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Snaplocket

@Sir_Anthony The bandits surrender and then try to kill you again as soon as they get their health back. There is absolutely no reason to ever show them mercy. As for pickpocketing, it's only a problem if you get caught, otherwise no character even mentions that someone is stealing.

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Spanjard

@Sir_Anthony Haha, so true.

I kinda had a rough start with this game. They throw a lot at you, and most of the things they say to me or ask of me I find hard to identify with or even worse, care about. In a way there is so much in here that the game has the tendency to feel unfocused.
Now I’m having more fun by just wandering off, creating my own story and slowly but gradually doing some quests.

Also, I found out that you can favorite your weapons/magic for quicker access way too late xD

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@SKTTR I’ve been experiencing a short crackling sound occasionally. That sort of thing?

Just had my first crash on the Switch too. Good old Bethesda! 😜

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Haru17

No one surrenders in Skyrim.

And I think without a doubt the worst thing about Skyrim's generally enjoyable combat is the favorites menu. I wish the Special Edition had added Fallout 4's quick select menu along with its quick save. Four directions are so much better than two, it changes switching weapons or spells from scrolling down a menu to muscle memory clicking twice to the left, right, or up. Y'know, that video game thing of pressing buttons.

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Spanjard

I knew this wouldn’t end well. I’m with this woman in a tombe kind of place looking for a scroll. The enemies were way too though for me, but since she just obliterated them, i thought I might as well go for it... Till this guy... till this guy over here .... very nasty guy... also dead guy.

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Snaplocket

@Haru17 The combats okay but it isn't incredible by any stretch. I've played plenty of action rpgs with far more satisfying combat.

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KirbyTheVampire

The main things that save the game's combat for me are the stealth and magic systems. If it were only melee weapons, it would be a bit dull.

I wouldn't say combat has ever been the focus for Elder Scrolls games, though, similar to other games like The Witcher 3. It generally takes a backseat to everything else.

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Ralizah

The melee combat is awful, and the magic/shooting are serviceable at best.

Skyrim has a lot to offer, but the moment to moment of it isn't that good.

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Snaplocket

@Ralizah That's the impression I got from the game. The gameplay itself is just semi-decent, it's the exploration and world-building that really makes the game. It's not just combat either, no part of the gameplay feels especially in-depth or interesting, a lot of stuff to do for sure, but none of it is incredibly satisfying on its own.

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Ralizah

@Snaplocket The controls make even the exploration questionable (although, I will admit, gyro aiming for the bow and arrow sounds like a MASSIVE QOL upgrade).

Skyrim excels at world-building, quest diversity, and role playing more broadly.

Everything else is... meh.

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KirbyTheVampire

It's not for everyone. If you play games only for the gameplay and don't care about world-building, lore, side quests, exploration etc, you probably won't have as much fun with Skyrim as you would with something like Breath of the Wild.

While I already consider Skyrim a masterpiece despite its flaws, I think Bethesda could become even more of a juggernaut in the gaming industry than they already are if they just fine-tuned the combat, improved the character animations, and made traversing mountains and such easier. Those are really the only aspects of The Elder Scrolls that are significantly lacking IMO, although I think some better voice actors would help as well.

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Zuljaras

KirbyTheVampire wrote:

If you play games only for the gameplay and don't care about world-building, lore, side quests, exploration etc,

It is sad even to think that such people play video games. I always thought that a game should be a compilation of all the things you named, not just good gameplay and that is it. Like a mindless game with perfect graphics and shooting.

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KirbyTheVampire

@Zuljaras I've absolutely met such people, although I think a more common thing is people who like a good story and lore and whatnot, but just consider it the icing on the cake.

While there's nothing wrong with that, that's not really how I approach games at all. I can forgive some pretty atrocious gameplay if the story and characters and lore and such are all good. I don't think games absolutely need to have top-notch gameplay to be extremely enjoyable experiences. To be honest, I would probably take better story-telling and lore at the expense of gameplay in certain games like Breath of the Wild. Maybe I'm just weird that way, lol.

