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Elder Scrolls Online Free Weekend on PS4/PC

Hurry, hurry, for this weekend Elder Scrolls Online is having a free weekend on PS4 and PC/MAC. The Free Play event will begin on November 30th and run until December 6th. Click here to read our wonderful review!

If you’re on PS4, you’ll need a PlayStation Plus membership in order to download and play the game. If playing on PC/Mac, you can download and play for free via The Elder Scrolls Online official site or Steam.

All new ESO accounts are gifted 500 free crowns for use in the in-game Crown Store, allowing you to pick up some useful items such as potions, XP Scrolls, food, or an adorable pet! If you’ve played ESO during previous free-play events for your platform, you’ll find that any previous characters and progression will remain, allowing you to continue your adventures in Tamriel as if you never left. If you decide to buy ESO after the free play event, your characters will be waiting for you.

Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowid review

Encouraging players to venture back into an MMO is no mean feat, but the surest method is the ever anticipated “expansion release. It would be easy to dismiss the expansion path for Elder Scrolls Online with the many changes appearing in ESO since launch; removal of the subscription method, Wrothgar quest area, “one Tamriel” allowing players to easily group with friends, customisable player housing, and the introduction of the Thieves and Dark Brotherhood content. So it is unsurprising that the first major expansion, would concentrate on one of the most beloved titles in the Elder Scrolls series.

Morrowind is replicated in ‘almost’ all its glory, as the Vvardenfell of ESO is a decidedly brighter place than the dark, dank and foreboding world that TES3 presented. Many of the landmarks from TES3 are found within the ESO version, with a few exceptions that are easily explained by the ~800 years difference between events in ESO and those of its precursor. Stepping foot on the island at the centre of the tribunal power finds you instantly entwined in a plot to steal power from Vivec the warrior-poet, one of the three living gods of the Dunmer, travelling across Vvardenfell to unravel the mystery of his diminishing power and restoring him to his former glory. Along the way, you will encounter the Morag Tong, the rival to the Assassins Guild, who work in the shadows to remove opponents and obstacles to the Tribunal.

The myriad of flora and fauna from TES3 make an appearance once again with Cliffracers and Durzog always on the prowl as you venture into the inner areas of the island, and the iconic Silt Striders still dominant in the Vvardenfell landscape providing a convenient method of transport around the large map.

Combat remains the same as always, allowing you to make a selection of 5 active and one ultra abilities from the myriad of class, racial, weapon, armour and faction skills available, and a further 6 slots once you can switch weapons and action bars at level 15. These 10 core abilities form the focus of your combat abilities, and with the ability to morph skills into distinct variations, the flexibility to create a character that suits your play style is staggering. Each character also comes with their own self healing abilities, which allows the solo players to enjoy this title as much as the obligatory groups and guilds you find within MMO’s.

The land of Vvardenfell is not the only addition in the Morrowind expansion. Alongside the new zone, with 30+ hours of story and side quests, the new Warden class makes an appearance. The Warden focuses on animal, nature and frost based magic, with the ability to summon the spirits of creatures or razor sharp shards of ice to devastating effect, or craft areas of respite that can heal your parties, and your own, wounds. Uniquely of the classes in ESO, the Wardens Ultra in the Animal tree, summons a bear spirit to fight alongside you, although rather than this be a timed special like the rest of the classes your companion will stay at your side until defeated.

The final part of the Morrowind triumvirate, is the inclusion of a new battleground mode allowing teams of 5 to battle in small scale skirmishes. With the right co-ordinated group, entering these three way battles instantly reminded me of the old arena combat from WOW, but with the added menace of having to effectively face up against two opposing teams simultaneously. Players have admittedly been crying out for a more bite sized pvp experience and I personally believe that Zenimax have successfully crafted an enjoyable and scaled down proponent to the larger Cyrodiilic battles that have been a mainstay of the title since launch.

