Tag Archives: Elder Scrolls

Skyrim Mods: January 2013’s Best of the Best

Miscellaneous Mods
Deadly Spell Impacts
Enhanced Blood Textures
Faster Mining
KenMOD – Time on loading screen
Malkavs Collection – 70 Boxes to Find
No Guard Helmets
No NPC Greetings
No Spinning Death Animation
Unread Books Glow
Faster Mining (may be buggy)
Realistic Ragdolls and Force

Graphics Modifications
Glowing Ore Veins 300
Lanterns of Skyrim
Radiant and Unique Potions and Poisons HD
Real Effect Candle
Ultimate HD Fire Spells
Unique Booze Bottles HD
Vibrant Auroras
Get Snowy
Lush Grass
Skyrim Flora Overhaul – Summer Edition

Player Home and Abodes
Grey Ledge Manor – No Load Doors
Rayeks End

User Interface Mods
A Quality World Map – With Roads
Better Dialogue Controls
SkyUI
Atlas Map Markers and Dawnguard Addon

Character Customization and Creation
Alternate Start – Live Another Life
Character Creation Overhaul

Weapons, Armor and Clothing
Bandit Eyepatch
Bandolier – Bags and Pouches
Cloaks of Skyrim
Immersive Weapons
Immersive Armors
Jaysus Swords
Lost Art of the Blacksmith

Sound Replacements and Alternatives
Crisp Archery Sound Effects
Fantasy Music Overhaul
Icebreakers Improved Reverb
Clanking Armor

Magic and Combat
Locational Damage

Playable Races
Lunari

Utilities
Skyrim Configurator
TES V Save Game Manager


Recently: D3 Rel. Date, Scrolls, Amalur MMO

Recently: D3 Rel. Date, Scrolls MMO, Amalur MMO

You might have already heard – Diablo 3 is releasing on May 15! I don’t think there’s much else to say other than “Hells yea”. The Collectors Edition has been revealed.

Bethesda is working on an Elder Scrolls MMO. Like Knights of the Old Republic (now an MMO) I think a lot of fans want another single player Elder Scrolls instead. We will just have to see how this pans out. It could be quite interesting.

Borderlands 2 will have offline LAN mode and a FOV slider among other welcome features. Far too many console ports omit these features. Not having LAN pisses many PC gamers off. Not having a Field of View slider literally indicates that the developer did not correctly port the title.

Star Wars: The Old Republic’s 1.2 update is on the Test Center Server. Watch the new features video. Also read the Community Q&A here. There are lots of nice new features in this update including the ability to customize the UI.

Todd McFarlane says in this video that their will be a Kingdoms of Amalur MMO which is currently codenamed Operation Copernicus. A lot of people felt that Kingdoms of Amalur felt a lot like an MMO. This too could be quite interesting.

After many years, a new Wing Commander game is being released on March 22. This one is fan-made.

Games To-Be-MMO:
Elder Scrolls
Kingdoms of Amalur

Videos:
Skyrim Update 1.5 – New Kill Cameras
TERA Temple of Temerity
Total War: Shogun 2 – Fall of the Samurai Dev Diary
Destructoid: Elder Scrolls MMO, Borderlands 2 PC Perks, Baldur’s Gate and DOA5’s Jiggle Physics
Wing Commander Saga: Feature Trailer

Articles:
RIAA and ISPs to police your traffic starting July 12
Baldur’s Gate I and II Being Remade


Recently: Kingdoms of Amalur, Trine 2

Recently: Kingdoms of Amalur, Trine 2

Somehow I knew nothing about Kingdoms of Amalur until a few days ago. Now that I’ve played it, I am thoroughly enjoying it. It seems to be very well optimized and the controls are very fluid and responsive. That’s something that I find important in gaming. Voice overs aren’t particularly interesting, but the story so far appears to be more so.

Another game I managed to pass up is Trine 2. I’ve never even heard of the original Trine. Where have I been? I don’t know. But Trine 2 is great. Really great. All that can say is it’s worth looking at.

Trine 2

Bethesda released a High-Res texture pack with the Creation Kit. Here is a comparison between the High-Res textures and vanilla textures. Modders have released mods like HD 2K textures, Realistic Lighting, Realistic Water Textures and other mods to create a better graphical experience in Skyrim.

Check out this Minecraft replica of Kalimdor:
Full Scale Minecraft Replica - Kalimdor

Reviews:
Destructoid: DOTA 2 Impressions

New Screenshots:
Hookedgamers: World of Battleships

Check out these Free to Play titles:
Open Transport Tycoon Deluxe


Skyrim Mod Spotlight: Saved Game Manager

Skyrim Mod Spotlight: Saved Game Manager

We won’t be seeing any full mods for Skyrim just yet but there are a few goodies that you should take a look at. As always, the authority on Elder Scrolls mods is Nexus. Curse is trying it’s best to take the title, but Nexus has been well established for years.

One of the most useful apps for Skyrim that I’ve come across is the Skyrim Savegame Manager. There’s no easy way to manage multiple characters’ saved games in Skyrim. This mod will do it for you. Skyrim is an amazing game and no doubt you will be playing multiple characters at some point.

Related Links:
gamepodunk: The Top 5 Glitches in Skyrim


Skyrim: New Beast, New Features

Skyrim: New Beast, New Features

A while back I wrote a post: Elder Scrolls Skyrim: New and Old Details Compiled. Check that out if you’re looking for a wide array of information on Skyrim compiled in one place.

