Do you play Skyrim for the story?

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#1 Posted by II-Siamak-II (462 posts) -

So after few attempts since 2 years ago I finally got hooked to this game and with mods it's pretty amazing and there is so much to do, but one thing that bothers me is the Story. I feel like im lost as far as story goes and after spending 35 hours or so I still don't get the plot much. I feel like the story is not really accessible. so my question is do you guys feel the same way? do you play the game for the gameplay/exploration/fun or do you play for the story?

#2 Posted by Lulu_Lulu (8574 posts) -
Skyrim is NOT fun. Addictive? Sure. But definately not fun.
#3 Posted by NeonNinja (17318 posts) -
Skyrim is not a game I enjoyed very much. But The Elder Scrolls in general is more about exploring a world and less about story. You know since it has crappy writing and all.
#4 Posted by Maroxad (7829 posts) -

TES games are the kind of game you play for 30 hours, then realize that you havent even started on the main quest.

#5 Posted by mhofever (3952 posts) -

Story? I make my own story! Off adventuring into the wilds, encountering bandits, merchants, hunters and ruins. I've never been the one who liked any of the Elder Scrolls main story quests.

#6 Posted by SovietsUnited (1773 posts) -

Story in Skyrim was beyond disappointing; terrible all the way through.

The exploration is where the game shines. 

#7 Posted by IAAGguy (102 posts) -

No one plays Skyrim for the story.

#8 Posted by Lulu_Lulu (8574 posts) -
LOL. I'm getting the impression this game attracts alot of rebelious personalities. The Virtual Skinnerbox of Independency.
#9 Posted by wis3boi (30881 posts) -

havent really done any main story for skyrim. only did oblicion's twice.  I'm more interested i side stories, lore, and mods

#10 Posted by seanmcloughlin (38153 posts) -

God no. I play it to mod the **** off it and walk around looking and nice scenery

#11 Posted by Ricardomz (2329 posts) -

Skyrim is NOT fun. Addictive? Sure. But definately not fun.Lulu_Lulu

Not fun? Shut up.

Yes, I play Skyrim for the story. In fact, I only got my hands on the game last week and while I don't finish the main questline I will not start doing secondary quests.

#12 Posted by SovietsUnited (1773 posts) -

Not fun? Shut up.

Yes, I play Skyrim for the story. In fact, I only got my hands on the game last week and while I don't finish the main questline I will not start doing secondary quests.

Ricardomz

You might as well start it immediately. The main questiline is a total letdown and it's laughably short; you'll probably beat it in less than 2 hours.

#13 Posted by Lulu_Lulu (8574 posts) -

[QUOTE="Lulu_Lulu"]Skyrim is NOT fun. Addictive? Sure. But definately not fun.Ricardomz

Not fun? Shut up.

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Well thats not very polite. :|
#14 Posted by uninspiredcup (6823 posts) -

For the mods, basically. The vanilla game sucks.

#15 Posted by KHAndAnime (13144 posts) -
What do you mean the story isn't very accessible? Did you play the main quest? It has a really simple plot...
#16 Posted by II-Siamak-II (462 posts) -

What do you mean the story isn't very accessible? Did you play the main quest? It has a really simple plot...KHAndAnime

Idk how to explain it, I just did 30% of the main quest line but mostly doing the side quests and I kinda got lost in the whole world and storyline.

#17 Posted by KHAndAnime (13144 posts) -

[QUOTE="KHAndAnime"]What do you mean the story isn't very accessible? Did you play the main quest? It has a really simple plot...II-Siamak-II

Idk how to explain it, I just did 30% of the main quest line but mostly doing the side quests and I kinda got lost in the whole world and storyline.

The plot isn't very complicated. In fact, it's barely even a plot. It's more like an excuse for them to put a bunch of dragons in the game and give the main character some gimmicky dragon powers.

#18 Posted by Curlyfrii87 (14902 posts) -

I thought the main story line was pretty good. Not the most amazing thing ever, but still above average to me.

The main story is pretty unique. The only things about the story that sucked for me was no memorable characters that you come in contact with, and the whole thing is very stretched out. But making progress between side quests/exploration, it's decent.

#19 Posted by wis3boi (30881 posts) -

[QUOTE="II-Siamak-II"]

[QUOTE="KHAndAnime"]What do you mean the story isn't very accessible? Did you play the main quest? It has a really simple plot...KHAndAnime

Idk how to explain it, I just did 30% of the main quest line but mostly doing the side quests and I kinda got lost in the whole world and storyline.

