Batman vs TESO


Shared on Sat, 08/15/2015 - 14:01

So, I've rented Batman Arkham Knight three times now with the intention of reviewing it for 2o2p, but I made the mistake of renting TESO for the XB1 at the same time. Let it be known that The Elder Scrolls is a huge time glutton and leaves no time for other games. I will rent Batman a fouth time, without the TESO kicker, and punch out a review, but the last two Batman games have been a bit of a disappointment for me. I hope with Rocksteady back at the helm that this game matches the hype. Sorry for the delay, amigo.


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Submitted by Dixon_Tufar on Mon, 08/17/2015 - 09:31

Hell, you could have asked and got my content of TESO for cheap.  Its a pretty bad game, in my estimation.  Takes all the more tedious and un-fun parts of Skyrim and makes them the focus of the game.


It might be better, playing with a bunch of people regularly.  Might.

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Submitted by SarcasmoJones on Mon, 08/17/2015 - 12:34

I managed to blow through the Ebonheart Pact campaign by myself without a lot of side crap, like crafting and allince wars. It was a better game than I expected it to be, but fell short of a big single player Elder Scrolls game. The game is designed to be played as a group and I probably missed out on a lot of the stuff that enhanced the game, like guild membership and dungeons, but I think I've finally had enough of the game and I'm not willing to go back for the group experience: I feel like I've been playing straight RPGs since Dragon Age Inquisition came out and I'm burned out and ready for some short least until Forza 6 comes out.

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Submitted by badmin on Mon, 08/17/2015 - 16:13

The problem is that non-mmo players just expected it to be like Skyrim and were shocked to find it was actually an MMO.  MMO players on the other handed wanted an MMO that was more like Skyrim and instead found just another MMO.  Its not a terrible game (during beta I think i called it the worst MMO Id seen) but its certainly not ground breaking.

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Submitted by SarcasmoJones on Tue, 08/18/2015 - 08:18

Exactly. I think that the first version was more of a top-down view, and that was changed when Skyrim players balked. TESO recycles a lot of quests/missions from the two previous games, so it's not really groundbreaking, even within Bethesda's RPG catalog. However, it is uniquely Bethesda and that is the key to its popularity on the console. It gives console gamers the Bethesda feel and an MMO experience. TESO doesn't bring anything new to MMOs, and PC gamers have almost universally panned the game, but I think that it is an important game on consoles. It bridges part of that PC/console gap and I think that ultimately that will give the game a fair measure of longevity.

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Submitted by Dixon_Tufar on Thu, 08/20/2015 - 11:17

Bethesda didn't make ESO though, did they?  I thought that was Zenimax.

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Submitted by SarcasmoJones on Thu, 08/20/2015 - 12:50

Yep, Zenimax Online was the developer for TESO.

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Submitted by oldmodelt on Thu, 08/20/2015 - 13:45

You do know there are only 24 hours in a day?

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Submitted by CrypticCat on Fri, 08/21/2015 - 02:58

It's a pretty good game, though very generic. You could exchange Batman with any acrobatic antagonist thought up in the last decade and the game wouldn't suffer for it at all.

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Submitted by SarcasmoJones on Fri, 08/21/2015 - 12:29

True, Batman feels like the last three games, which play like any of the Assassin's Creed games, which play like Shadow of Mordor, which probably plays like ten other games. It's a downer due to the fact that it has that "been there, done that" feel to the game already, but on the plus side it didn't take long to acclimate to the controls. Maybe the Batmobile and vehicular combat can save Rocksteady's last shot at Batman.

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Submitted by Shaggy_SoCal on Fri, 08/21/2015 - 14:57

The Batmobile was a nice addition but I wouldn't call it a game saver. I'd give that honor to a different part of the game which I don't want to spoil since I don't know how far you are in the game.

The tandem takedowns are nice but I really would have liked to have some side missions within the main game's narrative where I could play as Nightwing, Bat Girl, Harely etc... instead of the stand-alone DLC missions.

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