Walking Dead Tired

*YAWN* Happy Weekend TAY!

Man, am I bushed. I was exhausted after all the busyness of the season and I can’t seem to recover. Mind you, it is easy for me to screw up my sleeping schedule, but I can’t seem to get out from under this cloud of fatigue. Maybe it was all the food (sugar) I ate during the holidays. We bought a peanut butter cup ice-cream cake for my kid’s birthday and I think my pancreas is still doing battle with it.

So, aside from existing like the walking dead all week, I did manage to finally get started with Skyrim VR for the PSVR...and I can’t stop, even though I am dead tired.

Advertisement

I haven’t played Skyrim since it was originally released on PC and I was itching to replay it. I’m not generally fond of most RPGs since I dislike spending a good portion of my game in inventories, but the first person perspective in the Elder Scrolls series was a huge selling point for me. Ever since Bethesda honed the combat system in Oblivion, I’ve been a believer.

I was mulling over playing the shiny new Special Edition with all those fancy PC mods before I bought a PSVR. I modded up the old PC version when I played it and it was a thing of beauty, I can only imagine how much better things look since then. Skyrim VR is visually impressive in its own way, but for very different reasons.

Let’s face it, on the surface, the PSVR version of Skyrim VR looks sort of awful. Much of this is due to the low-res screens in the PSVR headset and the poor black levels provided, but there were definitely compromises made to put this monster of a game on Sony’s VR.

Advertisement

The main shortfalls are with the poor draw distance and the lower resolution textures. Skyrim VR (on PSVR) seems to be visually similar to the PS3 version of the game, though the framerate in VR seems a little more consistent. Skyrim is also a 6-year-old game and despite the remastered “Special Edition”, the engine is showing its age when compared to more modern open-world games.

Leaning in to get a good view of my familiar. Leaning is one of the best improvements to Skyrim with the VR version.

But in VR, Skyrim is a thing of beauty. Despite the low-fi look, the 3D world of Skyrim has never felt more immersive. Everything seems more detailed and close up. You get a sense of scale in VR that no 2D video can replicate and my jaw has dropped more than once already. I’m loving my return to Skyrim, it almost feels like a new game in VR and I hazard to say that this is likely the best way to experience the world Bethesda has created. I can only imagine how much better the game is on the Oculus Rift and Vive. If you own a VR setup, you owe it to yourself to investigate Skyrim VR.

Advertisement

I’m looking forward to more Skyrim VR this weekend and some more Breath Of The Wild with my kid. We look like we are heading towards our third divine beast and I’d like to get that done before my kid heads back to school on Monday.

So, what are you playing this weekend?