By Kylie Potter
On April 14, 2014, The Elder Scrolls Online (ESO) was released for PC gamers. Today, however, has been released to console gamers on the PS4 and Xbox One.
This game is, as the title suggests, another installment in the Elder Scrolls series, but this time with a twist. Instead of the old-fashioned single-player style used by Bethesda in Morrowind, Oblivion, and Skyrim, The Elder Scrolls Online is an MMO (massive multiplayer online).
Bethesda Softworks is known for making many good video games, such as Fallout and the Elder Scrolls series. In order to make ESO, Bethesda paired with Zenimax Online Studios, and fans of the Elder Scrolls series and MMO’s alike are waiting with bated breath for it to be released for consoles.
The reviews for ESO differ greatly among PC players, but most of it is likely due to the mindset the player has as they prepare to begin the game. For a player expecting a “better Skyrim”, they will be disappointed.
One of the most popular statements about this game is that a player must be open-minded and have experience with both MMO’s and the Elder Scrolls series in order to fully experience the game. For someone who has never played the Elder Scrolls and tries the game simply to experience the MMO concept, they may also be a bit disappointed. The game is not the best MMO game out there, nor the best Elder Scrolls game out there, but, when the two are combined, it is an incredible game.
Jacob Rhea and Travis Webb, two freshmen that have played ESO on PC, are very pleased with the game overall. According to Webb, “The textures and gameplay are nice.” Rhea added, “It’s pretty cool that you can play with your friends. It adds a lot of excitement, and it’s just a massive game.”
As long as the player goes into the game without any extreme expectations, they will definitely not be disappointed. The game features multiplayer dungeons, a battle to take over the land of Cyrodil, which was the setting of the 2006 game Oblivion, and the ability to travel to places all over Tamriel, which is the continent that all Elder Scrolls games take place on.
Upon starting the game, the player will be given the option to join one of three alliances: the Ebonheart Pact, the Aldmeri Dominion, or the Daggerfall Covenant. The Ebonheart Pact includes the Nords, Argonians, and Dark Elves. The Aldmeri Dominion includes the High Elves, Khajiit, and Wood Elves. The Daggerfall Covenant includes the Bretons, Redguards, and Orcs. All of these are races in Tamriel, and all have their own personal powers and skills that they start off with. The alliance you join determines the area of Tamriel you will be experiencing.
Overall, the game is a very exciting and immersive experience that no gamer should miss. For anyone with a PS4 or Xbox One, make sure to go grab the console version of ESO.
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