This Recommended Gaming post is a bit of a first, as this is the first time I’m recommending an MMORPG, The Elder Scrolls Online.
A long time readers of this blog will know I have a bit of a soft spot for The Elder Scrolls series. It was Oblivion that got me hooked onto open world games and with the help of Final Fantasy XIV, The Elder Scrolls Online has helped me to fall in love with MMOs.
The Elder Scrolls Online is set on the continent of Tamriel, 1,000 years before the events of Skyrim. At this time in Tamriel’s history, there is no one sitting on the Imperial Throne causing a war between three alliances. On top of that, one of the Daedric Princes, Molag Bal, is attempting to merge the mortal plane with his own. Yep, there is a lot going on in Tamriel and its down to the players to resolve these conflicts.
I do want to give a word of warning to fans of The Elder Scrolls series: this is not Skyrim Online. When ESO was released a lot people were disappointed as they thought this was going to be an Elder Scrolls experience but with the ability to play with friends. They forgot this was also an MMORPG. The main thing this affects is your character, who will have a particular class, which will affect how you play the game. Fortunately, with an update last year; there is now a ‘Skill Advisor tool’, which will help you with choosing your character’s skills, so you won’t feel too intimidated if this is your first time playing an MMO.
If you are new to MMOs, then don’t worry, I believe The Elder Scrolls Online is a great way to immerse yourself into this video game genre. Firstly, there’s the advisor tool I mentioned above and secondly, the game does a great job of easing you into the MMO, with quests that won’t feel like your playing through tutorials. It also won’t take you that long to jump right into the action. For MMO veterans, you will find your usually MMO staples: dungeons, raids and PVP. Combine those with the seasonal events and you will have plenty of content to play through. I also think that the flexible class system, allows more experienced MMO players to experiment with different character builds.
Another thing that makes The Elder Scrolls Online a great MMO to try out is the fact there is no compulsory subscription. That’s right, after you buy the game, you don’t have to subscribe, so there is no pressure to commit extra money before you know you will be spending a lot of time in the game. There is a subscription plan, called ESO Plus, which might benefit players who are going to dedicate a lot of time to the game.
Overall, The Elder Scrolls Online is a great MMO for both those experienced at playing MMOs and those who are looking for a good introduction to the genre. Admittedly, the game did not get the best start, however the developer’s dedication to improving the game has paid off. So, if you are looking for an MMO, that offers a lot of content to play through and amazing locations to explore, then I highly recommend you give The Elder Scrolls Online a go!
Featured image came from elderscrollsonline.com.