The plot isn't very complicated. In fact, it's barely even a plot. It's more like an excuse for them to put a bunch of dragons in the game and give the main character some gimmicky dragon powers.

like this!

 

#20 Posted by jaqulle999 (2897 posts) -

I got the game a few weeks ago.  The main storyline is really short but there are so many other quests to do.  When I first finished that I was a bit disapointed but damn that game is addicting.  I'm now at 31 hours and while some of the stories are interesting this isn't really a game to play for the story, more to explore and upgrade.

#21 Posted by -wildflower- (2842 posts) -

Bethesda games typically have terrible stories and even worse writing so, no, I didn't play it for the story.

#22 Posted by KHAndAnime (13144 posts) -

Bethesda games typically have terrible stories and even worse writing so, no, I didn't play it for the story.

-wildflower-

I thought Morrowind did the whole 'prophecy fulfillment' thing pretty well, though it at least had the benefit of being an earlier game in the series. The game's writing was pretty good too. It had to be, considering that there was no scripted VO.

#23 Posted by Alpha_S_ (390 posts) -

I never play Bethesda's games for the story really, which tend to be bland with stock go here kill this/fetch x quests and unintersting npcs with dialogue that is not conversationally written.  Skyrim I thought was better than Oblivion at least in a lot of ways, having the mutually exclusive civil war factions at least to give it a bit more depth.  However I mostly play their games for being able to do my own thing at the expense of the story, customizing/playing my character how I want and of course mods.  

Often times I tend to forget what the story is even about and stop caring after a certain point (which can be an issue at times).

#24 Posted by NeonNinja (17318 posts) -

[QUOTE="-wildflower-"]

Bethesda games typically have terrible stories and even worse writing so, no, I didn't play it for the story.

KHAndAnime

I thought Morrowind did the whole 'prophecy fulfillment' thing pretty well, though it at least had the benefit of being an earlier game in the series. The game's writing was pretty good too. It had to be, considering that there was no scripted VO.

Morrowind is kind of the exception if you ask me.  It features the best world, most unique monsters, most interesting lore and design.  It's easier to get sucked into Morrowind.

#25 Posted by sleepingzzz (2260 posts) -

I don't know what people are expecting from the story.  It was fine for what it is.  Most games don't have good storylines.  If you want a good story go read a book.

With that said I liked Skyrim's storyline and felt it fit the lore and setting just fine.

#26 Posted by call_of_duty_10 (4954 posts) -

Oblivion's side quests and guilds had great stories.

Skyrim...meh.

#27 Posted by II-Siamak-II (462 posts) -

I don't know what people are expecting from the story.  It was fine for what it is.  Most games don't have good storylines.  If you want a good story go read a book.

With that said I liked Skyrim's storyline and felt it fit the lore and setting just fine.

sleepingzzz

Maybe some people prefer visual story telling over sitting in bed and reading book? just saying. your reasoning makes no sense at all.

#28 Posted by KHAndAnime (13144 posts) -

[QUOTE="sleepingzzz"]

I don't know what people are expecting from the story.  It was fine for what it is.  Most games don't have good storylines.  If you want a good story go read a book.

With that said I liked Skyrim's storyline and felt it fit the lore and setting just fine.

II-Siamak-II

Maybe some people prefer visual story telling over sitting in bed and reading book? just saying. your reasoning makes no sense at all.

Skyrim's writing was often cheesy as hell. Couldn't take it seriously in the least. Ultimately it wasn't structured too differently from previous games in the series, I just didn't like their take on it this time around. A game is perfectly capable of good writing - this game just doesn't have it.
#29 Posted by Lulu_Lulu (8574 posts) -

[QUOTE="sleepingzzz"]

I don't know what people are expecting from the story.  It was fine for what it is.  Most games don't have good storylines.  If you want a good story go read a book.

With that said I liked Skyrim's storyline and felt it fit the lore and setting just fine.

II-Siamak-II

Maybe some people prefer visual story telling over sitting in bed and reading book? just saying. your reasoning makes no sense at all.

Well . . . . You could read a Graphic Novel ;) just for the Pretty pictures.
#30 Posted by gogoplexiorayo (114 posts) -

i actually buy bethesda games for the story. In my first playthrough i play through the main quest and dont do anything else. Its on the second playthrough that i actually explore everything and do the side stories. The main quest is the most important thing for me in skyrim.

