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Will Skyrim be better than Oblivion?

Asked by Sandman (529points) February 7th, 2011

Based on what we know so far, and admittedly it isn’t a whole lot, what are your predictions for Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim? Will it be better than Oblivion? Why? Why not?

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Joker94's avatar

Yes. Hell yes. Oblivion’s engine was great for it’s time, but you could see how badly it aged in Fallout: New Vegas, and New Vegas used it waaaay better than FO3. Aside from this, they’re taking a lot of the best aspects of Fallout (awesome perks), and streamlining the leveling system. I love everything about it, the engine, the combat, the leveling, and the fact that everyone won’t look exactly the same ^.^

Sandman's avatar

The Oblivion Engine certainly has aged poorly, I have to agree. And Skyrim certainly looks to be a game-changer (no pun intended) which is good. I also look forward to the alterations made to gameplay elements specifically, as well as the new artistic direction. I am curious, since you mention fallout, how many mechanics from those games may worm their way into this title, if at all.

Joker94's avatar

Same here. That being said, I hope that the dreary world of Fallout 3 won’t affect the tone of Skyrim. Not that FO3 was too dark, but the setting was so bleak at times. And I agree, the art direction looks fantastic!

Sandman's avatar

Yeah, see that’s where I’m kinda at too. It was very bleak, in fact everything was bleak, and that made the game world, not the game itself, a little monotonous. And as for the art, who doesn’t like vikings?

mrentropy's avatar

Better? Or just better looking? You’re just talking about how the engine looks, and that’s a small part of the overall game that comes from Bethesda.

As far as answering the question goes, it completely depends on what you’re hoping to get out of it. I still think Daggerfall was the best game, although it’s not going to look like much compared to what’s out today. There are aspects of Morrowind that I prefer over Oblivion. If they keep making the playable landscape smaller then I may just give up on it.

Joker94's avatar

Exactly! New Vegas got it right, it was bleak at just the right moments and areas, to the point where I was genuinely surprised when it happened. And I agree, vikings are for the win.
@mrentropy I never played anything before Oblivion :/ I’ve been told Morrowind was great, but Oblivion was still a solid game in my eyes

Sandman's avatar

Morrowind was pretty good. It’s combat mechanics left much to be desired, but it was over all a much larger and more complex world. Unfortunately this alienated some players which is why thye tried to find more of a balance in Oblivion. Vegas also had some great story-telling tied into those surprise moments.

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