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TESV: Skyrim Discussion

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SecretInfluence
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Post Posted: Fri Nov 11, 2011 1:27 pm
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Today, hundreds of thousands of people begin exploring the world of Skyrim. Impressions welcome, and as always, please avoid spoilers or clearly label them in advance so people can skip over reading them! Smile

A multi-platform release of a game of this scale and complexity is bound to have bugs. Looking forward to hearing some funny stories about that. But remember to tell everyone what you think about the gameplay and other good stuff, if you liked or disliked some of the changes versus Oblivion, and most importantly how long you were glued to it before you could break away to do anything else. Wink


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Post Posted: Fri Nov 11, 2011 2:50 pm
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I don't have it yet, but a friend texted me saying that everyone sounds like Arnold Schwarzenegger.


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Post Posted: Fri Nov 11, 2011 4:21 pm
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everyone

I hope that excludes the females... that would be a little disturbing. Haha!

"Greetings, Imperial! I am Arnolda. Who is your daddy and what does he do?"


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Post Posted: Fri Nov 11, 2011 9:44 pm
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I'm refusing to watch any gameplay videos until I get the game, which is pretty impossible because the only thing people are posting now are Skyrim videos. School is also a terrible beast to slay in terms of getting game time.

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Post Posted: Fri Nov 11, 2011 10:14 pm
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Already on level 12, I have been playing for over 15 hours. It is about time I took a break. So far, the game is absolutely amazing in my opinion. I am still surprised the game is so difficult, at times I feel like advancement is impossible.

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I don't know if any of this is considered a spoiler, as its not part of any quest, its just a fun easter egg and some game info... but, a warning just in case! (Trying to avoid quest spoilers, but the main quest is mentioned, but with no details. Just one monster that I ran into on the way)

Just north of Whiterun, there's a small foggy "lake" with a skeletal hand sticking up holding a blade (not sure if it changes with level, or if its always steel) nothing special about it as far as I've seen, but it made me laugh. A lot of the Tamriel lore/customs, etc. is based on Arthurian legends and Roman history. Now they have the Lady in the Lake! XD

As for the rest of the game, I love it, but I'm not getting my hopes up. I try to be a bit of a critic with games, even if they're the best game I've ever played, or the sequel to it... *cough* Gameplay is about what I expected, but a lot more difficult XD running into a Spriggan 5 minutes into the game, I got my ass kicked. Then a couple hours later, a troll killed me 3 times, and my horse (stolen!) once. I like that its not "holding your hand" like Oblivion did, but still, if you follow the main quest line and get confronted with a beast you can't kill, what the hell are you supposed to do?! XD Its not a bad thing though. It slows down the pace of the main quest line, so people actually have to go do other quest and/or explore more to get their levels up before it becomes easier to pass certain points.The part of the main quest that killed me was not a dragon, but it was not a random animal either. It has set animations to fit into that pat of the trail that I was on, but whether or not you have to kill it is up to the player. If you have a horse, you can outrun it (if you sprint). But, me being me, I killed it, after it killed me 3 times haha.

The game is absolutely gorgeous. The graphics are a masterpiece, though a bit glitchy. I've had black lines underneath hanging tapestries that shows either the end of the texture, or the end of the mesh, even though the tapestry doesn't fall that far. I've seen landscape go to no detail, then when you turn around, the detail is back. I haven't had any game breaking bugs, or highly noticeable bugs with AI or characters just yet, but I only got around 6hrs of game play yesterday because FedEx was late. Still... the game visually is probably the best I've seen in a long time, if not ever. I'm continually stunned by the looks of the landscape, and how dynamic everything feels. I don't see anymore "static forests" that covered Oblivion. Everything has its own personality - even the animals! I kept stealing the same horse from the same stable any time I had a long way to go, and every time I got close to it, the horse would stare at me for about 30 seconds, paw its hoof, then look away with a loud sigh! Smile while it could be random, its things like that that give the game world a feel of life.

I only have one real beef with the game so far. The perks menu. The idea was good on paper, and the menu is absolutely beautiful, but its very hard to navigate and I don't like how they've taken the Novice, Apprentice, Journeyman, Expert, and Master perks from Oblivion that came automatically, and made them choices in the tree. C'mon, we should at least get one perk from reaching level 25, 50, 75, and 100 with our skills. We shouldn't be forced to pick them over something else because we need them more. It could just be me, but I don't like the way they did that. Other than that, I don't like how difficult it is to navigate the thing. I try to pick a point in the middle of a tree, and I end up going to the top. Or, I try to pick the point next to the one I'm on, and I end up going to the NEXT tree. Just... a little too choppy for me. It could be a lot smoother.

