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  • Summary: A classic dungeon crawler reimagined.

    • Experience dungeon adventures. • Create and customize your city, restoring it to greatness. • Conquer your rivals in epic one-on-one Arena battles. • Create any character you want and discover unique weapons, armor, and abilities. • Master the
    A classic dungeon crawler reimagined.

    • Experience dungeon adventures.
    • Create and customize your city, restoring it to greatness.
    • Conquer your rivals in epic one-on-one Arena battles.
    • Create any character you want and discover unique weapons, armor, and abilities.
    • Master the never-ending Abyss with a cutting-edge combat system.

    The Elder Scrolls: Blades enables cross-play so you can battle your friends on other platforms. You can also use cross-save to maintain your progression across multiple devices.
    Start a new character, or continue your previous journey, today.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 12
  2. Negative: 5 out of 12
  1. May 18, 2020
    60
    The Elder Scrolls: Blades is a simple dungeon crawler, with a nice progression system but repetitive gameplay during expeditions, that represent the core of the experience. The game's got lots of microtransactions since it's a free-to-play title, but the graphics are pretty outdated and there are no motion controls on Nintendo Switch.
  2. May 25, 2020
    60
    The most interesting feature is, in fact, the cross save that allows you to play indifferently on Switch or mobile devices.
  3. May 28, 2020
    60
    Blades is a free to play dungeon crawler set in the Elder Scrolls universe, with some interesting ideas, but repetitive, even boring, levels and poor combat mechanics.
  4. May 21, 2020
    50
    I don't hate The Elder Scrolls: Blades, at least conceptually. Bethesda's lightweight F2P Elder Scrolls game has all the hallmarks of the franchise but delivers them all in such a hollow way that it loses everything that makes the franchise beloved. You might find some enjoyment in the game, as I have done, but you will inevitably become weary of the dungeons, frustrated with the timers, and on Nintendo Switch, you will find the performance to be at times unbearable. Fans of The Elder Scrolls deserve better than this, but it's all they will get until The Elder Scrolls VI launches years from now.
  5. May 29, 2020
    45
    Quotation forthcoming.
  6. 40
    The Elder Scrolls: Blades is a simple case of a mediocre game on mobile just not holding up on an actual console. Concessions made for mobile play just don’t make sense here. Not to mention when blown up to a TV or even the modest size of the Switch’s screen, Blades is pretty ugly. It's a downright joke when compared to the actual full Elder Scrolls game already available on the platform. Unlike other Bethesda mobile offerings like Fallout Shelter, Blades is a simplification of a complex game rather than a game built with mobile limitations in mind. When you take away the reason for those limitations, you’re left with an ugly mess of a game with nothing to justify its own existence.
  7. 0
    This game is a creatively broken, anti-intellectual insult. Bethesda spat in our faces and, because saliva is a kind of "content," figured that it could monetise it. Sadly, the success that Blades has seen on mobile - and will no doubt translate to success on the Switch as well - just goes to show that when it comes down to it, consumers actually like being spat on, because it means that they are getting content.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 20
  2. Negative: 15 out of 20
  1. May 29, 2020
    8
    A year ago i download the game for my phone and it was a little annoying with all these timers for chest .After this game game out for switchA year ago i download the game for my phone and it was a little annoying with all these timers for chest .After this game game out for switch they fix lot of issues and its not that much pay to win for me as a f2p player with 1) nice graphics 2)city management (casual simcity) 3)loots with upgrade system and enchants... BUT its not an Elder scroll experience as bethesda said to us . But free game i cant understand all these hate ... Its not 10/10 game its a low 8 for me...But there is a plethora of improvement there and if bethesda help it like fallout shelters its gonna be more than than these 8. Expand
  2. May 16, 2020
    7
    For a free to play game it's actually quite addicting. If this wasn't a Bethesda game and an extension to such a popular franchise I think itFor a free to play game it's actually quite addicting. If this wasn't a Bethesda game and an extension to such a popular franchise I think it would actually be well received.

    Having said that, for this to be released with such enthusiasm when everyone is waiting for the next Skyim...well...it's a choice. Hopefully they can gain customer confidence back but what a misstep.
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  3. May 20, 2020
    5
    It's mediocre, but I find myself coming back to it to pass time, so I guess that says something. I doubt I'll ever see everything due toIt's mediocre, but I find myself coming back to it to pass time, so I guess that says something. I doubt I'll ever see everything due to paywalls/wait periods - or maybe I have? In the few hours I've played, I've seen the same map layouts multiple times. Lots of bugs. Expand
  4. May 23, 2020
    1
    It was terrible and boring. I hate not being able to do anything but square up on every opponent. This is just Punch Out, wait a crappyIt was terrible and boring. I hate not being able to do anything but square up on every opponent. This is just Punch Out, wait a crappy remake of Punch Out. Expand
  5. May 30, 2020
    0
    It's just bad, there's nothing redeemable about this. This "game" is the worst bull**** I have ever played. It's boring uninspired, hasIt's just bad, there's nothing redeemable about this. This "game" is the worst bull**** I have ever played. It's boring uninspired, has extremely bad graphics, literally zero fun factor, a terrible combat system and loot system, bad voice acting. Everything is bad, it doesn't feel like an Elder Scrolls game at all. Bethesda should be ashamed of themselves. Nobody should be tortured by this worthless garbage, full of glitches and paywalls. The quality of Bethesda's products is going down. Expand
  6. May 15, 2020
    0
    I was thinking about TES Oblivion or Morrowind and this comes out. Play your garbage with lootboxes yourself. Best regards.
  7. May 14, 2020
    0
    Bethesda have created an abomination. Truly, it would be more pleasant to lacerate ones nut-sack and teabag a bath of salty lemon juice.Bethesda have created an abomination. Truly, it would be more pleasant to lacerate ones nut-sack and teabag a bath of salty lemon juice. Laughably terrible and deeply insulting. Expand

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