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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Didn't Look Like This on the PS3

Posted by Sammy Barker

To be fair, it didn't boot half of the time

As much as it pains us to say it, the PlayStation 3 didn’t provide the best home for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. In addition to late expansion packs and the usual roster of Bethesda bugs, the game was borderline broken on Sony’s popular platform. Things did improve over time, but not to a degree where it could be earnestly recommended.

Indeed, with practically limitless horsepower and a vast array of mods on offer, the PC will always offer the best place to play the sprawling fantasy role-playing game – and these character portraits illustrate as much. Photographed by ordinary players, this touching gallery of images has been collated by Andrew Cull, and is a real sight to behold.

While various mods have been allowed for the creation of these, there’s not a single Photoshop airbrush in sight. But why are we posting this on a PlayStation site? Well, for starters, it’s a slow news day – but it’s also got us thinking about how good a hypothetical The Elder Scrolls VI would look on the PlayStation 4. Yeah, we’re drooling, too.


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User Comments (22)



Scollurio said:

I'm not that much into Skyrim unfortunately. Gamebreaking bugs aside, I don't really care for "awesome" graphics, as long they keep me "in the world" Im fine!



Gemuarto said:

I thought that all girls in TES were scary and ugly... Maybe I need to play Skyrim after all.



Munkyknuts said:

I never experienced most of the game breaking bugs on Skyrim when I played it on PS3, and I clocked well over 250hrs in the game. I still remember being in the depths of a Mage haunted castle and noticing how my dark elf companions eyes sparkled in the light of the magical death balls raining down around us and deciding to ask for her hand in marriage.....ah I slaughtered those wizards with such glee after she said yes. Recounting this all to my actual girlfriend at 3am as the sounds of combat awoke her wasn't met with equal hindsight I possibly played the game too much .
.....but anyway, I have friends who had awful experiences with the game...some found it unplayable. I was very lucky. I wasn't as lucky with Fallot: New Vegas, broken piece of behemoth dung.



tenderbeefcake said:

I played Skyrim on xbox 360 and in my humble opinion it is so far the best game ever. A friend who only had ps3 just couldn't get into it because of all the problems. Similarly I missed out on tlou wich he loved so much. I wish we could all afford multiple systems. I haven't had a decent pc in year's because of the extra cost.



kyle92 said:

Remaster skyrim plz I loved that game was a shame that it was bit Laggy an had a few bugs but the ps4 wud run it smooth it wud be great plz plz plz plz I may even start a petion on there page 2 who's in



Munkyknuts said:

@tenderbeefcake My girlfriend didn't hate it, she was just baffled by it all really lol. It was an incredibly immersive world and the whole experience was something each player experienced differently...I still have fond memories of some of the events of the game that were a random occurrence rather than plotted narrative.



thedevilsjester said:

I dont know, other than a random oddball glitch here or there (all cosmetic) I had no issues with Skyrim on the PS3, and neither did anyone I know in real life and I have put in quite a bit of time in Skyrim. I think this is another case of the vocal minority. I would be interested in seeing the number of people reporting critical bugs vs the number of copies sold. Although that's not even a solid metric since people can report bugs that didnt happen and not everyone reports bugs that do...but its a start.



thedevilsjester said:

@FullbringIchigo I have had zero issues (other than some seriously minor cosmetic oddballs) playing Skyrim on the PS3 and I bought it near release. Play it yourself and be the judge, don't let the vocal minority sway you from an awesome game.



ShogunRok said:

I play Skyrim on PC, and to get graphics like this throughout the game with a steady frame rate, you're gonna need a bit of a monster rig. Chances are these portraits were taken using a slew of visual enhancement mods that would slow most games to a crawl if you actually tried to play them rather than take nice photos.

And that's without mentioning all of the character model enhancement mods that were used to make these. Trust me, vanilla Skyrim women do not look this radiant even on PC.



Gemuarto said:

@ShogunRok Thank you for clarification, I knew that girls in TES are still ugly.

Also, I think that those shots were made with downscaling =( or downsampling. With downsomething whatever.



adf86 said:

@get2sammyb It brings up an interesting talking point that maybe you might cover one day Sammy. About why console gamers don't get the customization & optimaization choices of PC gamers. Fair play to Sony recently though, Killzone & gave us a unlocked or locked 30fps. Now TLOU will have a 30fps or 60fps option too but I remember Unreal Tournament 3 gave us some of the PC mods on PS3.



charlesnarles said:

PC modding is ridiculously easy, nigh automatic, nowadays. Only thing we need brains for is load orders, which kinda prevents console modding. It'd be so freakishly buggy if it didn't do everything perfectly each boot



Splat said:

I had very few problems on the PS3 version in till I hit over 100 hours. After that it started freezing more and more.

It never happened during gameplay it was always while loading.

I still freaking loved the game.



thedevilsjester said:

@adf86 I never once had a crash* nor any glitch that changed the behavior of the game. Wonky path finding and clipping/collision issues on a rare occasion (these plague almost all games), but that's it. I have had my fair share of buggy games, HL2 on the PS3 where the FPS would drop and sometimes the audio would just die, or Borderlands (Moxxie's Underdome) where it always, without exception, slowed to 1 FPS during an ammo drop are just a couple examples, but Skyrim has been as bug free as any other game I have played.

*Edit: reading the comment from @Splat I do recall once or twice (throughout my entire play period) the loading screen taking "too long" so I restarted it, but a rare freeze is par for the course for any game, so its not out of the ordinary.



thedevilsjester said:

@charlesnarles There is no reason that you cant do mods on consoles. Unreal Tournament 3 for the PS3 allowed/allows you to use the UT3 PC mods (well most of them, some were not compatible for one reason or another). Of course there are things that you just plain can't do, or just don't make much sense on a console (like most visual improvement mods), but most things can be done.

That being said, I hate mods. To be honest they are one of the main factors in me not gaming on the PC anymore. I am glad we typically don't have them on the console games.



ScreamAimFire99 said:

Skyrim was a game of a generation. Bethesda handled the coding and DLC situation terribly. I would love to see VI on PS4.

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