With a plethora of lore, skill books, collectibles and achievements, as well as new skill shards to locate, the Morrowind DLC has something for everyone that has previously ventured into Tamriel, and enough content to pull in new gamers to the fold. With ESO currently the only title where you can potentially travel from High Rock to Black Marsh or Morrowind to the Summerset Isle, and see everything in between, there is something that is thoroughly satisfying about watching this full and immersive world being recreated in one place for everyone to enjoy and with the inclusion of the base game with the standard edition, now is a good time to delve deeper into the world of The Elder Scrolls.

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Elder Scrolls online free-play weekend

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This weekend you can play Elder Scrolls Online for free on Xbox One as long as you’re an Xbox Live Gold member, as well as PC.

The event will run from Friday the 12th of December until the morning of Monday the 14th of December.

If you decide to purchase Elder Scrolls Online during this free play weekend you’ll benefit from a massive 60% off the game, and all of your progress made will be carried over. Participating in this event will also grant you the chance to win in a sweepstakes draw for $1 million (USD).

Last, but certainly not least, everyone will be able to purchase crowns, the game’s own currency,  through Xbox Live at a discounted rate during the free play weekend:

  • 1,500 crown packs will be 25% off
  • 3,000 crown packs will be 33% off
  • 5,500 crown packs will be 40% off

Now that sounds like a great deal to me.

Be sure to check out the contest page to enter the sweepstakes for that chance to win $1 million.

Elder Scrolls Online : Orsinium DLC trailer

OrsiniumCity_ESOTUToday Bethesda released a new trailer revealing the first details for The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited’s next upcoming DLC game pack, Orsinium.

Orsinium, the ancestral home of the Orcs, is being rebuilt deep in the Wrothgar Mountains, and King Kurog has sent out a call across Tamriel for intrepid adventurers to assist in its rebirth.  The latest DLC game pack for The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited takes you to the mountains of Wrothgar, and to the Orc capital itself, to unravel plots and counter-plots, and encounter all-new enemies and allies. Orsinium, ESOTU’s largest game pack to date, features a colossal new zone to explore, new quests and mysteries, a new single-player arena, new public dungeons, and much more.
A new solo arena challenge, The Maelstrom Arena, features nine combat rings and two different difficulty levels. Test your might against the fiercest enemies imaginable as you, and you alone, fight for your life and if victorious, are granted generous rewards.

Old Orsinium and Rkindaleft, Orsinium’s sprawling public dungeons, feature all new-challenges for both solo and group play.

Enjoy powerful new gear, unique crafting styles and other rewards inspired by the history and denizens of Wrothgar.
With well over 20 hours of content, Orsinium and will launch on PC/Mac on November 2nd, Xbox One on November 17th, and on November 18th for PlayStation 4. Orsinium is included with an active ESO Plus membership or will be available for 3,000 crowns via the ESOTU Crown Store.

 

 

ESO Imperial City Review

Charging-into-Imperial-City_1440773648In the MMO arena, most gamers have to wait approximately a year to 18 months before any major expansion is released for their RPG of choice. Due to the unexpected delay of Elder Scrolls Online on consoles, this standard has been broken as the first in a series of DLC arranged for Elder Scrolls has been released merely six months since launch.

For those who have ventured into the shadow of the white gold tower, to represent your chosen alliance, will know that Bethesda has done something slightly different with their PVP zone. Most MMO’s place a distinct emphasis on separating player vs player and player vs environment encounters. This can make the PVP zones feel empty, even soulless. Bethesda does not subscribe to this method. Throughout Cyrodiil you will encounter npc’s as they go about their daily business, providing you with quests and chores to perform, and the environment is littered with the same caves, ruins and events that populate the rest of the world.  This conveys a sense of life on the game that no other MMO currently attempts (to my knowledge).

