Top 5 Weekly Skyrim Mods

It’s a new week, that means I have five more awesome mods for you to checkout for Skyrim.

#5 Race Menu by  expired6978

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This really is a great little mod for Skyrim. It makes the create a character menu more PC friendly and adds extra options for you to tinker with while you create your character. If you’ve never tried this mod out I highly recommend that you give it a shot.  Here’s a video of me showing off all the options available to me while I create my character:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUJ_MgvCnNw. Here’s the link to the mod itself: http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/29624/?tab=3&navtag=%2Fajax%2Fmodimages%2F%3Fuser%3D0%26id%3D29624

#4 Demon Hunter Armor by Jojjo and GraceDarkling and zzjay

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The pictures above says it all. You can have this badass {female only} looking armor in your game. If you like what you see here then go check it out. Here’s the link: http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/42169//?

#3 aMidianBorn Bonemold armor by Cabal 120

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If I ever need better textures for armor I know where to look. Cabal 120 is the best when it comes to making really badass textures and his/her work speaks for itself. I highly recommend checking out all of the textures for every armor set in Skyrim. I can’t play Skyrim without them. Here’s the link: http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/42310/?tab=4&navtag=%2Fajax%2Fcomments%2F%3Fmod_id%3D42310%26page%3D1%26sort%3DDESC%26pid%3D0%26thread_id%3D1115388&pUp=1

#2 Better Shaped Weapons by LeanWolf

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Do you get tired of seeing oversized weapons in Skyrim? This mod fixes that issue, the weapons in Skyrim are all unusually big, and wide. Better Shaped Weapons makes the weapons in Skyrim skinnier, and in my opinion more realistic. Check this mod out guys, LeanWolf did an amazing job with this mod and he deserves some support for it. http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/39870/?tab=3&navtag=%2Fajax%2Fmodimages%2F%3Fuser%3D0%26id%3D39870

#1 Sky UI by Schlangster

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Sky UI is probably the best Skyrim mod ever created. It makes the UI of Skyrim more PC friendly in just about every way possible. When I first started playing Skyrim on the PC the UI just didn’t cut it for me. It was really sloppy, and too console friendly. This mod fixes all of that and adds much more to the game then just a fixed UI. It adds extra map markers for you, a new and improved favorites bar, and you can increase the size of your font or change the way they look entirely. This mod is very useful for PC gamers everywhere and you’ll be missing out if you didn’t at least try it for yourself and see what it is. All of the above screenshots belong to their owners on skyrimnexusmods. I didn’t have the time to take my own so all credit for these beautiful pictures belong to them, not me.

That’s it for this weeks top 5 Skyrim mods, I hope you enjoyed them and don’t forget to click on that Follow Us button more of the latest gaming news, first impressions, reviews, and much more. I hope you enjoyed reading this and if you did i’ll have more for you real soon.

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Aarklash First Legacy Impressions

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This game literally came out of nowhere. I had no idea what it was when I downloaded it. The only thing I knew is the creators of, Of Orcs and Men made the game. so I figured I might as well try this one out since I never had the chance to play Of Orcs And Men. The first thing I noticed about the game was the fact that you control four different characters, and they’re all different races. You’re a human {obviously}, a goblin, and two other unknown races. I’ve only played the game for about 20 minutes so if they did say the name of these two other races I didn’t hear it. The game starts off with our four heroes stealing an artifact from a noble. Things quickly go south and I got attacked by some of his royal guards. The gameplay is where this game shines for me. I love tactical gameplay and it’s not bad in this game.

It’s a little challenging at first because I didn’t know what I was doing but after awhile I really got into it. I’ll send my tank into the front lines to soak up the damage while my mage and healer keep her alive long enough for my goblin to dish out the damage with his slit throat ability. Graphically the game is nothing special but it gets the job done and I actually liked the scenery that i’ve seen so far. The voice acting is ok I suppose but I haven’t played enough of the game to really say anything solid about it yet. If you like Dragon Age Origins then you’ll most likely feel right at home when you play this game, in terms of combat anyway. You can’t choose what you want to say during cutscenes or anything like. So far i’m having a pretty good time playing this game and I should have my official review of Aarklash First Legacy up soon. Don’t forget to click on that follow button and I hope you enjoyed reading this and if you did i’ll have more for you real soon.

