Most non-cinematic media releases on Tuesdays (including video games), but this Friday we have two blockbuster games coming out in Titanfall 2 and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition. To say that Skyrim is a massive game would be a hysterical understatement. My first playthrough, I dumped well over 150 hours into the game and hadn’t even scratched the surface. It rivals Fallout 3, in my mind, as Bethesda’s best game, (which is saying a lot) so I’m really looking forward to revisiting it with upgraded visuals, all the DLC released for the game, and-for the first time for console gamers-the opportunity to add even MORE content for the game by adding user-created mods to Skyrim. These can range from new weapons to massive quests worthy of those included in the original game. The strategy guide is longer than War & Peace and hefty enough to double as free weights (seriously, it’s over 1100 pages long). Check out the upgraded graphics in the trailer above and the full list of cheevos below, courtesy of the peerless xboxachievements.com. Continue reading Complete Achievement/Trophy List for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition (Xbox, Playstation – 2016)→
I have The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited (rolls off the tongue) pre-ordered and it is with frightening trepidation/great anticipation that I look forward to its release on July 9, 2015. Why? Well, just one Elder Scrolls game can suck 200-500 hours of my life away into a questing-state fugue….this is essentially all FOUR previous games smashed together with upgraded everything and it’s an interactive online game or a single player game, depending on if you want major PvP battles or you just need some “me time” slaying Daedra. Xboxachievements has you covered for cheevos and trophies, which will probably be nigh on impossible to get without making this your new life’s work. Which, let’s face it….we just might. Continue reading Complete List of Achievements/Trophies for The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited→
The general consensus is that Microsoft is going to unveil the Xbox sequel (most likely called Infinity, but I like 720….because my preference matters to them) sometime this year. Some reports have it being unveiled to Microsoft employees next week. I do not recall life before my Xbox 360. Oh….oh, I do, it sucked. My wife will understand that was hyperbole. Won’t you, hon? Ok, just me and the Xbox this weekend. Where was I? Ah yes, the gaming superbness that is the Xbox 360 (if you own a PS3, I do not hate….I’m just puzzled, much like I am by cat owners or people who watch Bravo).
The NeXtBoX (that one’s mine Microsoft, you pay me if you pick that) will have big shoes to fill. The 360 has managed to have a long life cycle through annual software updates that essentially offered the features of a new console without having to actually buy one. It’s transformed gaming machines into entertainment hubs. I use mine as much for Netflix or Hulu as I do gaming. I understand we’re at the technological point where the next graphical leap is necessary, but I kind of don’t want it to end. I don’t want to have to bid adieu to my Batman-skinned 360 (anniversary present from my wife if she’s still reading as proof of how AWESOME she is….yeah, I’m still on my own there).
When I do switch to the 720ityBox (also mine), what are the top five things I’d like? What are five things that leap to the fore of my gaming-saturated mindbrain?
1. Port it all over. All of it. I spent five-and-a-half years building up a gamerscore (87,368; thank you for asking), dressing a digital avatar of myself as Boba Fett (do not judge me) and have saves, themes, DLC and full games that fill most of a 250 GB hard drive. I want it to come with me. If you think I’m going to start my gamerscore at 0, Microsoft…I probably will, but I can hold a grudge like a poltergeist, so don’t test me.
2. Don’t futz with the controller. If you have a few tweaks, I’m open to that. I am not a close-minded OCD ADD gamer (possibly two of those three things are not true). The 360 controller is the best controller for any system ever. I can’t believe I played Nintendo with a tiny box with a D-pad and two buttons. Tweaks are ok. Leave it mostly the frick alone!
3. Make Kinect worth it. Kinect is cool. I think it’s a tremendous innovation. I also think, unless you play Dance Central, that it’s most useful feature is detecting demons (thank you, Paranormal Activity 4). Find a way to integrate it in a cool way for all gamers. I am barred by several state laws from even attempting to dance. Where’s my Kinect experience? I can play Fruit Ninja on my phone.
4. Backwards compatibility. See point number one. I have about seven years worth of exploring to do in Skyrim alone. I don’t want to switch consoles to do it. I used to be a Sony guy. Loved my PS2. Once they announced they were not including the ability to play PS2 games on the PS3, I lost all interest. Also because it forgot to have games for two years. It also was two car payments. I’m over you, Sony! …I did mention the grudge holding thing…
5. Do not DRM screw us. This is a hotly debated topic among gaming companies and developers. Essentially, a digital rights management (DRM) feature would be included linking your account to your game’s disc. Once that happened, that disc would be unplayable by anyone else. This spins out of the sales of used games and game rentals, from which developers see no profits. If this is adopted, Game Stop is done, not to mention Game Fly. I’ve heard that all games for the next Xbox will require installation, but not specific DRM restrictions yet. I don’t know about you, but my purchase of games would plummet. Games cost $60. If I’m going to drop that, I have to know it’s worth it. I think ultimately it would hurt the industry, so let’s hope that’s the last we hear of it.
May your weekend be full of gaming. My Xbox Live tag is “sleeplessdave”, feel free to friend me (add a message that you’re a KT reader if you don’t mind) and I will report all updates on the NewBOX (no?) that come my way.