Skyrim isn't supposed to look like this... is it?

#1 Posted by SathingtonWaltz (2053 posts) -

I'm not sure, but I think something might be wrong with my game. Can anyone help?

#2 Posted by SathingtonWaltz (2053 posts) -

More pictures:

#3 Posted by EpicSteve (6495 posts) -

Maybe I'm stupid, but I'm not seeing the issue.

#4 Posted by Kyreo (4600 posts) -

Looks fine to me.

#5 Posted by SathingtonWaltz (2053 posts) -

@EpicSteve: Mainly the horizon / distant water. It's really odd looking for some reason.

#6 Posted by RenMcKormack (1074 posts) -

Its Morrowind

#7 Posted by Mister_V (1425 posts) -

The water looks a bit too blue but apart from that it looks fine.

#8 Posted by onarum (2233 posts) -

umm, have you tried updating you graphics card drivers? are you getting any weird artifacts on other graphics intensive games?

#9 Posted by SathingtonWaltz (2053 posts) -

@Kyreo: Maybe I'm just fucking crazy then. Still looks really fucking awful though, I'm surprised that a game that is supposed to have grand vistas doesn't have very grand looking vistas.

#10 Posted by Icemo (656 posts) -

That water certainly doesn't look right. Has your game looked like this all the time or did this happen just recently?

#11 Posted by SathingtonWaltz (2053 posts) -

@onarum: The only other game where I get weird graphical shit like this was in Company of Heroes, specifically in the cutscenes. I remember when the Allied soldiers stormed Omaha Beach there was literally nothing rendered in front of them. I might still have that screenshot actually...

Found it:

But yeah, I will see if there are any drivers updates.

#12 Edited by Chaser324 (6716 posts) -

There is something about the stuff in the distance that doesn't look quite right. Could just be something in your graphics options, or possibly you need to update your drivers.

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#13 Posted by SathingtonWaltz (2053 posts) -

@Icemo: No actually it didn't always look like that. This problem started about six months after I got the game, and I've tried everything (reinstalling, deleting mods, updating drivers). Distant water and a few other things (wooden stumps in the game are rainbow colored now too) just went whack for no apparent reason. Skyrim and Company of Heroes (only the cutscenes) are the only games I own that I have these strange issues with.

#14 Posted by david3cm (636 posts) -

I would say there is definitely something wrong, your playing an Argonian.

#15 Posted by Icemo (656 posts) -

@SathingtonWaltz: I think that a new update to the game wasn't compatible with your graphics card driver and thus your water looks wrong. Just a guess but might be the case.

#16 Posted by Brodehouse (10107 posts) -

Looks like there's a mountain missing.

#17 Posted by Schmollian (268 posts) -

@SathingtonWaltz said:

@Kyreo: Maybe I'm just fucking crazy then. Still looks really fucking awful though, I'm surprised that a game that is supposed to have grand vistas doesn't have very grand looking vistas.

That vista is actual rendered geometry. It looks awful because it is scaled down. A more linear action game might use a pre-rendered skybox for such a vista, which would look better. However, this is not a linear action game. Skyrim is an open world, free roaming RPG that intends for the player to be able to go ANYWHERE they see. Since this game was made for seven year old tech, they have to cut corners to get huge open worlds like this.

#18 Posted by SathingtonWaltz (2053 posts) -

@Schmollian: The game didn't always look like this though, from what I remember.

#19 Posted by Ravenlight (8040 posts) -

Check your launch settings and jack the draw distance sliders up if they're set on low for some reason.

#20 Posted by Laurentech (127 posts) -

Yea, it looks like your draw distance may be set too low.

#21 Posted by Illuminosopher (335 posts) -

It looks flat as shit, also on a body of water that big there should probably be waves.

#22 Posted by SathingtonWaltz (2053 posts) -

@Ravenlight: @Laurentech: I checked that already, everything is maxed out.

#23 Posted by AlexW00d (6389 posts) -

Yeah, no that definitely looks wrong. This is the only - of like 80 :/ - screenshot I have that are slightly vista-y.

#24 Edited by Bollard (5765 posts) -

@SathingtonWaltz: Nope that's standard. If you want it to look better you need to change the uGrids setting in the Skyrim config file.

The game divides the map up into grids and only loads a certain number in high detail so to not run like shit. The default I believe is 5, I have mine set to 7 which is a bit better without having a ginormous FPS hit.

Add this line to the file in your Documents:

uGridsToLoad=7

Be warned! Do not put it above 13 or it will crash. Also make sure the number you choose is ODD. It won't fix it completely but distances will look a darn sight better.

@AlexW00d said:

Yeah, no that definitely looks wrong. This is the only - of like 80 :/ - screenshot I have that are slightly vista-y.

That shots not of water, it only happens when you look at the huge vistas which show water stretching all the way outside of Skyrim. Then it looks all sharp edges and flat and shit.

#25 Edited by Mattalorian (594 posts) -
#26 Edited by SathingtonWaltz (2053 posts) -

@Mattalorian: I don't see a "uGridsToLoad" in my .ini

Edit: Just added it in because someone said that they aren't there all the time. Will report back.

#27 Posted by Kyreo (4600 posts) -

@SathingtonWaltz said:

@Kyreo: Maybe I'm just fucking crazy then. Still looks really fucking awful though, I'm surprised that a game that is supposed to have grand vistas doesn't have very grand looking vistas.

Whatever man. If there is one thing I've come to realize about games it's that graphics are a luxury and gameplay is what matters. Fucking look at the hits like Super Meat Boy, VVVVVV, Hotline Miami, and Limbo. Play the game and get over it if it can't be helped.

Though I know there are a ton of visual mods for Skyrim, so in this case, yer in luck.

#28 Posted by SathingtonWaltz (2053 posts) -

@Kyreo said:

@SathingtonWaltz said:

@Kyreo: Maybe I'm just fucking crazy then. Still looks really fucking awful though, I'm surprised that a game that is supposed to have grand vistas doesn't have very grand looking vistas.

Whatever man. If there is one thing I've come to realize about games it's that graphics are a luxury and gameplay is what matters. Fucking look at the hits like Super Meat Boy, VVVVVV, Hotline Miami, and Limbo. Play the game and get over it if it can't be helped.

Though I know there are a ton of visual mods for Skyrim, so in this case, yer in luck.

But those games do have good graphics. And I don't think Skyrim looks bad, I was just annoyed that the distant terrain looks really weird.

#29 Posted by Ravenlight (8040 posts) -

Back up your saves and nuke it from orbit. Chances are one of the mods overwrote some game files but the originals were't restored when the mod was uninstalled.

#30 Posted by Ulain (315 posts) -

@Kyreo said:

@SathingtonWaltz said:

@Kyreo: Maybe I'm just fucking crazy then. Still looks really fucking awful though, I'm surprised that a game that is supposed to have grand vistas doesn't have very grand looking vistas.

Whatever man. If there is one thing I've come to realize about games it's that graphics are a luxury and gameplay is what matters. Fucking look at the hits like Super Meat Boy, VVVVVV, Hotline Miami, and Limbo. Play the game and get over it if it can't be helped.

Though I know there are a ton of visual mods for Skyrim, so in this case, yer in luck.

Normally I'd agree with you: get over it! But this sounds like a glitch if it didn't always look like this, which would definitely be off-putting, wondering what else is going to look weird in the game. It also probably looks even worse in-game than in just a screenshot where you have a fixed view.

#31 Posted by Laurentech (127 posts) -

@SathingtonWaltz: Did the uGrids fix do the trick?

#32 Posted by habster3 (3600 posts) -

Your draw distance looks really low, man

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