Skyrim is one of the most popular games of the year. Capsule Computer's go in depth as to why popularity does not mean a game is for everyone. Follow the link to find out for yourself.
Such an interesting piece. I can sum it up with a picture, to be honest. http://imageshack.us/photo/...
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No way!! There are a total of 3.5 million gamers in the world. What a small world we live in. Right discordman?
I completely disagree (so much so that I clicked the disagree button with full angst). 6,840,507,000 human beings have been reported to live on earth.
What was the purpose of adding a whole story about the power of the earth separating into 5 people across the world, each representing a element of nature.... I marked you -Bub for a completely unrelated reply. And now you edit your comment completely in order to make it address my comment directly rather than some side story for a imaginative game in your head. What was the purpose?
I'm one of those 3.5 million launch purchases and skyrim isn't for me...got bored 15hr's in, which may seem like a lot but I have 70+ hrs on witcher 2 and untold amounts on dark souls & demon souls
WIND!!!! *watches you blow away in a vortex*
that's you http://youtu.be/vpXM9bj-WPU...
Like every single game in existance? How shocking/s
What's a better game to illustrate the point that a popular game isn't necessarily for everyone, Skyrim or CoD/MW? Hmmm...
I am not getting both anyway. 1. CoD - meh...no need explanation for this! 2. Skyrim - I know I will not have enough time for it, which will make me regret buying it! FYI, I haven't played a single RPG this gen aside from Borderlands, which I got for dirt cheap on PSN but I'm not done with it yet although I like it a lot. got a job and a little kid, I feel like it's too "wasteful" to dedicate the little time I have for RPG. :-( took me 6 days to finish 1 playthrough of UC3 and R3 which both took me around 13H! how long will Skyrim take?
My comment exactly. If game ranks 80+ in metacritics, it does not mean everybody loves it. Common sense tells the exact same fact this article tryes to explain. Tought the article makes good points, some people refer that they are "directed" thru the game, and as badz149 stated, not all have the time to play massive games like this. There is something for everybody. The world won't end if people enjoy different things.
Really good article. You do make a great point. I have Oblivion and, as great of a game it is, the open world does pull away the focus of the storyline. Sure, a lot of gamers like that, but I do enjoy games where there is a focus on the plot. I also have the same feeling with the Grand Theft Auto series. That is where I agree with the Assassin's Creed point. It does have a great focus on story and doesn't dilute it to an extent. If the Elder Scrolls games were a little more focused on the story, then maybe I can play them that much longer. Of course, I still enjoy running around in an open world, just to have a break.
rpg's aren't for everybody.... If Elder Scrolls was more story driven or action orientated then it would target a different audience; I'm glad it is more geared towards gamers like me while others enjoy Assassin's Creed.
Of course. In fact I am a big fan of RPG's. I also like my story driven games as I love a great story, especially fantasy stories. I grew up with quite a bit of books as a child and that followed me through my life. Fantasy has for quite some time my favourite genre. I bring this point up to show why I really like story driven games. Now, I do like the Skyrim storyline, since I am a big fan of dragons, even if it involves killing them, but I think I would be more engaged with it if the story is the main focus, not the open world.
I hear what you are getting at, but Bethesda has a very unique feel to it in world interaction. I couldn't imagine Elder Scrolls any other way and don't play it for a main story, but rather to do whatever I want. I enjoy story driven rpg's too, that's why I play Witcher 2. But what Bethesda dishes up is even more epic. If it made strides to appeal to action gamers (see FF13) or anything else for that matter, it would no longer be a Elder Scrolls game. Maybe you have to be a fan of the franchise to get it.
Elder Scrolls isn't the definition of RPG's though. There's a vast amount of different RPG's in the market, so someone who doesn't like Skyrim may enjoy Final Fantasy, both RPG's, totally different games really. So Elder Scrolls isn't for everybody, just as you said, it has it's uniqueness that sets it apart, but some people don't like that uniqueness. Someone could love RPG's but not like Elder Scrolls, or FF, or Dark Souls, etc etc.