Shadowrun Returns First Impressions

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I ignored this game because when it came out there were a lot of other games on my radar but I told myself I would come back to it one day and i’m glad I did. ShadowRun Returns is a great little game. I’m having a blast with it so far, if you take the gameplay from Xcom {but not as fluid, or good} and add in some elements from Ace Attorney then you’ll come up with ShadowRun Returns. When I first started the game I was honestly a little disappointed in the character creator. It’s very basic and you don’t actually “create” your character, you just choose from different avatars. While I did find an acceptable avatar nothing satisfy’s me more than creating my own character from scratch. I played this game for almost 3 hours last night and i’ve only been in two fights. Most of my time was spent talking to npc’s, gathering clues, and investigating the death of my best friend.

I really love the way you investigate things in this game. You hover your mouse over an object to interact with it and your character thinks certain things to himself. I found a receipt that led me to a brothel, which in turn led me on the trail of a serial killer that’s mimicking Jack The Ripper but in his own sadistic way. The dialogue in this game is excellent, there is no voice acting but that doesn’t take away from the experience. If anything it adds to the immersion because you get to imagine what these people you meet sound like. You get plenty of options to ask people while you’re talking to them and it actually made me feel like I was investigating a crime that no one else seemed to care about. This is why I said it reminded me of Ace Attorney.

You get karma points for doing certain actions and you spend those points on new skills. I’m a samurai that uses pistols right now. ShadowRun Returns is a great game so far and I can’t wait to jump back in it and continue my investigation. I really want to know what happens next and that doesn’t happen often with me in games. Don’t forget to click on the Follow Us button and I hope you enjoyed reading this and if you did i’ll have more for you real soon.

Justin Bieber Is Not Robin

I’ve been reading up on the rumors that Justin Bieber will be Robin in the upcoming Batman/Superman movie. No one has officially announced that Justin is going to be Robin and honestly who would want him as Robin. I would rather have Micheal Jackson try out for the role {rest in peace MJ} instead of Justin Bieber. This is just his way of getting attention, or trying to get enough support so he could try out for the role. I know Christopher Nolan isn’t directing the movie but he does have a hand in it and he has said that Robin will never be in any Batman movie. Take from that what you will but come on guys, it’s Justin fucking Bieber. Who the hell wants to see that guy in a cape and short, shorts? Here’s the pic that everyone is raving about:

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How do we even know it’s real? Zack Snyder hasn’t said anything about this fucktard playing Robin. He already has the eye of Sauron on him for casting Ben Affleck as Batman. I don’t think he’s going to risk getting more heat by casting Justin Bieber. I hope you enjoyed reading this and if you did i’ll have more for you real soon.

The Liebster Award

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I didn’t know this award existed until I was nominated for it. Thank you The Verbal Spew Review!, i’m very happy that you enjoy my posts so much that you think i’m awesome enough to be nominated. I’m very lucky to have found such an amazing community of writers to share my work with, can you believe it’s only been a month since I started! If you’re like me and you’ve never done this before then here are the rules:

1. Post the Liebster Award graphic on your site.
2. Thank the blogger who nominated your blog.
3. The nominee is asked to write 11 facts about themselves.
4. Answer the 11 questions from the post of the person who nominated them.
5. The nominee will nominate 9 other blogs.
6. The nominee will then create 11 questions of their own for their nominated bloggers to answer in their Liebster post.

Alright, I got the boring stuff out the way, lets get to those questions!

1.What is your very first childhood memory?

My very first childhood memory has to be the very first day my brother came home from the hospital back in 1990. I was 1 years old and I slapped the crap outta him.

2. You’ve hit the big-time. You’ve just won the Nobel Peace Prize. You’ve won the lottery. You’ve gained fame by ruthlessly pursuing the monsters that kidnapped a family member. You’ve been put in jail because you’re just too damn good-looking and the safety of singletons everywhere is threatened by your freedom. They’re making a movie about you. Who plays you, why, and what is the movie called?

This question is actually a hard one for me but since I have to answer i’ll go with Russel Crowe, or Nicholas Cage. My movie can be called, “Rise and Fall”

3. It’s midnight and you’re hungry. What is your go-to snack?

I guess i’m a little strange since I don’t particularly like snacks so i’ll just say pizza. That’s right, a pizza. Who doesn’t love pizza?

4.  The old hypothetical dinner party conundrum. You can invite any four people, alive or dead, famous or not, to a dinner party. Who do you invite and why?

This is an easy one, i’ll invite all my old friends over! Angel {rest in peace}, Mikey, Edgar, and Kyle. We used to do everything together growing up.

