High Isle injects new life into its world Review of Elder Scrolls Online: High Isle

High Isle injects new life into its world Review of Elder Scrolls Online: High Isle ...

The Elder Scrolls games have some cards quite well, and world-building is perhaps their strongest suit. When I think about Oblivion, I forget about the Thieves Guild or Dark Brotherhood stories instead. When I remember my time with Skyrim, I do not remember being the Dragonborn; I instead fondly remember the Skyrim Civil War between the Stormcloaks and the Thalmor.

Political intrigue and personal lines will always be more memorable than stopping the end of the world or defeating the intentions of some Daedric prince. Fortunately, the High Isle expansion has a lot of intrigues, and a lot less of the Daedric plots are used to by Elder Scrolls Online players.

Bridging the gap

High Isle is no world at stake story arc. When something known as the Three Banners War is ongoing, Elder Scrolls Online takes place earlier in history, but this war must come to an end soon. After all, the Three Banners War is the story after Talos''s rise from mortal to Emperor, so we should get there somehow.

The three leaders of the factions began to conduct peace talks to finalize the war, but a mysterious organization known as the Ascendant Order is directing behind the scenes to ensure that happen. Because you, as an adventurer, are still walking into dungeons and fighting against magical beings. It would still be an Elder Scrolls game without that, but the chances are much greater.

The High Isle is arguably the most well-developed zone outside of Summerset, with large sunflowers that merge easily into beautiful hills and valleys. Amenos'' districts have a large spectrum, whereas High Isle is the prison-island of High Isle. Throughout your quests in these regions that collectively compose the Systres Archipelagos, you will discover more about the Bretons, including their class system of haves and havens, political machinations that keep the oppressed

Shuffle or boogie

High Isle has also introduced a new minigame for players to lose in the series Tales of Tribute. Ive written aboutTales before, and after reaching the highest competitive rank, I can safely say that this is still my favorite card game. Players strategically collect and spend resources to reach 40 Prestige (or more) or control all four Patrons before the opponent does. There are also collectible card upgrades and a unique storyline attached to it, so even if you are not an avid PC player, you can still get plenty

The only thing I havent attempted in the new expansion is the trial, Dreadsail Reef, and although I have heard great things about it, I cannot really say anything. High Isle has plenty to do and experience, and its well worth it for newcomers and veteran players alike. Even the new items are a breath of fresh air the Oakensoul Ring is my favorite, as I am lazy and dislike weapon swapping to improve my DPS.

I won''t pretend there aren''t negatives, however. The game''s launch was plagued with all sorts of connection difficulties and delays, and as this is improved, being a live-service MMO allows players to remove the quest entirely and restart the game to continue or restart, making the fight impossible to complete. Many enemies also have these issues on the way, and the development team has addressed them in public posts.

The verdict

If you''re an MMO fan, then Elder Scrolls Online is probably the easiest in any MMO ever. While a level 1 player can experience High Isle alongside level 50 and CP 1,600 players it still is, at its core, an MMO. However, you can still treat Elder Scrolls Online like any other Elder Scrolls game, although you are still connected to a world with other players, and there are some things you can do without yourself. High Isle is also the best Elder Scrolls Online has ever been.

High Isle''s new features, zones, and story are all examples of what is possible in the Elder Scrolls universe, and this beginning to the Legacy of the Bretons story arc is one of the greatest advances to an Elder Scrolls story ever. Tales of Tribute is incredibly fun, competitive, and engaging, and the new features allow for new builds to be created for almost every role and specialization imaginable. I would still say give High Isle a shot.

Final Score:

9 / 10

+Localized, smaller-scale story feels personal and high-stakes all the same
+Environments are gorgeous, truly the most beautiful zone outside of Summerset
+Tales of Tribute is fantastic fun, with plenty of content to keep players busy
+New items added allows for new builds and playstyles to be competitive
Standard MMO issues plagued the launch, with buggy quests and enemies