Skyrim has arrived
Ooooh yes, unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, or whittling your life away in BF3 (like I have), then you should probably be aware that another great game has arrived…the ubiquitous Skyrim. Released by Bethesda software, Skyrim is another great addition to the “Morrowind” lineup.
I read some large syndicate reviews prior to playing the game, I guess failedExE is near the bottom of that list since we received our copy from Bethesda only two days before release. In almost every review I read it complained that the graphics were good but not great, and I disagree. The graphics are superb because the game actually runs fantastic compared to unoptimized games like Rage (we literally did not cover the game Rage due to graphic issues which made the game completely unplayable at ANY resolution). At 2560×1600 4x AA 8x AS and all options on Ultra (or high where it was the max setting), the game runs like absolute butter, not a single hitch in the game what-so-ever. Sure Metro 2033 is a fantastic looking game, but it just doesn’t run perfectly.
Now mind you, I did have some problems, the water for instance, as you can see in the video below, “flickers”, with reflections turned off or on… It’s really really annoying. This effect is also seen on glints and glares, so when a ghoul is running at me like a savage beast, his shield looks like a strobe light and I just take him as serious as those teens that wear elmo necklaces and go to raves…
Another bug displaying a unwelcome “unpolished-ness” is seen in the image above, as a butterfly flew by my horse, my horse “bonded” to it and began fluttering about as well. This has happened several times to me.
have had issues with the interface, specifically not being able to properly equip items, and when items became equipped, not being responsive. *This was updated in the 1.1 patch and issues were corrected, although I still have the flickering issue.
UPDATE: The flickering issue seems to be a problem with the type of SLI rendering that your GPU utilizes, so if your using a Nvidia based graphics card and SLI, you can correct it by the following steps:
1. Go into the Nvidia Control Panel
2. Select Manage 3d Settings
3. Select SLI Rendering Mode
4. Select the 2nd frame rendering mode. Depending on how many cards you have in SLI, will depend on which mode to select, I have 3x gtx 580s, so I selected 3-GPU frame rendering 2 (or something to that degree)
5. Click Apply
Keep in mind that this kills performance in some other games, like Battlefield 3. I couldn’t figure out why my performance had dropped so greatly in BF3 until I remembered I had changed my settings just for Skyrim.
all these issues, this does not take away from a completely awesome and immersing game experience. Running through the land of Skyrim may seem a tad linear, but there is nothing quiet as fun as sniping a deer with a bow and arrow while crouching a few hundred yards away. Like Fallout 3, Bethesda stuck with the “Bullet Cam” style of finishing blows however they polished it up quiet a bit, adding several (not sure how many) different final death blows in slow motion. It would have been a tad better if (like Fallout 3) the humanoid NPC’s said a final spew of profanity “oh fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuUUUUck!”. It just makes it that much better.
Touching on combat system and gameplay I have to say that it does feel a whole lot like Fallout 3 and you will notice how many assets (sounds, interface, and gameplay) are recycled assets. Picking up an items renders the same sound as in Fallout 3, as well as “Discovering a new location”, Fast travel too? Yes sir, same thing. To be very honest I’d say that it’s Fallout 3 re-skinned as a fantasy medieval game, with a bump up on textures and graphics. The interface for inventory has had a major upgrade and reminds me of Windows 8 (if you haven’t downloaded beta yet then basically it’s very minimalistic). There is even a workbench style creation and upgrade aspect just like Fallout 3.
Combat itself is a very familiar yet welcomed style and definitely utilizes the best approaches with a polished fluidness, and taking on a group of undead soldiers has never felt so invigorating yet intimidating. Taking side quests also doesn’t feel like I’m engaging (at least…not yet) in pointless and unrewarding time sinks.
There are many companions available to pick up along your quests through Skyrim, and while in the beginning the companions are stronger than your own character, they often go running like a wild teenage protestor at your enemies, either dying (getting knocked unconscious) or killing your enemy before you get a chance to throw in a blow. Also your companions are foot-bound, meaning that while you can hop on a horse and ride across the map, you’ll often have to wait for them to catch up a few minutes later. I already can’t count how many times I would mount my horse, gallop to a point on the map, engage in combat, and then once I’m done and almost had died, here comes the idiot.
There is also no ability to really control the “awareness” of the companion, so when I am crouching and stealthily creeping through a cave about to shoot an arrow into the head of a thief, here comes my retarded companion like Will Farrel screaming ” HEY GUYS WERE GOING STREAAAKING!”, alerting the entire cave to my presence.
In Skyrim Bethesda introduced the option to get married, which I’m not exactly sure why yet. It doesn’t provide anything rewarding, there is no sex, there is no nipple shots, so I am still curious as to what it accomplishes for my character.
Now while there are issues and I could say “Cmon, 4 years in development and these minor issues should have been caught by Quality Control”…wait I did just say it…I can say that this does not ruin the game. Skyrim is completely immersing and will suck you in like Lisa Ann in (insert any type of Milf video here). You will be engaged and regardless of what type of gamer you are, you will enjoy the storyline and openness of Skyrim. While most games these days offer poor repeatability, Skyrim provides numerous opportunities to complete the game in various manners, be a mage or a warrior, or a thief, or stealthy assassin.
I didn’t want to mention some aspects of the game so I wouldn’t have to be gay and say things like “Spoiler Alert”..shit I just said it… but there are many aspects of the game that are just plain awesome and make it almost magical (see I used the word magical without sounding gay). I would highly recommend the game, even to be actually purchased..which is saying quiet a bit from failedExE.