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.
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I just started and I can't seem to get past the first part of the map that loads. Shortly after I walk out of the ruined castle, I head down the brick road and my map will not load. I've tried everything updates, fast travel, some one please help!
If they are still tagged as quest items they don't have weight. They are just stuck in your inventory and you can't get rid of them. If you dump all of your inventory in one chest, you will find that you are carrying a weight of 0 with all the "quest" items still in your inventory
Things I love most about skyrim: 1) Gorgeous scenery and plenty of it 2) horse back riding although the animation is below par 3) ability to zoom in and out and rotate camera (other than when moving which was kind of a fail IMO) 4) freedom to explore mountains lakes or whatever your heart desires although I think they could have easily included flying on dragons which would be a much more desired travel method then map travel and waiting forever for the screen to load.
Here are some of the things skyrim lacks most for me: 1) lots of unique and sexy armor, costumes and outfits 2) ability to dye outfits 3) good character animations and dodging abilities (as your character is moving around 90% of the time) 4) more unique weapons, aka flails, javelins, spears, etc,
im a huge fan of the elder scrolls, ive been playing since oblivion and im addicted to it. my first character, a nord, got up to level 69 (lol) then a i made a high elf got up to level 43, and right now im playing as a kajhit i think im about level 22. i play on the xbox and the biggest glitch ive seen is the water in whiterun being glitchy when looking at from a distance. it doesnt effect the gameplay its just visual, it kind of ruins the experince but.... great game. i didnt realize so many people are having trouble with the game.
If you have problem with lag on ps3 go to your display settings< output settings< custom< change it to 720 it won't effect your graphics but it takes longer for the lag to start because lag in skyrim is caused by how long you play and if it starts lagging just quite and watch a tv show or a movie then start playing again i've learned to work around the lag hope this helps
I have taken off all auto-saving settings. It takes away some lag, but not all. i am at 126 hours and 11MB. The only problem is when i forget to save after 45 minutes.....and it freezes
Playing the PS3 version. I have a 12MB save game after about 130 hours, I'm level 52 (I don't rush!) - and the game is now verging on unplayable. Certainly if I fast travel to a couple of towns in quick succession I can expect horrendous lag and multiple crashes. At this stage it's a sad fact that most of my playing sessions are ended by a crash, usually a terminal hang of some description, where I can't be bothered to load the game (again). Having said that, it's an incredible game, I love it. I think that many of the commentors here complaining about unacceptable levels of bugs are not grasping the sheer number of situtation permutations that exist within in this game - there are a nearly infinite number of ways to tackle it, many, many thousands of different orders in which the missions can be taken on, any of which could cause software conflict. If you were to insist that this type of game could only be released with no bugs, then this type of game could not be released. So I'm not bothered too much about the bugs, they are being addressed, but the PS3 lag is a slightly different issue. I simply don't believe that Bethesda didn't know about it, their play testers would have discovered the issue easily if they ranked up 50 hours a week. So I believe they released it knowing there was a problem; this is dodgy ground for a company taking GBP42.99 per product from consumers. If they can fix it then basically everything is OK as far as I'm concerned, but if not, the whole thing will end up being pretty disgraceful. For now, I'm eagerly awaiting patch 1.4. Let's see what we get...
100% my experience. I'm at about 210 hours, 21MB save file so I've been playing thru serious lag, saving/restarting to try to avoid freezes, getting freezes sometimes anyway, etc for over 100 in-game hours, who knows how many real-time hours. Probably an extra 10-20 I'd guess. I'm a frequent saver despite taking so long to save rather than having to replay. They absolutely, 100% knew about the issues with PS3. There's no way they couldn't. Is it possible that the QA group softened the truth for the marketing bosses or whomever? Maybe. Or the higher ups just said to move forward anyway. It just would have helped to find a way to communicate known issues to an extent up front, although doing that without risking a lot of sales would be admittedly difficult. It's clear to me the deadline and revenue expectations won out. Hey, Microsoft was notorious for not-ready-for-primetime Windows releases so it happens. Just really frustrating because it's so freaking fun despite it all.
I'm am so addicted to skyrim. I dream that I'm playing in my sleep, I borroweded the game from my friend and she wanted it back ^____^. I'm getting my own but I have lag issuses I thought it was my Xbox but its good to know its not. I'm 13 year old girl and I've played for 123 hours of skyrim in all.
I think it's pretty disgusting how a company can release a game full of bugs and glitches, They must hire the worst beta testers known to man. A full price game should be released without millions of bugs, not say "oh we're release it now uncomplete and then just patch it up few months from now." WTF what a way to treat the people who buy the game. I had to restart Skyrim the other day because a glitch made it impossible to do the main quest. And then it decides to freeze on me 5 times in a row at a certain point...Bethesda needs to start putting a hell of alot more effort in their games before they release them. All their games seem to have the same 100 problems. Maybe hire a new team who deal with bugs and glitches. I wont buy a game from them till then, i'll continue to borrow them brand new from family.