It is with this in mind that we delve into the dlc, and take our first tentative steps into the Imperial City. With the release of this content, entry ways to the imperial sewers have opened up, (similar to your escape point in Oblivion), allowing progression into the city proper. These access points are also directly linked to the ongoing war throughout Cyrodiil, so if you find the nearby fortification occupied by an opposing force, entry to the Imperial city is barred. Should your faction hold the ground you may enter the sewers and meet with the vanguard that are pushing forward in to the territory now overrun by Molag Bal’s daedric forces.

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Upon entering the Imperial City you are instantly greeted to the two new PvE dungeons reachable from the sewers. The Imperial Prison has long been overwhelmed, with gangs of prisoners ruling the roost and driving out the guards until the Daedra arrived. Now the prisoners and the common people of the Imperial City, trapped within its walls by the Daedra, are being captured and sent to the Ayleid ruins beneath the prison. Furthermore Terran Arminus, a Moth priest has requested your aid in retrieving an elder scrolls for the now overrun White Gold Tower. Both of these 4 man dungeons have their own self-contained story and two difficulty modes; normal and veteran.

Those who have hit level 50 now have up to 16 Veteran levels instead of 14, and the harder instances of these dungeons hold new high level rewards to be collected.

Both dungeons are extremely complex, containing several hours’ worth of content and new enemy types to face. Those who played Elder Scrolls IV will recognise the other game areas revealed in this expansion. The Arena, Memorial, Temple, Arboretum, Nobles and Elven districts all make a return in ESO, each with their own distinctive enemies to face and challenges to overcome. These PvP/PvE environments contain numerous new foes including the Xivkyn, a race of Daedra that has taken up residence within the confines of the city.

So far, despite putting countless hours into the new expansion I would be surprised if I have seen half of the content contained within, and the balance between PvP and PvE within the city feels naturally challenging and makes each venture into a district both unique and familiar at the same time.

With Daedric treasure vaults to be found and collected, both new dungeons, a huge new PvP area filled to the brim with PvE quests there is plenty to for every type of player to do in the heart of Cyrodiil.

Including the DLC with my review of Elder Scrolls Online neither improves nor diminishes my original view, and as such my opinion is that the original score I gave this game still stands.

Thanks to Xbox and Bethesda for supporting TiX

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Imperial City Now Available for The Elder Scrolls Online

The first DLC game pack for The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited, is now available worldwide on the Xbox One.

Imperial City, the heart of the Cyrodiilic Empire, has fallen to Daedric Prince Molag Bal and now all three alliances must battle not only against the Daedric forces, but against each other as well.

This DLC game pack for the largest Elder Scrolls game ever created is packed with new content. Featuring new areas, quests, enemies, and exclusive items, Imperial City adds hours of additional gameplay for players adventuring through Tamriel on their own, in small groups, or with hundreds of others, the DLC includes:

 

  • New PVE and PVP Content. Featuring six distinct Imperial Districts, battle against the forces of Molag Bal as well as the other Alliances.
  • Additional Dungeons. The extensive Imperial Sewers network offers new PVP and PVE challenges for small groups of adventurers, while White-Gold Tower and Imperial Prison challenge PVE adventurers with both Normal and Veteran difficulties.
  • New Quests, Enemies, and Characters. Whether participating in massive PVP battles in the Imperial Districts or adventuring in one of the new dungeons, players will be introduced to new quests and enemies, including the Xivkyn.
  • Additional Weapons, Armor, and Currency. Fight the forces of Molag Bal to plunder Tel Var Stones, a new form of currency you can use for exclusive Veteran Rank 16 weapons and armor, or search for new Treasure Vaults containing other rare finds.
  • Imperial City-Exclusive Collectibles and Items. Exploring Imperial City or visiting the Crown Store will reward the player with a host of new collectibles including pets, mounts, costumes, and polymorphs!

Imperial City is included with an active ESO Plus membership or is available for 2,500 crowns via the Crown Store.

