new player, 360 or pc (only concerned with controls)

#1 Posted by shadykx125 (41 posts) -

My pc is plenty powerful to play this game. Im concerned because ive never played an elder scrolls game and im wondering if i will prefer the controls on the pc or the xbox. Can anyone give me a quick overview how it works on either platform. Also these games dont have multiplayer right?

#2 Posted by Wuddel (2092 posts) -

@shadykx125: No multiplayer but first-person perspective. Usually you can use your 360 controller on the PC if you want that. Mouse & keyboard and pad are simultaneously active then.

#3 Edited by falling_fast (2221 posts) -

nope. the elder scrolls games have never had multiplayer.

Controls-wise, in my experience, from playing Oblivion, it comes down to what you're more comfortable with. Though mouse and keyboard might be slightly better if you're trying to play an archer, and I much prefer the way walking/running is handled on pc controls *ie you have the option to toggle run on and off.

Oblivion wasn't like Starcraft II or Arma or something where you need the entire keyboard. For the most part, your left hand will be on and around the wasd area, and your right will be on the mouse. Like an fps, almost.

also it will likely just perform better on a pc. less immersion breaking load time and stuff.

#4 Posted by FlamingHobo (4483 posts) -

@shadykx125: Playing Oblivion on both the Xbox 360 and PC, I found that the menus were much easier to navigate on the PC. However, looking at Skyrim footage, it would appear that they have attempted to optimise the menus for the gamepad. I'd recommend you buy it for the PC since you'll be able to test both control schemes, as well as have a prettier game to look at.

#5 Edited by falling_fast (2221 posts) -

@FlamingHobo said:

@shadykx125: Playing Oblivion on both the Xbox 360 and PC, I found that the menus were much easier to navigate on the PC. However, looking at Skyrim footage, it would appear that they have attempted to optimise the menus for the gamepad. I'd recommend you buy it for the PC since you'll be able to test both control schemes, as well as have a prettier game to look at.

oh right, I forgot that you could use a 360 controller on a pc, durr *feels dumb*.

in that case, I don't see why you wouldn't get it for pc. more value for your money. ie. you can try both and see what you like, rather than limiting yourself to one. and they cost the same, so why not.

#6 Posted by jetsetwillie (857 posts) -

as the games not out yet if going to be pretty trick for anyone to give anything other than conjecture on how it differs from KB/M to Controller.

i intend to try it with a KB/M and then try it with a controller.

im no input snob and don't care either way really. but i will say i much preferred The Witcher 2 with a 360 controller.

#7 Posted by bioblood22 (420 posts) -

If you can come near maxing this out on a rig then I'll always say PC the hell outta it.

#8 Edited by sixpin (1291 posts) -

I would have to echo the rest of the posters here. If you are cool with playing it on your PC then go that route. You'll have the option to play it with keyboard & mouse or controller at any time you change your mind. I'm planning on playing through it on the 360 first, but I'll play it on PC for a second play through later. No real logic behind it, just how I play Bethesda and Bioware games most of the time.

#9 Posted by SlightConfuse (3963 posts) -

i liked the 360 controller for oblivion, will do the same for skyrim

#10 Edited by iAmJohn (6120 posts) -

How do you get to the point where you have a powerful enough PC to play a game where that becomes a viable option for you and yet you don't know that you can hook up an Xbox 360 controller to a PC and it works instantaneously? I'm not even trying to be a dick here - it just blows my mind that there's people who play PC games but have a console and have never tried hooking these USB controllers into their PC for God knows what reason.

#11 Edited by gike987 (1754 posts) -

You can use your 360 controller for almost all modern PC games that would work on a controller. It would surprise me if Skyrim did not allow the 360 controller to work.

#12 Posted by Floppypants (798 posts) -

I'll be playing Skyrim on PC with a 360 controller, like I did with Oblivion.  It's not a twitch shooter that benefits from mouse precision.  I find the 360 controller more ergonomic and comfortable for long play sessions.

#13 Edited by xyzygy (9983 posts) -

You could download it first on PC, see if you like it, then buy it for whatever platform you feel you'd like more compared to your time with the game. Hook up a 360 controller to that PC.

#14 Posted by Kasswara (178 posts) -

Buy it on PC. As others have noted, you can hook up the 360 controller to the PC if you don't like using the mouse and keyboard. It's a win/win, you get better performance, better visuals, mod support, and your choice of either mouse and keyboard or 360 controller.

#15 Posted by shadykx125 (41 posts) -

Sounds like either way I cant really go wrong lol. The only things leaning me towards the 360 is the fact that amazon gives a $10 coupon, xbox has achievements and I like that challenge, and I have a small SSD in my pc so I would have to delete an old game to install. None of these things alone would make me get it on 360 but all together I think thats probably the way I will go. Thanks for the input all.

#16 Posted by JP_Russell (1171 posts) -

@shadykx125 said:

xbox has achievements and I like that challenge

The PC version will have Steam achievements as it is a Steamworks game.

#17 Posted by MachoFantastico (4683 posts) -

PC, you should hopefully get a nicer looking version and you can still choose between keyboard/mouse and Xbox 360 controller.

Speaking of which, have we seen the PC version of Skyrim at all? Still concerned about it.

#18 Posted by Fjordson (2448 posts) -

@shadykx125 said:

My pc is plenty powerful to play this game. Im concerned because ive never played an elder scrolls game and im wondering if i will prefer the controls on the pc or the xbox. Can anyone give me a quick overview how it works on either platform. Also these games dont have multiplayer right?

I've only played a little bit, but the menus and UI are pretty much tailor made for a gamepad. Without mods, that's probably the best way to go. Feels great.

You can plug in a 360 controller to your PC, though. If your PC can handle the game then might as well do that.

#19 Edited by w00ties (186 posts) -

With controls in mind I would go with the 360. Todd Howard made duel wielding sound relatively easy while he had the 360 controller in his hands.

I just preordered a copy for the 360 today, but as others have pointed out you can always use a 360 controller with your PC.

#20 Edited by EdIsCool (1122 posts) -

@iAmJohn: 600-800 dollars to a builder gets you a capable PC ports machine. Probably has a fancy case too. You always have the option of sacrifiing 20% performance so that you dont have to know anything about building a PC.

#21 Posted by believer258 (11898 posts) -

If I had the rig to run it I would be getting it on PC, as there are no disadvantages to getting it on there. That is, unless the PC version has more bugs.

If you prefer a controller, you'll be able to use a controller on the PC. You'll also have access to M+K if you decide to use them. You'll also have better graphics, provided your rig is up to par, and since it's a Steamworks game, if you lose it or break the disc you'll be able to download it if you ever need a reinstall. Also since it's a Steam game, it will have the same achievements as the 360 and PS3.

Finally, you'll have full access to mods.

Like I said before, if you've got the rig to run it there really is no reason to get it on anything other than PC.

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