Elder Scrolls Online Hands-On Preview (IGN)

Just to get it off my chest, let me count the ways in which Elder Scrolls Online isn’t like Skyrim, Oblivion, or Morrowind – the series’ most recent (and famous) entries. Merchants don’t have limited supplies of money, and you don’t trudge along as though you’re carrying the world once your bags are filled. You can’t attack friendly NPCs, and the folks you can kill don’t drop the exact items they were wearing. Elder Scrolls Online lets you rummage through most crates and collect items such as skill books, but you can’t physically pick them up and drop them at your leisure. Role-play lovers, despair: you can’t sit in chairs. Most heartbreaking of all, you can’t revisit low level zones and still find a challenge even at the highest levels. That’s already a pretty hefty grab bag of caveats that may turn off a chunk of the Elder Scrolls fanbase, but it’s a testament to the quality of the work that ZeniMax Online has done here that I felt as though I was playing a genuine Elder Scrolls release nevertheless.

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