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15th Feb '18 6:39:08 AM BeerBaron
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* ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' (2002): Set 10 years after the events of ''Daggerfall'', a convict from the Imperial City Prison (the PC) is released in the north-eastern province of Morrowind on the Emperor's direct orders. Guided by the Blades, the PC investigates the local prophesies of TheChosenOne, known as the Nerevarine, who will save the land from the dreaded "Blight". Tracing the source of the Blight to the [[BigBad evil]] PhysicalGod, Dagoth Ur, the PC is launched into a labyrinthine plot involving an AncientConspiracy, prophecies, lost prophecies, ''false'' prophecies, {{reincarnation}}, gods, backroom politics, gang wars, and TheCorruption. Like ''Daggerfall'', ''Morrowind'' offers LoadsAndLoadsOfSidequests, of which some of the faction questlines are nearly as expansive as the main quest itself. ''Morrowind'' is significantly smaller in scope than its predecessors (a "mere" 9 square miles as opposed to thousands, and a non-infinite number of side-quests), but manages to come off as much more epic anyway due to the quality of the writing and the [[SceneryPorn diverse, exotic landscapes]]. It's also notable for being much, much ''weirder'' than the rest of the franchise, being set in an alien landscape populated by Dunmer (Dark Elves), dinosaurs-like critters, giant bugs, and tiny Cthulhu lookalikes. In part thanks to its availability on both PC and [=X-Box=], ''Morrowind'' was a critical and commercial hit, being Bethesda's BreakthroughHit and introducing a massive NewbieBoom to the series.[[/index]]

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* ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' (2002): Set 10 years after the events of ''Daggerfall'', a convict from the Imperial City Prison (the PC) is released in the north-eastern province of Morrowind on the Emperor's direct orders. Guided by the Blades, the PC investigates the local prophesies of TheChosenOne, known as the Nerevarine, who will save the land from the dreaded "Blight". Tracing the source of the Blight to the [[BigBad evil]] PhysicalGod, Dagoth Ur, the PC is launched into a labyrinthine plot involving an AncientConspiracy, prophecies, lost prophecies, ''false'' prophecies, {{reincarnation}}, gods, backroom politics, gang wars, and TheCorruption. Like ''Daggerfall'', ''Morrowind'' offers LoadsAndLoadsOfSidequests, of which some of the faction questlines are nearly as expansive as the main quest itself. ''Morrowind'' is significantly smaller in scope than its predecessors (a "mere" 9 square miles as opposed to thousands, and a non-infinite number of side-quests), but manages to come off as much more epic anyway due to the quality of the writing and the [[SceneryPorn diverse, exotic landscapes]]. It's also notable for being much, much ''weirder'' ''[[NewWeird weirder]]'' than the rest of the franchise, being set in an alien landscape populated by Dunmer (Dark Elves), dinosaurs-like critters, {{Bizarchitecture}}, dinosaur-like fauna, giant bugs, arthropods, {{Living Gasbag}}s, {{Cthulhumanoid}}s, and tiny Cthulhu lookalikes.more. In part thanks to its availability on both PC and [=X-Box=], ''Morrowind'' was a critical and commercial hit, being Bethesda's BreakthroughHit and introducing a massive NewbieBoom to the series.[[/index]]
30th Jan '18 9:24:52 AM BeerBaron
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16th Jan '18 8:41:06 AM Temporary14
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* ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' (2011): Set [[TimeSkip 200 years]] after the events of ''Oblivion'', the Tamriellic Empire is [[VestigialEmpire in bad shape]], being slowly picked apart its reformed ancient rival, the [[AntiHumanAlliance Aldmeri Dominion]] led by the fascistic [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Thalmor]], through means of subterfuge, imposing treaty terms, and outright war. Said imposing treaty terms have caused significant strife in the few remaining provinces of the Empire, with Skyrim itself, homeland of the [[HornyVikings Nords]], erupting into full blown {{Civil War}}. The PC is unintentionally captured by the forces of the Empire along with a contingent of the Stormcloak rebels, including their [[RebelLeader leader]], Ulfric Stormcloak. Moments away from being executed, the PC and the Stormcloaks are saved when Alduin, the "[[BeastOfTheApocalypse World-Eater]]", swoops in and destroys the village. Now with dragons appearing all over Skyrim, the PC discovers that they're the Dovahkiin (Dragonborn) and the only one able to stop Alduin from ushering TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. ''Skyrim'' was another absolute smash hit for Bethesda, though [[ObviousBeta critical bugs were rampant]] for months after release and the game eventually [[GameBreakingBug became unplayable]] on the [=PS3=] once the save file became large enough, leading to strife within the fandom. A remastered "Special Edition" was released in 2016 for PC, UsefulNotes/XboxONE, and UsefulNotes/PlayStation4. The Special Edition updates ''Skyrim''[='s=] graphics and engine to that of its Bethesda sister property, ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', and also includes modding capabilities on console for the first time in the ''ES'' series. In 2017, ''Skyrim'' was also released for UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch and [=PlayStation=] VR.

