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PostPosted: Sat Oct 18, 2014 10:14 am 
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Beat Dawnguard last night.

Wow, that had a LOT more shit going on in it than I expected. The new area you get to near the end (after an epic dungeon crawl) was pretty fucking awesome. And it's one of two fairly large land expanses it adds, plus several really good dungeons.

LOVED the main companion it adds. She's my new main bitch. There are a lot of people you can companion up, but she's the best.

Good story, good locations, yay!

I've also done a bunch of the Hearthfire stuff. Built a bitchin' house, adopted a kid, all that shit.

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Started Dragonborn today, but I've got 50 hours into this latest Skyrim playing and am a bit burnt and may take a break. Happened with Oblivion when I was halfway through Shivering Isles. Don't want to stall out again.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 18, 2014 11:36 am 
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Oh, and how lame am I? I was genuinely disappointed when the main companion you get in Dawnguard wouldn't marry me.

That's okay, though. I married Lydia instead. Probably best for my burly Nord guy to marry to a tough chick like that.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 18, 2014 2:26 pm 
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I've got about 6-7 hours into Dragonborn (I like to take my time, so that's about 2 hours for console gamers). It's a slow burn, lots of dungeon crawling. Definitely take a break before heading into it.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2014 7:28 am 
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Decided to drop Skyrim and video game altogether and start re-watching Mad Men instead. I'll get to Dragonborn when I'm done.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 6:03 pm 
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Elder Scrolls Online goes free to play on March 17.

Me, Shoe Hr and some of his friends are already in. Anyone else?

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 6:09 pm 
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Shoe wrote:
Elder Scrolls Online goes free to play on March 17.

Me, Shoe Hr and some of his friends are already in. Anyone else?

Base game will still cost money, at least on consoles.

Also, I heard it was terrible.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 7:36 pm 
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It is not good. It was okay, but not GOOD.

But for free I will play it. Yes.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2017 8:38 am 
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I've been fully back in this world since getting the special edition for Xbox One. Hadn't ever done the second big Dragonborn expansions or the Brotherhood storyline, so for that alone I've been glad to play it again.

Mine is also packed with mods now, too, to make it a much different experience. Loads of new content and tweaks. So glad mods made the transition to console. I've loved revamping past games - my Morrowind mod setup is INSANE - but my current systems just won't run Skyrim well, so this is a big boon to me.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 3:50 pm 
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I've been playing this for the last few weeks:

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Allow me to cut to the chase: If you enjoy Skyrim or Oblivion and would like some more open world exploring and adventuring in a huge environment, set in the same fantasy world, this is worth a pickup.

And actually, the version without the Morrowind expansion is only $15. Super cheap for LOOOAADS of content:

https://www.amazon.com/Elder-Scrolls-On ... 00DHF39EO/

Yes, this is an MMO (such as World of Warcraft), which means you're playing with thousands of other players.

But no, you never need to interact with people if you don't want to.

And no, you don't have to pay to play it. Buy the game and (assuming you have Gold or Playstation Plus on the consoles) it's free to play online.

I play solo. It plays solo just fine. There are loads of quests with full voice acting, good stories, and all the rest of the stuff you'd expect from a Skyrim or Oblivion or Morrowind. I've run into a wall with a few boss monsters, but otherwise have been just fine with my dark elf slash-'em-up type.

Just like any other Elder Scrolls game, you are free to explore anywhere you want. Steal stuff. Craft stuff. Join guilds. Follow stories. Ignore stories. Chase gear. Sneak through dungeons. Etc etc

I'm liking it WAY more than I expected.

You can pay a monthly fee to upgrade some stuff if you want to (mostly notably your bank storage capacity), but you don't need to. There are several expansions out that add new lands, but you are free to ignore them.

A chunk of Skyrim is in it, including Windhelm.

The whole island from Morrowind is in it (in the expansion).

Most of the land from Oblivion is in it (though the Imperial City requires an expansion).

Plus a loooaaad of other lands to explore.

Thumbs up. :thumbs:

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 9:23 am 
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I'm still hooked on Elder Scrolls online. Each individual zone is large enough and packed enough with quests, stories, and things to do so that any individual zone would be a good action RPG release all on its own.

And there are over 25 zones.

Every zone is filled with towns and locations and dungeons, and each location or town has a short storyline you can play through. These will each mini story take you maybe 1-2 hours.

Plus each zone has an over-arching story that takes much longer to finish, maybe 8-12 hours per zone (depending how you play). These stories lead you all across the map and are made up of many interlinked quests.

