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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: 19 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  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 11, 2014
    A perfectly executed game that manages to merge some of the best aspects of TES and MMOs, resulting in a very remarkable game. Great progression, tons of options, fun combat, insane amount of content and a very promising PVP are some of its virtues.
  3. Apr 17, 2014
    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.
  4. Apr 9, 2014
    That the development team has been able to retain the mechanisms of play together with the depth of the content in the face of a breed of gamer whose capacity to consume is unrivalled, is perhaps the game’s biggest achievement. Now all Bethesda has to do is keep up the pace.
  5. Apr 9, 2014
    A solid, meaty title. It has hours of gameplay, satisfying character trees, and a wealth of online role playing experiences to churn through. It’s safe and secure. It serves up the classic habitual MMORPG experience, albeit with a “Tamriel Twist”. And for many gamers, this will be fine. But Bethesda have created an example - not an evolution - of the genre.
  6. Apr 17, 2014
    The main quality of The Elder Scrolls Online is the giving of a good answer to the fans asking for an MMO Elder Scrolls for years. But objectively, it's not the best MMORPG around, nor the best episode of the series. Consequently, the game has good moments but it never enters the unforgettable kind. And the subscription seems very high at the end of the day.
  7. Apr 18, 2014
    The Elder Scrolls Online is frustrating. It has moments of sheer class, but they’re consistently tainted by bugs. I love the PvP, but it’s pointless playing when the rewards are so slim. I like the questing, but huge numbers of quests are simply broken. I love the world, and the lore, and some of the systems they have produced. But my enjoyment of them was undermined by poor design.

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  1. Apr 8, 2014
    This is the most fun I've had with an MMO since UO, DAOC, and WoW beta.

    The world is beautiful and immersive, the story is engaging, and
    the combat is epic. I'd go as far sa to say that the combat in this game is better than some single player games, including the other Elder Scrolls games.

    The scope of this game is just massive, and that trait carries into PvP as well. Giant armies don't just smash together and zerg it out, but rather erupt into entire battlefields of skirmishes, flank attacks, and retreats. The castles are massive and can be attacked on any side via various siege equipment.

    I showed the game to some friends of mine who are burned out on the MMO genre, and base don what they saw they agreed to give it a try. Now that we are all playing, I swear the phrase, "I can't believe this is an MMO" gets thrown out at least 10 times a night.

    So glad I didn't let the trolls or 1-star-kids sway me from this game, and you shouldn't either.

    I'm excited to feel like a kid again. Thanks, ESO. ;)
  2. Apr 7, 2014
    I'd gone into the game not expecting great things, having read some scathing reviews online.

    Boy were they wrong. In fact in many cases
    they turned out to be factually inaccurate. Why people would feel the need to lie about a game is beyond me and seems rather pathetic. The game is brilliant. The vastly inflating numbers of people jumping in say it all. As someone who played WoW for MANY years, and has consistently failed to find a game to replace it since, I finally feel this is it. The more you play it the more depth this game gives you, and the more surprises are revealed. It really is a fantastic game.

    The graphics are beautiful for an MMO, and have lovely detail and appeal. I love the way you can branch out and explore, and the game rewards you for it. Side quests, hidden goodies, lore for mages guild progression. I love how it's not like those boring MMOs where you have to kill 10 mobs, collect 10 parts etc all the time.

    To not like this game would be near impossible. If I had to complain about anything, it would be that more games should be like this.

    As a Skyrim fan there were parts that made me laugh - Sheogorath is brilliant and funny. Questing for the wabberjack was great, and the icy tomb was a massive Skyrim throwback, but has all the parts you wish were in Skyrim too.

    Long term appeal is pretty much a sure thing. I'm not going to cover the massive amount of planned content to be added to the game, a huge benefit of a subscription based title, which will ensure longer term appeal. The current content is plenty big enough already. To boot, the flexibility in character design is HUGE. So many different combinations and builds, I've already started experimenting with alts, and loving every one of them. That alone is something that hasn't had much appeal since the days of WoW.

    Bugs - there are a few at the moment. That is to be expected. Despite that, I'm giving it a 10 - the key bit for me is that I see them being worked on very quickly and they are actively tackling them. For me that means a game that will rapidly improve and grow. With all the game has to offer already, this is the icing on the cake.

    The voice acting is brilliant, and in some cases hilarious. Really a very very good job all round.

    Simply look into it for yourself or ask around - odds are if you don't know someone who already owns it, you will do shortly. Take a look for yourself before being swayed by empty reviews such as "It's boring because I find all MMOs boring"
  3. Apr 4, 2014
    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. Apr 8, 2014
    This is a mixed experience that comes out positive in the end. I have to say the familiar music and exploring really help the experience. This plays like something inbetween Oblivion and Skyrim as far a graphics go. The game play is great. I have not interacted with many other players but you sure see them wandering around you all the time. The whole experience goes best with this description for the old timers like me. Remember when SimCity had that one version that was made by a different company. It was still the same basic game it just felt different. That is how I feel about this one. It is great but different. Expand
  5. Apr 9, 2014
    The game is an excellent MMORPG. It has all the features and easy control. But comparing it to an Elder Scrolls game, it sucks. The two elements don't mix well. Also, the business model is very bad. 60 dollars plus, 15 dollars per month. Nope. Not good. Expand
  6. Apr 4, 2014
    Bugged quests, clunky combat, bland environments, bland spell effects, clunky looking animations, bad voice acting, cookie cutter classes...the list of bad things in this game go on and on.

    I will give Bethesda a nod for making an attempt, but the game does not feel immersive at all. But I am disappointed that they would put out such a crap product.

    Some series are just not meant to be made into an MMO..
  7. Apr 22, 2014
    I'm sorry but this is a casual pile of rushed wank. Horrible combat, Bugged and unfinished PvE and a community of botters, farmers and dupe glitchers that have DESTROYED the economy within a few weeks of launch. This was a terrible MMO and a mediocre Elder Scrolls game. The PvP was okay but nothing you can't get from games like Guild Wars 2. I can't recommend this game at all, I say if you want a new Elder Scrolls Experience, Mod Skyrim on PC. If you want a new MMO experience, Play Guild Wars 2 or Wildstar. Expand

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