The Elder Scrolls Online shows off exploration in its last ‘This Is TESOTU’ video

    
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Trees! Glorious and present!

Do you like to explore stuff? You know, wander off into the wild blue yonder in zones and just see what you can see? The Elder Scrolls Online will let you do that. Why, it has a new video out just today to shine more of a light on the exploration options available in the game. If you’re a near-future console player, it’s the sort of thing that might be quite illuminating.

If you’ve already played the game, of course, you’ve probably explored several of these locations already – but then, are you sure you’ve seen everything therein? With big zones and not a whole lot of markers telling you just where you should go, it’s not always certain. That’s kind of the video’s point.

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Werewolf Finds Dragon
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Ah. Yes. As you’re forced to install every addon available for the game on your computer, with absolutely no choice in the matter.
What a confusing statement, really. Do you lack the self control to be able to decide what is and is not for you? I don’t use map marker addons for this very reason, I chose not to install them, as I have a little thing called free will, and the strength of aforementioned free will to exercise it.
Are some people so weak that if they see an addon, they can’t resist installing it? This reminds me of those people who demand that Bethesda take certain features out of the game (like fast travel) because they’re too weak-willed to resist the use of. It’s very, very confusing.
I suppose if you really have massive self control issues and you do uncontrollably install everything you see, then the console version would help, yes. But if you are like that, then you have issues bigger than the console version of a game would fix.

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And they’ve still not mentioned the strongest elements.
— The story and its many memorable characters, including the brilliant side stories to be found within each zone, and how each zone is a self-contained story in and of itself.

— The sandparky elements that allow you to explore the game in a much less linear fashion than other MMOs.
— The freedom provided in how you approach and build your character, which is almost unparalleled. That you can even mix and match heavy and light armour, which no other MMO that I know of allows.
— The wealth of lore in the setting, that there are many tomes to be found and read for the lore nerd out there. And that they’ve dialled it up to eleven, putting even single player Elder Scrolls games to shame.
— Amazingly done interactions with the world, including choice and consequence which can change an area forever, for better or worse. Along with the thievery system and its unique approach to punishment.
— How solo/duo friendly it is. If you want to play it as just one person, or with one or two other really close friends, you can do that very successfully. There are truly only a few instances of forced grouping in the game (which are more to the game’s detriment than anything else).
— The AI, which tries things that haven’t been tried since the original Guild Wars. It’s not hard, no, but when you see enemies trying tactical approaches, flippy tricks, archers backing up, and healers staying out of the way and trying to keep their friends in the fray? It makes for some really impressive flavour.
— Everything in the game is voiced, which is brilliant for people who have sight issues like myself. And it adds a whole lot of character to a number of NPCs in the game, bringing them more to life where in other MMOs they’d be dead-eyed drones.
— Freedom of self, in a way that is unparalleled for gaming, not just an MMO. It’s still not perfect, and women could be given more extreme sliders to use, but it’s still ten steps in the right direction. You can be fat, old, and any number of things that games most often deny you.
— Lots of delves and dungeons which can be tackled without being forced to group. Each of which has its own story to tell, and some particularly beautiful aesthetics to go with it. Every one of them is like its own little illustrated book. Great stuff.
The thing is is that it has so much more of the above than what they’re advertising, of which it has less or very little, depending on the video in question. So people like myself, who’re clearly the desired demographic, will ignore the game based upon this marketing. And people who’d hate this game will be drawn in with false promises.
I’m genuinely wondering if their marketing department is trying to sabotage them. :I

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Madtexican Exploring is pretty rewarding for me. I love trying to find all the skyshards when first passing through a zone only with the hints in the journal, no add ons. That and finding chests to study item traits and the rare runestones for enchanting is rewarding.

Rozyn
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Rozyn

I’m actually playing this on my other monitor. I visit every few weeks but really don’t play it like an MMO since the questing is just annoying with anyone else. Maybe by the time I get even remotely near cap they’ll have their end game systems figured out and I can make some friends, but since I’m sitting at level 16 I’ve got a while.

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Nreff Haha, I just laughed and said “raaaah” in a quiet voice. My hubs gave me a look.

Rozyn
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Rozyn

AvatarOP It looks really good with SweetFX, but it’s pretty awful without it. Of course, I felt the same about FFXIV.

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BalsBigBrother Haha, my friend bought me and himself copies off of Kinguin for like $10 each so we were wondering if we’d get emails. Nope, legit keys for cheap, this was before B2P was announced so I think people were just getting rid of them. Which is why it sucks to punish buyers of bad keys, since a lot of cheap keys are legit and it can be hard to discern.

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Maybe not on subject, but I wanted to read more about Wander MMO and when I pressed ‘Wander’ tag it showed this post :D

Damonvile
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Damonvile

Why does exploration in a modern mmo feel more like one of those ” get back to nature” tours where you never actually leave the bus, they just have big windows so you can really feel like you’re standing next to a tree without actually getting any icky nature on you.

So far I’ve never really felt like I was exploring in ESO. It’s more like following a guide and going to all the places it tells you to. You can explore everything without ever actually fell like you went anywhere.

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Rohirrim

One reason about buying this on console is the lack of addons and all the pointers in the map..It will reward exploration for sure :)