Even before its official release, Starfield received high praise from bloggers, game critics, and professional journalists. The previews and reviews highlighted its "excellent performance" combined with "deep" and "well-thought-out" mechanics for space exploration.
However, Starfield seems to have serious issues, especially regarding its technical state. Apparently, the high ratings and buzz around the game are just clever manipulation by Microsoft.
Forbes magazine noticed something off about Starfield's ratings. Like many others, they didn't receive early access keys to the game and had to start playing post-release.
The media suspects that Microsoft and Bethesda selectively chose who to send Starfield copies to, reflecting in the "enthusiastic" reviews at launch. Gamers noticed most high ratings were given by outlets directly controlled by or closely affiliated with Microsoft. Almost a week later, the number of low scores from independent media is growing.
Here's what the editor of Metro thinks:
Starfield isn't a broken game, just a boring one. Exploring the unknown depths of space is one of the most exciting game concepts, but Starfield managed to make it uninteresting and monotonous. Instead of reaching for the stars, it misses a great opportunity for a real space adventure.
Journalists criticize its problematic optimization, "shallow" and "empty" open world. The percentage of negative reviews is also gradually increasing among users. The game's Steam rating has dropped to 73%. This rating isn't just due to optimization issues but also numerous bugs. For example, players need to change gender to fire a weapon.
According to Starfield players, there's a bug preventing them from shooting their weapons. A suggested fix is to change the character's gender, as reported by 404 Media.
In the in-game genetic labs, players can change their appearance, requiring a return to the character creation menu. In this menu, for 500 credits, players can modify all appearance details: hairstyle, facial features, body type, and gender.
On PC, this bug is easier to fix. Gamers can enter console commands to directly modify in-game settings and, if necessary, cheat.
In Fallout 4, players also occasionally couldn't fire their weapons. But by triggering a console command and entering "player.sexchange", the character's gender would instantly change, fixing the error. The same can be done in Starfield.
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