I’ve purchased Skyrim a couple of times. When it first came out, I bought it for the PS3 based on the word-of-mouth I was hearing from co-workers. For whatever reason, I never really got into the groove of using a controller for an RPG, and quickly abandoned the idea. About two years later, still encouraged by strong reviews and graphics that were very appealing to my gaming tastes, I picked up the Ultimate PC edition on Steam for a little over $25. This time, I tried a little harder to understand the game, but still found it frustrating and turned to more familiar titles to fill my precious free time.
By my posts and community involvement, you might think that the only game that I play is Lord of the Rings Online. While that’s almost true, I do venture outside of Middle-Earth occasionally to see what else the gaming world has to offer. For one, I’m interested in how other games approach certain things and what systems/strategies work better or worse than what I’m familiar with in LOTRO. Second, although I currently have no plans to stop playing LOTRO, I know that games don’t last forever, and I’d like to understand the landscape in case things start to go south. Lastly, the distinct possibility exists that there may indeed be a game out there that succeeds in replacing my current “number one” due to it’s sheer awesomeness, approach, or general “fun factor”. After all, LOTRO is a six year old game, surely somebody has seen fit to improve upon the concepts of gameplay that I know fairly well….