What I Played This Week – The Elder Scrolls Online
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Anyone who’s ever played a fantasy game, has heard of Skyrim or The Elder Scrolls, but until recently I somehow hadn’t played anything within their world. To celebrate the release of the new Morrowind expansion, I checked out the game to see what all the hype was about.
The Elder Scrolls Online is an MMORPG (massive multiplayer online role-playing game), and is one of the biggest for that matter, bringing in 8.5 million players according to Matt Firor, TESO’s Game Director. It is set in Tamriel, a fictional continent in which all of the Elder Scrolls incarnations have taken place, and the player can explore the world freely. There are main quests and some infamously distracting side-quests to keep you busy, though you can choose to ignore them if you’d rather just venture out into the great outdoors and live off the land. I played the Morrowind expansion for my first foray into the Elder Scrolls series, which may or may not have been the best idea. I was thrown headfirst into exposition, and had to take on a lot of new information at once as the world’s lore was told to me through narration. The opening scenes of escaping a slave ship and helping to liberate my fellow slaves were engaging enough, though at times it was hard to follow and I couldn’t tell what I was meant to be doing. The map tool took me a few hours to figure out, but once you’ve struggled your way through these introductory scenes then what follows isn’t impossible.
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