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General: Skyrim First Impressions

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  • TealaTeala SomewherePosts: 7,430Member Uncommon

    One thing that annoys me...when I killed 3 Imp troops in the forest - thre was nobody there to see me do it.  I go into town and the guard stops me and tells me I either pay the bounty on my head or he'll take me to prisom and if I resist he'll just attack me.  So how is it that the guard even knows I killed three Imp soldiers miles away from this town - (in the middle of the forest mind you)?

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  • TealaTeala SomewherePosts: 7,430Member Uncommon

    BTW anyone know how to get arrows to go away that your charcter has been hit with?  Mine has one in her side and the other goes right through her forehead.  LOL!

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  • DubhlaithDubhlaith EnnisPosts: 1,012Member


    Originally posted by DarkPony
    I know how "console ported UI design" is a capital sin in the pc community, and I had my reserves as well initially but some people are a little exagerating I think.
    After 8 hours in it really doesn't bother me anymore; I only use hotkeys in combat and whenever I need to go into the UI it's; right hand off the mouse and 100% keyboard navigation; once you get used to the button layouts and quirky stuff like cursor buttons not scrolling when you keep holding them but W and S do, it's very manageable. Whatever you can do with a console controller, you can do with a keyboard just the same.
    Innitially annoying bits like the crafting confirmation popups can be dealt with by pushing Y instead of navigating the mouse to it, to give an example.
    Like any game with a new UI: it takes some time to get all the controlls hardwired, but once you do it really is not a big deal in Skyrim .... imho.


    After playing all day, the only thing that bothers me is that when I rebind a key (say to make WASD the arrow keys), all the associated things do not change to the new key.

    For example. I make this change to arrow keys. When I pick a lock, I still have to use the A and D keys to twist the lock, even though my directional keys have been changed. I rebound the keys, but for whatever reason, all actions that use a given key are not together in one binding. This is also a problem with favorites, dropping items, exiting out of menus, and a few other things.

    It isn't a terrible problem, and after these several hours, it doesn't really bother me much, save the dropping items. I can move my right hand to the A and D keys to pick locks. I can move my hand to hit tab to exit menus. But I cannot drop items. I just cannot. I can put them in containers, but just dropping them on the ground? Nope. Impossible. Literally impossible without using the default keybindings.

    My problem, my real problem, is not that I can't do the things I want to do. It is that it is wholly unacceptable for a game to be released on the PC without the ability to rebind the keys to ALL actions (if you don't want to use a master binding that, when you change a binding, affects all associated actions, then you need to add a new binding in the options menu for every single thing). This isn't a hard thing to do, and it makes life easier for PC gamers. One reason I play PC games is the ability to use the control setup I prefer. And, over the years, I have grown very particular about my setup. I think many, many gamers have done the same (though with their own unique set of controls). And that should be our right. If it is easy, and it makes things easier (or, in one case in this game, makes something even possible), there is no excuse to NOT code it in.

    This is also why I refuse to play games without an option to invert the Y axis control. It is asinine and unacceptable.

    It is just beyond my comprehension that a company like Bethesda would release a game with such a blatantly obvious problem as keys that simply won't rebind at all.

    This problem also existed with the new American McGee's Alice game, and I assumed that was because it was released early and in a rush. But maybe what we are seeing is a further reflecting of the shift in popularity to console games. Developers simply do not care so much about their PC games. Most good PC games now that are not MMOs are console ports or indie games (which may well also be console ports). It makes me sad, because PCs are so much more robust an environment, and you can do so very much with them.


    Edit:

    Teala - That is some weird stuff with the arrows and the imps. No way you should have been pegged for the crime.

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  • Lupinde3rdLupinde3rd DublinPosts: 46Member

    Originally posted by DarkPony

    Pro-tip: bind items / spells / potions to 1-8 buttons by first favoriting them (F) in your inventory, then through the favorite menu (Q) assign a number key to them. Kind of unintuitive but there's still a way to keybind things.


     

     Ah nice one! Good tip pony, I was getting tired of stopping the game everytime to change my weapons with Q.

  • JinxysJinxys TinkerTownPosts: 393Member Uncommon

    Absolutely love it ! Slowly getting used to the controls. That would be my least favourite thing. Graphics are gorgeous. I often find myself standing looking at the fog shrouding the mountains! Ohh and the character models are superb. They have a lot more life in them compared to Oblivion.

    There are just so many little details that add to the magic of Skyrim... god I haven't even touched the surface of the game yet!

     

  • liadzliadz Campina Grande, AKPosts: 35Member

    Loving it for now. At first I didn't like the interface, but now I think it's kinda elegant. I like how I can navigate the menus using the mouse or simply with the WASD keys. Still I'll wait for some more PC-ish interface mod.