5. What do you want to be when you grow up?

Since i’m already an overgrown man I don’t think this applies to me… I’ve always wanted to be a published author.

6. What do you do to unwind after a tough day?

I sit on my ass and play games all day.

7. If you could be an animal for a day what animal would you be?

An Eagle, i’ve always wanted to fly over the horizon when i was a child.

8. I like to sing old 80’s power ballads in the shower. Heart, Whitesnake, etc.

9. There has been an “atmospheric phenomenon” and you wake up with a superpower. You can make yourself invisible at whim. Who do you spy on, and why?

I would spy on  Bethesda to see if they’re working on more Skyrim dlc and if they aren’t i’ll bitch slap them.

10. I’m sure you have a lovely name, but if you could change it to anything, what name would you choose?

Hmmm… i’d change my name to Vincent, or Bob.

11. Star Wars or Star Trek? If neither, you’d better have a damn good reason.

Both, I could never choose between the two.

Alright lets get to those nominations! If you guys don’t see your names it’s not because I don’t love your work. I really do but I can only choose 9 and this list took me forever to come up with. Some of you guys are already really popular and this list is mostly for the little guys…

  1. The Chronic Chronicler
  2. redblooms
  3. Silver Screen Serenade
  4. Cigar Chompin’ Reviews
  5. The Cursed Son
  6. linksaveszelda
  7. Vitosal
  8. Paige Six
  9. MissRhiosace

Here are the 11 questions you guys have to answer:

1.  What’s your favorite game of all time? Not your second or third favorite but your favorite game ever. Let me know!

2.  Where was your favorite place to go as a child?

3.  Who do you look up to the most in life?

4.  What’s your dream? Doctor, Lawyer, Serial Killer, etc :]

5.  Have you ever farted in the middle of a crowd of people and blamed it on someone else? Be honest people…

6.  Name 5 things you want to do before you die.

7.  Who’s your favorite Author?

8.  What’s your favorite comic book series?

9.  If you could have any super power what would it be? Would you use your powers for good, or evil?

10. Imagine yourself in Fallout 3, what would you do?

11.  How tall are you?

I would like to than The Verbal Spew Review for nominating me once again and if you guys haven’t checked her out I highly recommend that you do so. She’s awesome, funny, and very intelligent. If you don’t feel like doing this that’s fine, this is just my way of letting you know that I love what you do.

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Skyrim Mod Review- Realistic Needs and Disease

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Realistic Needs and Disease is a great little mod. It adds immersion to Skyrim by letting you eat food, drink water, and so much more. Are you the type of player that gets annoyed that your character in Skyrim can’t eat like everyone else? Or sit down after a hard quest and drink a pint of mead? If you are then this mod is for you. You’ll get messages in the top left hand corner of your screen letting you know how thirsty, hungry, or tired you are. Yes, you even have to sleep on a regular basis or it will effect you in the long run. Your stats will go down the more tired you are, so sleeping is now very important. To make matters worse, diseases are much worse now. If you contract a disease while out adventuring then cure it right away or you’ll suffer the side effects. They won’t be that bad at first but as more time goes by the worst you’ll get.

This mod even adds tents, and bedrolls for you to carry around with you on your travels so you won’t have to rush to an inn when you’re exhausted. If you’re a heavy drinker then your character will get drunk, and stumble around until he/she eventually passes out, or just falls flat their faces. If you don’t like a certain thing about the mod then you may simply turn it off. For example, lets say you don’t want your food to spoil at all, simply go to your mod menu by simply pressing the esc key, choose realistic needs, and disease, find food spoilage and turn it off. It’s that simple and I recommend playing with everything on in this mod. Another really neat feature with this mod is the ability to fill empty bottles you have in your inventory with water from rivers. Of course you might want to boil it first so you don’t catch anything but it adds that sense of immersion to the game that I thought Skyrim was missing. After I installed this mod I never turned it off, I enjoy Skyrim so much more now that there’s a sense of realism in it.

All the credit for this wonderful mod goes to perseid9 at http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/26228//?. He is one hell of a modder and you should check out more of his work if you like this. If you want the full immersive experience then run this mod along side Frostfall. Staying warm,  and healthy is an all new challenge and a lot of fun. Since I did call this a review i’ll go ahead and give Realistic Needs and Disease a 10/10. This mod is legendary on every level and I highly recommend you try this along side Frostfall. If you want to see this mod in action here’s the link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5K87n_HuU0. The video is done by Gopher, he does an amazing job highlighting the best mods Skyrim has and if you haven’t heard of him you should definitely check him out.    Don’t forget to click on that Follow Us button, and I hope you enjoyed reading this and if you did i’ll have more for you real soon.

