I’ve been waiting for this game for some time now… well, for it to hit the current-gen consoles at least. I’m a massive Elder Scrolls fan, and whilst I’ve never really been a big MMORPGer, I’ve always wanted to get into the genre. So, for me, ESO was the perfect opportunity. I woke up especially early this morning to play a little of the game before I went to work. I instantly fell in love, and it’s been on my mind for pretty much the entire day. Sure, it was a little laggy at times, but I really didn’t care.
I only really started to care this afternoon. Lag is one thing, I can deal with lag. Now, however, I’ve encountered an entirely different bug – the kick to dashboard. I’ve experienced this with a number of games on the Xbox One, so it’s nothing new – but the frequency definitely is. In an hour’s gameplay I was kicked to dash six times. Three times whilst trying to initiate a conversation, once when I tried to search for an invisible corpse, once during a loading screen and the final time whilst literally standing still. That’s pretty jarring, especially when all I want to do is play the game and be absorbed into the world… bring back the lag, I say.
Yeah, being kicked to dashboard is also a kick in the balls – but for some reason I keep coming back for more. Maybe I’m crazy, maybe my glasses are more than just tinted with rose; I don’t know. Either way, I’m loving this buggy game. I love the story, I love the world, I love the combat and I love being able to share this Elder Scrolls experience with my friends. No more exploring caves solo, or taking on Deadric Princes alone – this once lonesome soul can now do all of that with friends.
The one thing that the kick to dash has going for it is the fact that upon reloading the game, it always puts me right back where I left off – give or take a few metres. So whilst it’s frustrating, I don’t mind starting where I left off every quarter hour or so. I mean the fact that I’m willing to just boot it back up and carry on has to say something about how much I’m enjoying the experience, right?
What’s more, it’s pretty obvious that this is just a temporary issue. Games have bugs, bugs get fixed – it was an ambitious launch and I always expected a few teething problems. If it’s still doing it in a month, I’ll be pissed. For now, though, I’m just happy to roll with the punches and enjoy the experience where I can.
Are you playing ESO and are having a similar experience? Or are you finding that your game is bug free? Let me know in the comment below!