When I Broke Skyrim
If you’ve been following me on Twitter, you might know that I’ve been playing a heck of a lot of Skyrim! I’ve had the game for a while, but I like to go back to it every now and then because there is so much to do and so many different builds you can try out!
This time around, I thought I was going to play an archer-mage type character, but I decided to only be an archer. I leveled through that, and put some points toward Archery, Enchanting, Smithing, and Speech (heh, the merchants never have enough gold so I wanted to invest more money into one).
I got to level 40, and after clearing a lot of the map and joining the Companions, Thieves Guild, and the Dark Brotherhood, building and furnishing a house at Lakeview Manor, and a whole lot of other things, my game began to freeze on loading screens. I could load the game itself and walk around, but if I went through a door to a different area or fast traveled somewhere, my game became stuck and I was forever on a black screen but able to hear the music in the background still.
Since I installed a few mods in my game, I went through the process of taking them out to see if it changed anything. With or without mods, I had the same issue.
I then decided to remove all but my latest save files from the game folder just in case they were bogging down my game somehow. I had save files from 2013 in there! This didn’t seem to be the issue, because my latest save file was still broken. I tried out a save file from a week ago, and it worked! Unfortunately, I had played a lot this past week, and I was bummed at the progress I had lost.
I received some advice about avoiding the problem in the future and also how I could possibly save my corrupt save file. I utilized a tool that cleans save files! I tried it and attempted to test if it worked by going through a doorway. Since I thought the bug was linked to any loading screen, I thought it worked since I was able to do that. However, when I tried to fast travel to another location, I still had the same issue.
I’m a bit tired and frustrated trying to fix my save file, and I’m not feeling motivated to start a new character or play without the week of progress I had made. I decided to reinstall The Elder Scrolls Online and play that for a bit until I purchase Fallout 4, which I’m looking forward to playing! Hopefully I can get some posts out about those games, and maybe I’ll change my mind from my original thoughts about TESO.