Elder Scrolls Online finally arrives on consoles

By Chris Hayes - GAme review

Published 30/06/2015 | 00:00

If you're a fan of the PC version of The Elder Scrolls Online but have always wanted a taste of MMO on a console, then this is for you.
If you're a fan of the PC version of The Elder Scrolls Online but have always wanted a taste of MMO on a console, then this is for you.

It has been over a year since the highly anticipated MMO entry into The Elder Scrolls franchise was supposed to make its console debut. The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited was subject to crippling delays that eventually saw excitement wane for the game as time went on.

The recent release of Tamriel Unlimited has seen The Elder Scrolls Online finally arrive on consoles, which inevitably begs the question: 'has the wait been worth it?'. We will use the confines of this review in an attempt to answer that question.

While the console version of The Elder Scrolls Online does a good job of mimicking the level of control that its PC counterpart affords, Tamriel Unlimited is still hamstrung in a number of ways when compared to the PC version. Navigating your inventory or journal is a pain, particularly as you get more and more items and quests to scroll through.

There isn't an easy way to organise items or mark inventory to keep versus throw away, so you may find yourself spending longer at merchants and crafting stations than you would have liked. It's also still a shame that one of the most defining elements of the game - the Alliance War - is still partly hidden within the bulk of the game.

The Alliance war is a persistend military campaign in which you fight for whichever faction you chose at the character creation stage. You're taken to the heart of Cyrodiil, where large scale PvP battles take place. It's an extremely tactical and extremely fun undertaking, involving the capture of forts and supply lines. It isn't just for vanity, either.

The aforementioned captured areas affect fast travel across more of the map. It's a far more interesting take of The Elder Scrolls formula than the main quest line that feels a lot more 'solo' than an MMO ever really should. Unfortunately the console's voice-only demands haven't yet been totally accepted by fledgling players, making communcation a little rudimentary and removing some of the tactical element that was present on the PC.

Really, The Elder Scrolls Online is the same game that was released eleven months ago, with the only concessions being to graphics and communication. If you are a fan of the PC counterpart but have always wanted a taste of MMO on a console, then this is for you.

8/10

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