- Wii U Zelda Captures a Bit of That Skyrim Feel
What’s the first game that gave you that “Skyrim feeling?” That feeling that you’ve got a whole huge world to explore laid out in front of you and you can do whatever you want?
For me, and I’m sure for a lot of gamers, it was The Legend of Zelda for the NES. Zelda was always an “open-world” game, but as time marched on and the series moved into 3D, that openness shrunk more and more to manageable, bite-sized chunks that would fit in the memory of Nintendo’s consoles. And Elder Scrolls and other games were where I turned to get that ...
- Amazing Skyrim Dragon Priest Cosplay
I’ve seen Dragon Priest cosplay before, but nothing on the level of what Daniel (yeah, he just goes by Daniel) has pulled off here. This is cosplay on a higher level.
The costume cuts a definitely imposing figure. Daniel has added light-up LEDs to his staff. He’s even gone barefoot for extra realism.
Here’s a look at the Dragon Priest mask mold under construction in wax.
And here’s Daniel’s deviantART gallery, where you can see this and several other of his Elder Scrolls creations.
- Bethesda’s Todd Howard on the History and Design Philosophy of the Elder Scrolls Games
Here’s a nice long interview with Todd Howard, Game Director and Executive Producer at Bethesda. It’s by a German outlet, so there’s a lot of talk about what German food he likes right up front, but he eventually gets into the meat of talking about Bethesda’s goal of “offering you worlds to explore.”
Howard strikes a hopefully note for continuing Bethesda’s tradition of deep games, disagreeing with the notion that gamers only want “casual” games. Instead, Howard said, gamers want deep games that reward them, such as Skyrim.
“I think that audience is large and growing,” Howard said.
When asked what games he ...
- Explore Daedric Ruins in New Skywind Trailer
The joy of Morrowind was that it was so weird. In some ways very much like an alien world. For me transitioning from silt striders and strangeness to the more generic fantasy environment of Oblivion was a sort of aesthetic whiplash, and one of the reasons Oblivion captured my imagination slightly less than Morrowind.
The Skywind team, which seeks to recreate Morrowind in the Skyrim engine, seems to get that. Their latest video focuses on the Daedric Ruins in Morrowind, one of the weirder things you can come across. Ported into the Skyrim engine, they look quite beautiful, and that essential ...
- Skyrim Theme on Acoustic Guitar
I have a love-hate relationship with Skyrim’s bards. They add a lot to the atmosphere of the game, but after a few dozen hours of questing, the handful of songs they sing gets old.
It might not be so bad if you could request they play instrumentals, like this.
Here’s a fantastic acoustic cover of Skyrim’s main menu theme from Rhys Ian Harris. Awesome to see this closeup guitar work. Definitely worth a listen, so check it out.
- Which Weather-Enhancing Mod is Best?
So you want to change the weather in Skyrim. Because the godlike powers of modding have gone to your head and just because you can. But which mod should you use to change it?
Hawx Gaming breaks it down for you in this nice comparison of two popular weather-changing mods, Climates of Tamriel and Pure Weather.
Hawx puts the more established Climates of Tamriel on top overall, but he does call Pure Weather a “nice change” with its own advantages.
If you don’t want to take his word for it, you can get Pure Weather here. And Climates of Tamriel here.
- New Cops: Skyrim Runs The Old Raffle Sting
The beauty of COPS: Skyrim from the Nerdist channel is how close it gets to actual reality cop shows. If you’re a fan of Cops, uh, not Skyrim, or similar shows, these scenarios are instantly familiar, from the standard domestic violence call to the weirdos and perverts.
My favorite in this latest season five episode is the Skyrim version of the old raffle sting. In real life, that’s when the cops call up a bunch of people with outstanding warrants and tell them they won a big prize. They all show up happily to claim their prize, and then they get ...
- Your First Steps in Skyblivion, the Mod That Rebuilds Oblivion in the Skyrim Engine
Here’s a new trailer for Skyblivion. As Skywind seeks to translate Morrowind to the Skyrim engine, so Skyblivion seeks to translate Oblivion to the Skyrim engine.
Both projects are part of the TESRenewal project, although Skyblivion is being worked on by a separate, smaller team. Skyblivion is described as “very early in development” at this point and is seeking volunteers.
“We currently need people who can help us recreate Oblivion assets (armor, misc item, rock, flora etc) we also need a few skilled people to help with navmeshing. For the less experienced there is a small task that need to be done ...
- A Peaceful Day in Whiterun, Seen From Above
This video by Ozin370 gives you a nice, serene view of Whiterun from above.
At this scale the view is peaceful and contemplative. Oh, sure, you know Braith is down there somewhere, but at ant size she’s less intimidating. And it’s interesting to watch the tiny residents go about their routines.
The video uses a modified Serenity ENB preset to make it so pretty. Ozin370 shot it with a shallow depth-of-field, similar to a tilt-shift, which is sometimes used to make overhead views have a “miniature” effect like you see in the video.
- Is He Argonian? Godzilla Comes to Skyrim
Godzilla heard Skyrim was where all of the dragons hung out, and he wanted a piece of that action. He also brought Mechagodzilla to have someone to fight and Rodan to just generally fly around and be annoying. The scale of this mod by quechus13 is impressive, as is how completely outmatched the player is when he gets too close.
Nope, I couldn’t find this mod online for you to download, hopefully it will pop up soon.