Story - 86%
Graphics - 78%
Audio - 78%
Gameplay - 78%
Replayability - 80%
Back in 2014 Bethesda braved the MMO waters with The Elder Scrolls Online, a good offering back then. Fast forward to 2018 and we have the latest and greatest Expansion pack for ESO, The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset. As the name suggests the expansion is set in the Summerset Isle region of Elder Scrolls(last seen in ’94 The Elder Scrolls: Arena). The Summerset Isles are home of the High Elves(a haughty bunch if you ask me) and many beautiful vistas to go see and explore.
One good thing that I really like about ESO is that you don’t have to buy each expansion that came out before Summerset, the base game is actually included with it! Also, you can subscribe to the ESO Plus service but it’s not really necessary(not like some other MMO’s that I know off). They made it easy for me to get back in the game(I only played it a few months in 2014), as there are a new starting area and tutorials. The guys from ZeniMax Online Studios made a good 30-hour main campaign that brings ESO back to its roots, whereas every decision impacts your outcome in the story.
With all new expansions come new skill sets to try out, my favourite of the is Time Freeze. It lets you slow down the enemies close to you and even stops the extra mobs from harassing you. This is all thanks to the Psijic Order, they are the precursors to the Mages Guild(who you might have some run-ins in other Elder Scroll games). The Psijic Order is based on a secluded small Island called Artaeum, ages past the mages removed the Island from Tamriel so they can study in peace. Getting the powers of the Psijic might be a bit daunting for fresh starters as you have to travel all over Tamriel to unlock it, but that is always the story with games like these.
Overall I was really pleased with the Summerset Expansion, has made it easier for new players(and even older players) to play the game. With a good 30 hour main storyline, beautiful scenery and new skills it is really worthwhile to get. I would recommend this to any Elder Scrolls fans and MMO players, I would even suggest it to gamers that left the game in the beginning. This is your local mad scientist signing out…time to go get the ingredients to make Hunding’s Rage
Reviewed on: PC
Available on: PC/PS4/XBox One
Age Rating: 16
Publisher/Developer: Bethesda Softworks
Estimated RRP: R499
Release Date: 18 May 2018
- Gameplay has improved since I last played it
- Love the mainline story!
- Except it being an MMO, there isn’t really something to dislike about it