For those of you who’ve been paying attention – you know your boy Papa Dom is a huge Elder Scrolls Online guy. Back when it dropped in 2014, I had some fun with ESO but quickly reverted back to WoW. The fact of the matter was that I simply didn’t have enough friends to play with, and I lost momentum with the game’s main story.
A few years passed, and I played off and on every few months just to see what was new (and to scratch the Elder Scrolls itch that comes and goes), but it wasn’t until early 2016 that I discovered that ESO had absolutely fantastic controller support. Knowing I was finally able to play ESO the way I’ve played every other Elder Scrolls game (on an Xbox controller of some variety), I found myself absolutely and completely hooked. Hell, I even married my best friend in-game thanks to ESO.
Fast forward to 2018, and ESO has seen some incredible quality of life changes that should turn even the staunchest of critics. From the One Tamriel update that completely reshaped the game, to Morrowind (which was an absolute blast), to it’s newest chapter – Summerset – ESO has earned it’s spot amongst MMO and single-player RPG greats. I don’t care if you played ESO at launch and didn’t like it, or if you’ve been playing World of Warcraft for a decade (like me) and don’t feel like dedicating your time to anything else – let me tell you something right now:
Summerset is an absolutely fucking blast, and it’s never been a better time to arrive in (or return to) Tamriel.
Summerset is gorgeous, vibrant, exhilarating, and grabs you in all the ways a roleplaying game should. From The Elder Scrolls’ trademark soaring, epic story missions down to lighthearted side quests for brilliantly-voiced NPCs, Summerset is a testament to everything the Elder Scrolls was, is, and will be. If you can name an aspect of TES that you enjoy, I guarantee you’ll be able to find something in Summerset that takes it to the next level. Storytelling, exploration, questing, crafting, everything.
The Good: Vibrant, captivating visuals, sprawling new locales, memorable NPCs, and a gripping storyline make Summerset a damn-near perfect example of what an MMO should be.
The Bad: Some quest lines can be inconsistently interesting, but they’re worth blowing through to get to the real meat of the expansion – which isn’t hard to find.
The Verdict: 4 out of 5. The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset isn’t just a great expansion to an MMORPG, it’s a must-play for RPG fans of any stripe. Summerset is an absolute fucking blast, and it’s never been a better time to arrive in (or return to) Tamriel.
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