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The CD-ROM is still worth it.
on August 3, 2005
Sure, the game's been released for free by Bethsoft, but the advantage of the CD-ROM is hearing the wonderful voice of Ria Silmane intoning "With you has died our last hope for justice". The Elder Scrolls has consistently remained the best CRPG series out there. It does not run under native Windows XP but can run on Windows 98 or ME with a dual boot, or under the Windows XP compatible Dosbox emulator.
Outdated graphics, but great storyline and puzzles in search of the eight pieces of the Staff of Chaos. Arena's plot set the stage for Daggerfall, Morrowind and Oblivion. Unlike the later games, Arena uses a traditional fantasy game experience points system for level advancement, but many features of the later Elder Scrolls first make their appearance here. Well worth it for the fantasy collector or hardcore fan of the Elder Scrolls.