    My only problem was with the classical "favorites menu" since it made me think "why the hell can't I just bind my skills to the number keys?!" but someone answered my doubts for me here.

    Another thing that surprised me was how smooth this game runs. I thought it was going to be pretty heavy on my processor because of its small size. I'm running on high settings in a Core 2 Duo 2.2 GHz, 2GB of RAM and a GTS 450. I get around 30 fps in the open world and 50 to infinite in closed areas.

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  • xBlackBoxXxBlackBoxX argos, KSPosts: 34Member

    Character creator is actually worse in many ways compared with Oblivion.  Less customization options.  Mods should come to the rescue for PC users on this flaw.  I miss custom spells, also.  Ostensibly more variety than Oblivion to monsters and dungeons. Still too soon to say if this will be a better game than Oblivion. 

  • BizkitNLBizkitNL NetherlandsPosts: 2,280Member Common

    It's extremely satisfying to one-shot an enemy with an overhead power blow from my 2-handed frost axe.

    This one's a keeper.

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  • haplo602haplo602 Posts: 213Member Uncommon

    PLayed Oblivion when it came out until I realised it's actualy an adventure game with RPG elements tagged on. Your hero progres is non existent since the environment levels with you. The only interesting thing is to do the storyline.

     

    I expect Skyrim to be the same with a bit better graphics. Not a game for me.

  • nerovipus32nerovipus32 dublinPosts: 2,735Member

    It's more like morrowind than oblivion, skyrim is a truly epic experience.

  • PigozzPigozz CPosts: 842Member

    Originally posted by manaia36

    Absolutely love it ! Slowly getting used to the controls. That would be my least favourite thing. Graphics are gorgeous. I often find myself standing looking at the fog shrouding the mountains! Ohh and the character models are superb. They have a lot more life in them compared to Oblivion.

    There are just so many little details that add to the magic of Skyrim... god I haven't even touched the surface of the game yet!

     

    My words exactly !

    The PC controls are weird at first but I got into it in a matter of hours

    Oh and thx for the pro tip! Didnt knew about that

    Oh and can someone tell me how to rotate items in your inventory? :D I only managed to freeze the entire game :D

    + Im still very surprised by how relatively small HW space Skyrim takes... If compared to Rage for example

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  • gboostergbooster Indianapolis, INPosts: 712Member

    Originally posted by Pigozz

    Originally posted by manaia36

    Absolutely love it ! Slowly getting used to the controls. That would be my least favourite thing. Graphics are gorgeous. I often find myself standing looking at the fog shrouding the mountains! Ohh and the character models are superb. They have a lot more life in them compared to Oblivion.

    There are just so many little details that add to the magic of Skyrim... god I haven't even touched the surface of the game yet!

     

    My words exactly !

    The PC controls are weird at first but I got into it in a matter of hours

    Oh and thx for the pro tip! Didnt knew about that

    Oh and can someone tell me how to rotate items in your inventory? :D I only managed to freeze the entire game :D

    + Im still very surprised by how relatively small HW space Skyrim takes... If compared to Rage for example


     

    press C when looking at a item, then use your mouse to rotate it.



    The small size is because of the crappy shadows and low rez textures everywhere. The game still looks great, especially when looking at a distance. If you get too close though the textures are really bad.

    So glad I got the PC version, because there are nerds out there working their asses off to make  hi rez texture packs ;)

    Great game for a console port, even with the shitty shadows and low rez textures.

    I can't wait for the new consoles to come out so PC gaming can finally get past 2006 tech. Skyrim is great, but Elder Scrolls 6 is going to be a much bigger leap forward than Skyrim was to Oblivion.

  • IllyssiaIllyssia LondonPosts: 1,524Member

    Skyrim as a game looks and plays very well on PS3 with large LCD TV. There is enough story in the scripted quest line and variety on the the peripheral RNG stuff as you progress along the main story arc to make the game enjoyable. If you aren't into the RNG RPG sim aspect to the game there is enough in the game to make playing Skyrim a worthwhile prospect for a week or two. Main quest line is a bit linear compared to say Witcher 2 or Dragon Age 2.

  • tazarconan7tazarconan7 athensPosts: 74Member

    Originally posted by forest-nl

     Im playing on hardest lvl but its not that hard so far that worrys me also.

    I was afraid of that. Can you give us any details? It s easy cause enemies fight stupidelly in combat or it is easy cause of numbers? Enemies do few dmg have low life etc?

    Also enemies suck if player is caster or mellier focused?

    From what u see playing with 2 weapons ( duel wield  makes combat very easy aka cheat almost ?

