and then choose a perk to upgrade. Gone are the birth signs and the class attributes, but you still get a race attribute. As it turns out, the majority of the NPCs seem to be Nords, and they really don’t like anyone but Nords. I rolled an Imperial. I’m just thankful I didn’t go the route of an elf cause they REALLY hate elves. I can’t help it, I want the NPCs to like me. Another thing I noticed is that conversation seems to happen all the time around you. I don’t recall if this was the case in the previous game. Listening and asking about the conversations are usually the way to start a new quest line. Oh and the quests are plentiful. I don’t know how many hours I’ve put in so far, but I’ve leveled up to 25 and I’m just in the beginning of the main quest line. Plus I have plenty of side quests to work on. When I don’t feel like questing, I break into somewhere and steal stuff.
Anyway, after renting the game for several days and staying up way too late to get the most out of my money, the mister actually bought the game for me. It is definitely worth the price. Now that the holidays are over, I need to practice responsible gaming, so no more late nights for me. That only means that I’ll stretch out the playing time even more. Here’s the thing – you really can’t go wrong with Bethesda. Had I been pregnant and due on 11/11/11, I would have seriously considered taking up the challenge and named that kid Dovahkiin. Hey, it’s a lifetime of free Bethesda games, a lifetime of mockery be damned. The kid could always change his/her name, amiright??
Meanwhile, I’m wondering if the fact that I overly enjoy lock-picking and stealing in the game says anything about my personality.