#ESOBETA

Elder Scrolls Online Beta Testing – First Taste!

I am not a MMORPG player. Never got into WOW, never really had any interest in an online multiplayer game.

I am a HUGE elder scrolls fan. My love for the game started late in the series, when I became completely consumed by Skryim. By the time Skyrim came out, Oblivion felt outdated (though I played a bit & owned a version), and I just decided to pull forward instead of backwards. I did my fair share of lore research, and I felt confident enough about the history and politics to play Skyrim!

This is why I said,¬†Okay… I’ll try Elder Scrolls Online.

Eso Beta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had signed up for the beta a few months ago, and was super pleased to have received an invite for the beta last weekend!

Creating the character was definitely fun. I felt like I was back in Sims, where I was able to customize everything, from body weight, musculature amount, tons of facial sliders, hairstyles, tattoos… and all of that differed a bit between the various species.

I chose to be a high elf, who looked pretty bad ass if I say so myself. Truthfully, I went against my personal Skryim politics and chose the side who’s vision I didn’t agree with. But if I had gone with my politics, I would have been exploring the area of Skyrim, which I’ve already done in the original ps3 game — so I was very interested in seeing a new area! In my heart, I’m still a bad ass dark elf.

ESO Beta Screenshot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The world was fairly easy to navigate and I felt like I had several quest lines on the go – so I was never bored. The area did feel a little bare, and I found the enemies to be flat. They were too predictable, which isn’t that fun when you just start a game.

I didn’t really talk to anybody in the game. Everybody was running around frantically, so I never felt like they were approachable. Joining groups didn’t really occur to me, but that could be my non-MMO player in me.

The AI characters were pretty awesome. They were full of witty commentary, and I felt like each one was pretty different. I liked interacting with them — even more so than interacting with real players in the game (hah).

ESO Beta Screenshot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The AI characters were pretty awesome. They were full of witty commentary, and I felt like each one was pretty different. I liked interacting with them — even more so than interacting with real players in the game (hah).¬†Just when I was wrapping up with the beta, I started getting into weapon creation. I didn’t have any materials necessary! I think that the player should have gathered or been able to purchase materials within a few hours of gameplay – which I hadn’t been able to do. It felt like I had a new toy to play with, but the batteries weren’t included. Damn those pesky triple A’s.

 

ESO Beta Screenshot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ESO Beta Screenshot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I got to level 5 during this beta test and managed to complete several quests. I really enjoyed the multiple choice endings to the quests. It really gave me pause and made me think which direction I wanted to take… do I help the crazed elf who wanted to take a book with secrets to a socerer? Or do I destroy those secrets, as per a daedra’s wish, because those secrets would end up destroying the lives of those that learn them? SO GOOD.

Elder Scrolls narratives didn’t fail me. I really enjoyed that aspect! As for the other parts: combat, p2p interaction & weapon creation could use improvement.

All in all, I enjoyed having a first taste of the ESO! I just got invited to the next beta this weekend, so I look forward to seeing the changes they’ve implemented!

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