The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited - PlayStation 4

  • Publisher: Bethesda
  • SKU: 1693212
  • Release Date: 06/09/2015
ESRB Rating: Mature
Blood and gore, Sexual themes, Use of alcohol, Violence
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Overview

What's Included


  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
88% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1033 out of 1177)

Product Details


  • Developer: ZeniMax Online Studios
  • Publisher: Bethesda
  • Platform: PlayStation 4
  • Genre: Role Playing
  • Release Date: 06/09/2015

Synopsis


It's 1,000 years or more before the age of the Dragonborn, just before the rise of Tiber Septim, the first Emperor of Tamriel, and the world is in a state of turmoil. The Daedric prince, Molag Bal, has stolen your soul and his next move is to destroy Tamriel. Across the mysterious lands of Morrowind, over the sprawling metropolis of Daggerfall and beyond, there rests the fog of battle, and out of the three alliances, only one can become the masters of Tamriel. Only one can seize the throne and gain the spoils of war.

Gather friends, guildmates and alliances in the MMORPG world of The Elder Scrolls as it moves online on your PlayStation 4 for the first time ever. Choose your own destiny, your own character, your own allies and, ultimately, your own fate as you try to stop the evil machinations of the Daedric prince, Molag Bal, and the first-ever necromancer, Mannimarco, from bringing about the end of days. A unique combat system enables you to engage in real-time strategic attacks and blocks, while purposefully targeting your opponents. With The Elder Scrolls' Megaserver technology, the entire world of Tamriel is connected, so you will already have the strength and security that comes from being surrounded by your friends and guild mates. Use the game's compass to navigate through areas of interest at your own pace. Weapons and armor are available any time, so play as you like, develop your own style, and explore your way across Tamriel. The world is waiting.

Features


Choose your own destiny — a destiny that will ultimately shape the world of Tamriel — by joining an alliance, creating your own character and fighting the battles you believe in

Save the world from the evil plots of the Daedric prince, Molag Bal, and the first known necromancer, Prince of Worms, Mannimarco as you embark on a quest to recover that which is uniquely yours — your soul

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Explore the world of Tamriel, from the mysterious lands of Morrowind to the metropolis of Daggerfall and beyond, 1,000 years before the events of and the coming of the Dragonborn, before the rise of Tiber Septim

Join your friends, guild mates and thousands of alliance members on adventurous quests across Tamriel as you explore dangerous caves and dungeons, engage in massive player-versus-player battles and reap the spoils of war

Elder Scrolls

Experience the enhanced combat system, which allows you to engage in real-time targeting and strategic attacks and blocks

Develop your own character by using any weapon or wearing any armor you choose and customizing your character's style and abilities

Play in one connected world thanks to the Megaserver technology, which automatically places you with friends, guild mates, players you've encountered before and other like-minded players

Uncover the hidden secrets of Tamriel at your own pace and explore areas of interest using the game's compass as a guide

No game subscription required



Overall customer rating

Rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars with 1177 reviews

88%of customers would recommend this to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    PS4 - Here are the facts

    Posted
    PreeminenceWon
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    1. NO MONTHLY FEE 2. Unlimited gameplay I played ESO beta for both the PC and the PS4, and played the full version on the PC for a weekend about 2 weeks ago. The PS4 has the benefit of getting all the updates and improvements the PC version has gotten since launch. A lot of improvements have been made to the game since the beta phase and it is far more solid than its original inception. In any case, the PS4 version is beautiful and runs at a solid 60fps with very rare cases of drops (it is a beta after all). The gameplay was fantastic and I found myself far more engaged and wanting to play than the PC counterpart. The controls are familiar and simple. The interface for modifying and interacting with your character is quite complex and confusing but with a little time it becomes manageable and easier to use. Every interaction is voice acted which is a welcomed surprise for an MMO of this size. The game doesn't feel like Skyrim but rather an earlier iteration in the series which predates and sets up the events which lead to Skyrim. There is an abundance of lore and historical information that fans of the Elder Scroll Series will enjoy as I have. The mechanics of smithing, enchanting, and potion making are different than Skyrim but very familiar and will not take long to grasp; this is because they have to maintain balance in the MMO world but the changes are acceptable (no better nor worse). I enjoyed the gear and rarity item system which is familiar to any MMO (if unfamiliar with rarity think Borderlands color scheme for gear) and it was very rewarding to find higher rarity items. I also enjoyed the ability to fight alongside other players; I found this annoying when I played the PC but on the PS4 it felt more cooperative than competitive when slaying enemies. This is especially true for the dungeons (raids), of which I was able to complete 3 different ones. It takes strategy and coordination with good communication, but unlike Destiny there is a matchmaking system to help you find a raiding crew and meet new people in the process. All 3 raids were challenging (some much more than others), but what I found particularly enjoyable was that they were all very different. None of the 3 raids felt like any of the others and each had their own quest (just remember to start the quest when you enter or miss out on the loot at the end as I did the first time!) which were interesting and had their own unique challenges. If you enjoy TES and want to play alongside your friends then you will enjoy this game a lot. If you are a die hard MMO fan then this will feel less like an MMO and more like a cooperative campaign with MMO elements but if you enjoy TES you will like it as well. This game is a great way to play a new Elder Scrolls on a next gen system alongside your friends. With ten races, 3 different factions (and storylines), and four different classes to choose from the possibilities are entirely your own. With challenge mode activating after level 50 (after many many hours I only made it to 12) with new raids and ability upgrades this game is well worth the $60 to play. This doesn't even include the PvP areas (sorry can't comment as I did not try). After playing the beta I immediately preordered and now can't wait for its release; it was a very exciting and enjoyable game I can't wait to continue!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Horrible Game

