Do you still play Skyrim?
Fishbreaths excellent post reminded me its been a few weeks actually since I played Skyrim.
I've been busy with Starwars and of course, getting ready for the Holidays. Also, I want to wait until the expansion arrives and have some more fun! 100 hours so far, is a nice number of hours for a game these days.
So, are you still playing?
How is this even a question for most people? :)
I'm close to 80 hours in and finally TRYING to focus on the core story missions. (Still often distracted by shiny objects...) I have so many other games I need to get back to, but I'm totally game-locked.
I would if ToR hadn't been released.
Another great thing about Skyrim: it helped me resist the Bioware-love-fueled temptation to buy ToR. I remain MMO-free.
I'm in the same boat. My play time started petering off after I reached 100 hours as well, and I'm pretty sure I haven't played in at least a week. I know I'll be back when the expansions start rolling in.
Also, I finally picked up Dark Souls, so I'm enjoying that while waiting for more Skyrim expansions.
Haven't played since the 15 hours I put in during the launch weekend. The texture bug on 360 forced me to put the game down until a patch fix...and then the 1.2 debacle occurred. I got the 1.3 fix, but haven't dove back in yet.
I plan to fully invest over the holiday. That is unless the lure of Star Wars ToR gets to me...which it may.
I haven't started. Should I buy Skyrim?
No. I got about 90 hours in and was still loving it, playing as much as I could. Then one day out of the blue I was just about to launch the game when I realized that I didn't want to play anymore. I haven't played it since. Weird.
It's still the game I've been playing the most, by far.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Recent: 33.1 hrs
Total: 219.4 hrs
The biggest breaks I've taken were from:
A) Waiting a few days for the resist fix after it was broken in a patch, and a caster was my main at the time
B) Playing Dark Souls, or games with the wife.
Even if I stopped playing forever, starting right NOW, I'd have more than gotten my money's worth.
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Originally Posted by Pogue Mahone
No, i finished my game, after 95 hours.
I was, but then I took an arrow to the knee.
About 90 hours in now, and still only at about lvl 20 (but: about 6 chars at that lvl, all with different playstyles and following different questlines). Starwars allmost made me stop, but now I've decided to wait a bit, so I don't have to deal with long queus and overflowing starter-area's. Haven't got the time to be a high-end MMOplayer anyway, so I don't mind starting a few months after the first batch.
Then again, by that time we will have Mass Effect 3, and Diablo 3..... Damn, I need more free time!
How about Skyrim, sausage, Skyrim, Skyrim, bacon, Skyrim, tomato and Skyrim?
I'm at 110 hours but I'm trying to wrap up the main story before Christmas. Not because I'm bored with the game, but rather because other games are starting to pile up and I expect even more by the time the Steam sale ends. That way I can always go back and do some more adventuring, but I will have the main story stuff out of the way in Skyrim.
Honest answer time.
The Forsworn Conspiracy took a hit out of me in that in left me feeling pretty dreaded about the world. In a good way mind you, that kind that has me even mildly emotionally invested in the game. I decided to take a break there and continue my adventure another day, main storyline, civil war, and companion quests on hold. I had played about 60 hours. I was level 36.
And I haven't been compelled to get back in.
I could blame it on the time I think I need to immerse myself in the world, time I think I do not have, but have since dropped another 20 hours on Anno 2070, almost epic hours at a time.
I can blame it on the combat, which I already find kinda of tedious in the sense that I load up Batman and Dark Souls once in a while to just knock things around for the sheer fun of it.
I can blame it on the writing, which is lacklustre for the most part, even if its far better than Bethsoft's previous stuff. I'd rather read a book now to get a better sense of characters and plot and emotional investment in a world that feels like it has stakes.
I can, of course, blame it on other games, like Driver: San Fran, which I just got and haven't booted up but have heard good things. Anno 2070, which is like a magical timesink. AC: Revelations, which I feel honor-bound to play because a lot of my friends worked on it and Rayman: Origins because I just wanna have fun.
It's probably a combination of all the those reasons. I see the wizard behind the curtain in Skyrim's design, and while the overall game is fantastic for its value, scope and ambition, the actual game design sometimes leaves me a little hollow.
