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  • Summary: The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited includes all the gameplay from the original PC/Mac game, plus all the updates and content additions, including the new Justice and Champion systems. All existing PC/Mac game accounts, open or closed, will be updated to the Tamriel UnlimitedThe Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited includes all the gameplay from the original PC/Mac game, plus all the updates and content additions, including the new Justice and Champion systems. All existing PC/Mac game accounts, open or closed, will be updated to the Tamriel Unlimited edition in March and former players will be invited back to the game at that time to experience all that is new in the world. New players will make a one-time purchase of the game and play, without restrictions, for as long as they like – without game subscription fees. Tamriel Unlimited will be supported with special, optional downloadable content available for purchase and an in-game Crown Store for convenience and customization items. Regular updates and new gameplay will be offered to all players to enjoy free of additional charges. [Bethesda] Expand
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  • Developer: ZeniMax Media
  • Genre(s): First-Person, First-Person, Massively Multiplayer Online, Fantasy, Role-Playing, Massively Multiplayer
  • # of players: Massively Multiplayer
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  • Rating: M
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Jun 22, 2015
    90
    For console RPG fans like me, this game scratches a huge itch for an Elder Scrolls adventure on the PS4 and Xbox One – until the next instalment of the franchise, this game will do just fine.
  2. This time Zenimax did the right thing. The Tamriel Unlimited is a great improvement over Elder Scrolls Online, with Champion System, Justice System and solid end game content.
  3. Jul 14, 2015
    80
    It doesn't have the flair or the polish of a heavyweight like Final Fantasy XIV Online: A Realm Reborn, but it's certainly worth trying if you're looking for seemingly never ending adventures on PS4 – with or without friends.
  4. Jul 12, 2015
    75
    It's a good Elder Scrolls game, just not an especially great one. The atmosphere and huge amount of quests keep the game interesting, but the individual player's experience is held back by the MMO frame, while the graphics are severely disappointing. Fans shouldn't hesitate, though.
  5. Jul 21, 2015
    70
    The Elder Scrolls Online has received a number of fixes, but other shortcomings still persist.
  6. 70
    Caught somewhere between a reverence for its forebears and an unwillingness to forgo MMO traditions, The Elder Scrolls Online is a hybrid game that's exciting and off-putting in equal measure.
  7. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Jul 17, 2015
    50
    Its simplistic design means TESO feels like little more than an Elder Scrolls-themed amusement park. [Aug 2015, p.88]

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 45 out of 265
  1. dpc
    Jul 30, 2015
    10
    Loving it so far (at level 13). My first console MMO and while there are certainly a few things I'm not totally in love with, it IS an ElderLoving it so far (at level 13). My first console MMO and while there are certainly a few things I'm not totally in love with, it IS an Elder Scrolls game and very fun to play and level up. Combat is better than Skyrim. I look forward to playing every night - and after 6 solid weeks of the incredible Witcher 3, that's really saying something! Expand
  2. Jun 18, 2015
    10
    I feel compelled to write a review because this game is amazing. It is really unfortunate that people are trying to compare it too all theI feel compelled to write a review because this game is amazing. It is really unfortunate that people are trying to compare it too all the other MMO's and to skyrim/oblivion. Those are single player games, and a mmo is different within itself. The story is amazing and the amount of things to do in this game is rediculous. I hated this game the first two hours because of the dullness of it, but once you get past that and start to understand the fundamentals of the game it becomes tremendous. Expand
  3. Jun 9, 2015
    10
    Amazing, well done. Extremely nice, good graphics, the movements is just unbeatable. I have played the PC version for months and in P4 is gameAmazing, well done. Extremely nice, good graphics, the movements is just unbeatable. I have played the PC version for months and in P4 is game is just as good. The game is for single and multi players, the gamer actually can choose how to play, single or multiplayer. Extremely fun game to play with friends, one thing that is just horrible would be voice chat over zone, some guys have no manners, it is not the game's fault but they should remove it, after all people sucks. Expand
  4. Jun 9, 2015
    9
    The best MMO on PS4. People need to understand that this is not trying to be Skyrim 2/online. It's an ES game, and for long time fans of theThe best MMO on PS4. People need to understand that this is not trying to be Skyrim 2/online. It's an ES game, and for long time fans of the series there is plenty to enjoy. Expand
  5. Jun 16, 2015
    8
    This game has been closer to a 9.5 for me so far, but I don't want people to bypass my review like all these 0s and 10s trying to sway theThis game has been closer to a 9.5 for me so far, but I don't want people to bypass my review like all these 0s and 10s trying to sway the score their way.

    ESO has hit all the right notes personally. Beautiful universe, massive world, great art direction, exploration of Tamriel, epic medieval PvP, and great group-rpg-PvE.

    You can build your character almost exactly how you want. Wield a two-handed battle axe while slinging fireballs and lighting. Be a powerful caster with strong stealth abilities that can pull out a bow when desired. Sorcerer tank anyone? Can't make up your mind? Become a jack-of-all-trades or even a master crafter to supply your friends and guild with powerful gear. There's so many options and styles.