    Posted
    laughwithdung
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Honestly, Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited is quite possibly one of the worst games I ever played. Despite being free to play (no subscription), the MMO does not have much going for it to keep me around. The graphics are outdated. The environment can be a little bland. The storyline is neither interesting or engaging. In fact, every quests I have done felt pointless to read or care about so I just skip over the texts and get straight to the point. Something I found that might set new players back is the compass introduced in the game. At first, it seems simple enough, but once you get out of the first dungeon and into the world, it is very important to use the normal map to search for the next desire location or objective of the quest instead before relying on the compass. Many players new to this MMO may not realize it at first, like me, which can leave them completed lost. ESO is an opened world game, which means your character will be traveling across the land a lot. Shrines are used to fast travel and are free to use if you're at one. If you're looking to fast travel while you're away from a shrine, it will cost you some coins. It will cost even more if you need to do it repeatedly while you're away from a shrine. Another option to roam around the world of ESO is to buy a horse. However, the horse cost a ridiculous amount of coins (10,000 coins). Earning money, especially in the beginning is difficult too, which will mean it will be awhile before you even have enough coins to buy a horse. I noticed many players just used real money and buy horses at the Crown Store, which can cost $9-$25 (real money). The horse can also be upgraded later in inventory space, stamina, and speed. However, you can only upgrade one of those skills once per day. Essentially, it would take you half a year to max out all those skills, which is ridiculous to me (but then again you can always use real money again to speed your way to the maximum....). I really felt like the developers made everything very difficult for you on purpose just so you would resort to buying things on the Crown Store to speed things up, but the prices are very overpriced. The gameplay is decent at best. At first, your attacks will feel generic but it does eventually get a little better once you unlock more unique moves. You can also play with your friends, but make sure to choose the same pact at the beginning of the game so you guys can do quests together. If you do not choose the same pact, you guys will not appear in the same village to play together and will have to wait until "Dungeons" is unlocked. Please note there is a minimum level requirement to play together for the dungeons. The server for ESO is also not very good at the moment. You may be kicked for no reason at times. There's only one thing I really liked about the game and that is the fact that you can trade pretty much anything among your friends and other online players. Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited failed to deliver, in my opinion. Compared to so many other games out there at the moment, putting in all this effort and time into ESO just isn't worth it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fun addition to Elder Scrolls series

