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  • Summary: Experience this epic adventure on your own or together with your friends, guild mates, and thousands of alliance members. Explore dangerous caves and dungeons, embark upon adventurous quests across Tamriel, and engage in massive player versus player battles, where the victors reap the spoils of war.
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  • Developer: ZeniMax Media
  • Genre(s): First-Person, Role-Playing, First-Person, Massively Multiplayer Online, Massively Multiplayer, Fantasy
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  • Rating: M
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 64
  2. Negative: 1 out of 64
  1. 90
    A few bugs and balance issues aside, it genuinely feels like its single-player predecessors rather than a cookie cutter MMO, and that in itself is enough to draw back in the weary crowd yearning for something fresh from the genre.
  2. Apr 17, 2014
    83
    Zenimax had a steep mountain to climb: They had to cater to both the expectations of fans of Offline-Tamriel as well as demands of online-mechanics. And even though the result is far from perfect and seems to lose focus here or there, I don’t regret any of the rather large amount of time I’ve spent with TESO.
  3. Apr 15, 2014
    80
    The Elder Scrolls Online is a remarkable MMORPG that keeps the essence of the original series. The game could have been more original in the design of its missions, but its PvP mode and the high quality of its contents are very good.
  4. Apr 15, 2014
    70
    Under the surface, not enough has changed to the formula that separates The Elder Scrolls Online from existing free or established properties, and I would find it genuinely hard to recommend to anyone seeking an experience outside of a cosy, well presented, box.
  5. May 16, 2014
    70
    Something good is being brewed here by Zenimax. The Elder Scrolls Online definitely needs a lot of work just to be able to reach other MMOs, but by playing this game you get a feeling that the online version of this franchise could become a milestone for the genre.
  6. May 5, 2014
    65
    The Elder Scrolls Online is a big game with a lot of work put into its creation. ZeniMax Online has created a large world with many quests and a cool PvP mode. The game tries to satisfy both solo gamers and MMO lovers, but the end result is short of expectations. TESO can be recommended only to the fans of the genre, who accept its flaws: repetitiveness, not very exciting combat and lots of simplifications. This "Skyrim online" is well made, but not very original.
  7. Apr 29, 2014
    40
    Apparently existing only to serve as a strawman for future arguments against the whole genre, Elder Scrolls Online is a game of exposed weaknesses and failed potential. If you’re hankering for Scrolls, I recommend modded Skyrim. If you’re after an MMO, I recommend any other.

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  1. Apr 4, 2014
    10
    Did you ever play WoW and wished it wouldn't be so boring levelling up? Welcome to the Elder Scrolls Online. It plays very differently fromDid you ever play WoW and wished it wouldn't be so boring levelling up? Welcome to the Elder Scrolls Online. It plays very differently from traditional MMOs in the sense that there are not quest hubs. This means that it is up to you to find and explore and by doing so level up. The combat is fantastic, there are no cool down timers. It is up to you to dodge, block, interrupt, cast, heal. It's very hectic and very fun, but also true to the Elder Scrolls Combat formula. Being able to play in first person adds immersion. The graphics are fantastic. All quest texts are voiced. The list goes on and on, in short I couldn't be happier with this game. Expand
  2. Apr 22, 2014
    10
    ESO is a very, very good MMO. When you read a review on this site from a user who has scored ESO zero, what you're witnessing is a threatenedESO is a very, very good MMO. When you read a review on this site from a user who has scored ESO zero, what you're witnessing is a threatened neckbeard; those wow players who are aware of three things:

    A) they've invested incredible amounts of time and energy into wow. Maybe they've achieved a lot of cultural capital and status on their server.
    B)Wow subscriptions are inflated, servers are closing left right and center, and wow is dying.
    C) elder scrolls is the first MMO that can and will supplant wow as the world's favorite MMO.

    What these users are hoping to do is to bastardize ESO so that you--yes you, the potential wow player, or existing wow player, won't be tempted to leave azeroth. Ignore them; ESO is a better game than wow ever is, was or ever will be. It looks better. It isn't a grind. The combat is more fun and kinesthetically based--this means that no longer will you be beaten by some keyboard warrior who has ten thousand key bindings; it's a level playing field. No cookie cutter specs. No worrying about patches which will nerf the class you're spent a year building into oblivion.

