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bioshocks are good. skyrim is meh..
on July 24, 2014
so bioshock is cool and all, but i have some complaining to do about skyrim...
my complaints are mainly two:
-the combat system: there is no locking on, no slowing down of the screen as your view passes over an enemy, which makes it rather difficult to keep your focus on a specific badguy in combat. i got used to this, but it never felt right to not have any way to 'focus' on an enemy. also, you can sneak right up to a bad guy, literally be standing right next to them with the crosshairs right on them, and the game will not identify them to you. is this really a bad guy, or am i about to slay a friendly merchant or mercenary just walking down the road? your choices are two: slay them and risk that they weren't bad, or alert them to your presence, at which point your sneak attacks are worthless, but at least they will then be a red dot on the screen, and you know they are bad.
-scaling: pretty much every apponent in the game is scaled to you. some aren't, but by the time you are a third of the way through, it doesn't matter, 'cause they are no problem to kill anyway. this means that every quest you get and baddie you encounter will be of more or less the same level of difficulty. it also means the loot they drop is scaled. it also means that when you level up it means absolutely nothing, because every adversary just leveled up, too.
oh wait, i forgot about money! every merchant has a limited supply of cash. good in theory.... but the practical effect is that you get so much stuff out questing, that you then have to waste 10 minutes travelling around to sell your wares to 10 different merchants, and remember "this guy only buys weapons... that one only buys potions and reagents...this one gems and jewelry". annoying.
seriously the last half of the game was just a chore with no challenge at all, and only the storyline to keep me minorly interested. all just to get to 'the end' and find that their is really no finite end to the game, and the final boss fight *spoiler alert* is a dragon, and is exactly the same fight as the 3 dozen other dragons i had killed in the game up to that point. sadface.
if you've got time to kill, skyrim is for you. if you want to feel accomplishment, excitement, rewarded for progression.... go with something else. how was this game such a big thing? i have no idea...