After playing The Elder Scrolls Online, one thing becomes apparent: Bethesda is planning on the game being a huge hit for both Elder Scrolls fans and MMORPG fans. Everything about the game– from the way leveling works and the way the world is shaped to the character customization system, PvP system and more– is attempting to strike a balance between a single player RPG and a standard MMORPG. Is the resulting combination a winner? Let’s take a look.
An Immersive RPG Experience
Fans of the Elder Scrolls franchise know what they want in an Elder Scrolls MMORPG. They want a world that offers plenty to discover and a story that’s brought to the forefront of the game. Fans will be pleasantly surprised by the leveling experience in Elder Scrolls Online. Story-based questing, phased zones, quests that need to be discovered and dynamic content all help shape the leveling journey into one that’s more similar to adventuring in Skyrim than rushing through the leveling process in World of Warcraft.
Lore is deeply immersed in the heart of the game and fans of Elder Scrolls will recognize the underlying story as well as the entire world and most of the central NPCs. Even the combat style of the game is similar to Skyrim. The crafting system also mirrors the single player games more than most MMORPG crafting systems. Crafting will play a large role in character customization and uniqueness, but it will also provide some of the best equipment in the game.
Unlike many MMORPGs, Bethesda clearly created the leveling process for solo players in mind. It’s possible to level all the way to the cap without taking part in dungeons or other grouping adventures if a player desires a true single player experience. All group content is entirely optional, but can be very fun to take part in.
A World of MMORPG Options
Like most MMORPGs, Elder Scrolls Online is full of a myriad of gameplay options, character customization options, gear options and socialization options that will encourage players to group up and take on challenges as a team. There are small scale and large scale dungeons to explore, world boss encounters and dynamic anchors to take control of. Players can also take part in Cyrodil, which is the game’s large scale raid vs. raid PvP zone that combines both PvP and PvE objectives.
Players are given a great deal of choice when creating their characters. There are three alliances to choose between and each alliance has three separate races totaling nine choices. There are four classes to choose between: Sorcerer, Nightblade, Dragonknight and Templar. Classes are not race-specific.
Every class has a myriad of options when it comes to gameplay styles. Each class can utilize every type of weapon and armor as well as customize their skill builds using the three possible skill lines unique to each class. Guilds, weapons, races and armor types also give players skill lines. Players can mix and match both passive and active skills however they wish along with their attribute points.
The large variety of customization options in ESO allow players to create some of the most unique character builds found in any current MMORPG. The amount of customization options when paired with the single player leveling experience and the emphasis on exploration create a unique gaming experience that any MMORPG or Elder Scrolls veteran will enjoy.