In the words of nearly every gaming podcast out there, I thought it would be nice if the Gamers' Hangout could have it's own weekly topic to let people discuss the games they have been playing. The purpose is not to simply list the name of the game and move on but to discuss what you like and didn't like in a constructive way. It can be for any platform and it doesn't matter when it was released. If you want to discuss the storyline of a game, particularly if it's new, please use the spoiler tag feature. Don't worry about writing an essay or review, but just enough to offer up some discussion
I'll get the ball rolling for this week and if it's a success we can continue it as a weekly topic.
TES V: Skyrim (PC) - I've put off playing this game since it came out as I knew I wanted to dedicate some proper time to it to fully appreciate it. I usually have a short attention span when it comes to games and I'll switch between them very quickly to play what I feel like rather than see something to completion before moving on. I finally started playing Skyrim though and even though it came out in 2011 I think this is a game which will look great for another 5 years, easily. I've installed quite a few mods to get rid of the common complaints when it comes to RPGs, namely inventory management. Most of them are small changes like reducing the weight penalty but I've tried to stay away from game changing mods to preserve the "vanilla" experience. I'm really impressed with what I've played so far (which admitedly hasn't been very long yet), but I am itching to get a few more hours in when I can. The sense of exploration in Bethesda games is next to none IMO when it comes to RPGs, Fallout being my favourite universe, but Skyrim is just bursting with life. It'd be so tempting to just ignore the main quest line and go off exploring, but so far I've been strict with myself and I want to get a few hours in before I take on any side quests or exploring. I usually play the "tank" roles when it comes to RPGs too, but after discussing with a friend I've gone with a thief archer role this time. It's a little difficult switching my play style but it's very satisfying nailing shots over large distances. It's going to take a long time to complete but I know it's going to be an awesome journey and I haven't even thought about the DLC yet