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YMMV: The Elder Scrolls Online
  • Anti-Climax Boss: Molag Bal is incredibly easy to defeat if you have a health-draining ability thanks to the fact that the Blessing of Akatosh makes them restore ridiculously large amounts of health.
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  • Base Breaker: The fact that the game has a $15 monthly fee did NOT sit well with the fans.
    • And that's on top of having microtransactions. Bethesda, to its credit, is at least trying to lobby Microsoft to waive the necessity for Xbox Live (which also requires a subscription) to play Elder Scrolls Online on the Xbox One, so that players don't essentially have to pay two subscriptions for the same game.
      • The April 4th, 2014 launch only threw more fuel on the fire. After the early game access period ended, players were forced to set up a subscription right away before being able to access their free thirty days. While this is normal and rather par for the course for subscription-based MMORPG's, what wasn't normal was the fact that the full price for the subscription was immediately charged as a pre-authorization, essentially locking out players who were either in a tough spot financially, or who were planning on using prepaid game time cards as their preferred method of payment. Players immediately suspected Executive Meddling, and the bad press is already starting to take its toll, with Zenimax trying to run damage control in the 60+ pages-long thread in the official forums full of angry players.
    • If you're on a video, don't comment as to which faction you'll be. You'll get hefty praise and criticism alike, from fellow faction members and rival faction members respectively.
    • Depending on who you ask, the Phasing System is either the most immersive thing to ever grace an MMORPG, or its an unnecessary barrier with a complete lack of any kind of way to go back to previous phases, barring you from being able to help friends complete quests that you previously completed.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Fans claimed for years they wanted a MMO for the series or some form of multiplayer for the series. Then the game came out, and it really hit the fans hard....
  • Broken Base:
    • It's too early to tell for sure, but the fanbase seems divided between those that think that an Elder Scrolls MMO would be amazing and those that think it's against the entire point of the franchise that previously consisted of single-player games. With a third side that has nothing against an Elder Scrolls MMO per se, but think a lot of what has been revealed about this one so far is worrisome.
    • Dark Age Of Camelot fans, on the other hand, are exploding with anticipation.
    • There are worries that, based on historical precedent, the single-player series will end up being neglected. This criticism has been mitigated by the fact that the MMO is being developed by sister studio Zenimax Online, as opposed to Bethesda, but the fear still remains.
    • The artstyle of the game is also not getting any songs of praises from a lot of the fans either, due to replacing the relatively realistic artstyle of the main series with a much more exaggerated style of traditional mainstream fantasy games. Slightly justified for being a MMO and not being able to process detailed graphics, but on the other hand other MMOs have opted for semi-realism and worked out fine.
    • Imperials being unavailable as a race. It's been justified by the historical context of Tamriel, but a few are still annoyed.
    • The Arrival Trailer subjecting the Breton to The Worf Effect has not gone over well with some fans.
    • The preorder bonus, the "Explorer's Pack," has absolutely infuriated some fans with the ability to play as any race on any faction, claiming that it breaks immersion at best and defeats the entire purpose of even having factions at worst. Many have pointed out that it contradicts lore (the most obvious example being that human races being in the Aldmieri Dominion makes no sense given the institutionalized Fantastic Racism found in Altmer society), for no other reason than for a blatant cash grab. While some fans were willing to let the Imperial thing slide, the backlash to the Explorer's Pack was far worse.
  • Crack is Cheaper: Of the worst kind. Do you want to play the game to the best of your ability? Buy the Collector's edition, then you gotta pay the price for the game, then you gotta pay to pay, THEN you have to pay the subscription fee!
  • Critical Dissonance: Inverted. Critics are forgiving of the game, while the average player for the most part dislikes the game.
  • Critical Research Failure: Shalidor mentions reassembling the fragments of the Numidium. However at the time of the game, the Numidium is still intact (and in the safekeeping of the Tribunal).
    • NPCs in Morrowind note that the Tribunal haven't made their annual pilgrimage to Red Mountain, a reference to the events of Morrowind. However the return of Dagoth Ur won't take place for another 300 years. That said, there might be other reasons the Tribunal aren't making the pilgrimage like being busy with the Alliance War.
  • Demonic Spiders: Literally, in this case. Spider Daedra summon miniature spiders, and have one of the most annoying Damage Over Time abilities in the game, because it's an area-of-effect. Storm Atronachs also get special mention, because not only are they a common headache at Dark Anchors, Sorcerers have an Ultimate ability in Daedra Summoning to summon them on you, too!
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: The Ebonheart Pact is becoming very popular with fans due to the faction being consisted of well liked races (The Nords, Argonians and Dunmer). Plus it has a kickass Dragon insignia.
    • The Breton from the trailers, due to his sheer knife-throwing, acrobatic badassery.
    • Razum-Dar from the Aldmeri Dominion is very popular in his own right, probably because he's the funniest and most engaging NPC in the Dominion.
  • Goddamn Bats: When it comes to Daedra, you will very quickly grow to loathe Banekin and Scamps. They're Glass Cannons that can hit you with AOE fire spells, which, naturally, give you some Damage Over Time as well.
