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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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11949576.jpgAsunder is the third book set in the Dragon Age universe, following and expanding upon the lore of the video game series. The book is written by David Gaider, lead writer of the video game series. He isn’t the best at writing engaging stories, but I do appreciate being fed more lore about my favorite characters. I would recommend reading this before playing Dragon Age: Inquisition, because you learn about one of your party members in the game, Cole. Cole is also one of my absolute favorite characters because he is really interesting. He’s not a demon, not really a spirit but still he has possessed someone and is trying to help everyone to not feel pain anymore. His actions are both sweet and horrifying, because often the solution is to take their life.

The novel is set three years later than the events in Dragon Age 2, and it is set in the Orlesian Empire. It is however before Varric is questioned by the seeker Cassandra Pentaghast.

 

A mystical killer stalks the halls of the White Spire, the heart of templar power in the mighty Orlesian Empire. To prove his innocence, Rhys reluctantly embarks on a journey into the western wastelands that will not only reveal much more than he bargained for but change the fate of his fellow mages forever.

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The book summary doesn’t reveal much of the plot, but it’s basically a story about Cole killing people, Rhys wanting to protect him. They go on a journey to solve some mystery, Cole follows, things gets resolved and all that. I don’t think you would like the book if you haven’t played the games or read any of the other novels. It’s not the greatest work of fiction but it is an amazing addition to the lore if you’re interested in it. I might just be biased but that is my opinion, you are very welcome to disagree with me. I just feel like Gaider’s novel characters fall a bit flat sometimes, meanwhile in the games they are wonderful and have proper personality to them.

I’ll include a video of one of your possible first encounters with Cole, depending on which route you choose in the game. It gives you more of an idea of what kind of person Cole is.

 

Have you read the book? Or played the games? What did you think of them?

More Dragon Age book reviews:

The Stolen Throne | The Masked Empire.

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Games played in September

Lise —  September 25, 2017 — 6 Comments

Cat Quest

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Cat quest is a really cute game where you play as a cat and well.. do quests! It’s a fairly short but entertaining roleplaying game and the art style is really cute. The map and dungeons reminds me of table top games. The game has a lot of references and bad puns and I think it’s really enjoyable. I haven’t finished the whole game yet but I plan on doing it very soon. I’m easily distracted though, so soon could mean anything from next week to next year, depending on how much else I have to do.


 

 Dragon Age: Inquisition

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This is the third game in the Dragon Age series and another that I have finished multiple times. Bioware just does a great job at writing and creating characters that you can pretty much form a bond with, and I keep going back to their games to replay them and relive the magic. It will never be just as special as the very first time I played them, but it always gets very close! The feeling of nostalgia increases with each play through too.


 

The Elder Scrolls Online

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The Elder Scrolls Online, also known as ESO, is an online multiplayer roleplaying game published by Zenimax and Bethesda, and it is in the Elder Scrolls universe. The gameplay takes place in many locations used in earlier games which gives the player a sense of belonging, a sense of recognition. Areas might look a bit different since it is set in a different era but you can still recognize things here and there. I wrote a post about it and the Morrowind expansion a while ago, you can read the whole thing here. It’s a great game, and pretty much never ending.


 

Idle champions of the forgotten realms

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This is a typical idle clicker game set in the Dungeons & Dragons universe. I’m always wary of games like these because I always get so sucked into them and none of them ever seem to have any end in sight. You basically let your heroes kill monsters, you get money for it, you upgrade your heroes, finish their campaign and start over again. It’s repetitive but somewhat entertaining. Wouldn’t recommend this if you don’t like idle clicker games.


 

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This is a simulation/management game where you control duplicants, collect resources, build objects and a proper base for them to survive in. You need to make sure they have enough food, that they keep warm, that they have a place to go to the bathroom, that they research new technologies… You need to provide power, siphon gases and make sure no one gets sick. It’s not difficult to get into, but it is very challenging if you have no idea what you’re doing in the beginning. It’s definitely a try, fail and learn from it kind of game.  One minute your duplicants are doing great, the next they could all be dead.

 

Have you played anything fun this month? 

Games played in July

Lise —  July 26, 2017 — 46 Comments

I have taken upon myself to play through (or at least try) all of the games I have in my game library on steam, which is over 500 games. There are of course some games that are almost impossible to completely finish, like mmorpg games or simulators that doesn’t really have an end. But I will try, I will document my journey and I will review the games and my experience with them. It will be a weird mix of everything so I hope you will at least somewhat enjoy it.

The Abbey (Murder in the Abbey)

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I couldn’t get to finish this because of a bug that kept deleting my save. It is a decent murder mystery game where you play as a monk visiting an Abbey. One of the brothers died, possibly a murder or the work of the devil and you have to solve the mystery. It is a point and click game, the visuals aren’t great but the story is great. (At least what I was able to play before it broke was great).

