The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Catch-All

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Welcome to the fresh catch-all now that the game is upon us. As usual, put plot spoilers using the spoiler tags and have fun!

Separate thread for mod discussion here.

Woot! Almost time!

Just staying up to see how many of my friends show up as In-game Skyrim on steam at 12:01.

I'm preloaded but I gotta work in the morning! Can't get to far into it or I'll be up till dawn!

I had almost completely ducked this one. I've always favored sci-fi RPGs and there's so much on the pile already. Then, two nights ago we made new characters for a Pathfinder game. Still feeling the D&D buzz I went and watched some reviews and early play videos today. On the morrow, my purse is like to be lighter for the spending of $60 gold coins.

Andon wrote:

Just staying up to see how many of my friends show up as In-game Skyrim on steam at 12:01.

I'm preloaded but I gotta work in the morning! Can't get to far into it or I'll be up till dawn!

I don't have to work tomorrow, but I certainly should. I do have an appointment at 10 AM that I probably shouldn't have bags under my eyes for, but we shall see what happens.

I don't get much time to play games these days, as other things in life have taken priority, but I am hyped for Skyrim.

And here we go.. see you on the other side gentlemen.

Reposting this perk calculator link to help other Amazon orderers kill the time until the UPS guy shows up tomorrow.

http://www.anuconsulting.com/skyrim/...

FYI: Finishes decrypting and a nothing happens. Have to go back into Steam, click "Play" again, and let it setup DirectX. Boo.

TheHipGamer wrote:

FYI: Finishes decrypting and a nothing happens. Have to go back into Steam, click "Play" again, and let it setup DirectX. Boo.

Nice. Steam teasing us all again.

Military base GameStop, over 500 people here at midnight. Geesh!

Standing in line, near the front of several dozen people. Wishing I had brought gloves, to preserve my precious fingers for gaming.

MisterStatic wrote:

Military base GameStop, over 500 people here at midnight. Geesh!

Wow. That's pretty crazy.

Puce Moose wrote:

35%... Almost time to put on my little elfie pants and burn some fools!

It's taking too long! I'm having withdrawals from a drug I haven't even taken yet!

When you folks come back to reality mind telling us Skyrim-less people how the combat is, will ya? Are enemies dumb?

I know combat isn't Bethesda's thing and isn't a focal point of the series, but a good melee combat system would be a huge enabler.

Motleyai wrote:

When you folks come back to reality mind telling us Skyrim-less people how the combat is, will ya? Are enemies dumb?

I know combat isn't Bethesda's thing and isn't a focal point of the series, but a good melee combat system would be a huge enabler.

I too am very interested to know how melee combat is, including stealth melee, and arrowing

TheHipGamer wrote:

Weird. Audio is turning to scratchy static -- seems to be limited to just the dialogue, but it's making it impossible to follow the plot.

Did you do change Windows' audio to 16 bit?

No crashes within the first 10 minutes! Whooo hoo!

Enablers the lot of you.

Weird. Audio is turning to scratchy static -- seems to be limited to just the dialogue, but it's making it impossible to follow the plot.

EDIT: Think I have the fix: in the Windows control panel for sound settings, set your audio output to CD Quality (44100khz, 16-bit audio).

Love you guys, but deleted some decrypting clutter posts. Should have made this thread just a little bit later

Damn you guys! DAMN YOU! I have to finish MY GAME first before I can play anything else!!! grrrr

PAR

mooosicle wrote:
Motleyai wrote:

When you folks come back to reality mind telling us Skyrim-less people how the combat is, will ya? Are enemies dumb?

I know combat isn't Bethesda's thing and isn't a focal point of the series, but a good melee combat system would be a huge enabler.

I too am very interested to know how melee combat is, including stealth melee, and arrowing

Have played through a few fights so far. Similar to Oblivion, somewhat more kinetic; the additional use of the off-hand has opened up some interesting possibilities. Hard to say much more about it at this early stage of the game, but it's not a revolutionary change in mechanics.

Gorgeous and amazingly engrossing so far, though...

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I actually *gasped* when I saw it.

"You'd Better Get Some Gear."
"You'd Better Get Some Gear."
"You'd Better Get Some Gear."
"You'd Better Get Some Gear."

ARRGGH! SHUT UP! I'm trying to look at the bed and the wall! and the book!

Looks good and is running pretty well so far; going to see if the old
"iPresentInterval=0" works in the .ini to kill VSYNC.

mooosicle wrote:
Motleyai wrote:

When you folks come back to reality mind telling us Skyrim-less people how the combat is, will ya? Are enemies dumb?

I know combat isn't Bethesda's thing and isn't a focal point of the series, but a good melee combat system would be a huge enabler.

I too am very interested to know how melee combat is, including stealth melee, and arrowing

The melee combat feels competent from what little I've played so far, it had a bit more feedback that Oblivion, but it's still inferior to something like, say, Dead Island.

The bow however has been a pleasant surprise, it's a fair bit stronger than the bow in Oblivion, even with non-sneak attacks, I'm dropping Bandits with 2-3 arrows (admittedly, I'm a woodelf, so I start off with 25ish Archery). You can't backpedal as easy anymore though, and you're very slow moving when the bow is drawn, it feels much better than the floaty run and gun Oblivion.

I just stalked an elk for a few minutes shooting arrows at it. Ran out of arrows and crept up on it with a dagger. Yeah... that was some good venison.

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Hooray! My performance improved considerably by disabling VSYNC. To do this:
Documets->My Games->Skyrim
In Skyrim.ini, add
iPresentInterval=0
at the bottom of the Skyrim.ini file, save, re-launch.

On a side note, can you pick up stuff and move it around? In Fallout it was the 'z' key.

EDIT: Ah, found it! Hold down the 'E' key and you can throw stuff around.

1.5 hours in. PC all ultra high. Some ugly textures, still getting used to the animations. Load times are practically 0 on my new machine, and I'm not running it on an SSD, just a regular hard drive. Nvidia 560Ti 8GB RAM. No bugs at all so far. Alt-tabbing is kind of a pain but I have it figured out how to work around it. Voice acting is great. The menu will need some work, but it's not as bad as some of the first complaints had me worried it would be. Everything is very snappy. I'm on a brand-new computer, so your mileage may vary, but so far I'm very impressed.

Edit: And I've already picked so many gorgeous flowers.

After an hour an a half in I can safely say two things: 1.) this is a huge improvement over Oblivion and 2.) the interface is awful on the PC. I can't wait to fix it with the inevitable mods.

The world feels so alive compared to previous TES games, from the conversations to the landscape to the little details everywhere. I'm loving it.

Have played for 5 mins, and seems like a 360 controller on the PC is the way to go at the moment. Anyone agree/disagree?

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