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Bethesda (when they're not acting like prats about someone daring to use the word "Scrolls" in a title) produced one of my all time favourite games: Fallout 3.
It sits atop my list of Desert Island Discs because the Capital Wasteland is simply one of the most engaging virtual environments thus far created, and within which; exploration is rewarded. Very few games actually let you do what you want. They claim to, but in actual fact; just lead you 'round by the nose or provide you "hints" that both insult your intelligence and ruin the atmosphere.
Fallout 3 leaves you alone to enjoy its irradiated wonderland at your leisure. Uncovering the mythology for yourself by sifting through the remains of the obliterated DC area.
You'd think then, with my obvious love of such games, that I would have picked up a copy of Skyrim. Maybe even two. One to play and one to caress gently during the loading screens.
Well; no. I haven't, and won't for some time.
Skyrim just doesn't blow my skirt up, for the simple fact that: I've seen it all before. Over the last 20 years, I've played Hero Quest, Fighting Fantasy, various Dungeons and Dragons video games, Ultima Underworld and before any of that, one of my favourite films was Willow.
On top of all the media, I actually live in a part of the world that's been settled for the better part of 10,000 years, so there are a fair few ruins here. I could walk for a few minutes in pretty much any direction from where I'm currently sitting and be stood outside a castle, a ruined abbey, an ancient church, a Neolithic standing stone, the site of an old battleground or some grand old hall. I spent much time as a kid in Newcastle, which is built over the epic fortification that marked the Roman Empire's most northern boarder. I passed a bit of that every day on the way to school!
That level of exposure kinda makes you numb to the visuals of a Tolkin-esque virtual world, and why the post-apocalyptic wastelands of Fallout are, to me, a more exotic destination that the fantasy realms of Elder Scrolls.
I'm not saying I wouldn't ENJOY Skyrim. I might find it to be one of the most engrossing games I've ever played, but for now; I'm more looking forward to nabbing a copy of Saints Row 3.
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CoconutPeeler Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
I guess you could say I'm the reverse of your situation. I live in a populated area in New Jersey with abandoned and dilapidated buildings. I've never been inside them mind you (too afraid of the spiders most likely inhabiting them, we got brown recluse spiders and REALLY BIG wolf spiders over here, the former loving these environments), but it's easy to see them crumble away, only for a new group of people to either claim it or build on top of it. I highly enjoy Fallout 3 and New Vegas, because the idea of living in a world where people are struggling to rebuild on upon the previous which made a choice only God should be allowed to make (sorry if you're not Christian, Catholic, etc.). However Skyrim scoops my eyes out with a shoehorn and nails them to the screen because I've never seen such beautifully depicted medieval structures and architecture. The fact that it lets me ability to sneak by enemies or sneak up for that sneak attack or instant kill, pickpocket, pick locks, bribe guards, have fist fights with people to settle arguments, capture souls, summon creatures, make potions, *long draw of breath*, smith my own weapons and then enchant them is amazing. Despite the fact that I've deleted some saves trying to decide what I truly want to do (I've finally decided to be a Khajiiti thief), there is most definitely more then half of the game left uncovered.

Well that's my rant, so I'll take my leave. FUS RO DAH!
Farelle Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Student General Artist
oh funny view of things ;) I was born in a city, where it is nearly the same about castle ruins and stuff, just a footstep away, but I honestly would never say that it get's old for me or that I get used to that sight^^

I love every kind of ruins (specially from medieval times) I'm not sure why....but they are faszinating me :3 same for some landscapes....

so...I bought skyrim...and most of the time I'm playing, I'm actually just wandering around, looking at the world they created :D It's impressive when you know how much work it must have been to do that, specially if you already did some games yourself ;)
and even if some things are not great like the interface or missing high res textures or stuff like still has this "epic" feeling to it, because no other game had it yet before :O I mean, how many games have actually fog? or clouds, which are surrounding the mountain?moving like some mysterious mist?...I just love it....not storywise :P but I always played this games to make my own story^^
lonewulfinottawa2009 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011
I love Skyrim been playing for 120+ hours...
Cryis Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011
I not overly excited about sky rim but i look at it like this sky rim looks way better than oblivion so hopefully fall out four is going to look wonderful i assume this because the two games fall out 3 and oblivion look and feel pretty much the same except for a few minor things but i agree fall out kicks ass can't wait for 4 i hear it in san fransico..
QUSAI-BC-NY Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011
will i played fallout new vegas but on my cuz's ps3 will i liked the game but going to get saints row 3 for my xbox 360 oh try this game its called deus ex i loved it but didn't get to the end anyway i never played fallout 3
Gx3RComics Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
I can certainly agree with your points, though I'm somewhat new to enjoying western RPGs as I was fully immersed in jrpgs in the PSOne era and was catching up to RPGs I had missed till now. I fell for Fallout 3 and NV, Dragon Age and Skyrim is certainly fun as well, I can see where your desensitized to ruins and such and I'm happy to see someone for once not showering a game with only praise.

Also glad to see someone else who enjoys a good romp through Saints Row, mindless? Yes but it's such a fun game/stress reliever and the newest one is simply put amazing. It's my favorite game of 2011, Mass Effect 2 is tied with it sure but I forgot when that came out.
WyvernLetDie Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Student Writer
You should be aware it was Zenimax Media that sued Mojang, not Bethesda. Zenimax Media own Bethesda, and therefore, have the right to sic their lawyers, even though Bethesda protested against such a move.
philipino93 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yep. Fallout 3 is pretty sweet. New Vegas is cool, but i think i'd enjoy not having to walk across a depressing, barren wasteland for 99% of the game (although the anti-materiel rifle is a lot of fun ;) )
Smashrandom Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Aw, and for a sec I thought there were T-shirts involved. :L
mustangzach Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011
With me it's less that it's about exploration.. it's that it's the continuation of the first game series that really rewarded you for exploring. I've played every game in the Elder Scrolls series and loved them.
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