The Elder Scrolls Online Tamriel Unlimited
Let's bring justice and clear some things up.
Nearly 80% of these reviews are from those that failed to research the game, and just went and purchased it blindly simply because it said "Elder Scrolls" on the cover. Everyone take a step back and appreciate what was done here. If you go into this with a Skyrim 2.0 attitude, you will be disappointed, and should have known better. All MMO games will take a cut back on the graphical and game play department simply because that is the nature of a MMO game. That's what everyone is misunderstanding. Yes, It is an Elder Scrolls game... but a MMO as well. I personally like the social aspects of a MMO and find ESO to be very enjoyable. It has its flaws, and is far from perfect.... but it does not deserve the bad reputation it is receiving simply because a majority of the consumers can't be reasonable.
If you love Elder Scrolls, but do not like MMO games, maybe stay clear and wait for the next release. If you like Elder Scrolls and MMO games, then perfect!
Everyone, do your research, game companies cannot please every person out there... as we all enjoy different things.
The Cost of Awesomeness
Price of the game + monthly fee + Xbox Live fee + the loss of sleep, skipped meals, daydreaming about Tamriel at work . . . WORTH IT! I am a console gamer through and through, but also a huge Elder Scrolls fan. So, I bought ESO for the PC because my wife was raving about it. She, too, is a huge Elder Scrolls fan. Skyrim, the best game ever! (Her words). We’ve spent entire weekends playing ESO together. You can play alone or group with other players for almost every objective. Other players can and will help with missions, even if you’re not grouped. When ESO comes out for Xbox One, we’re there. Didn’t even mention the PvP gameplay – AWESOME!
MMO with no subscription, is NOT online Skyrim.
I hope this review can set a few things straight, since there is so much misinformation floating around about this game. I'll break it down into simple points that I hope help potential purchasers to have reasonable expectations about ESO.
1. This game is NOT online Skyrim. Anyone who tells you it is has either not played it, or is lying to you. There are no dragons, the graphics are different, there are no shouts... Your exploration is limited by your alliance choice. Mechanics are developed around the fact that you are not alone at any point in this game. You can become the Emperor of Cyrodil for example, which is an entirely different matter from becoming a Thane in Skyrim. It simply is NOT online Skyrim.
2. This game has no subscription requirement. When it was released on PC in 2014, it had a sub requirement. They did away with that. You will not need a subscription.
3. This game has a premium currency called Crowns. You can only buy Crowns with real money. Crowns only buy your character cosmetic items and serve no purpose in terms of skill or leveling. Nothing sold for Crowns will give you an advantage in the game or help you progress in any way. Again, Crowns only buy cosmetic items. You do not need to buy Crowns to "win" in ESO. It is NOT pay to win.
4. This game is an MMO. This game is not another solo Elder Scrolls game. If you've never played an MMO, download something like Warframe or Neverwinter, which are both free, and see if you like MMO's. An MMO is a massively multiplayer online game. What that means is that the world you explore is HUGE and has TONS of people in it at the same time as you. You will see people running all over, completing quests just like you. You may encounter people completing the same quest as you. They may join in and kill the thing you need to kill, because in an MMO instance, if you're both there to kill it, you kill it together, even if you aren't in a group together. You are not the only hero, so get over that now.
5. MMO's do NOT have high end graphics. MMO's work on massive regional platform specific servers - North America and Europe in this game. In order to have a massive server with as many people as are playing ESOTU in North America on Xbox One at once on it, graphics are scaled back some to avoid choppy. laggy, rendering issues. A true MMO will NOT have top of the line graphics. It's an impossibility to have high end graphics and massively populated MMO servers. Period. If you want amazing graphics, buy an RPG, not an MMORPG. You can Google the graphics of this game, so no excuses on buying it and complaining.
6. As with all MMO's, there are parts of this game you have to be in a group to complete. There are in-game options for joining groups and guilds to have people to play these parts with - you do not have to bring your own friends. If you are adamantly against playing in groups with other people, you should not ever buy an MMO. Ever. MMO's are SOCIAL RPG's. Social means playing WITH other people. Staunchly solo players need not apply.
Now that the clarifications are out of the way, I will say that I'm really enjoying ESOTU. I love the fact that it's set in Tamriel before Oblivion or Skyrim. I love the crafting, alchemy, enchanting, cooking, lock picking and all the basic Elder Scrolls functionality we've all come to love. What I enjoy even more is being able to play with other people, because I am a fan of MMO's. My only real complaint is that I wish console players were better at microphone etiquette, but that's really a complaint about console MMO's and not ESOTU. If you have a firm grasp of the clarifications I listed above and this game still sounds good to you, buy it, you'll love it!!
