|Post Date: 07:16 06-08-2014
Comment: ah, elder scrolls again. with each new release i care less about the series. i was very excited to play morrowind when i first saw it, it was a completely new experience for me. i went out exploring the landscape, doing random quests, hoarding stuff as usual. and i eventually got bored. after morrowind i played oblivion for some time too, and had some fun with it, i cant say i didnt. before skyrim came out i revisited those two, see how they hold up and all that and i realized that these elder scrolls games follow very strict patterns:
main quest – no matter what the main storyline is about, one thing is consistent: you need to roam around the world. bethesta WANTS you to explore their world so they are forcing me to do it in every possible situation. i dunno, maybe they think that no one would want to explore their world unless they are forced to?
another pattern that emerges in the main storyline are the dungeons. again, it feels like bethesta is afraid someone might not see all the 4-5 types of dungeons they made so you need to visit each one of them during your main quest.
i havent beaten skyrim as i really dont have enough patience for it after morrowind and oblivion, i could barely finish them.
when i look at skyrim, i basically see just a polished version of flawed morrowind with graphics pimped to the max and a much bigger world. it has all the basic elements of an elder scrolls game: exploration and wandering, doing quests, killing random enemies, gathering/selling/buying stuff, sloppy codding -> resulting in -> bugs. maybe i have just sated all my elder scrolls game type needs with morrowind all those years ago and that’s why i dont see what’s the big deal with skyrim. i think its just a mildly amusing, empty-ish game, unless you use mods.
ah, the mods, when someone mentions elder scrolls to me, first thing that comes to mind are mods. i feel like bethesta discovered a perfect recipe for a successful game: huge world + graphics + editor = people make what they want to see in the game themselves. for a few days ive been browsing oblivion – skyrim mods just to see all those crazy things people made for this game, and i think these mods are the reason why skyrim still stands as one of the best RPG recently released.
no matter how much i dislike realistic graphics in games, i cannot say skyrim does not have great graphics and environment, heck, they are really good. i feel like environment was the main focus of the developers as the game wants you to explore this new land of ice and snow. but if graphics arent your thing (like they arent mine) you wont find this game so fascinating on this front.
sound…well, i cant say that anything past morrowind’s theme ever caught my attention music-wise. even the skyrim theme bored me after hearing it like 3 times. elder scrolls soundtracks have always been forgettable for me, skyrim is no exception. and also, who can forget the bored voice actors that sound like they are recording the dialog during their coffee break. imo bad voice acting is the trademark on all elder scrolls games, and i find skyrim again, as no exception.
combat-wise gameplay in elder scrolls games, to me, has never felt like anything more than just meshing your left click until your target dies. maybe because i would always play a straight-forward melee warrior, or maybe because there really is nothing more to it, and considering the fact that there is a lot of fighting in these games, that’s a bad thing as it gets to feel like a chore really really fast.
on the good side, it only took bethesta a couple of games to realize that their method of leveling up in their games was really bad and needed to be changed into something better. so skyrim has that, a well made leveling system. lack of exp in previous games made quests pointless as you didnt get anything out of them except the ‘enjoyment’ of doing a quest and an occasional reward. this time around, you are given more reasons to do quests, as they let you improve your character further.
again, like in all elder scrolls games, i find skyrim suffering from a lack of interesting equipment. they all show you several different sets of items and that’s basically that. you get ebony (fun fact – its rubber), glass, daedric, iron, leather, dwarven, and a few others. that’s all fine and dandy but i really want to see more unique-looking enchanted items, not just another random enchanted dwarven or glass weapon with a name. i havent played skyrim all that much, maybe it does have a ton of unique looking weapons, but i doubt it. but i know that mods can fix that. whatever you dont like about the game, turn to mods for help.
oh and lets not forget the camera. i dont know if i am the only person on the planet but, when i see the 3rd person view that has your character NOT in the center of the screen, i feel like im drunk and i just cant play it. it is really distracting for me and totally ruins the experience. hope im not the only one here, as if i was, id feel really dumb now…
overall, i dislike skyrim just as i dislike the previous elder scrolls games. to me they are just lazy games that follow a recipe for a successful game, so the majority likes them. it really offers nothing i would look for in a game. i can see why it appeals to people, but it just does not to me.