Alert. Unpopular opinion.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has become a completely insufferable game. Why do we have to hear about this thing every time there’s a new console or platform to play games? At E3 last week, Bethesda announced that Skyrim would be coming to the Nintendo Switch and virtual reality. It was literally in three different press conferences last week. This is a game that released in 2011 and I’m pretty sure we’ve heard something about it (DLC or new versions) every year since. The most annoying part is that the game is just not that good.
I’m not saying Skyrim was a bad game but it is wildly overrated. I bought it when it released and put 100 hours into it just like everyone else. Is it cool to fight dragons? Hell yeah, it is. It’s a solid game that’s totally worth playing, particularly if you find it on sale, because there’s no doubt that you’re getting value out of that purchase. But Skyrim is not an all time great game, it’s just decent.
Bethesda’s titles are exceptional sandbox games where you can do whatever you want without limits and modding takes it to a whole new level. That’s really all they are. There’s no actual substance to them unless you do it yourself with mods. The stories generally suck, the gameplay is fairly generic, the graphics are nothing to write home about and the content becomes repetitive extremely quickly. Bethesda’s games are effectively an ocean with the depth of a puddle.
One of the things I always hear about Skyrim is that there are so many dungeons in the game that you can’t possibly do them all or that you’ll continue finding new ones every time you play. Yeah, sure, except for the fact that there are like three or four dungeon designs in the entire game and it just repeats them over and over again. Go do ten random dungeons in Skyrim and I guarantee you that half of those will be the exact same dungeon, except it’ll have different loot and maybe some different enemies. On top of that, the quality of Skyrim’s storytelling is just ok at best. Sorry, that’s not a game that justifies the reception that this game continues to get.
These problems that I have with Skyrim are the exact same issues that I (and many others) had with Fallout 4. Yet, Skyrim gets all the praise while Fallout 4 gets the criticism. These are also the same issues that I encounter in other similar games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild but that is a topic for another day. I’m done hearing about Skyrim. It’s not nearly good enough to continue ramming new versions of it down my throat every year and it’s become insufferable. Its biggest selling point is modding and Bethesda is hell bent on getting in the way of that too. Just get this game of my sight and send it into the sun.