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Skyrim Patch Fixes Some Issues, Brings Many More

I’ve been playing Skyrim on my PS3, and though I’ve yet to hit the 5MB file threshold and thus the freeze bug, I have noticed my fair share of frame rate issues and dead wedding guests. The new 1.02 patch from Bethesda supposedly fixes the general bugs across all platforms and remedies the PS3 save file/freezing problem, but some users out there are saying it does so much more.

Some players have reported on dragons flying backwards, lowered texture resolution, broken bookshelves and armor racks, disappearing furniture, improper save loading, and so much more. I’ve already taken a hiatus from Skyrim to finish up Assassin’s Creed: Revelations and Rayman Origins, but does this mean I should continue to abstain from playing it? It sounds like this patch could possibly do more harm than good.

To be fair, though, just about every patch for any piece of software in the history of patches and software has caused problems for at least some subset of users, and given the immense number of people playing Skyrim and the incredibly unpredictable nature of its game states, I’m not surprised a lot of people are reporting problems. Are these horror stories enough to discourage you from updating?

Source: Kotaku, Bethesda forums

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  • Dingo Dilon

    Nope! Patch 1.02 May have a couple of odd glitches, but the joy of Skyrim is the game is so Damn Big that you aren’t likely to encounter all of them. Even then, you’ve got the REAL issue fixed, and while it’s not completely (With a 14 MB Save File My new 320 Go startches hiccupping around the 4 hour mark) it is dramatically better. Personally, while PC Gamers may have the upper hand when it comes to the joy of a smooth and silky Skyrim experience, if you’ve got it on PS3 the big issues are fixed. So get to it!

    • greyghost

      Wow were have you been, the issues are not fixed, I have the same issues as before with the freezing and the lag is so bad at times my game seems frozen but its not. I still have quest that can not be completed do to quest items not working or npc dead when you get there and the pointer is still on them and saying to talk to them but i can’t so the patch did not do what all it was to do. I was just on another site that has recorded over 400 different issues that r affecting the game. You praise them when you should be outraged that it is this bad especially after what they did with the Oblivion game of the year edition all those problems and bugs, you think they would have learned from that but here we are again and Skyrim is even worse with bugs. I love elder scrolls and think skyrim is absolutely amazing to play untill all these problems start to appear and i cant complete a lot of quest, i have over 150 hours in this game cause i do all of the side quest that i can find before i start into the main ones so for me this is annoying. 

  • 666spd

    I am not going to install this patch until Bethesda tells me I won’t see any backwards flying dragons.

  • Zeus

    I haven’t found any problems but a constant lag after about 5+ hours of constant gameplay. Before that, occasional 1 step lag, nothing to bad.

  • anon

    i had an issue where after i defeated a dragon it wouldnt give up its soul…hopefully this patch with remedy that issue …

    • Roger M

      Sure it wasn’t a conjured dragon? Only “real” dragons have “souls”.

  • Autoalex1

    I have the issue where sneaking does not work

  • greyghost

    Wow were have you been, the issues are not fixed, I have the same issues as before with the freezing and the lag is so bad at times my game seems frozen but its not. I still have quest that can not be completed do to quest items not working or npc dead when you get there and the pointer is still on them and saying to talk to them but i can’t so the patch did not do what all it was to do. I was just on another site that has recorded over 400 different issues that r affecting the game. You praise them when you should be outraged that it is this bad especially after what they did with the Oblivion game of the year edition all those problems and bugs, you think they would have learned from that but here we are again and Skyrim is even worse with bugs. I love elder scrolls and think skyrim is absolutely amazing to play untill all these problems start to appear and i cant complete a lot of quest, i have over 150 hours in this game cause i do all of the side quest that i can find before i start into the main ones so for me this is annoying.

  • greyghost

    sure some of the issues seemed to be better, better lol that means not fixed just better. Wow a patch that doesn’t fix problems it makes them happen less and creates new problems lmao.GOOD JOB!!!!

  • Roger M

    Nah, I say update. Afaik, no gamebreaker is reported due to 1.02(?) It’s more like you say that it’s more like a 3 steps forward and one back with any update of any humongous software as Skyrim. So far 1.02 has been good to me. And as I luv Skyrim, how can I stay away?

  • bernardblack

    Yes, I am uninstalling the patch because the textures don’t look as sharp as they were.  They are lower resolution and don’t look as detailed.  It was the first thing I noticed, because I had played the original non-patched version for about 40+ hours already.  I’ll just stick with the non-patched version and periodically reset the console every hour.  Also, worth noting, those who are running SSD drives instead of HDD’s have noticed the problem does not exist, do to the low-latency nature of SSD drives.

