Imagine my surprise when I looked at the clock last night and realized I had put 8 straight hours in ESO without realizing it.
ESO’s One Tamriel patch fixed the biggest problem that the struggling MMO had and, believe it or not, I’m not talking about the exploration. The race restrictions that plaqued ESO are gone. I’m no longer restricted to choosing between three of my least favorite races if someone I know wants to start as a Orc, Redguard, or Breton. I can choose my Argonian and meet up with them no matter where they are in the world.
That was the change that ESO needed because it gives us more creative freedom on what character we’re allowed to play as. I can fast travel to any of the three main factions hubs as soon as I start playing the game and explore those areas with my friends. Since the entire world has had level restrictions lifted we can go as far as we want without worrying about getting owned by high level enemies since everything scales with us.
I actually had a lot of fun playing this game yesterday and that’s something I didn’t think I could have playing ESO. I had given up on the game and this patch was ESO’s last chance to impress me and it did. I put all of my quest aside, ignored the main quest, chose a random direction and started exploring. I didn’t level up much, but I found some good gear, did some interesting side quest, and had fun because I was playing ESO like I do Skyrim. That’s what this game needed to get Elder Scrolls fans back into the game.
The game’s population has grown a lot since One Tamriel was released. There are players everywhere and the in game chat is filled with people talking. A few months ago ESO was a empty. I would be lucky to run into a single player in 4 hours of play time. I can’t go 10 minutes without seeing a group of friends doing some random shit together.
ESO still has it’s flaws, but it’s two biggest flaws were fixed in this latest patch and I can see myself trying to get to the level cap this time around instead of giving up at level 20 like I did before. I might be able to recommend this game to Elder Scrolls fans now, but I need some more time with it before I go that far.