E3 2013 – Do We Want an Elder Scrolls MMO?
Jun13

E3 2013 – Do We Want an Elder Scrolls MMO?

  I suppose this was inevitable.  The benchmark RPG known for its captivating single player experience has succumbed to the irresistible lure of the MMO.  Like Final Fantasy, Dungeons and Dragons, and other successful single player IP’s, the ambitions of their spectacular world building skills have grown too large for one player to handle. My time spent with Maria, an NPC and enemy modeler, was not unlike cramming for a finals...

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GOTY 2011 – Best Augury – The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Dec27

GOTY 2011 – Best Augury – The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The award we should really be giving Skyrim is Best Swiss Army Knife.  There are so many different avenues of gameplay running in tandem that any random slice could serve as candidate for some Best Of.  Best New Enemy.  Most Succinct Protagonist .  Best Cross-Age Promotional Tie-In with The Hangover. Add one: Skyrim is the best game out there to play if you want a sense for how our wonderful industry will continue to grow in the next...

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Good Cop: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Nov27

Good Cop: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is a momentous achievement, not just for video games but the broader entertainment industry at large.  Ignore the rough edges and persistent but minor glitches – there are so many elements packed into this one title that it’s capable of satisfying almost every human compulsion for hobby and leisure enterprises. Looking for an incredible story that makes equal time for epic yarns and character vignettes?  At...

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Bad Cop: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Nov27

Bad Cop: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

For all of the hubbub surrounding Skyrim’s commendable strides towards supporting a fluid transition between types of play, one major avenue has been effectively neutered: talking.  Unlike its distant cousin Fallout, there are precious few situations in this game you can talk yourself out of.  Everyone hostile wants to fuck you up on sight, no questions asked.  At best it’s a shame and at worst it aborts story threads: a couple times...

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E3 2011: Skyrim Impressions
Jun09

E3 2011: Skyrim Impressions

Skyrim is overwhelming. More game mechanics and explorable territory was on display during our 40 minute gameplay demonstration guided by Todd Howard then any three other games at E3. The number of legitimate options the game foists on the player is astounding – in terms of combat, exploration, social interactions, and all the other RPG staples. Howard went on to reveal that each individual town has their own economy, localized by the...

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