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: Final Thoughts

Overall, I was very happy and pleasantly surprised with the Elder Scrolls Online thus far. As it was a beta test, many of the aspects I disliked were nothing more than glitches. The graphics are unquestionably impressive, especially for an MMO.

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Elder Scrolls Online: Gorgeous view

The big question many people had the minute Elder Scrolls Online was announced was how they were going to keep the classic Elder Scrolls feel while making it an MMORPG. I think they did a fantastic job. As I stated earlier, I got lost in the game many times and forgot that I wasn’t playing Skyrim. I would be sneaking through a quiet dungeon, waiting for an enemy to pop out, and almost jump out of my seat in surprise when a fellow player would suddenly run through my field of vision – the feel of the game is that good. Then again, that same factor could be taken the other way depending on what kind of player you are. You will definitely miss that ominous feel that came in dark dungeons and on spooky quests in older Elder Scrolls games. It’s hard to feel intimidated when there are a number of other players jumping around and basically reminding you that yes, you are playing a game with other people that you can’t control. This of course comes with the MMO territory however. My biggest qualm is the button-mashy and sometimes awkward combat system. It took characteristics from multiple different combat styles to try and be something different, but is it the best way it could have been done? Until the full game comes out we won’t know if they will be making any changes, but I definitely think it could use a bit of fine tuning.

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Elder Scrolls Online: Mundus Stone (formerly Standing Stones)

Aside from that, I was deeply saddened when the beta weekend ended. There was SO much to do and see that it was difficult to decide where to use my time and I would have loved another week to explore everything. If nothing changes by the time it releases, I still believe that the Elder Scrolls Online is a great game. Fans of the series will I think be the ones to appreciate it most, but I can see someone who has never touched the game still being able to enjoy ESO without feeling lost. I look forward to spending hours on end exploring the beautifully made and vast map, joining guilds, PvPing, and generally having an amazing time in Tamriel.

Elder Scrolls Online Beta

Elder Scrolls Online: Like a boss

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