I Just Can’t Stop Playing This Game

I recently realized that it’s been almost three years since one of my favorite games came out, and even further realized that “Holy shit, I’m still playing this game”.

I’m talking about no other than The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. I know this may not come as a surprise to some, but it does come as a surprise to me.

As much as I love the game I have never consistently kept up or gone back to a game like this unless it was an MMO, and MMOs require to much effort in my mind, so that’s debatable. On the other hand Skyrim has pulled me back EVERY time, and to me it all has to do with immersion.

I’ve been a long running fan of the series and I have to say that this franchise, by far, is my favorite open world environment. To me, no develper has ever achieved the perfect balance between immersion and RPG elements like Bethesda has. The fact that everything that you do feels natural and with purpose is something that I truly admire.

In the previous entry, Oblivion, Leveling up was a little intrusive. It required you to go to bed then pick which stats to level up, and to boot they’d level up depending on which schools/skills leveled up ( I literally had to youtube that, it’s been WAY too long.) This is highly intrusive because you had to constantly be aware of what schools NOT to use so that you could maximize your stat increase –this was a particular annoyance to people who like to branch out their playing style. Skyrim did us a One-UP by scaling down the level up process to two steps: Stat level up –which only three instead of eight– and Perk choosing. This in turn gave it a much better sense of progression and we could stop being concerned about leveling and in turn be concerned with the roads that lie ahead.

Gotta keep myself warm, I need to get some food and water soon though. So tired...

Gotta keep myself warm, I need to get some food and water soon though. So tired…

But enough about technicalities, let’s get to the fun stuff. The major reason why I still play Skyrim, and many of you will agree, is MODS. Every combination of mods makes the game a totally different experience adding to the immersion factor. My most recent combination is precisely aimed at immersion. It’s a world where you have to protect yourself from the chilling cold and the blinding snowstorms by hunting, and creating capes and pelts that serve as a flimsy second skin; a place were mere bandits are no longer sword fodder, but rather people hardened by the wild and ready to mercilessly eviscerate you in combat; a domain were every step you take is calculated, and were you take every advantage that you can so that you may avoid meeting your demise at the hands of traps or the marauders that lurk around the corner.

All in all I’ve created my own Skyrim experience, something that I can say I’m proud of and I still look for excuses to go back and play as often as I can. Bethesda made one hell of a game, and though it wasn’t perfect, this series has a large enough community of dedicated modders and players to make a it a new experience every time.

And even though we here at the DreamCast aren’t very exited for The Elder Scrolls Online, like Broseph said in his article “Only time will tell.” Maybe ESO is truly the multiplier experience we’ve all been yearning for?

What about you? Is there any one game in particular that after years you’re still not able to let go? What’s the experience like looking back to when you first played it?

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2 comments

  1. Gregory

    I enjoy all the Elder Scrolls series. Morrowwind, Oblivion and of course, Skyrim which I enjoyed the most and still play. I actually went back recently and began playing Oblivion a second time. I never really finished the first go around and I have added DLC for that game; Knights of the Nine and Shivering Isles to complete this time so I’m psyched. But my all time favorite game that I have returned to most? FF 7. It will always be the best experience in terms of rpg gaming that I have had thus far and though time and tech has changed, the basics of the FF 7 remains true somehow in my mind/heart and the story/graphics never fail to bore me because I’m enthralled with the game as a whole — the entire FF series to be precise. So yeah, Final Fantasy VII is by far the game I return to in order to recreate that joy of gaming.

    • TheDreamCasters

      I haven’t played Oblivion in a while, but I still discuss it with the team constantly. One of our recent discussions was “Which of the TES protagonists is the strongest?” And we actually leaned towards the Oblivion char because of Shivering Isles (THE best DLC ever created!), but I won’t spoil that for you because that would suck.

      And I can definitely feel why you would love the FF series, it’s one of my all time faves when it comes to RPGs, though I never managed to get through all of FF7, (Which the guys heckle me for constantly) and a series that I will be revisiting as well now that I’m posting this comment. So thank you, sir, for giving me that wonderful idea!
      -TumblePiston

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