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Skyrim: The war that wasn't

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Skyrim is a huge and uneven game, and I will be discussing many of its high points. In the spirit of getting the bad news out first, however, I want to discuss the game's secondary quest, concerning the civil war between the Imperial Legion and the Stormcloaks led by Jarl Ulfric of Windhelm. There is much to admire in the way this quest is set up, but as a world element and gameplay series it falls short in several respects.

Fallout: New Vegas—Lonesome Road Review

Talk about Ending with a Bang...

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HIGH The beautifully blasted, teetering architectural remnants.

LOW The difficulty level is significantly increased.

WTF The creatures in Courier's Mile can survive a direct nuke hit?

Fallout: New Vegas—Old World Blues Review

= ) ZZZ = )

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HIGH The toaster who wants to burn the world in nuclear fire.

LOW Most missions are dishwater-dull fetchquests.

WTF Penis hands and penis feet.

Video: Skyrim modded for Macho Man tribute

While a little crude, this Skyrim mod is an oddly fitting tribute to the late Randy "Macho Man" Savage. Yeah!

Skyrim: The Alduin/Dagon dichotomy

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I have a lot to say about The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and indeed I've already said some of it. Some of it has been said for me, for instance in Shamus Young's takedown of the Thieves' Guild quests, which after a promising start became too intolerable for me to bother completing. Uneven writing quality is almost a certainty in a game this large, though, and perhaps it was the Thieves' Guild's time, after being one of the best sidequests in Oblivion.

Fallout: New Vegas—Honest Hearts Review

Away from Home on the Range

Fallout: New Vegas--Honest Hearts Screenshot

HIGH Chatting with Follows-Chalk.

LOW Joshua's reaction when I told him Caesar was dead.

WTF Getting high and hunting bears.

Assassin's Creed: Revelations Review

Nose First into the Dirt

Assassin's Creed: Revelations Screenshot

HIGH The moment I decided never to touch the Desmond missions again.

LOW Losing a race to someone who isn't actually going through the checkpoints.

WTF Spawning, losing my contract, and getting stabbed in the face within the span of about ten seconds. Doesn't this sound familiar?

Fallout: New Vegas—Dead Money Review

Don't Lose Your Head

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HIGH Realizing who Christine was.

LOW Can't... find... forceps...

WTF Why was the story's climactic encounter so confusing?

New Vegas, 2011 Wrap-up, Sweet Tooth, Buffy and Angel

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So, it's been a while since I've posted anything. Honestly, I blame Fallout: New Vegas. In fact, I blame it for anything else I haven't gotten done over the last couple of weeks. It's a pretty fantastic title.

Fallout: New Vegas Second Opinion

They Rolled the Dice and it Came Up Seven

Fallout: New Vegas Screenshot

HIGH My personal balls-out resolution to the Ultra-Luxe Casino quest.

LOW Getting confused and stuck in Vault 22—twice.

WTF Even after the last patch, several big bugs and glitches remain.

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