Monday, July 14, 2014

The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind - Initial Thoughts

About the Game (From the Steam Store Page)

he Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind® Game of the Year Edition includes Morrowind plus all of the content from the Bloodmoon and Tribunal expansions. The original Mod Construction Set is not included in this package. 
An epic, open-ended single-player RPG, Morrowind allows you to create and play any kind of character imaginable. You can choose to follow the main storyline and find the source of the evil blight that plagues the land, or set off on your own to explore strange locations and develop your character based on their actions throughout the game. Featuring stunning 3D graphics, open-ended gameplay, and an incredible level of detail and interactivity, Morrowind offers a gameplay experience like no other. 

In Tribunal, you journey to the capital city of Morrowind, called Mournhold, to meet the other two god-kings of Morrowind, Almalexia and Sotha Sil. Your journey will lead you to the Clockwork City of Sotha Sil and massive, epic-sized dungeons, where strange and deadly creatures await you, including goblins, lich lords, and the mysterious Fabricants. 

Bloodmoon takes you to the frozen Island of Solstheim where you'll experience snow, blizzards, and new creatures, including frost trolls, ice minions, and wolves... just to name a few. You'll have a choice of stories to follow and have the opportunity to defend the colony, take control over how the colony is built up, and eliminate the werewolves. Or, you can decide to join the werewolves and become one of them, opening up a whole new style of gameplay. 

Previous Play Time

57 hours.

What Was I Thinking When I Bought This

I actually bought the Elder Scrolls Anthology off of Amazon, and I didn't realize it unlocked a Steam version. I bought the set because I wanted to play modded Skyrim on the PC, and the Anthology was only a couple bucks more than the Skyrim Legendary edition.

Prior Experience

I have played this game for a ridiculously long time on the original X-box, and I also wrote a long series of forum posts documenting my first experience playing it on the PC. I have still never played it "honestly." Every single time I've gotten into this game, I have failed to resist the temptation to exploit the game's systems for ultimate power.


I know exactly what playing this game is going to be like - an often frustrating, but peerlessly immersive role-playing experience that will draw me into an alternate world that I may never want to leave. I've done this at least a half-dozen times before. I am going to try something a bit different, though. This time, I will forswear magic, enchanting, and alchemy. I will play this game the "right" way. And I'll use a spear. Because the later Elder Scrolls games don't have them, and I might as well do it while I have the chance.

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