  • Hype Backlash: Given that the game was heavily advertised for a few years, and had its admittingly epic looking cutscenes shown, many fans felt ready for an Elder Scroll MMO. When the game came out, that hype turned into Internet Backdraft for the game's issues.
  • Internet Backdraft:
    • The initial subscription fee caused this, since it meant players had to pay to play the game they just bought, in addition to the monthly subscription fee.
    • The Imperials being both in the game, and only available if you buy the Collector's edition cause a massive issue with fans, since it both ignored the lore, and just gave more reasons to give money to the game.
    • The lack of money, auction houses, or good player economy really made a problem with players because gold is so hard to come by that their is no real economy for players to work with.
    • The Steam release of the game. Zenimax announced several times on the official ESO forum that the existing version of the game is not compatible with Steam and can only be added as a non-Steam game, and only new accounts would get the benefits of having it on Steam, such as the trading cards. They also released a special dog vanity pet for new accounts made on the Steam version - and new accounts only; it wasn't a code that could be applied to existing accounts if one were to purchase a second version of the game.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Transcription Error" has slowly become a popular one.
    • To elaborate, the game developers made a haphazard retcon when making Cyrodiil into an European temperate grassfield as seen in Oblivion instead of the rainforest it was depicted as at that point of time, which the game developers handwaved by essentially calling Pocket Guide to the Empire, the key source of information on Tamriel, false... even though there are numerous books and even firsthand accounts by NPCs that say otherwise.
    • "Oh, look at that! Two gold coins!" became a popular joke on certain forms and videos where players would loot a boss or quest boss and find more than just a single gold coin.
  • Misblamed: One of the most common complaints about the game is the idea that Bethesda won't have any time or energy to make a new single-player Elder Scrolls game if they're busy with an MMO. That might have some validity... if the game wasn't being developed by Zenimax Online, Bethesda Game Studio's sister studio under the Zenimax LLC group.
    • It's likely gamers were thinking of the Warcraft RTS series which did get put on hold for World of Warcraft. Zenimax LLC deciding to set up a separate company to develop an online Elder Scrolls game was likely done to keep such a situation from happening. Bethesda Game Studios having no experience with MMOs was probably another factor.
  • Most Annoying Sound: "Did you hear some stranger saved King Casimir's life?" "I'd like to buy that hero an ale!" If you spend any amount of time in Daggerfall after an early quest arc, you are going be hearing this background conversation over and over and over...
    • It's the exact same in the Dominion, too.
    • Not even the Ebonheart Pact is safe.
    • Spiders make an obnoxious noise when they detect you.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The end of the Arrival Trailer has the corrupted Breton and an army of undead take the capital of Cyrodiil by surprise, with Molag Bal's face smiling diabolically in storming clouds in the background.
  • Paranoia Fuel: During PVP in Cyrodiil. The map itself is huge and there are plenty of places in Cyrodiil to explore, but keep in mind that you can be ambushed by other players at any time... any time.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: To a extent, the High Elf race was. After Skyrim where they were both In-Universe and Meta scrappies (or at least those associated with the Thalmor were), a lot of players enjoyed their quests due to the approach the Thalmor go to to win the trust of their allies (such as basically saving one city when it's attacked) and some likeable High Elf NPC's that stand out.
  • Scrappy Mechanic: Several. Angry Joe covered some in his review and includes:
    • Extremely low money drops. Many enemies only drop a single gold. Bosses tend to drop only a few more than that. To put this in perspective, a passable horse costs about 20,000 gold and a good horse will cost about 50,000 gold. If you can't afford a horse? Have fun walking across the country sized map to the next city.
      • What's worse is that if you want a horse you essentially have to upgrade to a collector's edition. This means to buy a horse, you either grind for hours and hours, or Bribing Your Way to Victory.
    • No player houses. Given that previous games offered everything from small shacks to mansions this has upset many players.
      • To be fair, they did confirm that housing is coming, Zenimax just wants to "do it right."
    • Quests progress individually for each player. This makes grouping both tedious and completely pointless. This also means fighting over loot since treasure doesn't respawn for each character in the party.
    • Because of the way classes are set up, it's entirely possible to have a spec set up that makes you unable to deal sufficient damage to enemies.
  • Tainted by the Preview: Some fans get increasingly excited for new info and news about the game, whereas other fans get increasingly more disappointed.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: The choice to make the game a MMO instead of a single player game was the biggest criticism amongst its fans.
  • That One Boss: Doshia in one of the Fighter's Guild quests before she was nerfed. Doshia could be immensely difficult at low levels despite the quest being aimed for low levels. It was highly recommended that you fight her at a level 20+ because if you're any lower she would've absolutely mopped the floor with you.
    • While Doshia is not an easy boss to any extent, she's not nearly as hard as some people would make her out to be. Most players don't always realize that by simply skirting around her constantly while killing her healing bubbles, she can be killed even if the player is underleveled.
    • Gutsripper from the Mage's Guild also stood out as a giant pain in many asses before he got nerfed as well.

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