Skyrim First Western Game to Get Perfect Score in Famitsu

November 29, 2011 -

Bethesda Softworks’ newest open-world single-player RPG The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has managed to do what no Western game has ever done before: get a perfect score in Japan's most popular and prominent magazine, Famitsu. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has become the first Western game to receive a perfect 40/40 review score in the Japanese magazine - pulling off what games like with Grand Theft Auto IV, Red Dead Redemption, LA Noire, Modern Warfare 2, Modern Warfare 3, and Call of Duty: Black Ops, Gears of War 3, and FIFA 12 could not do.

It's certainly a major milestone if you consider that it is also the first Western RPG to gain some real attention in a region dominated by AAA Japanese franchises such as Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy.

Skyrim is also the 17th title to receive a perfect score, joining such games as Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Final Fantasy XII and Nintendogs. Whatever you think of Skyrim (obviously some users have had to deal with numerous bugs and glitches since launch), Skyrim has certainly managed to make some history.

Source: C&VG


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Re: Skyrim First Western Game to Get Perfect Score in Famitsu

Given the fact that the gaming world is overcast with discussion and in-jokes about Skyrim, I think this may be an appropriate score. While some complain about the bugs, many seem to think they don't detract enough from the game. And honestly, in a few months the bugs will be smoothed over with patches and long forgotten.

On another note, it should be mentioned that the 16th game to receive a perfect score in Famitsu was the recently released The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. It's interesting that Nintendogs would shared on the list here but not the most recent addition.

-GX

Re: Skyrim First Western Game to Get Perfect Score in Famitsu

Right........ 10 years older on more meds and more games earn a 10....... oy vay......


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Re: Skyrim First Western Game to Get Perfect Score in Famitsu

Unacceptable number of bugs aside, I simply don't enjoy combat in the Elder Scrolls games.  Skyrim is an improvement in that area but it's still floaty and unsatisfying to me.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Skyrim First Western Game to Get Perfect Score in Famitsu

Do you just not like real time combat?  The whole point of the Elder Scrolls games is that you can play how you want.  Brunt Melee, heavily armored, quick and agile, use destruction magic, conjure up a monster to fight for you while you turn invisible and hide, use a ranged bow, be sneaky etc.  Is there really nothing there you like?

I typically don't even like RPGs but one of the reasons I like Skyrim is because of the combat.  

Re: Skyrim First Western Game to Get Perfect Score in Famitsu

I like both real-time and turn-based combat systems.  The variety of weapons and attack styles isn't the problem.  I just don't like The Elder Scrolls' combat systems because (although it's the best it's been in Skyrim) they feel floaty.  It doesn't feel like I'm hitting anything, more like I'm waggling my weapon back and forth until the bad guy falls down.  Unsatisfying and not fun.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Skyrim First Western Game to Get Perfect Score in Famitsu

Given how ridiculously complex Skyrim is and how much content is packed into those 4.5GB of data, having bugs here and there is understandable and I expected there to be at least some since I can't see it being humanly possible to thoroughly playtest a game that size within a reasonable amount of time. The important thing is that now everyone can report the issues now and they can be patched accordingly.

I'm heading towards the 80 hour mark with this game yet I feel I haven't even scratched the surface when it comes to content. There are still large parts of the map not explored and who knows what hidden quests to discover since the game doesn't make it blatantly obvious who is or isn't a quest-giver unlike most RPGs with their giant yellow exclamation mark over certain NPCs' heads. No other RPG has ever provided an experience like this for me. Not even Oblivion (although it came at least somewhat close being this game's prequal).

Re: Skyrim First Western Game to Get Perfect Score in Famitsu

There are bugs in every game.  It happens.  But Skyrim has enough bugs and glitches that indicate to me that the game was not ready to be released.  I'm not a fan of "release it now, patch it later."  I'd prefer developers do it right the first time.  I can wait.  Plenty other things to play right now.

But really, the bugs aren't my biggest issue.  If the game is fun, it's fun, bugs be damned.  Unfortunately, I don't like the combat.  It's not fun.  Therefore, the game is not fun.  For me anyway.  Which is a bummer because there's a lot about the game I love.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Skyrim First Western Game to Get Perfect Score in Famitsu

Skyrim being incredibly buggy is not a surprise. If there is one thing Bethesda is consistent about, it's releasing unbelievably buggy games.

Re: Skyrim First Western Game to Get Perfect Score in Famitsu

"Skyrim being incredibly buggy is not a surprise."

No, it's not.  But that doesn't make it acceptable to me either.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Skyrim First Western Game to Get Perfect Score in Famitsu

There's another thing they're consistent about: Murdering system requirements. I'm quite glad to see they broke that one this time - I can run the game quite smoothly on the upgrades I made for Fallout 3. Morrowind required a RAM upgrade or it would crash when I looked at water, and Oblivion made me shell out for a new video card just to get it started.

Re: Skyrim First Western Game to Get Perfect Score in Famitsu

They knocked it out of the park for sure.

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