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  • Summary: The Elder Scrolls Online Collection: Blackwood is the ultimate Elder Scrolls experience and includes the Base Game and all Chapters:
    • Blackwood (New for 2021)
    • Greymoor • Elsweyr • Summerset • Morrowind ULTIMATE FREEDOM—Create your ultimate RPG character, play solo or
    The Elder Scrolls Online Collection: Blackwood is the ultimate Elder Scrolls experience and includes the Base Game and all Chapters:
    • Blackwood (New for 2021)
    • Greymoor
    • Elsweyr
    • Summerset
    • Morrowind
    ULTIMATE FREEDOM—Create your ultimate RPG character, play solo or adventure with friends, and determine your fate in an ever-expanding world. With no level restrictions, go anywhere, at any time in a truly open world. In The Elder Scrolls Online, the choice is yours.
    CHOOSE YOUR ADVENTURE—With a new tutorial, begin your adventure where you like: emerge from Coldharbour in the Base Game, battle Dragons in the Elsweyr Chapter, or get ready to face the Prince of Destruction, Mehrunes Dagon, in Blackwood, the latest Chapter. All content is accessible for new players, and you can switch adventures whenever you like.
    INCLUDES LATEST CHAPTER: BLACKWOOD—As part of the Gates of Oblivion adventure, a deal made with the Prince of Destruction comes due in Blackwood. Explore Imperial cities and murky bogs, uncover Mehrunes Dagon's sinister plot, and never adventure alone with the new Companions System.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Jun 6, 2021
    90
    Once again, fans of The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion can celebrate. They can look forward to rediscovering many well-known characters and locations like the Black Forest. On the downside, the main storyline is boring and our relationships to the new companions do not matter at all. Overall, the new expansion is worth playing for fans of Oblivion as well as for newcomers.
  2. Jun 6, 2021
    86
    A well-made adventure-kick-off thanks to companions and Oblivion nostalgia, however, it suffers from performance issues and a too spacious area.
  3. Jul 16, 2021
    83
    While Blackwood might not shake up the game, or make any huge changes to the core of what Elder Scrolls Online has become, it stands as another solid chapter to an already incredibly expansive game. ESO is my favorite MMORPG, and I come from a place of genuine love for the game when I say that I hope for something *more* in future chapters. I want ESO to continue to grow and draw in new players while retaining veterans, for another decade to come.
  4. Jun 22, 2021
    75
    In the end, Blackwood improves where Greymoor stumbled. The setting is tighter and more focused than last time, and the performance at launch harkens back to prior launches during the Before Times. The Elder Scrolls Online: Blackwood is a good addition to the MMO’s expansion roster, and one that’ll be a definite draw for those who remember walking the streets of Cyrodiil fondly once upon a time.
  5. Jun 24, 2021
    70
    If it has been a while since you have visited Tamriel, then Blackwood is definitely a great place to jump back into The Elder Scrolls Online. There will be a familiarity to the game, as the new features of Companions and Oblivion Portal do not add too much to the game. Whereby the Greymoor expansion added Antiquities, Blackwood simply offers a friend to journey by your side. But in saying that, these companions are a welcome addition to the online RPG – allowing those singleplayer types to enjoy a pseudo multiplayer experience.
  6. Jun 15, 2021
    70
    Blackwood is a brilliant throwback to Oblivion, but it feels like a starting point for a grander tale. Players going into Blackwood expecting a full-fat expansion experience will feel slightly letdown. Its dedication to 2006s Cyrodill shines through with the spaced out content making the overall zone feel a little empty. Still, the content itself is a job well done, ticking all the boxes to keep players entertained, but new features like Blackwood's companions work best when revisiting older zones.
  7. 60
    ESO: Blackwood is familiar territory for fans of the universe. While it provides heaps of armour sets to collect, enemies to defeat, and captivating characters to meet, it won’t be anyone’s favourite. This chapter of the MMO lacks an unseen and astounding setting, like Elsywere and Summerset had before it. The chapter relies on nostalgia, where that hole was filled with the previous Greymoor chapter. Lacking player versus player content, a memorable main story, and environments, Blackwood just isn’t up to scratch. However, as a complete package, The Elder Scrolls Online continues to be one of the best quality MMO experiences.

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  3. Negative: 7 out of 7
  1. Jun 10, 2021
    4
    — Zone is small.
    — Story is copy/paste from TES4: Oblivion, but within a vastly smaller area.
    — Writing level of a fanfiction. — Too many
    — Zone is small.
    — Story is copy/paste from TES4: Oblivion, but within a vastly smaller area.
    — Writing level of a fanfiction.
    — Too many agenda (strong wamen and weak useless men)
    — Main feature – companions – is only two characters with no dialogues at all. They are like talking sorc pets. We can't even change their hairstyle or put on helmet, so there are dozens of clones everywhere.
    — Side quests are all the same except few. Each of them has template like: strong waman who is the bestest evaaar needs trying to save her poor useless male lover, or brother, or son, or friend.
    — ESO always had not much of a variety in choices, but now there's no at all. And not only that, now our character is just a mercenary: he doesn't make decisions, he has no thoughts on what's happening, but only asks stupid questions like "Who are you again?", "What we are doing right now?", "What is three banners war?" "Who is Mehrunes Dagon?" etc.

