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By Nikita Gambhir

How Starfield’s Intro Stacks Up Against Skyrim’s



With only a few months left until its release, Starfield is shaping up to be an exciting game. The Starfield Direct that followed the 2023 Xbox Games Showcase generated a lot of buzz for Bethesda’s latest RPG. Todd Howard, who previously led the teams that developed Fallout 3, Fallout 4, and The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim, is heading up the development for Starfield. The game represents Bethesda’s most ambitious effort yet, and only time will tell how it fares compared to its contemporaries.

The Starfield Direct covered a wide range of topics, from the basic gameplay loop to ship and outpost customization. One of the highlights was character customization, emphasizing how player choice will immediately affect gameplay and narrative. In addition, players got a glimpse of Starfield’s opening scene. Bethesda game openings have become a subject of fascination within their fandom, and it will be interesting to see how Starfield’s opening compares to Skyrim’s famous intro.

Skyrim’s opening is iconic and unforgettable. Players find themselves waking up bound on a horse-drawn wagon surrounded by other prisoners right from the title screen. The player’s gaze is drawn to a particular NPC named Ralof when he turns to them and utters the iconic line, “Hey, you. You’re finally awake.” The dialogue that follows sets up the Imperial-occupied setting of Skyrim, as well as several story details and a clever lead-in to character creation.

Starfield’s opening scene looks like it’s partially based on Skyrim’s. Players once again wake up, but this time on an examination table. Two astronauts stand nearby, asking if they’re all right and helping them emerge from their daze after an accident. However, Starfield’s initial scene lacks Skyrim’s sense of style. It looks like character creation begins much quicker in Starfield than Skyrim, and there are many more important choices to be made during that process. However, outside of the inevitable Skyrim comparisons, this scene probably won’t have much lasting impact.

The presentation of Skyrim’s opening has a lot more flair and intrigue than what’s been shown of Starfield’s, but there are still plenty of gaps for the latter to fill in. For one, players are initially new employees of Argos Excavators and will spend some time with this company before encountering an alien artifact during work. This attracts the Constellation exploration group, who quickly recruit the player character and set them on their path towards New Atlantis and Starfield’s main quest.

Despite their similarities, Starfield and Skyrim should end up with very different first impressions, reflecting just how different their respective adventures will be. Starfield’s slower-paced exploration elements will take center stage, while Skyrim’s action-packed tutorial for combat, gear, and other mechanics will continue to be memorable. Starfield will release on September 6 for PC and Xbox Series X/S.

With the game only a few months away, Starfield is shaping up quite nicely. The Starfield Direct that followed the 2023 Xbox Games Showcase built up a lot of hype for Bethesda’s latest RPG by showing off what players will do throughout their intergalactic adventure. Starfield is the latest game headed up by Todd Howard, whose team previously made Fallout 3, Fallout 4and The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrimand represents the studio’s most ambitious efforts yet. Only time will tell how it fares compared to its contemporaries, but it could be worth the wait.


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A wide range of topics were covered in the Starfield Direct, from the basic gameplay loop to ship and outpost customization. One that got plenty of time was character customization, emphasizing how player choice will immediately affect gameplay and narrative. However, as part of this, players also got to see a tiny snippet of Starfield‘s opening. The openings of Bethesda games have become a subject of fascination within their fandom, and it will be interesting to see how Starfield is able to square up against Skyrim‘s famously memetic intro.

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Skyrim’s Intro Wastes No Time In Immersing Players

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The opening moments of Skyrim are some of the most memorable in the game, and are the source of countless memes and parodies. Right from the title screen, players find themselves waking up bound on a horse-drawn wagon surrounded by other prisoners. The player’s gaze is drawn to a particular NPC named Ralof when he turns to them and utters the iconic line, “Hey, you. You’re finally awake.” Dialogue that follows sets up the Imperial-occupied setting of Skyrim, as well as several story details and a clever lead-in to character creation.

Starfield looks like it’s partially based on this, but its initial scene lacks Skyrim‘s sense of style. Players once again wake up, but this time on an examination table. Two astronauts stand nearby, asking if they’re all right and helping them emerge from their daze after an accident. It looks like character creation begins much quicker in Starfield than Skyrimand there are many more important choices to be made during that process. However, outside the inevitable Skyrim comparisons, this scene probably won’t have much staying power.

Starfield’s Intro Has Different Objectives Than Skyrim’s

starfield astronaut

The presentation of Skyrim‘s opening has a lot more flair and intrigue than what’s been shown of Starfield‘s, but there are still plenty of gaps for the latter to fill in. For one, players are initially new employees of Argos Excavators, and will spend some time with this company before encountering an alien artifact during work. This attracts the Constellation exploration group, who quickly recruit the player character and set them on their path towards New Atlantis and Starfield‘s main quest.

Skyrim isn’t nearly as patient, and may be better for it. Almost immediately after character creation, the player’s execution is interrupted by the dragon Alduin, introducing the main plot and how it interacts with the wider setting. While the town of Helgen is burning down around them, the player joins up with Ralof or an Imperial named Hadvar and goes through an action-packed tutorial for combat, gear, and other mechanics. There may need to be some excitement to justify a tutorial for Starfield‘s own combat, but it seems like the newer game’s slower-paced exploration elements will take center stage instead. Despite their similarities, Starfield and Skyrim should end up with very different first impressions, reflecting just how different their respective adventures will be.

Starfield will release on September 6 for PC and Xbox Series X/S.

MORE: The Odds of Starfield Having a Larger Impact Than Skyrim are Slim

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