The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited Edition Review

  • Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
  • Developer: Zenimax Studios
  • MSRP: $59.99
  • Rating: M
  • Release Date:  June 9th, 2015 (Playstation 4, Xbox One)
  • Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
  • Review:  ★★★☆☆

The Elder Scrolls Online:  Tamriel Unlimited

Note: Review based on a Xbox One copy.

When given the chance to play, ESO can be a grand adventure. As I tackled in my review in progress, there is a lot to do in the world of Tamriel. While I have even begun to scratch the surface of what all is exactly in the game, quest wise, I’ve had my fair share of fun. My level 14 Dark Elf by the name of Archangel Thadius has seen monsters, humans, and even plants fall due to his mighty dual daggers.

One of the many things Elder Scrolls Online gets correct is the way the quests are handled. If you are, say level 02, and wonder into an area where there are level 8-15 characters, you’re not going to make it out alive. This is something that I really like about the game due to the main fact that while it is punishing, it’s there for a reason. Once you level up, go back and face the enemies that gave you trouble, it can be quite a rewarding feeling.

The sights and sounds are just as rewarding as the combat. Wondering around the country side or just strolling through a town, it looks like a typical Elder Scrolls game. While it does look like the graphics have been scaled back a bit, the game still looks wonderful. Even the voice acting is right up with your normal Elder Scrolls games and chatting with NPC’s is still the same.

Where this game really shines being online is with the multiplayer aspect. Now granted, this is an online only game, you can work alone if you choose. There are a ton of single player quests to do, but if you want to kick some butt with a friend or friends, then that’s where the most fun can be had. Ranging from raids, to just helping each other with quests, playing with others has a nice feeling to it. You can trade items and gold among each other and even join guilds.

The guild menus are simple and effect. Once you reach level 10, you can create your own guild and invite whoever you see fit. Working as a guild or group has its benefits as well, as you earn double the experience versus working alone.

While I have been having a lot of fun, there have been some glaring problems that can affect gameplay. Little things like lag when around other players, frame rate drops and even some screen tearing can occur.

The biggest problem with Elder Scrolls Online that I have found seems to be depending on how long you’ve been playing, certain characters or important quest related items will just disappear. It will show that you can still click on them, but when done, nothing happens. It’s something that Bethesda/Zenimax should get on the ball and fix as it is very irritating.

With that being said, The Elder Scrolls Online is a solid game. If you’re a fan of MMO’s, RPG’s, or even Elder Scrolls, this is a game that should definitely tried out, although it would be wise to wait just a little longer for the server issues and minor glitches to be worked out, though they are constantly getting better. If you plan on playing solo, this would be an easy pass perhaps, but if you’ve got a group of friends who want to have a go at the wonderful world of Tamriel, it can be a great new addition to the Elder Scrolls franchise.

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