The Elders Scrolls V: Skyrim not only represents one of the biggest releases of the year, but also one of the biggest releases of the decade. The game has been the result of Bethesda Game Studios experimenting new things in previous titles such as Morrowind, Oblivion, Fallout 3 and Fallout 3: New Vegas. Skyrim is arguably, the game that the company has been trying to release for the past 10 years, but for myriad reasons (most of them technical) couldn’t. Well, the company finally made it as Skyrim is one of the most meaningful non-linear, open-world titles that constantly encourages players to explore a vast new world full of cities, towns and dungeons. In any case, the fact that the game represents one of the best western role-playing experiences doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s perfect from a technical perspective. As a matter of fact it’s far from it.
Since the game launched, players have been actively complaining about several bugs and inconsistencies that range from minor problems (flying mammoths and dragons flying backwards are two of my favorites) to some serious issues that can break the quests or the game itself (some players claim that when they open a book they can no longer close it, forcing them to restart the game and loading the last save.) For a while now, players have been waiting for a major patch that remedies all these issues and even though some of them have been practically solved, the PS3 version suffers from performance issues that make the game almost unplayable at certain points. The only solution to the lag problem on the PS3 seems to be to restart the console every once in a while after playing for a long period, but for a game that encourages you to play for long chunks this seems woefully inadequate. Additionally, many have said that disabling auto save may be another preventive solution, but this doesn’t eradicate the problem completely.
Bethesda Softworks has stated that first, they are going to release the 1.3 patch for that version and after that they are going to take care of all the problems related to performance in a subsequent patch. Unfortunately, both console versions have so many issues that many players have stopped playing the game until they can download the new patch, making the PC the best of all versions to experience Skyrim. Still, all those who are playing the game should save every once in a while as the title may crash unexpectedly, forcing you to replay some parts of the game all over again.
Apart of all the frustrations that are related to these issues, Skyrim still seems to be one of the best role-playing games ever released and hopefully in a week or so, most players will be able to play the latest title in The Elder Scrolls franchise as intended.
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