Posts Tagged ‘Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim’
Are gamers unwittingly being used as beta testers?
Last Updated on Tuesday, 4 December 2012 04:43 Written by LoganDX Tuesday, 4 December 2012 04:43
It seems publishers are using the paying fans as testers after a game releases. Look at the amount of patches being announced for even major titles – Assassin’s Creed 3, Darksiders 2, Skyrim, Black Ops 2. The list feels endless and it leaves many a game player scratching their heads. Watch the credits after the game has been beat, read them in the manual (a dying resource) and there is always a listing for a Quality Assurance bloke or two. Those are the people who should make sure these $60 titles play well.
Darksiders 2 is a great example of zero bug testing before launch. A large percentage of anxious fans, already chomping at the bit over a month delay, were forced to stare at a useless copy of the game as a major glitch blocked all progression. At the time, the only way to work around the glitch was to completely wipe away all game saves to then retry the game. There was no guarantee the glitch wouldn’t present itself again as well. It took two months and two patches to get some saves fixed. Some folks were out of luck and had to redo everything with the promise that the glitch was fixed.
Assassin’s Creed III was the recipient of a hefty patch to fix many a bug that should have been caught during the testing process. Instead players diving into it after release complained. Skyrim, like almost all of Bethesda’s games, has had a few patches to fix story breaking glitches, visual bugs and other down right annoying problems gamers find. So what gives? Why are we paying for the “luxury” of doing someone else’s job?
How To Build a Skyrim Helmet [VIDEO]
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 September 2012 01:27 Written by JCWaitWat Wednesday, 12 September 2012 04:30
One of the beautiful things about The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is the vast variety of things that you can clad yourself in, from glowing armour to tight leather outfits (The Dark Brotherhood never quite got it right). However one of the more impressive works of smithing is the Helm of Ygnol, which reduces increases resistance to frost attacks. It also looks totally badass.
Bethesda announces The Elder Scrolls Online, Warcraft silently weeps. [VIDEO]
Last Updated on Monday, 7 May 2012 11:55 Written by LoganDX Friday, 4 May 2012 06:58
Long rumored but never confirmed, The Elder Scrolls Online has hung around in the back of geeks’ minds for quite some time. With the success of the franchise, it seemed like a no-brainer to develop a massive multiplayer online game around it. After all, who wouldn’t want to travel the vast area known as Tamriel with a friend or two? Bethesda has wisely listened to the TES fans out there and announced they were indeed developing the future time sink known as The Elder Scrolls Online.
Not much information is known right now, we’ll all find out more when this month’s issue of GameInformer hits stands. The little we do know puts the time frame approximately 1000 years before dragon slaying events of Skyrim. Skyrim, Cyrodiil and the whole of Tamriel is open for able bodied adventurers. The throne is empty, any of the ambitious players can vie for its stiff seat. The rest is pure speculation sadly.
The Elder Scrolls Online is slated for a 2013 release for PCs and Macs. Hit the break and enjoy the brief tease of an announcement trailer!
Get to Thu’uming for real with Skyrim Kinect support! [VIDEO]
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 April 2012 01:22 Written by LoganDX Thursday, 12 April 2012 01:22
Ready to use your own voice to power your Dragonborn’s Thu’um? Now that Bethesda has worked out most of the glitchy kinks in Skyrim, it’s time to start adding on. First on the agenda is adding Kinect support to the game. The obvious benefit is a Thu’umMic like feature, one where you can literally call out the magic of your innate skills. Instead of holding down a button, players now say (scream) the words necessary for precise pummeling of baddies. Definitely adds to the immersion factor!
Besides the power of the shout, the other commands involve seamless equipping of weapons, hot keying of spells or weapons, or making followers doing your bidding without opening up the dialogue menu. All told, Bethesda is applying over 200 commands in the new update. One of my favorites will open the map for you and allow you to slide right over to any location on it. Makes it very handy if you’ve locating a serious amount of areas.
The developer hasn’t given a hard release date for the update, just the usual vague “Stay Tuned”. Once we know for sure, we will let you know. Hit the break to peep the promo video Bethesda tossed our way, it’s pretty enlightening and awesome.