Total War Rome 2- A Win To Own A Province

On my last post about Rome 2 I wrote about how I crushed an army of farmers with a well placed sneak attack from their unguarded rear. This battle however had my entire army, three generals, with my best general having 10 or so units going up against an army of well over 3,000 men. None of which are farmers. The smart thing for me to do would be to wait a few turns, replenish my troops, and hire on a few more units but I had other plans. I wanted to strike them before they had a chance to strike at my capitol. I advanced my armies up to their only city and begun my assault. I had a little over 2,000 men, we were outnumbered but then again that’s never stopped me before so why would it now? All I needed was one more turn for preparations but the enemy saw what I was doing and launched a preemptive strike against my forces. My units weren’t close enough to each other to lend a hand so I had about 700 men going up against 2,000. I did have the advantage of terrain, my entire army was sitting atop a hill looking down at the enemy slowly approaching us.

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As you can see I’m incredibly outnumbered here. What you can’t see is my ambush units hiding in the bushes on both sides of my infantry units. When there archers got close enough to me I sent two of my horsemen units out to engage them, and distract the enemy while my other three horsemen units hit them from the opposite side. After I did enough damage I withdrew my horsemen, to a safe distance and made them charge again, and again. I had my infantry hold off against their massive army but they were falling fast. I knew defeat would soon be upon us so I made a wise decision to retreat them further back up the hill. Two of my horsemen units were killed, my infantries morale was broken, and my 4 star general was near death. I was literally backed into a corner with no where left to go. I lost the battle along with my general and only had 150 men walk out alive. I replaced my fallen general with a very young 20 year old and placed him in charge of 10 units. That’s about 1,000 men, I was finally able to get my second 4 star general up near their city along with my 2 star general. I had a total of 1,500 men after that lost and the enemy still had a large force of 2800. I had only managed to wipe out about 400 men.

Losing this next battle wasn’t an option for me. If I lost here then my capitol would surely fall in the next few turns while I struggled to rebuild my military. I begun my assault on their capitol.

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The first thing I did when the battle started was place my men around the city on three fronts. I had a small force of 4 units sneaking around to the side to go straight for their flag while my main force distracted them. I had all my horsemen hiding in the nearby forest waiting for the signal to attack, right in front of their city I had my infantry sneaking up as close as they could without being noticed. I waited until my reinforcements caught up to the rest of the group before I started the attack, the picture above shows my reinforcements entering the battlefield. Once everyone was in position I sent two units up ahead to get their attention. When the enemy started charging them I withdrew them back into the forest and I had my Calvary charge the frontlines.

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After they clashed with the enemy I sent in my infantry from all sides. Their entire city was surrounded, I had everyone advance into the city killing everyone in their sight. My small force of four units managed to get into the city undetected and even killed the enemy general before they were discovered trying to get to flag.

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The enemy went into disarray after the death of their general and soon started their retreat. I had a choice to end the battle right there but I didn’t. They pissed me off by killing my general in the previous battle so I routed them. It took me ten extra minutes but I killed every last one of them with my horsemen. Winning this battle made the entire province mine and I immediately set my sights on my next target. I went into the diplomacy screen and “convinced” my last remaining family member to hand his lands over to me. This gave me a foothold in a new province and now I only have one more threat to my kingdom that I have to take out before I can truly be safe. My young 20 year old general performed admirably and earned himself a promotion after battle, he is the youngest Elder Chief I have now. This next battle will take place on land, and sea. I hope you guys like my playthrough of Rome 2, so far i’m really loving it and I can’t wait to jump back in.

I hope you enjoyed reading this and if you did i’ll have more for you real soon.

Samurai Warriors 3 Review

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I’ve put about 12 hours into this game so far and I decided it was time for me to write a review about. Is Samurai Warriors 3 better then it’s predecessor or does it fall flat on it’s face? Unfortunately it’s a little of both. Samurai Warriors 3 has the exact same combat as part 2. All the characters has the exact same movesets, nothing changed. I’m disappointed in that because i’m such a big fan of the series, this literally feels like Samurai Warriors 2.5. The first thing I noticed was how bad the graphics were when compared to part 2. Samurai Warriors 2 came out on the Xbox 360, and Playstation 3. It’s one of my all time favorite games, it had good voice acting, really good stories for all the characters, and I liked the dark tone it had for some of the more serious characters.

