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  • Summary: Bloodmoon takes you to the frozen Island of Solstheim where the Empire is establishing a new mining colony - a venture being threatened by the prophecy of the Bloodmoon and rumors of werewolves. [Bethesda Softworks]
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  1. Positive: 19 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. A tremendously valuable expansion to the world of “Morrowind,” adding a new story and an environment of real depth and complexity.
  2. Players who tried "Tribunal" and found it enjoyable but a bit underwhelming, this second expansion is easily the best of the bunch, leapfrogging even the original for buffed-up playability. [Sept 2003, p.70]
  3. This is a game that could easily have stood on its own with a little rounding out, but as it is, it is a remarkable addition to the original story.
  4. The main storyline is involving, and the arctic setting provides a fresh addition to the lore of the series.
  5. Living as a werewolf is still pretty cool. You can inflict serious damage with those claws, leap amazing distances, and take on more enemies than would be possible in your human form. [Sept 2003, p.74]
  6. 82
    Bugs aside, Bloodmoon is a smart buy for fans of the original game simply because it's not just more-of-the-same; the quests are well designed, and the werewolf slant changes the entire flavor of Morrowind.
  7. 60
    New scenery, new enemies, and new quests abound for fans of the third Elder Scrolls game, but the familiar story line and lack of any real innovation keeps Bloodmoon from shining too brightly.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. P.M.
    Jul 18, 2003
    Cool Free Roaming Availability, 10/10!! Duu
  2. Rick
    Jul 15, 2003
    The best of the best.
  3. JackB.
    Feb 19, 2007
    Truly a great game. I enjoy the frozen icy environment that Morrowind was missing, and the idea of building a new city instead of 'Ooh, look, a city that came from nowhere!' is cool. Even if you couldn't be a werewolf, encountering them is cool, they like, growl, and everything! Finally someone worth my Redguard fighter. Unlike in Tribunal, which was worst mod EVUH, this adds a new island which might look small, but it's not, believe me. And if you go to the barrows (Or whatever they are called) you might never leave. I myself, for example, moved over to Solstheim because of stronger monsters, and cool quests. If you're lower level, you shouldn't complain with some wolves or bears, and for higher levels there are those nasty Spriggans (Keep respawning after getting killed! Grah.) For extremely high levels, you might want to seek out some werewolves, and possibly become one yourself, and then kill without being suspected! Best od EVUH! Better than Tribunal all the way! PS: If you wanna real challenge, try Karstaag at the end of the game, he's tough, but Hicine's guile aspect is plain crazy. Expand
  4. MatthieuR.
    Aug 21, 2003
    Great expansion. Obviously, this is geared at Morrowind fans, so if you are just a casual gamer, beat the original game before venturing out into Solstheim. As such, it shouldn't be reviewed as anything but an add-on for hardcore gamers. In this, it delivers. It's better than Tribunal in that it actually has outdoor cells, and varied weather at that. Long live the greatest RPG ever! Expand
  5. EricS.
    Oct 12, 2003
    This is a very good expansion the quest are a little weak though. being awerewolf is the bomb if you haven't experianced it your missing out. by day there called gibbering lunatics by day. if you want try it out walk around after nine and eventually one will come. Expand
  6. JB
    Aug 11, 2006
    While it is a solid expansion, Bloodmoon is not as epic as Tribunal or as deep as Morrowind. Of all the Elder Scrolls III titles, Bloodmoon should be last on your list. Expand
  7. FredB.
    Jul 2, 2003
    I'm sorry, but this is a horrible expansion. I love Morrowind, and played it through twice by itself before trying the expansions, but the quality of each seems to be exponentially poorer than the last. Tribunal was ok (and that's all it was), but Bloodmoon is outright rotten. Almost everything about it is a disappointment...the new monsters (especially the riders) are boring and incredibly amateurish, the storyline is short and weak, the environment is completely depressing from the minute you set foot in the new area, and the performance is a joke (especially with weather, as already stated). As if that wasn't enough, Bloodmoon also takes the most unbearably annoying Morrowind quests - escorting, and completely floods the game with them (and no, the AI has not been improved). Throw in the very contrived "werewolf" experience, weak scripting, and on and on, and honestly, you have something that is barely at the level of quality of a free fan-made add-on. It's shocking and disappointing, coming from Bethesda. Save your money and time, and ignore this horrible money-grab. It'll ruin your Morrowind experience, make you lose your respect for Bethesda's quality and integrity, and take an unreasonable bite out of your wallet to boot. If you feel you MUST have every Morrowind expansion, at least do yourself a favor and wait until it's in the bargain bin (though frankly it isn't worth even that). Unbelievably disappointing. Expand

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