  • Kaelano1Kaelano1 Peoria, ILPosts: 375Member

    This is a very impressive game! I have the performance set at highest levels and the whole thing is beautiful, from the toons to animations to landscape. Played about 10ish hours so far, have a level 12 bow shooting rogue cat person thing.  Trying out this first run sans-magic, sans-heavy armor, and it's going pretty good so far... died 6 times to a stupid master vampire in a dungeon, but hey, it ain't fun if it's easy.

     

    Looking forward to more, but have social plans tonight. Tomorrow, I guess.

  • VorthanionVorthanion Laguna Vista, TXPosts: 2,121Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by EndDream

    Originally posted by Vorthanion

    Geeezus, what is the deal with PC games forcing us to use console based UI's.  Gawd damn their frakking laziness.  I don't care how much I love certain development companies.  I will not buy another PC game again that uses a console style UI.  You really have disappointed me, Bethesda.

    It took me 10 min to get used to... I think I'll be fine for the 99 hours and 50 minuites.

    ....and what makes it so impossible for these companies to make seperate UI's for different platforms?  If they want my money, they better damn well make a configurable PC interface for a PC game.  I hate consoles becasue I don't have the dexterity to use the controllers and I'll be damned if I'm going down that road on a PC.  Even after 12 hours of played time, the controls still feel awkward to me, especially since I prefer to use the arrow keys and the number keypad over the wasd and number key row.  I would kill for a modern day single player RPG that went back to auto-attacks with clickable hotkey bars.

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  • AndraxxAndraxx Toronto, ONPosts: 234Member Uncommon

    Only a few hours in, but really well executed so far. I'm liking the details and small touches, like a guard commenting to me as I walked by that he knew a good hunting spot, because I had a bow equipped, and another guard speculating on my profession based on the armour I'm wearing.

    The UI could definitely use some work, though.

     

  • BillMurphyBillMurphy Managing Editor Berea, OHPosts: 2,377MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

    Originally posted by Andraxx

    Only a few hours in, but really well executed so far. I'm liking the details and small touches, like a guard commenting to me as I walked by that he knew a good hunting spot, because I had a bow equipped, and another guard speculating on my profession based on the armour I'm wearing.

    The UI could definitely use some work, though.

     

    At one point a passerby commented that he had heard "all about your silver tongue" because I had a boost to my speech at the time. Ridiculous. I love the little touches like that.

  • Butch808Butch808 sheffieldPosts: 319Member Uncommon

    Love the game so far except the UI and the controls.

  • jayartejayarte LancasterPosts: 450Member

    "renigged"

     

    I think you mean reneged.

  • bronecarbronecar onestiPosts: 685Member

    Enjoyable game, spent most of my time (~6 hours) traveling and reading about the lore.

    The books sure are worth reading, albeit they sometimes come in clusters of almost 10 (the vampire cave east of Helgen).

    Anyway, I recommend it ;)


  • TealaTeala SomewherePosts: 7,430Member Uncommon

    Anyone else feeling like this would make for a great MMORPG?

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  • ThorqemadaThorqemada BerlinPosts: 1,277Member Uncommon

    Played it since Friday around 1:45 in the morning european time.
    Great Game!
    Wish the menus would be more pc game like and less console but the font size is nice, its not exhausting to read them.
    I play only ranged combat, magic and bow, bcs i dont like hoovering swords and axes making clunky moves with no attachment to my body but it doesnt matter to the game.
    Graphics. Music is also great!
    The translation and localization of the voice over is the one of the very bests!
    NPC have loot directly bound logically to what they be equipped with - how much i like this!
    I play on master but until now it seems a bit easy to me or i have already outleveled the region?
    Well, give it a good pc UI and it would be a 10/10 !

    MMO - well, a game with freedom ends up in chaos bcs some bad apples make the basket rott!
    But yeah, if they would manage how to apply rules to the world that make it a reasonable, believeable world, it would be a great mmo!

    PS: Steam is annoying!

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  • QSatuQSatu WarsawPosts: 1,735Member Uncommon

    I bought it today and had a lot of fun simply running around. I actually like combat system (in oblivion it was boring), this Quick abilit selecting is nice for me. It gives me time to select what I want to use.

    Graphics are a little meh tbh. The textures need some love from modders. I don't play on max, but most of my settings are high except draw distance etc.

    btw. How do I make a screenshot? Pritnt Screen doesn't work. I can;t paste it into a paint and there are no screenshots in any folder.

  • Kaelano1Kaelano1 Peoria, ILPosts: 375Member

    Originally posted by Teala

    Anyone else feeling like this would make for a great MMORPG?


     

    Nope. I like it just as it is.

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