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6 years, and I’m still in love.

Lise —  February 13, 2018 — 4 Comments

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It feels kind of weird to dedicate a title like that, and a blog post like this to a video game, but that is just how it is. For six years now, one game has been with me since day one when it was released, and i have yet to grow properly tired of it. It’s the fifth game in a series, it is a role playing game and its landscapes really reminds me of the ones we have here in Norway. Some have even called it a Norway simulator when they walk through the woods in game. It is far from a hundred percent accurate, but it is pretty close. The mountains I see in the game, I can also see across the river from where I live. Not exact duplicates, but very similar.

Got a guess about what it is? What I’m talking about is the fifth installment in the Elder Scrolls series published by Bethesda, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

The first time i played it was when my roommate at the time brought the game home from work, left it in the living room and then went to sleep. I grabbed the game, stuffed it into his Playstation 3 and 17 hours later i was still playing as eagerly as when I first picked up the controller. I kind of regret sitting in front of the TV screen for that long but boy, i just got immersed in it. I had of course played through some of its predecessors, Morrowind and Oblivion, but there was just something about it that captured my heart. It must be the role playing aspect, and the amazing scenery, both above and below ground. Alternatively in a different realm, even.

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With the addition of mods and expansions a while later, there was always something new that could be added to the game and it just gives it more and more replayability. I don’t think any of my play throughs have been the same and I’m still discovering things years later.

If you haven’t tried it before and you enjoy role playing/adventure games and dragons, you should give Skyrim a try. I’m sure you wouldn’t regret it. unless you really don’t have time to get sucked into an amazing world. You can follow the storyline of the Dragonborn, or you can just live your life as a hunter.. Or you could be a ruthless assassin or the master of the thieves guild. It is pretty much your imagination that is the limit. With the remastered version, and even a Virtual Reality version to pick from, I’m sure you would find one of them to love.

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Games played in August

Lise —  August 30, 2017 — 11 Comments

Northgard

[ Unfinished ]

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Northgard feels like a mix between Civilization and Age of Empires, and it is really fun! It’s kind of an early access game and it doesn’t have a campaign to play yet, just a sandbox mode. That is the reason why I haven’t been able to complete it, but I’m really having fun with the sandbox, getting to try out the different clans and seeing their pros and cons. Hopefully the campaign will be available soon, I’m eager to try it!


Plants vs Zombies

[ Unfinished]

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This is the original game of plants vs zombies, and it is a tower defense type of game. You purchase units, upgrade them, earn credits and purchase better units until you win the level. I have played the newest PvZ game, which is more of a first person shooter game so going back to this felt weird in the beginning. It is one of the most solid tower defense type of games out there, in my opinion! I have played through about half of it, I enjoy taking my time with games so I won’t end up finishing them too quickly.


The Darkside Detective

[ completed ]

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Darkside detective is a point and click adventure game that follow the story of Detective Francis McQueen and his “companion”, Officer Dooley. The game has six cases for you to solve, each one a bit longer and a bit more difficult than the previous one. I finished the game in an hour and a half so I could have wished for it to be a bit longer, but it was enjoyable while it lasted! It is possible to restart the game so you could try to beat it at a faster time if you would like to do that.


The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Special Edition

[ Unfinished ]

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Ah, then there’s this, a game where I have invested thousands of hours into the original. I made the mistake of noticing I hadn’t played the special edition too much on pc so I didn’t have any of the achievements.. Which meant that now I definitely have to get them… I love skyrim, I’m just not ready to lose my life to it again. It’s an amazing adventure role playing game and I would recommend it to anyone, well, anyone who is interested at least. I don’t really know what to say about it, I have talked about Skyrim a lot before in the game section of my blog.


 

The Trail: Frontier Challenge

[ Unfinished ]

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This game was originally a mobile game, but now it has a pc version. My phone was sadly not powerful enough to run it properly so I am glad that I could find it for my computer too. The trail is a walking simulator, a crafting game, a buy and sell simulator and adventure game in one, pretty much. You walk from campsite to campsite, collecting items, crafting, selling, cooking food, completing challenges and whatnot. I really enjoy the casual vibe that it has and it’s perfect for killing time when I need to. It is a long game that doesn’t really “end”, that’s why it is unfinished.

Have you played anything fun this month? 

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When Fallout Shelter was first released in July 2015, I was immediately hooked, but I lost interest very easily. I don’t know why it happened, but I stopped playing for like a year and six months until it now recently got released on xbox one. I thought the console version of it would be really weird after trying the pc version and not liking it as much, but i was pleasantly surprised and I am enjoying it a lot. It might be because it’s more convenient for me to just turn on my xbox and play instead of starting up my pc all of the time.