Last edited by Equis; 12-21-2011 at 02:03 AM.
Then you need more humanity. Kill some rats.
Originally Posted by Equis
Why so soon!?
Originally Posted by TurinTur
Not really anymore.
My steam stats say I've put a little more than 55 hours into it, (far and away the most I've ever put into an Elder Scrolls game) and they were 55 hours well spent. I beat the main quest, went through the mage's college questline and explored much of the main overworld.
In addition to having a bit of gamer ADD (unless you're a Blizzard game or Trials HD, I'm probably not going to reach a triple-digit playtime with you), the main thing that made me stop playing is the fact that loot in dungeons levels up with you. I understand why they made this choice, just like I understand why monsters level with you to a degree, but it does tend to kill my desire to go exploring random dungeons.
That said, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Skyrim to anyone, it's a gorgeous, engaging world and I deeply enjoyed my time there.
I'm on my third character now (I don't like doing everything on 1 character) and I can't see myself getting bored any time soon. I think I've played 150-170 hours between various characters.
I'm picking up some games in the Steam sales but they'll have to wait until I have time for them. Even shiney new games can't tempt me away, which is rare for me.
Because i began to grow tired of the game around hour 80. While the game is huge in scope, it's huge in "wide" terms, not in depth. After 80 hours, the experience was samey. Simplistic quests, character work very shallow, "dungeon" experience which the same overall design and the same traps and the same enemies, simple combat, and at that time I reached the point where the difficulty broke and I felt overpowered, with is fun and rewarding at first but breaks the experience after some hours.
Originally Posted by Chris Nahr
For me, the amount of content (I mean, unique, interesting content) of the game makes it a 80-95 hour game, not more. It's the natural length of the game, as it's designed. They would need even more type of dungeon "themes", traps, puzzles, weapon types*, enemies*, and (good) quests to have more duration.
edit: * again, I am talking of unique, interesting content, so really different weapons and enemies, not just another sword with a funky name or a reskin of an existing enemy.
But hey, that's already a lot in comparison to other games!
I'm taking break until the Creation Kit is released, and someone releases a balance mod of significant proportions.
I love the game, and I got ~70 hours of pure bliss out of it.
But too many little things started to annoy me, and I know I will enjoy it a lot more with better skill balancing and tweaks.
So, for the sake of the "ultimate" experience - I won't exhaust content until the gameplay gets that extra layer of polish.
I worry that I will never feel it's "complete" - because that's how I usually respond when a plethora of mods are available - and Skyrim is much more popular than anything before it.
So, I will have to make a hard choice along the way and cut myself off from further modding.
That said, I did eventually get Fallout 3 modded to a state I was really happy with, and I completed it like that for the first time. That's the kind of thing I'm hoping will happen for me with Skyrim.
That said, the vanilla version of Skyrim is still the best game I've ever played.
Yes, and I was kidding of course. :)
Originally Posted by TurinTur
I know, but I also know that for some people who will play Skyrim for 200 hours, 90 hours is "too short", so I wanted to give my own perspective.
Originally Posted by Chris Nahr
edit: I mean, look at that other thread with more than 20 people voting Skyrim as the best RPG ever or best game ever! Craziness! :P
Man, I've only played 15 hours or so. I'm waiting for the xmas holidays to properly mod it and tweak it and then I'll play it a lot.
Skyrim... Skyrim... Nope, doesn't ring a bell.
I'm at 110 hours I think - I don't generally fast travel. A lot of the magic has worn away. Everything that isn't the landscape or dragon-related really. I agree that the shallowness becomes the main issue. Every situation is Enemy A, B or C, with equipment D, E or F and abilities G,H or I in setting J, K or L. There's not a wizard behind the curtain, there's a very basic spreadsheet.
Elder Scrolls VI requires half as many generic quests, with twice the effort invested in them.
The exact same thing happened to me.
Originally Posted by Steven Dickson
I "finished" the game (defined as completing the main quest and all the faction quests but still having tons of minor side quests to do) after about 65 hours of playtime. I immediately started a new character and put in another 10 hours or so, but then for no discernible reason I suddenly lost all interest in the game. I haven't played it in about three weeks, and with the release of SWTOR, I doubt I'll go back to Skyrim anytime soon.