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  Oblivion Patch Causing Issues - Articles
  Posted by: InyriForge on 06-09-2006 @ 14:37 - Source: Patrick Klepek, 1UP.com
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Oblivion Patch Causing Issues
The frame rate's better, but at the cost of what?

There was much rejoicing when Bethesda Softworks released the long awaited version 1.1 patch for The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion this week. Fans have both bitched and enjoyed the studio's additional downloadable content, but there were plenty of issues still in need of addressing in the original game.

Unfortunately, the patch hasn't resulted in universally happy gamers on the Xbox 360 side, and even we're experiencing problems. Everyone's happy the outdoor frame rate's increased, but apparently at the cost of exponentially increased loading times, regardless of the company having removed much of the overused 'Now Loading' screen.

"Far, far less hitching than before and the framerate is smoother on the eye. Still a bit sketchy towards busier areas, but no-where near as bad as it was before, particularly at Oblivion gates or when they are in the distance. The dreaded "loading" message appears far, far less," said squarejawhero on the official message boards.

Another issue appears to be random lock-ups. Not frame rate hiccups, but actual game-breaking freezes. Reports from users, however, are scattered, mixed and full of confusion over whether the issues are being caused by the patch or sheer randomness.

Some workaround solutions have already started appearing, however. Clearing your Xbox 360's hard drive cache reportedly fixes the loading issue, but if you aren't scouring the message boards, how are you supposed to put two and two together?

Even though the patch cleans up a number of glitches quests, many are still upset because it doesn't solve their existing issues. If you've already run into and experienced a glitch quest, there's a good chance the patch will do nothing to fix it; the patch can't fix contaminated saves. Consequently, Bethesda employees have been recommending fans start new characters if they want to experience these quests.

"I'm waiting for a response from tech support about this issue. If their answer is to start over with a new character, then Bethesda has lost a customer," said scott08107 on the boards.

PorkTree followed up with a similar sentiment. "...the craptastic job bethsoft has done on is stunning. And after 125 hours of play the answer is, "o, sorry, start a new character and it will be ok" - screw that," he said.

None of these side effects were mentioned in the patch notes, however, and aren't patches supposed to solve problems, not create series of new ones? Bethesda hasn't responded to a request for comment on yet, but hopefully we'll have more later today.



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