    Posted
    doc8998
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    When Elder Scrolls Online launched, it was met with some mixed reviews- some enjoyed it, others didn't, and some fans of the series of single-player games wanted to like it, but just couldn't. Others, like myself, held off for quite some time as the developers worked with feedback from the rabid fan base to make ESO become the game people wanted. And, I'm happy to report, with the changes they made, it's quite good! With the exception of ESO, all my previous Elder Scrolls experience has come from the PC- and, while I own every game in the series, (thanks to ESAnthology, which includes the original first 2 DOS-based games, plus all the add-on content for the games... Shameless plug for Best Buy sales; if you're a fan of the series and have not purchased this AMAZING box set, complete with every game, every official DLC, maps, and a gorgeous case, you're doing yourself a disservice by not checking to see if Best Buy has it in-stock, one of my MANY great purchases from my local BB... Just look it up AFTER this review, and a "helpful" vote! LOL!) Back to ESO. While I'm a fan of the series, and of open-world games, as well as MMORPGs, I'll give you this caveat. I'm not part of the fan base that can tell you the entire myth of Elder Scrolls, and while I buy just about every open-world game that hits the market, I rarely finish them (ES series included,) at some point, it's just TOO much to do, and I need something fresh to play. That said, I LOVE & have gotten to much of end-content (at least story-wise) from MMORPGs, mostly because I play those that friends join in on. WoW, Guild Wars, Guild Wars 2, etc., have always become addictions for some time now, BUT due to some health issues, gaming on the PC hasn't been happening. So, while I've been recovering over the past two years, I've been looking for my MMORPG fix on PS4. I began with the excellent The Division... But, it's updates began causing issues, so I picked up ESO on sale, and between my discount through the Gamer's Club and Reward Zone certificates, I paid a whopping $6. The original sale price of $20 would have been a bargain, but $6 was a steal! Now, the game has been out for some time, so the downside is that a majority of players in the game are veterans, and have seen most of the game, so you'll be among the few "ground floor" players. But, the flipside to this is you aren't dealing with many of the updates they used to get the game where it is today. One of my fears heading into ESO was how a game that's always been best played on a PC would translate to a PS4 controller. They managed to do it wonderfully, and it will make me consider playing any future games on the console. While the mythology of ESO will be more familiar to those more "into" the games, it takes place long before the popular Oblivian, but I'd be hard-pressed to tell you that the world looks much different. The races and classes are all familiar, although the classes are limited (but malleable to fit your style, regardless of how you start). One of my favorite areas of the Elder Scrolls series has been how the classes can ultimately change based on how you play. Skills, spells, weapons all level based on your use of them. That favorite system remains in place in ESO. In summary, if you've enjoyed the rest of the series, there's no reason to avoid ESO any longer. No monthly subscription, (although one is available that offers exclusive currency that can be used to purchase DLC and cosmetic items such as mounts... However, you can also buy these "crowns" in one-time buys should just one or two items catch your interest,) solid, familiar systems and gameplay, and an excellently ported control scheme that takes full advantage of the PS4 controller without it seeming like a second thought. Go visit Tamriel, you'll love it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    disappointing but great graphics

    Posted
    Duckiesgirl
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I hate to write a negative review so quickly but this game is tremendously disappointing. The PS4 version, as was the case with the PS3 version, starts out in an enclosed sort of area and is pretty bland. On PS3 once you get past the opening sequence the game really opens up and catches your attention right away. I found this not the case with the PS4 version. I find it very disappointing that there is so little looting. On the PS3 version essentially every kill you can loot for armor and weapons and more. You can pick plants and loot crates and on and on. With this PS4 version enemies you kill just evaporate and there is no loot. You approach a bookshelf and instead of reading multiple books or finding many different items there is one thing on a bookshelf to activate and you don't know what it is you will find until you activate bookshelf. This may seem like a strange dislike but just about every shelf has something called a lore book or a skill book. Many may think that is a great thing, but it takes away that all right I found a skill book feeling when you are getting them virtually every time. The menus are very different from prior version and somewhat difficult to navigate when it comes to merchants and cooking and such. The colors and scenery and graphics are beautiful and there definitely is more fluidity than the prior version. I only played for two hours probably, but encountered no glitching at all. I probably wouldn't have played that long but I so enjoyed the PS3 version I kept thinking this has to get better, this has to get better -- no, it doesn't. As far as MMO is concerned the only description that comes to mind is a bad version of DCUO. People on horses are whisking past constantly. The biggest difference I noticed from DCUO is any time someone with a mic is near you their audio inundates everything, even if you have no interaction with them. I didn't even have a mic on and the crowd chatter drowned out everything on the screen. It is to the point that you cannot hear the stock game characters at all, but fortunately the text is captioned on the screen so you can read along, but it is so distracting to have all these conversations cluttering up the background. I may go back to this game at some point. I was anticipating being up all night and playing what I thought would be an amazing followup and I have no interest in visiting the online version of Skyrim any time soon. It was very boring actually. I am not a World of Warcraft player or really many other MMO games so I cannot offer a comparison on those. I actually stopped playing on the PS4 and went up and started a new character in Skyrim on the PS3 and had a much better time. I understand many have a different experience, but this humble "gamer" was tremendously disappointed with this version.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Still great for individual play

