My last few posts have only been about games in the abstract. But I have really been playing video games, honest! A few hours a day, in fact! Just, most of the screenshots of the games I’ve been playing are on my pc, instead of my school computer where I blog from most of the time. And I haven’t been playing Steam games, either, which means no cloud storage.
The game that’s been taking most of my time is ESO. I’m really liking (so far) how much the game experience is like a proper Elder Scrolls game. And the writing isn’t so terrible either. When I first heard of the game, and how they were doing the alliance system, and being in 2E without any reason, and how the UI looked a lot like the default Skyrim UI, and all that, I was a big hater, I admit. I am not a huge fan of Skyrim (it took me 200+ hours to figure that out…), mostly because everything was even more casualized and consolized than Oblivion, and ESO looked like more of the same.
Glad to find out it’s not, really. It’s a proper action MMO that just happens to be in the Elder Scrolls universe. While I don’t think it’s the best that could have been done, it is competent. And I do miss some of the detail that gets lost when greatly increasing the playable area (all the towns on Vvardenfell, for example, are much smaller than they are in Morrowind, and the buildings that are in both games are smaller, too). But taking all that into account, it’s good enough. Good enough to subscribe to.
As for my actual progress, I’ve gotten up to 20 or 21. Haven’t gotten any of the crafting up very high; I’m wondering if it’s worth keeping all of those green and blue equips for Research, or just Deconstructing them to get the crafting xp. I’m mostly doing this without guides, since (so far) it’s easy enough. Going through the main Morrowind story (this is the weakest writing so far; as per usual with TES games, the strength in writing is in the small details, not the big picture or grand events), since I guess that’s what I get for starting on that expansion. I have no idea what the actual main story is, or how to start it.
As an aside, I wish the earbuds I’m using (because I generally play in the dark of the morning, and my roommates want to sleep then for some reason) had markers for L and R. It’s always a mystery until I get in-game.