Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Casual Gamer: Initial Thoughts on Skyrim

I recently started Skyrim. (Yeah, I know, I'm behind. Don't judge!) I'm not too far into it, and I'm still getting used to the controls, but so far, I like it.

What's my favorite thing? The crafting. I absolutely love the fact that I can tan the hides from animals I hunt and use the leather to make new armor and weapons. I also love that I can make jewelry at the forge as well.  I like playing with the alchemy table and mixing random things to see what I get. Everything I pick up in the world has a use, from the wild flowers along my path to the simple food items out of barrels and gardens.

And nerd that I am, I like the books. Not just the ones that let me learn spells or boost my skills, but the ones that give me hints about the histories of the world, too. I'm carrying too many of them right now while I eek out enough of a living to buy a house to store them in. But I can't bear to part with them.

I like the variety of weapons and how I can use a one-handed weapon and my magic. Of course, I love the character-building. I can spend forever just tweaking the details of my character. Scars? Heck, yeah!

It's a beautiful game, too. The little details like butterflies and fireflies make it feel more realistic...and aren't annoying like a certain bird call I once heard in a game. The whole game world so far is just fantastic. I can't wait to delve deeper into the story and see where the road takes me.

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