Bethesda seems to have learned a lot from the plethora of popular community-mods that vastly improved Oblivion and also from Fallout 3. A great deal of features and changes in Skyrim reflect this and popular features unique to Fallout 3 are now in Skyrim.

These new features are numerous and exciting. We now have perks, finishing moves, the radiant story system, cooking, blacksmithing, dragon shouts, non-scripted events and dragons that can decide to attack any place at any time. Many features work together in an interesting way such as alchemy and cooking or dragon shouts, perks and magic. When you realize the scope of power available to you it begs the question: what can stand against you?

I remember how hyped up I was for Oblivion’s impending release: almost as excited as I am for Skyrim. I absolutely loved Morrowind and expected at least an equal experience with Oblivion. While I risk disappointment again, the difference is that I was excited for Oblivion simply due to it being yet another Elder Scrolls title. Skyrim on the other hand is shaping up to be a vastly improved game and I’m expecting it to make up for the disappointment that was it’s predecessor.

Not having to sleep to level up is probably the best news I’ve heard so far. Not really, but if you’ve played Elder Scrolls you know how frustrating that could get. I could list a bazillion new things in Skyrim that make it a better game than it’s predecessor. Bethesda is really upping the par on this one. I’ve read a lot of articles on Skyrim and my mind is continuously blown when I see new things that have been improved or the great new features available.

Skyrim

Some Improvements and New Features:
– Bow effectiveness and usefulness.
– The UI can be disabled entirely or you can simply adjust the opacity of the overlay.
– You can remove enchantments on items and use them on other items. Enchanted items will ‘glow’.
– Speechcraft from Oblivion has been replaced entirely.
– Pickpocket equipped items and weapons. There is an entire pickpocketing skill tree.
– Guilds are rooted in specific locations rather than every city: Dark Brotherhood, Thieves, Fighters and Mages.
– With smithing you can create weapons and armor such as: steel, arcane, elven, dwarven, glass, daedric, ebony and dragon. There are 13 types of ore.
– Crafting: six stages such as refining ore and assembling materials.
– Factions such as: Rebels and Riverwood Tavern Warrior Clan.
– New character customization options such as face point and vastly improved character models.

Update: For a large list of racials, perks and abilities check out this post over at rockpapershotgun.com.

A forum member at Gamespot posted this list detailing 1-handed, 2-handed, pickpocketing, smithing and block perks.

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Sources:
Edge Magazine #233 November 2011 – Print Edition
Neogaf.com Forum Post

Videos:
The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim Demo – Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3

Reviews:
VG247: EG Expo hands-on: Skyrim is the “RPG of Forever”


E3 2011: Watching Paint Dry

So I put in a lot of time watching E3 this year. I literally spent 10-12 hours each day watching live coverage (more than one stream at times), reading tweets and skimming literally over a thousand articles in my RSS reader.

Through the entire thing one (of many) general consensus on Twitter and other real-time feeds was that everyone was at least somewhat disappointed. Nintendo talked about and demoed the same thing for hours. In the end most of us were left wondering why Nintendo is still making systems designed to play games that were popular ten to twenty years ago. I guess there’s still an audience, but how large can it possibly be?

For those that wanted to see lots of other titles get covered, people were getting quite annoyed with the lengthy coverage of titles, companies and systems that people really weren’t that interested in. If Nintendo deserved any awards at E3 it would most definitely be “Most Boring” and “Most Unnecessarily Lengthy”.

What reigned supreme during E3 on live feeds is fans demanding more Star Wars: The Old Republic, Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, Battlefield 3, Modern Warfare 3 and Far Cry 3. I didn’t see a very large response to titles like Batman: Arkham City that we saw way too much of anyway.

Nintendo’s stock fell after the announcement of the Wii U.

There were lots of laughs about Kinect. It’s great for a prototype, but nothing more. I’m sure small children could really enjoy it and that is who it should be marketed to. It’s very much a work-in-progress and I don’t see technology like Kinect or the Wii working well enough to gain the attention of the non-casual gamer audience for ten to twenty years.

If you observe the industry for long you really begin to notice the media throwing around the words “most anticipated” quite often. Oddly, the term is generally thrown around referencing only mildly anticipated titles and you really start to wonder why.

Through observing the industry, fans’ response, Twitter and thousands upon thousands of articles over the past 6 months what would I consider the most anticipated of E3?

Five most anticipated PC titles of E3: Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, Battlefield 3, Mass Effect 3, Star Wars: The Old Republic and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception.

The majority of those that watched E3 were disappointed with the coverage. I have not talked to a single person so far that is happy with the live E3 coverage. Some of the least anticipated titles of 2011 received too much coverage, leaving highly anticipated titles with very little. Hopefully next year E3 will learn what anticipated actually means and cover the industry accordingly. I kind of feel that E3 needs to also stop sucking the tit of companies like Nintendo.

There are plenty of reasons why I would call E3 2011 a failure. Even the most anticipated titles at the conference left players feeling ripped off due to the lack of coverage and no real new information. The bits of coverage that did not serve to bore viewers to death only lasted for a short time. Then it was right back to covering things we just didn’t care about anymore.

How do you feel about E3 this year? What did you expect to see more of? What was the worst and best of E3?

Links:
Tech2.in.com: Why I Don’t Care About E3 Anymore
PSXExtreme.com: Boring Skyrim E3 Presence: Accurate or Subjective?


E3 2011: Skyrim Gameplay Footage