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The Elder Scrolls Online Review

By BwwDtt | 04 May 2020
Average: 8.6 (7 votes)

The Elder Scrolls Online is an MMORPG in setting of Elder Scrolls series. It features the lore, locations, mobs, and characters from previous games

  • Deep and rich storyline
  • Unique detailed setting
  • Well-balanced class system
  • Immersive dynamic gameplay

The Elder Scrolls Online Gameplay

The Elder Scrolls Online was released on April 14, 2014; a little over a year were developed PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions. The game was in the development stage for seven years before the official release, and it also was rebranded because of the poor feedback. The first version was distributed by pay-to-play model; later, it was changed to buy-to-play format to appeal to a more significant number of gamers. ESO has over 2 million active users playing every month and several major expansion packs including locations of Elsweyr, Western Skyrim, Vvardenfell, and moreover.

The gameplay of Elder Scrolls Online(ESO) is similar to the core games of the Elder Scrolls franchise. The combat has been simplified by moving skills and spells to hotkeys. Just as in previous parts, the game provides an opportunity to switch between third-person and first-person camera view. There is also a lot of similarities in basic mechanics, such as looting and crafting. Just like in Skyrim, a menu pops up when you perform this kind of action, and you can use different tools to reach your goal.

ESO is rich for unique quests, just about every location you choose to explore will offer you a wealth of options. The available tasks are indicated by a black arrow floating above the NPCs. Even though the world of this game is living and realistic, every NPC would kick things off when you decide to speak to them. After you've submitted several quests, you can sort them out in a special menu. The game makes it easy to locate your next task by using markers on the compass at the top of your screen.

You can also craft to enhance your character's armour and weapons. It's possible to level up your crafting skill while collecting needed ingredients from enemies across the map, and there are several different professions to choose from, including woodworking, alchemy, and fishing. This system also opens a line of trade between players who have chosen to level up different crafts.

ESO level up system is also reminiscent of past Elder Scrolls projects. You gain EXP by fighting monsters and completing quests lines. Once you gain a level, you will be able to extend your health, stamina, and magicka meters with awarded points. Learning skills in the game is a bit different: while you explore and use different weapons, armour, and abilities, you will open new skill lines. For example, the more you use a specific type of light armour, the more you will level up the related skill.

Abilities are a bit stranger because you have to explore the land to find Skyshards. Each time you discover a Skyshard, you can choose to pick it up. For each Skyshard, you receive an additional ability point you can assign to a currently unlocked ability of your choosing.

The user interface of ESO is an easy to navigate window that pops up on the side of your screen. The UI allows you to assign skill points, overview your characters, access the Crown shop, manage social, inventory, check journals, and find campaigns. Each option you select opens up another similar easy to follow menu with more functions. This window never blocks up the whole screen so that it doesn't hinder players when exploring.

Races in Elder Scrolls Online

Races in ESO follow the basic MMO rules; some of them are best for magic while others are suited for healing or tanking.

  • Redguards: Redguards have a focus on stamina. This race gets a buff to the shield skill, making them an excellent pick for a defensive build.
  • Imperial: Imperials can pick from any of the three alliances. They have a shield buff, as well as a buff on melee attacks, which makes them an excellent choice for a tank.
  • Wood Elves: Wood Elves have an emphasis on stealth play. The class has max stamina of 2,000 with a high rate of stamina recovery. They also focus on the detection skill, with a high radius perfect for scoping out enemies.
  • Khajiit: Khajiit are a stealthy race that gives buffs to medium armour. This race also receives buffs for melee weapons making them a perfect stealth build.
  • Orcs: The Orc race has a high amount of max stamina, and a can obtain a weapon bonus of 256 damage. Orc's also got a massive buff to their health bar, making them perfect for solo play.
  • Argonians: Argonians are talented in both healing and taking damage. They also have a significant buff to swimming and the restoration staff skill line.
  • High Elves: High Elves are magicka based with a max magicka of 2,000. You can obtain a bonus of 258 spell damage. The class is suitable to run an all magic build.
  • Dark Elves: Dark Elves receive a buff to destruction magick specifically fire-based spells. They also have a resistance to fire, as well as increased magicka.
  • Nords: This race receives a buff for using a two-handed weapon. They also have increased health and buff to all armour types for extra defence.
  • Brenton: The Brenton race has a heavy focus on magicka. By choosing this race, it will take less to cast spells, and you will have more resistance against enemies magicka based attacks.

