Thero’s Recommended Gaming: Elder Scrolls Online.

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 XIVThe Elder Scrolls Online has helped me to fall in love with MMOs.

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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.

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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.

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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!


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11 thoughts on “Thero’s Recommended Gaming: Elder Scrolls Online.

      1. Well over a year. I bounced around between FFXIV, Elder Scrolls Online and WoW last year before finally settling on WoW. I’m a massive Elder Scrolls fan – though I tend to move from MMO to MMO, depending on which game my friends are playing.

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      2. I’ve tried WoW a couple of times but I couldn’t get invested in it. FFXIV and ESO, on the other hand, have managed to take a lot of time of the past 12 months. The thing I like best about ESO is that I can play it alone, although it looks like I have got one of my friends hooked on it, so that is a plus. Do you still play FFXIV or are you only focusing on WoW?

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      3. I’ve just started WoW up again, in preparation for the expansion due to hit in August. Most of my friends are back on now too, so there’s that.

        I haven’t played FFXIV for a little under a year now, but I did recently install ESO again and am considering messing with that a bit. I’m happy to hear you’ve got a good group of folks to play with! I agree though: ESO offers opportunity to solo play unlike most MMO’s on the market these days.

        The difficulty in trying to play them all, inevitably becomes keeping up with the demands of all the different MMO’s /:

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      4. I agree with you on trying to keep up with various MMOs. Last year I got back into the genre with ESO and I quickly decided to also play FFXIV and Wow as well. I soon discovered that I wouldn’t be able to play all of them, as well as any other games, so I ended up dropping Wow.

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  1. I love the Elder Scrolls. I’ve spent plenty of time obsessed with the series. I don’t play MMOs, however. They just don’t jive with the way I operate. So the Elder Scrolls online has made for a weird mental space to me. It’s a game I want to play, but also a game I’m absolutely certain I’m not going to connect with. Hopefully, I’ll have the chance to give it a try someday. Maybe another free weekend will pop around. And maybe it’ll prove me wrong.

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    1. I would say it would be worth giving a go, even if you aren’t keen on MMOs, as its really like any MMO I’ve played. ESO has plenty of free weekends throughout the year, so there are plenty of opportunities to try before spending any money.

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