All Elder Scrolls Games, Ranked Best to Worst

The Elder Scrolls franchise has evolved through the years, and it still has even more to offer.
All throughout the past 20 years, the world has seen several installments in the Elder Scrolls franchise. Which is your best pick?
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It has been more than 20 years since the birth of The Elder Scrolls franchise, with numerous major releases and several additional contents in between each. The flame hasn’t died yet, and in contrary, the game continues to gain even more ground among gamers, enticing old-timers and newbies alike.

With all the installments and DLCs that have swarmed the market, it can get perplexing to decide which ones are worthy of your play time. To get you started, we’ve ranked all Elder Scrolls games (excluding DLCs, as they are still part of the major releases) based on user popularity.

1. The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited

Defenders of peace. TES Online delivers highly-detailed graphics for quality gaming experience.

Set in the continent of Tamriel, the events in the game happened around 800 years before Morrowind and Oblivion. The land is torn between three clashing alliances battling for the vacant throne, while people are struggling against the dreadful plan of the Daedric Prince Molag Bal to combine the plane of Mundus with his realm of Coldharbour. You start as a soulless husk, wandering in the Wailing Prison in Coldharbour, with the objective of recovering your stolen soul.

THE GOOD

The wish of millions of players has been granted, in a rather massive scale, as TES Online comes in an MMORPG setup. There’s a vast area of land to cover, complete with troves of secrets and treasures to discover. The amount of lore is simply monstrous – a delight for hardcore TES fans.

Its greatest strength shows during PVP battles: setting up wall defenses, charging with your teammates onto a fortified cluster, or raiding nearby villages and taking it away from defending NPCs, there are a lot of things you can do with or against a competing party.

The game also offers much freedom, like Skyrim, on how you want to proceed with the game in terms of skills selection, weapon and armor choice, factions to join, and quests to take.

THE BAD

The game seems unpolished upon release, with players reporting several bugs and glitches ranging from minor to annoying. The game’s storyline is a copy-paste of previous installments; they just replaced the characters involved in the conflict.

There’s no improvement whatsoever in the combat animation and mechanics; it’s as clumsy as ever. During massive combat scenes, you’d expect mayhem of sparkling magic spells and shattering physical blows like an epic Lord of the Rings style of warfare, but all you’d see is a whirl of confusing colors smudging your screen.

The economy is also chaotic, lacking proper market standards in trading and such. There’s no uniform pricing for items, resulting to unfair item rates.

Lastly, the game was too costly for its meager content. It went free-to-play just this 2015 to counteract dropping subscription.

Daedroth battle. Beware of the reptilian servant of Molag Bal. They’re capable breathing fire to toast enemies.

RATING

It received mediocre rating among gaming websites and fans have mixed reaction on it as well. The game has so much potential but failed to capitalize on the gains for releasing it prematurely to the world. Bug fixes and future patches might be able to save it from vanishing into oblivion.

Tamriel Unlimited: E3 gameplay trailer

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