Back in Tamriel for ESOTU

Elder Scrolls Online has had a relaunch of sorts with its latest version now available on the PS4 and Xbox One: Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited. Graev and I both enlisted quite some time ago in ZOS’ offer to buy the new edition for only $20 rather than a full price console release. While both of us also took advantage of the free character copy to bring over our banks full of crafting mats, we decided to completely reroll characters in the Daggerfall Covenant.

I went with a Templar using a 2-hander and a Bow (designed to just be lots of DPS and AOE DPS), and Graev is playing as a Sorcerer user of sorts who summons and heals. So far we are enjoying ourselves by taking things slow and doing most of the quests. Neither of us love quest grinding, and that is purely what ESO is all about, but the combat is fun and we like to slaughter monsters.

So what’s different in ESOTU? Umm… I guess not much. The use of a controller makes playing way more fun, if that counts? Really though, apparently the game hasn’t received THAT much worth writing home about. Stealing has been added, and if you are caught with contraband you will be fined by guards. The thieves guild and Dark Brotherhood, however, are not yet in the game. The running conjecture at this point is DLC now that ESO is B2P supported by a cash shop. End-game has received some decent work with veteran ranks, though, if that’s your thing.

One interesting addition is voice chat. Area voice is on automatically and is opt-out rather than opt-in. This has proven to be quite embarrassing for some. The quality is decent, and having such a feature makes grouping easy since the console comes with a mic for all to use.

Performance on the consoles is not without its downsides. The graphics are great on PS4, but both Graev and I run into hitching at the exact same spots in-town leading me to believe it is game/server-side. The hitching is most common in cities at this point. Unfortunately, playing on PS4 means having a subscription to Playstation Plus which is like $50 a year or something. Not huge, but worth noting.

Worth buying? Here’s my honest stance right now. ESOTU is ESO, and it’s worth getting if you liked the PC version enough to say, “Hey, I’d like to sit on my couch and play it on my console.”  The game has life I honestly haven’t seen since week 1 of ESO launch. Both Graev and I both liked ESO but couldn’t fall in love with the game. ESOTU is a great chance for us to dungeon crawl, slay baddies, and play in a world we enjoy. Will we be playing long? We’ll make our way to 50 at our own pace and play until we get bored.

Edits after reading some comments: If you treat ESOTU like a MMO then you’re screwed. It’ll be 1-2 monther at most. Treat it like a multiplayer RPG with a semi-decent story and better than average combat. Play with a friend or two. Go at it alone, or quest grind your way to the top, and you’ll be bored in a week. It’s a console game for me. I would not even consider playing it again on PC or treating it like I do an MMO. ESO on PC was the beta for the console version, where it clearly belongs.


PS4 Launch Day Coverage

PS4 Hardware

The Playstation 4 released today, and we have a lot of great coverage planned for you!  Throughout the day we’ll be publishing posts with our initial impressions of the hardware, the games, and our entire first-day-experience with the PS4.  Be sure to check back throughout the day, and please feel free to ask questions.

PS4 Hardware Setup

Gone are the days of waiting in long lines at midnight.  Our PS4 was plugged in and ready to go by 9:00 am thanks to the ease of pre-ordering and stores opening early.  We picked up an extra controller as well.

Opening the box, the PS4 is smaller than we expected.  It lays flat with a nice, sleek low profile.  The power button and eject button are kind of hard to see on the front, but integrated well into the design.

The PS4 came with a very simple power cord, HDMI cable, and one controller.  The power cord is very, very simple and lacks the bulky power brick thing you’ll see on other consoles.

Once plugged in, it booted right up and the simple setup process was completed without a hitch.  Our PS4 connected to our network and the internet flawlessly.  There was a ~360 mb patch, but that was blazing fast. Start to finish the whole process took less than 20 minutes.


The Dashboard is better than the Cross Media Bar, though still a variation of it.  It’s fast, gets the job done, but it’s really nothing exciting.  Compared to the PS Vita, the PS4 dashboard (at least out of the box) is very boring.  We’re trying to figure out how we can customize, if at all, to make it look more fun and gaming themed.

While still in the game, calling up the dashboard is easy, but has been sluggish for us while it loads.  Holding down the PS button allows you to close open apps.  Overall, if they can speed it up and remove the lag/sluggish feeling it’ll be perfect.

PlayStation Network / Store

The store is exactly the same as the store on the PS3.  Downloading titles is very easy.  We found a few games to download for free like DC Universe Online (more to come on this!).  What’s really neat is that they download simultaneously.  That’s a nice change from the Xbox 360 being a ‘one at a time’ process.

There are already two games available for PlayStation Plus members: Resogun and Contrast.  We’re pretty sure you need PS+ to play games online.

Synching the PS Vita with the PS4

Synching the Vita and PS4 was extremely easy.  Just turn it on, enter the code, and the Vita now controls the PS4.  Playing around for a few minutes, the PS4 is now a Wii U.  There’s no delay or latency between the two devices.

We’re booting up some games!  More to come soon.

Handheld Gaming

I’ve been investing most of my time lately into various games across the 3DS and Vita. I actually haven’t turned on any of my consoles in a while and haven’t done anything on my computer aside from some Minecraft once or twice a week. It’s interesting because I used to be mainly a PC gamer before shifting more towards consoles and now I’m focusing on handhelds mostly. I doubt that I’m making that kind of shift again but I think it’s interesting to note. Anyways, here is what I’ve been playing lately.

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3DS

Keen and I really enjoyed Donkey Kong Country Returns back when it was on the Wii and now several years later it’s available in a portable form. It still looks great and the new 3D is a nice touch, even if there are some instances of ghosting. The greatest thing about it would be the controls, or rather the lack of motion controls. In the Wii version I believe you were required to shake the remote in order to perform a roll and that was maddening. There’s also a new mode with some additional items and more health, essentially an easy mode, but I elected to go through the first time in the classic mode, which is just like the Wii version. For some reason it seems way more difficult than I remember but I’m enjoying it so far, aside from the time attack challenges which are rage-inducing. I’m looking forward to trying out the new world that they added into this version.

Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages/Seasons

I love the classic 2D Zelda games and I was thrilled when they released them onto the eShop this past Thursday. I actually still have both of my GBC carts and they are in pretty pristine condition. The only problem is my Gameboy Advance won’t charge up but now that they are available on the 3DS I suppose it really doesn’t matter. This actually reminds me that I’m really excited for the new LttP game coming up in the future. Hopefully that delivers a solid 2D Zelda experience.

Persona 4 Golden

Persona 4 Golden

Persona 4 Golden

I didn’t know what to think of this game and the only thing I knew was that it’s super popular. Having never played a game from the MegaTen series (Or off-shoot game) I really had no idea what to expect other than possibly a heavy dose of weeaboo material but I gave it a try anyway and I’m really glad I did. The game has a very fascinating mix of turned based RPG and some kind of social life-sim/time management system. I honestly never figured I would get so into this game but I’ve already sunk 60+ hours into it and now I’m VERY curious about past Persona games and other Shin Megami Tensei titles.

Upcoming Games

When listing future games that interest me I find that not much in my immediate future is found on anything but a handheld system. Currently I’ve looking forward to Project X Zone, Shin Megami Tensei IV, definitely Animal Crossing: New Leaf, the Jak & Daxter Collection, Muramasa Rebirth, and Rune Factory 4. 

So yeah, pretty much all portable titles. Maybe the reason I’m only finding interesting stuff on my 3DS and Vita is due to the fact that we’re kinda in a transition period between console generations, but I don’t feel that bothered by it because I have plenty to do.