Elder Scrolls series, and it definitely has a more stylish logo than poor Elder Scrolls - Arena. Also you travel to a place called Daggerfall in it so the title has some connection to the game this time.
The game is now free and can be download from the official site. This is the version I'm going to be playing.
I go with Hammerfell, land of the Redguard. Because why not.
I decide to be a rogue, trained in the shadowy arts of the thief, and the combat arts of the warrior. That way I should be able to last long enough to figure out the basics of the game before I get killed and choose a different character.
I am to sail to Daggerfall and find out why the dead king has gone crazy, and then find a way to put his ghost to rest. Seems like a simple enough job.
It still has the same combat controls as Arena, I hold the right mouse button and move the mouse to swing my weapon in various ways, but now I have full mouse look and strafing! It's nice to be able to look down at the rat I'm attacking.
Helpfully the game has a tutorial, but it seems to be designed for people who want to spend 10 minutes jumping around in a cave before opening the first door. I was already halfway down the next hallway before the tutorial popped up explaining how to draw my weapon.
ONE TRIP THROUGH THE CHARACTER CREATION SCREEN LATER.
I restarted the game, this time as a Nord warrior with a huge sword and a face that strikes fear into my enemies. That pathetic imp was so intimidated by my manly visage that his one shot kill spell fizzled away at the sight of me.
And then my poor Nord ran into an Orc and we beat each other to death.
ONE RESTART AND SOME CHARACTER SELECTING LATER.
Not that Cate really managed to kill many foes. I got up to that bloody flying imp and found that he was resistant to arrows. And to the axe I'd found. So I ran away... right into a thief, who stabbed me. Holy shit I just cannot get past this first dungeon.
BACK TO THE CHARACTER SELECT.
I decide to sleep again, and get attacked by another bear! Was I supposed to close the doors or something? Fortunately bears are no match for my blade. I cut through them with no trouble, and get murdered instead by a bat.
BACK TO THE CHARACTER SELECT.
Okay fine, I can take a hint. This may be a tutorial dungeon, but it's not meant to be a cakewalk. From now on I'm going to stick with one character and use saves. Lots of saves.
I seem to be safe to rest as long as I close all the doors first. Like in Arena, when I've got enough experience I can rest to level up and add points to my attributes. But in this whenever I rest I get a bonus to the skills I've been using as well. So I'm getting a lot of long blade practice.
SOME WANDERING LATER.
MUCH MUCH MUCH LATER.
It turns out that this grimy little archway with a skull blocking the path is the one and only exit to the building. I've walked past this thing like 5 times and ignored it because... well look at it!
What the fuck? I mean... what the FUCK?
I might as well start by going to the Kingdom of Daggerfall, seeing as that's what the game's called.
ONE LONG WALK TO THE SHOP LATER.
I haven't actually figured out how to buy anything yet though, only sell, and the inventory screen is a bit of a pain in the ass.
I can't see an item's stats unless I click 'info' then select each one in turn. And when I pick items up I often accidentally equip them, or accidentally take off stuff I'm wearing. Then I have to go and figure out what I used to have and re-equip it. Which would be easier if I had more than four items on screen at once, and my armour and weapons weren't dumped together under the same tab.
(It turns out that to buy things I just had to 'use' one of the shelves.)
The jury let me off!
Upon arrival in Graytown I began the long search for the Dancing Woodchuck inn, asking every stranger I meet until hopefully one of them gives me a better answer than 'uh... north maybe?' It seems that I've gotten a bad reputation somewhere along the line so everyone's rude to me.
Eventually I find my contact who gives me the next clue in my quest to rid Daggerfall of its royal ghost problem. I should figure out who caused his torment, and the major powers of the bay, the regions (or towns?) of Daggerfall, Wayrest and Sentinel are where I should start.
One problem though. I can't figure out where the fuck I'm meant to go! I fast travelled to the location I was told to go, but there's nothing here but endless forest. I've been travelling around in circles trying to find some landmark, anything that might indicate there's a building nearby, but it's hopeless.
TWENTY MINUTES OF SEARCHING LATER.
It would have been nice if there was some clue on screen pointing me towards my objective, because this is ridiculous. I don't necessarily want a trail of glowing breadcrumbs leading me around, just a marker on my compass or something.
After some searching around I find a way to get it open, cast slowfall, and jump in.
A SPLASH, SOME DROWNING, A RESTART, A SLOW FALL, AND SOME SWIMMING LATER.
AND SO THE HERO TRAVELLED ACROSS THE BAY TO THE REGION OF SENTINEL.
I was told to I pay a visit to the royal families of Daggerfall, Wayrest and Sentinel in hopes that they have some quest related info to give me, so I figured I'd start here.
SOME DELIVERIES LATER. AND THEN A TRIP TO WAYREST.
At least I got some extra levels from it. In jumping. I'm crap at everything else, but I'm getting awesome at jumping.
I try the same thing at for the royal family of Wayrest. Same pointless errands, no info on the dead king. Eventually I got a quest that wouldn't even appear in my journal so I decided to to give up here and go to my final lead... Daggerfall itself.
This is the house I was told to go to, but the person I was sent to meet isn't here. I guess I should go try the other houses next door. Actually I should go to the inn first and heal up, then try again.
There's probably a good game hidden in here somewhere, but I can't find it. I really did try, I searched three regions for it and hiked through countless towns and I still couldn't find it. I guess I need more guidance in a game than this was willing to give me.
Other Elder Scrolls posts:
Elder Scrolls: Arena
Elder Scrolls: Daggerfall
An Elder Scrolls Legend: Battlespire
Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion