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The Elder Scrolls Online is coming to Steam today

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So, let’s assume you haven’t played The Elder Scrolls Online before today. What can we tell you? It’s okay. Very solid, like a dining table. But equally like a dining table, not something you’d want to spend an awful lot of time with unless you’ve got friends around.

Elder Scrolls Online patches have expanded its range of dungeons, but done nothing to improve on its back-and-forth quests. Try The Elder Scrolls Online for yourself on Steam, by all means. It’s absolutely fine.

Bethesda announced the news on Twitter this afternoon ahead of their QuakeCon weekend.

 

 

Our Nick ummed and ahhed throughout his Elder Scrolls Online review, but eventually came down hard on its “bizarre design decisions” and “rookie structural mistakes”.

“It has moments of sheer class, but they’re consistently tainted by bugs,” he wrote. “I love the PvP, but it’s pointless playing when the rewards are so slim. I like the questing, but huge numbers of quests are simply broken. I love the world, and the lore, and some of the systems they have produced. But my enjoyment of them was undermined by poor design. 

“There is a contradiction at the heart of Elder Scrolls Online: the delicate balance between making a game for fans of the Elder Scrolls single player games, and making a game for MMO players. Those who like the single player games will enjoy exploring that world, but the subscription model will continue to bite. And it’s hard to get round the fact that you just one of many thousands of ‘chosen ones’.”

I will say that the slew of Elder Scrolls Online patches since release have cleaned up a lot of the quest-breaking bugs Nick referred to in his review. There are no longer instances where your abilities simply refuse to activate, leaving you staring dumbly at your soon-to-be killers. Gold farming bots have been dealt with, and weapon racks made lootable.

And it’s definitely worth wandering about Daggerfall for a bit, just to see what it looks like in this century. By that point, you’ll have worked out whether you want to continue paying for ESO or not. Or perhaps you already have?

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And the backtracking begins. Free2play in no time. Might as-well wait.

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I didn't enjoy it that much during the beta, but if they remove the monthly subscription fee, I will pick it up.

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Really wanted to like this game, shame It didn't happen. I could care less about it being an elder scrolls game or not, I just wanted a new mmo to explore since I'm such a sucker for them.

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Remove the monthly fee and I'll be more than happy to give it a go (*). I played a little during beta and wasn't impressed much, but hey ... I'm a sucker for MMO's, so ....

(*) Can be F2P (if it's a reasonable system, not some Star Wars crap) or B2P, just no monthly fee.

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I played through the beta and was unimpressed. I was expecting Skyrim with other players and got a WoW wannabe with an Elder Scrolls paint job. Now its on Steam at 50% off! I have little doubt that it will be following Star Wars the Old Republic and Lord of the Rings Online down the "Play Free/ pay for quests and goodies" path. That may not be bad for ESO as its the way both SWTOR and LoTRO have continued to improve and add content.

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