The Elder Scrolls Blades recently launched on the Switch and it’s already the definitive version of the game in my opinion. Here’s what I think of it so far.
The Elder Scrolls Blades was a mess of a game when it launched on IOS. It wasn’t super buggy or anything like that, but it was pay to win. You had to wait for a timer to reach zero to unlock your treasure chest that you found while out completing quests or you could speed it up by paying with gems (aka real cash). It wasn’t a very fun game and I had stopped playing it until Bethesda released an update that removed all of the pay to win aspects and improves various elements of the game. It felt like a completely different game and it was fun.
That’s the version of The Elder Scrolls Blades that the Switch got and it’s honestly the best version of the game. It feels more natural on the Switch than it did on my phone. The only downside is that it’s pretty damn ugly on the Switch and doesn’t run as well as it did on my iPhone. Everything else is a big improvement though. I prefer the way this game plays with my pro controller than with my XR’s touchscreen. I’ll admit that it took me a while to learn how to block with a controller, but once I got it down I had more fun on my Switch than I ever did on my phone.
And since this is the new and improved version of Blades it was easier for me to get attached to it this time around. I also really love the fact that I could port my character from the phone to the Switch so I wouldn’t have to start over again. Is The Elder Scrolls Blades a real true Elder Scrolls game? No. It’s not open world and doesn’t have the interesting lore than every other game in the series (including ESO) has. But, it’s a fun spinoff to play in short burst on the Switch.
I can’t see myself playing this game for hours on end as I could a game like Skyrim. This game can get repetitive. All you do is accept a mission in town, teleport to a random location and complete the mission while collecting loot. You have to be careful not to accept a task that is beyond your skill level though. The more skulls a mission has the more difficult it will be for you to complete. I tend to stick to the 3 skull range unless there’s a legendary piece of loot up for grabs then all bets are off.
The Elder Scrolls Blades is a really good time sink and I really enjoy it on the Switch. It’s a free game so it cost you nothing to try out. It’s one of the better free to play games on the Switch and I recommend giving it a shot. Especially if you’re an Elder Scrolls fan.
Have you played The Elder Scrolls Blades? What did you think of it?