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The Elder Scrolls Online

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Rating Summary

Based on 45 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

70

Top Critic Average

33%

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Based on 45 critic reviews
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Game Information

Available on:PCApr 4, 2014

Developer: ZeniMax Media

Publisher: Bethesda Softworks

Genres: MMO, RPG

The Elder Scrolls Online is set roughly 1,000 years before the events in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and the coming of the Dragonborn, and just before the rise of Tiber Septim, the first Emperor of Tamriel. Three Alliances have emerged across the continent, each struggling for supremacy over the land. As these great powers battle one another for control of the Imperial City – and with it all of Tamriel -- darker forces are moving to destroy the world.

ESO brings the legendary experience of the award-winning RPG franchise online for the first time. Whether you play with your friends or adventure alone, the game’s combat system allows you to focus on action and tactics, not the UI. Use any weapon or armor at any time and customize your abilities to play the way you want as you uncover the mysteries of Tamriel and seek heroic quests on your own terms. Explore the far reaches of Skyrim, the mysterious lands of Morrowind, the sprawling metropolis of Daggerfall and beyond. The choices you make, from the alliance you join to the battles you fight, will shape your destiny and the world of Tamriel.

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Eurogamer

6 / 10
Eurogamer

It's tempting to write off subscription MMOs completely, but there are some signs of life in the sector: Final Fantasy 14 is doing quite well, and the forthcoming WildStar is in the final stages of a persuasive charm offensive with the MMO community. But there are only fleeting signs of life in The Elder Scrolls Online itself - and few of them have anything to do with The Elder Scrolls. Maybe this grand project sounded like a good idea in 2007, but now it feels like a leftover obligation: a game no-one really asked for, and a flawed premise from the start.

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PC Gamer

68 / 100
PC Gamer

A few well-designed systems struggle to overcome lifeless presentation. Capable, but ultimately hard to recommend.

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Polygon

Polygon Staff
6 / 10.0
Polygon

ESO is missing the spark that got us lost in Skyrim and Morrowind

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GameSpot

6 / 10
GameSpot

The Elder Scrolls Online immerses you in its intricate quests and fantasy landscapes, only to undercut its strengths at every turn.

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Recent News

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The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind Is Free For PC, Today Only

The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind Is Free For PC, Today Only

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Elder Scrolls Online celebrates its 25th anniversary with a Free Play Event

Elder Scrolls Online celebrates its 25th anniversary with a Free Play Event

Brand new adventure Elsweyr Prologue unlocks today, too.

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The Elder Scrolls Online: Wolfhunter DLC out on Monday, Black Marsh expansion due later this year | PC Gamer

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Play The Elder Scrolls Online and its Morrowind expansion for free this weekend | PC Gamer

Play The Elder Scrolls Online and its Morrowind expansion for free this weekend | PC Gamer

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The Elder Scrolls Online: Wolfhunter gets a release date

The Elder Scrolls Online: Wolfhunter gets a release date

Arrives Aug. 13 on PC, Aug. 28 on consoles

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Elder Scrolls Online Wolfhunter Expansion Revealed

Elder Scrolls Online Wolfhunter Expansion Revealed

Today at QuakeCon, ZeniMax Online Studios announced the Elder Scrolls Online Wolfhunter expansion for their popular MMORPG. It will come out on August 13 for PC and August 28 for PS4 and Xbox One.

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