  • bernardblack

    Also, to uninstall the patch, you have to delete the gamedata file for it (not your Save Data but Game Data) for those who don’t know and let it install to the HDD again when you fire it up.  This time, select “no” to the update prompt.  We should not have to have dumbed down textures to make the game run smoother and I still experience hitching / stuttering in framerates anyway.  

  • To be honest as long as the behaviours are ok I don’t care so much about Dragons flying backwards, I however have been experiencing lots of console freezes and textures either not loading or disappearing 🙁 Please Bethesda, help us!

  • Zoulic

    I got the update for the ps3 and now it freezes every like 10min to an hour. My bottom bookshelf wont work, my maniquin respawns head gear (which isn’t so bad cause it’s good money) I will keep running even when I’m not moving the control stick. I mean it’s just sucking so bad I almost just want to stop playing, but I love it to much. I’m scared I’m gonna lose my data and I really don’t want to save every freaking 10 min. Bethesda you’ve done more harm than good with this “patch”.

  • greyghost

    I guess its time to try and uninstall the patch cause i am tired of my game freezing every 10 15 min or when i go into new places it freezes, its like it doesn’t want me to go in there and when ever i try and wait well im overloaded it freezes. In the last 20 min it has frozzen 4 times so it seems to be getting worse. If this was any other game it would have been returned long ago but since i love playing elder scrolls and the fact that i have 200 hours into this game now keeps me hoping that they will fix these issues soon.

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  • Haven

    I’m new to this forum but would like to share in the frustration…  I want to start by saying how much I love Bethesda and the Elder Scrolls series, and how much I have been looking forward to Skyrim since I first heard it was in production…  However, I too have been running into lag, my PS3 freezing up to the point that I have to manually turn it off (4 times within an hour at one point) and when I turn it back on it has to repair the file system, bookshelves no longer working (locking my books in place), weapon racks not working (causing quests like “Silenced Tongues” to be unfinishable), and so on (though I am still to see a backwards flying dragon)…  Now my save games are over 8mb, so I’m sure this is a factor, but come on, I play games on console to eliminate problems like this that you more commonly find in PC gaming…  If anyone hears anything, or has any suggestions about fixing these problems, please contact me here…  I will check regularly and will try to help anybody out that I can as well…  Thank you…

    • Marcus

      were you ever able to fix the problem and finish the “silenced tongues” quest. no matter what i do i can’t start the quest and the ceremonial sword is missing. Making it impossible to move on. Please help much appreciated

  • I have a game that I’ve put over 90 hours of play time into, and am experiencing all of the lag, system lock ups, and glitches that everyone else seems to be having…  Now on this “official” forum, Bethesda has fed us all a line by telling us “tips to try” to eliminate (or at least reduce) these problems…  Let me just tell you that ALL of their supposed tips are just smoke and mirrors because they don’t know how to fix this problem themselves and patch it the way a respectable game developer should, especially for a game as fantastic and cutting edge as Skyrim… 
    My file size is roughly 8.5mb…  They say to reduce this you can “wait” (sometimes as much as 30 days) for world events to even out after completion of many of the quests…  They also say to save and restart, to turn off autosave, and I’ve gone so far as to sell a great many of the items that have  been cluttering my house in Riften…  After I spent about 60 days in the theif’s guild selling all of my extra stuff to Tanilia, my file size remained the same…  Now mind you, most say these problems start to get bad after a file size excedes 5mb…
    Now on another post in one of the many forums I’ve read on these problems it also stated that it did NOT matter how many different save games you have…  It only mattered the size of the save game you were loading, but that you need to free up HD space to minimize lag problems…  Will somebody explain to me how, if it doesn’t matter how many saved games you have on your HD, then should it not make sense that the amount of general data on your HD should also NOT play a factor?
    I just truely believe that the game testers a Bethesda did not put in the time to play a game that had as much time on a single game for this particular platform, and they thereby do not really know how to fix the problem, or IF they even CAN with patches…  If this is the case, I think it is time for Bethesda’s PR department to try to put together a statement that actually takes responsibility, rather than finger pointing, so we can all get on with our lives…  Otherwise I think people might reconsider the next time they release a title…  Please feel free to give me feedback, whether in support or against anything that I’ve said here… 
    I will be copying and reposting this entry in a number of other forums, in case it gets deleted by Bethesda…  Thank you for your time…
    HaVen