Yesterday, all day I was playing side quest from Vanguard faction. I played more then 5 hours real time gameplay.8 years in development and supposedly a budget in excess of $200M, so why are we still seeing posts such as "Bethesda games never had good graphics." "Bethesda games never had great gunplay." or any of those archaic defenses?
If it were 2007 with Oblivion, I'd wholeheartedly agree with and back those statements but this is 2023 and Bethesda is one of the biggest 1st-party studios backed by one of the richest corporations in the world. Why are we still holding them to the same standards as we did back in 2007? RDR2 apparently spent around 8 years in development as well and came out 5 years ago on much weaker machines so why does it look better than Starfield?
Other studios have since massively caught up with Bethesda and they're no longer the undisputed masters of living and breathing open-world games (although I'd argue they're still among the best). Can we please hold them to the same standards we hold every big devs like CD Projekt Red, Rockstar, Naughty Dog, and all the rest? No passes for shitty graphics, terrible animations or subpar combat.
That side quest I didn't finished because it is gigantic & evolving all the time with new plots, story telling, new options (depends what you chose).
Please OP tell me what other game in 2023 is doing better open world questing, game physics & graphic in a same time ?
Rockstar is maybe close but CD Projekt Red, Naughty Dog and all the rest are mare friction what Bethesda is doing with their engine. Yeah there will be more patches that will strengthen the gameplay & graphic but this is clearly best
new game from Bethesda till today.