The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim with Adam Sessler

Posted: November 10, 2011
The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim with Adam Sessler

Skyrim! It's finally here! And that means we've got Blair Herter and Adam Sessler from X-Play to talk about The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim, the super highly anticipated adventure RPG from Bethesda.

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  • HighRockBreton

    I love this game and all that it entails. If you are a gamer that enjoys RPGs, this is definitely the route to take. I've played hours upon hours of this game. I loved Oblivion and this game just capitalized on Bethesda's rise in the game developing world, not to mention the Fallout series.

    It also doesn't hurt that my Breton War Wizard is the epitome of epic.

    Posted: November 30, 2011 9:12 AM
  • G4Mickael

    If I didn't have a life, I'd love this game... As an active participant in one, with a full time job, I'll play games, great games, like Uncharted 3. ..a game with a foreseeable ending and fun multiplayer to play for half an hour or a couple hours, until my girlfriend gets jealous of the time spent and starts to give me what no video game can. :)

    Posted: November 14, 2011 10:01 PM
  • werepuma

    If you havent bought this yet, go out and bye it right now, walk if you have too. No pain is worth NOT playing this game. -__-

    Posted: November 14, 2011 8:54 PM
  • stanrir

    other than the fact that I can't marry a Kahjiit, this game doesn't disappoint

    Posted: November 14, 2011 10:25 AM
  • HoeBag

    Running it on Ultra on a GTX 460. If you have a choice of platform get it on PC FOR SURE. My roomie has the PS3 version and its a joke compared to PC on ultra. Plus on PC you can use a 360 controller so you get the best of both worlds. Its going to win GoTY for sure...

    Posted: November 14, 2011 8:04 AM

    this game suck dick only nerds play thi mw3 gow3 is the only game u should play

    Posted: November 14, 2011 5:04 AM
  • ZergNuggets

    LOL i JUST fought that for the Eye of Magnus Quest you can get at the College of Mages.... it's like a 6 hour quest -_-.... but WORTH IT!!!

    Posted: November 13, 2011 3:25 PM
  • Teejay5

    Adam Sessler, everybody. *people applaud*

    Posted: November 13, 2011 12:43 PM
  • RobShu

    i agree with benhan... BEST. GAME. EVER.

    Posted: November 13, 2011 9:28 AM
  • BoydofZINJ



    From a technical standpoint, yes, the PC is a headache. It just is, Bethesda VP of marketing Pete Hines told Joystiq. My opinion is: A headache you can minimize with proper testing.

    Skyrim, or How Not to Make a PC Game

    As with many, I have been looking forward to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim with both intrigue and trepidation. As a PC player, I generally expect Bethesda to deliver, if not the most polished and native PC games ever, at least a degree of quality that allows me to play their games without too many issues.

    After spending a couple of hours with the game, there's no other way for me to say it: Skyrim is one of the worst PC ports I have ever had the displeasure of playing. I wasn't expecting Skyrim's interface to astound - indeed, preview footage lead me to believe that it was a classic case of Bethesda once again trading in functionality for looks. Fair enough, that's nothing new. Skyrim's PC user interface is quite possibly the clunkiest and most difficult I have ever seen in a game made after the DOS era. I have played games from 1985 that were infinitely more usable than Skyrim; that a modern game makes so many elementary mistakes suggests a certain kind of malevolence, not simple laziness.

    The first sign things aren't as good as they could be comes before the game even begins. The main menu is as sparse as can be, but is lacking features as basic as the ability to change settings before jumping into the game. Why is this the case? I can only speculate, but it probably would have required Bethesda to edit a couple of lines in an XML file somewhere, far too much effort to even bother considering. Things take a nosedive soon after, as one realizes that not only are there standard menu items missing, but that the mouse doesn't even seem to work half the time. That's right, even on the main menu, most of the "buttons" you'll find don't actually do anything - you need to use the keyboard.

    You can not effectively use the mouse in this game! For the PC game!

    Let us pretend you want to load a save game and as you are looking at your save games... you decide you do not want to load anything and go back playing the game... GOOD LUCK. Can you tell me how to reverse that menu system - in Skyrim?

    Key remapping is something that you'd think would be a standard feature in a game, and that would work. Bethesda, it seems, have decided that getting such a feature working isn't critical to releasing a triple-A product. Though key remapping is in the game, whether or not it actually works properly is a crapshoot. Many functions in the game can't be remapped, whether that's certain hotkeys or interface elements.

    Using the console in games to manipulate quest variables, add items to the inventory, to noclip through walls, and so forth has been a standard practice of players for many years, and even more so for Bethesda games - not because Bethesda players are damn dirty cheaters, but because the number of bugs in Bethesda games almost necessitates the occasional use of the console in order to avoid running into problems, whether that's getting stuck on the terrain, a critical item being lost or disappearing, or a quest not functioning properly. Again, no hard feelings; it's an open-world game and sometimes things can go wrong.

    I also ran into was an intense audio distortion - crackling, skipping and popping most commonly heard in dialogue, but also in many of the game's environmental sounds. I've heard of a number of people have experienced severe graphical glitches, including corrupt textures, anti-aliasing incompatibilities, and strange flickering black marks across the screen while playing, all of which hint at a rushed and completely apathetic release with very little testing.

    "Mods will fix it" is a phrase common, But REALLY?!?! Why?

    Posted: November 11, 2011 8:56 PM
  • Luck702

    10 hours day one. This game is gonna be the death of my social life.

    Posted: November 11, 2011 6:27 PM
  • MrApophis

    GOTY 2011-2020. Good thing my bro bought 2 copies :D

    Posted: November 11, 2011 12:36 PM
  • benhan1

    best game ever.

    Posted: November 11, 2011 10:47 AM