Massively Opinionated: Was ESO’s console release worth the wait?

    
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The Elder Scrolls Online just launched on consoles yesterday, but the game has been riddled with controversy since its PC launch last year, so it makes for a great topic for debate.

In this week’s Massively Opinionated, our host Larry Everett invited three gentlemen from the TESO Nation Podcast to argue the worthiness of the console release of the game — and whether gamers should actually buy it. We welcome Troy Blackburn, Andrew Desmond, and Lee Enke to discuss the hot topics of ESO.

Topics

“Which is the best feature in ESO that separates it from other MMOS?” (4:15)

“If two Daedric Princes declared war on each other, which would make the most interesting story?” (23:18)

“Is the ESO console release worth it?” (47:43)

“Name one key feature from the Elder Scrolls franchise that needs to be added to ESO.” (1:06:32)

Panelists

Larry Everett
Twitter: Shaddoe
Blog: Hyperspace Beacon

Troy Blackburn
Twitter: NoobFridge
Site: Gamebreaker
Twitch: NoobFridge

Andrew Desmond
Twitter: MrIxtyr
Site: Gamebreaker Nation
Twitch: TESONation

Lee Enke
Twitter: LumiTheLock
Twitch: LumiTheLock

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Smiggins
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Smiggins

Was Wildstar worth the wait?

TierlessTime
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TierlessTime

Werewolf Finds Dragon Thats not my bag sir. All I wanted was a big sandboxy world to fight and fail in and a skill system to match. It simply felt too quest hub theme parky to me.

Pepperzine
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Pepperzine

mmonerd Oh god no!  ZoS keep your hands off fallout and leave it alone!

AvatarOP
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Werewolf Finds Dragon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYQLhqooh0E

mature and cerebral like that ? geez man, get in touch with reality.

seriously you are pathetic by thinking of everybody that doesn’t like eso as “kids” and dismissing anybody that isn’t “introvert”. you are not superior (nor inferior) in any way. so stop fkin being IMMATURE.
and that video is targeted at YOU.
an has been woman, blood, bad jokes, slow gameplay.
right along your alley.

Pepperzine
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Pepperzine

To me it was worth the wait, because the wait helped me reach two conclusions A: I would never want to play ESO without addons and B: Not to waste my money on it.

Werewolf Finds Dragon
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Werewolf Finds Dragon

@solipsis
I’ll keep saying this, but that’s only true if you use the testosterone-fuelled Skyrim as a basis for whether something is enjoyable or not. The same is true of the Witcher. If you’re about being a Manly Man, because you’re insecure to the point of needing to lay digital women and slay giant digital beasts to prove that those hairs on your chest are real? Then yes, games like The Elder Scrolls Online are a disappointment.
However, if you’re a very secure, confident personality with a strong sense of self awareness, then you don’t have those insecurities, and you don’t need games to prove your gender identity to yourself. Besides, masculine gender identity goes so far beyond base testosterone that anyone who acts that way really wouldn’t have a good gender identity to begin with. Which, again, is the problem.
For those who’re comfortable enough with themselves to enjoy something a little more cerebral, then ESO is fine.

Werewolf Finds Dragon
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Werewolf Finds Dragon

That’s weird, because I think it’s very Elder Scrolls. It’s just the hip Skyrim kids who seem to disagree, because they wanted more violence, gore, blood, and M themes. Not mature, mind you, that means something else. I mean M as in Mature, which is what kids think that adults enjoy having access to past a certain age.
Some of the bigger Elder Scrolls nerds on the Internet have praised it for doing so much to flesh out the lore and the world, to make it a more real place, as real as any fictional place can be. For actually giving a number of one-dimensional races (such as the khajiit, the argonians, and the bosmer) their own cultural identity.
If all you care about is flailing your limbs around, screaming, and thrusting your manly man-sword into action then… no, it’s not very Elder Scrolls.
But then, neither was Skyrim.

Werewolf Finds Dragon
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Werewolf Finds Dragon

Well, that’s odd. Bethesda themselves have said that the PC audience is perhaps the most important to them, they have to design to suit everyone, though, taking console limitations into mind. If what you say were true, they wouldn’t have bothered with mods or setting up the Steam Workshop in the first place, nor would ZeniMax have bothered creating a studio for Elder Scrolls Online, which was a PC title at launch.
What a weird lens we’re looking for. Any disingenuous old thing to justify a bad argument, though, I suppose?

Werewolf Finds Dragon
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Werewolf Finds Dragon

Uh? Where are you looking for that communication, Reddit? They’ve been plenty communicative elsewhere, such as on Tumblr and in their livestream. They’ve just chosen not to involve themselves with the cancerous, right wing, GamerGate-infested mess that is ‘the front page of the Internet’ (which is a laugh).

Werewolf Finds Dragon
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Werewolf Finds Dragon

@Dystopiq
Funny as it is, PC profits are outpacing mobile profits at the moment at a scale of 20:1. It’s weird, I know, but the PC is going through a sort of golden era at the moment. Everyone expects it to be mobiles, but the analysts are saying that’s just not where the money is.