It's a beautiful game, and I miss it, but they sent it to hell.
Reviewed in the United States on 29 November 2019
So, why a 3-star review? It's not because of the initial purchase of the game. When I first bought the game, I'd totally have given it 5 stars. This review comes a couple of years afterward, and at least a year after having quit playing. You see, not long after having bought this, they completely ruined the whole game. In an effort to "improve" the game, and allow anyone of any level to run with anyone of any other level, they made it completely impossible for a new character to get through the game solo. I mostly solo games. Yes, that's just me, I know. No one else does that (wink, wink, nudge, nudge, say no more!). I was doing okay on my own before this change. Occasionally a friend of mine would play when he could, but for the most part it was just me, and sometimes I'd group up to do a few things you have to do in a group. If something was too difficult, I'd go get a few more levels and go tackle it and manage my way through. I did this through the whole first storyline of the game. I had started the Silver whatever of the game (going through another faction's storyline with the same character) when the big change came, and all of a sudden, I couldn't even face down two random enemies by myself without dying! If you weren't grouped, you were dead. Period. I even went back to my original locations and the same thing was true! I HATED that! Not only so, but it got harder and harder to find groups to do what I needed/wanted to do. Everyone seemed to have already done what I was trying to get through. So, for me, the game was completely ruined. Unless you were an established character who only needed to do new content as it came out, you were SOL. There were only groups for doing the big daily stuff, not the storyline things, not the general things, not the day-to-day things that you need to do to get your character established. As for the game itself, the graphics are completely off the chain! They're superb! Far beyond anything I've ever seen in an MMO (not that I have much MMO experience, of course). The play style is great, the missions are enjoyable, the storylines themselves are engrossing and entertaining, the NPCs have depth and you really get a sense of being in the game. It's really everything I would have expected an Elder Scrolls MMO to be, personally. As I said, everything was great until the Great Screwup came, and then everything went straight to hell. I don't play anymore. Also, they added a really neat feature called a crafting bag, which holds all your crafting materials. It's a wonderful thing! The problem is you only get to use it if you subscribe! WTF!! So now, you get to fill up your inventory with all your crafting items or quit crafting. And there's so many different crafting items out there that there's no way you can keep up with them all unless you literally spend every in-game dime you make buying inventory space (and even then you'll fall short). So, it was great while it lasted, and if you subscribe maybe it still could be, and if you can find a group and don't bother with doing storyline things and just do whatever the group is doing you can enjoy it, but if you're like me and want to get all the storyline things and accomplishments and everything else done, and prefer to run by yourself, just don't bother, which is a shame because it's a beautiful game.
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