Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Skyrimming

So I have been a little lax in my blogging duties as of late. Partly, or perhaps in large part because of some blasted game called Skyrim. You see, as a Techno-geek I have always been a game player. My favorite game types are first person fantasy adventure games that are not on-line. When new games are released I always check them out on the web and look at reviews. There is nothing worse than a poorly created game with poor graphics and worse, a poor story line. The last game I played was fairly good but had a horrible ending and the game was too short. I finished the game in three days. For $60.00 it wasn't worth it.


I had checked out Skyrim but I skipped on it mainly because I had played its predecessor, Oblivion, and I had not liked it. The Oblivion graphics were great, the story was good but, it was very slow and time consuming to get the smallest tasks completed.

Over the Christmas holidays some nephews suggested that I play skyrim because it was excellent. After some discussions on the why's of it being so great, I decided I would give it a try. Another reason was because I had not played a good game in almost three or four years. I had tinkered with one other game of a different genre but after a few days I had given up on it. I had also been feverishly waiting on the release of a new installement of one of my all time favorite games, Diablo III which has been promissed but a no show for many many years now. Diablo II was released in 2000 and by 2005 we had heard rummors of III being release. The wait was on. In 2008, it was officially announced that Diablo III would be released and so it was expected, rightly or wrongly, for Christmas of 2008. Again I and many others waited in 2009, 2010 and again before christmas this past year in 2011. As of this writing it is in fact supposed top be released on May 15th of this year. Only two weeks away.

Back to Skyrim; let me just say that Skyrim is by far the best Fantasy Adventure game I have ever played. Period. Exceptional graphics, an incredible story line, or rather several storylines with hundreds of smaller stories or side quests. Phenomenal combat and magic systems, great playability and what seems to be a never ending story. This is by far the longest game I have ever played. Usually I finish a game within a month. Here we are 5 months later and over 300 hours played and I am still not finished.

Usually, games that have lasted longer than a month became borring and often ended up un-finished. Skyrim is anything but that. Just when you think is getting the slightes bit dull, a new twist or some great new part of a story line is thrown your way. Oh, and the dragons are incredible! An excellent, no, "the best" Fantasy Adventure game I have ever played and the best $50.00 ever spent. Oh wait, it was a gift, but it would still be the best money I ever spent on a game.

I am now almost finished, although not sure as this game seems to take the weirdest twists but if indeed I am at the end of the game it will be just in time. Post a few blogs, work on a few projects, then on to Diablo III.

© 2012 Jean-François ClĂ©roux

(Version 1.03 - May  2012)

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