By Microsoft's standards, Starfield is a giant leap backwards for accessibility

A look at Starfield's accessibility options.

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Petebloodyonion84d ago

I really hope that Bethesda works on that front since accessibility has been a huge focus for Microsoft.
But I also find the piece a bit biased (foreshadowing the 6/10 they are gonna give) when explaining that remapping is not good because the default option is the best (despite the fact that you can remap any key).
Or stating that you don't have the complete info on a weapon unless you go to inventory (I recall the numerous articles complaining about that in Zelda, FF, etc.).

The author also complains about not having a fallout mode where everything pauses but goes on to explain that you can " Pause" the game to make selections but that breaks immersion rendering the whole argument a no-win situation
"The Fallout series featured the innovative VATS targeting mechanic, in which players can pause time and target specific body parts or elements of the world while shooting. VATS enriches the game world whilst making gameplay inclusive." and "You’re able to swap weapons through the pause menu, but this isn’t the ideal solution as it breaks immersion."

In the end, as mentioned I always welcome solutions that help everyone enjoy the game but strongly feel that the purpose of the article was to complain for the sake of complaining and foreshadowing the predictable low score this game is going to get.

mkis00783d ago (Edited 83d ago )

Your quote has nothing to do woth vats... its literally just changing weapons not slowing down anything while enemies are being targeted. Sure the environment technically slows down when you select favorote weapons, but this isnt anything that helps with aiming. Not sure if you know what vats is or why your trying to reason out those 2 things as being similar.

raWfodog83d ago

His quote regarding VATS was in regards to some people (perhaps physically challenged) having difficulty with combat...

"VATS enriches the game world whilst making gameplay inclusive. Its time slowing mechanic ensured disabled players did not struggle with the combat, especially when it came to the degree of precision required to manually aim at enemies during stressful real-time fights. Unfortunately, Starfield doesn’t utilise VATS or a VATS-like system. As a result, its fast-paced combat is challenging for many players to handle, especially with the added verticality and movement options gained by the boost pack."

My question to someone who knows...Is there a very big difference in Starfield's combat difficulty if you choose the 'Very Easy' option? The things that I have read said the difficulty option is strictly tied to combat so I would imagine that could be an option for more physically-challenged gamers.


5 Cookie Cutter Games in 2023 That Needed More Innovation

The Nerd Stash: "Here are are five games in 2023 that are cookie cutter, meaning they lacked innovation in both their series and genre."

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Flawlessmic21m ago

Haven't played engage or wild hearts wo won't comment on them but if engage is like 3 houses then no change was needed.

Sonic superstars isn't the best game ever, but to call sonic out for not innovating with superstars and then not adding super mario wonder is a bit incredulous.

I love wonder, it's another amazing 2.5d mario game but as far as innovations go, it's hardly innovating. Again wonder is awesome I'm just talking about innovation.

Wo long, was awesome but just another spuls like which was fine with me, enjoyed it all the same.

The biggest culprit on that list is starfield for me, it not only did not innovate or push the genre to new heights but it felt outdated as hell in soo many ways.


15 Most Lively Open-World Games – 2023 Edition

With this feature, we run down 15 of the most dynamic open worlds players can just get lost in for dozens upon dozens of hours.

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StarkR3ality2d ago

Fuck this website.

Imagine thinking you have such rivetting content that you expect people to click 15 times to view your stupid list.

repsahj2d ago

Page-4 is lively-open world? Hahaha.


Bethesda responding to negative Starfield reviews on Steam

Bethesda's customer support team has been responding to negative Starfield reviews on Steam.

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__y2jb2d ago

That's pretty pathetic but also kind of the standard expected from XBox these days.

Why struggle to create compelling content when you can just tell users they are wrong?

notachance2d ago

currently people flocked to the comment section of those reviews to mock the AI template response lol

probably used their "advanced" engine to procedurally generate those comment 🤣

OtterX2d ago (Edited 2d ago )

Someone should do a YouTube video of Starfield NPCs reading these "developer" responses, with their bland awkward faces. 😂

OtterX2d ago

Most small indies don't even grovel this much for approval. It sounds kind of unprofessional really, "oh you didn't play it right", like a teenage employee at Gamestop. Usually developer responses on Steam thank the person for their feedback, tell them that they'll consider this feedback towards future improvements to the game. This just comes across as, "our product is fine as it is, you're just not playing it right". Man, I'm starting to read these in a snarkyTodd Howard voice. 😩

anast2d ago

"Man, I'm starting to read these in a snarkyTodd Howard voice. 😩"

This means it's time to get out of this relationship.