@Sweaty - As an old school pencil and paper RPG player I can tell you that Skyrim and the Elder Scrolls games in general are in fact the definition of an RPG. Final Fantasy is barely an RPG in comparison because you're told who you are and given relatively little choice about how everything plays out. In an Elder Scrolls game you can completely ignore the story related quests if you want to and it will hinder your good time very little, if at all. I'm not saying FF is crap by any means, just that it barely qualifies as an RPG when compared to the games that originated the genre.
The console UI is really starting to grate on me, to the point where I'm just not interested in playing.For a start Skyrim is less immersive than Oblivion due to the fact that you have to pause to equip favourited items, in Oblivion they were hotkeyed. The map is useless, there's also no real overview of your skills and status effects are in a menu instead of on the HUD. At first I thought the new crafting system was better, it isn't, it's just a drag because it forces you to fast travel, which again breaks immersion. Potions in Oblivion weighed less than the sum of their ingredients so brewing up a few potions was a good way to lighten the load without having to fast travel to sell excess gear. Remember the criticism that Fallout3 was going to be Oblivion with guns? Well Skyrim is something approximating Fallout New Vegas with swords.
I am way too impatient for this type of game
I honestly hated both Oblivion and Fallout but Skyrim drew me right in from the get go. It's a lot less tedious and awkward as the other Bethesda games.
I didn't like Oblivion but enjoyed Fallout 3 a lot. I just didn't finish it after my bro switched the disk with a GOTY edition and my save files wouldn't work with the disk. I was around half way done and had explored like 70% of the entire game.
You realize Fallout 3 is like $8 used, right?
Yes RPG's are not for everyone you have to be VERY PATIENT when you play them. And you have to read a lot.
It's not for everyone because it's developers favor certain consumers.
in the same way that fps favor certain consumers, racing games favor certain consumers, platform games.., etc etc it's when games try to be everthing to everyone that they turn into the generic trash that we have filling out shelves. skyrim is not for everyone and I am glad it's not. same goes for just about every other game out there.
I'd have to agree with you. I mean, although the streamlining did make it more accessible for everyone else, the title is still a labor of love for the RPG fan out there. If it was too mixed up with random elements it would just turn out to be rubbish.
I'd have to say that the game is actually for everyone, they've made the game a lot more streamlined so even those with no experience could pick it up. It's mostly people not wanting to even give it a chance or those who just love their FPS games to death.
That was painful to read. I tried to find his "Why Madden football games aren't for everyone" but came up short.
This article was right and your wrong!
What made it painful is that it was so poorly written. The premise of the article is pretty unnecessary. Why would you need to write about why an open world RPG isn't for everyone?
You don't need to read this in order to know that it is true. The majority of gamers in the world will not enjoy this game. Even if this game sells 20 million that wouldn't equal half the amount of total gamers worldwide.
My one addition to this would be that the premise you mention is pretty much the foundation of the entire reviewing business... ;)
I think the purpose of this article was to let those who are not currently infatuated with Skyrim that they are not alone.
And those who need the companionship of others who share their opinion are weak minded. It says alot about people considering how many hits this article got. Nobody needs to know this, you should be confident in your own thoughts of wether or not you like it. The world doesnt need to be told wether or not you do, no matter how much you feel it needs to hear your opinion.
Great points, and sums up how I feel about the game. PERSONALLY, I have always preferred Bioware RPGS for this reason. Their focus on story is second to none. I am all for long games, I just like to have a reason (plot) to keep me going. If that is there then I will play all the time, and get to the conclusion. Unfortunately I just don't have the time to sink into a game to explore if it is not going to reward me with a storyline or a reason to keep going. I tried Fallout 3 and Oblivion because of the critical acclaim, and I enjoyed it and can recognize that they are great games. However, I just prefer more of a focus on story. But in the end, to each their own and glad people are enjoying all the games of the fall.
