It’s about this time in an MMO’s life cycle that reviews pop up based on the past month of play. For me, I’m not too worried about the gameplay or how fantastic it looks, I just want to know if its worth spending a subscription fee on.
I think that even at this early stage, ESO is. Somehow the game has convinced me that though I have so little time to play it (Even now I should probably be playing it instead of typing this) it’s worth spending that precious $15 a month on. I don’t think its the shiny graphics or their new brand of MMO combat that drew me in, I think that its the environment. For now people in ESO are so blissfully unworried about how long it is before it might change to a free to play model, or how it stacks up against WOW or the ill-fated SWTOR. I think ESO is based on one of the remaining worlds that hasn’t had a game, a comic book, a movie, a line of toys produced for it. For now the world of Tamriel is pure, new and gleaming. Unlike in SWTOR, we haven’t been in the universe nearly as much and unlike GW2 and other new MMO’s like The Secret World, we’re intimately familiar with it.
It is legitimately exciting following quests that force you to see little villages and cities that have never been before heard of, and at the same time I long to visit places that Skyrim and Oblivion introduced to me. I think ESO will be worth your money as long as Zenimax can keep feeding you little tidbits and interesting corners of the world.
Sea-elves? What the fuck are sea-elves? Excuse me I have to go murder some.