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Topic # 93479 22-Nov-2011 14:15
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Who's playing on PC? Are there loads of bugs? Does the game play like a game that's been ported from console to PC?

I've enjoyed all the Elder Scrolls series and was really looking forward to Skyrim. Currently, I'm in two minds about whether to get it due to the need for a Steam account (which I don't want) so I'm looking into whether the game is worth overlooking their stupid DRM. 


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  Reply # 548453 22-Nov-2011 14:29
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I've got a HD 5870. The performance is rather jumpy. I run BF3 smooth as silk on ultra in 1080P yet skyrim while not looking that great seems to have alot of FPS spikes. One minute its 20 then it might jump to 60 and be smooth but still micro stutter...


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  Reply # 548456 22-Nov-2011 14:31
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I'm loving it, the bugs for me have been inconsequential (floating objects mainly). No showstoppers though I'm only level 16 at the moment.

I'm a big fan of Steam, I'm not sure if the activation is used for installation only or if you always have to be online or not. But I don't mind either way.

The Skyrim Nexus site is filling up with PC info daily and in time the mods will make this game so much better. Unfortunately at present it is very obviously a console port. Some of the textures are low res and the UI is abysmal and clearly made for console controllers as opposed to mouse & keyboard.

Gameplay-wise, I can't get enough of this game and I'm having a great time exploring and picking up quests by the dozen. Definitely get this game on PC as not only is it a great game but the mods will just add so much more, for years to come.


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  Reply # 548462 22-Nov-2011 14:40
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I'm a big fan of Steam, I'm not sure if the activation is used for installation only or if you always have to be online or not. But I don't mind either way.

As far as I am aware, Steam activation is used for installation and although users can then play offline they have to periodically connect up if they want to keep playing. The retail, boxed version doesn't install by default. Steam has posted instructions on how to avoid downloading the game (and blowing out bandwidth caps) & to use the CD instead. It's not exactly intuitive. 

Good to know about stuttering. My graphics card isn't going to be upgraded till next year so I'm currently running a Radeon HD4890. Early reports said the game ran fine on this but my card would struggle with spikes in framerates. 

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  Reply # 548577 22-Nov-2011 18:05
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I haven't really noticed any bugs except on one quest where an NPC bugged out but was able to solve that. I'm at level 52 now and I have t say it's by far one of the best games I have played in a long long time.

My graphics card isn't the greatest, Geforce 8800GTS 512 but it still plays smooth as anything at 1920x1080 with everything on medium.

Also, non steam user.

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  Reply # 548585 22-Nov-2011 18:15
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I installed from the DVD, and it installed into steam no problems.

I have a HD5800, with everything on high except decal quality, which is on Ultra, and I have tweaked the INI file to get better shadows and reflections.

Minor bugs for me, nothing too annoying and sometimes quite funny, like when I got suddenly killed by a falling giant while out in the middle of a flat grassland.

Most annoying thing is the AI of the companions, but other than that I am loving it.

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  Reply # 548710 23-Nov-2011 06:23
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I've been playing it and its great appart from random crash to desktop. I have an I7 2600k with ATI 6990 runnning on ultra settings and its smooth, but the crashing to desktop is really a pain.

Anyone got a fix for the CTD? I have tried the sound change and some mem changes in the ini file.

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  Reply # 548714 23-Nov-2011 07:03
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Ive had just 1 crash since playing and a couple of qlitches, Ive seen a few mammoths in the sky, and one quest line I couldn't finish cause the quest giver is stuck half way in the road where nothing happens when clicking on him.

A Patch is coming out soon.

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  Reply # 548731 23-Nov-2011 08:33
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Running sweet for me on a Hd 5770 @ 1680x1050.. No crashes yet.

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  Reply # 548741 23-Nov-2011 08:47
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I have a i5 2500k and hd6950 2gb running 2560x1440 and I get 60fps most of the time.

I had the crashes to desktop but I lowered my audio bitrate to 44k from 48k and no more issues.

I like the steam activation means you don't need the disk in. Mine said it was downloading it from steam but it only downloaded 200 odd mb so not the whole game. It said the download was 5-6gb but only a few mb where achualy downloaded.

I pinned the skyrim icon to my taskbar and it loads up with out steam at all

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  Reply # 550744 28-Nov-2011 06:55
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The new patch will require steam to be running

gz ftw

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  Reply # 553148 3-Dec-2011 17:23
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Totally recommend PC.

I play on: Intel E6550 2GB-DDR2 HD4850 all on high except for a certain mission where I put it to low.

My friend plays on: Intel Q6600 4GB-DDR2 9800GT on low.

YMMV very greatly, but in general that will be fixed in patches.

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  Reply # 553176 3-Dec-2011 18:19
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Thanks for the responses. After reading reviews and seeing your feedback I'm just not convinced. Bottom line is I don't want a Steam account and don't want to install Steam on my PC. If the game was really, really good I'd just have to bite the bullet and do this, but so far nobody has indicated that its a big improvement on Oblivion. 

I don't want to get into any arguments about whether Steam is good or not - I personally don't like it or want it. I'll put up with it if I have to in order to play a great game. Skyrim doesn't sound like it is a great game though. 

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  Reply # 553183 3-Dec-2011 18:32
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My friend was like you; had to get Steam, didn't want it (really didn't want it).. He has it, and it has kept out of his way.

It really is a huge upgrade. It's not something I can really quantify, but the world is so alive, I just feel connected to it and it's peoples.

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