My Experience With The Elder Scrolls Online Beta

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The Elder Scrolls Online Beta Weekend: February 28th-March 2nd

Elder Scrolls Online: Glitches

It is expected that beta tests will have glitches, but I was pleasantly surprised to only run into what I thought were minimal errors. During my very first playthrough, whenever I would talk to an NPC and they were going through a dialogue, whatever they had said would repeat and overlap in the background after a few seconds. This led to endless repeats and dozens of phantom voices, but this only occurred the first time I booted the game.

Elder Scrolls Online Beta

Elder Scrolls Online: Level Up!

Of course, I got kicked and had to re-open the game numerous times while playing, but during a stress test this is to be expected. During the last day of the test weekend I noticed some of my weapons were having trouble. Staffs would go through the attack animation without actually doing any harm, swords wouldn’t swing, bows fired randomly, etc. The most annoying and frequent glitch I and others encountered was unfinishable quests. And of course, it would always happen at the end. I would go through all the motions then when it came time to defeat the final quest boss, find that last item, talk to somebody to finish it all up – that person or item would never spawn or be stuck somewhere.

Elder Scrolls Online Beta

Elder Scrolls Online: Glitch

Oftentimes you could look down at the chat bar and see other players confirming that the quest was broken, but sometimes I would run around for the better part of a half hour trying to find some way to make the darn thing work. I would say there were around 10 quests that I either couldn’t finish at all, or I had to drop and come back to later once it was fixed. However, not being able to finish certain quests just encouraged me to go exploring and find one that worked! There were always plenty of quests to discover, but not so many that it felt overwhelming (think Lord of the Rings Online or World of Warcraft). Other than some additional minor visual glitches, the beta was a lot more stable and playable than I expected it to be.

Elder Scrolls Online Beta

Elder Scrolls Online: Notice anything strange?

 

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