Time for another YvoCaro plays, as it’s already been two weeks since I last recounted about my gaming travels. These are my un-edited thoughts about games, not always very logical perhaps, and sometimes you’re probably wondering: “what the heck has that got to do with this game” (Scotty is beaming up people in BotW). But this is how my 54 year old brain sees it, might have something to do with not growing up with a steady diet of video games like most of you have!
It’s only fair to warn you that there will be spoilers too, as it’s not possible to write about down the thoughts that spring up in my mind without them!
Going out of my comfort zone….Skyrim
You know how I’ve thoroughly enjoyed Breath of the Wild? When the announcement came of being able to get the Link outfit through your amiibo in a game called Skyrim, I got curious. Never considered playing the game before, but I knew some of the ladies in my facebook group had played it before and loved it.
So I decided to buy Skyrim, the Elder Scrolls V on Switch. Many of you might have played the game before on another console, but this was the first time for me. I bought it used, that way I would be minimizing possible losses if I didn’t like it. For a game this new, I could easily sell it again.
The first sequences didn’t go well for me. You see, I hadn’t expected that the prisoner before me would actually lose his head! I know, I know, 18+ rating and all. But remember, I even balked at all the blood flying around in Monster Hunter! Luckily my head stuck onto its torso, which was a last minute thing: I was saved by the dragon Alduins’ appearance.
Saved from nausea
Things got hectic, I had no idea where to go. Everyone was milling around and people dropped like flies all around me. Finally I saw someone beckoning me, and I gratefully latched on to Hadvar. Later on, I read that I could have followed one of two guys, but to be honest, I never saw another guy!
He freed my bound hands, and that was fortunate. From then on, I could switch from first person perspective to third person. I got pretty nauseous from playing first person!
Have you ever experienced that too? Feeling sick when you are playing a game? I have had it happen once before, when I played Minecraft. No fun, so I was glad I could switch it in the game menu.
Is this another Game of Thrones experience?
Since that first gameplay to escape from the dungeons beneath the town I have been trying to find my bearings in the game. It’s a sad fact that you get used to the blood spatters on my Switch screen (not real ones, don’t worry, lol). And seeing all soldiers dying around you in the Dragons fire. And oh joy, there’s a torture chamber as well. Honestly, I could have done without all of that. Really, at first it reminded me of the dark, dank gloom of Game of Thrones.
I must have told you before that I’m love reading Tolkien, and I am a fan of the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit movies. So I’m used to battle, I’m used to orcs hacked to pieces and people dying. But that didn’t prepare me for Game of Thrones. Everyone around me said that I should absolutely watch that. That it would be just like my cup of tea. But watching the first episodes was enough for me. This wasn’t a series for me at all, and you know why? I don’t like the cruelty just for the sake of having cruelty in the series.
I was afraid Skyrim would mirror that experience.
Getting my bearings in the game
By now I have played some more. Getting to know some of the world around me, getting my assignment to slay a dragon from the local Jarl. I found I’m a dragonborn, and I have just visited the Greybeards in High Hrothgar. From them I learned my Shouts, and now it’s time to experiment with that.
There seems to be so, so much to do in the game. For now I’m focussing on the main quest, but I could easily lose hours without making any progress in the story. The game is growing on me, but I’m not entirely sure yet. I’ll see where the story takes me, if only there was a bit more joy in the game. You know, in Breath of the Wild you can always go back to Kakariko Village to feel happy!
I get motion sickness easily from first-person games. Which is why I hardly ever play them! Don’t like the perspective and camera at all.
Me neither. If I hadn’t been able to switch to third person it would have been an early end to the experience.
Btw, how are you doing without Sven?
I got up to that point in the main story before getting distracted by wandering around. However I stopped playing after a bit, partly due to being killed by anyone with a two handed weapon instantly.
If you want joy you can always get a home and adopt children. I have two daughters happy to greet me whenever I return home.
Haha, so that’s the only joy in the game? I gotta find myself a house then! I did speak to a girl at an inn that had no family and no home. Actually felt sorry for her!
That’s a pretty interesting take on the game. I am surprised to see you tackle it, but getting out of one’s comfort zone is indeed a good thing. I have never played it, but hopefully I will get to it eventually now that it’s on the Switch.
I’m surprised at myself too, lol. I don’t think I’ll sink as many hours in as I did and will do in BotW, but it’s an interesting game! Especially since I love reading Fantasy!
I mostly play in third person as well. I only use first person when I’m looking at shelves or desks. It is so easy to get lost in side quests which I’m doing now lol. Although one of them does feel like you’re going to Hogwarts to learn magic. I feel like I do better with magic attacks than with weapons, but I take out my axe when I run out of magic.
I’ve got a steel sword at the ready for such emergencies! I’m in an especially gloomy dungeon right now, in this game the dungeons really are true to their name. Dismal places!