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Skyrim Update: Patch For A Patch

Patches for patches. That's always fun.

After Bethesda released a patch for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, which was designed to address a number of issues (including massive game lag on the PS3 version when the save file gets too big), the results were a mixed bag. Some gamers said the patch worked beautifully while others saw some...funny things.

Dragons flying backwards was actually kinda common if you check YouTube, and other strange maladies kicked in as well, such as foes getting pummeled across the map as if you were a giant. So, Bethesda has announced another update to hopefully erase this new host of admittedly comical issues. The patch will come to the PC first next week, and then the PS3 and Xbox 360 a little later.

The publisher promises continued vigilance; i.e., more updates in the coming months, along with the game's dev kit (yeah, mod tools) for the PC version. So unfortunately, those backwards-flying dragons will probably go away after this next patch...but maybe other things will pop up for the sake of comedy relief.

Related Game(s): The Elder Scrolls V: Skryim

Tags: skyrim, the elder scrolls v, bethesda, skyrim patch, skyrim update

12/2/2011 10:07:55 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (37 posts)

Highlander
Friday, December 02, 2011 @ 10:21:23 AM
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Hey, Bethesda. Quality Assurance much?

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maxpontiac
Friday, December 02, 2011 @ 1:50:42 PM

Indeed. The save bug should have never shipped like that since it's basically doing the same thing as the Fallout games.

However, playing the advocate here, the amount content in this game is staggering. Skyrim as a few bugs here and there, but overall, the game is highly polished.

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FM23
Friday, December 02, 2011 @ 2:41:31 PM

Agree with Max here...Skyrim is f'n great. I haven't ran into any issues yet...Thank god

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bigrailer19
Friday, December 02, 2011 @ 2:42:14 PM

The game is to impressive for me to care. Well I'm sure I'd care if it was happening to me, but before and after the patch my playing time has never been hindered. But as Max said "the amount of content in this game is staggering", and that makes for quite an unparralled experience. The side quests are as long and detailed as (what I've played so far) the main stories quests! That's impressive!

In most games the side quests feel like chores or tacked on. In Skyrim they are an experience!

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Highlander
Friday, December 02, 2011 @ 2:59:57 PM

I was referring to the concept of chucking a patch out without verifying it doesn't cause problems at least as, if not more glaring than before. I mean seriously, bugs are to be expected in big systems, although a save file bug is a pretty ridiculous category of bug to survive extensive play testing. That said, if you issue a patch to fix it, don't you do some pretty exhaustive testing to make sure it doesn't make things worse?

That is a Quality Assurance failure, that is a testing failure, and it's caused by rushing to market, and rushing a fix. They game could be absolutely sublime, and still be marred by this kind of thing. That's why QA is important.

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smileys_007
Friday, December 02, 2011 @ 10:21:59 AM
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Is Skyrim a good game? I never played any of the elder scrolls game, and I don't feel like trying Skyrim.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, December 02, 2011 @ 10:23:30 AM

Of course it's a good game.

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coverton341
Friday, December 02, 2011 @ 10:38:21 AM

If you don't really feel like trying it then does it honestly matter?

To answer the question though, it is a great game if you enjoy WRPGs. It offers a massive open world, endless sidequests (yes, actually endless), unique caves and dungeons (not just copy pasted iterations over and over), an in-depth character creation and levelling system.

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Beamboom
Friday, December 02, 2011 @ 10:51:04 AM

I's say it's the best rpg so far this gen. Utterly impressive. But you need to like the RPG genre, cause it's very rpg.

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Oxvial
Friday, December 02, 2011 @ 12:44:33 PM

They are good..as bargain bins, dont try it now they don't deserve your money.

