The Elder Scrolls Online
The ESO Beta was phenomenal.
Please note that in my short review of the ESO beta I am not judging this game as an Elder Scrolls game but rather as an MMO. The MMO's I have spent significant time in are World of Warcraft (end game patches 4.1-4.3), and Runescape (2005-2013 on and off). So I download the beta. When I saw that this thing was a 24 GB download I knew that I was in for a truly MASSIVE MMO, or that the game had some really good graphics. In the game I played as a Wood Elf (Aldmeri Dominion) Nightblade. When I got into the game I landed in some time warp in this huge elemental rift. Not being an accomplished gamer I did not know the controls well even for PC, so that left me under the impression that I had no abilities, like I did in World of Warcraft. I felt like the guidance in the beginning of the game was very low, and it wasn't until about level 6 that I got an ability--it was just hack and slash for the first few levels. Also unfortunately the story was pretty boring at the beginning. Some giant-woman (a high elf?) came with me to rescue a guy from eternal imprisonment who apparently was vital to my success in Tamriel. We teleported out, and I found myself somewhat stranded. At this point I had already spent about two hours on the game. Maybe I'm just inept, but that can't be the entire cause of the slow pace. The story kicked up a few notches, with murders that you witnessed and couldn't stop, guild quest lines and their ability lines, and a cool main plot. Another thing I found cool--THERE IS NO ARMOUR SPECIALIZATION! Hooray! You could be a Nightblade with heavy armour or even a Templar with heavy armour. There was no defined playing style of a class. I fought how I wanted, whether with a bow or a sword. The player interaction wasn't great--there was a Zone chat that everyone clogged up, and there was no way to know how to filter the chat. I found it a lot harder to save for big purchases like mounts, mostly due to the MMORPG-ness of the game--nothing should be TOO easy to obtain. This review is getting too long so I'll summarize it... Here is what was good: 1. Character Customization. Enough said, this IS an Elder Scrolls game. You could spend hours on making a character. 2. I liked combat but I wish that you would start with at least a few options. Also it would be better if you didn't have to click for every single regular attack. 3. The graphics were great if you put them on the top setting. 4. NPC DEVELOPMENT! ASTOUNDING! 5. Plot development was great. 6. Races are divided into alliances! 7. The little bit of lore I got about how some guy's cult came around was really cool! 8. Scenery was diverse and interesting. Here were the bad things: 1. Some of you will hate me, but in my opinion $45+$15/mo. is just too much. If you are willing to invest all of the required time to keep up with the community you will love it and feel like it's a bargain. But if you want to play an MMO but play other games too then you had better pick a cheaper one. 2. Not very much instruction in the beginning of the game. 3. Few combat options in the Elemental Plane. 4. Plot doesn't make sense (at the very beginning) unless you are an avid ES fan. Overall I think that even with the price tag this game is worthwhile. I didn't encounter PvP or the Dungeon System yet I was so intrigued by the main story line that I'm not sure I would have even been queued for either of those at level 10. This game is only going to get better. If you want bigger community, pass on the game! That is the only thing that this game is lacking! Tell other people about it! And if you get a beta invite then milk the time as much as you can.
This game is missing a lot
Full of bugs. Has almost no GUI options. No underwater exploration. You can not go underwater at all. No dueling. No /afk. No /autofollow. No regional auction house, just very small guild store that have a horrid GUI. Can't find inventory by level, type, race, or rarity. Very bad descriptions of powers and items. Some character stats are not explained at all. No clue what resists really do in the game. Very hard to impossible to make a informed description about your characters growth it items used. There is no guild bank options. Anyone can take every item in the bank. Personal banks are share among all characters and is very small, like a free to play game. Cyrodiil has been changed into a diamond shape instead of it actual land mass for pvp balance. Can not mail to self. Can not tell who the leader is in party. No floating name option, even in PvE. No minimap option. Descriptions are horrible in quest logs, so you are forced to follow the arrows that lead you right to the quests, instead of having the option to explore freely. In many parts of the world, you are forced to finish quests before you can move away from that section of the map. you can not go where you want at all in ESO. Everything is a closed off zone, one after the other. There are very few small dungeons to explore, unlike Skyrim that have them all over. There are even less large dungeons. There is no crime system. There is no pve raid system in the game atm. No housing. This is all a shame, because it has a nice combat system, and is a pretty game. It feels so frustrating to play with little to no options on so many features that are common in other MMOs and in TES.
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.
4/10 I Played the Beta
The game does not feel like an elder scrolls game. You can't kill any npcs, you can't steal at all, and what you can loot from fallen enemies is extremely minimal and not helpful in any way. The graphics and combat feel like a toned down and worse version of Skyrim, and the story line is not that intriguing, I do not recommend as of beta at all.
you will be disappointed
This is first a MMORPG, and a elder scrolls game second. that being said. it can be fun. and if you like MMO RPG's you will like this game. but if you love only elder scroll and not MMO RPG's you will be disappointed. I am not saying you are not going to like it. but still.
if you love Skyrim. then you will give this a 6. if you love MMO RPG's you will give this an 8.5. I do not believe at its current state. it will ever be a 10 or a 9.
Played the beta, barley had any bugs great gameplay and just overall one of the only games i have really enjoyed in a while. The monthly subscription is gonna suck but imma still play this game like crazy
not what i expected
i played the beta and i have to say i am extremely disappointed in it it isn't any way like their games they tried to get it to flow like an mmo but i could never get into it it felt like Wow and Age of Conan put together and the graphics are beneath what the game should have it doesn't feel like elder scrolls as a mmo it just feels like a another poorly assemble game destined to hit free to play
We all expect alot from a name as big as elder scrolls. We expect freedom, immersion......sadly these are things a overhyped generic mmo can not provide. What it can provide is piles of grindy meaningless quests that feel like work. This game is not a bethesda rpg it is a zenimax mmo. do not expect it to be anything like skyrim. The look of the game is good in the vids, however not in the same style as skyrim, its more colorful, more kiddish. Elder scrolls is one of the best series of games ever made, but it was never meant to be an mmo.
It's really not very good
I was in the latest beta weekend and under NDA so I can't give specifics, but the game isn't very good...at all. There is also no way they can fix it by the april release date. It may become good 6 months in after a ton of patches, but at release you will be disappointed.
I got a beta key code for this and I'm downloading it as we speak. I'll let you know how it is. I'm really hyped for the release and i'm probobly going to get it depending on its quality.