Saturday, July 27, 2013

New Poll: Should The Amazon join The Imperial Legion or The Stormcloaks?

It's been some time since I started my latest Skyrim Playthrough, featuring the barefoot heroine known as The Amazon. Right now, she's at Level 50 and a total badass. I think at this time she's powerful enough to tip the balance of Skyrim's Civil War if she were to take a side. But what side should she take?

Though she's technically a Nord, she's actually a foreigner to Skyrim, so she's not going to go with Ulfric and the Nord cause just because she's blonde, tall and (probably) speaks in a German accent. But she does dislike oppression and repression, and the way that the Thalmor have been given free reign to walk over the rights of Skyrim's people at will irks her to no end. That said, she is from a militaristic, clannish race herself, and is not averse to an Empire or ruler who is able to maintain the peace by strength and righteousness.

One may argue that she may not join the Legion since they were trying to kill her at the start of the story- but well, she's already taken her revenge on them for that, by defeating Helgen's Imperial Captain in combat. So they're square (perhaps?).

But she's also seen some disturbing things about the Stormcloaks- she's read dubious things about Ulfric from the Thalmor dossiers, and the way the rebels' cause seems to celebrate segregation of non-Nords just rubs her the wrong way.

Should she join the fray? Should she fight to reunite Skyrim for the Empire, or liberate it for The Stormcloaks? Or should she just remain neutral and concentrate on killing dragons and righting little wrongs in Skyrim? Help us decide! Cast your vote in the New Poll now!

Just a side note as well- The Amazon's look above- wearing the Warchief Headdress along with Imperial Legion-style bracers and greaves- seemed familiar to me from somewhere, and I eventually realized that there's an actual unit of Roman Legionnaire in actual history with a similar outfit. These guys were called Aquilifiers and they wore lion skin headdresses. Apparently they were ranked just below Centurions and had the honor of carrying the Legion's standard (the Eagle). So they were pretty badass and terrifying to see for the enemies of Rome. Of course, the Aquilifiers were male and probably didn't go barefoot (nor did they kill dragons or wear dragon armor). Heheh.

Anyways, sadly The Amazon has recently just switched looks again. She still wears her base Dragonplate cuirass, but has replaced her helmet, gauntlets and greaves. I'll leave it at that for now and show off her new look in another article or video.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Wii Fit Trainer Spotlight (Super Smash Bros)

Nintendo's barefoot pale lady gets her time in this featurette.

I don't think many will admit it, but the kinda-creepy Wii Fit Trainer girl's upcoming debut in Super Smash Bros. is pretty cool. She came from left field with her odd repertoire of Yoga and aerobics moves, but she certainly adds a bit of fan service even with her very tasteful and conservative exercise attire.  Anyways, Gamesrader just posted a vid showing off the white-skinned femme fatale, and so more Wii Fit Trainer is always good. I still don't see myself buying a WiiU but since I do have a 3DS, I may be playing with SSB in the future. For now though, check out the vid for some of the whitest soles you'll find in gaming. Heheh.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Skyrim: Path of The Amazon Update! (Elder Scrolls V Skyrim PC)

The Amazon has gone through a lot of changes since she first debuted!

Since I last posted about my heroine, The Amazon, she was of relatively low level, in some slightly crafted armor and equipment, and just growing up in skills. Well, fast forward to today and I think she's come quite a bit.
At Level 47, she's VERY formidable now. She's already got 100 Skill in both Smithing and Alchemy, which allows her to craft Legendary weapons and armor to use, as well as powerful potions that can augment her attack power or heal her in a flash- or do a lot of other effects. Only a wee bit more leveling up in Enchanting and she's maxed out in the crafting part.

Fighting-wise, she's pretty strong but can get stronger. I've decided to branch out her skills from just One-handed to Two-handed weapons, in order to have more variety in Kill move cutscenes for future vids. Still not wanting her to use too much magic- I don't think she needs it- but if she does, perhaps a bit of Conjuration would be cool so she could summon some backup in a flash if she needs it.

She's changed her hairstyle recently, care of the Face But- er, Face Sculptor of Riften.

I think I really like her new look (this has yet to debut on vids- I am so advanced relatively in video postings and in actual gameplay). It's a Tribal Huntress/Semi-Barbaric Frontierswoman look. The Dragonplate armor is the strongest she can have, though I've decided to have her use the sexy Steel Shin Greaves of the Imperial set (a lot sexier and shows more than the Dragonplate greaves); crafted up they give more than enough protection anyway. The Ornate Bear Cloak with the feathers makes her look a bit tribal which I really like (it looks kinda regal, in a barbarian sort of way).

Oh, and by now she's also quite loaded with cash (gold). I realized in previous playthroughs I've done, I invested points into Speech perks (Investor) which gave merchants a lot more money- I haven't done that yet, so I most often clean out shops of cash when I visit. Anyways, thanks to her Alchemy The Amazon can pretty much make a comfy living selling potions she brews (they sell for a LOT). In fact, she's made most of her money that way, and I got her Smithing up simply by upgrading stuff she finds- I only rarely did the Iron Dagger spamming trick.
Anyway, long story short- she's got more than enough cash and can make more honestly (take that, Brynjolf) without needing to loot every corpse she comes across. So I need to resist the urge and just loot only the choicest bits.
Just recently as well, she got her Enchanting to 100 and got the awesome Extra Effect perk- which is pretty much the ticket to really kicking ass in Skyrim.

Even at a pretty high level, she's got a LOT to do yet, and she's nowhere near being 'overpowered' (even if I can still kill a dragon in a couple of hits). I only recently got her into the Companions, but I expect to blow through that easily. I plan to go through the Main Quest, Dawnguard, Dragonborn and perhaps even that cool mod quest Falskaar eventually.

Her alternate look is wearing the Warchief Headdress- really fierce and fitting for a huntress like her.

Perhaps someday when The Amazon has adventured a lot more and decides to take a vacation, I'll start off a Magic-user character. A barefoot shaman/sorceress? Perhaps someday. Hmmm...

Friday, July 19, 2013

Copperhead (Batman: Arkham Origins)

Silent, sexy and slithery... the female Copperhead is a barefoot assassin out to crush Batman under her bare heel.

Just revealed recently in the trailer above is Copperhead, one of eight assassins being contracted by the villainous mastermind Black Mask to take out Batman in the upcoming Batman: Arkham Origins. In the comics, Copperhead was male and had an obvious snake schtick, complete with a Serpentor-esque costume. Well this baddie has been reimagined in the upcoming prequel to Batman: Arkham City as a somewhat androgynous female with talents in acrobatics and contortion turned to lethal effectiveness (she also apparently uses poison). Batman looks like he isn't prepared for this new enemy, and in the trailer he gets a face full of her feet a couple of times (lucky? Heheh). But I'm sure she'll be horizontal and out cold once the Bats gets his act together.

She seems a nice reason to pick up Batman: Arkham Origins, even if her feet could do with better proportions and detail. Hopefully they'll put in the work that will make her feet really look beautiful as well as deadly. Anyway, Batman: Arkham Origins is out in October (PS3, Xbox360, PC). I'll keep my eyes on this lethal lady...