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Lairfan
Friday, December 02, 2011 @ 5:51:27 PM

If you're not really into Skyrim (or WRPGs in general) now, and you own a PS3, you definitely wouldn't be into it if you bought it. Its glitchy and laggy as all hell, as this article states. It'd end up frustrating you more than entertaining you.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, December 02, 2011 @ 10:26:21 AM
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I haven't been able to play since the broken patch but I wanna play later today, kinda sucks to have to download the broken one. I rather like my Nord resistance to ice and I'd hate to see it disappear even for a week. Oh well, what can ya do? Bethesda, GOD! Play your games once in awhile k? Jeez

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smileys_007
Friday, December 02, 2011 @ 10:28:25 AM
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@WorldEndsWithMe:

really? i'll probably try it when I don't have any more choices the next time I buy a ps3 game.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, December 02, 2011 @ 3:10:28 PM

9+ scores across the board, but you have to like open world games and RPGs of course.

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coverton341
Friday, December 02, 2011 @ 10:41:17 AM
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Have this on PC and to be 100% honest, I didn't have issues before the patch and after the patch I haven't seen anything change. I honestly just don't think Bethesda are very good developers for the PS3. Either that or they just don't care about it too much.

Though, I have to admit I don't know how this plays on the 360, maybe the issues are equally as bad as the PS3 version, or maybe it runs as smooth as the PC version.

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firesoul453
Friday, December 02, 2011 @ 11:30:27 AM

PC version's main problem is steam.

Make moving computer a pain in the *** and doesn't always work

Just the other day I tried to start skyrim and something like "steam servers are busy, please try again later"

So I had to disconnect from the internet just to play it...

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coverton341
Friday, December 02, 2011 @ 2:29:35 PM

To be honest I haven't ever had an issue with steam on any game. I also don't move PCs though. I have my game rig and don't worry about it.

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LegendaryWolfeh
Friday, December 02, 2011 @ 4:49:52 PM

Never had a problem with steam. And the only major glitch I've run into is during the main quest, involving esbern and his voice pack glitch.

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firesoul453
Friday, December 02, 2011 @ 10:48:54 AM
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What ever happening to finishing a game before it goes gold....

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fatelementality
Friday, December 02, 2011 @ 10:58:48 AM
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Why can't these damn dev kits come to consoles? I don't have the money to drop 5 grand on a new PC every 4 years! I wanna mod & I wanna download mods. F U Bethesda, F U Sony, & F this whole damn world!!! Ok......I feel better now.

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firesoul453
Friday, December 02, 2011 @ 11:28:26 AM

What?

You want the console version because you don't wanna get a modern PC but don't want the console version becasue theres no mods


I'm confused

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Geobaldi
Friday, December 02, 2011 @ 4:01:23 PM

5 grand every four years? Don't know what you're trying to buy, or where you're buying it, but it costs me just over a grand around every 5 years or so to build a top of the line system by hand.

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fatelementality
Friday, December 02, 2011 @ 4:18:14 PM

Some of us don't have the know how or the patience to build computers by hand Geo. If you look at a top of the line system anywhere, it's usually around 2 to 3 grand w/o the monitor. They used 2 b more expensive back in the day when I gave up PC gaming. Think my last PC game was Quake 2 when it first came out & my 2 year old 'top of the line' machine wouldn't run it well at all. That's when I said bye bye. Firesoul, I HAVE the console version. I just wish that you could have a dev kit 4 it or at least be able to do mods on PC and import them like u could w Unreal Tournament III.

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___________
Saturday, December 03, 2011 @ 1:33:08 AM

just get a XPS, there 720 would be able to play everything at max settings and there only 1500.
best thing about XPS is overclocking is covered under warranty as long as you use there software, and dont go tinkering with the BIOS.

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Clamedeus
Saturday, December 03, 2011 @ 7:37:03 AM

I wish I had the money to build a computer, I desperately need one. :/

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Excelsior1
Friday, December 02, 2011 @ 11:08:36 AM
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First of all I want to say this is a great game. The scope and scale of it is pretty amazing. The only thing that annoys me is the way Bethesda refused to send out the PS3 version for review. It's no secret that PS3 users have had the most problems and Bethesda not sending copies for reviews does not look good.

I have not applied to most recent patch. The game is playable for many, many hours without any problems as long as your save file is not too big. My file was close 9 mb before I had problems. After that the game seemed to have problems jumping around. The load times even seem longer. Trouble even pulling up the menu which totally bites. It's pretty obvious something is broken somewhere. But having said that this is a LONGPLAY issue. I think I was between 48-60 hrs before it got bad.

