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Elder Scrolls Online hits the spot
Jul 2, 2015
By John Powell - G4 Canada
There is no doubt that Bethesda are the unqualified masters when it comes to the modern RPG. Elder Scrolls. Fallout. The Star Trek games. The company has come a long way since working with the Great One on his hockey game for the Atari and The Terminator game series for the PC.
Their adventures not only have all the action gamers crave but also they tell truly magnificent stories comparable to any satisfying novel or blockbuster movie. There is so much depth on every level that you cannot help but to be drawn into the worlds they create. The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited is no different. Following in the footsteps of its mighty predecessors, Tamriel is a MMORPG that doesn't pick your pocket for cash and offers hours and hours of adventure and exploration.
Although it is not even close to the scale of Skyrim, Tamriel still presents an unusual realm bursting with appealing characters, brutish monsters and loads of quests to conquer, even if some are more involved than others. Some of the quests do repeat themselves, such as a local ruler being manipulated by outside forces or ghosts who need to be freed so they can finally be at peace.
Intermittently, there are moral decisions to make which define your path. Save this person over that one. Assist these poor sacks of crap, or not. Take the money and run, or not. These crisis of conscience have an influence on the game, your character and where everything will eventually lead.
In the personal, core storyline, the events take place a millennium before those of Skyrim. You have been sacrificed to some really, really bad dude named Molag Bal. Resembling a mash-up of a bull and a reptile of some sort, he has ripped off your soul. You escape from his prison determined to get it back.
The overall plot concerns you throwing a wrench in Molag Bal's plan to combine the plane of Mundus with his realm of Coldharbour, so a hostile takeover of mystical proportions. Also up for grabs is a vacant imperial throne which three alliances are squabbling over.
In an MMORPG, I am a shape-shifter. I will assist people when I can but I am not a big team player. I would rather do things on my own so campaign gameplay is my kind of deal. Tamriel Unlimited is right up my alley though as it doesn't really require you to join up with others very often and when you do, it is because you are at the same place, at the same time, taking down a boss of some sort, which is very helpful.
Whether you are a Dragonknight, Sorcerer, Templar or Nightblade, leveling up and developing your character advances at a steady pace with the only real problem being obtaining better weapons and armour to equip yourself. The game is pretty stingy in that way so be forewarned.
Tamriel Unlimited is very much Skyrim lite but I say that in a positive way. Your adventures are streamlined and uncomplicated. For the most part the world is not overwhelming in any way. It is easy to jump in and out of, which is exactly what you want from a MMORPG. Tamriel Unlimited is the perfect fix for those who are waiting for the next Skyrim to drop.
The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited
Rating: 8.5 / 10
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