I agree with this wholeheartedly. I actually like Skyrim (I tried b/c of strong recommendation by my friend), but I couldn't get myself to play Oblivion and Fallout 3 after I tried them. And like you the reason for me is that the story is 2nd to the open world experience in Bethesda's games. It's nothing against the game, it is just a difference of what you prefer. In Bethesda's games, they create a world and you get to do whatever you please. There are stories in there if you choose to pursue them, but you don't have to (if you think about it, you could play Skyrim for a long time and not advance the main story). On the contrary, Bioware games are driven by the story. Sure you can go about and do side quests, but they are just that, side quests to the main story which drives the game. To sum it up, I think the best way you can put it is, you play Bioware games for the story, you play the Bethesda games for the experience.
Of course its not for everyone. Not everyone has good taste :).
If that isn't true right there then I don't know what is.
Great article thansk for the read, very informative
That's not true. That's impossible!
Well it is not for me. I sadly don't have the time for such a game. Damn you college >:(
Can someone rate skyrim story for me on a scale 0f 1-10. Just the story thank you.
I'll tell you when I get there. I've been playing for over 70 hours and haven't really touched the main quest yet. Probably another 100 hours or so before I think about going through it. Or maybe 200.
so far what i've played 9.5/10
To give you something to reference my tastes, my favourite games this gen have been Dead Space and Bioshock. I couldnt get into oblivion, thought mass effect 1 and 2 were 8.5/10 or thereabouts and traded fallout after a few hours. And my favourite game of all time is OOT (for its legacy rather than how it plays now) Skyrim is shaping up to take the throne of best game of all time IMO. Everything about the world and the story is believable. Just saw the aurora last night for the first time, blew me away. Wish I had more time to play it.
Thanks for taking your time to answer.We seem to like the same types of games and if its the best one you played i may just have to give it a try.
After attempting to play through oblivion and uninstalling it and throwing it in the bin I will never try any games in this series again. I thoroughly enjoyed Fallout 3 but as with Oblivion the gameplay mechanics were clunky and the engine was extremely glitchy. Bethesda have simply fallen behind Bioware ( and that says a lot ) and more to the point; CD Project.
No they haven't lol. Bioware have fallen behind Bethesda. There was a time when Bioware were the masters of the RPG, Baldurs Gate 2 is still the greatest rpg ever in my eyes, and I still play it every year with a new character. But those times are long gone. Skyrim may be a bit more streamlined, but Bioware have taken streamlining games to a whole new level. They've lost their magic.
Im just sick of the setting medievil rpgs are a dime a dozen jade empire,kotor and mass effect i will play anyday knights and magic just bore me,an egyption rpg or just anything but magic.
What? You're saying KOTOR and Mass Effect are set in the medieval period! I didn't know that :\
I read it that way at first too. What he's actually saying is he'll play KOTOR, Jade Empire and Mass Effect any day over other RPGs. Punctuation and proper sentence structure would have gone a long way toward making a clear statement, but this IS N4G. Just be glad the comment didn't mention COD or Battlefield.
it is not for me...yet.around christmas i´ll get it, hopefully.even though it´s a time-thieve and i have two months old baby:P
Well when the baby wakes you up at odd hours and you cant get back to sleep, that is when you can get stuck into the game. You get the best of both worlds, minus the feeling refreshed in the morning bit. Enjoy the baby, they are more interesting than any game.
Because its not an FPS game. Yeah I said it.
But it is first person, and you can "shoot" things.
the obvious....it's article worthy but with all seriousness, not everything is for everyone.
A man can go insane with all the quests in that game.
Reassurance article for those who can't embrace the epic.
As awesome of a game it sounds its not for me. I prefer fps games but even Fallout 3 got boring to me. Just Borderlands is the only rpg / fps game I'll play. Other then that I've played tf2 for over 3.5 years and I'm still not done lol
Now I can't wait for the counter article "Why Skyrim is for Everyone" to show up. It is there on the net somewhere, someone needs to find it on posted here.
Thats funny, everyone I know who got the game LOVES IT! Even guys who dont normally play RPG's...
It's a great game, but I'm not fawning over it like most people in the games world. I personally felt Oblivion and Fallout 3 had a bigger impact on me and I like those better than Skyrim.
It's definitely not for the 12 year olds playing mindless shooters online like Halo and COD. Skyrim requires you to think.