Bethesda and ZeniMax have done it again. A great new area that promises the player dozens of hours of adventure in a universe of fantasy that does not disappoint.
Not long ago the first new chapter of The Elder Scrolls Online (TESO) came to our hands for both PC and PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Specifically on June 6 the epic role saga received a gigantic new area as well as Much more renewed content that we will unveil throughout this analysis.
The original game was launched three years ago, in 2014, and since then has received several updates and improvements that have managed to make the title one of the best games of its kind. Other video games like Skyrim and Oblivion already offered to the players freedom of action and exploration, reason why TESO has put the batteries in that sense to equal its competitors. This allows us to leave our mark in Tamriel with the style of game that we prefer, whether playing alone or with friends and even with any player on the planet.
First of all, it is necessary to clarify the reason for the designation “chapter” and not the classical designation of “expansion”. Well, Morrowind incorporates more than 30 hours of missions into the main story, plus it brings new key content and features that veteran players will love, mostly because they are based on the requests they have been making to the developer at over the years of life of the game. It is clear then who is the main target audience of the chapter but, just in case, I qualify it, the veterans. Anyway, it will not be necessary to have a high level or have surpassed previous content to be able to play, so the new additions to the saga can begin from level 1 within the area and the history of Vvardenfell.
Before you begin, novice players will be able to start the game with a tutorial and introduction and you can start from Morrowind. And let’s also remember that thanks to last year’s update, One Tamriel, which balanced all levels of the world and enemies, Vvandenfell is accessible to any level. Once we complete Morrowind, the story takes us back to the original content, The Elder Scrolls, where we expect much more content to enjoy.
And you will wonder what has changed in TESO, because the answer is that it depends. It depends on the time you take without playing or whether you are a neophyte. If you take a long time without picking up the keyboard and the mouse or the joystick, you will be surprised by the amount of changes. The truth is that Bethesda Softworks and ZeniMax Online Studios have spent three years improving the TESO experience and have incorporated hundreds of hours of adventure and content, which has resulted in a game that now seems more than ever an online adventure By The Elder Scrolls. For the new additions, I will quickly mention what have been the updates of the game since its release: four packs of downloadable content and a pack of dungeons, namely Imperial City, Orsinium, Thieves Guild, Dark Brotherhood and Shadows of the Hist; And One Tamriel, a complete modification of the way of playing that eliminated alliances restrictions and included the system of balance between worlds that we mentioned, in addition to introducing the desired freedom that characterizes the most beloved games of TES.
We will also see what have been the incorporations of systems and improvements, because they have not been precisely sparse. To do a quick review we found the Justice system, the Champion system, the Craglorn zone, ESO Plus, which among other things rewarded players; The Crown Store, the trials; Daily missions; The improvement in combat animations and in the battle experience itself; The dyes for armor and the daily missions of thieves, assassinations and handicrafts.
And after this background, let’s go in parts. First, we’ll talk about the new Vvandenfell area, which is probably familiar to TESIII players: Morrowind from Bethesda. This online version has been built directly on the elevation map of the previous game, which has given rise to a very precise, although updated, recreation of the favorite place of many adepts to the saga. We must also make clear that some creative freedoms have been taken, in the city of Vivec we have an example, since we are in construction, and well, the world in general has a rather different aspect to appear recent. Since its launch, Vvandenfell has been the largest area that has been added to TESO and will allow us to enjoy exploration and adventures directly related to the main story, as well as secondary stories, new areas such as Delves and other challenges.
TESO: Morrowind includes new content for the story in the home of dark elves. Once we arrive at Seyda Neen, we have to look for locals to help, but they will send us to Vivec so we can talk to the demigod himself. The story of the chapter takes us fully to Vvardenfell and along the way we will find more to those who help. We have six new dungeons in Delves and two in Public Dungeons. Delves dungeons are somewhat smaller and usually have a mission that we can complete alone, while the Public Dungeons are larger and host large groups of enemies, in addition to strong bosses. The latter are open to everyone, so it is easy to ally with other players to overcome them. And let’s not forget to mention the World Bosses, who are group leaders that are in the open areas of the maps and we will be a challenge. As in the case of Public Dungeons, we will have to group together to defeat them.
