The Elder Scrolls Online, Again
I participated in the Beta testing of The Elder Scrolls Online in spring 2014. Overall I found the game agreeable enough but chose not to purchase it upon its release, due to the subscription model and a lack of time. Like many MMOs the initial launch was problematic and the game had numerous issues and bugs. Within a year, the game was re-branded with a buy-to-play business model and extensive patching made the overall game more equitable. As a result, I’ve had my eye on The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited for a while and frequently toyed with the idea of buying it. Perhaps one of the reasons I’ve held off from purchasing the game is because I have such fond memories of Skyrim and therefore wonder if I’d prefer a new RPG to an MMO.
However, to cut a long story short, a deal turned up recently on a key selling site and was still there a week later. So, I took advantage of this favourable offer tonight and bought The Imperial Edition of The Elder Scrolls Online for just under £14. This particular variant of the game comes with the following bonuses and extras:
Imperial Race: Play as an Imperial in any alliances.
Imperial White Horse: This in-game mount has the same stats as any other horses in the game.
Rings of Mara: Receive the blessing of Mara, the goddess of Love, who will bless your union with a partner of your choice (aka friend).
Mudcrab Vanity Pet: A self-explanatory cosmetic pet.
Another thing worth noting about The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited, is that the game client is currently up to a whopping 38GB which is not an easy download, even for those with a decent fibre connection. The game also has an optional subscription service (ESO Plus) that allows access to the various DLC that have been released in the last year. These can be unlocked for a monthly cost of £8.99 or bought permanently using the in-game currency. For the meantime I shall defer both options. It remains to be seen whether I need additional content as there may be sufficient in the base game. The Crown stipend that comes with the sub is not a compelling bonus at the moment.
Because I’m the sort of gamer that likes to know in advance “what’s what”, I’ll probably read a few FAQs and websites before I jump in to the game. It may beneficial for me to join a US rather than European server, as I know several people that play The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited and they are all in North America. Another major plus that this MMO offers, is the opportunity to write about a game again, which is something I’ve been struggling with recently. So, expect to see some posts regarding my initial experience in Tamriel over the next week or two. Hopefully it will be a positive one.