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the Lonely Alter

I don't play "games", I play MMORPGs! This is where I talk about them!

Author: Tierless

#84 The Elder Scrolls Online is an ok game...

Posted by Tierless Monday February 10 2014 at 4:49PM
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A bit, a snip, a dip, a pinch, a peck, a speck, and a press NDA drop have helped fill in the picture that is The Elder Scrolls Online. From what I have read it sounds like an ok game. The things it does as an Elder Scrolls game it does pretty well. If you play it solo you will have a decent gaming experience.


Unfortunately it sounds like it fails at being an MMORPG, at least the kind the majority of oldschool MMOers like me want. It falls more toward the SWTOR and GW2 end of the MMO spectrum. Both of those were good at being games, and bad at being MMORPGs.


The endgame still intrigues me. I LOVE me some PVP and it’s something that is really hard to nail down at this point. The early third of the game, that probably isn’t going to change much. The last third, that is where you retain or lose me and as far as I can tell I can’t find solid info on it yet. I certainly hope it gives us some high quality pvp.


I’ve said this several times, as long as TESO gives us a big chaotic dangerous world to explore, which IMO is the hallmark of the series, I would have no problem leveling to get to the PVP...from what I’m seeing it feels a lot more like A to instanced B then choose your own adventure...That is probably my greatest disappointment. I’ve been longing for a true MMO WORLD since SWG closed it’s doors. I wish TESO could have given me one.


Had it been a bunch of forum trolls posting TES hate I wouldn’t be as ready to put out the torch, but I frequent the MMO newsOsphere and I see previews from writers I trust, and they all sort of say the same thing. I had fun, it’s a good game... Game, game! Oh how I long for that good ole’ MMO feel the way they used to (pre WOW). You know, the “OMG I feel tiny in a big scary world of stuff I have to learn and do-overwhelmingly scary awesome feeling” of old. Then again I don’t think one has felt like that since November 23rd, 2004. WOW (no pun intended). It’s been a loooooooooooooooooooooong wait for a world to live in again, but if you are like me, and you have managed to cling to the faintest vapor of hope for all these years then I beg you, hang on just a little bit longer. I truly believe we are about to turn the corner and head into a new gen of MMO worlds to live in again. Until then you might find me in The Elder Scrolls Online, I hear it’s a good game. ;)


Time for a little something I call FAN mail! That’s right, I have fans and sometimes they msg me kind words of inspiration. I’ve decided to share some of those words with all of you. For the first time ever, I give you a little segment I like to call Tierless Tropes:


“Your blog’s name has nothing to do with what you write about...you should change it.” Such fandom! Cynicism aside I agree (to a degree). I’m a big fan of Camelot Unchained and I do have a large number of blogs about it, but I tend to cover all manner of MMO news so my name should reflect that. I thought about taking suggestions but I assumed all I would get was an inbox full of “stop blogging” so I went ahead and thunk wun up maself! In case you didn’t notice I call it, the Lonely Alter. A name with many meanings for a fella like me. Thanks for the support, keep those questions coming, and as always, beard strong!

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