Well my friends, I’ve recently found myself trapped in the time-sucking black hole of a video game, known as Skyrim. Skyrim is a video game that was released in 2011 on PS3, XBOX 360, and PC but has since been re-released about a billion times to every other video game console since then. It’s a fantasy game where you explore a massive world and fight off bandits, bears, and dragons with swords, bows, and magic. The main story of the game takes probably about 20ish hours but the game has just SO MUCH OTHER STUFF to do that my current playthrough is at 110 hours and I’m just now coming close to the end of the game (but still lots of side stuff left).
The game is interesting because it really is one of the best games of all time (in certain aspects). The world is so big, with so much that can happen. The story is good and the subplots with the different factions are usually pretty great too (Thieves Guild is my fav). You can also do a lot of fun side stuff like buy a parcel of land and build a house and design each room and find objects necessary to make the furniture and stuff. You can then get married and adopt some children to live with you. Plus it controls really well and the action is usually paced very well.
However… it is also somehow just the worst and it really frustrates me. The game is still riddled with bugs that can break quests and just certain areas won’t work sometimes. I was on a quest to solve a serial killer case in this big northern city, but for whatever reason, one of the guys I’m supposed to talk to just doesn’t respond and so I can’t clear the quest and every time I walk into the room it plays this little cut scene of two characters talking about the war over and over again. I built my one house and then I bought land to build a second house in a better location but then the building menus just won’t pop up at my new house and every time I go there it messes with my first house so now I have to basically just avoid that whole area of the map where my second house is supposed to be. Also despite being super strong and having the best weapons and armour in the game, every once in a while I’ll just get killed in one hit by random enemies. They aren’t even supposed to be strong enemies, they’re just… I don’t know lucky I guess?
And while those things are certainly frustrating, I think the thing that has started to bug me most is the tediousness of the game after a certain amount of hours. Your character can only carry so much weight, but you constantly find good items that can be sold in dungeons and caves. So after a bit, you’re carrying too much and you have to either throw stuff away or go to a town and sell it. Run to the nearest town, sit through the loading screens, go to the shop, sit through a loading screen, and then talk to the shopkeeper. But each shop only has a certain amount of money. So depending on the quality of stuff you have, you might have to hit up three or four shops. This whole process takes like 5-10 minutes which doesn’t sound bad… except you’ll probably have to do this every 20 minutes or so. I’m at the point now where I just try to ignore treasure so that I can finish the game faster.
I wrote this post because I do love the game a lot. I am currently going for the platinum trophy (finishing it 100%) and just needed to vent about some of my frustrations. If you’ve never tried the game, I would definitely recommend it but would warn you about how much of your free time this monster of a game will destroy.