Games: My June Favourites

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It’s been a while since I’ve written a post on the games I’m playing at the moment. In fact it may have been the start of 2011. With time being sucked out of my life from every available area my gaming time has decreased making the gaming time I have even more important. My games playlist looks a little sparse of new titles but that’s because I’m saving up for a half-sleeve tattoo so I have had a lot less money to spend on new games. Batman: Arkham City and Diablo III are just two games that will have to wait until I have more money before I can buy them.

As it stands at the moment, I have enough to spend on one MMO subscription so my gaming life is based on games I already own, free to play MMO’s and free apps on my iPad.

So what games am I playing? Which games have cramped my thumbs, riddled my hands with carpal-tunnel and fried my brain with gamma radiation over the past month?

Well here they are, in reverse order. Reverse order helps build up the rather lacking suspense, you see?

3. Mass Effect 3
Mass Effect 3 Demo shephardMy third played game is Mass Effect 3, the last episode of the Mass Effect trilogy in which Commander Shepard does his (or her) best to save the galaxy from the Collectors. Bioware have since released the Extended Cut DLC; a patch that threw in a few maps, and weapons for the multi-player game, but infinitely more important is the extended game ending scenes that fill in all those gaping plot holes originally left at the end of the Mass Effect 3.

I did have a bad-guy Shephard played from Me1-Me3 saved just before the ending all ready to go, but my computer blew up (not literally though, thankfully) and because I failed to have the forethought of using Steam to save my games, I’ve lost it. I have seen these extended cut sequences on Youtube and they do look a lot better, but I don’t have the connecting with those endings; I don’t know what they did to get them. So I’m going through Mass Effect 3 with my good-girl Shepard from ME1 and ME2 to experience the endings properly.

2. Star Wars: The Old Republic
Combat SWTOR combat force light sabre fightForce-lightning its way into the number 2 slot is Star Wars: The Old Republic, an MMO which I got rather bored with the first time round was deserving of another go after the latest patch. The quality of the first player experience in SWTOR is rarely under question, except from it being maybe a tad too long, but pre-patch it was difficult to get into a group to be able to do all the group stuff, which frankly is why you play an MMO anyway. Beforehand, you had to devote time to spamming the chat channels, or loiter outside the Flashpoints. Now they’ve added a Looking for Group (LFG) tool, which should have made things a lot easier.

I’m not so sure it has. I queue up for ever in both the PvP and the LFG tool but I have never gotten a bite yet, even after many hours. However I do keep getting pop-up messages about free server transfers so maybe I am just on a very unpopulated server. I’m unguilded at the moment so it won’t be a pain to move to a different server, I just have to be arsed to do it.

Anyway, I’m almost reaching the point of boredom again with my new Level 26 Sith Inquisitor Assassin, but I’ll give it a bit longer and jiggle servers and see if things get any better. Still, despite that Star Wars the Old Republic is still holding my interest. I think my dropped enthusiasm is like when I got bored with my characters in vanilla wow. Around the level 45 mark, I would just drift off and create alts. I think it has to do with the levelling speed and how often new things were thrown at you.

Only time will tell with this one.

(NB. I’ve since transferred to a different server, and I got a group within about 2 seconds)

1. Elder Scrolls: Skyrim
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim still is undoubtedly my favourite game at the moment. Even after all these months. I finally completed the game, well completed the main storyline and a large portion of the other guild quests with my Khajiit stealth archer, with a sideline in enchanting and alchemy. So I’ve started a new character, keeping the save games for when I want to go back. My latest character is an Argonian two-handed weapon fighter. He wears heavy armour, and he’s going to become a smithing expert and if there’s chance there’ll be a smattering of healing spells in there as well.

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I’ve also increased the difficulty. I played through the first game on Novice. I know it’s bit of a lame way to play, but because I was an archer I got the joy of stealthily one-shotting people. I want a bit more of a challenge with my warrior so I’ve upped it to Adept.

I might even be at the stage where I’ll create my own mods. Some little trap infested dungeon of my own. It seems the type of thing I’ll really want to do, but while I’m creating a mod, I’m not actually playing the game. Plus there are so many Mods out there, that my needs are catered for in every way. My version of Skyrim is bolstered by extra high-definition textures, more alchemy ingredients, more powerful dragons, and a collector’s room for every weapon, suit of armour and mask I want to horde, as well as the many chests of dragon bones and scales that I’m saving if I ever level smithing on my rogue.

Skyrim is certainly a game that looks set to stay at number one for some time.

Games with Honourable mentions

Although the top three are undoubtedly the games I’m playing most at the moment, there are still many others nibbling away at my time, so it’s only fair to give them at least a little mention…


Jim Franklin

Jim Franklin

Jim Franklin is a freelance writer, living in Derby UK with his wife and his player 3. When time allows he likes nothing more than losing himself in a multi-hour gaming session. He likes most games and will play anything but prefers MMO's, and sandbox RPG's.

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