    It's a fresh, new, beautiful world. I played wow from Vanilla, and ESO compared to vanilla wow is like comparing the horse and cart to the ship that landed at roswell. I mean ESO is just so, so much better than that. Yes it has some bugs, and yes they are systematically and rapidly being ironed out. And here's something the devs are doing that blizzard never did and never will do; listening to the community, and trying to work with it--not telling it what should happen. The game is young. It's already great, and it is going to get better. ESO is the most well executed MMO release in history.

    Don't listen to the neckbeards. Get a copy, and go play. The game really, really picks up after level 13. PVP is fantastic. Crafting is fun, not a chore. Profession grinding anybody? Gone. ESO let's you skip the parts you hated about wow, and play the parts you loved about it. It's a great achievement. Here's to the future!
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  3. Apr 4, 2014
    9
    Would give a 10 if it the game wasn't shush a money grab fest. However ill pay the monthly fee cause its worth it more then wow that i playedWould give a 10 if it the game wasn't shush a money grab fest. However ill pay the monthly fee cause its worth it more then wow that i played for 4 years. I'm actually reading all the quests texts from NPCs cause they are imersive. Game is what i expected and more. I know even there are a few bugs and the end game isn't still perfect i trust Bethesda to know that they will solve game issues. They worked hard to get the game at an acceptable level at the release and hearing the community was they banner. Expand
  4. Jun 10, 2015
    7
    ESO has gone 'free to play' which of course doesn't mean it's free. It means that rather than having a monthly payment, you pay to purchaseESO has gone 'free to play' which of course doesn't mean it's free. It means that rather than having a monthly payment, you pay to purchase items to make playing more reasonable when you decide to do so. This in turn compromises the competitive nature of the game. Rather than increasing skills and abilities in comparison to other players, by pracitising those skills in the game, some things can simply be bought with real money, stamina, a nice horse, etc. with literal cash you use to buy these things - not in game cash you earn by playing the game. For me this reduces ESO significantly. Though it is still enjoyable and open world, another Skyrim but with a larger world.

    I have never understood why 'free to play' or as it is more accurately called 'free to pay' is so popular. A subscription based game enables a true even playing field whereas allowing people to buy elements that affect gameplay compromises the core of what makes an RPG enjoyable.
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  5. Nov 27, 2015
    5
    I love the Elders Scrolls series and I played a LOT of WoW when I was in high school, (before it died with MoP) so I thought this game wouldI love the Elders Scrolls series and I played a LOT of WoW when I was in high school, (before it died with MoP) so I thought this game would be the best thing since then. I tried playing this game for a few hours, but it just could not hold my attention. The story, quests, dialogue and characters were all so bland and tasteless to me. Trying to play any further felt like a chore to me. and the graphics are terrible. Honestly looks like a 2008 console game (but with great color ill give it that). Later on one of my friends bought it on console, so I decided I'd give it another go. Bought it again for console since I figured maybe it would be more fun with a friend, but that turned out to be a second mistake haha. Both of us were bored after a few hours and felt no motivation to turn the game on and play any further. I heard that the game was really fun at the level cap though, but I was honestly so bored at this point that I didn't have the patience to grind to the level cap. Expand
  6. Apr 22, 2014
    3
    One third of TESO players who took the time to review it think it sucks.
    ONE THIRD!
    That's pretty damn sad. Personally each time I turn it
    One third of TESO players who took the time to review it think it sucks.
    ONE THIRD!
    That's pretty damn sad.
    Personally each time I turn it back on it feels like i've picked the top off a scab just before it has healed.
    The "Critic" reviewers saying this game breaks new territory... i uh... really?
    THIS GAME IS A COOKIE CUTTER of EVERY OTHER MMO YOU HAVE EVER PLAYED only more infuriating because it feels like they spent all their resources on named actors when they could have spent it on fixing bugs and developing thrilling content and making a truely OPEN WORLD (where you can climb **** mountains and swim to OBLIVION if you want to... so annoying).
    Freetoplay FTW!!!!!! You lost me Betheduhyeah... i just dont get yous
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  7. Apr 15, 2017
    0
    What a horribly boring game. Everything is just so.. bland.. same old gather this, kill that quest.. not a single innovative thing.. thisWhat a horribly boring game. Everything is just so.. bland.. same old gather this, kill that quest.. not a single innovative thing.. this might as well have been made 20 years ago..

    Also what were they thinking, 3 realms =great idea, if it had not been for the fact that every realm have the exactly same classes, the same races and you can even play through the same storylines.

    They might as well have advertised that they had 100 different factions! Just a load of bull.

    I also hear that their customer support is full of rude morons, but i cant personally vouch for this.

    This **** would have been better of for not being made.
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