I’m not sure I even mentioned watching the execrable Spike Video Game Awards back in December, a show so horrendous not even the charming Neil Patrick Harris couldn’t save it. While the show was dreadful, however, two things were of enough interest to me to record the thing and fast-forward through the dreck: the recipients of the actual awards, and the reveals of new titles.
At the time, hot on playing through Mass Effects 1 and 2 at around the same time, I was most charged up by the Mass Effect 3 teaser. The other reveals I took much less notice of, even the one for Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. This past week, though, we got the same trailer, but longer, and with actual in-game footage instead of dull animated bas-relief. To wit:
Please watch in high-def. And note again, this is gameplay video, and it’s about as good as everybody else’s cinematics. That and the music, which is an extremely kick-ass arrangement of the theme from Morrowind and Oblivion, and Max von fucking Sydow doing the voiceover. Oy. Now I’m pumped about it. To be sure, Oblivion had a reputation for crushing one’s system into gravel, so much so that it’s still used for benchmarking to this day. I figure Skyrim, with its all-new graphics engine (every Elder Scrolls game has implemented a different graphics engine,) will do the same.
It’s got me excited enough that I reinstalled Oblivion, which I’d bought on Steam sale in December, and started to fool with it again. We’ve all heard, though, that it plays better with mods, and these have been my undoing, because I’ve been finding clusters of mods that I install, at which point the game stops functioning. I’m giving it another go, though, and I plan to be very picky this time around.