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* ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' (2011): Set [[TimeSkip 200 years]] after the events of ''Oblivion'', the Tamriellic Empire is [[VestigialEmpire in bad shape]], being slowly picked apart by its reformed ancient rival, the [[AntiHumanAlliance Aldmeri Dominion]] led by the fascistic [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Thalmor]], through means of subterfuge, imposing treaty terms, and outright war. Said imposing treaty terms have caused significant strife in the few remaining provinces of the Empire, with Skyrim itself, homeland of the [[HornyVikings Nords]], erupting into full blown {{Civil War}}. The PC is unintentionally captured by the forces of the Empire along with a contingent of the Stormcloak rebels, including their [[RebelLeader leader]], Ulfric Stormcloak. Moments away from being executed, the PC and the Stormcloaks are saved when Alduin, the "[[BeastOfTheApocalypse World-Eater]]", swoops in and destroys the village. Now with dragons appearing all over Skyrim, the PC discovers that they're the Dovahkiin (Dragonborn) and the only one able to stop Alduin from ushering TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. ''Skyrim'' was another absolute smash hit for Bethesda, though [[ObviousBeta critical bugs were rampant]] for months after release and the game eventually [[GameBreakingBug became unplayable]] on the [=PS3=] once the save file became large enough, leading to strife within the fandom. A remastered "Special Edition" was released in 2016 for PC, UsefulNotes/XboxONE, and UsefulNotes/PlayStation4. The Special Edition updates ''Skyrim''[='s=] graphics and engine to that of its Bethesda sister property, ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', and also includes modding capabilities on console for the first time in the ''ES'' series. In 2017, ''Skyrim'' was also released for UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch and [=PlayStation=] VR.
16th Jan '18 8:36:43 AM Temporary14
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* ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsArena Arena]]'' (1994): [[TheEmperor The benevolent Emperor]] of Tamriel, Uriel Septim VII, has been overthrown by his EvilChancellor[=/=][[CourtMage Imperial Battlemage]], Jagar Tharn, who has trapped the Emperor in Oblivion, assumed his appearance, and has been reigning in his stead. However, the ghost of Tharn's late apprentice, Ria Silmane, teams up with a minor noble (the PlayerCharacter) to fight the usurper. Together, they must [[GottaCatchThemAll collect]] [[DismantledMacGuffin the pieces]] the [[ArtifactOfDoom Staff of Chaos]] in order to defeat Tharn and rescue the Emperor. ''Arena'' was originally going to be about, well, gladiatorial combat arenas, but that idea was scratched in favor of adapting the developers' home-brew [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons D&D setting]], Tamriel, into a computer game. The fast-paced gladiatorial combat style remained, though, and ''Arena'' was much more [[ActionRPG action-oriented]] than other {{RPG}}s of the time. The game was met with lackluster sales, but developed a strong enough [[CultClassic cult fanbase]] to warrant a sequel. In 2004, Bethesda released ''Arena'' as freeware download.

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* ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsArena Arena]]'' (1994): [[TheEmperor The benevolent Emperor]] of Tamriel, Uriel Septim VII, has been overthrown by his EvilChancellor[=/=][[CourtMage Imperial Battlemage]], Jagar Tharn, who has trapped the Emperor in Oblivion, assumed his appearance, and has been reigning in his stead. However, the ghost of Tharn's late apprentice, Ria Silmane, teams up with a minor noble (the PlayerCharacter) to fight the usurper. Together, they must [[GottaCatchThemAll collect]] [[DismantledMacGuffin the pieces]] of the [[ArtifactOfDoom Staff of Chaos]] in order to defeat Tharn and rescue the Emperor. ''Arena'' was originally going to be about, well, gladiatorial combat arenas, but that idea was scratched in favor of adapting the developers' home-brew [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons D&D setting]], Tamriel, into a computer game. The fast-paced gladiatorial combat style remained, though, and ''Arena'' was much more [[ActionRPG action-oriented]] than other {{RPG}}s of the time. The game was met with lackluster sales, but developed a strong enough [[CultClassic cult fanbase]] to warrant a sequel. In 2004, Bethesda released ''Arena'' as freeware download.
11th Jan '18 10:20:14 AM BeerBaron
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3rd Jan '18 12:35:54 PM BeerBaron
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* ''The Elder Scrolls Travels'': A series of small, mobile phone games developed for Java-enabled devices, including the UsefulNotes/NGage. These include ''Dawnstar'' (2003), ''Stormhold'' (2004), and ''Shadowkey'' (2004). Generally, only ''Shadowkey'' is considered canon.

