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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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  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. Sep 5, 2014
    10
    Great game. I'm playing from the beta and I still have cravings. This is the best MMO I've played since ages. Unfortunately some bugs still remain but I really love the game, the atmosphere and graphics. The community is very mature and PVP is simply terrific. Expand
  2. Apr 7, 2014
    10
    This will be a review in progress. Starting with a 10 because this game is the best i have played to date and I see so many zero's that it drives me crazy that people can even give something a score like that when they haven't even played through the content. Going to leave you with a few points that I posted on another discussion.

    1) You can play without being consumed by the HUD. Most immersive MMO to date.
    2) Voice acted quests that are well delivered. Don't want to be smacked in the face with walls of quest text any more? This could be for you!
    3) Crafting that is actually engaging and relevant.
    4) Character creation that is diverse enough that I don't see clones of myself everywhere. that what killed WS for me =(
    5) Combat system that actually requires you to think. I have played a tank in every mmo and the sword and board feel amazing.

    Currently Level 12 and I will update at 25, 50, and then post 50 impressions.
    I am huge into pvp and I havent even experienced it yet but will keep you posted.
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  3. 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 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
  4. Aug 17, 2014
    7
    In all fairness I am not sure The Elder Scrolls Online ever stood a chance with all the hype that surrounded this MMO release. So many fans of Morrowind and Oblivion and Skyrim were simply frothing at the mouth in anticipation on this one. I do not think the game has lived up to the hype. BUT...the game is still young. I have been playing it since beta and I will say TESO has made a steady upward climb. I enjoyed playing several toons into their mid 30's but with each one I seemed to hit a wall. There is still work left to be done on this one as far as engaging the players. Also the developers need to take more chances rather then taking the safe road and firmly entrenching the game in mediocrity. I think Zenimax started with a few strikes against them in the hype as well as creating a themepark MMO in the first place. The only way this game will climb out of the middle of the pack is to take some chances and explore new ideas. Expand
  5. Sep 27, 2014
    5
    As a huge MMO fan, and an even bigger Elder Scrolls fan I was super pumped for this game. However after beta I did not choose to continue playing this game. Graphically the game is fairly good. It doesn't look as good as Skyrim, but that is to be expected. It seemed at first they were going to stylize it to look more like Oblivion, but that's not the case. Everything just looks rather generic. The voice-acting is generally inoffensive, nothing worth noting. Gameplay is probably the startlingly different aspect. It is a mix of typical Elder Scrolls combat and exploration, all with MMO restrictions. You choose a class and you can bring different skills with you into battle. Each class has three trees of skills, nothing we haven't seen. Now this would sound like it would work well with the elder scrolls mechanics, but it doesn't. Playing with friends and other people makes this game a chore more than it really should. I honestly think this game should either have been made more like Elder Scrolls, or much more like an MMO. The two just don't mix as well they should. It's honestly like playing a really cheap copy of Skyrim, it's not even a decent MMO. Expand
  6. May 6, 2014
    3
    It's probably a great MMO - I dunno I don't play them but it isn't the same experience as the traditional Elder Scrolls game. I just couldn't get into it

    I hope to the gods they don't do this with Fallout.
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  7. Nov 9, 2014
    0
    I got the same feeling from this game as I did from Halo 3 to Halo 4. Different designer of a classic, amazing series took everything that was good about the Elder Scrolls name, removed it, stole generic MMO play style from other popular MMOs and then duct-taped it back together. At least in this case I can hope to god Bethesda doesn't think that this game was a success by any means. To me personally, as soon as I heard that there was an extra fee to play imperials I knew this game was a money grab, I'm sure I wasn't the only one. I historically played WoW almost since its release. I don't play it anymore because I simply can't justify the monthly cost for content that continues to dumb down the originality of the game to "appease the masses" as in, "we have to market this so that anyone from ages 8-18 will want to play it." This is just yet another title that loses it's connection to its name, and disappoints anyone who wanted a fresh game concept. Very few games are hard anymore, this one is just pathetic. Not that anyone reads these but If someone made an MMO with similar objectives as WoW, BUT and this is a big BUT, completely re-engineered the combat system to be almost a copy of the way chivalry is (if anyone has played that) that someone would become a billionaire over night. I was hoping this game would take a crack at that but it severely missed its potential, all to make quick money. I read a 10 on here that bashed everyone calling this game garbage. Their reasoning was that all of us giving this game terrible reviews is a ploy to keep people playing WoW. Well, as I just said and I'm sure i'm not the only one. I no longer play WoW, and I haven't in years. Explain to me my secret plan to keep people playing WoW? Anyway Don't buy this piece of garbage. It literally took everything and I mean EVERYTHING that makes Elder Scrolls a fantastic series and removed it. The only MMO in my opinion that's worth its cost is EVE. I personally just don't have the time to learn it and I'm not so much into the space scene. But If I was I would recommend it much sooner than this. I would rather play runescape, or neverwinter, or LOTR, or .....I think you get my point. This game doesn't offer anything new or unique, just recycled **** that nobody wants. Expand

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