No subscriptions, safe to buy used
There is a lot of misinformation about this game. There is no subscription fee and it is safe to buy used. The game is online Skyrim, it's as simple as that. While I think Skyrim one of the most dumbed down RPGs I've ever played, it was immensely fun. ESO has a bit more depth, and a lot of content. The soundtrack is great and the voice acting can be pretty great at times, average at others. It's getting a worse rep than deserved. Is it 10/10 no, 9/10? no. It has flaws like the serious graphics drop and the fact that it is impossible to roleplay when a player runs around the corner named Ted37 or something equally dumb. Not to mention that some of the quests can be down right boring when players have already bben through and killed everything. If you're an elder scrolls fan you should not miss it, It's as simple as that.
Agree with the last review...
I am a big fan of Elder Scrolls series and really wanted to play this game but was never a fan of MMORPG games. I decided to buy it because I wanted to support Bethesda as they have made very entertaining games since their inception. While I am still not a fan of MMORPG I really like this game. I like that if i'm fighting something that is real tough, it's great to have help defeating it. You can still go solo at times but will definitely need assistance with some missions, especially when doing the main quest. I am still playing the game as I like exploring all parts of the world so it might take me a while to get through the main quest. As was already stated the graphics are not superb and there is a wait to get onto the server at time, however that is to be expected because of the popularity of the game. In fact, the wait times are almost zero now as the server has been upgraded. You still get kicked off the server from time to time in the middle of game play but it has been reduced. Overall, a great game. If you're not a MMORPG fan but a fan of Elder Scrolls buy the game, anyway. You won't be disappointed.
Happy , sad, now excited..
when this first came out to be pre-ordered almost a year ago... I went ahead and pre ordered the game, then after finding out that you had to pay $15 a month- I abruptly canceled my payment. now that I have learned they have done away with the subscription cost, I am once again excited and willing to pay for this game... because there's no question that this game will be pretty good considering Skyrim was great, however the online component may not be as wonderful as it sounds.... nevertheless this game company has created the best games money can buy so I can't be just dismiss the potential of the game... as long as I don't have to play with everyone all the time and can go off on my own and do my own things against computer controlled opponents I will be happy because let's face it some people have too much time on their hands and end up making games like this annoying to play by finding every little trick and glitch to make their fighting abilities overly efficient. Or they just ruin whatever you may be doing for the sake of it (GTAonline)
NO MORE SUBSCRIPTIONS
For everyone who would be weary about buying this because of the monthly subscription, the monthly subscription has been waived. There is now only the one time purchase fee. A monthly subscription can be purchased if you wish, and grants bonus content and crowns to spend in the in-game store, but is not necessary for play. This game looks super awesome and i'm excited to join in
It's not Skyrim. It's BETTER.
First of all this game is incredibly impressive. Massive open world, tons of skill lines and customizations, mind boggling amount of quests, crafting, smithing, guilds, PVP, etc... its tough to even know where to start. Being an MMO you have to expect the graphics to be less than stellar, yet these look quite nice. For everyone complaining that this isn't Skyrim, please just stop. I guarantee that every negative review of this game is from people that haven't even passed level 10 as a character. MMOs tend to take a little while to learn how to play (I'm not admitting to being an expert just yet), and when you figure it out it becomes quite rewarding. The first couple hours of this game can be somewhat dull and overwhelming with the amount of stuff going on but once you actually take the time to learn it and begin leveling your character there is nothing not to like. I'm also not really seeing a huge difference between this game and the play style of Skyrim. The quests have a similar feel, the combat is vastly improved, and there is probably 50x more content.TL,DR give this game some time. It's great.
Seems like a good game, but left out one detail.
This game may be by far, the best MMORPG to date, especially for consoles. Reading up on it's story and how it will be played (it's PvP as well as the game itself) It may blow every other MMORPG out of the water. Although, the summary of the game on this page forgot to mention one CRITICAL piece of information. It will, in fact, have a $15/month subscription fee. It will not be free to play. This subscription fee also comes with the $60 original fee to buy the game. Although, you will get to play for one whole month (hold applause *sarcasm*) before you will have to pay the monthly fee in order to continue playing. Which sucks, I know. But it is an MMO. If it's as successful, content loaded, and as big of a world as they make it out to be, it could very well work. But needless to say, they will have to be pouring out tons of new content/expansions to keep subscribers interested. Hopefully, they will all be free. But if they load it with tons of microtransactions, as well as the monthly fee and the cash shop. They might as well have committed suicide to The Elder Scrolls Online.
Best 60 bucks you can spend
This game really tailors to my preferences. I personally do not usually like mmos but this game blew me away. The only issue I encountered was a bit of confusion in the beginning regarding the way the servers work. The graphics definitely show that this is a next gen game and the sound is up to par with other elder scrolls games, especially the music. I am playing it a few days after its release and I was expecting the game to be more crowded, but I was wrong. There are enough people to make it feel like an mmo but not too many that you are overwhelmed, and depending on where you are at there may only be a few people around you. The combat mechanics are absolutely amazing and feel very natural. The game itself is easy enough to figure out and you probably won't ever be confused on what to do.