Star Wars: The Old Republic; Initial Impressions: Story

Star Wars: The Old Republic is the new MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) from Bioware, the developer responsible for such games as Mass Effect and Dragon Age. I was a big fan of World of Warcraft back in the day, so I’ve always been interested in trying out a new MMO. As I’m also a big Star Wars fan, this game was perfect for me! In this ‘First Impressions’ series I’m going to be taking a look at each of the different aspects of the game – starting here with Story. Continue reading

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1000 Gamerscore in Skyrim: Achievement Tips

Today I finally got 1000 gamerscore in Skyrim. BAM! This is the first game I’ve ever gotten all the achievements for and I’m feeling rather proud. So, I’ve decided to write this post – under the guise of¬†offering you a few tips for the trickiest achievements – as an excuse to brag ūüėČ I’m a terrible person!

Most of the achievements in Skyrim are fairly easy to get; you just have to spend time doing the quests to get them. There’s a couple of ones that are a bit tricky though, and there are a few things you can do to make the process much less arduous and painful. Here’s some of my tips for doing them: Continue reading

Backseat Game Designer: Crime in Skyrim

In my post yesterday on “5 Things I Don’t Like About Skyrim” I listed The Elder Scrolls V:¬†Skyrim‘s crime system as the main area where I think improvements need to be made in The Elder Scrolls¬†formula. In this post I aim to explain how the current system works, to explain what’s wrong with that system, and to suggest some possible alternatives that I think would be much better than what we have at the moment. Continue reading

Two Days Until Skyrim!

We are now only two days away from 11-11-11: the release date for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. I can honestly say that I haven’t been this excited about a video game for a long long time. It literally feels like Christmas Eve did when I was a kid; I can barely sleep; I keep looking at the time; I go through the internet like a¬†sieve¬†every couple of hours searching for any new tidbit of information that might be in anyway related to the game. Continue reading