Elder Scrolls Anthology

Bethesda have released an Elder Scrolls Anthology compiling all the Elder Scrolls games into one neat package and I thought this would be a great time for a little history lesson in what made The Elder scrolls what it is today.

The Elder Scrolls series has been around for a long time. The first in the series Arena was released a whole nineteen years ago and in those nineteen years Elder Scrolls would be become one of the biggest powerhouses in gaming.

Arena certainly isn’t what TES is like today, in its infancy it was described as a "medieval-style gladiator game." Arena became known for being cripplingly difficult as the majority of players found it nigh on impossible to get out of the beginning dungeon.

Then along came Daggerfall the first true 3D title in the series released in 1996. Bethesda at the time claimed that the world was twice the size of Great Britain. It promised a lot but failed to deliver on many of those aspects.

Now possibly the biggest jewel in TES crown and what truly set it in its path to what it is today, Morrowind. Morrowind was released in 2002 to critical acclaim and there are lots of people that stand by it and call it the best in the series.

Oblivion though came 4 years after and was also met with rapturous applause, it sold very similar amounts to Morrowind but in a much smaller time frame. The modding scene is well and truly bustling for Oblivion with a multitude of mods that could keep you entertained for years (as if the game wasn’t long enough already).

Then we come to Skyrim. Skyrim is the biggest and bestselling Elder scrolls to date, shipping a monstrous 7 million copies in its first week alone eclipsing its predecessors by a hefty margin it was also met with amazing reviews. It also features a thriving mod scene bolstered by the addition of Steam Workshop and just quite simply an endless supply of things to do. I have put 80 hours into it myself and I know for a fact there are many more that have put probably 10 times that.

The Elder scrolls has certainly come a long way since its conception but there are very few series that can match what they did for their own genre. The Elder Scrolls is truly revolutionary.