Elder Scrolls Online fucking sucks. I truly wanted to love this game. I did. But it's exactly what we all feared; WOW with an Elder scrolls skin. What this amounts to is the absolute worst things you hate about an Elder Scrolls game tied to the worst things you hate about an MMO. Why? Here's why.
1. Remember when you would play ANY elder scrolls game and run into a mountain and spend 20 minutes trying to walk around it because of an "arrow" on your map? Still here but this time it makes it far worse because in an MMO environment you don't have time to deal with that shit. Furthermore, there seems to be a hell of a lot more of that because they use terrain to demarcate "levels" so you if your a level 10 and your trying to get to an arrow on the "level 12" part of the map you end up having to try to find a away around all sorts of junk.
2. Hey here's a door with an arrow on it; you walk through the door. Hey that arrow, now it's behind you on the same door. This has been a problem for ES games but the fact that you throw that into an MMO makes it far more distracting because you already have 10 arrows on your map that your trying to follow. Plus the game does a horrible job of moving you from one area of quests to another area of quests. A hell of lot of the quests have you running all over the map and then biting off some quests while your there and you end up in the middle of no-where with arrows all over your map.
3. At various times you can't scroll out far enough on your map so you don't know where the fuck you are. This game will lead you on a wild goose chase all over the map and then land you somewhere you have no idea how to get out of. Yes, you can warp to places but it ends up making the world feel very unglued; like your just bouncing around one "level" to the next "level."
4. The respec penalty is insane. When you're level 10 and you've found that you have made some VERY poor choices when it comes to your spec you are basically fucked. Around that level you'll probably have about 2K to 2.4 K gold and if you want to respec you're looking at damn near all that. Plus if you want to respec your attributes that's completely separate from resetting your skills. So at level 10 if you wanted to reset both your skills and attributes that would cost you nearly all the gold you had gathered from 12-15 hours of gameplay. Don't like your spec after that? You're fucked. That really limits a players creativity to find something that jives with their play style and something you enjoy playing.
5. The classes are limiting while somehow still being too pinned down. Sounds crazy I now but pay the game and maybe you'll see what I'm talking about. Sure you can be a Dragon Knight in light armor that wields a staff but the game gives you no reason to do that. You just look like an asshole. And if you are ANY class you must invest in all three attributes else you won't be able to function. Unless you're a pure sorcerer and you can do just mana. Where's the melee that can do just stamina? Spoiler alert; it's absent in this game
6. Leveling up feels really slow. I've played 16 hours on a Dragon Knight and I'm only level 10. I've done some (maybe an hour) gathering but I've mostly only done quests. The reward (level) I've got doesn't feel very rewarding for the amount of time I've put in. Furthermore, my character doesn't seem all that more powerful than when I started.
7. Your pre-order items only apply to one character. This is a small gripe but one is such a fundamental, even juvenile, mistake by the game makers. If you pre-ordered the game and got some "treasure maps" or a pet and, let's say you made a character then within a few hours of playing that character decided to delete that character to remake it, your pre-order items are gone.
8. Everything looks the same. Morowind, Skyrim... they all look the same. The towns are not interestingly designed and they suffer from the same terrain problems as the bigger parts of the map. You'll have an arrow to a part of town you need to get to and run into a wall that looks just like another wall with a building in front of it that looks exactly like another building in town and you'll spend five minutes backtracking to get to the part of town you need to get to because the wall or building is blocking your way.
Here's the deal; Final Fantasy 14 actaully came out with some interesting and new spin on the MMO. With that game only a couple hours into playing you you can do dungeons and the quests are extremely intuitive. I'm not trying to promote this game. I don't play it any longer. But I wasn't devastated by it. ESO is horrible. You've played it about 100 times already in the form of Conan, WOW, or ANY other MMO. Compound all this with the fact they expect us to play 190 bucks a year for this game? Fuck that noise. I'll take a loss on my 60 bucks and just go back to playing Dark Souls 2. I wouldn't even play this game if it was free. read