Starfield Wins ‘Innovation’ Award and Gamers Don’t Like It

starfield gameplay

It was revealed recently that Starfield had scooped an award for the Most Innovative Gameplay in the Steam Awards 2023. This award came mere months after the release of Bethesda Game Studios’ space-faring RPG epic, which dropped in September and promptly picked up more than ten million players in the space of a week. However, as time went on, the holes began to show and flaws were pushed to the surface, with many players coming away from Starfield with a sour taste in their mouths.

That sentiment has clearly remained within the community, as the comments following the reveal of Starfield’s award are less than agreeable.

Is Starfield Innovative?

I played Starfield, completed it, and then moved on. That was midway through September, and I haven’t looked back – and probably won’t until Shattered Space, the game’s first expansion, is released. It was an underwhelming and thoroughly disappointing game that didn’t interest me beyond the end of the story, and I felt no inclination to repeat the game ad infinitum through Bethesda’s take on ‘New Game +’.

Following the reveal of Starfield winning the Most Innovative Gameplay award, users took to social media to stress their disappointment and dismay:

  • ‘Innovative? It’s probably the least Innovative game I’ve ever played’ – Mark Horgan
  • ‘What did it innovate? How to make the most boring game ever?’ – Warski
  • ‘The most outdated mainstream video game in the last 20 years won innovative gameplay that’s f***ing hilarious’ – Cassie
  • ‘My favourite innovation was the copy and paste animations and game mechanics from your other games’ – Jess
  • ‘“Most innovative” My man, you literally force us to fast travel to 95%+ of the locations.’ – Genius Chad
  • ‘What tf did you even innovate, how to make a bland, barren game and to have your modding community completely abandon it?’ – Mezoteus
  • ‘What f***ing innovation though? It’s literally the same gameplay loop used by every other Bethesda game for the past 20 years. Absolutely wild that this shit won any award let alone one for INNOVATIVE GAMEPLAY of all things.’ – Rhogath

There were some positive comments thrown into the mix by fans and supporters, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the wave of negativity in the wake of this award being made public.

Recently, Starfield plunged to ‘Mostly Negative’ reviews on Steam, which many saw as an indicator of the ongoing disappointment with the game. There are things in the pipeline and Bethesda recently pledged to push updates to the game every six weeks, but it doesn’t seem like enough to win over an all too burnt-out gaming community.

For more Insider Gaming coverage, check out the news that the Mickey Mouse horror game faced Nazi accusations

  1. I was really excited to play starfield especially because of the ship builder. But after countless hours of repeatedly looting the same cut and paste outpost on similar barren planets after completing most of the faction missions I got so bored of it. Starfield is just empty and hollow. The ship builder is unfinished, can’t even build a ship from scratch or swap parts from other shops. The weapons are uninspired again you can’t swap mods between weapons. You can’t modify the appearance of your spacesuit or clothing either. This is a huge step back from fallout 4 and Skyrim. I have never played a game with so many loading screens it’s utterly ridiculous. This is the opposite of innovation.

  2. They’re trolling.

    But stop pretending that review scores are inductive of more than a few percent of players opinions.

    Metacritic has 11k reviews for a game that sold millions. That’s less than 1% of users.

    I’m not defending the game, I’m using it a an example that review scores don’t represent anything. People bought it, played it and didn’t feel a need to review it s great or terrible.

    If I buy a game, I never review it. Why would I. If I’m enjoying it, then I’m enjoying it. I don’t really care what 1% of “gamers” think about a game.

    1. You’re sounding a bit triggered there, Bugthesda shill. User reviews are indicative of the general trend of public opinion, but if that isn’t sufficient for you, then couple that with the rapid drop off in peak Steam player counts since September. 96% drop off in barely 4 months.

  3. It wasn’t the worst game I played but I can’t help but feel it was a the most bland space game I’ve played I went to every planet in the game and did all of the side quests and the entire time the only thought I had was Mass Effect did a better job than starfield

Comments are closed.