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Does Skyrim have a problem with textures and freezing?

Upon reading several of the reviews that went live for Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, it appears that the game may suffer from some texture and graphical issues. This is evident in the fact in Bethesda already sending out a day one patch to help fix the issues, but is the problem a lot worse than first believed?

Before you all say that the game looks amazing and you are having no problems, that’s fine. We would agree with you that the game looks beautiful to look at, but it doesn’t mean that everyone feels the same way.

Joystiq’s review sticks out in particular, as they have clearly stated that their game froze up as many as five times during review. Here is a quote from what they had to say about these issues: ”I can’t extend the same pass to the game’s wholly unsurprising yet still pretty disappointing technical problems. I don’t mind a little jank in a world this big, but five hard freezes, a mask that made my face disappear for much of the game and an entire dungeon where I inexplicably had unlimited magic? It’s too much.”

Destructoid, who are usually very critical when it comes to review scores dished out an impressive maximum score for Skyrim, but there was still a brief mention of the same freezing problems occuring in the game. Here is a line from Jim Sterling: ”Some will get stuck attempting to perform an action, and if the player doesn’t notice they’re missing, they could be lost forever in the sprawling world. Other potential allies will still recognize the player as having someone with them, meaning lost comrades won’t be replaced until a quest calls for a specific follower, automatically dismissing the lost one (though he/she will still remain lost). I’ve also had the game freeze once or twice, but one can never be sure if that’s a fault of the game or the console trying to run it. ”

We spoke about this earlier in our review roundup, as VentureBeat’s review is the lowest score we’ve seen so far and that is still an impressive 89/100. They too however had a few issues with the game, as they said ”There are some very rough patches in the graphics throughout the vast world. The much-touted animations can be particularly wonky, but there are also some extremely notable textures that stand out, not just compared to the rest of the game, but compared to all other games from 2011 as well.”

A few users have also been on to Twitter to share their texture problems with Bethesda’s Pete Hines. Here is a Twitter exchange between one user and Pete, discussing the potential texture problems:

User: ”@DCDeacon So texture issue questions will go completely unanswered. Nice PR there. Answers my question I guess, no fix. Sweet. Later Pete.”

Pete: ”@MalfisqewSlorth I don’t know what texture glitches you are talking about. Game runs same off disc vs. HDD. We don’t see any differences”

User: ”@DCDeacon There have been tons of complaints that they aren’t loading properly when installed on 360. Are these just rumours?”

Pete: ”@MalfisqewSlorth I. Don’t. Know. Maybe legit, maybe not. We haven’t seen it. We’ll see what folks say when legit copies are out in release.”

It’s interesting that Pete said the words ‘legit copies’ there, perhaps some of the alleged texture problems on the Xbox 360 version of the game are specifically related to the pirated version of the game? Too early to tell yet anyway as Pete says.

While it is clear that Skyrim is an amazing game, it is also clear that it may suffer from the same graphical problems that Oblivion did. We will be publishing our own review on this shortly so we can give our own take on this. If you have already played the game, let us know if you have spotted any texture-related issues, or if the game is freezing frequently for you.

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