The Elder Scrolls Online
I love this game. Plane and simple only a few things I would change but thats only me being me. I've already recommended this game to my brother and now we both play online together. Really great game
Great potential mired by bugs & monotonous quests.
Huge world offers plenty of opportunity for quests and great ability to customize your various players to play whatever style and combination suits your taste. Game is mired by numerous bugs, cranky combat mechanics, and poor AI though.I find it difficult at times to know which quest to do next and there seems to be so much going on as far as quests that they don't seem to tie into each other well, though I realize that it ties together much of the lore of the elder scrolls. When some quests are completed, the graphics and action is exciting and is a highlight for me. Crafting seems to offer little incentive since I've gotten by without doing any of it so far. Overall, I don't find it as engrossing as when I first played WOW and haven't been able to do online battles yet which I was looking forward to. Hopefully they tweak the bugs and game play to make this at least a 9/10 game but to me it's at a mediocre to good 7 or 8 out of 10 because the combat gets old fast and starts to feel like a grind.
Fun game but not for everyone
The game is active, combat is fun, but some solo quests are very hard for casual players not use to adjusting their builds and weapons. This game requires the development of a hero and is not a simple level to 50, get skills, grind end game experience. You have to start with templates and based on your usage of skills they level. They also limit the skills equipped at one time so you have to think and not mash buttons. There are no set classes only mixes of skills you place together. That makes great game play for me, but people who want to just level and end game with the flavor of the month build will hate this game. The PvP is fun and active. It is a siege based combat and not a gank feast. We have people who never PvP'ed enjoying the grouping experience. There are also quests, dungeons and normal PvE things to do in the PvP areas. No one weapon or skill is right for every situation. This game is fun and the characters you build are varied but the UI needs a lot of work. The crafted gear is the best gear in the game so people who craft and enchant will love this game. There are several styles of gear that you can wear so your toon will look as you want and not stuck in a strange colored outfit. Some basic guild and bank functions that are in most mmo's are in need of a lot of work. The game has improved a lot since beta but still needs some work. The game runs well on older systems and is great looking in HD. The game is a B right now and with a some work on the customer support, quest bugs and on the UI, it could be an A game by summer.
The game is great, it needs few tweaks and i believe Zinemax will fix the problems at release. This is an MMO, not a solo "beat and trow away" game and of course certain measures have to be take to accommodate the multiplayer. Not every thing is lootable, which is good else economy would be unstable. Not every NPC is killable, which is also good, people can't abuse the killing of Quest NPCs and vendors blocking others from using either. The game offers just as much of ES as any previous one, only with MMO element (making sure that people can't abuse one or the other thing which otherwise wont affect the gameplay in solo games). The game has lots of character customization, better than wow or any other up to date, also has a very nice combat mechanics and graphics are also great. Well worth the monthly fee, considering that it will only get better. Don't cry about not being able destroy every thing and loot every thing, this chaos is only for solo gaming.
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.
ESO, everything I hoped it would be
I upgraded my PC for this game and I am glad I did. Visually stunning, great gameplay, just wish there were more slots for spells/skills. Granted there has been a few bugs and glitches but that is to be expected on such a massive two server rollout, Despite the few bugs gameplay has been smooth and seamless. While I havent hit any high level on any of my three characters (I am playing one of each faction to see the world) I have been happy with the quests both related to the plotline as well as the side quests. While each faction starts in the same 'tutorial' area, once you have played it you may choose to to skip it with no problem on later characters. After that each faction has their own story line and side quests. Nothing patallel in the quests apart from the main story line. I have not engaged in any pvp yet but its not really my thing however I look forward to seeing if its any different from my other pvp experiences. Over all I love this game!
A Game Not Just Great by the Sum of It's Parts
I have played all the Elder Scroll Games and have enjoyed most of them very much. Some I loved. (DaggerFall)
First thing is first. This is not The Elder Scrolls 6. This is not the follow up to Skyrim. Some people I have spoke to in the gaming who have never even played this game just think it to be Skyrim or Oblivion with Multiplayer tacked on.
That could not be further from the truth. This is a full fledged MMO. Yes it does reside within the Elder Scrolls world and that is what adds a layer of richness to the lore and to the game.
What that means is that you can follow the main quest and enjoy a great, fully-voiced, celebrity cast and have a great RPG experience filled with nods to prior Elder Scroll places and events.
