6 Things Bethesda Must Fix In The Elder Scrolls VI
It was everyone’s biggest complaint about the Gamebryo Engine: Characters looked like they were gliding across the surface of world, instead of running on solid ground. So how in the hell did Bethesda not fix this problem in their brand-new Creation Engine? Things are better, admittedly, as long as characters are just walking, but once they break into a run, they go back into Apollo Ohno mode. Look at the screenshot above — both characters’ feet are clipping right through the ground.
There’s no excuse for that in this day and age, especially since people complained so piquantly about it in criticisms of Fallout 3. Three strikes and you’re out, Bethesda — better get it right in the Elder Scrolls VI.
2. The Insulting PC Port
Say it with me: “the tab key is not a substitute for the B button.” Doesn’t that feel good? You can certainly try to play Skyrim with a mouse and keyboard, but it’s an exercise in frustration. I didn’t get beyond the character creation screen before I switched to a USB gamepad, after about 100 mouse clicks that missed their intended target for no good reason.
I get it: the console market is a bigger money-maker these days. If you want people to buy your game on PC, however, you really have to do better than the lazy, pathetic conversion Bethesda offered in Skyrim. And no, “just deal with it,” “edit the .ini file to turn off mouse smoothing,” and “you can just a console controller” are not acceptable counter-arguments, so don’t even try it.
1. The UI
Other people have described this problem more eloquently, so forgive me for piling on. Simply put, Skyrim has one of the crappiest UI’s in the history of video games. On the one hand, it’s nice to look at it. On the other hand, it’s practically useless, it makes useful information hard to access, and it wastes screen space and the player’s time.
If you like scrolling endlessly through menus until you find what you’re looking for, then Skyrim is the game for you. If you like playing for hours without realizing your character has a horrible disease, then you’ll love Skyrim. If you like not being able to see at a glance which gear your character has equipped, go ahead and nominate it for game of the year. If Bethesda has any sense, they’ll hire a new UI designer for Elder Scrolls VI and forget the whole thing ever happened.
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