Elder Scrolls Online’s Skyrim-themed ‘Greymoor’ expansion is a missed opportunity

    I had a sense it wouldn’t be too lengthy earlier than The Elder Scrolls Online performed its Skyrim card, notably for the reason that final two expansions have been set in locations we by no means noticed in the preferred mainline Elder Scrolls video games. And certain sufficient, yesterday developer ZeniMax Online revealed a trailer and a few details about ESO’s upcoming Greymoor enlargement, which takes place within the higher northwest nook of the Viking-themed realm.

    It appears like a enjoyable romp, particularly should you’re into vampires, werewolves, and different assorted favourite Halloween costumes. It additionally appears and sounds just a little too acquainted for anybody who’s performed the sport within the final couple of years, and that’s not simply due to the setting. Considering that we’re quickly approaching the 10th anniversary of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – probably the most well-liked RPGs of all time – I’d’ve anticipated one thing just a little extra bold.

    Oh, I’m certain I’ll take pleasure in it. The trailer alone has me hyped. Right out of the gate, it jolts us with nostalgia with a shot of the precariously perched metropolis of Solitude. It leads us down snowy forest paths with beefy axe-wielding warriors, and it stokes recollections of Skyrim’s well-liked 2012 Dawnguard enlargement with photographs of vampires being completely horrible neighbors. Then it takes us underground to Blackreach, a forbidding underground realm that’ll find yourself accounting for nearly half of Greymoor’s playable space (and takes extra room than it did in Skyrim). I don’t even take care of vampires that a lot, and that trailer was ok to depart me whispering, “Hell, yeah.” This will certainly be a correct Skyrim story.

    But one of many well-liked criticisms of flashy trailers like that is that they don’t reveal an incredible deal concerning the gameplay, and that’s in all probability a superb factor since Greymoor doesn’t supply many options that aren’t already within the recreation. So what is new?

    For one, there’s northwest Skyrim itself. As in ESO’s well-liked 2017 Morrowind chapter, although, the emphasis is on luring in new and returning gamers to revisit locations they’ve already seen in different video games relatively than introducing different areas of Tamriel within the method of Summerset and Elsweyr. We gained’t be getting new fight lessons this time round, however the at the very least Vampire ability line will lastly be (cough) revamped.

    In reality, the most important change is the introduction of the “Antiquities” system, which sends you everywhere in the world to search out artifacts and be taught related lore. In at the very least one case, you possibly can cobble collectively a few of the junk you discover and make a cool mount out of it. It sounds a heck of lots like World of Warcraft’s Archaeology career, which as soon as lead me to spend an ungodly chunk of my life digging holes in Pandaria so I might get a nifty title I now barely even use. I in all probability might’ve developed gentle conversational abilities in a brand new language with that point. I’ve gotten some enjoyable gear and mounts out of it, however on the entire it’s probably the most mind-numbing actions I’ve ever executed in an MMORPG, and that’s saying lots. I’ll reserve some hope that ZeniMax can do it higher, however not a lot.

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    It is a sensible career for a recreation sequence that’s so centered on exploration, although.

    Familiar sights

    And that’s about it, actually, for the brand new stuff apart from some efficiency and high quality of life enhancements.

    Beyond that, Greymoor continues to be good ol’ ESO. You have the anticipated 30 or so hours it takes to complete the chapter’s major quest, the same old smattering of public dungeons and delves, and there’s a brand new 12-person trial referred to as Kyne’s Aegis. Even vampires and werewolves have all the time been within the recreation. You’ll additionally discover a the brand new “Harrowmeres,” however these are principally simply ESO’s normal dynamic occasions in a brand new guise, which have been beforehand depicted as Dark Anchors, Abyssal Anchors, or, effectively, dragons.

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