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Happy Weekend TAY!

Another “family” weekend for me as I have to travel to a nearby city for my wife’s aunt’s birthday party. My wife’s mother is 92 and her sister is turning a spry 90, so I’m assuming we aren’t going to a rave.

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Thankfully, the place that does our income taxes is also in the same city. I have to pop in and sign off on the documents before they can be filed with the government. The last day of April is the deadline for filing your income taxes in Canada and we always seem to make it just in time.

I was able to get in a few more hours on Skyrim VR last week while fighting off a cold. I’ve finally polished off the Dark Brotherhood storyline and have now moved on to Solstheim for the final DLC.

Solstheim is an island in the ocean between Skyrim and Morrowind. It currently falls under the rule of Morrowind, but the inhabitants are a mix of the Dunmer (Dark Elves) of Morrowind and the Nords of Skyrim.

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Ash covered ground

I’m happy to visit a new area and it is a relief that the DLC is contained to a single island, so I can’t really wander that far afield. It is also nice to see some new architecture (Morrowind influenced) and some new baddies, but it doesn’t feel all that different from Skyrim so far. Maybe I was expecting too much, the final DLC for Oblivion (Shivering Isles) had some mindblowing visuals.

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Most of Skyrim is covered in snow and a good portion of Solstheim is covered in ash from the nearby volcano...which looks suspiciously like snow (and the rest of the island is covered with *actual* snow). Maybe more graphically impressive versions of Skyrim have a more pronounced difference in the visuals, but on the slightly fuzzy PSVR version, it all sort of looks the same as what I’ve been playing all these months. It is a shame they didn’t go all out and give you a completely different looking environment for the final DLC.

One of the DLC’s new enemies, which sound a lot like Ewoks.
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Oh well, at this point I’m just here to soldier on and finish off this massive undertaking. I started playing Skyrim VR at the very beginning of the year and I’m ready to play something new.

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I also grabbed a PlayStation Classic last week for my kid on a whim. Best Buy Canada was blowing them out for $30 CDN (about $22 U.S.). I wasn’t expecting him to play it very much considering it doesn’t have the best titles on it and we have better titles (or the same titles) in our own PlayStation library, but I thought the Classic would be a good history lesson.

I’m pleasantly surprised that he seems to be having a lot of fun with many of the games. Of course, the 2D stuff aged the best and Rayman, Oddworld, Mr. Driller, and Super Puzzle Fighter have been his most played so far. It is unfortunate that many of the 3D titles use the PAL versions instead of the NTSC versions which result in a lower framerate. Overall, the PlayStation Classic isn’t a very impressive package and feels too expensive at its original $80 price tag, however, at $30 it is a little easier to swallow. Ok Sega, where is my Saturn Classic machine?

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I’m hoping this weekend I will be able to finish off a good chunk of the Dragonborn DLC and maybe I’ll have some time on Sunday for more Breath Of The Wild with the kid...if I can tear him away from Oddworld. I’m glad he likes it, I loved that whole series of games.

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So, what are you playing this weekend?

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