Last week, I wrote up a blog entry discussing my take on the mostly poor day ESO had in the press. Well, I'm doing one just like it this week, and things appear to be far less dire seven days later.
With more time to play and a sampling of the game's PvP offering, reactions are a lot more positive overall this week. If you're curious about my stance on things, you can read my preview of ESO's PvP here. It's reassuring to see that my peers in the press gave the game another chance. I'm glad to hear that many are perhaps starting to come around to ESO, as I was almost starting to feel like I was on an island over here.
Both fans and press alike seem to agree that the game gets better once you've spent more time with it, but that doesn't really mean their impressions were wrong. It is still on Zenimax for not crafting an experience that immediately resonates with players. There is clearly something off here or we wouldn't be seeing this trend of reactions and reversals from so many people and I'm not really sure what ZOS can do in the remaining 1.5 months to rectify this. It may rest entirely on word-of-mouth from players who have managed to slog through the early stuff and enjoy the game.
I'm shocked I'm at where I am today, too. Aside from my hopes for AvA, I had mostly written ESO off a couple of months ago. Even though I enjoyed my first real impression of the game, I'm liking it even more now with each passing day, and I'm definitely a whole lot more excited now that I've had a chance to play some AvA. Heck, I started a new game of Oblivion recently simply because I just want to be in Cyrodiil again. I'm jonesing that bad.
What do you make of last week's impressions when compared to what we've seen today?