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The Elder Scrolls – A Game for the Adventurous
If you’re a gamer who loves classic role-playing games, then you need to play The Elder Scrolls.
The Elder Scrolls is a series of classic role-playing open fantasy world games with adventures that make the Lord of the Rings Trilogy look like a chick flick.
There have been a total of 5 games bearing that same title and rumors of a 6th game. Consequently, so far the development company, Bethesda Softworks, has denied all rumors of a new Elder Scrolls game in development.
In the past couple of years, The Elder Scrolls games have been all the rage amongst gamers. Three of its releases have won Game of the Year awards from different outlets.
It’s safe to say that if you’re a gamer into free-form RPGs, then you will love The Elder Scrolls.
The first offering, The Elder Scrolls: Arena, was released way back in 1994. It had a simple storyline- the player character has to gather certain artifacts and assemble them into the “Staff of Chaos”, battle a usurper and free the Emperor who had been imprisoned in a different dimension.
It contained a lot of bugs which made it difficult to enjoy at times, but went on to become a fan favorite and a hit with gamers.
And this was way back in 1994, when the default OS for computers was MS-DOS.
The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall
2 years later, Bethesda released a sequel- The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall. Which ended up with just as many bugs as its predecessor. Needless to say, it was not quite the hit it was touted to be and Bethesda seemed to have totally “screwed the pooch” on that one. One of the co-founders even left the company.
It seemed like a good thing was about to come undone. Critics probably concluded that The Elder Scrolls were done.
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
It was 6 years before the next game in the series- The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind and with this release. The Elder Scrolls was back again.
Bethesda came up with an RPG that surpassed all its predecessors by a large margin. The old XnGine used by its predecessors was taken out and replaced with a better engine that totally transformed game play. The in game environment was improved with the addition of clear day and night cycles, weather effects, and an improved landscape.
The storyline is however still a tale of Good vs. Evil, with a twist. The player character must complete certain quests and discover his true identity on a journey to fulfil a prophecy and defeat a villainous deity.
The Elder Scrolls III was a clear cut above the rest. It is no surprise that it won 4 Game of the Year awards that year.
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
The Elder Scrolls III was followed 4 years later by The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. The player character returns as the hero who must thwart the efforts of a cult to open up the portal to a mystical world.
Of course, his efforts do not initially succeed and this spells all kinds of disaster for Tamriel (the world in which the Elder Scroll games are set).
With a new Radiant A.I. for non-playable characters and a new and improved in-game environment. This game built on the success of its predecessor and garnered a total of 11 awards including Game of the Year from multiple sources and the number one spot on a list of top 100 games of all time.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
The Elder Scrolls series went on to produce another offering in 2011- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. This game went on to receive acclaim from critics and gamers alike.
It received a total of 19 awards from various sources, cementing its status as one of the best role playing games of all time.
It runs on a new and improved game engine developed specifically for Skyrim and comes with a user-friendly interface that makes its predecessors look bad in comparison.
Yet, when it comes to story lines and in game action, The Elder Scrolls nail it with every release. From battling your way out of dungeons, and castles, you will definitely quench your thirst for adventure with this game.
And the best part- it is still a RPG, and provides you with open world interplay. You can decide to follow the story line and complete quest after quest. Yet, you can put the quests on hold temporarily or even permanently, while still enjoying the game to the maximum.
Among RPGs, The Elder Scrolls games are clearly among the best of the best. Apart from a few bug issues (which can be fixed with one of the game patches available), it is a great game. The Elder Scrolls games get a 4 out of 5 star rating.