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Basically, what you do in the game is to manage and build your own vault. You have to make sure that you produce enough power, food and water so that your dwellers stay happy. You assign them to the different rooms based on their S.P.E.C.I.A.L stats, with power needing S (Strength), water needing P (Perceptance) and food needing A (Agility). The stats are the same that are used in the main Fallout games so you’ll get a hang of it pretty quickly if you have played any of them beforehand. However, previous experience with the Fallout franchise isn’t really needed, as the game is a simulation rather than a role playing game like the rest.

Apart from producing resources, you can have your dwellers mate to populate the vault, defend and protect the vault from raiders or deathclaw attacks, send them on quests or just have them explore the wasteland. Their survival is not guaranteed so you will have to make sure to build science labs and medical bays to produce Stimpacks and RadAways. If you successfully finish a quest or survive exploring the wasteland for a while you will be awarded with weapons, outfits or junk to craft new items with, along with caps to purchase upgrades and new rooms.

The game did really well during its release, and is still doing so, even if people got upset with the game having microtransactions. However, the only advantages those would give you were either more Vault Tec lunch boxes or Mister Handy to collect resources for you. I haven’t purchased either and I still enjoy the game a whole lot. It also gives you a sense of responsibility when you have to gather resources and manage everything on your own without the help of a robot to do it for you.

I would recommend this game for everyone who enjoys simulations and micromanaging, and if you have an interest in the Fallout franchise in general. Have you played anything interesting lately? 

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Every game has a set of characters that everyone seem to love…

But what about the hidden gems? Skyrim has a lot of them, and they are not too hard to find. I do love the ‘main’ characters you meet on your journey through Skyrim as the Dragonborn, but i get the biggest joy from finding a character i usually would not look twice at. Elf characters have never been my thing in Elder Scrolls games, in contrast to Dragon Age, but I have learned to love them throughout the years.

I have invested thousand of hours into the game through these five years, and there is still a lot of things i haven’t done, quests i have missed out on and characters i still have not met yet. Just recently I met my current favorite follower, Aranea Ienith, who is protecting the Shrine of Azura close to Winterhold. I do not read any Wikis when i play a game unless I’m absolutely stuck so I was not aware that she could be a follower. Usually when i have finished the quest to fetch Azura’s Star, I just run off to complete my next objective, but on this one fateful day i accidentally clicked on her and saw that i could ask her to follow me.

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I do not regret the decision to make her my follower as she is a powerful destruction mage. Most of the time when we encounter low leveled bandits and wolves, i don’t even have time to ready my spells before she has blasted them off with her own attacks. You might think that this is a bad thing but it is extremely hilarious to just see a body being rocketed off by an ice spike. It is currently not possible to marry this character in the game, but you can recruit her to join the Blades, if you’re in their faction.

Another character that i absolutely adore, and that people don’t seem to talk much about is Karliah. Karliah is an agent of Nocturnal, a Nightingale that used to be affiliated with the Thieves Guild in Riften. She is the granddaughter of Queen Barenziah herself, and the Dragonborns first encounter with her is not exactly pleasant. Without spoiling too much, let’s just say it involved poisoned arrows and a sword to the chest by Mercer Frey.

Karliah, from the TES Wiki

Karliah becomes a temporary follower in the Thieves Guild questline and i really, really wish it was possible to recruit her as a follower after you finished the quests too. I don’t know how many times I have visited the Nightingale Hall in hopes of her dialogue changing and letting me bring her along. I know that i could probably download mods to fix that, but after Bethesda decided to disable your achievements when you install mods, I’m not as interested in using them.

And last but not least, we have Brelyna Maryon. Brelyna is a student at the College of Winterhold, and you get introduced to her right away in the Hall of Elements where the first class with Tolfdir is held when you join the college. Brelyna is both a marriage candidate (yay!) and a possible follower and she is an avid user of spells. Even if you give her proper weapons, she won’t use them until she runs out of magicka. When you first meet her, she is on the offense about her heritage and her connection to Winterhold. She is rather rude to the Dragonborn but she quickly apologizes and returns to her normal, slightly shy self. I really adore her personality and she is definitely my favorite marriage candidate out of the bunch.

Brelyna, from the TES Wiki

So there, that was my short list of my favorite, underrated characters that i never see enough people talk about. Do you have any favorites that you don’t seem to share with others? Even from other game universes?