A Skyrim Let’s Play with The Lone Gamer?

Posted in DLC, Elder Scrolls V Skyrim, Fan Service, Fantasy, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, mods, My Stuff, Open World Games, PC Gaming, RPGs, Videogame Comedy on January 30th, 2014 by thelonegamer

It’s the fault of awesome Let’s Plays like SorcererDave’s that I got bitten by the LP Fever myself…

I think it was inevitable- after watching- nay, IMBIBING- hours of Let’s Plays for The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim on a daily basis- that I’d think of doing one myself. Yep, the world is about to end.

I am planning to start a Skyrim PC Let’s Play which will feature SkyRe and a gazillion other mods installed. The LP will be, as many of my favorites on YT (like the awesome Gopher, SorcererDave, Ain0nline and others), a roleplaying playthrough and will have a steady, deliberate pace. It will be done more for the story and character, as well as showing off mods and such that I find interesting and actually install in my game.

The one question I need to answer before I begin though is WHAT CHARACTER WILL I PLAY?

As part of the LP’s roleplaying aspect I DO intend to perform the character’s voice when needed or necessary. If this demands I take on an odd accent, so be it. However, I do think I can’t pull off an Orc voice, and I think I’d make a laughable Khajiit. Currently there are a bit too many Breton Dragonborns around, so perhaps I shouldn’t do that either.
In terms of class, I also want to do one that is relatively unusual and will be something new for me as well- in this, I will surely NOT do an Archer-heavy or straightforward Sword-and-Board Warrior.

Anyway, here are the Character Archetypes I am throwing around as possibilities for my LP.

Redguard Soldier of Fortune. I’ve rarely ever played a Redguard, but I gather they’re awesome fighters. This guy will primarily use Heavy Weapons (2-handed), Heavy Armor, Smithing and Restoration (for buffs). Via the mod Amazing Follower Tweaks, he will have 2-3 followers with him comprising his Mercenary Troop, and quests will be combat-heavy bandit exterminations, tomb-raiding and perhaps even the odd civil war skirmish or two. Is this War Captain just a ruthless, godless sellsword or a hero in the making?

Elf Automancer. An Elven (either Altmer or Dunmer) mage who is a total Dwemerphile. His main desire in Skyrim is to poke into Dwemer ruins and collect their treasures and secrets. He will use Alteration, Destruction, Enchanting and Smithing. His main arsenal eventually will be using the Animunculi perks of SkyRe’s Alternation tree, giving him the aid of personal Dwemer Automatons in combat. Technically he will be a Battlemage, (Light Weaponry only), equipped with the game’s Dwemer artifacts such as Spellbreaker and the Aetherial Staff.

Necro-Blade. An anti-hero of sorts, this Dark Avenger uses both weapons of war and dark magic to bring havoc to his targets- which happen to be necromancers, warlocks and evil daedra-worshipping elements in Tamriel. Kidnapped as a child by a dark sorcerer to become an apprentice, he never forgot the deaths of his family. So when he came of age he slew his masters and appropriated his books and magic for his own use. With the thoughts of ‘Fighting Fire with Fire’, he hunts practicioners of evil magic using their own powers against them. A Battlemage who uses Conjuration with special emphasis on Necromancy.

Still deciding among these choices, and more if I think them up. Anyone who can give suggestions or votes on which is welcome to chime in. I’ll be starting the LP soon in any case.

Elder Scrolls Online Cinematic Trailer: ‘The Arrival’

Posted in Elder Scrolls Online, Fantasy, MMOs, PC Gaming, PS4, RPGs, Xbox One on January 29th, 2014 by thelonegamer

Game trailers don’t get much more epic or breathtaking than this one.

The first cinematic trailer for The Elder Scrolls Online (PC, Mac, PS4, XBox One) blew me away months ago with its superb detail and action. But even that six-minute or so epic seems small in comparison to the sequel spot, entitled ‘The Arrival’. This 8-minute episode of fantasy CG continues the somewhat vague but eye-catching narrative, with the three heroes (Horned Nord Warrior, Elven Sorceress and Breton Rogue) first squaring off for a free-for-all, but then being faced with yet a fourth side to the struggle. With an entrance worthy of a truly terrifying heavy, what I assume to be Daedric Prince Molag Bal arrives with his Daedra minions. Even the obviously high-level heroes are pushed to their limits by the forces of Oblivion, before a victory or sorts is won… and yet another cliffhanger is reached- perhaps setting the stage for the game to come.

Not really sure if I’ll buy into this- I’m really more a single-player guy and more than happy with Skyrim, but on the strength of this trailer color me intrigued at what they are cooking up in terms of story. Will we see the heroes portrayed in this spot in the game? Who were they? I’d like to know. In any case, this is yet another trailer I’m putting into my mobile theater for always-ready-watching. Man, that was COOL.

