Even though Skyrim has achieved an almost unparalleled level of success, there are still many flaws with it. Critical analysis shows that it may not be as perfect as some reviewers claim
No never saw any review or any person claim that Skyrim was perfect. You are trying to go where you really shouldn't. Bethesda has a formula for open world RPG's that has set a standard. Until someone could make a game that does what they do better, they will continue to own that part of the market. We now most western RPG's trying to go after them and add more openness, detail and freedom of how you want to play to their games. I see the Witcher3 making a move in that direction. And while I am excited to have a less linier game with a lot more freedom of approach and exploration with side missions and what not, I still do not expect them to and advance battering system with a value on every movable object in the game. Having in-depth political and religions cultures that match and vary from area to area. There is a reason why it take like 5 year to make and Elder Scrolls game. These guy where seen as taking big risk with these overly complex worlds early on. They have invested a lot time to create their own space in the gaming industry while they were still independent. For a team of developers to come along and out do them in this area, it will take a massive investment is time and money, and many years of debugging. I hope people understand why all future Elder Scrolls games with always include modified assets from Morrowind. It was because that is the game that made Elder scrolls a successful formula. New games in the series are technically more advance, but that is were the improvement ends. Content wise and gameplay wise Morrowind is still the bench mark and best of it's kind.
Well said, vanilla skyrim isn't that amazing, but with some mods and a bit of perseverance you can make a good game amazing!
Now that was only your first mistake. The next is that you are comparing it to Dark Souls. So many kids make this mistake. The only thinks they have in common are the weapons you use. Dark Souls is more like an action adventure with RPG elements when compared to a game like Skyrim. DS is linier in comparison. A much, much more shallow in content. Think about those two games again and then see if you can find another game. Because you like the difficulty of fighting in DS doesn't mean that that game gets to be compare to the massively complex Skyrim. You can up the difficulty in skyrim, by the way, and fighting is just one aspect of the game.
Upping the difficulty in Skyrim only highlights how bad the combat is in Skyrim. There's also a balance issue in this game and it's not nearly as complex as you claim. Skyrim dumbed down the franchise and made it so you can level every skill up to max in an hour. When the game launched it was the most overrated game outside of gta and it took modders to make the game Bethesda couldn't. The game shipped in the worst condition I'd ever seen any AAA ship and I'm not even talking about the broken PS3 version.
"Upping the difficulty in Skyrim only highlights how bad the combat is in Skyrim. ". Someone that understands me! :D Using multipliers on your dmg and enemies dmg & HP's is so stupid in Skyrim that it renders magic useless (destruction) on Master and Legendary... Getting one hit by a simple MOB from full hp to 0? sure, why not? Spending a mana bar to take 1/10th of a simple enemy HP bar? mhm... spend the mana regen time running plz :) repeat for 10 times. Or you can go sneak + bow, and cheese every enemy! Oh, and in the mean time don't mind the stupid AI enemy that is right beside you but because you have 99 in sneak and you're crouching he can't see you :D Dark Souls is hard... but it has ONLY a level of difficulty, meaning they could tweak the whole game for that... the combat, the items, etc... The combat has a mean of countering every offensive ability and that makes a hard mode fun...
I'd argue that destruction on any level is pointless as well as the rest of the magic line. Why waist time healing when you can master alchemy in ten minutes and never need to cast a spell. Again there's a balance issue that really kills Skyrim. The best caster gear in the game can be had after an hour of questing. You can become the freaking king of Winterhold in 2 hours with a mana pool of less than 150. Hell, once you get past the destruction teacher at the front gate, you only need to cast ward and never cast again. It's beyond stupid. So you're the archmage and rank and file baddies still murder your mana as there is only one piece of armor that actually makes magic stronger. Yeah you can cast higher spells for longer but anyone that took an hour or two to max blacksmithing can easily clear out a room while you're downing potions to cast some garbage spell again. Or a thief/archer can stealth kill an entire room with no trouble what so ever at any difficulty or level after mastering Blacksmithing... God forbid you take what little time it takes to max Alchemy/smithing/enchanting. I have daggers with stats that you wouldn't believe based on how easy it is to exploit those 3 skills and it's not really an exploit. The game is just broken like that...
I like The witcher/souls series but I hate Skyrim .
I never understand articles that attempt to tell me what to think or why my opinion is wrong. Where's the issue in enjoying a game? Just because someone else thought it was good you have to be the one to bash it? Seems a bit hipster to me :P
Elder Scroll -2 was the best back in 300 BC... Now this people only know Skyrim and think it's a good game... nubs! *gets the reflex camera and put on the old albuns of Arctic Monkeys because was listening to them before they were cool*
It stands to reason that with them being "Arctic" Monkeys they always were a little chilly...
