Thousands upon thousands of people are still playing the hell out of Bethesda’s Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – especially on PC, where modders have completely transformed the game, as well as kept it looking modern. There are mods for just about everything, with the most impressive ones being those that make the game border on the photorealistic. You may wonder though, why there aren’t any great big total conversion mods, or anything that’s all encompassing like the iCEnhancer mods for GTA IV. It’s because mods for Skyrim, through the Steam Workshop at least, have been restricted to 100MB. That restriction is gone.
We had that wonderful debate last week about the size of games. While the saying goes that it's not the size that counts but how you use it, we all know that size sort of does matter. We want games that will keep us occupied for a long time, either thanks to awesome replay value or due to an expansive and immersive experience to begin with. I don't normally demand this from a demo, but it seems we'll be getting that anyway.
Fallout and Skyrim, two massive titles in the realm of RPGs and dismembered limbs. As different as the settings are, both games are actually extremely similar. They're both first-person, they both have some awkward combat at times and both have at least one feature that makes them unique. Fallout has VATS and Skyrim has Dragon Shouts - so which one is better?
Metal Gear Solid V is the first game in the long running espionage series to introduce a truly open-world to explore. It opens up more tactical options for players to explore that previous games could only dream of, but Hideo Kojima has been coy about just how big The Phantom Pain really is. That hasn’t stopped Ocelot himself from describing it as the biggest game he’s ever seen.
Dragon Age: Inquisition is blowing my mind with how awesome it is. It's taken a bit of Skyrim in all the best ways and blended it beautifully with all the things I love about Bioware. However, the valuables and loot system is a bit messed up, and you might end up weaker than you should be if you're not careful.
Dragon Age: Inquisition in my most anticipated RPG of the year. If you are on Xbox One and have EA Access, you get to play the game already on 13 November... at least the first six hours of it. The game is promising to be enormous, and Skyrim has a lot to do with that.
It’s very easy to get lost in gaming lore sometimes (depending on the game of course). I myself enjoy reading snippets here and there, but get easily overwhelmed if there is too much. Still, I know there are gamers out there who enjoy reading every tiny scrap of paper they find. Are you a huge Elder Scrolls fan? Of course you are. Does your shelf have some awkward looking, unfilled space? Keep reading…
Zenimax Online, the folks behind the Elder Scrolls MMO has unfortunately had to lay off a number of staff. While it would be easy to assume that this as a result of the middling reception the subscription-based, fantasy MMO has received, publisher Bethesda says that’s just not the case.
I haven't been going to the gym much anymore. I could blame it on being busy, but it's probably just laziness. Sandy often leaves us to go klap some gym, but I'm thinking of taking up home exercise, and apparently I can do a routine to make me like The Witcher's Geralt or Assassin's Creed's Altair.
When the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 era started, publishers were quick to bundle older-gen games together, selling off a slightly HD collection of previously played titles that had been given a slap of 16:9 paint. With the new-gen, that’s not going to be a passing fad, although developers and studios are quick to call re-released games “Remastered Editions”.
Using cutting edge science (SCIENCE!) and broken hearts, we’ve formed the following list of games that’ll make you forget that your love life is about as dead as most of the stars you see at night.
I have a confession to make. It’s not a particularly popular one – but I loved the heck out of Skyrim. Yes, it was a buggy and glitchy mess. Yes, its combat is frankly terrible. Yes, many of its quests are repetitive and shallow. Despite that, it was good enough to suck up 200 hours of my life. And, two years on, it just keeps getting better thanks to mods and tweaks. Now there’s a tweak that will let you have 300 (plus) player NPC battles.
One of my favourite games of the last couple of years, that I may have spent too many damn hours inside of, has to be The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. It was massive, awesome and beautiful. And now it looks like it may be headed towards new-gen consoles.
Pro-gamers have a ridiculous amount of mental agility. To make hundreds of accurate clicks per second and all that - it's pretty impressive. Now, SteelSeries is teaming up with Tobii to bring gaze-tracking technology to the equation, and it's seriously futuristic. But it's not just for eSports - you can even use your eyes in Skyrim.
On the latest Xbox podcast, I made fun of Xbox guy Graeme Selvan for imagining that he'd find a woman who wanted to play Diablo with him. Most of my teasing was about the fact that she will have probably have moved on to a different game, and part of it was simply to troll him because it's just too easy. However, I have been thinking a lot about women who game, and the idea of couples who game together.