Hey guys! Welcome back to Geekdom101.com! It’s time for another Ramblings. It’s actually a game review this time. The Elder Scrolls Online is doing a free trial week that started on Tuesday, April 11th, and runs through Tuesday, April 18th. Since I’m a fan of the Elder Scrolls series, I decided to give it a try. Why not?
The Elder Scrolls Online, as the name suggests, is an MMORPG based on the Elder Scrolls franchise. The series that gave us Morrowind, Oblivion, and Skyrim, has been doing the online thing for three years now, and it seems to be doing okay for itself. Its first major expansion, Morrowind, comes out in June, so why not have a trial to get people interested in the game?
I’m about two hours in so far. Maybe a little more than that. What I’ve seen is a pretty darn good game. It plays like an Elder Scrolls game, albeit with a couple minor changes such as ability shortcuts mapped to controller buttons (I play on PS4, mind). So that’s a little bit of the MMO flavor.
Now, I’m not really into MMORPGs. I tried Star Wars Galaxy for a few months back in the day, but I’m not terribly social, and I have trouble interacting with strangers in a social setting. MMOs have a strong social theme to them, whereas many other online games (like, say, Overwatch) don’t. So I don’t really know what really makes an MMO an MMO. If there’s a story that can be completed solo, then why even have all these other players?
That’s kind of where I am in Elder Scrolls Online right now. Kind of wondering why it’s an MMO and not an epic single-player jaunt through the entirety of Tamriel. I must say it’s odd seeing other players running around interacting with NPCs that, for me, have either moved, died, or vanished. Well, not that player characters actually do anything when interacting with NPCs other than stand there. But to see two or three players run up and circle an empty spot of land can be a little amusing.
Of course, the story is kind of a tripping point of the game, as well. In the tutorial area, you are treated as if you’re special. Meanwhile there are a couple dozen other people running around who you know are being told the exact same thing. It tries to do the standard Elder Scrolls story, where you’re the chosen one, but you know that every other player is told the same thing. So there are hundreds of thousands of chosen ones trying to save Tamriel from some sort of evil. It just highlights the fact that Elder Scrolls isn’t really meant to be an MMO.
Like I said, though, the game is good so far. I’m liking it, at least. Maybe I haven’t discovered the MMO aspects yet, or maybe there really aren’t many to be found. It just doesn’t feel like it should be an MMO. It looks, sounds, and feels like The Elder Scrolls, but with a bunch of random heroes running about trying to save the world.
If you’re a fan of The Elder Scrolls, give it a shot this week. Just be ready to download a lot of data. On the PS4, the game was over 64GB, which took me several hours to download.
Sorry if this is a little short, especially for a review. It’s more of a first-impressions, I suppose. Only two hours in an MMO isn’t much, or at least that’s what I’ve heard. But it was enough to get an idea of what the gameplay is like, I think.
Thanks for reading! You can catch me on Twitter at @geekdombrandon. See you all next time.