    Posted
    EricL63
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    First off, I don't like MMORPG games, especially those that have monthly fees. And I generally prefer D&D style RPGs, so was looking forward to the next in the line of Elder Scrolls, since Skyrim was such a big hit. I became disinterested in ESO when found out that it was originally planned as a monthly pay MMO. Now that they have changed it to a single purchase for the base game, and I got it on sale, I said why not. While you can still buy in game upgrades, I don't go that route. The game is still great, and very playable. The graphics (on PS4) are very good, although a step down from Skyrim. The quest contents are very extensive, and you could probably play for a year and still not complete everything. You have 3 completely different story lines depending on the your alliance. One note is that there really isn't any pause in this game as it is a MMO. There are areas where you are safe, but once you are out and about, going to a menu does not prevent you from being attacked or dying... There are a number of other differences in the game play that I had to get use too. While it is good to be able to play as a single player, note that this is a MMO and you will see everyone else playing at the same time. This can be very distractive, comical, and sometimes helpful. Also, by default, you are added to the group voice channel every time you start, so if you forget to turn it off, you can be startled when all of a sudden you have this loud voice from no where (and language can be a problem from time to time). I have also grouped a couple of times with my daughter's boyfriend (male bonding moments), and that has worked out very well. And having a separate voice channel for that was surpurb. After 50-60 hrs of gaming, I can say that so far I am very happy overall.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Love the game but has bugs

    Posted
    DamionFlynn
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Building a MMORPG is no easy undertaking, but doing it on an ever-changing platform such as game consoles, then having to work within the parameters of multiple consoles and PC can be equally daunting. I have played all of the Elder Scrolls series but, like most, really got serious with the series with Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. This IS NOT Skyrim, but offers similar mechanics in a vast world. Overall, the gameplay is fabulous. I have only played for a couple of weeks, having received the PS4 and this game for Father's Day. I have spent several hours each day on this game, however. The game play is very "sticky" and will keep you entertained for hours. The downside is that there is NO single, or local, play ability. You cannot play an offline character, you cannot play across a LAN. While this will not be very important to most, it can be a problem if you do not have a PS+ membership or when PSN is down, which has happened several times in the last week alone. Zenimax, from what I can see, does a pretty good job trying to keep up with things, but there are some bugs, most notably one that crashes the game when in-game chat exceeds memory limitations. Until this is fixed, it effectively makes the in-game chat useless unless you don't mind being booted and having to restart the game. Industrious players are using the Playstation Party Chat as a work-around, but you limit your ability to do local chats with other players unless you add them as friends. Once some of the bugs are worked out, I would jump up to a 5-star all the way, but bugs drop it to a 4-star in my book, which is still excellent for all intents and purposes :)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    This is a GREAT MMO for anyone.

    Posted
    Psykodiak

    It has a little something for everyone. You don't even have to pay per month to play after March. *If you're into the story line, they have voice acting to keep the questing more of a story being told and experienced. They're painless, too. Most of the time sitting and listening to the dialog takes longer than the quest. It does force you to explore a bit in some cases, but once you get on track, you don't seem to lose your way like in some games. **If you're into strategic combat that you have a good amount of control over your character.. This is better than any MMO. Second only to Dark Souls. ***If you're looking for graphics. I think the graphics of this game are better than even Guild Wars 2. That's saying something, boys. ****Granted the learning curve is a little steep at the very beginning. So, join a guild and ask questions. I haven't ran into an elitist dungeon dorkmaster yet. It's a great community. This game has real depth to it. It's fun, boys. Hope to see you on the Grid!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good casual MMO

    Posted
    Jordan
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    As someone who likes the MMO genre but doesn't want to commit to a monthly fee or a really complicated battle system (I'm looking at you, FFXIV), this game's a good middle ground. It's light enough that you can put it down for while and then pick it back up again without feeling as though the universe left you behind, but still provides a lot of choice and content so that you don't get bored quickly. Neither does it twist your arm into purchasing DLC; thus far, everything has been optional, and while it does insist on giving you a reminder every time you log in, I find this much better than other games that make every effort to cripple your experience if you don't buy their additional content. It has a lot of different path choices and the ability to make multiple characters, so that's appreciated and a good source of replay value. Basically, if you've played other ES games, then you know the kind of depth I'm talking about. I've only had a couple instances of server lag, but those wore off pretty quickly. I would have liked to see a more effective in-game communication system with other players, but at the same time I'm glad that ESO avoided the mistake of FFXIV and Warframe by spilling a livechat onto your screen so that you're constantly catching snippets of random conversations. Overall, a good game so far that I foresee myself putting a lot of time into.

    I would recommend this to a friend


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