E3 Bethesda Conference – round-up

E3 2015 is finally here. We here at This is Xbox have been teeming with excitement since, well since last E3 ended really, and we are thrilled to bring you the first round-up of the first conference.

Bethesda are the ones lucky enough to kick off this year’s event, and the pressure is on, especially as this is their very first E3 conference.

Pete Hines takes the stage, appropriately accompanied by the Skyrim theme music. The crowd cheers, Pete primes us with a montage of game footage from Bethesda properties, and now for the reveals.

First off, Marty Stratton takes to the stage to talk about Doom and show us gameplay footage of the title in action.

Utilising id Softwares’ id Tech 6 engine, Doom is looking absolutely stunning. Environments are highly detailed, the lighting is spectacular, the sounds effects have incredible bass and clarity, and the particular effects are smouldering.

The Doom experience we remember from back in the day appears to be at play here, with supremely gory and gruesome kills, including special finishing moves you can activate on injured enemies – reminiscent of Mortal Kombat fatalities – health pickups, fast paced combat, and body parts flying as you dash, jump and shoot your way through facilities on Mars and Hell.

Switching weapons in the radial activates slow motion, giving you a chance to switch without being torn apart, and we got to see the weapons in action, including: shotgun, super shotgun, assault rifle and plasma rifle.

The intense action of combating the demons of hell are punctuated by minor exploration and simple key card, hand –print puzzle solving, allowing a mild breather between encounters to catch your breath and slow your heart rate. Then we were shown the chainsaw which gruesomely tears through beasties with different animations based on how enemies try and fail to block it. Finally the single player gameplay reveal ended with a truly stunningly death animation sequence, hinting at similar ones for each time you fall to the armies of Hell.

Next the Doom multiplayer was shown off with a gameplay reveal, sporting fast, team-based arena combat reminiscent of Quake 3 Arena. However, the standout feature was Snapmap, a feature similar to the Halo series Forge mode, where you can create your own multiplayer game variations and build and edit maps. It certainly looks like an expansive and powerful tool, providing a decent facsimile of PC mod building to the Xbox One.

Finally, Doom had one last set of gameplay footage, showing off Hell in singleplayer, some different and tougher enemies, and the weapons you’ll need to deal with them, like miniguns and rocket launchers. We also saw a massive boss and the infamous BFG.

All of the footage was 1080p 60fps. What a way to kick off the conference and E3.

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Next up was the Design Director from Battlecry studios to show us some more footage of Battlecry, a multiplayer, team-based action battler with a focus on melee weapons, highly reminiscent of Team Fortress.

Up next was Arkane Studios’ Harvey Smith and Raphaël Colantonio, co-creators of Dishonoured, and they revealed a pre-rendered cut scene of Dishonored 2. The focus of the teaser was on returning character, Emily, now one of the protagonists of the new adventure, as she uses sword play, crossbows, gadgets and super natural abilities to move about the city and infiltrate areas. Stem punk robots crop up as adversaries and your super natural abilities certainly seem to strike a Darkness tone, but no gameplay footage was a disappointment. What was confirmed is that the title is being worked on and it will be completable without having to kill anyone.

However, another Dishonored announcement appeared out of the blue with the reveal of Dishonoured Definitive Edition hitting Xbox One in the fall of this year with improved visuals and all DLCs.

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Next a video montage of upcoming Elder Scrolls Online content hinted at what’s to come to the recently launched MMO on Xbox One. The Imperial City in ruins, the picturesque City of Orsinium, more enemies to fight, dungeons to explore, and bears mounts.

Another Elder Scrolls title was also revealed, The Elder Scrolls Legends, a strategy card game, free to play coming to PC and iPad soon.

And now came the reveal we’d all been waiting for: further details on Fallout 4, and boy was it worth the wait.

Todd Howard took to the stage and introduced gameplay footage of Fallout 4, showing the very beginning of the game which takes place before the bombs fall. Here you sculpt your face in the mirror of you house, choosing either a male or female character and pulling and pushing on the face to build the look of your character – no sliders.