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* ''The Elder Scrolls Travels'': A series of small, mobile phone games developed for Java-enabled devices, including the UsefulNotes/NGage. These include ''Dawnstar'' (2003), ''Stormhold'' (2004), and ''Shadowkey'' (2004). Generally, only ''Shadowkey'' is considered canon.
The canonicity of each [[CanonDiscontinuity unclear at best]].
27th Dec '17 6:48:51 AM BeerBaron
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* ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'' (1996): Set six years after the events of ''Arena'', the PC, a personal acquaintance of Uriel Septim VII, is sent to the western province of High Rock to investigate the ghost of its former King Lysandus, who now haunts the eponymous city of Daggerfall. Cooperating with the [[SecretPolice Emperor's Blades]], the PC soon uncovers a sinister plot to reactivate the LostSuperweapon Numidium, a HumongousMecha originally used to forge the Third Tamrielic Empire. Several factions in the region enter the fight for controlling the Numidium, and it depends on the PC who gets it. Also of note is the emphasis on side-quests. Increased after seeing how much time ''Arena'' players spent on them, the designers decided to put them in the spotlight in ''Daggerfall''. ''Daggerfall'' features several different factions for the player to join outside of the main quest, all of which combine to add hundreds of hours of side-questing. It also has positively HUGE [[RandomlyGeneratedLevels randomly generated dungeons]], often "designed" [[RuinsForRuinsSake in the silliest ways possible]]. ''Daggerfall'' is unfortunately a prime example of an ObviousBeta, with {{Game Breaking Bug}}s abound. Still, it was successful enough to keep the series alive. In 2009, Bethesda released ''Daggerfall' as a freeware download.

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* ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'' (1996): Set six years after the events of ''Arena'', the PC, a personal acquaintance of Uriel Septim VII, is sent to the western province of High Rock to investigate the ghost of its former King Lysandus, who now haunts the eponymous city of Daggerfall. Cooperating with the [[SecretPolice Emperor's Blades]], the PC soon uncovers a sinister plot to reactivate the LostSuperweapon Numidium, a HumongousMecha originally used to forge the Third Tamrielic Empire. Several factions in the region enter the fight for controlling the Numidium, and it depends on the PC who gets it. Also of note is the emphasis on side-quests. Increased after seeing how much time ''Arena'' players spent on them, the designers decided to put them in the spotlight in ''Daggerfall''. ''Daggerfall'' features several different factions for the player to join outside of the main quest, all of which combine to add hundreds of hours of side-questing. It also has positively HUGE [[RandomlyGeneratedLevels randomly generated dungeons]], often "designed" [[RuinsForRuinsSake in the silliest ways possible]]. ''Daggerfall'' is unfortunately a prime example of an ObviousBeta, with {{Game Breaking Bug}}s abound. Still, it was successful enough to keep the series alive. In 2009, Bethesda released ''Daggerfall' ''Daggerfall'' as a freeware download.



* ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' (2011): Set [[TimeSkip 200 years]] after the events of ''Oblivion'', the Tamriellic Empire is [[VestigialEmpire in bad shape]], being slowly picked apart its reformed ancient rival, the [[AntiHumanAlliance Aldmeri Dominion]] led by the fascistic [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Thalmor]], through means of subterfuge, imposing treaty terms, and outright war. Said imposing treaty terms have caused significant strife in the few remaining provinces of the Empire, with Skyrim itself, homeland of the [[HornyVikings Nords]], erupting into full blown {{Civil War}}. The PC is unintentionally captured by the forces of the Empire along with a contingent of the Stormcloak rebels, including their [[RebelLeader leader]], Ulfric Stormcloak. Moments away from being executed, the PC and the Stormcloaks are saved when Alduin, the "[[BeastOfTheApocalypse World-Eater]]", swoops in and destroys the village. Now with dragons appearing all over Skyrim, the PC discovers that they're the Dovahkiin (Dragonborn) and the only one able to stop Alduin from ushering TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. ''Skyrim'' was another absolute smash hit for Bethesda, though [[ObviousBeta critical bugs were rampant]] for months after release and the game eventually [[GameBreakingBug became unplayable]] on the [=PS3=] once the save file became large enough, leading to strife within the fandom.[[/index]]

