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The Elder Scrolls Online

7 months ago

Feature: Dinobores

Steam Charts: What The Heck Is Happening Edition

As you stare out into the world, at the tumult and turmoil, perhaps you feel the only hope is to turn to the Steam Charts for its comforting predictability and stability. I'm sorry folks, but it's all gone batshit crazy in here too.

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1 year ago

Feature: The biggest hits of the past 12 months

These are the top 100 Steam games of 2017

Another year over, a new one just begun, which means, impossibly, even more games. But what about last year? Which were the games that most people were buying and, more importantly, playing? As is now something of a tradition, Valve have let slip a big ol' breakdown of the most successful titles released on Steam over the past twelve months. Below is the full, hundred-strong…

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2 years ago

Feature: A wealth of splendid 2016-17 games for the lousiest of hardware

13 recent games that run well on terrible laptops

'Terrible' only in the sense of their gaming capability. Honestly, I'm sure your laptop is lovely to look at and it was definitely a extremely sensible idea to spend all that money on it instead of buying a holiday or helping to save the pandas. Truth is, though, that playing recently-released games on the vast majority of laptops is about as effective as starting an…

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Feature: Weaponised nostalgia

Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind is scratching that itch

I have been cynical from afar, which is a polite way of saying I've been privately thinking 'aargh, kill it with fire' about The Elder Scrolls Online's [official site] massively multiplayer recreation of revered singleplayer roleplaying game Morrowind. I didn't want to be a snob, but the pairing of an MMO hamster wheel with the high watermark of Bethesda's Elder Scrolls series read to me…

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Feature: Back in Balmora

How Morrowindy is Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind?

I will admit to a certain wateriness in my eyes when I heard the music. The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind was and is, I believe, almost more a state of mind than it is a roleplaying game. A strange and desolate place, built upon a foundation of distrust, it is almost aggressively lonely. As an RPG, the precursor to Oblivion and Skyrim is all over…

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Feature: A Two Year Tradition

The RPG Scrollbars: The Scrolls Of Honour 2016

As mentioned last week, it's been one of those years. Lots of the biggest RPGs that we were expecting decided to spend a few more months in bed, or simply skip 2016. Can't blame them! It'll mean an awesome 2017, even if looking back there's only been a few big names to pick from. Still, tradition is tradition! This week, another year marks another set…

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Feature: It's a small world after aaaaaaaall...

The RPG Scrollbars: The Elder Scrolls – One Tamriel

I make no secret of not having liked The Elder Scrolls Online [official site]. Believe me, I wanted to dig it, but nothing this side of Planescape Torment Kart could have felt more not like the game it was meant to be without being part of some fever dream. That said, I do admire the fact that the creators have spent their time since launch…

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3 years ago

Feature: Anti-E3

Hype Check: Debunking E3’s Marketing

If you judged each of E3 2016's conferences by the volcanic applause following each announcement, no matter how minuscule or massive, then you probably think everything the developers said was written by God himself on a stone script. But you're smarter than that. I know you are. So, in continuation of our 'anti-E3' coverage, here are some of the moments when the creators and executives…

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5 years ago

Feature: Scrolls To The Bottom

Impressions: The Elder Scrolls Online

I don’t know what to tell you. My first few days in the Elder Scrolls Online universe have left me feeling very fed up. It was always going to be a tough job for Bethesda to recreate the awe and adventure of their single-player fantasy games for a mass(ively multiplayer) audience. But there was a hope that, actually, everything might turn out all right for…

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Feature: MMOaning

Hands On: The First Few Hours Of Elder Scrolls Online

Elder Scrolls Online ("The" optional) is out in April. That's quite soon! So over the last few days Bethesda have opened it up to allow some journalists in, to have a poke around. I've played up to level 7, so far, which isn't enormously far in, but does represent that crucial opening five or six hours. And I'm here to tell you all about them.

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6 years ago

Feature: The Mudcrab Interview

Zenimax On TESO’s First-Person Mode, Mudcrab Armies

I recently ventured to Zenimax Online's mighty fortress in the fantastical kingdom of Baltimore, and I was very good. I only spent 40 percent of the time incessantly quoting The Wire. When not explaining to random passers-by why you best not miss when you come at the king, I even played some videogames! Specifically, The Elder Scrolls Online, because Zenimax kinda makes that and stuff.…

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Feature: "a little wiser now"

Zenimax: Elder Scrolls Online Will Become More Open

For me, going hands-on with The Elder Scrolls Online yielded a dishearteningly un-Elder-Scrolls-y experience in places. Admittedly, however, it was only the first few hours, and - even in rooms so quiet that everyone angrily shushes mice for skittering by - MMOs don't generally demo well. With those things in mind, I aired some of my concerns to the game's developers - the full results…

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Feature: Square Peg, Round Hole

What Happens If You Play Elder Scrolls Online Like Skyrim?

The Elder Scrolls is kind of an odd series, when you think about it. As players, we expect that we should be able to fly careening off-rails from the get-go, ignoring whatever fantasy story domino chain the writers have conjured up in favor of venturing off into any three-eyed gorilla murder cave we please. "Fuck being the hero," we say. "I'm gonna punch horses until…

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7 years ago

Feature: Cyrodiil Welcomes Careful Grinders

Interview: Zenimax Defends Elder Scrolls Online

If you've only got 15 minutes to wow a crowd, it stands to reason that you'd unload your biggest guns until even the most ardent doubters would have no choice but to fly a white flag with your face on it. Elder Scrolls Online's E3 presentation, then, was worrisome. The action-based combat looked hollow and unconvincing, and we spent the bulk of our time watching…

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Slo-Mo & Booming Noises: The Elder Scrolls Online

Grumble grumble I'm not entirely sure this is worth a post grumble grumble. It's a CGI-only, bizarrely slo-mo and semi-silent glimpse of the main factions in Bethesda's confusingly non-Elder Scrollsy The Elder Scrolls Online. I'm interested in the game even if I'm currently bewildered by how little it sounds like its singleplayer parent, but this trailer is about as illuminating as a conversation with a…

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Feature: "assorted types of goo"

A Rant: Enough Of Single-Player MMOs

According to The Elder Scrolls Online game director Matt Firor, the series' online spin won't be quite as social as expected. At least, not completely. "We have a whole part of the game that's 100% solo, and that's the main story," he explains to an invisible interviewer in this Game Informer video. "Everything you do is solo and the world reacts to you that way."…

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Feature: Meticulously Interwoven

Why Elder Scrolls Online Needs To Be A Sandbox

Game Informer has picked up the first official screen of The Elder Scrolls Online (above) and, well, hmmm. I feel like, if I sighted it while at some sort of game screenshot social gathering, I'd congratulate Kingdoms of Amalur and WoW on their successful coupling, and ask them what they're naming it. Then Elder Scrolls would walk up and inform me that it - and…

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The Elder Scrolls Online Teases Us Ouroborosly

I would have gone for something about teaser trailer / TESer trailer, but it just wasn't working. Well, make your own headline, anyway: here's the promise-filled logo-panning teaser for The Elder Scrolls Online. It has Michael Gambon's voice tell us about the empty throne and the alliance of dark forces, which seems like a pretty good basis for getting excited about anything, but really acts…

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A Lot Of Tamriel Estate: The Elder Scrolls Online

The whole of Tamriel! That's what The Elder Scrolls Online will contain, so you'll be able to stride your way through Morrowind and shiver your way through Skyrim. Disclaimer. The whole of Tamriel except for the bits that are going to be chopped out to make room for expansions and Skyrim won't be as detailed as in Skyrim: The Game of The Place. A lot…

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