Then there are the large multi-zone storylines. There are three factions in the game. Each one has an extensive storyline that could take you 30-40 or so hours to finish, which takes you across a series six zones each (and each faction takes place in entirely different places, so they are completely unique from one another.

So three epic stories to follow.

PLUS an overall main quest that tales about 25-30 hours.

PLUS guild storylines, DLC storylines and more that take you all across the world as well.

And work for hire, stealing, exploring dungeons, and loads more.

It's huuuge.

If you liked Skyrim, about 1/3 of the Skyrim map is in this game as well, set 700 years or so before that game. And if you liked Oblivion, the entire Oblivion map is in this game. And if you liked Morrowind, the entire Morrowind map is in this game. Plus waaaaaay more lands to explore beyond that.

So yeah.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 4:00 pm 
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Would you be my questing partner if I bought this?


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I am playing on Xbox One, so I don't think I can be since (I'm pretty sure) you don't have a One.

But if you did, yes, of course I'd do some questing with you. Hell, I might even get a set of headphones and a mic.

One nice thing: The game automatically scales everything with the player, even in groups of mixed levels, so it's totally possible for high level people to quest with low level people and for everyone to have a similar experience. No grinding to catch up with your friends!

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That's pretty cool but you're right, I'd be looking at the pc version because pc master race. (I'm on my way to buy a Nintendo Switch though, so need to hand in my membership card.)


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I do have a PC account as well, but I haven't used it since the game was in Beta and am unlikely to use it much, if at all. These days I don't like sitting in front of the computer playing games for a long period of time.

If it runs on my gaming laptop, that would be an option. I do sit and game on that.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:49 pm 
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Shoe wrote:
I do have a PC account as well, but I haven't used it since the game was in Beta and am unlikely to use it much, if at all. These days I don't like sitting in front of the computer playing games for a long period of time.

If it runs on my gaming laptop, that would be an option. I do sit and game on that.

If it's on steam, you can stream from your desktop to your laptop. Your desktop could do the processing if it's more powerful. It's kind of neat. I've got a cheap pc hooked up to my tv like a console for this purpose.


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Started playing Elder Scrolls online again, after a break of about 7 months.

New character created with a new faction, which means I effectively have an entirely new game to play with a large number of vast new lands to explore and an extensive storyline to follow.

And there is still a third faction I can do the same with.

Plus multiple expansion & DLC zones that also have their own stories to follow, etc.

Playing a few months at a time once a year or so, I can probably still be playing this five years from now and now have seen everything.

Was a pretty good investment, buying this one.

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Shoe wrote:
Was a pretty good investment, buying this one.


I need to get back to it. There is a lot of great single-player content now, right?

I tried doing all the multiplayer (becoming Emperor and all that) and it never felt that great to me.


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Yes, loads of good single player content. An enormous amount.

I don't like the multiplayer at ALL, but the single player stuff ranges from fairly solid to really damn good. And there is a LOT.

Each of the game's three factions' stories could be standalone games based on length and volume of content, with LOADS to do, and the quality of the stories is generally pretty solid.

Then Morrowind, Orsinium, and Summerset are all huge expansions that give you really large standalone stories and large regions filled with other solo quests and stories. Any one of them could give you another 30-40+ hours of solo play.

And Thieves Guild, Dark Brotherhood, Clockwork City, and Murkmire are all standalone solo add-ons that have new areas and stories that could be 20 hours or so each. Basically they're like Elder Scrolls expansions like Bloodmoon, Shivering Isles and Dragonborn.

I've completed not even 1/3 of the solo stuff, and that's over two stretches of play, each lasting a couple of months.

Finished:
Main story + main guild stories
Ebonheart Pact alliance storyline
Morrowind
1/2 of Clockwork City
1/2 of the elf alliance storyline
Thieves Guild
Dark Brotherhood

So I still have two entire alliance storylines (well, 1 1/2), Summerset, Orsinium, the rest of Clockwork City, and Murkmire ... plus whatever large expansion comes out next spring. (One is planned.)

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So how does this work? Will I be playing some solo game and a random internet dude may be like "YO WHATSUP?" and kill the vibes?

Because anytime I've played a single player game that let in random internet people has freaked me out. I think Dead Island did that to me. Do not want.


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brian wrote:
So how does this work? Will I be playing some solo game and a random internet dude may be like "YO WHATSUP?" and kill the vibes?

Because anytime I've played a single player game that let in random internet people has freaked me out. I think Dead Island did that to me. Do not want.