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Snaplocket

@KirbyTheVampire Lets be fair here gameplay is arguably the most important part of the game 90% of the time. I for one, would absolutely absolutely take stellar gameplay and an okay/bad story over horrible gameplay and a great story. (Example: I enjoy most action RPGs more then Nier because the gameplay in Nier is very mediocre)
All that said, as someone who really isn't into this genre, I think Skyrim is a great game, just not one of my favorite games ever.

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JaxonH

I think there's merit to both, but certainly not in equal measure.

Some of the best games I've ever played have been straight up gameplay focused. Splatoon 2. DOOM. Mario Odyssey. Even Zelda Breath of the Wild. No gripping narrative or lore or any of that stuff to draw you in, yet these are some of my favorite games.

At the same time, there are a few games I've played have been not too hot in the game play department but very good in everything else (like Skyrim) which are probably equally as good in my eyes. However, games in this category are far fewer in number. When you lack intriguing gameplay, it's so incredibly hard to make up for it. While if you have impeccable, addicting gameplay, the rest is nothing more than icing on the cake because the game is going to be fun no matter what.

Basically, gameplay first and foremost. If you have incredibly exciting and addicting gameplay, you won't need anything else. Not to say a gripping story wouldn't make it even better because it absolutely would but the game will stand on its own if the gameplay is great. Whereas a game that doesn't have very good game play has an extremely hard, uphill battle to fight to win me over. In the case of Skyrim, it absolutely achieves doing so, but it's definitely one of the exceptions rather than the rule.

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Snaplocket

@JaxonH I thought the plots in all the games you mentioned were actually pretty well done. They just weren't at the forefront like Skyrim. BOTW's story was actually very engaging for how sparse it was.

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KirbyTheVampire

@Snaplocket I don't think that's necessarily true. While gaming is largely about having fun gameplay, I don't think they all need to be that way. If a game wants to focus on the story and not really the gameplay, such as Until Dawn or The Witcher 3, I don't think there's anything wrong with that.

I think we're so used to games being only about gameplay due to the early console generations where the stories were basically non-existent, but I don't think they should be trapped in that box anymore.

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Snaplocket

@KirbyTheVampire Say what you want, but if the gameplay isn't at the least as good as say a Tales game, it isn't gonna be one of my favorites. Meh gameplay is what keeps what from replaying stuff like Okage Shadow King and Nier.

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KirbyTheVampire

@Snaplocket I'm not saying gameplay isn't important, I'm just saying it doesn't need to be the focus of every single game. Ultimately, games are just interactive forms of entertainment, so whether they focus on almost purely gameplay like Mario Odyssey or almost purely story like Until Dawn doesn't really matter to me as long as the games succeed at what they're trying to do. As long as they entertain a decent number of people in some way, they did their job.

Like I said, there's nothing wrong with having a bias towards gameplay. I just don't think it's necessary to have super fun gameplay for the game to be enjoyable.

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Ralizah

I don't think there's anything inherently wrong at all with valuing narrative elements over interactive elements or visa versa. I guess, to me, the best examples of a medium are the ones that exploit the unique features of said medium, which is why games that are, for all intent and purposes, just interactive movies confuse me. Why not just make a movie if you don't care about the element of interactivity and player choice? Or at least design the game so it focuses on its strengths instead of constantly reminding me of its weaknesses. I'd much rather play a VN that doesn't even pretend to be "gamey" than something like The Last of Us where the player is either engaging in busywork like dragging planks or boxes around or being railroaded into performing one specific action because the game is worried about maintaining the pacing of its narrative elements.

At the end of the day, it comes down to what expectations you come to a game with in the first place. I've always been a bit disappointed with Skyrim, but I fully understand that this is because, in part, the game is emphasizing elements I just don't care about and de-emphasizing things I do care about. Same with @KirbyTheVampire and BotW, I imagine.

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