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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
  • # of players: Massively Multiplayer
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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. 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 12, 2014
    10
    It doesn't take long for a player to understand that they are in the mists of playing something very special. The art work in the game is theIt doesn't take long for a player to understand that they are in the mists of playing something very special. The art work in the game is the magnus opus of mmo-rpgs. Having played many of them in the past, ranging from vanilla wow, age of conan, TSW, Terra, Rift, TOR etc etc. This game manages to ignite a feeling in playing an MMO that had long since been jaded in my mind. The exploration in this game is its biggest strength. I love playing this game. People who hate it, are rating it for the wrong reasons (connections issues, bugs, I suspect they are trying to play it on a rust bucket tin can machine). This is a solid game, very well made. I would recommend it to any Next Gen User also, as I suspect like Diablo 3 it was transition very well. Expand
  3. Jun 16, 2016
    9
    I played this game on release day and I really didn't like it. I have returned recently and I have to say that it is really fun. As aI played this game on release day and I really didn't like it. I have returned recently and I have to say that it is really fun. As a buy-to-play MMO the microtransactions are not pay to win and are not shoved in your face. The DLCs are worth it, but you can still enjoy the game without them. All I have to say is that the combat is fun, the character building is unique, the quests are actually very engaging, the dungeons are fun, and the community isn't terrible. I am sad to see so many negative reviews because I haven't had this much fun in an MMO since the original Everquest. Expand
  4. Apr 4, 2014
    6
    Like other reviewers have mentioned, ESO is not a terrible game - it's just incredibly disappointing considering it uses the Elder ScrollsLike other reviewers have mentioned, ESO is not a terrible game - it's just incredibly disappointing considering it uses the Elder Scrolls name. It really is just another WoW clone with a PvP system similar to the one used in Dark Age of Camelot. The voice acting is surprisingly good and the graphics are as well. Everything else falls short though which makes me wonder they this game was made in the first place. If Skyrim sold like hot cakes, why not just make another game in the main Elder Scrolls series? I really wonder if the developers are actually proud of their finished product. There's just nothing new or unique here. MMO's don't have to be EverQuest / WoW clones to be successful. Not every MMO has to be a theme park ride that holds your hand at every moment. ESO should have offered more freedom than this. Expand
  5. Apr 13, 2014
    4
    As much as I loved Oblivion and Skyrim I could only play the beta for about an hour before getting so bored I quit and uninstalled the gameAs much as I loved Oblivion and Skyrim I could only play the beta for about an hour before getting so bored I quit and uninstalled the game right then and there. It's just so...average. Not bad but not great either, doing nothing mechanically or visually outstanding in a genre littered with the corpses of countless "me too" fantasy games. It's everything you would expect from a generic fantasy mmo and nothing more. There is just no reason for it to exist as it brings nothing to the table that hasn't been done so many times before. Expand
  6. Oct 2, 2014
    3
    This game is not an Elder Scrolls Game! It is not! It defiles all Elder Scrolls history, it's an average MMO that steals the name along withThis game is not an Elder Scrolls Game! It is not! It defiles all Elder Scrolls history, it's an average MMO that steals the name along with our money; It has huge maps, but it charges 20 dollars for a horse so you can move through it, since running is totally impossible for people who work and have little time to play. Shame on you Bethesda!! Shame on you for letting this game happen! There is no excuse for this game! Expand
  7. Nov 19, 2019
    0
    Im played this game since closed beta up to may 2019... And all i can say about this game its a trash, zos team can ignore game breaking bugsIm played this game since closed beta up to may 2019... And all i can say about this game its a trash, zos team can ignore game breaking bugs or exploits for a year or two but if its a crown store (cash store) bug they gonna fix bug in 0.4 seconds and even take servers down.eso team is a garbage which don't care about balance or anything else besides cash store. Expand

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