As with other games in The Elder Scrolls series, the game is set on the continent of Tamriel. The events of the game occur a millennium before those of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and around 800 years before The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. It has a broadly similar structure to Skyrim, with two separate conflicts progressing at the same time, one with the fate of the world in the balance, and one where the prize is supreme power on Tamriel. In The Elder Scrolls Online, the first struggle is against the Daedric Prince Molag Bal, who is attempting to meld the plane of Mundus with his realm of Coldharbour, and the second is to capture the vacant imperial throne, contested by three alliances of the mortal races. The player character has been sacrificed to Molag Bal, and Molag Bal has stolen their soul; the recovery of which is the primary game objective.
Many parts of the continent of Tamriel are available in the game, with most zones being accessible based on faction. Some zones are accessible with DLC-only from the Crown Store, while others are accessible to players of any faction when they reach a certain level. Players have the opportunity to join any of the three factions warring over the Ruby Throne of the Emperor of Tamriel: the First Aldmeri Dominion (represented by an eagle) led by Queen Ayrenn, composed of the Altmer (High Elf), Bosmer (Wood Elf), and Khajiit races; the Daggerfall Covenant (represented by a lion) led by High King Emeric, composed of the Bretons, Redguard, and Orsimer (Orcs); and the Ebonheart Pact (represented by a dragon) led by Jorunn Skald-King, composed of the Nord, Dunmer (Dark Elf), and Argonian races. Players may also unlock an additional race, Imperial, which may be a part of any of the three factions. The other major ruling faction of Tamriel is the Empire, led by Empress Regent Clivia Tharn, which has fallen into instability and disrepair, and serves as a non-joinable faction. Pre-ordered copies of the game included the “Explorers’ Pack”, which allowed all races to be played in each of the factions, and this feature is available in the Crown Store.
The game begins in the Wailing Prison in Coldharbor, where the player character’s soulless husk has been enslaved. This opening continues another The Elder Scrolls tradition, of beginning the game with the player as a prisoner. After escaping, the base of operations becomes the Harborage, a cave found at each of the starting cities, and is where the Prophet opens portals to the locations of the main questline. Once the Amulet of Kings is retrieved, the headquarters shift to the Hollow City, a location in central Coldharbour blessed by Meridia. Civilians saved from Coldharbour’s prisons arrive in the Hollow City, and it is from there that attacks on Molag Bal’s controlled areas are orchestrated.
Fan Review : 48% Excellent
Good: 28% | Average: 16% | Poor: 8%
I am sure that if you are one of the thousands of online gamers in the community trying to play Rainbow Six Siege (we are playing on Xbox One) then you are having a lot of issues connecting to the servers for online play. Since the game launched I have had nothing but connectivity issues. From connecting to the game servers, to getting kicked from games randomly in the middle of gameplay.
Now I know this is not a connectivity issue on our end, but rather an issue on Ubisofts end (mostly because the error message says unable to connect to Ubisoft Servers). This is such a major disappointment for a series that prides itself on its online multiplayer. Now we have not reviewed this game, and for good reason. If we reviewed it right now I would score well below an average score. Not because the game is horrible, but rather there are a lot of bugs and online connection issues. We know it could score much better if they can fix the online issues, but until then we are keeping this on the shelf.
If you are, or have gotten Rainbow Six Siege, we do try and play every night, have even tried on our live feed Twitch channel, just have had a lot of issues connecting. When we do connect and get playing it does pretty well, and it is fun. Please, for the love of everything holy, if you have a MIC, TALK TO YOUR TEAMATES! This is a game that is based on communication and when your in a game and only 2 out of 5 team members are communicating, it can make for a very frustrating night! TALK! ENGLISH MF . . . DO YOU SPEAK IT? If you don’t catch the movie reference shame on you! Just leave your party chat and jump into game chat so everyone can communicate!
Call of Duty has been one of those beloved franchises that has been trying over the past few years to try and reinvent itself to try and keep the series fresh. The series has taken a Sci-Fi turn in the past couple of years, and while last year’s “Advanced Warfare” under delivered in a lot of area, Black Ops 3 tried to continue with the futuristic approach. For starters I do have to say that I am very disappointed in the treatment of the last generation versions of the game. Why they didn’t deliver a far better product than they did, and to limit the game to nothing but multiplayer, and a “half-ass” version at that, when they should have scrapped the entire game is beyond me.
Multiplayer still has the depth fans expect by now, but the addition of unique Specialists makes every player critical in the team. Each specialist has their own unique skill set and weapon, and by choosing a specialist and leveling them up helps balance your team. Black Ops 3’s competitive multiplayer brings back the same reliable Pick-10 loadouts, which let you select 10 weapon attachments, perks, grenades, and more to take into battle. This isn’t anything new, but it’s still a solid system that ensures you can go into a match with exactly the gear you want, and nothing more. Multiplayer includes a huge array of unlockable guns, perks, and gear that let you mold a play-style of your own. It’s excellent, but at this point Call of Duty fans should expect nothing less.
The Co-Op enabled zombie mode is probably one of the best in the franchise and this dates back to “World at War”. Its set in a 1940s urban-style setting, and features many featured actors voicing the zombie slayers. Shadows of Evil’s four noir-esque characters – a magician, a boxer, a cop, and a burlesque dancer – are liars and killers thrown together against their will.
The zombie mode plays like past games. You earn money as you go through waves which you can use on weapons, items, and barriers that you will have to rebuild as the zombies tear them down. However, thanks to a new persistent XP and perks system, you can customize weapons and abilities before a match begins. One of the biggest additions to the zombie mode is the addition of “Becoming the Beast”, which transforms you into a creatures with testicles that melee and shoot electricity. Think of it as the game “The Darkness” from last gen.
The campaign however is a dull experience that is built on the “Aim-Shoot-Reload-Repeat” approach. From the very beginning you are trans-versing through the world with the same formula that has become so repetitive in the franchise and a narrative that has become boring. I found myself running back to multiplayer after the fifth mission. It was nice to see the campaign add four player co-op however there was a lack of depth. There were no missions that played on the fact of having four players available where team work was necessary, however they just throw more enemies your way and make final encounters longer by extending life.
Black Ops 3 did add some cool functionality to the games multiplayer, and a deeper zombie mode, however the campaign did under achieve, much like the series has in many years. I have wrote about it before that there are some franchises that need to take a break from their annualized franchise and give these developers time to develop a proper game and flush it out to create a brand new experience.
We will be hosting our own ONLINE Game Night as often as we can and we would like to kick things off with Battlefield 4 on Xbox One on Friday October 9th at 9:30 PM! Join us ONLINE! We will be streaming LIVE on Twitch.tv/kodxfactor. Other games we may have in the mix….
Borderlands 2, UNO, Destiny: The Taken King, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, Evolve, Mortal Kombat X, Super Smash Bros, and Grand Theft Auto V