Skyrim was never any good and doesn’t deserve to be a classic -
Sep 26, 2021 1 min, 11 secs
A reader explains why he doesn’t like Skyrim and delves into the psychology of game criticism and why no game is a classic to everyone.

I’ll try to explain why but one of the things I think is interesting when we critique games is that sometimes there’s just an indefinable atmosphere to the game that just does not click with you.

Sometimes you just don’t take to a game and it’s actually a little hard to tell why exactly, as it seems to be doing everything okay.

To be fair, this is a difficult thing to make work in first person, since it’s hard to judge distance and make impacts seem real, but Skyrim does it so badly it probably stopped other developers from even trying.

Even just moving around the game world feels janky and awkward, as if Skyrim itself is just a mod for some other game and was never meant to be doing the things it does.

Skyrim isn’t a terrible game, and Bethesda are certainly very good at building an open world, but anything to do with gameplay or storytelling they seemed to be well behind the curve even in 2011.

A lot of criticism of famous games is just trolling, because this is the internet, but I think it’s fair to point out that there’s not actually one game that everyone agrees is a classic.

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