When I originally thought of this blog post, I was adamant that there was one clear choice for me for the best game… Yet now, my thoughts are conflicted between the two. So, the title is now going to be The Two Best Computer Games.
Now, I used to be a console gamer. Console gaming is great fun: easy to use (if you have some sort of skill with gaming, unlike my sister) and fun to play. Yet I found it tedious after a while. When you have a game, then complete it, what is there left to do? Play it through again? Where’s the fun in that?
So then you buy a new game… And spend more money… And before you know it, you’ve gone in a full circle and are back to where you started. Jeez, that was quick.
Which is why I switched to computer gaming. I’ll admit the controls are a bit more tricky, yet the extra options that are available to you make up for this. I speak, of course, of mods. Mods (standing for modifications) add extra objects/locations/missions/quests/blahblahblah to your already existing games. I’ll tell you now: I would be much poorer if it wasn’t for mods.
Linking to the title finally (I tend to go off on tangents, apologies), my favourite computer game of all time is The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion.
I presume most people have heard of Skyrim? Well, how many of you have heard of Oblivion? I’m hoping the majority have, but you can never be sure…
Oblivion is the sort of prequel to Skyrim. It links in an extremely vague manner, and came out 4/5 years earlier (2006)
The main story of this game is that Mehrunes Dagon, a Daedric Prince from the realm of Oblivion, is trying to break the barrier between His world and ours; Cryodiil. You play as an adventurer, who has inexplicably found themselves within a prison, with no memory of how you got there. Then, the Emperor himself comes through your cell, running for his life from assassin’s of Mehrunes Dagon himself. You escape the prison, and start your new life. (Bit difficult to explain, but I think that went well?)
The great thing about this game is that you can do whatever you want. You can be a magician, a thief, a warrior, an assassin; all depending on how you play the game. It’s an open world game so you can go wherever you like as well (within reason).
I know people are most likely going to say “Oh but Skyrim is vastly superior in every aspect” but the truth of the matter is that it is not. Yes, the graphics are better, but you’d expect that from games that are 5 years apart. The graphics for Oblivion are by no means poor – for 2006 they are pretty goddamn impressive.
The missions/quests, particularly the Main Quest, is absolutely fantastic in Oblivion, whereas only mediocre within Skyrim. It just makes more sense…
Oh, and to top it all off… SEAN BEAN VOICES IN IT. I mean come on, what could be better?
The second game that I find utterly addictive and fantastic for computer is Mount & Blade: Warband. This game. This game is just impossible to stop playing.
It’s a strategy game basically, where you basically try build up your reputation and army so you can basically rule the country of Calradia.
Completely immersive, I’ve already played a rather excessive amount, despite only having it for a week.
I think it’s the fact that you actually properly become your character. I’ll give you an example:
During a fight, to swing your sword, you have to swing in a certain direction. When you’re blocking, you have to swing in the direction to meet your opponents swing. Doesn’t get more immersive than that.
Combine one of these (or even both of them) games with mods, then you are ready to spend the next year of your life obsessively playing them. True, some mods are fairly appalling, yet then you also get mods which completely enchanted your gameplay. From mods with alter graphics so your game looks breath-takingly beautiful, to quests which add more and more for you to do, you will never have another dull moment within your gaming career.
I feel like I did a pretty bad job explaining both of these games… But if you’re a gamer, then I highly recommend at least trying these games. You won’t regret it.