The Problem(s) with Skyrim’s Menus

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I’ve lost about 20 hours so far to Skyrim, and it’s gone by in the blink of an eye. I love the game dearly in many ways, but there are some clear areas of improvement. I noted a few of them in my first journal entry, but here’s one I hadn’t considered until I saw it all laid out before me.

In short: Skyrim’s menus are shit.

They’re very “pretty” though. The constellation skill tree is gorgeous, and the normal simplistic menu design in the regular game is pretty cool on first glance. But from a user interface perspective? It’s complete shit. Haven’t you noticed how long it takes you to do absolutely anything in the menus, whether it’s equip and item or a spell or check your stats? There’s a reason for that. And why can’t you see what you look like with your armor and weapons equipped?

Below is the full version of the above image which goes through in detail just how Skyrim’s got it wrong when it comes to its menus. Check it out and see if you agree.