Ok, I admit, Winter Thanksmas may have come and passed, but it’s still not too late to throw in my wishlist, right? The reason I’m writing this article is because of my colleague Brian’s (amazing) post containing speculation on the location of the next TES single-player title. This got my mind racing. And so, in the same spirit of Mr. Armstrong’s article, I wish to respectfully expand upon it. What other features could be in TES VI? More specifically, what improvements do I want?
You guys know me pretty well by now (I hope). Therefore, it should be no surprise that I decide to tackle this very interesting topic with my usual itemized list. Keep in mind, these are the features I want most – meaning, they’re my opinion. You may disagree (in fact, I encourage it). Without further ado, here are my top 3, starting with the most important.
1. Better Graphics!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I will be the first to admit, without hesitation, that graphics are more important to me than gameplay. A lot (if not all) of you will disagree with this. Hear me out. I first bought Skyrim on PS3. I loved it. I thought then (and still do now) that it looked amazing. To call this game ‘ugly’ is just wrong. However, that holiday season on vacation, I saw my friend’s unmodded PC version of the game. This was before Bethesda had released their own texture pack, mind you, and I was blown away. That following March, I bought myself an Alienware and haven’t looked back since. My game looks amazing now.
But crucially, here’s the point I want to make. Below are two screens from my game. One is the vanilla game and the other is a heavily modded version of the same scene:
The differences are staggering. The modded version clearly looks better, more realistic, more colorful, more of everything, really. And to be honest, this makes me sad. Why? It took the efforts of the amazing modding community to make the game look this good – and that’s both good and bad. It’s good because we know we can always count on the modding community to improve the game. But, more importantly, it’s sad to think that the game had this potential in it all along, and that the developers (for one reason or another) didn’t decide to realize it.
I’m not knocking on consoles here, but it baffles me that Bethesda didn’t take full advantage of the power of PC. So please, Bethesda, give us much improved visuals with the next title.
2. Larger Game World
Let’s not kid ourselves here. The world’s in the various TES games are massive. There is simply so much to do and not enough hours to do it. I have spent literal hours walking from one end of Cyrodiil to the other. But, for all their size and glory, they could (and should) be bigger.
You can see a potential issue with this, however, simply by looking at a map of Tamriel. You’ll notice that the provinces aren’t the same size. For example, Elsweyr is noticeably smaller than Cyrodiil. For that matter, so is Skyrim. However, there is one very easy solution that Bethesda can implement.
Simply ignore the geographical limitations. What does this mean? Well, think about this. These are video games. The rules in video games are those set by the developers, thus giving them liberty to change them on will. What this means is that although Elsweyr is physically smaller than Cyrodiil, the game world of ‘TES VI: Elsweyr’ could (and should) be bigger. Make sense? No? Oh well.
2. Better AI
As my fellow co-host Mr. Olan is all too aware, the AI in this game sucks. Specifically, the AI of followers. Coding realistic human behavior into a computer controlled character using limited resources is difficult. I get that. I’m not suggesting it’s easy. But seriously, when I’m sneaking through a dungeon and Serana detects an enemy, by no means is this grounds for standing up and immediately aggro’ing every living being in sight. I mean, come on.
I realize there are mods that may fix this, but that’s not my point. The fixes that mods provide should be in the vanilla game in the first place. If I just saved a village from a dragon attack, I don’t want NPCs to look at me and say “keep your hands to yourself, sneak thief.” How destructive to your immersion is that?! You think they’d forgive my paltry theft of a sweetroll after I just saved their lives. So yes, AI improvement is a must.
This article may seem like a list of complaints. But really, I’m trying to address some very real issues that I (and many of you) would love to see improved for the next Bethesda epic. We all love these games so very much. By no means are they ‘bad games’. But as a huge die-hard fan, I can’t help but think about how the series can push forward and improve. As a fan, isn’t that our job?
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