As a long time ‘Gamer’ & a long time lover of the Elder Scrolls Games, I came into Elder Scrolls Online with a vivid understanding of Bethesda’s Game Play, Game Style, & Luster of their Elder Scrolls Games. Now with that said, this is NOT a ‘Troll’ Posting, nor will ANY Post I make ever will be. This is merely my own personal ins & outs regarding my review of the Elder Scrolls Online Game. I hope you enjoy it & have some things to add that I may have missed. Enjoy!
First of all, there has been A LOT of complaints regarding this matter, so we’ll start out with this:
Standard Edition Versus Imperial Edition
I am going to simplify this in “Plain English” & nothing more. Standard Edition allows you to play the Game (with One Month included) and also allows you to play any Race (except the Imperial, that most people like). However, in ESO, each Race has it’s own ‘dedicated Alliance’ (a.k.a. Faction). So if you wish to play as a Nord & your friend wishes to play as an Argonian … Hello to problem number one. You will not be allowed to play together, because each of you will be automatically placed in different Alliances. Now to further explain this conundrum:
1A. Your Argonian friend will start in the Aldmeri Dominion’s Starter Area known as Khanarathi’s Roost. You, as a Nord, would start in Ebonheart’s Starter Area known as Bleakrock Isle. Now, everyone’s ‘Zone Chat’ is not only dictated to what Zone they’re in, but also what Alliance they are in. So even if your friend reaches Veteran Ranks & comes to an Ebonheart Pact Area that you’re in, Zone Chat will still not allow either of you to see each other’s conversations. You would have to send ‘Private Messages’ back and forth to even converse within the Game.
1B. Party: Although you can create a ‘Party’ together, the Nord & the Argonian cannot Quest together. (Even when using the ‘Teleport To Player’ option.)
1C. Guild: Again, although you can create a ‘Guild’ … you STILL cannot Quest with one another.
As I stated earlier: Alliances Dictate Everything! Now the Imperial Edition states: Play Any Race In Any Alliance … *sigh* … this one bites to explain, because of Zenimax’s explanation versus Real Life, but here it goes:
Yes, you can play in Any Alliance … but only as an Imperial. And yes, you can play as Any Race … but unless you’re an Imperial, you will NOT be in Any Alliance. Now, you WILL see people playing as an Argonian within the Ebonheart Pact or in the Daggerfall Covenant, but these are people (such as myself) that have Pre-Ordered. Pre-Ordering the Game allowed us the opportunity of truly playing as ‘Any Race, In Any Alliance’. This has been a HUGE play on words & argument from the ESO Community to the ESO Marketing Team. Keep these things in mind when deciding to purchase the Game yourself.
Now, to go further into the actual Game Play:
I have played in quite a few of the ESO Betas, as well as MANY other Game Betas … with that said: Yes, ESO has what we refer to as ‘Bugs’. All MMO’s do, period. Especially at Launch! For anyone that wishes to argue that, I will personally guarantee: You have NEVER been involved in a Beta or in a newly Launched Game, period. Now one very good thing about Zenimax that I can truly state here is: Although it does take some time, they have been rectifying a lot of these issues. Especially the Main Storyline Quests. (Because let’s be honest, if they do not fix the Main Storyline Quests first, how are you expected to get to Endgame Content?… Really … Think about it.)
Another ‘Issue’ within ESO currently is an incredibly all too common one, especially for MMO’s immediately after Launch … Gold Spammers. Zenimax was however expecting this to some degree & they have been working diligently to ‘rectify’ this issue. There are times where you can see a Global Message stating something along the lines of:
“GM Hopesfire is currently within this Zone & is looking for the Bots. Please PM me directly with a location & name and we will investigate where you may have located these Bots.”
And they have been handling them by banning them. Your Mail will receive (almost daily) a Gold Spammer Mail too. Simply press “F1” & Report them for Harassment or Spamming & then delete the Mail. They have been getting handled reasonably well that route as well.
Now granted, as I have stated, the Game has it’s “Bugs”, it’s “Gold Spammers”, & a few other minor complaints here & there. With that said, I must state: I am no “Fan Boy”, however, I have really enjoyed this Game. There are other Games out there that are similar in certain aspects & there are aspects of this Game that I do believe can be improved upon. I’ll name off a few just to give some examples:
1. Auction House System.
A. Currently: Guild Stores. You can only sell your items or buy your items from the Guilds you are in (a total of 5 Guilds).
B. Would like to see: Personal Merchant System. For example: Knight Online & Eve have a system where you as a Player can sit down, pull out a table, & post your items at your own prices that other Players can come up to & purchase from. The largest agreement I have with this system is, when you sell something, you pocket ALL of the money. (No Auction House Taxes.)
2. Player Housing.
A. Currently: There are none.
B. However, Zenimax has proclaimed they are already currently working on incorporating this. Just a matter of time.
A. Currently: There are none.
B. However, Craglorn is already in the works of being released, which will incorporate the first Raid. (So not much longer!)
That is to just name a few prime examples. Now, my prime objective of this Review is to give my own personal insight & some pretty basic understanding of the Elder Scrolls Online Game. Hopefully I have indulged any initial questions or observations you may have had an inquiry on. If I have not or I have missed a Basic Content Point, please, feel free to comment me & I will be happy to further assist.