For the newest in this world, I will make a brief summary of certain basic concepts that should be known. In the case of combat, TESO’s style combines skills with offensive and defensive moves and puts special emphasis on how resources are managed. At the time of combat we will need to use the following options: light attacks, heavy attacks, blocks, interruptions, dodge, skills with cost of Magicka or Stamina and maximum abilities with cost of Ultimate. On the other hand, there are three main attributes in TESO: Health, which determines how much damage you can receive before you are defeated; Magicka, to know how many magic abilities you can cast and make them more effective and Stamina, to be able to establish the stamina skills you can use, the times you can dodge, block and sprint and improve the effectiveness of stamina. As we level up we will get Attribute Points that will allow us to improve the main statistics. There are also three types of skills, which are bought with the Skill Points that we get as we level up and complete missions.
The skills are of three types: active, which are placed on the skill bar and activated in combat; Passive, which have a constant effect, and the ultimate, which are very powerful and have a unique cost that can only be achieved by participating in combat. Finally, objects can be made thanks to different skill lines: blacksmithing, clothing creation, carpentry, alchemy, supplies and enchantments. Most of the resources needed for manufacturing are in the open world of the game and can be collected. Once we have the resources we have to find a craft position according to our profession and there we can create objects, refine materials, disassemble objects, investigate characteristics, improve objects or create furniture.
About the classes, the Warden was the first since the launch of the game in 2014. Versatile, based on nature and with the ability to cause damage, heal and function as a tank, it all depends on how we want to play. And best of all is that we do not have to limit ourselves to an option, but we can mix them to create something 100% personalized. For those of you who do not know, the Warden has three Skill Lines, or skill trees, which are perfect if we are clear on the goal we pursue. These three trees are: the Animal Companions or companion of animals, with which we can summon wild creatures, like bears or desoladores of cliffs; The Green Balance, where the Warden takes advantage of different kinds of plants to protect and heal himself or his companions and, finally, the Winter’s Embrace or winter embrace, where the Warden is wrapped in ice and cold protective to resist the More consistent blows.
On the other hand, from level 10 or higher, you can go to battlegrounds or Battlegrounds to prove your worth against other players in fast fights. This is the new PvP gameplay that has been incorporated into TESO: Morrowind. It is designed in this way so that the games are short and intense and do not last more than 10 minutes in arenas of between three and four players. As for the games that Morrowind offers, we have three types to choose from: Team Deathmatch; Capture the Flag and Domination or Domination.
And on the new Trial, has new game mechanics and places, in addition to emphasizing the boss fights, which are five in total. The Trials are designed for groups of 12 players and need more communication and skills than other activities aimed at smaller groups, so it is advisable to dare only the most experienced players.
Remember also that you can start from level 1 at any time with a new character, or bring an old one to Vvandenfell. To create a new character, simply click on the “Create Character” option. Once you have modified it to your liking: race, class, body and face, you will accede to the tutorial and you will begin the adventure in Vvandenfell. But if you want to bring a hero you already have Vvandenfell, use the hermitage of Sayda Neen.
Of course, because you started playing in Vvardenfell, it does not mean that you have to stay there, but you can access the rest of Tamriel. Remember that the experience you have does not matter, as the zones adjust to the levels, then you can participate in the main story of the game, try some challenging dungeon or even participate in the Cyrodiil Alliance War.
As for the musical section, composer Jeremy Soule, the composer in charge, has composed a soundtrack that is undoubtedly impeccable. At no time do you want to remove the sound, believe me. To this must be added the environmental sounds of creatures and the landscape itself, which make us believe at all times that we are in the full island of Vvanderfell.
A catch that may be an impediment to the laggards in English, is that the game is not translated, which can make it difficult to access players who are not handled in the Anglo-Saxon language.
Well, once analyzed in detail all the new content that TESO: Morrowind offers us, we can only conclude if it is advisable or not your purchase. The answer is “yes, no doubt.” Good graphics, original music, excellent ambience, lots of weapons, armor, missions, spells, objects and a long etcetera that guarantees an incredible gaming experience. Negative points, to mention something, would point out the lack of dubbing of the game and translation of the manual and that the dialogues may seem somewhat mechanical. Otherwise, if it were you I would not hesitate to get on with it, either for PC or for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 platforms on which it is available.