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The Elder Scrolls: Arena Review

By BwwDtt | 22 May 2020
Average: 9 (1 vote)

The Elder Scrolls: Arena is an action role-playing game developed and published by Bethesda Studios in 1994. It is the first part of The Elder Scrolls series.

  • Simple old-school graphics
  • First-person camera view
  • Dynamic weather and realistic day and night cycles
  • Hundreds of dungeons

The Elder Scrolls: Arena Gameplay

Arena became one of the first games to be called “an open-world” one. Even though the depth of view in the time of DOS games was minimal, the player was able to roam around the significant locations (for 1994) without waiting during the uncomfortable loading screens. This project set the tone to many of the future RPGs, becoming an inspiration for several generations of video games.

The Elder Scrolls: Arena plot takes place in the Empire of Tamriel, where the throne is endangered by conspiracies and unfaithful courtiers who wish to conquer the Empire. The protagonist character must explore the lands of Tamriel and untie the imperial betrayal knots to save the state from illegitimate power. Developers of the project got their inspiration from the tabletop pen-and-pencil games, such as Dungeons & Dragons, so the dark fantasy world they created might seem very familiar to a lot of people.

The gameplay is designed in the first-person mode. The emphasis is put at the melee combat and spell making. The melee combat is done in such a particular way, that the participant must right-click the mouse and drag the cursor across the screen, performing swinging and slashing action. Spells can be cast by scrolling through the menu and clicking on the enemy that needs to be targeted. TES Arena has an overall simple mechanics, but the core difficulty is very demanding to the new player. Those who want to experience the realms of the Tamriel Empire must be prepared to die a lot while practising the skill and becoming more powerful.

The Elder Scrolls: Arena provides players with several hundred quests and dungeons and seventeen specially designed locations that are used in the storyline. Many side quests might be as simple as delivering goods, killing some monsters or clearing out a small dungeon; they can be taken up while listening to the town’s rumours. Ones who experience the game will learn the origins of the series and open up many curious details, considering the lore. Although the graphics are quite limited, the game can bring up nostalgic feelings with its unique style and deep storyline.

The Elder Scrolls: Arena System Requirements

Minimum Requirements

  • Memory: 1 GB
  • Graphics Card: Intel Integrated Graphics
  • File Size: 250 MB
  • OS: Windows 7 / 8 / 8.1 / 10