The Elder Scrolls Online At Eurogamer Expo 2013
I’ve only recently gotten into the MMORPG craze with a little game known as Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Up until this point Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games weren’t something I was particularly interested in. A Realm Reborn changed that, however I think if A Realm Reborn didn’t bring me into the world of MMORPGs then Elder Scrolls online would have.
Like most other games I got to play at this years Eurogamer Expo, I was treated to roughly 10 minutes of game time. Within those ten minutes I was given the choice to create my own character.
A total of 9 characters will be available when Elder Scrolls is released at the beginning of next year however, you are only given a choice of 3 depending on which faction you would like to be a part of. We were part of the Dragonfall Covenant faction therefore the three choices for races we had were Bretons, Orcs and Redguards. The other two factions included are Ebonheart Pact Faction with Nord, Argonaian and Dunmer and the Aldmeri Dominion Faction with the Altmer, Bosmer and Khajiit.
Overall character creation in ESO was pretty basic, to be frank it was very similar to Skyrim infact, almost exactly the same, it means those familiar with the other games in the franchise will have no problems adjusting to life in an MMO.
As well as the choice of race, you were also given the choice of which class you wanted to be all three choices were available to choose from, those being the Templar that can deal weapon damage and use restoration magic to cast healing spells. Dragon Knight which is essentially ESO’s version of a tank. Then finally you have the Sorcerer which is exactly what you expect it to be.
Once creating your character and choosing your class was all said and done, the journey began. I went a Breton and had him in the Dragon Knight class and then was immediately placed into Tamriel, We all began in Bleakrock Village and were tasked with the generic MMO quests I got accustomed to with A Realm Reborn, these being your basic, go here collect this or kill this and bring this back and it continued up until the point where you had to summon a Dragon Priest at the top of a cliff not too far away.
Combat and gameplay are a throwback to Skyrim and previous Elder Scroll titles, it’s still a basic hack and slash at your enemies, no basic strategy or planning moves which you find in most MMORPGs at the moment, No doubt abilities will unlock the more you progress your character but the constant mouse clicking may get tiresome, especially if special monsters are added with a ridiculous amount of hit points.
Overall I enjoyed playing The Elder Scrolls Online at Eurogamer, as mentioned before MMOs are something that I am still only just getting into. Whilst this was a very limited demo I did become immediately hooked and promptly signed up for the beta soon after. It was a short but enjoyable experience and can’t wait to see what the finished product will be like.
The Elder Scrolls Online is scheduled to be released sometime at the beginning of 2014, but you can sign up for the beta now on the Elder Scrolls Online official website.