    Story isn't complete, but I don't want to buy DLC-ending, because previous (Northen Elsweyr, Markarth) had content for three hours and then I never visit them again.

    Chapter feels raw, It isn't complete as well. ZOS should stop their "Year long story" because they are just breaking the game in hurry.
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  2. Jun 3, 2021
    2
    I bet this chapter took a large amount of work (new locations, Oblivion portals scenery, voice acting and so on..) but the actual content isI bet this chapter took a large amount of work (new locations, Oblivion portals scenery, voice acting and so on..) but the actual content is absolutely dead. From one of the worst methods of farming leads for mythic items to another dirt easy zone for new players (all 16 now! Cool concept for new players that dont exist anyway). Zone Craglorn was released only few months after release in 2014 and it was quite tough zone back in the day with very limited CPs and game knowledge.. Craglorn, 7 years after release is probably still the hardest zone in the game - that can't be right. There HAS to be serious rethink of PAID chapters for the future.. You basically buy this to get 2 mythic items and Trial if you have guild to run it with.

    Also wrong focus with the companions (which are garbage anyway). Honestly ZOS don't even have the quality of developers required for proper AI, most companies don't and thats for singleplayer games. Wrong focus on something they can't achieve. MMO, create better grouping tools for dungeons and trials, have an actual store with auctions and so on, this Ultima Online vendor system from 1999 is really something else. Focus on under 50 level players is wrong at this point, majority of population is high level - fact and yet they have Trial and two mythics with the most impossible and toxic farming ever made in MMO. Low level players don't exist, i only see 1000+ CPs around and one under leveled that can't even run fast enough through that new, empty Oblivion portal that is already cleared by high CPs...

    DLCs are fine, they come with sub, chapters have to improve big time. Better content for high levels, improve group tools and possibly Veteran difficulty for overland content, i can't bring myself 7 years after release to pretend to be low level and do the stories in the zonei. If it was challenging and rewarding for high levels, i'd do it gladly. Very active game with strong high level population but very much in stagnant state of development. No surprises, no challenge to improve the game, move the game forward. Just the same stuff for 17th zone to what was done at release 7 years ago (not Craglorn, that one is harder anyway). Oh, still not another class or race... cmon. Terrible value product.
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  3. Aug 30, 2021
    1
    The story is ok-ish. The zone is small, the enemies too easy, the fights boring - even the bossfight in the end of the story isThe story is ok-ish. The zone is small, the enemies too easy, the fights boring - even the bossfight in the end of the story is underwhealming. The new "dolmen" which are oblivion portals are bland and boring. Most of the time, when you enter a portal the enemies are dead - even if it just spawned - , because players stay inside to farm - which ruins the experience if you want to run thorugh your first portal - or in general any portal - from start to end. To top all of this off, the game in its current state is full of bugs - I experience one in almost every quest. The game forces you to play with a subscription and even then it has a very overpriced shop. I really dont know, why i come back every now and then. Bethasda should just focus und elder scrolls 6 and let eso die in peace. Expand
  4. me5
    Sep 29, 2021
    1
    Story is bad as it always been in eso.
    Content is copy paste from Oblivion.
    It is not worth the money. You will not find that spark in it.
    Story is bad as it always been in eso.
    Content is copy paste from Oblivion.
    It is not worth the money. You will not find that spark in it.
    Only thing good on ESO right now is the engine.
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  5. Jun 3, 2021
    1
    There's barely anything to do and the new companions are useless plus the storyline was shody at best imo.

    The worst thing though is that
    There's barely anything to do and the new companions are useless plus the storyline was shody at best imo.

    The worst thing though is that as of their last privacy agreement update with this DLC it states they will sell users information including but not limited to their legal name, age, gender, email, billing address, and other private information to basically any third party companies (and yes that includes social media and advertising companies) and since there is no way of playing this without accepting those terms. you basically need to be willing allow your private information to be sold in order to play this dlc.
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  6. Jan 31, 2022
    0
    The steam store description is completely misleading. Bethesda's selling strategy is shaped to make buyers pay more and get less content on purpose.
  7. Jun 14, 2021
    0
    New zone is not bad, companions are fun but useless addition to gameplay and oblivion gates are repetitive and dull. What bothers me is theNew zone is not bad, companions are fun but useless addition to gameplay and oblivion gates are repetitive and dull. What bothers me is the lack of content and incredibly bad story. I was really looking forward to this expac but after 10 hrs of gameplay I have no desire to play it. Expand