The Elder Scrolls name might be well-respected enough to launch an MMO, but you’ll have a harder time respecting its history. My copy of 1994’s The Elder Scrolls: Arena, for instance, was bought glued to the front of a retro games magazine. It no longer runs.
Bethesda’s Anthology has been returning the early Elder Scrolls games to their proper place on American shelves for a whole week, however, and is now in the position to do the same for Europe.
The Elder Scrolls Anthology will set you back £49.99 / €59.99 / $89.99 AUD. It brings together comprehensive editions of all five games in the series, and arrives in a really rather nifty CD case that affords each game enough room to unfurl and be appreciated.
- The Elder Scrolls Arena
- The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall
- The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind Game of the Year, including DLC packs Tribunal and Bloodmoon
- The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Game of the Year, including DLC packs Knights of the Nine and Shivering Isles
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Legendary Edition, including DLC packs Dawnguard, Hearthfire and Dragonborn
- Five Physical Maps detailing the lands of Tamriel, Iliac Bay, Morrowind, Cyrodiil, and Skyrim.
Of the discs included, only Skyrim requires Steam activation – but an included key will activate Steam versions of Morrowind and Oblivion’s GOTY editions if desired. In the latter’s case, that’ll also unlock the mixed fruits of Bethesda’s experiments in micro-DLC: the Wizard’s Tower, Fighter’s Stronghold, Orrery, Thives’ Den, The Vile Lair, Mehrunes’ Razor, and the well-remembered Horse Armor.
Oh: and those infernal Windows 7 issues are circumvented via a pre-configured version of DosBox for both Arena and Daggerfall. Ace. This is the reason you want to buy your cross-platform games on PC, incidentally.