This may be seen as a controversial thing to say at the moment, especially when Skyrim mania is at its all-time high.
This game has been voted number one game of 2011 by many online and off line magazines; I can understand the reasoning behind all this. I was excited about this Bethesda release, so much so I had to play oblivion beforehand to get me in the mood. I watched countless trailers and read many articles about this game before it had hit the shelves. I almost squealed when I got my copy of the game.
The graphics in the opening scene were immense, I remember sitting on my sofa not being able to move, they took my breath away, even more so when you go into the village and you encounter the dragon. Wow!
But from that moment on it just turned into another RPG.
The Dragon battles are all the same, running about to find various locations can get mundane, The characters still feel a little static to say the least, and I hate it when you are having a conversation with someone and a guard walks past telling you about the dragon attacks when you are mid conversation. I don’t know if it’s my TV but it always happens at such a high volume I miss what it is the other person is saying. But what gets me the most is all the bugs.
The game is glitchy and I find games like this tedious and hard to play. Landmarks disappear, grass is up in the air, and I saw an elk walking over my head. Weapons of enemies that you kill are stuck in the air; some trees don’t even seem to grow in the ground! There are plenty of issues with this game and I would be here all night if I was to mention them all.
I know there has been patches made to fix these problems but call me old fashioned I don’t think you should release a game when you haven’t finished it. They must have had a quick run though thought well the graphic are amazing people will overlook the glitches. The worst thing is is that this train of thought has seemed to of worked.
I look at gaming sites pretty much all the time, I have 1 up and IGN open constantly and I have read reviews that they have made about other games that have had far less glitches than this game and pretty much slammed them to the ground. So what makes Skyrim different? They at least acknowledge the glitches, but they don’t see it as a problem with this game.
If I am to spend 100+ hours on a game I would like it to be enjoyable but I find myself putting off playing it because I get fed up with strange things happening. I don’t like not being able to not fully complete a mission because the game has glitched and the object is not there anymore.
So why moan about a game that I will still continue to play?
Well the answer is this…
I know that Bethesda have shown us what they are capable of creating and yes it is a huge world they have done and I commend them for it, but for the time they have put into the game, they could of put the release date back until they have made it perfect!
Maybe I am too much of a perfectionist, but would batman or Gears of War done so will if they released what feels like a game that has only been 75% completed? I don’t think so.
The quests also are a little too much, it seems to me that they have tried to compile a game that people will have a never ending list of things to do, many of these tasks are menial quests like please take a letter half way across the world to a dead man and then make you way back to me to tell me that he is dead! Why?!?!? It doesn’t even seem like the character was even shocked by the fact that this person had died and just carried on cooking! I didn’t even get anything out of this quest!
If they had concentrated on making bigger and better quests ones where people could immerse themselves fully into I think the game would have been a bigger success. I feel that this game has been unfairly favouritised in the eyes of the media.
One last point – Bethesda has also added in the idea of marriage and other tasks. I’m playing Skyrim not the Sims!! Anyway, the marriage concept worked ok in Fable II (I won’t even get onto the topic of Fable III that is another post all together!) And I say OK because even in fable it didn’t feel right. But at least there seemed to be more point to it than in Skyrim.
With this said, I will complete the game I do think it’s an okay game. I really like the levelling up idea and the constellations! And I am currently stuck in a dungeon and my aim for tonight is to complete this quest!