Starfield - An Interstellar Adventure - Between Criticism and Enthusiasm

17 September 2023, 15:35 / by Tom Schwiha
Starfield - An Interstellar Adventure - Between Criticism and Enthusiasm

Passion vs. Criticism - The Current State of Starfield

Sooner or later, every game faces a wave of criticism. It's no different for "Starfield," the latest creation from Bethesda. But this time, voices from within the industry are also joining the conversation. Michael Douse, a well-known name in Baldur's Gate 3, is defending the developers of Starfield against Mark Kern, former team leader for World of Warcraft. Kern had claimed that the creators of Starfield lack passion for the role-playing game.

"That's a truly disingenuous oversimplification," Douse said on Twitter. In his opinion, it's not the development team that should be criticized, as they poured their heart and soul into the project, but rather the leadership behind Bethesda. This seems to be a point that often gets overlooked in the discussion surrounding Starfield.

Comparisons with other games

But it's not just the criticism that Starfield is facing, it's also the comparisons with other games. The comparison with the controversial "Cyberpunk 2077" in particular has caused discontent among the developers. A senior developer of Cyberpunk 2077 has stated that such a comparison is inappropriate and ignores the context and details of both games.

Successes despite criticism

Despite everything, Starfield can boast some successes. Even in Early Access, the game attracted one million users, only with the owners of the premium edition. Shortly after its release, Starfield reached the milestone of one million concurrent players and has now increased to an impressive six million players.

Starfield - Bethesda's new hit

With these numbers, Starfield has become the biggest hit of the company so far. The latest Xbox exclusive game has now been released on all current devices, including PC, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S. It runs at a fixed frame rate of 30 FPS on consoles, but can achieve an average of about 60 FPS on PCs with high-end specifications. However, an announcement regarding a 60 FPS patch for consoles is still pending.


Despite everything, Starfield shows that it can stand up against criticism and comparisons, and offers players a unique experience. We can look forward to seeing how the game evolves and what new milestones it will achieve.

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