Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
Buy On
  1. 94
    Shows more planning, talent (aesthetic, programming, and design) and creative vision than anything I've played in a very long time.
  2. Offers some of best value for the money of any single-player game currently available, and it ranks up there in terms of size, scope, and quality with some of the best games the role-playing genre has ever had to offer.
  3. Bethesda Softworks has fulfilled all the hype that the game has obtained. The game is not only brilliant, but also fun to play, and looks wonderful!
  4. Game Informer
    One of the most in-depth and cerebral role-playing games I've ever had the pleasure of playing. [June 2002, p.84]
  5. 89
    It ranks right up there with recent classics such as "Baldur's Gate," "Fallout," "Arcanum," and "Planescape: Torment" in terms of sheer enjoyment, and is a game every role-playing fan needs to own.
  6. The Elder Scrolls tech support forum is overflowing with user complaints about compatibility issues. At any rate, this is still the biggest, deepest, most detailed RPG to hit the PC since Daggerfall, and for that, earns high marks.
  7. 100
    Morrowind effortlessly grabs the other PC RPGs by the throat, swings them around, and leaves them in a heap on the side of the road.
  8. Morrowind will please both serious role-playing fans as well as anyone looking for a technically stunning adventure that will hold their attention longer than your average hack-and-slash title. This is the good stuff.
  9. With such an expansive game, it was bound to have multiple technical issues. Not only did I, and other people, experience these problems for quite a while before the game finally worked, but even after a patch was released, random crashes and other problems still occurred. Technical issues aside, this is still a great game.
  10. 100
    One of the largest and most richly detailed fantasy worlds ever to wear a set of polygons. There are literally hundreds of hours of gameplay.
  11. PC Gamer
    I'll still be playing it in months -- if not years -- from now, that's for sure. [July 2002, p.77]
  12. 90
    Walking down the steps into one of the larger cities, Balmora, for the first time is a moment that will stay with players for some time to come. It's the best-looking RPG to date, undoubtedly, and certainly ranks among the most graphically-impressive games around.
  13. The best role-playing game I have played in years. It features wonderful graphics, a compelling main plot, an immense number of subplots, and all the micro-management a pen-and-paper role-playing game (RPG) geek could ever want.
  14. The most engrossing, deepest and open-ended videogame you’ll see for a very long time, at times it feels like more then a videogame, something to get completely caught up in and realise that time has no importance when you’re playing it.
  15. There's just so much that when I think about the experience of Morrowind, my mind goes into sensory overload and shuts down. There is that much going on with this game.
  16. At times this sense of freedom is overwhelming, and attending to the minutiae can be tiresome.
  17. Subtract the balancing issues and the system requirements and it's not nearly as good as it could be, but I enjoyed my time with it.
  18. Players with high-end systems will enjoy the scenery and gameplay more, but the pauses and stuttering framerate will annoy everyone.
  19. Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind is an excellent game that should keep most players busy for weeks. Its open-ended gameplay style is revolutionary, and will surely be emulated by future RPG titles.
  20. Elegant, enormously detailed and full of extraordinary stories (to say nothing of the construction set that allows you to make your own).
  21. Computer Gaming World
    Comes close to being the massive, sprawling, open-ended, role-playing epic you've always dreamed of. [August 2002, p.68]
  22. An impressive project, and I have an ocean full of respect and admiration for the ambition, energy, and devotion that the developers poured into this game.
  23. This is a game that can stay on your hard drive for six months, still offering new experiences.
  24. This tale includes more than 3,000 nonplayer characters (NPCs) and hundreds of monsters to interact with, giving the impression this open-ended (and certainly nonlinear) game is as limitless as the player's imagination and time.
  25. 90
    To put it simply, Morrowind is truly a game of epic proportions and will most likely only be finished by the most hardcore of gamers.
  26. It is a beautiful, exciting, rich, and well-written game. It is everything that a great CRPG hopes to be.
  27. It really feels like another world and you can play the game however you like - be a mage, thief, acrobat, pearl diver, bodyguard or warrior. Or like myself, be a little bit of each.
  28. Morrowind comes so close to perfection right out of the box.
  29. A massive, open-ended game that allows the player to do what they want, when they want...The type of game you can play for six hours straight and not even realize it.
  30. One of those games that just visually takes your breath away. It has some of the most detailed, and well realistically rendered environments and characters ever seen in a computer game.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 1230 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 11 out of 212
  1. QueijoM.
    Oct 22, 2003
    Best RPG ever. Period.
  2. UlliL.
    Aug 20, 2007
    In my opinion Morrowind is even better than the better-looking oblivion.
  3. Mar 11, 2011
    Fantastic. Best Action-RPG I've ever played. Story was intricate and there was seemingly no limit to where you could explore. The variety ofFantastic. Best Action-RPG I've ever played. Story was intricate and there was seemingly no limit to where you could explore. The variety of weapons is nice. I played this game long before oblivion, and I'm disappointed to see that oblivion didn't have spears or throwing weapons. Full Review »