Greetings everyone! Karthas here and as you may have heard, recently The Elder Scrolls Online Morrowind was released. Today I wanted to take some time to talk about my thoughts on the expansion so far. I have been playing Elder Scrolls Online off and on since December when I first got the game and my hope is that anyone who is on the fence about picking up the expansion will find the answers they are seeking. And if not, feel free to leave your questions or comments below and I’ll be sure to answer!
What is The Elder Scrolls Online?
For those of you who may not follow the Elder Scrolls series or even know what the Elder Scrolls is, here is a quick rundown.
The Elder Scrolls is a RPG series created by Bethesda Studios who have also released games like Fallout, Doom, and Dishonored. The studio is known for putting out some great games, albeit a bit buggy. But for most these bugs have become part of the Bethesda experience. This isn’t to say they put out bad games. On the contrary, Fallout and the Elder Scrolls series are staple RPGs for their respective genres. Anyway, The Elder Scrolls series takes place in the land of Tamriel which is divided into multiple different countries each with their own distinct race and culture. The history of Tamriel is far too long to go into but it’s your usual fantasy setting: war, magic, elves, etc.
A few years ago, Bethesda teamed up with Zenimax Online for the Elder Scrolls Online, an MMO set in Tamriel. The game struggled to get off its feet as it was riddled with bugs and had a difficult quest line. But regardless the game has made some great strides in the past few years and has really turned into a fun and enjoyable game. The latest expansion they released was one set in Morrowind.
What is the Big Deal With Morrowind?
So you may be wondering why the Morrowind expansion is such a big deal. Well many years ago Bethesda released the third game in The Elder Scrolls series, The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. For many, like myself, Morrowind was their first foray into RPGs. And while the game had some unusual mechanics, it was a world of endless possibilities. The land was full of strange creatures, outlandish architecture, and interesting cultures. The sheer bigness of Morrowind set itself apart making it one of my favorite games growing up. I had never played a game that literally allowed me to do anything. From delving into dungeons to helping the Great Houses out-maneuver each other-Morrowind was a world to be explored.
The Elder Scrolls Online has had a slew of DLCs since it released, but none have been as big as Morrowind. The expansion adds a ton of additional features (which I discuss later), but most importantly it revamped the leveling to help draw in new players. The best part for new players is that you don’t even need to buy the other DLCs or even the base Elder Scrolls Online game; you can simply buy the Morrowind edition and begin exploring. Or if you are like me and already own the base game, you can simply buy the upgrade.
The Power of Nostalgia
Nostalgia can be a powerful motivator for many, and that is what Zenimax is hoping to play on with their latest expansion. Personally the nostalgia is what finally made me decide to pick up the game. A lot of my childhood was spent playing Morrowind and needless to say, The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind capitalizes on that. Your very first steps in Vvardenfell are in Seyda Neen, the same place where the original Morrowind game takes place! You then enter the Census and Excise Office where you will talk to an Imperial who registers you. Sound familiar? I know for me, the moment I stepped off the boat, I was hit hard by the nostalgia. I immediately ran to the Seyda Neen lighthouse to see if it was there, and sure enough it was.
Not Your Childhood Morrowind
While you can visit many of the places from the Morrowind game, not everything you see will be exactly the same. The Elder Scrolls Online Morrowind actually takes place 700 years before The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. Balmora seems a bit smaller and places like Vivec City and Ald’rhun are still under construction. Other cities like Caldera aren’t even there! It’s simply a House Redoran stronghold.
It wouldn’t be an Elder Scrolls game without you being someone special, and Morrowind is no different. The storyline will lead you all across Vvardenfell as you aid Vivec who is slowly losing his divinity. You’ll deal with The Great Houses of Redoran, Hlaalu, and Telvanni and even assist some friends. Overall I really enjoyed the main storyline and look forward to seeing where they are going to take us.
The Strange, Odd, and Just Plain Weird
The expansion does an amazing job of capturing the strangeness that is Morrowind. From giant mushrooms to domesticated bugs, Morrowind is truly a strange place. At times I just had to stop and admire the scenery around me because it is such an interesting place. And I love how the land reflects the inhabitants. The Dunmer are possibly one of the oddest races in The Elder Scrolls series. They are very superstitious and have many strange beliefs and practices. The Morag Tong for example are a group of assassin’s that can be hired to kill someone, but it is 100% legal as long a they present a writ to show that the assassination was “honorable”. This practice is used to keep the great houses of Morrowind from all out war. Or the fact that the Dunmer use giant bugs called Silt Striders to travel from city to city.
New Features and Things To Do
With the addition of a new area to explore The Elder Scrolls Online Morrowind brings a new class and many other activities to keep you busy. The Warden is a hybrid class with a Healing, DPS, and Tanking skill line similar to the Templar, but they play quite differently. The Warden calls upon the forces of nature to destroy their foes or heal their allies. Additionally, the expansion introduces a new starting zone and tutorial. The expansion also introduces a new PVP experience called battlegrounds, which is similar to typical PVP game types such as Capture the Flag and Death Match. And finally, the expansion brings some new PvE experiences including a new Trail called the Halls of Fabrication, as well as some Dungeons. All of this is in addition to all of the exploration you will be doing!
So far I’ve enjoyed Morrowind, but I certainly have a lot more to go. The game has so much to offer and I’ve only scratched the surface. But if you are trying to decide whether or not to get the expansion, or you’ve been thinking of picking up The Elder Scrolls Online, now is a great time. As I mentioned, the game has a brand new starting zone and questing area. The areas also scale with your character now so you don’t have to worry about missing out on some of the game because you are new. Like I said, the nostalgia is what made me decide to pick it up. If you have any questions about the expansion, feel free to leave a comment below. For those of you who are playing, tell me what has been your best nostalgia moment below in the comments!
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