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The Bellinghman
Date: 2011-11-21 12:01
Subject: On Gaming, and Skyrim in particular
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I have to say, I am adoring this Skyrim game. Not only does it have one of the nicest landscape renderings I've come across (I'm running it at Ultra, and not hitting slowdowns), but the world feels lived in. OK, there is an excessively high bandit population, but maybe I'm just a trouble magnet.

I've encountered two dragons so far. One was ... challenging. The other was challenging in a different way, as my attempts to attract its attention didn't actually work, and it flew off. But in general, they're big, fast, nasty bastards that you need to be very careful with. The first one fried me several times before I ended up in a spot where I could shoot at it and its fireballs deflected off the scenery in front of me.

What I do like is the openness of the game. I'm not stuck in a class - well, only my particular game-play style is sticking me with heavy armour and a bloody great axe, but that's me. I could equally well be wandering around firing off spells. I've got a few quests I've been asked to do, but the givers seem rather resigned to me maybe not actually doing them.

And oh, I've got a house, a sidekick shieldmaiden, and a horse, the latter two of which will fight with me. (It's slightly embarrassing when the attacking wolf gets kicked to death before I've got my bow unlimbered.)

I'm majoring in archery, two-handed weapons, heavy armour, smithing and lockpicking, with a side-order of persuasion.

I also like the character building. The Jarl of Dragonsreach has a particular lazy yet penetrating gaze, and the way he focuses on you is more than a little disconcerting.
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Linz
User: k425
Date: 2011-11-21 12:10 (UTC)
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the latter two of which will fight with me

I'm presuming they'll fight on your side, rather than actually fighting you...
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2011-11-21 12:14 (UTC)
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Indeed so. Though both get between me and my target on occasion, and I've not checked to see whether I can actually piss them off enough that they attack me.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2011-11-21 12:19 (UTC)
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A note on the landscape: I'd almost like to live there, though I can imagine it gets damned cold in the winter. Still, hot springs abound and if it weren't for the hostility of a lot of the wildlife, it'd be great.

Oh, did I mention that my character has opted in to being a werewolf? Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time.
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Barry: 20 Quackers
User: hobnobs
Date: 2011-11-23 17:16 (UTC)
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Keyword:20 Quackers
http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2011/11/09

:)

(Not that I'm playing Skyrim myself... I have an aversion to single player games that need me to go/be online to authorise/play.)
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2011-11-23 17:24 (UTC)
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I'm willing to put up with that, in return for being able to have it on multiple machines.

And yes, I've killed my second dragon. And no, knowing of that PA strip, I have steered well clear on the giants, though I have taken down a pair of mammoths.

(Technique for the mammoths - find somewhere you can hide in while slowly filling them full of arrows. I suspect the giants would also succumb to that.)
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