#31 Posted by nutcrackr (12267 posts) -
I thought the main story in skyrim was decent, it framed the entire game with shouts and led you to interesting places. The battle to control skyrim could have been done a bit better. Skyrim is great for me because of exploration. Not just finding places (like the amazing blackreach) but finding entire amazing quests lines buried in a small town somewhere.
#32 Posted by skrat_01 (33767 posts) -

The games writing is largely terrible whenever a plot gets shoehorned in, I'm still yet to encounter a questline that hasn't been atrocious.

The characters, the scenarios, even the narrative design.
Pretty flaming uninspired and unremarkable.

If anyone is playing it for the story hopefully it's the messing around with systems kind. 

#33 Posted by skrat_01 (33767 posts) -

I don't know what people are expecting from the story.  It was fine for what it is.  Most games don't have good storylines.  If you want a good story go read a book.

With that said I liked Skyrim's storyline and felt it fit the lore and setting just fine.

sleepingzzz
Most films, books, television shows and so on have terrible storylines. Your point is moot. Expectations from Bethesda's narrative are low, so the standard is low. People aren't looking for Planescape Torment, they're looking for a big explorable world full of monsters to hit again and again.
#34 Posted by eggdog1234 (831 posts) -
Bethesda games only work for me when I get sucked into exploring and making my own story. I try to stay away from the main story in their games. In Skyrim, I will kill the first dragon so I can shout...but I usually stop there and wonder off into the woods. I like mods, they add a bunch of stuff but the characters I play the longest are always played in a vanilla version of the game. I am not sure why, but this has been true for me since Morrowind.
#35 Posted by II-Siamak-II (462 posts) -

[QUOTE="II-Siamak-II"]

[QUOTE="sleepingzzz"]

I don't know what people are expecting from the story.  It was fine for what it is.  Most games don't have good storylines.  If you want a good story go read a book.

With that said I liked Skyrim's storyline and felt it fit the lore and setting just fine.

Lulu_Lulu

Maybe some people prefer visual story telling over sitting in bed and reading book? just saying. your reasoning makes no sense at all.

Well . . . . You could read a Graphic Novel ;) just for the Pretty pictures.

You still didn't get my point, I just can't stare at static images/texts hence why I never ever read books if im not forced to, hence why I never ever read comic books even when I was a kid.

#36 Posted by sleepingzzz (2260 posts) -

[QUOTE="sleepingzzz"]

I don't know what people are expecting from the story.  It was fine for what it is.  Most games don't have good storylines.  If you want a good story go read a book.

With that said I liked Skyrim's storyline and felt it fit the lore and setting just fine.

skrat_01

Most films, books, television shows and so on have terrible storylines. Your point is moot. Expectations from Bethesda's narrative are low, so the standard is low. People aren't looking for Planescape Torment, they're looking for a big explorable world full of monsters to hit again and again.

It's rare to have a good storyline in anything but, there is an extremely low amount of games with good storylines.  So the probability of finding games with a good story is much much lower than finding a book with a good story.  If you're part of the Y generation that has less than an 8 second attention span then you're better off watching movies.  If storyline is your main concern then gaming is not where you'll find it.

You'll be looking at perhaps one game a year that has a good storyline if that.  Now if you want a good storyline with gameplay, graphics and everything else, you'll need to be a very patient person.

#37 Posted by Lulu_Lulu (8574 posts) -

[QUOTE="Lulu_Lulu"][QUOTE="II-Siamak-II"]

Maybe some people prefer visual story telling over sitting in bed and reading book? just saying. your reasoning makes no sense at all.

II-Siamak-II

Well . . . . You could read a Graphic Novel ;) just for the Pretty pictures.

You still didn't get my point, I just can't stare at static images/texts hence why I never ever read books if im not forced to, hence why I never ever read comic books even when I was a kid.

Then watch a good movie :D . You know, like a normal person.
#38 Posted by II-Siamak-II (462 posts) -

[QUOTE="II-Siamak-II"]

[QUOTE="Lulu_Lulu"] Well . . . . You could read a Graphic Novel ;) just for the Pretty pictures.Lulu_Lulu

You still didn't get my point, I just can't stare at static images/texts hence why I never ever read books if im not forced to, hence why I never ever read comic books even when I was a kid.

Then watch a good movie :D . You know, like a normal person.