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* ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' (2011): Set [[TimeSkip 200 years]] after the events of ''Oblivion'', the Tamriellic Empire is [[VestigialEmpire in bad shape]], being slowly picked apart its reformed ancient rival, the [[AntiHumanAlliance Aldmeri Dominion]] led by the fascistic [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Thalmor]], through means of subterfuge, imposing treaty terms, and outright war. Said imposing treaty terms have caused significant strife in the few remaining provinces of the Empire, with Skyrim itself, homeland of the [[HornyVikings Nords]], erupting into full blown {{Civil War}}. The PC is unintentionally captured by the forces of the Empire along with a contingent of the Stormcloak rebels, including their [[RebelLeader leader]], Ulfric Stormcloak. Moments away from being executed, the PC and the Stormcloaks are saved when Alduin, the "[[BeastOfTheApocalypse World-Eater]]", swoops in and destroys the village. Now with dragons appearing all over Skyrim, the PC discovers that they're the Dovahkiin (Dragonborn) and the only one able to stop Alduin from ushering TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. ''Skyrim'' was another absolute smash hit for Bethesda, though [[ObviousBeta critical bugs were rampant]] for months after release and the game eventually [[GameBreakingBug became unplayable]] on the [=PS3=] once the save file became large enough, leading to strife within the fandom. A remastered "Special Edition" was released in 2016 for PC, UsefulNotes/XboxONE, and UsefulNotes/PlayStation4. The Special Edition updates ''Skyrim''[='s=] graphics and engine to that of its Bethesda sister property, ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', and also includes modding capabilities on console for the first time in the ''ES'' series. In 2017, ''Skyrim'' was also released for UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch and [=PlayStation=] VR.

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* ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' (2002): Set 10 years after the events of ''Daggerfall'', a convict from the Imperial City Prison (the PC) is released in the north-eastern province of Morrowind on the Emperor's direct orders. Guided by the Blades, the PC investigates the local prophesies of TheChosenOne, known as the Nerevarine, who will save the land from the dreaded "Blight". Tracing the source of the Blight to the [[BigBad evil]] PhysicalGod, Dagoth Ur, the PC is launched into a labyrinthine plot involving an AncientConspiracy, prophecies, lost prophecies, ''false'' prophecies, {{reincarnation}}, gods, backroom politics, gang wars, and TheCorruption. Like ''Daggerfall'', ''Morrowind'' offers LoadsAndLoadsOfSidequests, of which some of the faction questlines are nearly as expansive as the main quest itself. ''Morrowind'' is significantly smaller in scope than its predecessors (a "mere" 18 square miles as opposed to hundreds, and a non-infinite number of side-quests), but manages to come off as much more epic anyway due to the quality of the writing and the [[SceneryPorn diverse, exotic landscapes]]. It's also notable for being much, much ''weirder'' than the rest of the franchise, being set in an alien landscape populated by Dunmer (Dark Elves), dinosaurs-like critters, giant bugs, and tiny Cthulhu lookalikes. In part thanks to its availability on both PC and [=X-Box=], ''Morrowind'' was a critical and commercial hit, being Bethesda's BreakthroughHit and introducing a massive NewbieBoom to the series.[[/index]]

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* ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' (2002): Set 10 years after the events of ''Daggerfall'', a convict from the Imperial City Prison (the PC) is released in the north-eastern province of Morrowind on the Emperor's direct orders. Guided by the Blades, the PC investigates the local prophesies of TheChosenOne, known as the Nerevarine, who will save the land from the dreaded "Blight". Tracing the source of the Blight to the [[BigBad evil]] PhysicalGod, Dagoth Ur, the PC is launched into a labyrinthine plot involving an AncientConspiracy, prophecies, lost prophecies, ''false'' prophecies, {{reincarnation}}, gods, backroom politics, gang wars, and TheCorruption. Like ''Daggerfall'', ''Morrowind'' offers LoadsAndLoadsOfSidequests, of which some of the faction questlines are nearly as expansive as the main quest itself. ''Morrowind'' is significantly smaller in scope than its predecessors (a "mere" 18 9 square miles as opposed to hundreds, thousands, and a non-infinite number of side-quests), but manages to come off as much more epic anyway due to the quality of the writing and the [[SceneryPorn diverse, exotic landscapes]]. It's also notable for being much, much ''weirder'' than the rest of the franchise, being set in an alien landscape populated by Dunmer (Dark Elves), dinosaurs-like critters, giant bugs, and tiny Cthulhu lookalikes. In part thanks to its availability on both PC and [=X-Box=], ''Morrowind'' was a critical and commercial hit, being Bethesda's BreakthroughHit and introducing a massive NewbieBoom to the series.[[/index]]
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