A new obsession – First look at The Elder Scrolls Online

I’m probably in the minority when it comes to gamers who haven’t tried out any of the Elder Scrolls titles. I’ve always been caught up in sci-fi games to give much time to other titles, and when I’m hooked on a series I tend to play that on a continuous loop rather than branch out. I’m also extremely busy and know that my life would pretty much come to a standstill if I bought more games (I don’t own a console for that very reason). I’ve seen many trailers for Skyrim and it looks AWESOME, but now I’ve found The Elder Scrolls Online, I may be hooked.

In this new video from ZenimaxOnlineStudios, they share the beginnings of what looks to be a new and awesome MMORPG. As I’ve mentioned, I don’t know the Elder Scrolls worlds, I know nothing of the lore, races, characters from this series, but even so, the 9min video hasn’t failed to make a positive impact on me. So much so, that I’ve signed up for beta testing.

If you’ve got a few minutes to spare and are looking for a new MMORPG, or have always hoped for the Elder Scrolls to move online, then seriously – take a look. The world building is great, and I’m glad to see that they’ve gone down the realistic rather than stylised route (something I’m not keen on in SW:TOR). I’m also impressed to hear that they’ve created a new MEGA-server technology which will allow everyone to play in one world; no annoyances trying to find friends or switch alts from one server to the next.

Can’t wait to see more from this potential new obsession.

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Let Starwars Geekdom Begin

With a very obsessive personality when it comes to the science fiction and movie genre, and wanting to immerse myself totally into far off and incredibly exotic lands, I like nothing more than an expansive sci-fi computer game. Mass Effect really catered to this need with a brand new universe full of haunting worlds, bold new aliens and technology with which to thrash the living daylights out of adversaries. However, you could only do so much because, whilst being a role-playing game, it was single player.

I’ve been a fan of Star Wars Galaxies (SWG) in the past; the MMORPG that allows you to jump into George Lucas’s hugely diverse world. I could play a little rodian smuggling goods between Corellia and Tatooine. Or my favourite; a Transdoshan female medic living on Naboo who had a hatred of Wookies and loved nothing more than slaying and hunting. It’s a world that you write, and whilst there are of course challenges and goals ultimately gameplay is down to you.

However, SWG became tired over the years, mostly due to the developers wanting to attract a more wide-ranging audience. This led to many of features which hardcore Starwars fans loved being dropped in destructive updates and being replaced with rather benign and irritating gameplay. As such, I lost interest as did many of my gaming friends from around the world. But now, now we have the promise of Star Wars: The Old Republic.

Part of SWG’s downfall was its historical placement which put it alongside the popular movies and led to many historical issues. For hardcore fans this was a problem. There shouldn’t be loads of Jedi running around when they had, almost in their entirety, been wiped out by Order 66. The icons of the series were in the game but hidden away so you hardly saw them, and it resulted in a game which felt like it was only half the story. SWTOR however takes place 3,500 years before Darth Vader’s creation, lending the creators to basically do what they want.

You’ll have to wait a while for this promising new game though as no release date has yet been confirmed. Officials originally slated it for release, well, now but updates are still arriving without that elusive date. However, after being terribly disappointed with Star Trek Online I’m hoping that SWTOR makes a thrilling and exciting update to the now tired SWG.

Cinematic Trailer for Star Wars: The Old Republic

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