When Skyrim came out I bought a copy for my PS3. See, I didn’t own an Xbox at the time and my computer definitely wasn’t powerful enough to play the game. Little did I know that down the line my version was going to be completely neglected by Bethesda. After spending about 150 hours in the game, I took a break to allow some time for patches to come out and improve my experience and wait for the inevitable DLC. Now with Dawnguard released on the 360 and PC with no PS3 release date in sight I’m left wondering what I could do to take up more time in Skyrim until I can finally become a vampire lord.
#1. Get Married:
Let’s face it: life in Skyrim is tough enough trying to keep yourself alive. I didn’t want to make it harder by having to keep track of someone else! Adventuring is getting kind of lonely these days and having someone there to greet me at my house when I need to drop of my thousand cabbages sounds nice. Having a spouse is actually beneficial because they make you money, sell you items, give you gifts, and even provide a nice skill boost if you sleep in the same bed with them. And don’t forget that trophy…
#2. Craft Tons of Things
One of my favorite skills to level up in Skyrim was the smithing skill. Not only could you get to level 100 by crafting countless leather gloves for cheap but you could create the best armor and weapons in the game as long as you had the materials. When I bought a house I noticed that the armor and weapon racks were way too lonely. Solution: fill them with your crafted gear! One house can be full of ebony and daedric gear while another was stuffed with glass and elven. I wanted to do this when I first had the game but was worried about the armor racks glitching and sending my stuff to digital purgatory never to return. With the recent updates this no longer seems to be an issue.
3. Start a Library:
It pleased me to no end when I found out that not only were there going to be lore books in Skyrim but also bookshelves where you could line up all your books for the world to see. Why take the time to go to the College of Winterhold when I could just go to my house and pick up a book. For the longest time every single book and note sat in a cabinet next to my bed. Now I have all the time in the world to alphabetically organize my collection and finally read the deep and well written lore of Tamriel.
4. Become a Mage:
I was never good at spells in Oblivion and I certainly wasn’t good at any in Skyrim. While being able to dual cast spells was a great addition to the combat I mostly focused on being able to heal myself. I always wanted to see how it felt being able to shoot fire and ice out of my hands or summon creatures to attack for me. The game is full of possibilities but this is one I never took advantage of. Though I would probably have to start a new game to explore the perk tree it would also give me a chance to try out alchemy (which I only recently realized is quite helpful).
5. Kill Lydia:
No, I’m serious. It’s time to let her go. I’m tired of her mouth. I tried to be patient with her since she was my first follower. I didn’t mind when she ran straight into battle while I was trying to sneak around. After all, she was useful for dumping all your dragon bones and scales on or anything else you couldn’t carry. I let it go when she would constantly get in the way of my arrows and then die instantly, forcing me to restart at the beginning of a dungeon because I forgot to save. I was nice to her, I really was. Then I got stronger and she got weaker no matter what weapons I gave her. We grew apart. These things happen. I thought we could still be friends but she kept giving me that attitude. Now I am going to take her to the highest peak in Skyrim and FUS-RO-DAH her into Morrowind…or at least Elder Scrolls 6.
Hopefully these things will help pass the time until Bethesda finally decides that Dawnguard deserves a release on the PS3 (they certainly didn’t seem to mind rushing out Skyrim with all its bugs). And I will have my fingers crossed that this doesn’t happen again when another expansion is released. That or I could just wait until a “game of the year edition”.