I was playing Borderlands 2 for the first time, and my friend jumped into my game about 10 minutes in. It immediately doubled the difficulty - and as I was still learning the controls, I kept getting killed. I quit very soon after. That was the last time I played Borderlands 2.

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brian wrote:
So how does this work? Will I be playing some solo game and a random internet dude may be like "YO WHATSUP?" and kill the vibes?

Because anytime I've played a single player game that let in random internet people has freaked me out. I think Dead Island did that to me. Do not want.

With Elder Scrolls Online, there are other players populating the world, but they can't do anything to you. They can't attack you or anything like that unless you agree to a duel, and by and large no one bothers you if you are playing solo. In all my dozens and dozens of hours in the game I've been challenged twice. Just kept walking both times.

There is only one area in the game where you can be attacked, and you go there knowing what it is.

Most interactions with other players will be purely by choice. I've only 'grouped' with others twice. 99/9% of the time, I played solo. No one cares. Most people play solo.

You can turn voice chat and the text chat box off so they never intrude on your game. I'm never bothered by random people talking or saying hello or hearing kids chatter or whatever.

I also turn off "nameplates," which are those big names over a character letting you know they are human players. With them off, you can think of the other players as just part of the world's population.

Really, the only time the presence of other players is consistently apparent is when you are in a major population center. Then they're everywhere running around the city (but again, you can easily disregard them).

Often a player will be on the same quest as you, so you'll be going through a dungeon or something at the same time someone else is, but that's no big deal. You can ignore them if you want. It breaks immersion a bit, but not too bad. The monsters that attack them will generally not attack you, so it's not even as if they can screw up your game and mess with you by dragging monsters towards you.

It plays really well as a solo game.

You do have to dig into the menus and customize it a bit, though, to tone down the bells and whistles of the UI.

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Shoe wrote:
It plays really well as a solo game.

You do have to dig into the menus and customize it a bit, though, to tone down the bells and whistles of the UI.


One of the frustrations that I have/had with it is the amount of inventory you can carry is VERY low (but I'm guessing you can change this by subscribing - I was playing the "free" version of the game that I paid for.)

Also, I have quests to do in Cyrodiil that require me to kill the bosses in the dungeons, but because of the way PvP works in that region, and the alliance that you choose, you are locked off from several of the dungeons unless your alliance controls the map and breaks down access to the other areas. It's frustrating to my OCD to check off those boxes when I can't check off those boxes.


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Inventory: Yes, the inventory is frustratingly small, especially at low levels. You can buy more slots from bag merchants, and you should, but if you plan to do crafting them the game gets VERY tedious dealing with inventory management if you are playing free.

Here's what I do: Either DON'T DO CRAFTING if I'm playing free -- just skip that part of the game entirely and only use inventory for gear & such -- or temporarily sign up for ESO Plus to get the unlimited space crafting bag. You can sign up for just a month or whatever. When you cancel, you get to keep all the stuff in your crafting bag, you just can't add anything more to it unless you re-up.

I usually do the latter. Will sign up for ESP Plus for a month or two for the perks, then cancel as I'm winding down and moving on to another game. If I sign up again nine months later, all my stuff is still there (and in fact is still accessible when playing for free; you can keep crafting with the stuff in the bag).

Cyrodill quests: Yeah, that zone and the Imperial City, damn near impossible as a solo player (especially the city), thanks to the PvP aspect. Really tough. And the bosses are HARD.

To cure your OCD, you can go into your quest log and abandon quests so they don't show up anymore. You won't lose the quest. The trigger will respawn for you if you ever want to do it later.

'Cause yeah, I'm like you. I have having quests listed that I can't finish. Drives me nuts.

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This was all sounding promising until you let on that it's subscription based. As they say in Minnesota, uffda.


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It's not subscription based.

The game is free to play. You can choose to get a subscription and will get some perks for it, but you don't need one. 100% of the content, quests, stories, dungeons, etc. can be played for free with 0 penalties to you or your character. It's entirely free to play if you own the game.

Basically, a subscription just gets you a bag that can hold lots of stuff, give you free access to any expansions whether or not you actually own them, and they send you free potions and crap.

It's just bonus stuff. The game itself is free to play. The majority of players choose not to get a subscription.

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The Morrowind/Main game is $10 on steam. Sure, why not?

Go to download and install, and it's 92 gigabytes. What the hell? No.


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Yeah, the installation size is stupid.

Understandable, I guess, when you consider that the map size is probably equal to 7-8 Skyrims.

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