Battle System in Elder Scrolls Online

The PVP aspect is simple to understand for players. You can begin a one-on-one PVP match by walking up to a character and interacting with them. From the interaction menu, you pick the dual option; if your opponent accepts it, then the game will allow you to fight one another until one of the characters dies.

There are also PVP areas that allow you to fight multiple players at once. To join the Cyrodiil the PVP area, you must reach level 10. There are PVP quests you can take for this area as well, that adds more incentive to fight other players. You can also help your races alliance out and gain points for your race's faction.

PvE in this game works similar to the mainline games. The monsters in the environment all come from previous games. The attacks, status effects, and even the health bar used for enemies come from core titles. The health bar doesn't deplete from only one side; instead, both ends of the health bar deplete until they meet in the middle when the monster dies. PvE is balanced when in parties to ensure proper scaling of enemy amounts/strength. There is also even distribution of items both when in a party.

The raids in ESO are quite straightforward. These raids are called trials and have both a normal mode and a mode for experts. These modes are 12 person raids limited by time. The main requirement is to perform a role in supporting your team. After you complete a challenge in ESO, you will receive rare items, pets and mounts.

Soundtrack of Elder Scrolls Online

The sounds and music found in ESO are taken straight from the mainline Elder Scrolls games. The background music itself is a combination of high vocals combined with a great orchestra to fit the high-action fantasy world. The voice acting in the game is also professionally done by professional voice actors. The game features 1,000's of different audio files with different sounds for each monster, action, and area. Just in the Summerset expansion alone, the ESO team has recorded over 7,000 lines of unique dialogue. The main game itself features over 32,000 unique sound effects.

Expansions and Add-Ons of Elder Scrolls Online

The Elder Scrolls Online currently has three expansion packs called Morrowind, Summerset, and Elsweyr. Each of these sections adds new locations along with dozens of quests, new NPCs, and unique enemies. Along with the three main expansions, ESO features several add-ons. These add-ons are the Imperial City, Thieves Guild, Dark Brotherhood, Orsinium, Shadow of The Hist, Horns of The Reach, Clockwork City, Dragon Bones, Wolfhunter, Murkmire, and Wrathstone. Each add-on gives the player access to new locations, NPCs, weapons, armour, and story elements. Also, ESO offers an add on service called ESO Plus a paid membership. This membership grants players access to all add-ons as long as it's active.

Crown Store & ESO Plus

The ESO Plus membership and Crown Store allow players to buy extras in exchange for real money. ESO Plus members can enjoy the unlocked add-on packs, as well as EXP and crafting boost of 10% along with added space to their bank, unlimited crafting storage, and the ability to hold double the number of crystals. It also gives you an allowance of Crowns each month, the ability to dye your costume, and increased space in your house.

The Crown Store allows players to buy cosmetics, game buffs, and in-game items. You can purchase mounts not obtainable within the game or EXP boosts to help you level faster. The shop also allows players to change their class for a fee or even upgrade the number of items you carry. The game can be played entirely without the purchase of items from the Crown Store.

The Elder Scrolls Online Classes

The classes in ESO are made to compliment race choices. The correct selection of the combination implements

  • Dragonknight: Dragonknights receive buffs for fighting in close combat, as well as, a boost in using powerful fire magick.
  • Nightblade: Nightblades have a heavy emphasis on stealth along with dealing critical blows to their opponents.
  • Necromancer: Necromancers use the dead to fight for them; this class tends to stay behind there summoned instead of fighting with them.
  • Sorcerer: This class uses a mix of the summons along with the destructive magic. Fire damage, along with lighting damage, is prioritized.
  • Templar: Templars are made to be a healing class that uses light attacks to deal damage when needed.
  • Warden: Wardens use the power of nature along with frost magic to fight their battles. They also gain the ability to heal party members. (Add-on Class)

The Elder Scrolls Online System Requirements

Minimum Requirements

  • Memory: 3 GB RAM
  • Graphics Card: NVidia GeForce 460
  • CPU: Intel Core i3 540
  • File Size: 85 GB
  • OS: Windows 7 (64-bit)

Recommended Requirements

  • Memory: 3 GB RAM
  • Graphics Card: NVidia GeForce GTX 750
  • CPU: Intel Core i5 2300
  • File Size: 85 GB
  • OS: Windows 7 (64-bit)