Foolabout 8 or something?
I don’t know about all that, but it’s made me nostalgic, it’s made me think about their last big bad great stonking release, a game I and many others still can’t put down. I am of course talking about The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
It feels like both forever ago and only a few weeks ago that I embarked on my quest to fulfil my destiny as The Last Dovahkiin (it’s my destiny, not yours, they just let you think so…) from that amazing, hairs on the back of your hand rousing male choir singing ‘The song of the Dragonborn’ “Dovahkiin, Dovahkiin, Naal ok Zin los variin!” (Dragonborn, Dragon Born, by his honour is sworn… fact fans) as both butchered and strangely made epic by Tay Zonday, to looking up and seeing those other prisoners with you on that cart, the game started dramatically, in a land torn in two by civil war, the Nords and their Stormcloaks rising up against the Imperials and the Elves who stop the Nords from worshiping their warrior god, Talos through the White-Gold Concordat. Ok I’m oversimplifying it and I’m leaving out key elements, but I get too excited!
I don’t think, in all my gaming life have I been as absorbed with a game as I have been with Skyrim. I’m a Mass Effect Apologist, to be sure, but that needed the whole arc (no matter how you feel about the endings), wheras Skyrim, whilst part of a great series of questing, adventure filled RPG’s, could easily stand alone, and for many gamers new to the series it did just that, and did it well.
As a PS3 player, and now laptop too (god bless you, steam sales) I waited longer than others for the DLC to arrive, but these were all DLC I didn’t begrudge paying out on and enjoyed every smidge of content they threw at me, I prayed for a long time that something else would come… I think I still hold a hope somewhere deep down that it might.
I was always jealous of how it looked graphically on the right PC setups, maybe jealous was the wrong word, I gawped admiringly, seeing mods that people had created and how those textures in game could look. It was certainly a beautiful game on consoles, but those pesky master race had to go and show off, didn’t they?
I always think the social subtexts can be overlooked when talking about Skyrim, the racial divisions, the chasms in the way some species are treated, the notion of guilds and unions, and even the civil war itself are all played out in ways that immerse, raiding keeps and forts with the Stormcloaks, I let out more than one battlecry that freaked out my startled flat mates, I WAS a Stormcloak and I WAS going to hack down all of those Imperial cowards with my effing massive sword. ‘you just got cleaved in twain, you mug!’
I still rue the day I rode a dragon and it wasn’t everything I wanted it to be, and no game is truly perfect, but Skyrim, for me is the pinnacle of so many sides of gaming for me…
Please Bethesda, now you’ve finished tinkering with the Apocalypse again… just announce Part VI… PLEASE?!