The lag issue is so frustrating on my Ps3 I can't explore for nothing I the lag is not as bad in caves, dwemer ruins, and ancient nord ruins I'm really hoping the patch works and come out as quickly as possible
My xbox wont even let me play Skyrim because it tells me my saved game is on a previous version on Skyrim, can someone tell me what the hell is going on? Im not addicted or anything, just wanna play my game.
135 hours in on the xbox and i have run into 2 gliches. one i couldn't interact with the switches for a dungeon. reloaded at the dungeon entrance and it worked fine and the other i fell through the cracks in the graphics and was under the terrain on a mountain and couldn't walk out but was able to fast travel away.
I am one of those who PS3 users who is just waiting for the patch before I play again. I have 3 different characters at about 12-16 MB that I cannot load anymore due to framerate issues and crashes. I am hoping the patch will fix that so I can return to my addiction.
My PS3 won't even load the game thus is the second time its done this to me with two different play station. Just a black screen any suggestions?
This is an extremelly addictive game that I hate with all my heart, because instead of doing something useful. e.g. - doing courseworks, I am wondering around in a virtual world in seek of adventures and helping numerous guilds. Thank you for Steam for saying how much time I have wasted on this game. I must admit, it really helps you to forget about any problems or stress, but you forget about the other, the good aspects of real world too. Any suggestions how you could stop wanting to play this game? Like getting drunk for a week, all days in a row )))
While I am most certainly addicted to #Skyrim, I definitely see the cracks in the code. Everytime I start a new quest now I'm praying to Talos that I didn't somehow glitch irrevocably without my knowledge. Everytime I use a chest or a bookcase, I'm waiting for the seeming inanimate object to inexplicably devour my hard fought items and consign them to oblivion.
Mean Time Between Crashes was about 10 mins (including in the intro so it's not a problem with save file size), but v1.4 has increased it to about 40 mins. Performance is also much better. The main problem looks very like resource leaks. This is on Win7 64 with a recent NVidia card.
im pretty much set all bugs ive experienced were verry minor worst i got was a crash after 70 hrs played
No big problems, and the frame rate is fine. Occasionally when loading for a different area, it freezes up, and I have to restart the PS3, but otherwise a fantastic game 67 hours in.
About that time of gameplay I wasn't having much issue. Closer to and defintely past 100 then it starts to get tricky, especially if you haven't turned all the autosaves off.
someone please help!..i have Skyrim on xbox 360 and it has been working fine but now the battle music is stuck and never stops!!!! anyone know how to fix this, i dont feel like playing the game anymore because the music is doing my head in!
Well this is not the buggiest elder scrolls that's for sure anybody remember daggerfall and arena had its share to. Oblivion wasn't to bad but Reguard really annoyed me and battlespire just was a mess anyway. Morrowind had a little more than Oblivion but all is good .
When you load the game it will appear saying "An update is available" download and it will update showing you progress on the screen then once finished it will automatically restart.
Played the PS3 version for what must be 200+ hours (not sure of the exact number, i started a new game because i was unhappy with a few of my perk choices), completed several quest lines and maxed a few skills. Only issues i've had involve dragons getting trapped in mountain peaks (they couldn't attack or be attacked like this, so i just went on with my other business), the game pausing for a second when entering the menu (which also happens on my pc version), odd instances of the infinite loading screen (maybe 2 or 3 times a month) and a tendancy for the game to slow down slightly when walking through Whiterun (but only enough to be noticed). While slightly irritating, these issues have not prevented me enjoying what is a great game.
The game pauses when you enter the menu because of its new autosave feature. Next time this happens, look up in the top left corner. You can adjust this feature in the gameplay tab of the main menu.
Played 80 hours trying to get the last of the achievements to find that I can't complete the companions quest line due to the glitch with an active quest and glenmoril cave, little annoying but besides this and a messed up dragon at bonestrewn wall I haven't suffered to greatly
Same glitch here with the Glenmoril witches - sucks hard because it's the only achievement I have left to get! I emailed Bethseda and they just said to load a previous save.
Played Skyrim for well over 250 hours on a number of different saves altogether. Had LOTS of framerate issues with it but it's understandable with a game of this quality + quantity. Still playing to this day, loving every minute (except the lag) and very anticipated for the 1.4 patch. All I can say on my behalf, is roll on DLC!!!
I have only played for 8 hours and I have only had 1 freeze when I jumped off the Western Watchtower (don't ask) and I use the PS3 version. I didn't even experience framerate issues frequently, so un-frequently that I could find a dragon burial site without the aid of the internet more than my framerate would c**k-up. I am probably on the borderlines of addicted.