Abyss: The Wraiths of Eden

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This is a point and click and hidden object game in one. You play as a woman heading down into the deep to find her fiancé who has disappeared. All traces lead her to an underwater city named Eden, it seems to have been a thriving community but something must have gone wrong. You solve puzzles, find clues, navigate through the areas to get closer to finding her guy, Robert. I don’t know if this has been the best game I’ve ever played but it was certainly not bad. If you have a few hours to kill and you enjoy hidden object/point and click games then maybe you will enjoy this.

Adams Venture Chronicles

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Awfully sexist. That’s my first thought when it comes to this game. It’s an adventure game where you explore ruins and find treasures, but boy, is it not written very well. In the very beginning of the game, the woman is objectified and some of his remarks are terrible. One example is when he enters the area for the first time, she asks if he remembered to bring the rest of their supplies, because it was all of their food that needed to be moved. Of course he hadn’t, because he said he thought that the huge crate was all of her make up. Why on earth would an archaeologist care about make up when she’s scavenging in a filthy ruin? I didn’t really care for the script, but the game itself is kind of good, if you don’t pay too much attention to what the protagonist says. I haven’t been able to finish the game yet.

Dungeon Siege

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Childhood classic. I found a demo disk ( is that the right spelling? Thanks to Funhaus, I have no idea if it’s spelled disc or disk anymore) that came with some computer magazine when I was younger and I played the heck out of the demo. Years later I purchased the game on sale on steam and I fell in love all over. Lately I’ve been wanting to revisit some of my favorite older games and this was the first on my list. It has a charming atmosphere, interesting mechanics and it’s generally a great rpg. The only sad part is that the grapphics are very outdated, it is an old game after all, so if great graphics is what you want, you wont like this very much! But if you want to play an old, charming rpg, you should give it a try.

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There’s no place like home after a long day of adventuring. Homestead, The Elder Scrolls Online’s player housing system, is coming in February 2017. Learn what you can expect at launch, including how many homes there will be, how you get them, and details about home decorating and furniture crafting!

When Bethesda first announced that #eso would finally allow us to have a player home, almost two years after its original release, a lot of people thought that this would be just like the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim expansion, #Hearthfire.

There is nothing wrong with Hearthfire and it was a welcome addition to the game, with the chance to customize your home and the possibility of adopting children, but it did feel a bit limited. With Homestead, however, it seems that Bethesda and Zenimax has gone all out, giving the players the choice of choosing between around 40 unique homes and having over 2000 home decoration items and furniture available for them to craft.

Even with all of this available, the player will not have a full home right away. After finishing the tutorial, all the player is left with is a room in an inn, but they can expand to a proper house afterwards, if they can afford it, of course.

When it comes to the interior decorating part, (something that a lot of players most likely will focus the most on), they claim that no two houses will end up looking the same since there is such a huge variety of items, and crafting styles. You can choose to go all #Argonian style or #Dunmer, or #Nibenese or mix the three (or other styles) if you wish to do so. I’m sure we will find that out when it gets implemented in the game in February.

When it comes to the interior decorating part, (something that a lot of players most likely will focus the most on), they claim that no two houses will end up looking the same since there is such a huge variety of items, and crafting styles. You can choose to go all Argonian or Nibenese or mix the t I’m sure we will find that out when it gets implemented in the game in February.

All of this sounds like it would be a lot to remember, but fret not, Bethesda promised that a handy guide will be available upon its release! They did release a short list full of information though, I’ll include that here.

  • Houses are instanced, so you don’t have to worry about racing to grab the perfect spot of land
  • Furniture you create via Furniture Crafting can be sold to other players
  • You will be able to preview homes before you purchase, both furnished and unfurnished
  • You will be able to allow friends and guildmates to visit your home; they can travel to your home via the group, friends, or guild lists while you’re in it, or by selecting “Visit House” by clicking on your name in those same lists when you’re offline
  • You can grant trusted friends permission to decorate existing placed items in your home (they cannot add or remove items from your home)
  • You can also allow those who are not on your friends list or in your guilds to visit and/or decorate your home by adding them as a “Visitor” or “Decorator” in your House Settings
  • You’ll be able to conveniently fast travel to your homes via the World Map, similar to how Wayshrines currently work (but cost free), as well as directly via the Collections menu
  • You can allow visitors into your new home – a visiting player simply needs to teleport to you
  • Homes are secure – other players are not able to break into homes and steal items. Sorry, Thieves Guild!

Are you looking forward to being able to customize your own home? Does anyone even invest time into stuff like that anymore?