Skyrim is Filled with Memorable Characters, Like That One Guy

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In today's memorable edition of Speak Up on Kotaku, commenter Eatplaysleepmore thinks he's found a major character flaw in Bethesda's latest masterpiece. Do you agree?

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Just how forgettable are these characters?

I just finally finished Skyrim, kinda had to deal with some massive issues to finish it though (one of the unlucky PS3 copies). Story was ok, but here is my biggest realization, the characters in this "real living world" (as some Skyrim fans like to call it because they do jobs and stuff) are so non-existent.

I am trying to remember names of most of the people and I just can't. Ulfric Stormcloak and Alduin are the only ones I can remember, obviously because they play the biggest role in the story but that's really it.

Now I know a lot of people hated most (if not all) the characters from Final Fantasy XIII (hell I do too) but the names and faces stay with you. If someone came up to you and asked you a question about Lighting, her face would show up in your head and the way she dressed(maybe even her voice).

But if I were to ask, hey remember those siblings in the first town you run into? You would be like oh yeah, I forgot what they looked like and their names though.

Even with Dragon Quest 9, where you made your own silent character, I can recall 5+ names in there than I can with Skyrim.

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I am just hoping Bethesda adds more "character" to these people, yeah I get that this is "my" story but can't I have some memorable interesting characters to interact with along the way?

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DISCUSSION

Archaotic
Archaotic

This is in no small part why Bethesda RPGs (not counting New Vegas, since New Vegas actually HAS good character writing) bore me so quickly; I am through and through a character man, and it's the characters, story events and dialogue that stick with me long after a game's credits have rolled and I finished the last secret boss fight. I don't remember exploring shit, I don't remember loot. I remember the people I interacted with along the way.

And you know what? The only times I remember characters in Skyrim are when they glitch the fuck out or when something ridiculous happens that I can't replicate, like when Vilkas got knocked off of Mt. Sky Haven by a dragon's tail swipe and landed so far away that I literally had to reload my save just for him to come back. These characters have no unique traits, and the fact 80% of them are all voiced by the same three or four actors really doesn't help things either! It's so homogenous and bland it makes my head hurt. I can't help but think that if Bethesda actually made the player character a human being with emotions and dialogue instead of an empty meat puppet, they'd have to try harder to flesh out their characters, but even then I'm not really convinced they'd bother...

I guess I gotta give props to my buddy Sheogorath, though. Sheogorath is memorable, but he's only in one quest! What a damned waste. :[