Something Old, Something Newishly Old

I have once again cancelled my World of Warcraft account.  It has been quite a while since I last played, and I can’t see that changing any time soon, as I need a break from MMOs. If I find myself needing a fix in the coming months, I’ll likely give the free-to-play Lord of the Rings Online a go. I haven’t played that game since it was in Beta however many years ago, and even then I didn’t spend too much time with it.

Looking for something to play, my willpower was once again overtaken by a Steam sale, and I purchased Crysis: Maximum Edition this past Friday. It’s several years old now but I had never played it and the sale was good, so I picked it up, and thus far I’m impressed. The graphics are amazing (pictured above), and I’m having a blast with the game play. My expectations weren’t super high for it due to some unfavourable forum comments about the game, but I certainly don’t have any complaints at this point.

When not playing Crysis I’ve been dabbling in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion again. I had abandoned the game after finishing the main quest, but I’ve always planned to return in order to finish the Shivering Isles expansion and the multitude of other quests still available. Currently I’ve been going through the Fighter’s Guild quests, and there’s no denying it, this is still a great game.

I finished the main quest at level 14-ish, and I was very careful to level my character as “optimally” as possible. For those that don’t know, Oblivion features a complicated leveling mechanism that I will not bother trying to explain here. I kept track of my progress with a spreadsheet in order to maximize my skill increases, and my character was just about as powerful as he could be in Oblivion’s “monsters level with you” system. Coming back to the game now, I decided I just wanted to see the content and not worry about how I level, so I decided to cheat.  Using the console I leveled my character (“properly” and “efficiently”) up to 26. Of course, given that the monsters level with you, I am not an all-powerful uber-god; in fact, all it really did was populate the world with different monsters that I wouldn’t have seen otherwise, which is pretty cool.

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