Context sensitive dialogue was show off, with the protagonist initiating conversations with their partner based on the modifications you were making to their face. Bethesda Softworks recorded over a thousand popular names so you might be referred to by name throughout the adventure.

200 years after the bombs have fallen you leave the vault 111 as the sole survivor, mysteriously having not aged a day. Of course you find your old robotic butler as well as the dog featured in last week’s trailer, who can be commanded to go places and even grab items from the world.

Voice acting appears prominent from your character, suggesting a stronger emphasis on story. VATs returns and still looks awesome with its slow motion killing animations. And the visuals themselves look mind blowing, with oodles of detailed vegetation swaying in the wind, beautifully derelict buildings and superb lighting.

There’s a new Pip Boy in the game, which is rendered with your character’s wrist and hand when you look at it, showing it off as a part of you rather than a separate screen. Also you can play audio tapes with it and even play games you find on tapes.

Then came the announcement of the collector’s Edition, which will come with a Pip Boy, and in that Pip Boy you can place your phone, and of course Bethesda will be releasing an app to turn your phone into second screen experience as if you truly own a Pip Boy. Gimmicky? Yes, but as Todd himself put it “as far as stupid gimmicks go, it is the best f**king one I have ever seen. It is awesome.”

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Another in-game feature shown off was the ability to rebuild structures. You can create a custom house for yourself as well as full settlements, where you plant food, build power generators, place power lines, and build defences to see off attacking raiders. This can be done on several large sites and you can even setup trade routes between them.

You can also craft, modify and upgrade weapons with the junk you find in the wasteland, with multiple options for which items you use to create parts. You can also modify your power armour.

Finally, some montage footage hints at other features, including calling in a drop ship for pickup and using its mounted machine gun on a fly by, jetpacks for your power armour, and some of the most menacing looking death claws we’ve ever seen. Indeed the adrenaline was pumping profusely at this point, and it damn near killed us to see a release date of the 10th of November this year.

And finally, to quench your Fallout thirst whilst you wait until November, a vault building game where you are the overseer controlling everything within the vault is hitting iPhone and iPad, tonight, right now. Sporting a wonderfully captivating combination of 3D and 2D visuals, with characters in 2D and environments in 3D, Fallout Shelter, is a free mobile and tablet game that looks like a terrific management title.

What a brilliant start to E3. Bethesda have certainly set the bar high and their line-up of titles looks incredible. We’ll have more conference round-ups for you as they happen, and plenty of news in between, so stick with us as E3 2015 continues.

E3 Bethesda Conference – Elder Scrolls Online, more content revealed

Although only released for consoles in the past week, Bethesda brought more news of the plans for Elder Scrolls Online in the future.

Bethesda have confirmed the upcoming playable areas of Orsinium; the Realm of the Orcs and what seems to be the interior of  the Imperial City of Tamril as a new PVP area, as well as a great deal of new content that is going to hit The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Some amazing environments are soon to be making their way to consoles, based on the what we saw on the E3 Showcase.

Also announced was the new Strategy card game, Elder Scrolls Legends. Based on the Elder Scrolls universe it is currently in development, but an exact date is yet to be confirmed. It was confirmed as Free to play and will be coming to devices in the near future.

The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited – now available

Today sees the release of The Elder Scrolls Onine. For the first time in history, players worldwide can now explore the legendary world of Tamriel with their friends on the Xbox One.

Players can embark on heroic single-player quests, explore the sprawling world of Tamriel with friends, or join forces with hundreds of others in player vs. player battles as they unravel the secrets of a persistent Tamriel.

Matt Firor, game director of The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited said:

The team has created a great console multiplayer experience for fans of The Elder Scrolls. We can’t wait for this new group of players to jump in and explore the world of Tamriel with their friends.

Are you picking up a copy? We’re hoping to get a review copy soon so that we can give you our thoughts on it!