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Podcast:The Best Games Period - Episode 33 - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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FUS RO DAH! This week the gang tackles Bethesda's sprawling open-world RPG, Skyrim. The 2011 title released in an incredibly buggy state, but became one of the first major cases of post-release patching. Critics heaped acclaim onto Skyrim, praising the Norse designs, revamped gameplay mechanics, and the vast world. It also helped to popularize the Steam Workshop. Does Skyrim hold up after several years later with a revamped release coming in a handful of months?

 

Each week we will be tackling a video game, old or new, that at least one of us believes deserves to stand as one of the greatest games of all time. We'll dive into its history, development, and gameplay, while trying to argue for or against the game of the week. Sometimes we will be in harmonious agreement, other times we might be fighting a bitter battle to the very end. However each episode shakes out, we hope that everyone who listens will find the show entertaining and informative.

 

 

Outro music: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim 'Whiterun' by mellogear (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR02636)

 

You can download or listen to the podcast over on Soundcloud, our hosting site, and iTunes. A YouTube version is (sometimes) available as well, so you can watch what we are talking about while we talk about it! You can also follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod

 

New episodes of The Best Games Period will be released every Monday


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One of my first PC gaming experiences was of a game my brother told me was a game that "you could do anything in". Just that idea alone got me hooked. 10 year old me was ready to fight monsters, complete quests, steal horses, and see cool landscapes. Granted, my experience with RPGs at that point had been from Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, and Runescape. Morrowind was my entrance to Elder Scrolls and it was fantastic.

 

Now I might not be a loremaster, but my loyalty is strong with Bethesda and this series. I can't look back into my past and not see excitement for the next Elder Scrolls game. I still have a promotion poster for Oblivion which hung on my wall at my parents place, the 4 page printed map of Vvardenfell, the included map of then Cyrodiil, and the neat Septim that came with Oblivion. I recently got back into Skyrim (partly because I got a Steam controller I wanted to try, but mostly because I missed it) and have had a blast. Definitely feel the way about Elder Scrolls as I'm sure many feel the same about the Mario series.

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Morrowind was super janky when I tried to play it on Xbox back in the day, but the PC version I tried out not too long ago was much more accessible to me now. I fully plan on going through the entire thing some day.

 

Also, for people who have never played it - The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall is free: http://www.elderscrolls.com/daggerfall/

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9 minutes ago, Jack Gardner said:

Morrowind was super janky when I tried to play it on Xbox back in the day, but the PC version I tried out not too long ago was much more accessible to me now. I fully plan on going through the entire thing some day.

 

Also, for people who have never played it - The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall is free: http://www.elderscrolls.com/daggerfall/

 

The Morrowind reskin is pretty great. I love that game. Thank the modders!

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