Skyrim – My first 60 hours

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I’m still addicted to this game and every night since I started playing it has been spent playing for 3+ hours, much to the dismay of my partner who seems to think gaming is a pointless waste of time but having hundreds of shoes is completely normal. My first 20 hours were spent exploring and doing mainly side quests, around the 26 hour mark I started doing the main quests. After so many hours of exploring making money and getting better weapons you would think the game would be easier, I can only surmise that the enemies in this game level up with you as some animals I could kill in a few slashes now take a little longer to kill even with a Ebony Legendary sword. Although I do mix it up with side quest from one place main quest from another the story seems to be pretty good. Not too difficult to follow and if you forget something it will come back to you when you need to know. I bought a lot of spell books early into the game and think this was a bad decision on my part, as I have found most spells multiple times and some I am still unable to use. I also upgraded most of my armour and weapons from the start but this was probably one of the best things I could have done, I currently have smithing level 95. Most of my other skills are still low especially after 60+ hours but some which I use the most are level 40+. Although in the game you do have plenty of choice for followers I have only ever usedLydiaas she was my first and seems to do the job well enough, although sometimes she is a little dippy and run’s into danger like Rambo. I own two houses one in Solitude and in Whiterun my main house is Whiterun as I got it first and have filled it with everything I had collected.

 There seems to be lots of problems with the game, quest glitches and lag on the PS3 but fortunately the only one I have encountered was a mission I did backwards and had to do it again forward and luckily it worked and I finished it.

 This game is still going to keep me entertained for hopefully a little longer and in my eyes its worth the cash as most of the current games have only 6 hour of single player and are not worth the cost.


The DLC and Online Pass Saga

You have saved money to get a new game, in the UK it amounts to around £40. Well after a couple of months you decide to get the next great game, your choices are simple to sell or trade. The problem with this is the used value of games has dropped, and not by a little, but by a lot. This is due to bloody online passes, most EA games now require an online pass and if you sell your games you have to take a £7.99 hit for the online pass value. A couple of titles have done the correct thing, Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham City comes to mind, you don’t get an online pass probably due to the fact it’s a single player game, but buying the game new you get access to a second storyline, now buying the game second hand you don’t lose anything and you still get to enjoy the full game. Driver: San Francisco you get to trial the online and if you don’t like it you don’t have to use the online code and the value of it second hand will be more. Call Of Duty Modern Warfare 3 gives you the choice you still get the great game with both single player or online play but if you want the extra you pay a subscription for the Elite program mainly clan and stat based, but you also get the map DLC for your subscription.


Now I like the online pass idea, in theory it’s the developer’s way of getting cash from the second hand market and paying for servers etc. But doing this is affecting the gamers who buy the games from new. Maybe if the online pass was £2.99 its still cash in there pocket and cash in the pockets of the release day buyers who want to trade or sell, the same people who give there games its spot on the games chart.


In my opinion Downloadable Content that’s on the disc on release should be stopped, if it’s on the disc you have you shouldn’t have to pay as you have already bought the game and purchased all the data on the disc. And as if that isn’t bad enough the likes of Dirt 3 OMFG there is enough DLC to warrant buying the game 3 fold, a track for £6.99 and 3 car livery for £3.99 and there are a lot of livery. Then there are the FPS map packs 3 maps for £6.99, the likes of the Bad Company 2 had a full new game as DLC this was pure genius £12.99 and it gave the game a total new look and for me was great and a fresh new feel to the game. With Call Of Duty Modern Warfare 3 there Elite subscribers will get a map pack a month and the non elite players will get 3 months of maps as a DLC to purchase 4 times a year. If the DLC extends the life of a game great, but if it’s just added in desperation to get more revenue maybe you should think again before you lose all you gamers to the competition.


Skyrim Addict

Before Christmas I tried to get most of my currently unfinished games finished, with the likes of BF3 and Batman: Arkham City taking most of my time, I needed to make all my purchases worth the money.

I finished Batman: Arkham City (not the challenges tho) and decided to finish Operation Flashpoint: Dragin Rising, I purchased it just before Red River was released to try and get used to it.

I had purchased a few games before Christmas to fill the time before the March releases.

L.A Noire
Dirt 3

I had a few games on Dirt 3 with my PSN friends and can say its a great game, I was going to start Bulletstorm but decided to start Skyrim. I’m now 22 hours in and can’t stop playing. I have finished two main quests and have spent most of my time doing side missions.

I don’t normally like this kind of game but I did play Oblivion and enjoyed it but it was a jump on an hour, every now and again, this time it’s different I can’t stop playing. I give myself a few hours a night and always go over, last night I gave myself an hour, and at 11pm had all the intentions to goto bed, then at 1am I had no choice but to turn it off. This has now been happening for a week I’m shattered but still can’t help but play. And as I’m writing typing this all I can think about is playing for a few more hours.

This is turning into addiction and I’m not the only one. A few people I have met over GetGlue are just as addicted 160 hours plus into the game, that’s dedication.