Samurai Warriors 3 on the other hand has ok graphics, decent voice acting, I don’t know why Koei decided to change most of the characters voices but some of them were for the worse, and an alright story. Even the in game cutscenes aren’t as good as part 2. To make matters worse the create a character has gotten worse then it’s ever been. I was looking forward to creating my samurai but I found myself highly disappointed with the end result because of the lack of options available to me in the game. Another thing that really bugged me was the camera. A lot of the times it was just to close to my character making it very hard for me to see who i’m fighting. Now that all the negative stuff is out the way lets talk about what I did like about the game.

The gameplay in Samurai Warriors 3 is awesome. You can stack up hundreds of combos in a few seconds if you’re really good. Each character has an ultimate attack that you can use once you fill up a blue meter on the side of your avatar, once it’s full all you have to do is press the A button and you’ll unleash a devastating area of effect move that owns everyone in a certain radius. The number of the different modes that are available to you are nice and gives you something to do once you’ve completed the story. You have Story Mode, Free Mode, Historical Mode, Muramasa Castle, and a Dojo for you to unlock new characters, upgrades, and create new samurais for you to kick ass with. Free Mode lets you replay any battle you’ve previously done with any character you choose, Muramasa Castle is my favorite mode, it lets you move you selected character over the map, like a board game, and complete various quests while trying to save the world from demons, and finally Historical Mode is a mode specially for your create a character, you may complete a number of battles for various rewards.

All of this makes Samurai Warriors 3 a very enjoyable game but I feel as if it could have been better if the story mode was the main focus of the game instead of simply putting in more content. Samurai Warriors 2 is the jewel of this series but you shouldn’t overlook this game because of that. Samurai Warriors final verdict is a 7/10. This is a great game and it has my recommendation. It’s only 20 dollars now and it’s well worth the price. While it fails to live up to part 2 if you’re a fan of the series like I am then try this game out. I hope you enjoyed reading this and if you did i’ll have more for you real soon. Don’t forget to click that Follow Us button for the latest news, and reviews.

 

 

Samurai Warriors 3 First Impressions

Lunaliah and I have spent the last 4 hours gaming on Samurai Warriors 3 and this is what I think of it so far…

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Samurai Warriors 3 is a Wii exclusive that I never had a chance to play. I remember when I first heard it was going to be exclusive on the Wii I was pissed off because I didn’t own a Wii. Well now I do and let me say that this game is actually pretty good. For a game that came out on the Wii you expect good graphics but they’re passable and get the job done. The animations, and character models all look good and the gameplay itself is what you would expect from this series. You start a stage, kill a few hundred people, kill their leader, and level up at the end of the stage. I really love the level up mechanic, I know it was in part 2 but I don’t remember if you could do it in the original one. Leveling up and earning new combos, weapons, and armor makes the grind in the game worth it.

I have a level 18 spear wielding maniac, that I created myself, and he kicks all sorts of ass. One thing I don’t like is the create a character itself. Dynasty Warriors 5 Empires had a better create a character then this and that came out years ago. The way a lot of the characters run is really weird, and my dude character squats like a female at the end of every mission. This is really distracting and annoying to be quite honest. Performing countless combos, double musou attacks, and trampling people with my horse is really fun, and addictive. There are a lot of different modes you playthrough so you’ll have plenty to do.

There’s something new called Murasame Castle, you have your selected avatar travel around, like you would in a board game, completing various quests while trying to stop a demon named Murasame. It’s very interesting and adds some more replayability to the game. The story mode from what i’ve played so far is solid. The in game cutscenes actually look worse in this game then they did on the Xbox 360 version but that’s to be suspected since this is a Wii. Free Mode is back, another new mode that’s been added is called Historical Mode, basically all you do is use your created character to complete the missions that you’ve done in story mode for new weapons, armor, and much needed experience. After you’ve gotten enough currency you can visit the Dojo and unlock new characters, weapons for you created characters, and various other things that you can use throughout the game.

So far i’m having a good time playing through this game and I should have an official review posted up pretty soon. Don’t forget to click the Follow Us button if you like what you’ve seen here and I hope you enjoyed reading this and if you did i’ll have more for you real soon.