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How PlayStation Plus Saved Skyrim

Posted on Thursday, December 15 @ 14:01:47 PST by

This post came so very close to being a "REALLY?!?!", a feature I haven't done in some time. But it has turned into a story of why I'm ready to fully embrace the cloud - with a very, very happy ending.

If you've listened to our podcast, or visited our homepage over the past month, then you'd know that I am obsessed with Skyrim. I might as well have slain a goat, pledging my life to the game via sadistic sacrifice.

I'm well over 100 hours in - so many hours logged that I've lost track. I wouldn't consider myself a trophy or achievement whore, but I've ditched any and all quests in Skyrim aside from my one true quest: Get the platinum trophy. With the sheer size and scope of the game and the fact that most people consider the PS3 version to be broken, the feat of unlocking that shiny trophy seems all the more spectacular to me. And in this case, the quest for platinum has only increased my enjoyment of Skyrim, never hindering it.

And I came this close.

Having finished the Thieves Guild, The Companions, Civil War Quests and The Dark Brotherhood all within days of each other, and having just so happened to have killed my 20th dragon and earned my 100,000 gold coin, all that remained was obtaining the 15 Daedric Artifacts needed to unlock the silver trophy "Oblivion Walker".

The Daedric Princes are pricks, and their quests incredibly annoying. That Sheogorath one was by far the worst in the entire game. And it didn't help that Vaermina's quest glitched on my like three times. Last night, I finished my last of the Daedric Quests and finally could rid myself of they pestering Princes. Or so I thought.

I obtained the last artifact, and I awaited to hear the sweet "ding" sound of unlocking the trophy. I waited. And I waited... Nothing.

I checked through my list, and strangely I did indeed have 15 artifacts. Except that one of them wasn't an artifact, and I was supposed to make a different choice during the quest - not killing the character - to get the real artifact. Instead I was stuck with some useless axe I'd never even use, and only 14 artifacts. And it was far too late to fix this. I'm level 75 - there's no fucking way I'm starting another character. I'm far too invested in this one.

In a panic I took to various Skryim forums accross the 'net searching for an answer. Can I do something about this? Unfortunately, no, there's nothing that can be done. In a fit of rage, I messaged Daniel about how I was so pissed and I had to stop playing Skyrim for my sanity's sake. I just couldn't put this many hours into a game again. I decided to give up.

Then I remembered... I'm a PlayStation Plus member, and I have online storage set up for Skyrim, which backs up my saves each night. There was a glimmer of hope.

I found a save filed from three days earlier. Far enough back where I could exploit a different Daedric quest to give me not one but two Daedric Artifacts from just one quest. I'm currently playing my old save file on another PS3 to get this trophy, then I'll switch back to my other PS3 to finish out my other quests and say goodbye to Tamriel until the next Elder Scrolls game.

If it weren't for this cloud storage, I'd be shit out of luck. I'd have given up on a game that I've dedicated the past month of my life to. I would have abandoned the quest for platinum. And worst of all, it would have ruined my otherwise wonderful experience with Skyrim.

If this doesn't sell you on PlayStation Plus or cloud storage, then I don't know what will. I like my physical media, but after this situation, I'm ready for the cloud.

[UPDATE] I got my Oblivion Walker trophy last night. Thanks, PlayStation Plus!
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