With a recreation as huge as Starfield, you’re sure to search out one thing you’re keen on in it. Whether or not you’re in it for the writing or simply wish to relax in area, there are numerous hooks which have a great likelihood of grabbing you. Nevertheless, it’s solely pure that one thing so enormous would additionally include its personal suite of annoyances. Whereas I loved my playthrough, I had a number of moments throughout my journey the place I wanted Bethesda would return in and patch in some high quality of life enhancements.
Normally, that will be some wishful pondering, nevertheless it’s truly attainable right here. That’s as a result of Bethesda video games are havens for modders who take issues into their very own palms. The bottom model of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is strong, however the actual enjoyable occurs if you begin downloading mods. These could be useful tweaks that alter annoying UI quirks or wild ones, like an notorious mod that turns all dragons into Thomas the Tank Engine. After I take a look at Starfield’s huge universe, I see a clean canvas ready for a group of followers who will fill it in.
After finishing my journey, I’m already protecting a working listing of mods I’d obtain in a heartbeat had been somebody to make them. Think about this my unofficial want listing for both Bethesda or the modding group — whoever will get there first.
Planet exploration is usually a little bit of a drag in Starfield. It entails touching down on a random chunk of land and really slowly strolling between very unfold out factors of curiosity. It’s laborious and has actually killed my want to take a look at extra planets. There’s one thing that would convey me again immediately, although: area bikes. With a lot clean area to traverse, it nearly seems like Bethesda’s barren planets had been constructed for automobiles. Whether or not or not it’s a motorbike or a rover, getting the power to race round a planet’s floor and launch off of cliffs can be a real recreation changer that will repair one in all my greatest complaints in regards to the expertise.
“Encumbered” standing results are a pet peeve of mine in nearly any recreation. That’s a standard situation in RPGs like this the place you start to maneuver slower the extra objects you’re carrying. Starfield has that, nevertheless it makes that standing impact much more obnoxious. While you’re carrying an excessive amount of stuff, you drain oxygen sooner. While you run out, you begin to construct up CO2 and start to take harm. It’s a steep penalty that may kill the tempo of the journey, as you both have to be continually menuing to dump objects or making frequent stops to regain well being. A mod that removes the standing impact, or at the least removes the ache, would go a good distance.
Give me a compendium
Earlier than Starfield launched, I used to be excited to dwell the lifetime of an explorer. I had desires of going to distant planets and cataloging each alien and plant. Sadly, Bethesda wasn’t as enthusiastic about that concept as I used to be. Whilst you can scan wildlife, there’s no approach to truly see that information wherever in-game. It’s a significant disappointment that’s stopped me from exploring. A mod or replace that will give me one thing akin to The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom’s compendium can be a godsend, giving me a extra tangible approach to acquire information and observe my analysis journey.
A planet search perform
There are 1,000 planets to discover in Starfield — however god aid you in case you’re attempting to return to a selected one. The RPG doesn’t have many good methods to recollect which planets include necessary websites. There isn’t a straightforward approach to discover the place the outposts you’ve constructed are and also you’re a bit out of luck in case you neglect the place a hub metropolis like Akila Metropolis is. There have been a number of instances throughout my playthrough the place I wanted I might merely kind in a planet I used to be on the lookout for and discover it, or on the very least get some approach to filter for particular outcomes. I’ve to think about that it received’t be lengthy till somebody creates a high quality of life enchancment like that.
Carry on the mechs
Although Starfield largely offers with human enemies, there are a handful of robots to fend off within the journey. And whereas it’s enjoyable to battle one, I’d reasonably trip one. That may not be a complete pipe dream. Bethesda has teased that mechs performed a job within the historical past of the sport’s universe, nevertheless it doesn’t actually observe up on such a tantalizing tidbit. If the studio isn’t planning so as to add mechs to the sport in a future replace, I’m hoping the modding scene is impressed so as to add some themselves, bringing a little bit of Armored Core 6 to the universe.
Filling up planets
My greatest hope for Starfield’s modding scene is way broader. Because it stands at present, there merely isn’t a lot to do on most planets. They’re empty stretches of land with solely the occasional cave to discover or useful resource to gather. I already know that the modding scene should be itching to get their palms on these clean areas and fill them in. I’m dreaming of mods that may add random settlements to planets. Hell, perhaps somebody will flip one moon right into a Thomas the Tank Engine habitat. I do not know what the ever-creative Starfield group might do with a lot area, however I’m equally excited and terrified to search out out.
Starfield is out there now for individuals who pre-ordered it. It’ll absolutely launch on September 6.