In case you missed the first part of this cinematic trailer epic, check it out below.

There are three sides to every conflict, apparently.

Musing About The Next Star Wars Films (Return of the Geriatric Heroes)

Posted in Fan Service, Fantasy, Movies, My Stuff on January 23rd, 2014 by thelonegamer

News to ponder about the future of a Galaxy Far, Far Away.

So many things have happened to the Star Wars franchise recently, and I have to admit that while I have had harsh words and thoughts about the Prequel Trilogy and pretty much most everything George Lucas did after the original three films, I am STILL a freakin’ Star Wars fan. Always will be. So I do care what happens to it from here.

Disney now owns the rights to make new films. J.J. Abrams is gonna direct. Both of these are actually positives for me. Storytelling is a strong point, and Disney’s wholesome overall character fits well with the relatively ‘clean’ character of SW. As for J.J. Abrams, I love his work on Alias, Mission Impossible and others as very heavy into character nuances and personality (him and Whedon are my faves).
With that out of the way, I still have to wonder- even with the endless realms of adventure and stories that can be done with Star Wars, what will the roles be of the Old Gang AKA Han, Luke and Leia?

All three actors- Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher are in their late 60s or early 70s, not exactly built for adventures at Hyper-light speeds. I goddamn love Harrison Ford, but watching him in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was painful. Mark Hamill? Best heard instead of seen. Carrie Fisher? Yikes. Queen Mother Leia I guess?

Kidding aside, I think the roles of the original heroes should still be pivotal to the films as they can allow, and hopefully not just for nostalgia like Leonard Nimoy’s Spock in the new Star Treks. But I am almost sure they’ll be sharing the limelight alongside a younger cast of newbloods and younglings.

I have to wonder though- will Han be still wearing the trademark leather vest? It’s not vital though, I say- Han IS Harrison Ford no matter what he wears. As for Luke- all in black, with a heavy, deep jedi hood for mystery (and hiding those wrinkles) would kinda make him look like the Emperor but a good guy. And Leia- all white, plus Amidala’s geisha makeup may be a good look. Heheh.

Anyways, there’s a galaxy of possibilities and I for one am happy that there will be new Star Wars coming in the years ahead- and that the same performers who brought it to life for us Oldies are still there to be along with us. I’d have it no other way.

Another Live-action Tekken Movie in the Works? UPDATED!

Posted in Fan Service, Fighting Games, Movies, My Stuff, Tekken on January 14th, 2014 by thelonegamer

More live-action Tekken coming?

Recently there has been some rumor going on that the director of Ong Bak is working on a new Tekken movie. Even more, this new film will be prequel to the previously-released 2009 film. YIKES!

Well, apparently this is going on without the blessing or even knowledge of Katsuhiro Harada, Mr. Tekken himself. When asked by a fan about this supposed film on Twitter, Harada answered:

I don’t know. And We don’t know. A lots of wrong information there

Well, that’s no surprise. The Tekken Team were quite disapproving of the first film after all, disassociating themselves with it like nothing. You can check out my review of the live-action Tekken right now. For more info on the supposed upcoming movie, check out Fighter’s Generation’s article.
The 2009 Tekken starred Jon Foo as a revenge-driven Jin Kazama in a bleak future ruled by the Mishima Zaibatsu through the Tekken Tournament. Certainly not the best fighting game movie around, and certainly not that faithful to the franchise but hey, it’s better than Legend of Chun-Li. More on this if and when it happens.

UPDATE: False alarm, folks. The source of the original info, actor Kane Kosugi (DOA: Dead or Alive) was mistaken when saying he was going to star in a new Tekken movie. Kosugi’s official website has just issued a correction (and apology) that the actor will be starring instead in a film called ‘Agent X’, which will be produced by Crystal Sky (which produced the first Tekken film).

And the Tekken World breathed a sigh of relief as calm returned. But for how long..?

Skyrim Mod: Equipping Overhaul (Or Going Commando, Ah-nuld Style in Skyrim)

Posted in DLC, Elder Scrolls V Skyrim, Fan Service, Fantasy, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, mods, Open World Games, PC Gaming, RPGs on January 14th, 2014 by thelonegamer

Have your Dovahkiin looking totally badass.

The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim is the game that keeps on giving. Yeah, I’m talking about the PC version- even if there’s rumor of a PS4/Next-Gen version coming, it can’t possibly measure up to a fully-modded up and mod-expandable PC game on a decent/awesome PC. Really, this game is the Ultimate Single-Player Experience RPG you can get today, with almost every facet moddable and customizable with a multitude of amazing mods that just keep it getting fresh seemingly daily. I am not exaggerating here.

