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August 1, 2012

Skyrim 1.7 Patch is missing a few bits and bobs

It has only been a few hours since I posted my update on Bethesda’s Skyrim patch 1.7 and what would you know, we’ve already heard from steam users who have noticed numerous things missing from the update to Skyrim, this includes the minor fixes for Dawnguard.

It is expected that this patch will also bring compatibility for the first Skyrim DLC on console and PC, although no release date has been given just yet and patience is wearing thin with gamers waiting to purchase the downloadable content.

What did the Skyrim 1.7 update miss?

It has only launched on PC so far and will be submitted for approval on Xbox 360 and PS3 later this week as I mentioned in my earlier post, but the patch notes, seen below, only show a few fixes and miss out more bugs than it fixes. The update has also caused a few issues for some PC users, although this can be related to mods in certain circumstances, which include Scriptdragon not recognizing the 1.7 update and this means some PC users will need to give Scriptdragon mods a miss until this problem is fixed.

The bugs Skyrim patch 1.7 missed: Some users still experience constant crashes with the PC platform, and while this is a common problem reported it’s also something that only affects a smaller number of people, so we’d expect this is related to PC hardware/software configurations.

There are generic quest problems that involve going to a random location and killing a random creature, which an issue arises when the creature is already dead. This has caused problems for a lot of players and affects a number of quests. Some Skyrim gamers want a fix at the Riften prison so they can do a break out of prison, and another bug a couple of users reported to us surrounds the disappearance of Eorlund Grey-Mane from the Sky Forge.

When trying to gain all the trophies on PS3 we’ve heard of a few gamers not being able to obtain the last few, which is due to broken quests and one player attained 49 of the original 50 trophies, although had problems getting the last one. This involved not being able to complete the Civil War quest because there is no one at the Stormcloak camp to report to.

New features wanted in Skyrim – the new legendary dragons are good fun but some people want them to spawn more frequently rather than at the higher-level requirements. Seeing a number of fighting styles added while on horse back had been welcomed by most gamers, although there are some people that want this expanded to using magic while riding a horse, this is me included since I’m a battle mage.

After spending hundreds of hours in Skyrim we love to use the bow and arrows more than most weapons, also the cross bow in Dawnguard, but it would be nice to see a critical hit when you get a headshot with a bow or cross bow. Hitting a number of bows through the head is a little stupid really, fun but stupid all the same.

Within the first one hundred hours of playing Skyrim we had to get a house, mine had been by buying one, other than getting married, although a new feature for Skyrim that could be added in a later DLC would be the ability to build your own house. Imagine how this could add a lot more customization to the game, and also a lot more hours spent doing mindless things.

PC owners are enjoying a massive amount of mods and while consoles shouldn’t expect this level of add-ons, they could do with a few realism enhancements via DLC or a patch update. This includes feet that look like feet, especially when you are a barefoot assassin, and also capes and hair that move more realistically.

Since Dawnguard, the love for Serana has been hit and miss with gamers, but there are a growing number of players that want to marry her, so adding this would be welcomed but also adding an option for divorce would be great as well. This divorce option would also bring a few fixes for broken quests.

What bugs did patch 1.7 miss, and also are there any features that need to be at the top of Bethesda’s list? Some quests that look broken might just be something the player is doing wrong, and this has been seen a number of times with the main Skyrim game and Dawnguard, so it’s worth checking online first before reporting an issue to Bethesda.

New features are great but Bethesda should always put the bug fixes first, although PS3 owners might disagree here when they are waiting for Dawnguard to land.

Personally I would like to see all DLC for pc available to console users, especially the werewolf patch which allows you to change at will, heal during the change, run faster, hit harder and have a larger health quota, Basically be more awesome.

By Jonny Polea

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Jonny Polea

Editor in Chief at Beginners Tech

I joined Beginners Tech as a Technical Journalist in July 2012 and have never looked back. I love tech, gadgets, games and electronics; whether they are retro, current or future concepts. My loving fiancé Sarah has said that when I receive new items for review I’m like a kid in a toy shop – unable to leave it alone for two minutes! Coming from a design background, I am passionate about the design and aesthetics of tech as well as functionality.