Other than that, there's really nothing bad I have to say about the game. Its beautiful, the story is engaging, the people don't feel so... bland, and everything feels like it is alive, and has its own personality. Oh... and don't go killing chickens, if you're a Fable player. I did, and got attacked by everyone in Riverwood XD


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Post Posted: Sat Nov 12, 2011 2:15 pm
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If somebody could post the system requirements for the game in this thread, I would greatly appreciate it! Before I get the game I want to know if my PC has the power to run it. Thanks!

-Bost.


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Windows 7/Vista/XP PC (32 or 64 bit)
Processor: Dual Core 2.0GHz or equivalent processor
2GB System RAM
6GB free HDD Space
Direct X 9.0c compliant video card with 512 MB of RAM
DirectX compatible sound card
Internet access for Steam activation

And the recommended requirements:

Windows 7/Vista/XP PC (32 or 64 bit)
Processor: Quad-core Intel or AMD CPU
4GB System RAM
6GB free HDD space
DirectX 9.0c compatible NVIDIA or AMD ATI video card with 1GB of RAM (Nvidia GeForce GTX 260 or higher; ATI Radeon 4890 or higher).
DirectX compatible sound card
Internet access for Steam activation


Here you go Bost, right of their site.

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Post Posted: Sat Nov 12, 2011 2:24 pm
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Sweet! Thanks Tes! Looks like I should probably be able to run it. The only thing I'm not sure about is my video and sound cards, so I'll do a little research about that (translation: I'll bug fellow Guild Members later on to figure out how on earth I can tell what kind of hardware I have.) Wink


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Post Posted: Sat Nov 12, 2011 3:18 pm
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Bostonian wrote:
what kind of hardware I have


If it ran Oblivion on the highest settings nice and smooth, you can probably bet on a decent experience with Skyrim. But if you had to run Oblivion on the lowest settings, your computer hardware when stacked against Skyrim is probably the equivalent of this.

On an unrelated note, Skyrim is apparently totally sold out at the local stores. Clearly it has gotten a lot of attention!


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Post Posted: Sat Nov 12, 2011 10:53 pm
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http://forums.bethsoft.com/index.php?/topic/1258645-texture-scaling-on-360/

Interesting, I installed the game the second I got it. I still think it looks fantastic. If anyone runs into any issues, let me know. I have seen a few comparison videos, and the textures when you are close to something seem to be horrible in the installed game vs. the uninstalled.

For the time being, I am going to keep my copy installed. It cuts down load time and heat, and I need that for my first gen xbox 360. This thing is a RROD waiting to happen, and if it dies on me now I will be pretty pissed off.

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Post Posted: Mon Nov 14, 2011 2:35 pm
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I purchased Skyrim about an hour after it was released in stores. Been playing it exclusively for the last few days in my down time (unfortunately, I don't get weekends off Angry) I'm not really comfortable sharing any of my antics in the game yet, as I wouldn't like to spoil anything for those who have yet to acquire the game.

Bottom line: what I've experienced of the game thus far has been nothing short of amazing. Quite the worthy successor to Oblivion.


Albath Windcarner
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Post Posted: Sat Nov 26, 2011 6:55 am
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Kind of disappointed at the "FUS RO DAH" shout; sounds more like "fus? RO DAH" to me.

(Don't mind me, I don't even have the game.)


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Post Posted: Thu Dec 01, 2011 12:49 pm
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Very Minor Spoilers

Sadly, my Xbox died on me several weeks before Skyrim released, but I did get a chance to play it for about twenty-two hours over Thanksgiving. I really like the game, much more than I enjoyed Oblivion (and I loved that game), but probably not as much as I liked Morrowind (the initial thrill of playing a game that size cannot be relived, although Skyrim came close). What really does it for me is the sprawling landscapes that you can see way in the distance...EVEN WHILE YOU ARE STANDING IN A CITY!


But, yeah. There is some mainstreaming evident, but some of it, I think, is great. Sprinting actually feels pretty natural when I have a sword in one hand and a ball of flame in the other, chasing down a blood dragon as it sprays liquid fire over a camp of Forsworn (still haven't figured out why they are called that...what/who did they forswear?) while they feebly attempt to fight back.

I like the crafting skills added. Smithing is fun, although super easy to level, and the new take on enchanting while not very different is still fun. I do not like the changes to alchemy, though...I miss carrying around my master alembics and mortar and pestles.


Without giving too much away, I am incredibly pleased with this game. There are some bugs, but nothing TOO bad. Hope you all enjoy it as much as I do!


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Post Posted: Thu Dec 01, 2011 3:20 pm
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I've only encountered one bug so far. A mammoth spawned in the sky. It's displeasure was reversely proportionate to my amusement.

Meanwhile, I cannot deny that Skyrim is an epic game. Despite some rather evident mainstreaming (where's my mortar & pestle, where are my repair hammers, where are classes, etc.), I thoroughly enjoy the game.


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