The Elder Scrolls Online Beta…
...is something I am apparently not able to discuss given the NDA on the game. All I will say is that as an avid hater of all MMOs I've tried, I was really impressed. I played a good chunk last Saturday, Sunday, and Monday and I am so excited for another beta test that they've said will happen but haven't given a date for yet. You can still sign up for the beta and still hopefully get in to try the game before you have to pay for it, plus Xbox One and PS4 owners can sign up for the separate beta testing for those platforms (and hey, look at that, you can also sign up for the Mac beta for the Apple fans in the audience). It was a heck of a lot of fun playing an Elder Scrolls game with my friend as it was something I always wished for while playing other Elder Scrolls games.
Tuesday, my buddy and I finally started Borderlands 2 on our weekly game night. (with some disapproving glances from our respective wives as we just came off a long weekend in Tamriel without much time at all for our families, but whatcha gonna do, gotta push through that backlog).
I'm loving it so far. The upgrade in graphics is very nice and very welcome plus the PhysX effects are particularly yummy. We haven't played very much, but already the world and story seem to be much more interesting than the original game, hopefully this will hold up through the game.
(image taken with Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen's in-game Picture utility, which aside from the awful marketing additions, also makes the game look far blurrier than it actually is. From left to right is: my character, Retrohunter95's pawn, and my pawn).]
After coming off The Elder Scrolls Online I was hard pressed to get up the motivation to return to Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen. I was all set to give it up and move on to something else. The Elder Scrolls Online scratches that RPG itch particularly well and going back to Dragon's Dogma began to feel almost like a chore.
Last night I decided to give it one last try and I am happy to say I am back onboard. It really is the combat and creatures that makes the game. Fighting a Golem during the day and having the battle last well into the night (in game time) was particularly thrilling as was fighting a Drake for a long, long time and then realising I wasn't getting anywhere and running away. The size of the creatures is really something you don't see in a lot of action-RPGs and being able to scale them like something out of Shadow of the Colossus is a great touch.
Hopefully I'll have some more time for Dragon's Dogma this weekend and I'm hoping my son's cough will have lessened by Sunday so we can go see The Lego Movie.
So, what are you playing this weekend?