To say that the map for The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited: Orsinium is massive is an understatement. Huge in scope with plenty to see and do, the first DLC for ESO is a blast to play through, even if its more of the same fun from the main game.
A part of an expedition to Wrothgar to help rebuild a once proud Orc civilization, you’ll find a bevy of new friends and allies once you get there. Although it’s a lot of fetch-quest-based gameplay, there’s a depth to the story and the new characters and dungeons help flesh things out nicely. Some of the storylines are more immersive than you’d expect and thanks to some tough enemies and vivid and cool side quests, this DLC is something dedicated fans of the series can quickly latch on to. However, what is usually the case in the Elder Scrolls series, traversing the new map is the coolest part of the DLC.
From the snow covered mountains to the small towns and eventually greenery, it’s a beautiful environment, filled with secrets and treasure. Simply put, wandering around alone amounts to a wild amount of fun if the Elder Scrolls is your go-to game. If you only have a passing fancy with the series however, you won’t feel like all that much has changed.
That’s where the Maelstrom Arena changes things. An area designed for brawling, it’s a destination that adds more beef to the familiar feeling DLC. A real test of ones character, you’ll face waves of enemies that won’t let up. By the end of it all, you’ll have a good idea of what you’ve done right and wrong over the course of leveling-up your character. While it’s a cool time killer and addition to the gameplay mix, it’s not enough to bring back players that feel there’s nothing new to the series.
Overall, the new stretch of land is ultimately for hardcore fans that can’t get enough ESO. Gamers that want a few extra gameplay additions mixed into the formula won’t get it here, but they will get a bevy of new quests and dungeons, there’s enough things to do to take them into 2016.
Massive Map: With over 20 hours of gameplay, new animals, weapons and quests, the massive map puts everything in a wild perspective. There’s simply too much to see and do.
Cool Missions: From rescuing people in caves to killing off tough new World Bosses, there’s plenty of spice to the mission types.
More of the Same: It’s a lot of fun, but it isn’t as different an experience as you would expect.
Difficult: Even though you can jump into the DLC regardless of your level, you’ll enjoy it a lot more if you spent some serious time in the main game.
Not a Great Multi-Player Experience: Much of the same problems from the original remain as its just not a game that plays great with friends
As a single-player RPG, The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited: Orsinium is a fun experience, but as an MMORPG, it lacks the bells and whistles needed to make it special with friends. In spite of the difficulty and the need to play in teams to truly thrive, it’s hard to feel compelled to. Regardless, there’s a ton to do and see. Overall, helping the Orcs rebuild their ancient civilization is a blast, just not in the way you’d expect.
A download code for The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited: Orsinium was provided to Examiner for review.