You can also just take of in any direction and find your way through the beautiful world on your own. It may not be Skyrim 2.0 but it IS still and Elder Scrolls MMO. It is an MMO through and through but it stays honest and respects it's roots and it's fans. You can create the type of character you want. The play style you want. The look you want. (No more Oblivion ugly characters) The game you want. THAT is why I love this game. I can and do play the game I chose to. NOT how the developer tells me to. It can be more on rails or 'themepark' if that is what you prefer and it is a great ride! Or you can play it Elder Scrolls style and dabble in the main story while you wander off getting into untold adventures.
Swim out to some island off the coast. Finding out there is a dungeon there, harpies everywhere and fantastic loot! Totally random spot and spent over 2 hours just having a blast!
The combat is great! I love how dynamic it is. dodging and rolling out of the way, having to adjust arrow aim or spell aim to hit my target.
MUCH better than staring at my hot bars like many MMO's without seeing the action actually happen.
The crafting is one of the best parts of the game. it is deep and meaningful. What you craft and make has real value. Not just vendor trash. I love that. I love to fish and cook and brew drinks as well.
The community has been fantastic and friendly. Very mature.
I would have given this game a 10 out of 10 instead I think a 9 is fair. There are things that need added still. Features still to be completed. Yet this is one MMO that will be around for a verylong time.Elder Scrolls games always last and this one is an MMO? Itcan only grow and grow and grow into the greatest fantasy virtual life we have ever seen digitally reproduced. Once Housing is brought in. An Auction House or Market player driven, of course. Perhaps purchasing sea vessels and boats. I would like Bards be able to craft ingame music and have them sold at vendors and or taught to other bards. The list goes on and on but as it is a never ending game being an MMO. The list SHOULD go on and on. This is the content and features that will be put in to help grow the world.
Long story long? Fantastic game as it stands today and WELL worth the purchase price. The longevity of the game is what I am most excited about. So many Online RolePlaying Games fail in that regard. Guild Wars 2 was that way with me. This game has a scope I have not seen in an MMO since Asheron's Call.
Different, Not Bad
Most people are expecting way too much and those people I assume aren't used to MMORPGs. In order for it to be multi-player, It can't be the same as Skyrim which is what most people are hoping. With thousands of people playing on the same server, graphics won't be as good, and the world can't be catering to one specific character. I played in the last beta and enjoyed it. It was pretty slow at the beginning, but after you level up a bit the game comes together. Some changes are hard to get used from Elder Scrolls games such as not being able to take everything, not being able to kill everything, and not having the same freedoms of speech with everyone as there was before. The game is for MMORPG fans and the adventurous Elder Scrolls fan who is willing to try something new so for all the people expecting an Elder Scrolls VI you will be dissappointed. For an MMORPG, I think its great. For an Elder Scrolls game, it's similar, but dialed down a lot.
What the Elder Scrolls has been missing - Or not?
The whole MMO idea is great. I'm just hoping it will be different than World of Warcraft, etc. ESO will be very easy to screw up. Ever since I've been playing the Elder Scrolls, I was always so surprised that the game wasn't multiplayer enabled. I'll miss the few things that we were able to do in the single player games, but I'm really excited to see how this turns out. I don't think they'll screw it up even though it would be easy to. I've always known Bethesda and Zenimax to provide unique gaming experiences. As long as they keep as many things they possibly can from Skyrim and Oblivion(etc.), I'll be happy. I mean, there definitely won't be the ability to kill the NPCs(unless they immediately respawned which wouldn't be much fun)... which completely obliterates the possibility of having the Dark Brotherhood or anything like it. I really loved that storyline. Even though some things won't be possible, I'm excited as ever for the next Elder Scrolls game.
Almost seems....too good to be true....
In my HONEST OPINION, this cant go very good, a game that has been offline play up til now? I dont know if it will fail badly or if it will be a huge success, if anything i most certainly want it to succeed, but not to end the good old single player rpg gaming it gives us today (if you know what i mean). I also dont want it to fail like some big shot games weve seen recently that have failed our expectations, no need to name them. However, with seeing some of these games lately that have come out......i cant help but wonder...if im going to still be playing video games up till this comes out, I am really getting tired of ALOT of these games, most are fun and awesome, but lately its just that they've been too repetetive, or like its a one playthrough and done sort of thing, I WANT THIS GAME TO NOT FAIL ANY OF US, SOMETHING THAT WILL LIFT OUR HOPES AS GAMERS TO HAVE FUN and not ragers or anymore negativity, alot of gamers these days are not very nice to others, and i hope they do not abuse this game online as well.....heres hoping for a success in the future ^_^