The release date for Elder Scrolls Online on Xbox One and PS4, is drawing ever closer. For those that have been excluded from the ZeniMax title due to their own lack of a good PC, now's the time to experience this diverse MMO on your next gen console. But what should you know and expect going into this controversial game set within Bethesda's glorious Tamriel?
I'm going to give players a brief introduction to what you need to know before you embark on this enormous journey. ESO has undergone massive changes since its initial release date back on April 4th, 2014. A lot of these won't be very clear to those that will soon join the campaign for the first done - just know that you're getting a much better version of Elder Scrolls Online on Xbox One & PS4!
Elder Scrolls Online - What You Need to Know On Xbox One & PS4
If you've played an MMO before, there's a certain familiarity to ESO - especially if you're a player that's vying to completely max out your character. You can expect to level up to 50 (which takes ages) a whole three times before you complete the levelling system in its entirety. As you can expect with any MMO, there's a lot of grinding to be done in ESO if you're simply after a powerful character.
Know that this is an enormous world that you're venturing into. It can most certainly be played casually, that's one of the greatest aspects of Elder Scrolls Online. But if mastering a game is your forte, be prepared for the Summerset Isles to become your new home for endless grinding.
Is ESO Close to Bethesda's Skyrim?
Aside from this form of a warning, Elder Scrolls Online has a great deal of content that can be enjoyed casually. ZeniMax Online attempted to follow as closely to Bethesda's model as they could, especially when it comes to player choice. Therefore, this is not exactly an MMO that holds your hand. You are encouraged to form your own path and a lot of the game's approaches to MMO formats are a bit more free form.
For example, there's no defined matchmaking system which allows you to create your own gang. The game certainly helps you along the way, but more in the form of creating a list for you to pick from. Perhaps the Xbox One and PS4 versions will have more straightforward matchmaking systems, though I doubt they'll have made too many alterations to the PC's format.
But know that Elder Scrolls Online does not have the power that Bethesda's games have. This is not the Skyrim MMO that we all wanted. It is certainly a diluted form of what makes The Elder Scrolls series amazing, but that's not to say that there's no great MMO-fun to be had in ESO!
Is ESO Similar to Destiny in Any Way?
If you're someone that enjoyed Destiny and are wondering about the equivalent of raids in Elder Scrolls Online, the game has something called "Trials". These can be performed with up to 12 players and we seriously hope that the Xbox One and PS4 get some vibrant communities on release date - the more players you attack these trials with the better.
However, in terms of immersion, Elder Scrolls Online fails to live up to the standards that Bethesda have set in the industry. A lot of the missions in Elder Scrolls Online are pretty boring. The voice acting cast is small, so you can expect to hear similar voices throughout the land and when a quest focuses on your own importance, it can be a bit deflating to see a whole load of other players waiting to get into a dungeon. It sucks actually.
BUT, that's not to say that the campaign isn't worth trying, it's just not all that impressive. It's similar to Destiny (though Destiny is a thousand times worse in this regard) in that the campaign isn't its strong suit. Where I personally thought the power of Elder Scrolls Online dwelled, was in its PvP.
You'll get to choose between different campaigns in either 7, 14 or 30 day increments. Once you join a campaign, you'll compete and rank against allies and enemies. There's various rewards and such but ranking #1 will earn you the title of Emperor, and some pretty amazing swag to go with it. PvP is challenging and a serious amount of fun, I can't praise it enough!
Essentially, as you can expect with any great MMO, it lives or dies on its community. As long as you engage with other players out their in Tamriel, the lacklustre story in ESO fades away into the background. It informs some of your choices and can have some good moments, but PvP and PvE (outside of main missions) is where it's at in Elder Scrolls Online.
Will Elder Scrolls Online Still Be Worth it After A Month?
It's difficult to predict how Elder Scrolls Online will endure. The game certainly is appealing enough to have a vibrant community gather around it for months on end - the question is whether that'll actually happen. If this game's community dies off after a month, you'll be left with an experience that's going to disappoint. Elder Scrolls Online is great when you have a lot of other players to engage with - alone it can be pretty boring.
However, with the removal of subscription fees, Elder Scrolls online is actually a really great game and totally worth the $60 price tag. You'll get way more value out of it then you did with the likes of [The Order: 1886](tag:2707754). There's a great deal of adventures to be had in the Summerset Isles, and if you like Elder Scrolls games or MMOs, The Elder Scrolls Online is a game worth checking out on its release date for the XBOX One and PS4.
An Analysis of the Elder Scrolls Online Community
Due to some comments addressing the movement of certain players from the PC to the Xbox One and PS4 versions of Elder Scrolls Online, I thought I'd briefly discuss it. Do not be dissuaded. Indeed, PC players can bring their characters from the PC to consoles and you always have assholes online. But the presence of a few cyber-dickheads should not put you off experiencing Elder Scrolls Online.
I'm hopeful for the Online community on the Xbox One and PS4. The game is a lot of fun and I'm sure there are plenty of gamers out there who have been waiting for the opportunity to try it out. The community that I've experienced within the game has always been engaging and friendly. The threat of potential attackers is not enough to make you step away from trying ESO.
I can't wait for this title to come to the PS4 and see how it runs at home. Missing out on it for this reason, especially if you're a fan of Elder Scrolls, would be a real shame. Day 1 will not be a day of attack. Chill.