This is the first Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game in the Elder Scrolls series. Elder Scrolls Online. ESO, was developed by ZeniMax Online Studios and published by Bethesda Studios. Released for Microsoft Windows, OS X, and Steam in 2014, it made its console debut in 2015 on both Xbox One and PS4.
You can play as different races, divided between three different alliances, Daggerfall Covenant, Aldmeri Dominion, and Ebonheart Pact. There are four classes that you can choose from when creating your character, Templar, Nightblade, Dragonknight and Sorcerer. These classes have different opportunities to morph and evolve your playing style. You also have the option, if you don't decide on a sorcerer, to use staffs for healing and magical damage.
The main way to gain experience and level up in ESO is completing quests. There are solo quest lines, the main story as well as the guilds, and group quest lines as well as public dungeons. Solo quests and dungeons, in my experience, generally give the best additional equipment and items.
Like other Elder Scrolls editions, you can level up additional skills which can give you an edge in combat. There is blacksmithing, woodworking, tailoring, provisioning, alchemy, and enchantment. I generally pick one or two which is beneficial for my class and group. Each one of these have specific items that you need to farm throughout the world. For example, provisioning requires different food ingredients to make items and enchantment requires finding different runes. Farming these items can take up a lot of inventory space. You can increase your backpack space as well as bank space by spending gold, the cost escalates quickly.
There are plenty of additional fun elements to ESO. If you want, you can purchase, through the crown store and with real money, different mounts, appearances, as well as rings of Mara. The weddings rings are a fun addition, as many Elder Scrolls lovers enjoyed the ability to marry different NPCs from Skyrim. My Khajit, a female DragonKnight, married a male Khajit, named Kitty Smash Orc. We wed in a very tasteful naked ceremony at the Temple of Mara, surrounded by other naked people. They danced and applauded our union. The video is available on my Xbox profile. What kind of MMO would this be if there weren't random naked people, right?
One thing that pisses me off is the Crown Store, you can buy crowns with real money to buy special mounts or costumes. You can also buy the different versions of ESO, like the imperial edition. Buying the different editions of the game is a good option but the other stuff seems like a money grub. Yes, I do realize that the game got rid of its monthly subscription fee, which I was always unwilling to pay for. It feels to me like in-app-purchases, which most people know how I feel about.
Finally, finding additional members for your team can be a pain in the ass. There are public dungeons which give out good rewards for completing them. Doing this solo or with only one other player can be frustrating. The matchmaking on Xbox One has been experiencing issues since launch. Finding additional members for a dungeon mainly consists of standing outside the entrance and inviting every level appropriate character that passes by. This can also be infuriating because if the person is in another group, even if that group only consists of a two members, cannot be invited to join a group, even if there are two slots available. This, to me, seems silly. Why are we not allowed to invite two members of another group into ours if the spots are available?
Keep in mind that this game is huge. I can only give you information on the things that I have experienced, which may not be a whole picture of the game. I have only had this game since a few days after launch and I have not played the PC edition.
- Solid game play
- Good multiplayer experience (which is essential to an MMO)
- Beautiful environment
- Awesome Easter eggs
- A good edition to The Elder Scrolls series
- Load times can be long
- The NPC not loading bug still occurs
- Trying to find other players to help with dungeons, if you don't have a full party, is unnecessarily broken and complicated