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Old 12-14-2011, 05:29 AM   #419
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Originally Posted by Sabretooth View Post
but the world as a whole feels absolutely lifeless.
The 'city' of Whiterun is barely a town in size and if I'm not mistaken, even smaller than Morrowind's unassuming Balmora. Vivec is what you call a goddamn city.
Speaking of lifeless and Vivec, the only people I ever saw moving about in Vivec were the Ordinators patrolling the streets. Otherwise its streets and corridors gave the distinct impression of a ghost town. Sure there were a lot of rooms and chambers that had lots of NPCs squirreled away, but they stayed put and due to the size and architecture of the place they were so spread out that it still felt deserted.

Vivec was also the city in Morrowind that I avoided to visit unless I had some specific business there. The place was so (needlessly) big that it took forever to go anywhere, and it was a confusing maze of corridors and rooms without many distinct points of recognition. While Vivec certainly was impressive in scale to visit for the first time, I'd rather have a town like Whiterun to actually play and conduct business in.

Originally Posted by Sabretooth View Post
Apart from two (counted) people near the Helgen pass, I haven't seen anyone on the roads. Don't people in Skyrim get around for business or something?
I've been encountering a fair amount of activity on the roads while roaming around. Just off the top of my head: Imperials and Stormcloaks fighting, guards and bandits fighting, hunters pursuing game, jackbooted Thalmor squads dragging prisoners around in chains, bandits lying in ambush, mercenaries en route to clear out some place that can be persuaded to show you where on the map, skooma/moonsugar dealers trying to sell you their goods, a thief wanting you to hold on to their ill-gotten gains while they shake their pursuer (and said pursuer you can rat them out to), highwaymen trying to mug you, a ghostly headless horseman riding around at night, farmers herding cattle, young idealistic nords en route to join the war, a riding noble with armed escort, travelling bards, M'aiq the Liar's great great grandson, mages of opposing elements duelling, refugees from settlements raided by dragons, dark brotherhood assassins stalking me. Etc.

Don't know how much the Legion vs. Stormcloak quest affects things. Both sides are jerks with questionable agendas so I'm staying out of that conflict.

Originally Posted by Sabretooth View Post
The villages of Skyrim are pitifully poor as well and hold little to nothing of interest.
That's pretty standard for Elder Scrolls games, including Morrowind. 90% of the smaller settlements in Morrowind gave you absolutely no reason to ever visit them.

Originally Posted by Sabretooth View Post
I'm coming to view Skyrim as little more than a glorified first-person dungeon crawler at this rate.
TES games are best played in third person mode, except when sniping with a bow.

Originally Posted by Sabretooth View Post
I never played Morrowind with mods, so I'm pretty sure.
Morrowind... without mods.... does not compute.
That game was unplayable without mods, but tons of fun with them.

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