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Steam Top 10

Here's this week's report from Valve on the top 10 bestselling games on Steam:

  1. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  3. Saint's Row The Third
  4. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  5. Anno 2070
  6. Sins of a Solar Empire: Trilogy
  7. Batman: Arkham City
  8. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Game of the Year Edition
  9. Magicka Collection
  10. Football Manager 2012

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64. Re: Steam Top 10 Nov 21, 2011, 17:40 Crustacean Soup
 
Mordecai Walfish wrote on Nov 21, 2011, 16:50:
Creston wrote on Nov 21, 2011, 11:51:

Alternatively, set the diff to the highest. I did that once and got utterly destroyed by a Thalmor squad, so... It's definitely possible.

Creston

IMO setting the difficulty to "Master" is the only way to get this game even *close* to the difficulty level of previous TES games.

The early game is a joke, you start off OP as hell. When I realized that I could take out the entire first village before hitting level 5 I jacked up the difficulty to the max and I'm still having a hard time being challenged by this game. Can't wait for a proper balancing mod comes around to turn this into a real elder scrolls RPG (one that doesnt hold your hand every step of the way and starts off without you being the fucking jack-of-all-trades RPG macgyver). I know it had to be dumbed down for people with short attention spans and 70ft tv's, but some of the design choices in this game are downright shameful.

I guess it's a testament to the beauty of the game & fulfilling sense of exploration, that I have over 50 hours put into this sucker already.

Master is, imho, the "perfect" difficulty level. Tough enemies are tough, easy enemies are still easy, and there's plenty of in-between. You need to think about encounters, use your spells and potions intelligently, and keep your gear at least matching your level. I was watching someone play Normal and they just flattened everything with crappy gear while barely touching potions and half-assing their conjuration/alteration spells; no fun at all.

5 years ago, on a 1-5 difficulty scale, Master probably would have been a 4. 10 years ago, it would have been a 3 in most games.

edit: (As far as starting as a jack-of-all-trades: I don't mind that so much. You start with your skills all just about equally crappy, which lets you grow into whichever skillset you like best. I'd rather that than being forced to make the choice at the start and being stuck with it.

Being OP? Villagers are pretty soft targets, but whatever. I don't expect a village of farmers to be crack warriors. I'll still be taken down if I try to 1v1 a snow bear sloppily. Maybe I don't have an "optimal" build or something. Targets do level up with you, but it's less offensive than Oblivion and there are caves that are not friendly to lower-level characters (I remember hitting one full of cave bears when I was still under level 20; no chance at all)

Non-combat skills are too simple; I've rarely failed a persuasion despite having no perks in speaking, and lock picking is easy.)

This comment was edited on Nov 21, 2011, 17:56.
 
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