A surefire way to get my attention is to tell me that I can fashion a game to my heart's content. That's how digitaltempest sucked me into playing Skyrim, a game I have had no interest in ever since trying out Oblivion years ago. Oblivion was horrible frustration. Skill ups that require spreadsheets to track? A process to speak to people just so I can sell my junk at a good price? And Patrick Stewart dead just ten minutes into the game? F this! I said, and quit that game forever.
With that in mind, I had no interest in playing Skyrim, even though I bought it on release day for my husband and he tried hard to entice me to play, showing me all the pretty sconces he was making for the house he built.
What he should have showed me was this:
|Dragon Age II : ever so slightly modded|
I knew about the open world and all that, but I truly had no idea how wonderful it is. Since I started about a week ago, I have happily wandered all over the place, promising myself I'd stop playing as soon as I finish this... one.... last -- oh look a cave! The Greybeards summoned Asharwe ages ago and the Jarl told her to hurry to see them, but my little High Elf has done no such thing. "LOL BRT" needs to be a dialogue option.
|Asharwe, High Elf - DW axes, archery|
I also love the subtly of the questing process. Overhearing a conversation, a bounty added if you ask about it. And none of the quests make you feel obligated to do them. Or rather, I don't feel obligated to do them in order to level up. Leveling up is such a distant biproduct that sometimes I don't even realize it's happening. Though I'm not currently considering The Elder Scrolls Online, I sincerely hope they incorporate this kind of leveling into the MMO game play. The level grind is one of the worst parts of an MMO. If someone can figure out how to do it in a way that doesn't make it so, they would win the world. I'd be happier still if they could do so in a way that does not make leveling as fast a process as it has become lately, with everyone racing to the level cap as if yelling "FIRST' is such a grand achievement.
Not that I'm planning to play Elder Scrolls Online...