    As far as the feel on console, I am thoroughly enjoying it. There are a lot of keybindings and some of them can be a little awkward to use (quick emotes, potions, and weapon swapping are all bound to the d-pad which requires you to take your thumb off the movement sticks), but overall it feels great to sit back on the couch with your hands in a comfortable position and play on a big screen.

    The lack of text chat could make or break the game for some. If you have friends that play or are very sociable in voice chat, it shouldn't be an issue. I have actually enjoyed not seeing all the chat channels. It makes the universe feel more real and immersive. It makes trading more interesting too. Players have created "trade guilds" that anyone can join to list their wares in the guild store, accessible for players at any bank location. (ie I have joined one that already has over 200 players in the first week. I'm able to list my items and search for items I want. Sales get mailed directly to you)

    Combat is superior to any MMO I have played and I like it much more than Skyrim's. While Skyrim may feel slightly more physical and realistic, the lack of skills, abilities, and spells causes it to fall very short for me. It feels great to aim and swing/shoot, opposed to tab-targeting in most MMOs.

    Questing has always been my worst nightmare in MMOs, but I have to admit this is the smoothest I've seen. ESO's compass UI is quite different than the typical "mini-map" and keeps you moving in the right direction without taking up much space. Questing still takes a very long time to reach level 50 (around 100 hours if you're quick), which is good or bad depending on what aspects of the game you're looking forward to.

    PvP in the central zone, Cyrodiil, is lots of fun. It's huge scale combat. The three player factions battle for the control of large keeps and ultimately the city in the center of the map. The keeps themselves are massive and require large groups a players to construct siege weapons to attack and defend. It is very satisfying to knock down a keep and claim it for your faction with 100s of others. It really feels like a battlefield. On the other hand, it can feel very "zergy" where large groups of players travel together and clear everything in their path. But when two equally large groups meet, it becomes very intense and fun. Small scales combat can be found too if you look for it. Camping out choke points to ambush enemy reinforcements can be a strong strategy to aid your faction.

    I've only just reached level 50, where much of the endgame has opened up for me to explore so I cannot review any further. So far I am very impressed and if you are looking for an Elder Scrolls style game to play along side your friends I would strongly encourage you to try ESO for console.
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  6. Jul 4, 2015
    6
    Pretty much the usual MMO fare here. Talk to characters, do their fetch/kill quests, talk to characters again. I will say it's great to havePretty much the usual MMO fare here. Talk to characters, do their fetch/kill quests, talk to characters again. I will say it's great to have an MMO where you can freely experiment with different weapons/skills. As a mage, you arent restricted to staves and spells, you could wear heavy armor and use swords if you prefer.

    But it feels much more grindy if you arent an ESO Plus subscriber, since a lot of progress is slowed way down. The in-game price for a mount is absurdly high, I guess that's why the Crown Store was put into play. Text chat would've been nice to keep in the console versions as VOIP is a hassle to get working and also not everyone likes using microphones, especially when a lot of what's asked of you in this MMO doesnt require much strategy.

    My biggest gripe would have to be the very limited action bar, it just sucks to relegate myself to a few spells/abilities because my bar is full. At level15 you get a weapon swap mechanic that gives you a second action bar to work with, but the weapon swap feels completely unreliable during combat and it just becomes another hassle.

    Overall, a mediocre MMO.
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  7. Jan 7, 2017
    0
    A bad time for casuals.

    This game started off as having more of a casual focus, sure. Since One Tamriel, though, it's been supremely
    A bad time for casuals.

    This game started off as having more of a casual focus, sure. Since One Tamriel, though, it's been supremely exclusionary of casuals. Dungeons scale to appeal to end-game PvE players, balance changes that regularly wreck concept builds to appeal to PvP players, and world bosses that used to be soloable that now require a large group. If you're a very competitive sort, you'll love it. It's just too toxic of an environment for casuals. It's moving ever more and more toward appealing to the people who play WoW and League of Legends.

    Crafting used to be a level above all drops, so it was easy to craft great armour. Crafting stats have been nerfed, and crafted gear is the same level as what drops now (and inferior in every way). This is something they promised they wouldn't do, but hey, it's just too easy to get good gear and the high-end PvE players don't like that. They added duelling, which meant that roleplayers are now getting trolled all the time by people checking roleplaying site schedules and having duels there. Unlike Champions Online, it doesn't even have no-duel zones. You can duel anywhere.

    The only thing that ESO still has going for it is slightly above sub par writing.

    ESO has gone in a Bold New Direction, the management at Zenimax Online Studios now wants that sweet, sweet WoW money. And we all know how well that worked out for Champions Online, Wildstar, Warhammer Online, et al, right?

    So don't bother with ESO and ignore the promises made about it. It used to be a casual game, not any more.
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