What an incredible piece of shit.
There are so many things wrong with this game, I barely even know where to start. Oh wait, I do know where to start. With the UI.
It must have been designed by two five year olds. Never have I ever played a game with such an incredibly shitty UI. What the fuck were these morons thinking when they released this game?? The UI is SO hard to use, so clumsy and so screwed up, it’s a wonder it ever got out of beta testing. What, did they tell everyone it was gonna get better? The camera angles are impossible to make work well. No matter how hard you try, something is always in the way of the action, and often your characters die because you were spending time trying to figure out how to adjust the angle so you can set up your attack (and yes, I know that you can pause the game).
And that’s another thing. There are two different maps, and both of them are about totally useless. I mean really, again, what were they thinking? If you have a mini-map showing a large area, you’d think you could direct your party using that map. But no. There’s no way to do that. Instead, you have to click on your main screen, laboriously trying to direct your party over large distances. Fucking idiots.
And your party. Oh my god. Who wrote the AI for this? There is no excuse at all for an AI this poorly written now-a-days. The characters walk through doors on their own. They start fights (and get killed, and get the rest of the party killed) on their own. They summon creatures that block a doorway so that the one party member you have managed to get inside the room dies, while everyone else waits outside. When you turn off certain functions in hopes of keeping these idiotic characters from doing certain things, they do them anyway. Your only hope is to micromanage every character — which is not a whole lot of fun.
While we’re at it, let’s talk about how you give orders to your party. You have to left click and select each individual character and give them an order to do something. Of course, when you do, the rest of the party stops what they’re doing and orients on that character — sometimes. Why the hell couldn’t the designers figure out that you should be able to right click on a character’s icon and give it a command? Would that be so hard?
Cut scenes. There are FAR TOO MANY, they take forever and they’re fucking BORING! And stupid. Do I really want to hear my characters arguing with each other? Yes, I know why they put that in the game, but it’s poorly done. Like pretty much everything else.
Take the save/restore functions. Please. I mean, you gotta be kidding me! Oblivion is a far more complex game and the Quicksave, and the normal restore and save functions, take about a tenth of the time! Moving between cells is barely noticeable — unlike this game where it takes, often, up to a minute to load. And I don’t have a slow or old computer, either.
And finally… finally, the Bioware forums. You. Have. Got. To. Be. KIDDING ME! For all but two of their forums, these morons require you to send them your fucking CD key when you register to post! When I called them on it, they said, “Oh well, we helped write the game, so we have all the keys already”. Um … so? Not only that but how the fuck to I know if they are lying? “Trust us, we’re not.” How about trust me? How about, if you’re really part of the creation team, you don’t treat me, a person who made the mistake of paying for this steaming pile of shit, like a criminal.
What’s frustrating, is that this game could really have been quite good. But it’s not, and I highly recommend that you stay the hell away from it.