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- After 20 years of best-selling, award-winning fantasy RPGs, the Elder Scrolls series goes online like no MMO before it.
- A Connected Game World - Using ZeniMax Online's Megaserver technology you no longer need to choose a server, but instead play in one connected world.
- Play the Way You Like - With an enhanced Elder Scrolls combat system, engage in real-time targeting and use any weapon at any time, no matter your class.
- Your Quest to Save Tamriel - Discover the hidden secrets of Tamriel the way you want as you use the compass to explore at your own pace and save the world.
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The award-winning Elder Scrolls saga goes online! In The Elder Scrolls Online, experience one connected world and stay up-to-date with everything your friends are doing in one of the most socially enabled games ever. Whether you play alone or with your friends, the game’s innovative combat system allows you to focus on action and tactics, not the UI. Use any weapon at any time, no matter your class, and customize your abilities to play the way you want as you uncover the mysteries of Tamriel and seek heroic quests on your own terms. Explore the far reaches of Skyrim, the mysterious lands of Morrowind, the sprawling metropolis of Daggerfall and beyond. The choices you make, from the alliance you join to the battles you fight, will shape your destiny and the world of Tamriel.
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As of now the game is not a truly open world, but it is close to one. For the first 20 levels or so, the game enforces a linear progression through several zones that are almost entirely open for exploration. Each zone is about half the size of the island from Skyrim’s Dragon Born DLC. With the exception of the Imperial City DLC, all of the DLC content is easily accessible to you at almost any level, though you may have a difficult time surviving some of the encounters.
If you are looking for a new elder scrolls fix, I think eso is a viable choice. It isn’t Skyrim, but you get to play through many areas of the elder scrolls world that were not shown in previous games or haven’t been shown in 20 years. Each alliance has 8 unique zones as well as 6 zones that are open to payers of every alliance. This gives us 30 new areas to explore. Each area has its own main quest line as well as many side quest. After you finish Coldharbour( the last zone of the story for all alliances) you can go through the game visit the zones from the other alliances. Many of the main quest in the alliance zones are interesting, and worth your time.
If you like the challenges of finding the best items and making the coolest gear, then this is definitely a game for you. If you want to test your skill as a player, as a character designer, and as a team member then you will enjoy the many team dungeons and trial. If you want to pit yourself and your character against other players the games pvp is pretty cool, but it’s hard and frustrating at first.
The last thing to talk about is the ESO player community. You can get well over 100 hours of game play just ignoring everyone and doing quest. If you chose to interact with other players, you’ll find the overwhelming majority of them are really nice people. You will inevitably run into some jerks, but the reward to risk ratio is pretty high when comes to interacting with other players.
I ordered this game after finding out that it was going buy to play in March. I figured I would pick up an inexpensive copy with a gift card that I had, and try it out on the free 30 days that were included. That way, at worst, I'd be out $20.
I am a big fan of the Elder Scrolls series, and have played most of the games, going all the way back to Daggerfall. I'd played TESO in beta, and wasn't impressed enough to want to pay a subscription fee for it. It was buggy, even at release, with many quests being unfinishable, and a general unpolished feeling. It was pretty, and the quests were pretty fun and in line with the single-player games in their feel, but overall I wasn't all that excited about it.
I've changed my tune. They've really fixed a lot of bugs now, and though there are still a few here and there (graphical glitches on the load screen, sometimes hanging on loading between zones. That sort of thing), I haven't run into any quest or game breaking ones. The game feels more polished, and there is a good sense of community. It was definitely worth giving a try, and going buy to play was an excellent choice on Zenimax's part.
If you're interested in specific pros and cons, here's a quick list:
Engaging and fun quests with a good story line.
Very pretty game
Ability to create unique and interesting character builds, most of which are viable
Great character customization
Good crafting system and ability to color gear
Exploration is rewarded handsomely
Devs seem to listen and be involved
Buy to play with decent rewards for subscribing if you wish
Still a little buggy
MEGASERVERS - A little more in depth here. This actually made me waver between a 3 and 4 star review. There are two megaservers, North American and European. That means everyone is crammed onto these two servers. Because of this, you can be on different layers/shards/instances from your friends (though they have improved that greatly since beta, MOST of the time you are in the same instance as your friends and guild mates). Also, almost every quest is public, meaning you can be on a part of a great, epic quest and have n000bersauc3 come in overleveled and squish the main boss you'd been fighting your way toward, and you'll get credit for the kill and it will be entirely anticlimactic. It also makes it hard to find people of like mind. Roleplayers look for roleplay servers because they want to find people interested in that, and because, in general, they tend to be servers with more mature players. PVPers tend to want a server with people who are heavily into PVP. Etc. I would have liked to have seen separate servers instead of a megaserver, by a longshot.
World seems a little closed in
Limited space for skills on the quick bar. 5 per weapon set, and you get two weapon sets. There are MANY skills in the game and it makes it feel a bit more limited than it needs to be.
BEWARE! They changed the minimum computer specs to:
Operating System: Windows 7 32-bit
Processor: Intel i3 or AMD 3870 generation processors or higher
System RAM: 3GB
Hard Disk Space: 85GB free HDD space
GPU: Direct X 11.0 compliant video card with 1GB RAM (NVidia GeForce 460 or AMD Radeon 6850)
Sound: DirectX compatible sound card
Internet: Internet Broadband Connection
I played beta and the last free weekend, but my video card only supported DirectX 10.
Click Start, and then click Run.
Type dxdiag, and then click OK.
On the System tab, it might say DirectX 11 as the current version regardless if your video card can actually run DirectX 11 or not.
Click the Display tab, and check the DDI version. This is the version of DirectX that your video card supports.
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windows vista on the box, but they pulled support for vista soon after i bought