MrBaskerville2d ago

Maybe they saw how much goodwill New Blood got from being snarky in Steam reviews. Just reads different when you aren't funny and you are writing on behalf of a trillion dollar company.

Michiel19892d ago

ofc it's unprofessional because they get trained in customer support, not in game design. I worked in customer support for a bit over a year and often you just get presented with questions or problems that you don't have much to do with or knowledge about, but still have to answer. It doesn't take away that the person gave probably the most awful response they could have, but its also not such a drama that this twitter Karen makes it out to be. It's funny though.

UpvotedOpinions2d ago

What about Sony tlou2 "review bombing" and having meta put down legit user reviews and Neil druckmann defending The game on social media and how others are wrong and dont get The masterfully crafted story. He probably still does IT lol

OtterX2d ago

Steam are 100% verified purchases. There's your difference.

I don't agree with review bombing either, but these are 1st hand experiences. Of course peoples' opinions, who only have 1-2 hour logged, should be taken with a grain of salt.

Redemption-642d ago

Stop making a fool of yourself. The only time Neil came out and said anything was when some of the devs where being harassed and he was getting death threats, even anti-semitic messages. Unless you are one of those people that think threatening devs, voice actress and her daughter, sending racist anti-semitic messages are criticism?

-Foxtrot2d ago (Edited 2d ago )


You're also making a fool out of yourself trying to make him out to be a saint.

The MAJORITY of his tweets from the minute TLOU2s plot was leaked was him throwing fuel onto the fire and deliberately stirring the pot, he loved people calling him as he got to bundle actual trolls and fans with legit criticism together so it become "Well if don't like it then you're homophobic, transphobic, racist or a typical troll".


Like...there's no need. This is a fragment of the shit he was saying during the time and the whole metacritic fiasco was basically removing any actual legit criticism to fluff up the user score. Yet despite that and removing thousands upon thousands of reviews it's still only 5.8.

Redemption-642d ago (Edited 2d ago )


Look fox we all get how the last of us hurt you and your thin-skinned ilk. The harassing, death threats, lies and racist began almost immediately after the leaks. The very 1st response from Neil that I recall was to send a standard statement about how sad the team feels about the leaks and for players to actually play the game and judge for themselves. Death threats, harassing, racism followed immediately from snowflakes

I don't need to defend him or the game, I was here and on Twitter when the racist messages, death threats began before he even said anything, but I guess you will pretend otherwise. He also never went as low as you and your ilk, plus he was within his right to make fun of such snowflakes that are so hurt over a video they wished him to literally die. You have made a complete fool of yourself so many times and everyone here know how easily triggered you get. Just take a seat, I have little time to out you in your place.

Also, stop embarrassing yourself, it was entertaining watching miserable people like you get this worked over a video game, but now it's getting sad. You using user reviews shows your desperation. No one with a functioning brain well would. Especially giving the game was review bomb. Within 3-5 hours of the game being released there were 10s of thousands of negative reviews from people who didn't even play the game. Am sure that's what you view as legit.

How about we use sites such as Amazon that requires verified users to review the game? That would not fit the narrative you want to push. The only place you would large negative rating are from placing that don't require you to prove you own the game, care to guess why?

DeusFever2d ago

“What about Sony tlou2 ‘review bombing’”

Whataboutism is the epitome of a weak argument but even so, incels complaining about women in games isn’t the same as customers who are disappointed by gameplay and graphics.

Killer2020UK2d ago

@foxtrot when you pick an incredibly ill chosen hill to die on, do everyone a favour and don't draw it out for three years

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Ra30302d ago

Naw....this is just Microsoft out trying to collect that Xbox tax! A Trillion Dollar Corporation out there working them streets bullying, intimidating gamers, maybe paying that actual tax of other former friendlies but naw not pathetic its Microsoft being Microsoft doing what Microsoft do there's no level they won't stoop to.

0hMyGandhi2d ago

Me: I tried the bike but it seems to fall apart when I try to ride it: the brakes stop working, the tires keep rapidly deflating, the handlebars turn in place, and the seat pops off when going over small bumps.

Bethesda: You're just riding it wrong.

Abracadabra2d ago

Gamers are entitled little shits... always complaining about something.

Godmars2902d ago

Standard for Bethesda you mean. Fallout 76 aside for having as many issues, failing to live up to official hype, not even Tod Howard could simply brush them off.

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anast2d ago (Edited 2d ago )

I also heard they were going to heavily monetize the modding scene.

crazyCoconuts2d ago

These responses are so Microsoft - lean into the fail.
"I don't like this game"
"Are you sure you don't like this game? Could you perhaps actually like this game? I think you might! You do like this game after all!"