This mod from DragonDude1029 is a relatively small but pretty cool mod that just once again spotlights why Skyrim will continue to be played for years to come. Equipping Overhaul lets it be so that your Hero will visually have his, well, equipped weapons on his or her person. A bow will be on his back, a dagger on his side, an axe on his other side. You’d say this is far too simple but really, it isn’t and ordinarily weapons will disappear or appear as you switch them. What purpose does it serve in terms of gameplay? Nothing. In terms of immersion and roleplay and pure visual coolness, LOTS.

This is actually a refined version of another mod that has been in circulation for years- Armed to the Teeth, which required tinkering with the game’s INI files. This however is an actual mod with a menu for tweaking/selecting options, and requires SkySE and SkyUI (musts for any good mod).

This really comes at a great time for me, with the game becoming almost like new after I installed the SkyRe overhaul mod. Looks like I’m set to keep on playing (and blogging) about Skyrim for the next year at least. Sorry. Heheh…

The Making of SkyWind (Morrowind Mod for Skyrim)

Posted in Elder Scrolls V Skyrim, Fan Service, Fantasy, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, mods, Open World Games, PC Gaming, RPGs on January 6th, 2014 by thelonegamer

Is there nothing mods cannot do? Wow.

The modders behind SkyWind, an ambitious project seeking to recreate the Elder Scrolls IV world and game into the Skyrim engine, have just released this 9-minute video showing off their current progress. All I can say is…….

Man, this is awesome. It’s amazing what creativity, dedication and love can accomplish. Literally, it can create worlds. I am hoping the team at Bethesda really find this a great testament to how grea their series is, to inspire such efforts.

I am very much looking forward to seeing this finished and perhaps stepping into Morrowind myself. We’ll see what comes in the coming months. For now, let your jaw drop with this vid.

Ultra Streetfighter IV’s Fifth Character: All We Know

Posted in Arcade, DLC, Fan Service, Fighting Games, Streetfighter, Super Streetfighter IV, Ultra Streetfighter IV on January 6th, 2014 by thelonegamer

Miles923 adds to the fires of speculation.

As it is now 2014, Capcom’s upcoming upgrade, Ultra Streetfighter IV is closer than ever, with the current most intriguing feature being the still-unknown Fifth Character. According to Siliconera, here is all that is currently known about this mysterious newcomer.

• It is a Capcom character.

• It isn’t Asura or Bad Box Art Mega Man.

• Ultra Street Fighter IV will mark this character’s fighting game debut.

• It is a character that isn’t on anyone’s radar.

• The character will be a perfect fit for the Street Fighter universe.

• The character is female.

• She is in the Street Fighter comics (it is assumed that this means the UDON comics).

Who can this newbie be? Speculations range from any of the Shadaloo Dolls, Ibuki’s best bud Sarai, Gouken’s unnamed daughter and even Ken’s wife Eliza (!). Who do you think she is, guys?

Personally I really wish it wasn’t a Doll- unless they really change up her looks- I do NOT want a clone character, or even someone close to being a clone. The doll outfit is so boring as well. Just anyone else, just NOT a Doll. PLEASE… oh well. We’ll see soon enough.

Harada Tweets! New Games TBA for 2014, but Not Tekken?

Posted in Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, Tekken on January 3rd, 2014 by thelonegamer

2013 was a great year for gaming, but for fighting game fans it was a bit of a year of disappointments. One of the biggest fighting game franchises, Tekken, had been in an extended hiatus when it came to putting out totally new titles- it has been more than two years since the release of the first version (arcade) of Tekken Tag Tournament 2, and since then fans have been clamoring for the return of a canon Tekken game, and also the long-awaited, seemingly-forever-in-development Tekken X Streetfighter. But 2013 only saw the release of the Free-to-Play Tekken Revolution, which is basically just Tekken Tag 2 without the tag system (which apparently the Tekken team has cast to the wayside) or the Bound system from Tekken 6 and a very small, basic roster.

So it should be with a lot of anticipation from fight fans that Harada has tweeted recently that he intends to announce several new games in 2014. All through last year, the Tekken producer has on occasion tweeted that he is working on several game titles, though info on any of them has been non-existent. According to Fighter’s Generation Harada has supposedly reaffirmed his dedication to his flagship fighter recently, but the tweet I saw recently has mentioned that the 2 titles he expects to show off are NOT Tekken titles; Anything Tekken-related is apparently still TOP SECRET.

It IS intriguing to think about what the Tekken team is up to, and brings hope to long-suffering fans that their favorite fighter isn’t dead. But really- how long do we have to wait for a proper, all-frills, canon TEKKEN? Come on, Harada- I want to play this game before I grow cataracts from old age…