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July 23rd, 2013, 13:52
Rock Paper Shotgun gave the Falskaar Mod for Skyrim a try and find it very well done given that it was created by an amateur.

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If the exploration is a little bit lacking, it’s only because the quests have been obsessed over. It’s a remarkably well-crafted soap opera of men fretting over what they have and trying to defend it. It begins with a few bandit raids, but soon I was escaping from burning cities through secret passageways. Or I was raiding armouries for secrets, fighting my way though a multi-level bandit-hovel that took a few tries to get right. I don’t know if the AI has been tweaked, or if it was the fact that my character was brand new, but that dungeon was a tough fight, with multiple opponents crowding around me, and it wasn’t the only time I had to redo a dungeon. That said, they’re well designed, and most will allow you to leave without backtracking.

Even if it is just a Nordic head-butting contest, those heads are wearing crowns. A lot is at stake, and it manages that odd Skyrim trick of presenting interesting challenges through interminable speeches. But the fact that those are happening at all is proof of the ridiculous steps that have been taken to make Falskaar what it is: hours of dialogue have been recorded for the mod. Vast speeches spill out of mouths that should be silent. The writing even manages to capture Skyrim’s weary Nordic pretty acutely. Even NPC barks have been recorded, with one commenting on my Elvish appearance. This is ridiculous: a fully committed cast of hopeful amateurs very nearly catches up to Bethesda’s efforts. They should be proud, and Bethesda should be a little bit ashamed.
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a fully committed cast of hopeful amateurs very nearly catches up to Bethesda’s efforts. They should be proud, and Bethesda should be a little bit ashamed.
Isn't this just saying what another source stated a few days ago - a talented amateur gives for free something that Bethesda would put as an expensive DLC.

That'd be more than "just a little bit ashamed".

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July 23rd, 2013, 14:20
Still curious what the Watch thinks about this mod.

That said, I'm hearing good things about it. Seems it really IS a quality 20-hour mod by a single guy. That's damned impressive.
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July 23rd, 2013, 19:08
A single guy plus "a fully committed cast of hopeful amateurs".
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July 23rd, 2013, 19:20
Originally Posted by joxer View Post
Isn't this just saying what another source stated a few days ago - a talented amateur gives for free something that Bethesda would put as an expensive DLC.

That'd be more than "just a little bit ashamed".
Does this ever get old?

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July 23rd, 2013, 19:50
What Joxer's hatred of Bethesda? Nope, it is very enlightening all 6000 times he repeats it I feel the same way about Gothic, I just don't have the time or inclination to post in every thread about that piece of fecal matter.
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July 23rd, 2013, 19:51
Originally Posted by DArtagnan View Post
Still curious what the Watch thinks about this mod.

That said, I'm hearing good things about it. Seems it really IS a quality 20-hour mod by a single guy. That's damned impressive.
I want to play this, but I know I'll give another 200+ hours to Skyrim if I do, and other games need to be played too.
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July 23rd, 2013, 22:05
Originally Posted by joxer View Post
Isn't this just saying what another source stated a few days ago - a talented amateur gives for free something that Bethesda would put as an expensive DLC.

That'd be more than "just a little bit ashamed".
Hell, yesterday I bought a meal for an homeless dude… all the food joints in the world should be ashamed for charging people since one random dude with some spare cash gives away something that they charge you for.

Of course I didn't since I'm an heartless bastard, but I'm sure someone somewhere is doing it right now!

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July 23rd, 2013, 23:43
Originally Posted by rune_74 View Post
Does this ever get old?
What exactly?

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