The Elder Scrolls Online Imperial Edition
Beta tested and approved
I was one of the many to beta test this game prior to release and I loved it i have been a elder scrolls fan since morrowind and i was a lil nervous about this release but it is amazing.
I have seen an abundance of YouTube videos pertaining Elder Scrolls Online, and it looks amazing. I know a lot of people are complaining about the graphics as an Elder Scrolls fan, but keep in mind that it is also an MMO, and for MMOs, the graphic cannot be extremely attractive because it would take up too much processing space for a computer. The best solution for making a RPGMMO is to tone down the graphics, and in saying that, the graphics in this amazing for a MMORPG.
I was a BETA tester for PC
I can honestly say ESO was one of the best games I have ever BETA tested. The graphics are astounding and gameplay is great. There are 9 races you can pick from, so there is definitely one to your liking. By all means you should preorder. I mean yes it is pay to play,but I say its worth it.
I am giving this review in honest faith of the ever expanding story and the fun I will have enjoying this game overall. Most of us here are elder scrolls fans but I consider myself a true fan I am not going to complain about graphics or any such none since considering my wife is in the gaming industry and see the blood sweat and tears she sheds making these games. I am going to sit back and enjoy the feel of the UI I love the UI for TESO it gives me the feel as if I am right there in the game myself what else could I want? I think what I am most excited for would be the fact this Elder Scrolls game does not end like all previous I got a since of longing as soon as I beat the main story line and most of the side quests and events in Skyrim. now Graphics get a 8 out of 10 well because its a MMO it will not meet Skyrims standards, but pretty darn close. sounds? well what am I to expect from a elder scrolls game just amazing that is all I can say. game play and lasting appeal well it was just so fluid and smooth but I do have a expensive gaming computer with a good internet connection appeal well so far I cant get it out of my mind maybe in a year or so, ill get bored but I doubt it.
Game that pleases both ES veterans and MMORPG fans
Loved this game! Great story that revolves around your character and is rather difficult at later levels. The quests are not "kill x of these" types of quests. The quests are a lot like other ES titles where it is interesting and revolves around killing daedra, bandits, difficult creatures, finding treasure, etc. The first-person camera is perfect and I feel right at home with this game. Combat is pretty smooth and there were only a few bugs in the game that made it unplayable, but that is why it is in beta. The skills system is fantastic and is probably the most diverse skills system in any mmorpg. The character you make is your own character from the start, attuned to your unique style. Crafting is amazing with armor and weapons that look better at higher levels and increasing its power, making you an unstoppable force. I definitely recommend this game. I have played WoW for years and ES as well so I know how people are worried about the online experience lacking. To be honest, I completely lost track of my level and was immersed in the exploration and story that was given to me. This, however, won't be the same ES kind of title because people will be around you doing similar things. That special heroic feeling is not as intense, but it isn't gone. You still have a sense that this is your hero, your quest, and your mission. Playing to end-game will be a fun one instead of a slow trek and torment like other MMORPG's have established. Only time will tell if they can please the crowd at end-game by pushing content out in time and not become another SWTOR. Other than that, this game is well on its way to please those that enjoy story and combat. Go ahead and pre-order it, I know I will :)
Pay to play...
Let me start off by saying I am biased. I do not like pay to play games. They would sell enough games to make the wages of the people working on the game if it wasnt pay to play. and second it is 60 bucks (or more) to start off with. that makes a year of game play around $225.... This game will never be that epic. I really did love the beta and I will admit i became pretty addicted to it and played around 20 hours of it during the stress test beta but I am still not sold on the monthly subscription. I'll need another beta that will let me get to the level that gets some unlocks in order to decide. Like level 15 when you get to switch weapons in combat. geez i would of been there if 50% of my quests werent bugged. and i know its a beta but let me try the features out for mara's sake. i might consider getting the Imperial edition if they say changed the sub fee to 6 to 7 dollars. no reason to be greedy. I will try to leave you with a photo of the final minutes of the beta in daggerfall.
As another Beta Tester, I can also tell you that this game will eventually exceed all expectations assuming the Devs commit as much time and energy in to the game as they have already. Being that the game is still in Beta there are flaws in the game, but shouldnt that be expected? Isnt that why a GOOD Developer/Publisher puts a beta out? so that they can work through some of the major issues before they release? If you appreciate The Elder Scrolls Lore, you will love this game regardless of other "premature" negative reviews and bashing. I gave it a 7, because it exceeded my expectations for a beta. i didnt give it a 10 because its still in beta.... and there are issues...
An extreme diamond in the rough
Before i say anything else, let me say this, I LOVE THE ELDER SCROLL SERIES. I've played since the very first. When I heard about Elder Scrolls MMO, i just about lost it and pre-ordered the game almost 4 months in advance. I soon started playing the Beta and I was quite frankly, shocked. At first i liked what the game had to offer, it had the old world of warcraft feel to it with the Elder Scroll charm to it. But around level 7, things went down a cliff of despair. Firstly and probably the biggest problemn, the quests. They take too long and are too boring. Usaully it'll be like a couple dudes with so-so AI. I understand that Elder Scrolls has had a reputation for bad AI, but here, it sticks out, so badly. Why? Because after following a little arrow around for four minutes while wondering why they put these quests so far apart, you arrive at the blessed quest area. THANK THE LORD ITS HERE! About 1 minute later, it's done. Get ready to backtrack or whatever to oringial quester sweet-cheecks cause that was a total snoozefest. The thing is, ALL THE QUESTS ARE LIKE THIS. ALL OF THEM. Do you want to have a grand adventure with 50 of your raid buddies slaughtering an army? WELL TOO BAD TAKE A FEMALE TREE WITH BUG HANDS! BUG HANDS!! This problemn is only made so much glaringly obvious by the fact the graphics are EH. The graphics, while they have cool lighting, are bland and actually FAR worse than Skyrim's or even Oblivion's because THEY'RE SO GENERIC. The only thing that keep me going inbetween quests was the music. MY GOD, the music. The music which is, by far, the most polished thing of the game. It's grand, it's epic and i love every second of it. BUT even though the music is great, its not NEARLY enough to save this game's GLARING issues with the final product. I can see this game getting free-to-played in a couple years. Also before i pack up this review here, i just wanted to say that the differnce in Imperial Edition is that it gives one extra race and some free stuff in the game that normally would take hours of grinding. Another thing, if you preordered the game, you can pick any race for any alliance. THAT COMPLETLY DESTORYS THE ENTIRE POINT OF THE STORY! ALL OF THE STORY CONFLICT??? GONE!!! WHISHH! MAGIC!!! That said, i did have fun but not NEARLY enough to give this game higher 3.5, though i do think that if were almostly wasted, this game could be REALLY fun, i just don't think a lot of people have the time or money to buy a 6 pack of beer WHILE paying 15 dollars a month to play a Elder Scrolls Game that was made in a month.
As a Beta Tester of this game i can personally say that this is going to be one of the best games of the year by far. Everyone who loves MMORPG's Must get this game.