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    • Skyrim. Something's Missing... (Part 1)

      5 years ago

      Jamsponge

      So I guess this is the place for blogs and the like, and I firstly love to say that I'm not exactly a blogging person, but every now and then* I get the mood to write down something and present it as an offering to the internet. And such an event happened about two/three months ago when I originally wrote this, but hey ho, here it is for some RT love, and big shout out to anyone that actually reads this!

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      The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion and Skyrim are both fantastic games and I've played a lot of both of them, to the point where I don't even want to think about the amount of hours I've put into Oblivion. But not Skyrim. I'd happily admit how many hours I've put into that, given its the only game I've extensively played in the year and a half since it came out. However I'm not going to because� cant for the life of me remember off the top of my head what it is, suffice to say its about a third of the time I've put into Oblivion.

      Before I go on its worth mentioning that I think Skyrim is the superior game here - technically, graphically and in the main, game play wise. If I had to choose which one to play right now, it would be Skyrim, but there's something about it that I can't quite put my finger on, something that's missing from it that means I'll never put as many hours into it as much as Oblivion which has some hidden charm about it. It's some little, highly opinionated, details which Skyrim just doesn't have, something I would call 'charm'. And here are some of them...

      PUBS!
      No joke here. Really. There's so little variety in the pubs/taverns/hotels that it really kills Skyrim. Off the top of my head there's Six, not including DLC, different pubs in Skyrim, five in each major city, then one identical one pretty much everywhere else, maybe it's a Nordic culture thing, having the same mead hall tavern all over the place but if that's true I don't want to book a holiday to Skyrim any time soon. Perhaps it's because I love pubs far to much in the real world, but I absolutely loved the variety of them in Oblivion, I loved the way each had its own feel, from the High Class to the poorest, to the merchant infested to the almost deserted, they all had a charm about them that made each visit to a town with every different character I created exciting, both for information gathering and role playing (which we'll come to later), and for the fact that each evening the townsfolk literally piled into them, giving them a great atmosphere (for a game anyway) which brings us to people:

      PEOPLE - (If you didn't realise the first time)
      Yes, I'm not talking about their looks here - it's absolutely smashing that the people of Skyrim no longer look like a face painted onto one of Katie Price's breasts, but their lives. They just seemed to have slightly more interesting lives than their northern cousins. The aforementioned piling into a pub in the evenings, throwing themselves into a god frenzy at the church's on Sundas (granted they may do this on Skyrim, but I've not noticed it as much) and the bit that adds to the charm - Travelling. Whilst its lovely that Skyrim has lived up the roads with random events that make walking around much more interesting, one element I found rather exciting in Oblivion is the way named NPC's would occasionally travel from town to town. Granted it was a complete bugger when they would die from monster attacks in the wild (if you cared that is) but I loved bumping into people I knew from other places on their monthly trip to Skingrad or Bravil for example. It all sounds bit tragic really, but it just livened up the game that bit more.


      Now I was going to add a third part, but the length of this thing is already getting on the uncomfortable side of short attention span, so I'll round off now, and anyone that actually cares about this writing will have to wait for the next part.

      I actually don't know how to round this off...

      So a couple of notes!

      Number One! - Morrowind!
      Yes it's a glorious game, but its been so long since I've played it, and I didn't play it a whole lot due my computer having�many a senior�moment, I figured it would be unfair (and easier on me) to exclude it from here.

      Number Two! - Mods!
      They would make this entire blog post irrelevant. So just no.
      (I play on the 360, I did dabble with mods on a computer version of oblivion once, but that almost exploded my laptop, so we don't talk about that).



      *about once every two years.. yeah...

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    • ailsarocks Community Stylist

      5 years ago

      Welcome to the community! smiley0.gif

    • Matty FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Student

      5 years ago

      Welcome to the site, Chris! Feel free to add me or ask for help if you need it!

      • Matty FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Student

        5 years ago

        You're welcome!

      • Jamsponge

        5 years ago

        Now I'm really not sure if you got my first reply because my laptops a bit of an OAP these days, but if not then cheers man! (:

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