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Finally, A Way to Purchase All the Elder Scrolls Games, for Those of You Who Haven’t Done That, Somehow

Do you desperately want to own all the Elder Scrolls Games, but somehow haven’t done that already? Good news for you! The Elder Scrolls anthology will include all five numbered games in the series, as well as all the expansions released for those games, along with a fancy box and some maps, all for the low, low price of eighty dollars. Which, assuming you’ve never purchased any of the titles in the series, and are also entirely incapable of waiting for the constant sales that all of these titles get on Steam, is a good deal. In the more likely scenario that you own at least one of the games in this series made in the last decade, well, the only reason to buy this box is if you’re willing to pay a ridiculous amount of money for maps.

If you do want to pay too much for maps, it’s available for pre-order right now. Hope they’re worth it.

People Still Making Skyrim Fan Films

I just started playing Skyrim thanks to this year’s Steam summer sale. What’s more amazing is people still making tribute videos to a nearly two year old game. I don’t know if they fixed it, but I’ve played it for 19 hours and no one has mentioned any arrows to the knee. I was expecting arrows to the knee! Oh, the video. It’s good.

Elder Scrolls Character Prank Calls Library

I’m not normally a fan of soundboard prank calls. It feels lazy. This guy does a nice job though, using Septimus from Skyrim to ask about the Elder Scrolls. I’m surprised that not more of the younger employees new what Elder Scrolls was. No matter, it’s a creative use of characters to annoy one of the least respected professions: library workers.

Elder Scrolls Online Will Feature a First Person Mode (If That Matters)

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Historically, the Elder Scrolls had been a first person game.  Sure, sometimes you can go to a third person mode, but the game is designed around first person, so the only thing third person is good for is checking out your cool new armor. Otherwise you pretty much stick to first person. 

So when the news broke that Elder Scrolls Online would be third person, people were perturbed.  That’s not how it was before!  Ignore the fact that being a MMO the third person mode is almost certainly more useful than first person, when I played Oblivion I was in first person, so I damn well better get that first person again.  For reasons!

Well good news irrational person I invented as a straw man.  First person well be a thing.  You are fine.  The game is still designed primarily as a third person game, so there will be area effects that you’ll not be able to use correctly, since you can’t see behind you, and the combat is supposed to be the same World of Warcraft “wait until it refreshes” gameplay, so the game will target for you, and the point of playing first person is moot.  But at a glance it will resemble the old games, so totally worth it!

Come On, Elder Scrolls Online, Really?

Listen, I get that you want your intro cinematic to look fancy and be filled with awesome folks doing badass things.  But there’s a certain point where it gets ridiculous.  This dude’s riding bridges and murdering an entire floor of soldiers, then swinging down to confront others by slicing a rope and riding it like Tarzan.  It’s all super exciting.  But you know damn well that two minutes after watching this video you’ll be playing the game proper where the combat will be “Right Click On That Guy Until He Dies.”

Obviously this isn’t exclusive to this game.  Pretty much every MMO suffers from the same issue.  The Old Republic had a giant Jedi battle, pulling the kind of Jedi tricks that only a couple of cartoons had really done before, but the game was just your standard Attack, Attack, Power Attack, Attack.  WoW has a new one of these for every new release, and the core gameplay in that one’s been the same for close to a decade.  But it’s still a little silly to sell your game using this stuff when the actual game resembles it in almost no way.

Still, if the desire to visit Tamriel with friends is powerful enough to deal with a combat system even less exciting than your average Elder Scrolls game (entirely possible, the desire to visit Tamriel alone is powerful enough to deal with Skyrim’s combat system) you can sign up for the beta over at the official website right now.  There’s no word on when it actually starts, but you can at least get that ball rolling.

Man, It’s The Elder Scrolls. Do We Really Need a Reason to Fight?

So, The Elder Scrolls Online is set in a time period where three major alliances are all fighting to control Cyrodiil and, by extension, Tamriel.  And this Colonel Sanders looking (and Ed Greenwood sounding) man will explain exactly who the big names are, and why they’re fighting. Except, you know, it’s The Elder Scrolls.  The majority of those games are people trying to kill you for poorly thought out reasons, and starting wars just cause.  Did we really need a justification?  “I want to rule everything.”  “But why do you want to rule everything?”  “I wasn’t aware I needed a reason to want to time the world.  Seems pretty self explanatory, really.”

Dragonborn Will Take Us Back to Morrowind… Sort Of

Specifically it will take you to Solstheim, the island off of Morrowind that was the setting for the Morrowind: Bloodmoon expansion. Technically part of Morrowind, it’s mostly inhabited by Nords, so you’ll still feel comfortably at home, surrounded in nordic accents. But also get ready for weird floating bugs, houses that look like they’re made of carapace, and those goddamn impossible to hit Cliff Racers. You’ll also meet more Daedric guys, have a chance to learn some dark arts, and hunt down the first Dragonborn, who’s apparently become somewhat of a dick. You’re making Dragonborn look bad, jerk! All good stuff.

Except for the Cliff Racers. Goddamn Cliff Racers.

From IGN

Elder Scrolls Online Gameplay Looks Like Other Games

Yes, it’s Bethesda. Yes, it’s Elder Scrolls. Yes, everyone wants this game to happen. However, it doesn’t look any different than what you are probably playing right now. What they will get you is if you prefer the franchise because that’s what this game is really trying to sell you on. If you are intrigued, here’s 10 minutes of designers talking about the game with a little bit of gameplay footage thrown in. Looks like all the others.

Sony Will Get That Skyrim DLC Working Eventually

Dawnguard

Because Bethesda’s feeling towards the PS3 seems to be “The game turned on, didn’t it? Isn’t that good enough?” they’ve basically decided that the Skyrim DLC is just too much effort. But Sony’s not putting up with that. Just because their system is ridiculously complicated to program for, that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t get all the same stuff as the 360 and PC version. So they’ve got a development team working on Dawnguard. Hooray. Turns out, like that guy that does a really shitty job washing the dishes when they first get married so that his wife will do it from then on, if you just suck at programming a game for the PS3 long enough, eventually Sony will just give up, and do it for you. Every Triple-A title should try this from now on. “Every time Connor tries to assassinate this dude, the snow turns green, but we can’t figure out how to fix it… Sony? You have any ideas?” Then you go to the bar for the rest of the day.

Two Things Are Always Better Than One with Elder Scrolls Harp Music

Here we have two harpists playing music from Skyrim and Morrowind from the Elder Scrolls series. They are twins, which makes it better. They are both hot, which makes it even better. They are playing video game music which, if they are not into that sort of thing was something that their manager or boyfriends told them to do but works out anyway, still makes it better.