Originally Posted by Arimis5226
Okay, this is a very touchy topic for me. I really love TES, I really do. I was so impressed with Morrowind, it's open world and inspiring RPG experience. Since then, I'm really starting to feel that the gaming experience with TES games has gone down hill. Don't get me wrong, I was so stoked for the release of Skyrim. For the first two weeks I was dazzled by the smooth graphics and familiar gameplay. After playing through several characters, and "dealing" with the game bugs and such, I'm really finding myself more and more let down. The graphics were nice at first, but then after reading forums and experiencing the game, I'm starting to accept the fact that Bethesda really undershot the graphics capabilities of this game. They tried too hard to center around balancing the PC game graphics with the console graphics, and the consoles are just too far behind the curve on graphics/processing power.
After seeing GPU manufacturers scramble to put together decent profiles for the game, it's starting to look more and more like bad programming on Bethesda's part, and not the ability for the GPU manufacturers to support the game. The last patch (1.2) was a real let down. There are so many show stopping bugs (that won't let you progress through storyline) and graphical/performance bugs, and the fixes they introduced were minor issues in comparison. Even the fixes didn't seem to work right on PC. In many cases, it just made things wierder. Example. Before the patch, dragons would sometimes fly overhead, but not engage (but didn't happen very often). After the patch, some users can't even engage in battle with dragons because they avoid you altogether and fly backwards and such. They supposedly fixed arrows getting perminantly stuck in the player (which went away the next time you were shot with an arrow), but now I get arrows that arent even sticking in me, they are sticking in the air around me (it just looks stupid). I'm not sure what those cats at Bethesda are doing, but they seem to be doing it very wrong.
After playing for a couple of hours yesterday, I just saved the game and turned it off. It was a frightening realization. For the first time since purchasing the game, I DIDN'T WANT TO PLAY IT. Usually I don't experience this until I've been playing a game for a few months and just get tired of it. This time, I'm just so dissapointed in the game maker, I don't care to look at it any more.
In time I'm sure they will hammer out most of these issues. I fear modders will have a hard time creating anything that won't get broken by Steam/Bethesda with a patch later for quite some time. If you want to experience this game on PC, you might do well to wait for the GOTY edition to come out, and let them patch this game up and open up full DX11 support along with a modding tool. If you just want to play the game and experience Skyrim, I'd hate to say this, but get it on PS3 or XBox 360. I hate myself for saying it, but right now it is what it is. If you get it on PC, you might be a lucky one and not have problems playing it (at least there are workarounds for the bugs using the console commands), but you could find yourself unable to play the game because of graphics issues and low FPS. I think most people are able to get the game playable, some even near flawless. There are quite a few PC owners who aren't quite so lucky. It's a gamble, me thinks. At least with a console game, I think Bethesda is going to be focusing on fixes for those platforms more because they don't have the console command options available . They will likely end up with a stable game before PC owners. Such a let down.