As I continue my adventures as the Dragonborn, the things I can do in Skyrim become more and more epic. Somehow I missed that Bethesda released a free DLC update to Skyrim that adds high res textures to the game. I knew community members had high res packs but finding out about Bethesda's drew me to the immediate download and install.

After starting the game after the DLC was installed I noticed right away, the game looks even more incredible. It shows the game was "mastered" with consoles in mind and the high res. textures really make the game feel more organic. The swords and game environments seem less pixelated and edgy. Plus with lighting turned up, the game has a softer glow to it in certain conditions that are really quite beautiful. That said, all this beauty comes with a cost. Things are a bit slower on my rig. Its well within the realm of acceptable but it is still present. I imagine when I get a new video card it will be less pronounced.

I finally saved up the 5k gold for my house in Whiterun. There is nothing in the house save cobwebs and boxes so I am stashing items inside it by simply dropping them on the ground. That seems to work between saves so ill do that until I can find a way to put a chest inside. Does anyone know you can get a chest in your house to stash items in?

I was also presented with the opportunity(not saying how for a possible spoiler) to become a Werewolf. I don't mind the idea, but it seems you lose a few "human" benefits and I am not sure being a Werewolf is worth it. It seem you gain the ability to become a Werewolf but on the flipside in Werewolf form you can't collect items or anything. Plus in human form you lose your sleep bonus. Also it seems if you change into a Werewolf around a human they immediately want to kill your human form too. Has anyone done this and would you say this is a good idea?

High Res. Texture Pack:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/202485/

A fun epic Skyrim 300 video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ct1668FUKs&feature=player_embedded

Travis   Admin wrote on 08/23/2012 at 01:55am

You can talk to the steward or something, can't remember his title, to upgrade your house. I think there's a chest upstairs by default though.

As for werewolfing yourself, I never cared for the benefits. It's a fun novelty at first but I never used it after a few times.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 08/23/2012 at 02:38am

Ok. I can't seem to progress with the faction that can turne until I decide I want to. Wondering if in should take the jump for that story line alone.

AdamPFarnsworth wrote on 08/23/2012 at 05:47pm

I never found being a werewolf beneficial, other than ocassionally when I needed to run somewhere quickly (and didn't have a horse), or just maul a town. But I also didn't find the negatives to be a handicap.

It was an interesting storyline.

Travis   Admin wrote on 08/23/2012 at 05:54pm

You can get through that quest line pretty quickly and then there is a way out.

Travis   Admin wrote on 08/23/2012 at 05:55pm

And if you get Dawnguard, there's a way back in!

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 08/24/2012 at 02:50pm

Cool. Sounds like there isn't too much of a negative to being a Werewolf then.

Travis   Admin wrote on 08/24/2012 at 06:58pm

Yeah, you don't get your sleep bonus on skillups, and people will tell you that you smell like a wet dog. That's about it.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 08/24/2012 at 11:18pm

Hahaha, totally worth it. Wondering. Can you be a WW any other way?

AdamPFarnsworth wrote on 08/25/2012 at 04:02am

Not that I'm aware of.

Travis   Admin wrote on 08/25/2012 at 04:30am

There's one sidequest where you can get an item that helps control when you can turn. I won't give any more info in case you want to avoid spoilers but you can search for it on the wikis if you are so inclined.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 08/25/2012 at 02:19pm

Will do, thanks!

So you can't control when you turn the to start?

Travis   Admin wrote on 08/25/2012 at 02:47pm

You can control it but you only get one per day. The item changes that.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 08/25/2012 at 03:18pm

Oh sweet thanks. Good thing you don't switch on a full moon in town automagically.

Travis   Admin wrote on 08/25/2012 at 04:11pm

Actually I think that coul be interesting. If they gave you more benefits to being a werewolf but one big drawback, like turning automatically on a full moon.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 08/26/2012 at 01:26am

Right. That would be.

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