The Backlog: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
With Skyrim I decided to take a different approach. Instead of putting 10 hours in and then adding a few mods here and there, I figured I should just mod it straight out of the gate. Before I even booted the game for the first time, I had a handful of modifications downloaded and installed. But then things started to get out of control. 10 mods became 20. 20 became 40. Soon I had nearly 80 mods installed, changing everything from the density of the grass to the speed arrows fly to granting my dragon-souled warrior the ability to call for his last horse. But it wasn’t until I installed the amazing rendition of The Dragonborn Comes by Malukah as the menu music that things started to go sideways (she also does a killer version of Misty Mountains from The Hobbit).
The Backlog Returns: Wet
We all have a backlog of games that we mean to play. It's a stack that grows constantly and summer is usually when we try tackle it. Last year we took the slowness of summer to not only play those games in our backlogs but to also write about them. Well, summer is back and so is The Backlog.
The Backlog: Alpha Protocol
Alpha Protocol is a game that has always intrigued me with its premise and it's ambition. It sounded like a dream combination: Obsidian's talent for writing mixed with a cocktail of Bond, Bourne, and Bauer. Despite my love for RPGs, I unfortunately passed over the game at it's release due to the poor initial response. I decided to give the game a shot after reading a couple of interesting threads about it.
The Backlog: Yakuza 4
I am endlessly fascinated by the Yakuza series even though I’ve never played the first two and only have few hours of Yakuza 3 under my belt. What attracts me to the franchise is how it takes the open world formula of Grand Theft Auto and wraps in a delicious layer of Japanese culture. Yakuza 4 brings players back to Kamurocho, a fictional recreation of Japan’s red light district in Shinjuku, and grants the player free reign to experience the sights, sounds and tastes of what the bustling city has to offer.