I love Skyrim but I never finished it. When a game constantly crashes on you and forces you to restart your console, it gets a little annoying. It still happens to me. It may not happen as much as it did before but it still happens. I also don't like the combat.
You probably played the PS3 version. My buddies 360 version never crashed. The blame can't be totally placed on Bethesda for that.
No, I actually have the 360 version. After hearing what was going on with the PS3 version, there was no way in hell I was buying it for the PS3. I put in over 600 hours but had to stop because it seemed like it got worse as I progressed. It was flawless when I started but started bugging out later in my play through.
@Cobra951 I think you're oversimplifying things a bit there. The scope of a game like Skyrim is mind-boggling. The fact that they get it out the door at all is pretty impressive. I played through the main game on 360 - didn't get any DLC - and had a blast. I had the odd crash which forced a restart but luckily never had any save game issues. Still, all things considered, it was a really good game.
Askanison4: Glad to see someone understands. The things Bethesda does, from a programming perspective, are amazing. I dare ANY other developer to include the same scope and ability to interact with just about anything, and do a better job.
Another pointless article. So if I liked Skyrim and played hours on top of hours to the point none of its flaws bother me, then why should I try to look for flaws? Here's the problem with video games and why game reviews and criticism is stupid. Video games are about immersion, suspension of disbelief, and entertainment. When I'm immersed into a game their flaws don't even come out to me. Crackdown is a flawed fucking game if you want to pick it apart, but jumping on top of buildings and lifting up 2 ton trucks makes those flaws irrelevant. The game is perfect if it checks all the boxes the person playing has checked.
Tell me about all the music, movies, books, and human beings in your life that you love. Then, I'll describe to you, in detail, how bad each of these things is. I will also tell you how meaningless your life is and why no one will ever love you.
Oh, I'm sorry. I'm not allowed to enjoy video games anymore? Awe, shucks. I really loved Skyrim. I only played it multiple times and took in the open world landscape. It even made my personal Top 10 Games of 2011. There must be something wrong with me then. /s Seriously, guy? Why do you feel the need to crap on Skyrim? It's three years old now. There's no point in questioning the success and popularity of a game that is that old. I will play devil's advocate and admit that there are some games that are successful or popular that I don't like. I have voiced my opinion about certain games when asked, but I never outright tried to make someone regret liking a single game. People just can't be entertained anymore these days. Sigh...
Skyrim was fun. I had to wait for a patch to join a side for 360. After that it was great. I played as an archer so my battles were more like sniping missions. I seldom fought with melee but when I did it was fun and felt more viceral than Oblivion and morrowind.
i loved skyrim, had a save issue twice when i saved the game then came back and noticed it didnt save but otherwise itsa a good game
I stopped playing Skyrim on my 360 due to game ending glitch on the Dragonborn DLC.. Having done everything you should with a Bethesda game (clean fresh save all the time) don't drop too much stuff in any one location, auto save off, the usual things.. Played the game, went through it, 300+hrs, got all the DLC and went through it, scouting, side quests.. got to the last DLC, Dragonborn, going through it, enjoying it immensely.. now have more than 500+hrs, come to the final confrontation and it's glitched, Miraak doesn't die, in fact his health bar doesn't go down at all.. Couldn't understand, thought I was doing something wrong.. but no, right there on the Bethesda forums are the glitches for Dragonborn and this one is the worse. Bethesda's solution is for you to start the game completely over with a new character. I was heartbroken. Haven't touched it since. Out of curiosity I did try the PS3 version but that game (fully patched BTW) froze twice during the dragon attack at the very start of the game.
Just make sure that is the case, as Miraak obsorbs the life force out of each of his two dragons during the fight. It might make it look like his energy was not going down. I'm sure your right if you've read up on the glitch, but I'd hate for you to miss out.
Thanks for that.. yeah, I fully checked, even tried some of the workarounds other forum members posted over there.. Miraak just doesn't go down for nothing.. I tried once for almost 3hrs and it was the same, time after time. Eventually, I'll get around to starting Skyrim fresh again, but for now I'm in no rush.
That sucks man. I've been playing Skyrim since September last year when I have time. Only up to level 58 at the moment. Hopefully I can get to the end before I gt to far behind on my backlog.
So, "If you invest 200 hours, the game loses its charm" is what i read.
Yeah, because that's exactly what the game industry needs: even more hate. /s
"I’m sure I’m the odd man out here" You are...
I really don't know how people can play skyrim without mods. I installed a bit over 100 mods and most of them were gameplay and bugfixes.
Despite the problems Skyrim had it was an enjoyable game. I put 100 hours into it and nowhere near finished all the quests. Say what you want about Skyrim but there is definitely no shortage of quests and places to go. It's definitely a world that demands exploring.
This just made me depressed. I'm just gonna continue modding it.
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