The Elder Scrolls Online Beautifully Summarized at Digital Spy

It comes to PlayStation 4 with all the bells and whistles, so prepare for total immersion!

It comes to PlayStation 4 with all the bells and whistles, so prepare for total immersion!

Most critics aren’t big fans of reviewing MMOs. These adventures are downright massive, and it also seems true that each new title needs to go through several transformations before it becomes a top-quality experience. On top of which, the very nature of the MMO means it’s constantly changing, which makes each review even more subject to inconsistencies. The sheer size and volume of such games is enough to boggle the mind, and the combination of all these elements means many critics dread this genre.

But if you want a blueprint for how to approach the MMO, check out Digital Spy’s excellent review of the recently released The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited. Critic Mark Langshaw deftly produces an analysis that is detailed and informative without being long-winded. We often like reviewers who reflect the tone and style of a game but when it comes to MMOs, critics tend to embrace the one trait of the genre that doesn’t work for reviews: They wander. They meander. They’re all over the place.

There’s just so much to talk about, so perhaps it’s excusable. That being said, here’s how you create a solid, informative review of a humongous title without sacrificing anything important (and without causing the reader to skim). For the record, this is Langshaw’s second honor here at VGRHQ; his first was for last year’s hit Velocity 2X.

Congrats, Mark!

A huge game that deserves a focused review, The Elder Scrolls Online is worth your time.

A huge game that deserves a focused review, The Elder Scrolls Online is worth your time.

Why We Like It:

— The critic spends the proper amount of time comparing the PC and console versions. It’s a necessity and many readers are seeking to make a platform decision.

— The review is generally well-paced and well-written, which makes it immediately more accessible and enjoyable. This is more about literary than critique skill, and we need more of that in this industry.

— This is an extremely tricky genre to review, so we’re always impressed when we see a review that appeared to come easily to the critic.

Read Mark Langshaw’s The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited Review Now

One thought on “The Elder Scrolls Online Beautifully Summarized at Digital Spy”

This is a solid review, even though I think he missed some key points.

I love the game, at any rate.

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