To me Bethesda needs to fire their quality control department because in the last decade they have released some of the worst bug plagued games i have ever laid eyes on. If it wasnt for the story or the "be whoever" emphasis then i could not play them. Although i have to say that Skyrim was disappointing, not for lack of trying it is still a really good game, not Game of the Year good but good. It falls short of great due to some things i didnt give a thought to in some of Bethesda's previous games. "Same olds" include the crashing, freezing, audio crashes, texture or resolution bugs, and good old random NPC and quest bugs. However in this game not only does it have the same olds it has new ones like this lag issue that i have to say was present in Fallout New Vegas(in almost an identical way as Skyrim) and really bad character models, voice acting, and a really bad underwhelming list of quests that give you no feeling of accomplishment whatsoever(not to mention the now more reacurring "same olds"). Which begs the question, is it down hill from here? if beth soft continues to make poor quality game with more and more empty stories then whats left of the game? Sure side quests are the most paid attentioned to but Skyrim's was really bad, which leaves only dungeons, which is always fun but the crappy combat and same old enemies make dungeon clearing get old fast. So next game(which will probably Fallout 4) needs to get an over haul like the only great thing in Skyrim, the leveling and skill menu, and please get rid of that google earth crap on the map it was really annoying and hard to locate places because its hard to see the topagraphy!
I can't play this damn game until this patch comes out. Like for real what's bethesda doing? I would be surprised if there chillin at bethsoft hq just fingering there a******s and spinning around in their office chairs!!
As a PS3 owner, I'm frustrated. I really love the game, but I can't play it for more then 10 minutes without a crash. I've had to stop playing altogether. Hopefully the new patch will fix things. All I can do now is read about the constant delays in releasing the new patch.
get an xbox it runs great on xbox the dlc comes out early on xbox oh and ive seen newer xboxs go for $100
Define_X I understand exactly where you're coming from, & no need to apologise for any venom directed at Skyrim. I feel exactly the same way. Also, why would I purchase an xbox for one game. I'm not paying extra money to Bethesda for another version of the game when they couldn't even program the PS3 version properly. I'm not asking for PC level graphics, just a game that works out of the box. Not having to wait over 2 months just to play the damn thing. Have as much venom as you want towards Bethesda & the PS3 version of Skyrim. After all, it's a piece of bug ridden, crash happy, chuggy crap that should never have been released in the state it's in. I'm in the 10 minutes then it crashes school of Skyrim.
neither... i was addicted at first but after 150 hours im kinda over it.. still an amazing game, had almost no bugs only 1 freeze. skyrim was the only game in the past 2 years to be fun for more then 60 hours, therefore, its the only game in the past 2 years worth buying.
To the "play your PC on the TV dur" I can say, as someone who lives in an apartment, it would be pretty much unacceptable to have my pc permanently hooked to my computer, nor would I want this. However, it would be annoying to constantly hook up the PC to the TV, so for many games I get console just to save myself the hassle, especially since most multiplat PC games are terrible ports. I got Skyrim for PS3 and have had little to no lag problems, however the amount of quest bugs I've had is staggering. As someone who did PC for Oblivion, Fallout 3, and New Vegas, I do miss console commands to fix buggy quests, but otherwise the PS3 is pretty similar. These games were never graphics powerhouses.
I love the 'so called ' lag statements. Has the author never been on youtube? There are literally hundreds of hours of worldwide video of this game breaking in so many ways. I am into skyrim for about 200 hours with two characters on ps3. The game works fine until the save file hits around 7mb then all hell breaks loose. I myseld have witnessed backward dragons skeleton dragons and the biggest patch snafu of lost resistances. This should suprise noone however. I went into skyrim knowing full well it would be chock full of game breaking bugs. I mean come on does noone remember this is the same studio that released morrowind? That is my favorite game of all time but was effectively broken the same way. Don't remember having to clear the dead bodies of enemies because entwring vivec would crash your xbox? Televani towers broke the load times... these are the same exact type of bugs this studio has had in every single game they have ever released. Know why? They make games that I think they don't even have control over. They are simply too large bigger than life games. It sucks probably will never change but I for one am glad I get the opportunity to sink enough time into a game that garners a 12 mb save file. Show me another console game that can get close to those numbers without breaking things. So to answer I'm frustratingly addidicted have been for years
to all you skyrim haters out there, take advice from Arnold S and.......................................... STOP WHINING!!!!
Frustrated or addicted?! I paid $60 for this game. How can I be addicted to a game that is completely FUCKED UP! It's a good game when it comes to the open world map the story line, but there's just to many glitches. It freezes often, some quests don't start, that includes "A Cornered Rat" and "A night to remember". Meaning I can't continue with the story line. So you can imagine how pist off I got reading this title:"Skyrim users either frustrated or addicted" considering how much I paid for this. ADDICTED?! Cram it!
I play on the PS3 because I love seeing the game on my nice big television, compared to my computer screen which Isnt as modern. I also spend all day at a computer so the couch is a nice change. I have played about 100 hours and the bugs that bother me are the quest bugs. I have a number of quests that I can't finish and I hope the patch fixes that. I have only ever experienced lag if playing for 5+ hours but a restart will correct it. On the whole 60 dollars for the many hours of entertainment is still a fair trade for me.