I do watch movies, tv series all the time, but gaming is my main hobbie ;)

#39 Posted by alan_carter (1404 posts) -

God no. I play it to mod the **** off it and walk around looking and nice scenery

seanmcloughlin
Couldn't say it better.
#40 Posted by DunkMujunk (8 posts) -
I personally never play a game for the story alone. If a game has a good story/plot ALONG with great gameplay mechanics and decent graphics and all that, it's a definite plus, but I would have no problem playing a game with literally no story and great mechanics/graphics. If you want a good story go read a book. That being said the main story isn't exactly "edge of your seat what happens next" exciting, and its nothing that's gonna make you ponder the meaning of life or anything deep like that. Like the one dude said, its basically an excuse to throw in some dragons and give you super powers. I did enjoy a ton of the semi main quests and side quests though. They're usually short, sweet, and a lot of them were pretty interesting. All in all, people who don't play Skyrim because of the story probably didn't enjoy the mechanics of the game very much either. I personally love Skyrim, but 2 of my favorite things in video games are open world exploration and character leveling, so yea, to me Skyrim rocks. I will say Skyrims combat was a bit bland, but I guess I shouldn't really be concerned about finesse in combat when i'm carrying a fully improved and enchanted daedric mace and my one arm skill is 100 with mace relevant skills maxed. Never read a book that lets me do that before.
#41 Posted by 7MZ000 (208 posts) -
I play for the graphics
#42 Posted by Cyberdot (3510 posts) -

Story in Skyrim, huh?

I think players make their own stories by doing whatever they want; quests, exploring and leveling mixed together. It's part of the adventure.

#43 Posted by Lost-to-Apathy (372 posts) -

The main quest line was lame. But there are other smaller stories within the game that more than make up for it.

#44 Posted by madrocketeer (2612 posts) -
Playing an Elder Scrolls game (post-Morrowind, at least) for the story is like one of those "watching porn for the storyline" situations; no one with any common sense in them does it, and it's not the point anyway. I play Skyrim for the exploration, for the immersion of being sucked into a vast, persistent fantasy world that's at once rich and familiar yet tinged with the bizarre and alien.
#45 Posted by Lulu_Lulu (8574 posts) -
. . . . 2 of my favorite things in video games are open world exploration and character leveling, so yea, to me Skyrim rocks. I will say Skyrims combat was a bit bland, but I guess I shouldn't really be concerned about finesse in combat when i'm carrying a fully improved and enchanted daedric mace and my one arm skill is 100 with mace relevant skills maxed. Never read a book that lets me do that before.DunkMujunk
I get the exploring part. But the leveling up. . . . Whats the appeal ?
#46 Posted by Grey_Eyed_Elf (3671 posts) -

For the mods, basically. The vanilla game sucks.

uninspiredcup

No one plays Skyrim for the story.

IAAGguy

Skyrim is NOT fun. Addictive? Sure. But definately not fun.Lulu_Lulu

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#47 Posted by RazorGR (1605 posts) -

Skyrim had a story?

#48 Posted by SamThePurpleton (60 posts) -

Main story? The main story completely sucked, it felt insignificant, it quickly disappeared under layers of layers of layers of quests, nobody seems to really notice the dragons have come back in the first place except for a few guards (who will also annoy the hell outta you) and when you DO manage to defeat Alduin, not only do dragons continue to attack you frequently but almost nobody notices. Guards might continue to slip mentions of earlier parts of the main quest ("You managed to trap a dragon in Dragonhold, and you let it go? Are you mad?) but mostly nobody notices, and some guards might even still make mentions of protecting keeps against dragons. Even the congratulations offered by the Blades was wholly disappointing, and you get the feeling they didn't really care about Alduin in the first place. 

However there are other stories in Skyrim apart from the main quest. You get the Skyrim Civil War, the Companions questline, the Dark Brotherhood questline, the Thieves Guild questline etc. and it's these countless more adventures and quests that makes Skyrim so much more alive and feels so much real. It breathes life into the game, making you want to forge your own story, to explore the wilderness, to have your own adventure. So yes, I sort of play Skyrim for the story.

But the main quest completely sucks.

#49 Posted by Elann2008 (32953 posts) -

Skyrim's story or stories are very average. It's a game of quantity over quality, that's for sure. I spent most of my gameplay hours exploring but I eventually found out there wasn't much to the world of Skyrim. Sure, it felt great the first 20 hours.. but after that, it was pretty mindless, with unmemorable characters.

The leve progression and skill trees are a joke.  Without mods, this game isn't half as good as it is.

#50 Posted by ShepardCommandr (2119 posts) -

I play mostly for the mods