The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind (2002)

Info

Genre Period Developer Publisher Theme
RPG, Action adventure, Open world, Sandbox Modern (2001 -2010) Bethesda Bethesda Medieval, Fantasy, Magic

Once in a while, in the world of games, arrives such exceptional products like TES III: Morrowind. This game can be considered near perfect, and one of the most complete packages you will ever come across as far as games are concerned. It is a hardcore RPG, with solid combat system, deep levels of immersion, full freedom of choices, vast open world, sandbox gameplay, complex customization, crafting, rich lore, and a deep dark mystifying story of corruption and power among other attractions and features. Although pretty old, you get fantastic mods to improve your graphical experience. In the game, you start as a nobody – a prisoner sent to the island of Vvardenfell in the province of Morrowind. Your task is to unearth the mysterious cause of the blight that is affecting the island and its creatures, and various related problems, of which some are political in nature. You start from the bottom and slowly work your way up one or the other of the ruling houses in the island, while gathering experience by working for the various guilds. Soon you start uncovering the destiny you have been entrusted to fulfill, as you come to terms with your growing power and influence, and you discover the freedom you have to forge the destiny of the island and its people. And all this in the surreal and unique natural setting of Morrowind, with its giant mushrooms and cliff racers. The island is as dangerous as beautiful it looks, with all types of nasty monsters lurking around. Other types of enemies include bandits, smugglers, rogue mages, daedra, and members of rival houses, as well as guards if you go on a criminal spree! Just buy this game and enjoy.

Game Assessment

Complexity Matrix 

Complexity Parameters Values (0, 0.5, 1)
Control Scheme 0: Simple
Complexity 1: Complex (inventory, trading items, character creation, factions)
Story 1: There is a story (a very good one)
Lore 1: World of Elder Scrolls
Immersion 1: Very immersive roleplay
Difficulty 0.5: Moderate
Learning Curve 1: Very steep
Total Score 5.5/7: Heavyweight game 

Satisfaction Matrix

Needs Satisfaction Score (0-3)
Analytical 3: Well met (map reading, trading, puzzles, character alignment, character creation, choices, factions, etc.)
Creative 2: Moderately met (environmental interaction, spell-crafting, alchemy, base building)
Mastery 3: Well met
Destructive 2: Moderately met
Entertainment 3: Well met
Pace 2: Moderately met
Horror 2: Moderately met
Total Score 17/21: Exceptional Game

Game Review

TL;DR Arguably, the best ever hardcore action-adventure RPG to date, also one of the most immersive. An absolute must have for hardcore RPG fans.

Pros

  • Weapons, spells, alchemy, and loot
  • Robust progression system
  • Hardcore RPG features
  • Immersive
  • Good story
  • Vast open world
  • High level of freedom

Cons

  • Steep learning curve
  • Combat control scheme needs to get used to
  • Lack of in-game guidance

Game completed. DLCs in progress.

Game-time 244 hrs.

Purpose – Entertainment, Challenge, and Study

Gameplay – Gameplay is very solid. Hardcore RPG elements, unforgiving, and tight. You must save frequently, and in different slots in order to brave the difficulties as well as the occasional bugs.

Graphics – Good for its time but will feel too crude for today’s standards, hence there are excellent mods, MGSO being one of the most stable packages.

Performance – Good.

Entertainment – Very good story. Deep sense of foreboding, darkness, power, corruption, mystery, and redemption.

Plot (if applicable) –Good plot.

Replay value – Immense replay value. Innumerable choices regarding character creation, joining of guilds, joining of factions, character growth, etc. Every time you play, your experience will be different, almost like a new game altogether.

Immersion – Immersive RPG. Day-night cycles and weather. NPC routines. Interactive environment and objects. Basebuilding. Spell-crafting, alchemy and a lot more to discover as well as plethora of mods to enhance your immersion experience.

Overall it is a solid, meaty, and memorable experience which you will cherish for a long time. Possibly, it will be the best game you ever played. For me it is, till date.

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Author: Rex Aurelius

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