The First 15: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim

Posted: November 10, 2011
The First 15: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim
See the first 15 minutes of gameplay for The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim and discover a peek at the massive world of Skyrim.

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  • oblivionfan1

    this game is definatly the best game of its time if you are getting this game and/or think its ten times better than oblivion give it a thumbs up

    Posted: November 16, 2011 3:24 PM
  • 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 should i want to play a modified fan based game if I want to play the game everyone else is playing?

    Posted: November 11, 2011 8:57 PM
  • BaldSpaceMarine

    A bit hand holding, a bit modernized, but still looks god damn awesome. I better clear my schedule!

    Posted: November 11, 2011 3:18 PM
  • camaro72toy

    The only brand name people should be flossin is there own....you're welcome.

    Posted: November 10, 2011 7:37 PM
  • camaro72toy

    I'm really hoping to turn into a dragon and be able to have complete free flight, and even have some missions Panzer Dragoon style. Hellz Yea!

    Posted: November 10, 2011 7:35 PM
  • eticket109

    I'll have to see it in action but the in-game NPC/PC models don't look too much better than ES4.

    With that said, the game overall looks amazing. Finally pre-ordered it today. I was going to hold off, but I'm a sucker for things like maps.

    Posted: November 10, 2011 7:19 PM
  • supernoob8939

    wow, How to drain your dragon looks like it will be the one good movie video game

    Posted: November 10, 2011 7:12 PM
  • kinghunter64

    I think I've looked at just about every first 15 min videos, but i'm gonna skip this one, I don't want to spoil a second of this beautiful game.

    Posted: November 10, 2011 5:08 PM
  • bryanolsoncnu

    There's only one dragon shout I know so far..... SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

    Posted: November 10, 2011 4:41 PM
  • bdwilson97

    It gave me a slight erection.

    Posted: November 10, 2011 4:03 PM
  • UltraViolence74

    why isnt this in hd?

    Posted: November 10, 2011 1:24 PM
  • aceman67

    The PC won't have that long of a loadtime, thankfully.

    Posted: November 10, 2011 12:20 PM
  • Madav

    It's refreshing to see one of my most anticipated games of the year being played on my console of choice for once. Looks great with the exception of a somewhat lengthy load time for in-doors. But, considering Skyrim is mostly open world it shouldn't be a bother. And from what I've read and seen of it, there's much more seamless exploration to be had than not.

    Thanks for considering the other guy (PS3) for a change, G4--I appreciate that.

    Posted: November 10, 2011 11:19 AM