Sunday, February 9, 2020

Eric Vs. 365 - Day 224 - Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Skyrim sucks. Yes, I'm saying a title that has sold tens of millions of copies sucks. Popularity doesn't equal quality, after all, and if there was ever a perfect example of that then Skyrim is it. Don't get me wrong, I liked it when it first came out in 2011, but it has aged extremely poorly and its current state in 2020 is pretty awful compared to other WRPGs and open world games released these days. Read on for more and to watch gameplay.

Skyrim feels bad to play. It's stiff and clunky and just feels gross. Combat is awful. The menus are also an absolute mess that are hard to navigate and the level up system is unnecessarily convoluted and awful. The game is also really, really, really frickin' ugly. It's gray and brown and nasty. The character models are uniformly hideous as well. I suppose the auroras are nice, at least.

I didn't expect it to be like this, honestly. I used to like Skyrim. I played a lot of it when it first came out, but then I got bored after about 50 hours or something. Compare this experience to Oblivion, a game that I played for several hundred hours across multiple playthroughs and never got tired of. And, in fact, I played Oblivion for Eric Vs. 365 a few months ago and still had a great time with it. Oblivion still looks good thanks to its bright color palate, and while the combat is just as stiff and clunky as Skyrim's, it isn't bogged down by unnecessarily complicated menus and systems. 

The version of Skyrim I played for the video is the HD remastered special edition whatever for Xbox One. I expected it to look better than this, but it's still ugly. I used lots of mods and the game was still boring and awful, which says a lot. Mods make Fallout 4 a much better experience. Mods only manage to make Skyrim barely palatable. 

Skyrim sucks. Oblivion is better. Morrowind also sucks.