Elder Scrolls Online players politely review-bomb the game over excessive Steam login woes

    
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If you’ve been struggling to play Elder Scrolls Online on Steam this weekend, you’re not alone. Apparently the Steam logins have been crapping out across the board for ESO players for the last couple of weekends, leading to some gigantic threads on both Steam and Reddit (1200+ comments on that angry Steam thread!) as people couldn’t log into the game for the majority of yesterday.

The repetitive issues on Steam have led players to review-bomb the game on the platform, driving its recent reviews down to “mixed” (overall, it’s “mostly positive,” which is pretty high for an MMORPG these days).

The amusing thing is that it’s the nicest review bombing I’ve ever seen, with most of the negative reviews telling people the game is still worth buying – just to not buy it on Steam until the problems are resolved.

“With the constant steam login issues that me and many other users experience, I feel like new players should be warned any way possible,” reads one Reddit thread asking mods to warn people away from buying the game on Steam. “I’m sure many people are like me and check subreddits of games before buying to gauge the community and see what fans of the game think. The past 2 weeks I’ve seen at least 3 people report that they just started playing and can’t log in. It would not surprise me if some new players have stopped playing outright after these issues and that’s terrible for our community. I love this game and don’t want new players to make the same mistake I did by purchasing through Steam.”

According to Bethsoft’s tweets, the game is functioning normally on Steam as of Monday. Let’s hope next weekend is back to normal, eh?

Source: Steam, Reddit. Cheers, Zsokorad.
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Jokerchyld

Who would play an MMO through Steam? Single player games are OK but for MMORPGs *always* download from the developer\publisher directly!

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smulb

you’re right! I bought ESO on steam but use the standalone launcher.

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Dividion

That’s disappointing, since I’ve been enjoying the game quite a bit recently. Returned for Summerset after taking an extended break since finishing Morrowind, and there are always lots of people running around no matter where I go. Thankfully I don’t log in through Steam though.

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Rolan Storm

To be honest I evade Steam if possible. Just don’t like it anymore. I never played ESO from Steam, but some other problems I had were not pretty. Region lock does not help either.

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kjempff

Steam has been unstable for years, nothng new there. Just not all games suffer equally because it depends on how often they use steam functionality. Some games just do a startup check, others do frequent coomunication, and it differs how well they react to Steam errors.

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Castagere Shaikura

I will never understand playing an mmo through steam. It would never occur to me to do so.

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Jokerchyld

That 1% though…

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hurbster

Yeah, this is not uncommon, and not just on Steam. The even had to give an extra week to an event once because you could just not log in with the EU servers.

Need a new hamster.

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Arktouros

As much as I hear people go on about the game they always seem to conveniently ignore that this is a pretty common occurrence with the game. Game has always had issues with matchmaking (IE: LFG dungeons, battlegrounds, etc) and even just loading zones. I used to run around Cyrodil and get the load screen of death which is apparently still a thing.

But hey, here’s a new expansion and lets just pretend these things don’t happen!

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K38FishTacos

As much as I have loved ESO, I’ve hated it a good bit too because of the worst performance I’ve ever experienced in an MMO. I’m sure there are worse performing games out there, but I haven’t played them (except Mortal Online, but I didn’t play long).

STILL this many years after launch, I get random disconnects, horrible lag spikes, infinite loading screens, etc. It can make pvp very frustrating. What I like about the game says something about its good points because of how long I’ve put up with this shit, but still.

I really hope Camelot Unchained has smooth RVR pvp. In pvp, performance is king. If so, I’ll be done with ESO.

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Nordavind

Heh. Steam users.

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Bryan Turner

I’ve rarely had this issue, granted I usually play either during the late afternoon before getting ready for work or the middle of the night, or the morning after getting out of work.

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wandrim

ESO is one of the games I really want to like, but there is always something that seems to disappoint. The regular ESO login is one of those things that really bothers me. Any way I cut it it takes about 1.5-2 minutes plus to get into the game. On a good PC with SSD this seems crazy. What really compounds this issue is that the game has a ridiculous short AFK timer which frequently kicks you and requires a new login. Games with slow logins are not entirely unusual, and ther emay be technical reasons for it, like BDO, darkfall, and WoW, however you only need to login to those other games maybe once or twice a day.

I have ot wonder is zenimax so hardup for bandwidth thaty they need to constantly frustrate players to save a few dollars? How can they possibly not know what a giant pain it is to enjoy there game?