The Elder Scrolls Online Imperial Edition
Fun, immersive, Elder Scrolls game.
As a Beta Tester I have played content up to level 20 and ranked as 3rd in the Aldmeri Alliance to be Emperor. I have played ES games for years and feel the developers have captured the ES feel in this new game. It is the ES Dream Game in which the entire continent of Tamriel is finally opened up in a single game space. It is loaded with lore and interesting NPCs. The voice actors are superb ... and often funny. PvP in Cyrodil is a blast. I fully trust the Developers to solve all the major bugs and release a beautiful ES game. You can reach level 10 and begin PvP in about 15 hours of play. Exploring the full content will take hundreds of hours and should expand constantly. This may be one game no one ever finishes... LOL
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.
Awesome RPG MMO
Pros: Graphics, Sound, Voiceacting, Story, Quests, Immersion, Character Building, Server Stability, Crafting and Siege & Epic PVP.
Cons: Combat, Missing "depth" features
Buy this if you are at least 2 of these: 1) MMO RPG Fan 2) Elder Scrolls Fan 3) Siege-style PvP fan (e.g. DAOC) 4) Game Lore Fan
First off this isn't a single player RPG; it's a sub-based MMO. If you don't like that, don't whine about it, just move on. What ESO is though is an awesomely beautiful and immersive RPG style world. All of the stories have meaning and you end up loving the NPCs. The ability ESO gives you to build the character you want is also unprecedented--the devs said that over 98% of all characters rolled were unique.
On the downside, combat is a little bland--but still more engaging that Skyrim or Oblivion. I think the biggest regret is that they didn't work in features like the Theives or Assassin's guild, housing or a "moral choice" tracker/system for launch (its supposed to come after).
A great mix of a single-player RPG and an MMO
Honestly I enjoyed games such as Guild Wars 2, and DC Universe Online. My favorite game of all time is probably Skyrim, but man is this game fun. Though this game isn't as immersed as Skyrim, but it is definitely the most immersed MMO thus far. The quests are great for the single player experience, and dungeons and pvp are awesome for the group experience. This isn't Skyrim Online but man is it becoming it. This game has only been going in the positive direction, and I would recommend this game to anyone who would enjoy a game with a single player feel but with the capabilities of teaming up with friends. I would not recommend this game to anyone that's wanting another Skyrim game or W.O.W. game.
Superlative questing, combat, crafting and RvR.
I have been playing Elder Scrolls games since Daggerfall 18 years ago and mmos since Asheron's Call 16 years ago. This game sates both the desire for immersive dynamic questing and the want to be engaged in a vibrant community. I have wandered aimlessly and found no end in wandering mazes lost. Compelling quests are ubiquitous and worthwhile. Every NPC is voiced by professionals and in many cases by renowned actors. The combat is rapid, variable and enjoyable. RvR or PvP is an improved version of the system from Dark Age of Camelot, which until Elder Scrolls Online was the standard. The ability to don any armor/weapon with any class negates the need to reroll or for alts and makes an for an impressive permutation of character design possibilities. The support staff responded to a request of mine with alacrity and humor in regards to an error when I made my Userid. One item to be aware of is that your Userid will be associated with all of your characters(i.e. Guild Chat, contact lists), make sure you pick one you like.
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 :)
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.
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.
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...
Not ready for Prime time.
As the title says, this game has a few months before it has enough of the main quests working properly to allow advancement. These troublesome bugs are hit or miss. Some suffer with them others [less than 1/2 the testers] seem to miss them altogether.
The interface is designed for a game console controller, with excessive limitations for the PC user , and all players in general. Level cap 50 with 1 skill point per level you will be forced to choose 1 Class Style, and 1 craft , or not be able to maximize either should you try to diversify.
They do have [currently] 8 character slots, 1 shared bank between all characters [70 items to start max]. Each character's inventory can be expanded at an in game cost [not real cash].
The Imperial addition doesn't justify the $20.00 increase. Add to that the fact that the Hard copy version with a 12" figure is the same price as the Digital download. Makes the Digital version less appealing.
As is typical with setting a release date way in advance of production , then sticking to that date the product is never working properly.
The excessive Quest Failures make this game "Not ready for Prime Time".