Giving Elder Scrolls Online Another Shot

Argonian Bow
The Elder Scrolls is one of those series that I really feel like I should like, but have never gotten into. I recognize them as great games, with more depth and detail than I will ever be able to absorb, as well as technically and graphically impressive, but I’ve just never been able to get very far into Skyrim (admittedly the only Elder Scrolls game I have personally owned) without getting frustrated and/or bored. I played the Elder Scrolls Online beta, and didn’t find it impressive (wow, that post was a little harsh… I must have been in a bad mood that day). I’ve never been a big fan of MMOs with shooter controls, and it’s really hard to get used to the weird Elder Scrolls compass thing instead of a minimap. The early reviews weren’t super encouraging either, so I figured this would be a game that I would skip.

Fast forward a couple of years, and a few things have changed. I’ve seen the advantages of limited hotbars, reviews of Elder Scrolls Online have become more and more positive with each DLC, and, most importantly, it went buy-to-play. I have a couple of friends who have been playing since launch, and their input and influence was a big part of it too. If you know me, you know I can’t resist a good game on sale to save my life, and I ended up buying Elder Scrolls Online for half off on the Humble Store. I’ll be honest, it had a lot to do with the fact that I just got a new computer and I wanted something that will show off the graphics a little.

So far I’ve toyed with each of the four classes (couldn’t we have a couple more classes? I’d be far more interested in buying that in the cash shop than a Curse of Vampirism) and none of them have really stood out. Maybe that’s because your class doesn’t change a whole lot at the low levels. I only have a couple skills from my class, so the rest of combat is just using whatever weapons I get from drops. Speaking of which, I can’t decide if I like the whole lack of class gear restrictions thing. A rogue in heavy armor wielding a staff doesn’t make a lot of sense, but with only four classes and limited customization of each, it at least allows for some extra freedom. And besides, it wouldn’t be an Elder Scrolls game if there were too many restrictions on character development.

I’m not sure how much I’ll be playing The Elder Scrolls Online, but I think I’ll get my $30 worth. It’s not really my cup of tea, but I said that about Guild Wars 2 the first time I played it, and I’ve stuck with that for years now. We’ll see about whether or not I buy any DLCs. Let’s be honest, if I do buy any of them, they’ll have to be on sale.

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4 thoughts on “Giving Elder Scrolls Online Another Shot

  1. I’m in a similar position with ESO. I feel like I should like the game more than I do. I guess it doesn’t connect with me as much as other games in my roster. Like you said, the ES series doesn’t really mean that much to me even though, on paper, I should like them. I’ve pushed on a bit with my one character (Argonian DK) a few times but never keep momentum for that long.

    Hope you enjoy it this time!

  2. Hi

    those 4 classes can change A LOT depending on what armour/weapon you stick on them, you will use the skills (active/passive) provided by the weapons and armour just as much as the actual class skills so there IS a lot of freedom there
    having said that, I am – sadly- past my ESO time, was a hardcore addict for about a year but eventually just could not face another endless logging screen every_time_you_open_a_door..
    hope you enjoy yourself in there !

    • It’s good to know that there’s more customization than it appears at first glance. Yeah the loading screens are a little ridiculous, and I can see that detracting from my experience as well.

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