Average User Score: 5.7Apr 5, 2014First I will get two important points out of the way.
1. ESO is an MMO. This means if you don't like MMOs you will likely not like this game. If your haven't tried MMOs but are fans of the ES universe then you just might like it.
2. Pay model is monthly subscription. You may or may not like it but rating a game up or down several points based on this alone is ridiculous.
Rating scale: (++++I stand in awe, +++ Excellent, ++Great, +Good, ~So-so, -Poor, --Bad, ---Terrible and ----Pure crap)
Graphics +++ Compared to other MMOs ESO has perhaps the best.
Art ++++ The detail and variety of art work is amazing. The artist quality of this game is 2nd to none.
View Distance +++ The large VD makes the areas feel big. Hi/Lo texture transitions blended smoothly.
User Interface+++ Clean and efficient. I especially like how the compass is used. For +or- there is no mini map.
Graphics scaling +++ If your computer runs 21/2 year old Skyrim well, it will run ESO well.
Graphic Options+++ ESO allows considerable tweaking including options like "Depth of Field".
Voice acting++The voice acting is quite good. Occasional audio glitches mutes the voice over.
Music+++ ESO music like other ES games is top notch and implemented nicely.
Ambient Sounds +++ Be it footsteps, NPCs, casting or etc ESO's soundscape it immersive.
Accessibility+++Hot keys and shortcut keys are straight forward. Just remember the "E" key is affirmative and is used a lot.
Combat++For an MMO, ESO has great combat controls. It is not overly complex yet there is a rewarding learning curve. I do feel a few changes and or tweaking could make this go from great to excellent.
RPG and Character Development
Skill trees++++I feel Zenimax nailed this. Race, class, armor, weapon and misc skill trees distinctly affect your character but no single set defines your play style or role.
Leveling+++You gain experience and skills through exploring, questing and using skills/equipment.
Customization++ There are quite a lot of choices at character creation to customize your face/body. Though each race has a different style of armors and weapons there are no color schemes you can customize them with.
Game world+++ ESO's Tamriel is large and open. Lootable containers bookshelves etc are everywhere. There are many nooks and crannies that can be explored.
PVE+++I think I might be playing a different game them those that complain about boring quests. This game's quest are creative, varied and entertaining. ESO uses phasing quite well to make you feel your actions matter. Will you still have to complete 100s of quest to level to 50 yes.
PVP+++ I would like to experience more PVP, but the siege battles are epic and the three faction dynamic really adds depth to the PVP. The PVP in ESO is shaping up to be the best since Dark Age of Camelot. Though I need more time to tell and Zenimax will need to continue to evolve ESO's PVP.
Life draining+++ My wife and really enjoy playing ESO. We've played in beta and early access. We've spent way to many hours playing various MMO's. We like both PVE and PVP. We haven't been pulled into an MMO like this since Burning Crusade came out for WoW.
There are many other fun and refreshing aspects of the game like lock picking. I will not cover them all.
If you like MMOs and the Elder Scrolls universe this game is intoxicating. If you want a single player romp like Skyrim wait for TES VI. There is nothing earth shattering new or different about ESO compared to other MMOs. Yet small unique things like a very lootable world, 3 faction PVP, locking picking along with the other refined elements makes ESO a joy to play.
I rank ESO at a 9.4. Overall its an excellent game. It used to be Metacritic was a great place to see gamers opinions. Now too many axe grinding trolls found the site and flippantly give a 0 with little to no reasoning why. That leaves users users that actually care the choice to rank the game higher to offset the trolls or give what they honestly feel is a reasonable score.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.0Dec 18, 2013I trust user score more than the critics but not in this case. If you want a hybrid between an MMORPG and an action game Neverwinter is great. It is simply enjoyable to play.
-Best game play of any released MMO. Feels responsive.
-Good blend of action and role playing in an MMO world.
-Good story built on the Neverwinter universe.
-Graphics are decent and the art is great.
-Limited class types. Supposedly more will be released over time, but if you want a D&D options you will be disappointed.
-World comprised of many small zones. This is not a wide open world.
-Constant reminders to spend money like the enchanted boxes that can only be opened with enchanted keys that require real money.
You do not need to spend a lot of money to have a lot of fun in this game. I've only purchased 4 extra character slots costing less than $7.00 total and my wife and I have had a lot of fun.… Expand