Skyrim users either frustrated or addicted
It’s pretty interesting looking at the wide range of Skyrim gamers, and this comes from someone who has spent hundreds of hours in the game, which includes those that get addicted to Skyrim and stay hooked compared to those that continue to be frustrated over the game during the wait for Skyrim’s 1.4 patch (expected to release on the PS3 and Xbox 360 next week).
Our review of Skyrim was meant to last a few days, although two months after Skyrim released we found ourselves still playing and committing many hours to the game. Those of our readers that have spent numerous hours in the world of Skyrim would know it’s almost impossible to understand the game fully after a couple of hours gameplay, which is just what some mainstream media try to do when they review a game.
The addicted Skyrim players – you may know a few people that cannot get enough of Skyrim, and it could even be you that has spent hours immersed in the virtual world. We found one such player that has stated “Skyrim hijacked” their life, and the story has been published for all to see in this article. It’s easy for us to agree with the author on how you can lose track of time playing Skyrim, although some players have put in the time and feel they’ve been burned by Bethesda’s lack of care when coding the game, in their opinion.
Frustrated Skyrim players with varied stories – We wouldn’t agree with some people about any intentional neglect, after all The Elder Scrolls games are not your typical annual releases, and in fact our experience with the PS3 version showed rare frame rate issues after patch v1.3 (we know some people are in a different situation with the so-called lag). We’ve seen a number of players start whole new games to avoid ridiculous frame rates and the wait for a fix seems longer than it has actually been, although this wait is likely to be fixed with the finalized release of Skyrim patch 1.4 next week (not everyone shares this expectation).
There is no doubt in our mind that Skyrim is better than the majority of games from 2011, although gamers would tell more people about issues than successes. Stories of Skyrim frustration range from crashing, screen tearing, so-called lag, repeated speaking, followers attacking you for no reason, and loads more.
Some people feel that playing a game “first time with bugs makes you wonder why a game isn’t fully tested“, although many gamers would prefer game updates that fix these issues and a quicker release rather than waiting as long as games like Diablo 3 to release. In this case many fans are asking for a release now and to patch any issues later, what do you think is the best approach?
Not all experiences are the same – Skyrim is a massive game and most people would expect bugs, although some players cannot believe it when certain PS3 owners claim a problem free experience, especially when they’re yet to see any lag (frame-rate) issues after many hours.
Are you one of the addicted Skyrim players or a frustrated user? Feel free to share your experience with this amazing game, and let us know if you’ve had to step away until your problems are fixed or are you one of the gamers that have been lost in the virtual world? The Skyrim patch 1.4.20 (PC beta) went live recently and we explained this and other changes in an earlier article, and with just a couple of days left in January a few users wonder if the creation kit will really come this month.