The Elder Scrolls Online PvP Hands-On Experience

The Elder Scrolls Online PvP Hands-On Experience
Originally Published on the Official Blast Away the Game Review Facebook Page

Written by Aaron Johnson

I am not a part of the PC master race by any means, so I wasn’t expecting to enjoy the PvP, in The Elder Scrolls Online all that much. However, I was wrong, just like I was with Child of Light by Ubisoft. The downside was I only was able to play for 30 minutes, before the ESO Quakecon Tournament started, but the good news was, at The Future of Elder Scrolls Online event they gave away free copies of the full game to the first 3000 people, and I was able to procure one, so when I install my copy and play it in-depth, I will give a full review of the game and update my thoughts on the PvP.

All the computers were pre set-up with a specific character, in a specific arena, but the skill points weren’t spent, so until I messed around and figured out how to open up my skill/class menu, another problem was I am not keyboard and mouse savvy in gaming. It took a few deaths to get used to the standard computer hotkeys you use for casting spells, healing, your characters ultimate attack, and your standard movement, though It felt very unnatural, at first. After 10 minutes at the computer, and some guidance from the friendly Bethesda staff, using the mouse and keyboard felt almost as natural as using a DS4 or Xbox One gamepad and I was able to dominate most of those who opposed me, that is until I was bested over and over and over again by none other than a ten year old gamer. I didn’t feel too bad due to not being Pc gamer. But because of the tournament, I couldn’t experience multiple factions or alternate characters in my own alliance, though from what I experienced, The Elder Scrolls Online PvP has potential to compete with the competition.

 All the PvP combat takes place in Cyrodiil, and the games 3 major factions are the Aldmeri Dominion, Daggerfall Covenant, and the Ebonheart Pact and the play-area is huge from what the Bethesda representative told me. The PvP mechanics seem very similar to most MMO PvP modes, level up, increase your abilities, unlock different armor and abilities, and ect. This was as far as I got and I didn’t see anything mind blowingly special that grabs your attention, but maybe that was because of my time restriction, though you could easily lose yourself with its current elements.

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