I have just restarted with autosave off. I'm going to give it another shot to see what happens. It's just so good I am willing to do that.

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FM23
Friday, December 02, 2011 @ 12:28:42 PM

Im at 6.1gb...no problemz...40hrs....I love this game too much...hopefullu I wont be plagued by issues because I wasnt hindered while playing Obliviin, Fallout 3 or New Vegas...so maybe my streak will continue even though New Vegas froze alot...lol

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bigrailer19
Friday, December 02, 2011 @ 2:32:40 PM

New Vegas was barely playable for me. It wasn't developed by Bethesda game studios either. Obsidian handled it and that was obviously for the worst.

I havnt had any problems with Skyrim before or after the patch, my save file was about 9 mb before the patch and is around 6 after. I still think some people are over reacting but shame on Bethesda for letting the game go out the door before this was resolved.

O well the game is just awesome so... Thanks Bethesda, for taking up many more hours of my live, as you did by releasing Oblivion!

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FM23
Friday, December 02, 2011 @ 2:45:39 PM

Right on bigtrailer...and yep, fallout 3 and new vegas endings all seem to have framerate problems, but New Vegas was an epic framerate fail. Love all these games though...Oblivion was a mess too when everyone came out the last obliviin gate

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Cuetes
Friday, December 02, 2011 @ 12:41:07 PM
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I personally had no problems before the patch, I was 45 hours in and was playing with a 9000 mb save file. I took off all auto save features after I read that people were having problems and never had a problem.

20 minutes into playing with the patch and my Ps3 froze.....now my dragons fly backwards, my actual face and body disappeared, I was just a robe and hood walking around. Books I collected in my house up and disappeared as well.

This game is great, there is not aurguement there. But playing a game that is this buggy only brings my spirits down when I'm playing. Im always worried that my file will grow to be so big that the game begins to be unplayable. So much so, I've stopped picking up everything I see cause it only seems to make my file bigger, and my frame rate drop.

I like Bethesda, but damn I feel like they just took advantage of my loyalty and gave me a broken product.

Fix this issue Bethesda or you'll be down a buyer come the next product you put out.

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AnonymousPoster
Friday, December 02, 2011 @ 1:57:11 PM
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So much for quality control on their Brand. New. Engine.

This is why I will never buy Bethesda games at launch. Chances are it's broken. Then they fix it, and it's more broken.

I have a feeling their "keep it if it's funny" line is just an excuse for slacking off. Bethesda: "Yeah! You just fell out of the game world.... because it's funny. We totally did that on purpose!"

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Bloodysilence19
Friday, December 02, 2011 @ 2:39:55 PM
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As much as the whole resistance and dragons flying backwards needs fixing, i just want the dang frame-rate issue fixed. Out of all Bethesda games I've played I've never had such bad frame-rate issue like skyrim. Quest's need fixing too almost as bad as the frame-rate issues. Having quest that are broken especially when their part of the main story really hurts the game.

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Gamer Girl Gemo
Friday, December 02, 2011 @ 3:36:45 PM
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I adored the dragons flying backwards. Kinda made my day :D

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bigrailer19
Friday, December 02, 2011 @ 5:03:01 PM
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I wish I was seeing backwards flying dragons! Not gonna lie, kind of jealous!

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Lairfan
Friday, December 02, 2011 @ 5:45:18 PM
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That is actually pretty funny. Wish I could have seen it, but I can't play the damn game because of all the lag.

I don't care how much content is in this game, if they can't make it work, then I don't want it. I'm truly liking it when I can play it, but if they can't make my game actually work with the next two or three patches then I'm gonna sell it.

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___________
Saturday, December 03, 2011 @ 1:34:16 AM
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patch for a patch for a patch for a patch.
yea, no thanks bugthesda!
glad i returned this in for skyward sword, 39 hours of pure bliss and not one single bug!


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Underdog15
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 11:15:06 AM

That is definitely the benefit to playing a game on ancient technology

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