Imagine Skyrim with 8,000 other players.
Everything you need to loot is already looted, every container is empty, every treasure chest has already been emptied, every door is already lockpicked, and the combat consists of swing/block/powerswing so the combat is incredibly boring and you just see a bunch of other players flailing their weapons rapidly.
It’s an Elder Scrolls game, with MMO elements (IE: A zone filled with wolves and a quest to kill 5 wolves), and so many people running around that you can’t solve anything yourself.
I got a quest to “Find the real Frozen Man!” and there’s 7 clones of him in a room, and when you pick the wrong one, they scramble. If you stand still, you’ll get a hint of which one’s the right one because he sneezes.
BUT WE DON’T NEED TO WAIT. THERE’S 500 PEOPLE RUNNING AROUND SPAMMING THE E-BUTTON AND MAKING HIM SCRAMBLE RAPIDLY. OH LOOK THEY FOUND THE RIGHT ONE EVERYONE CROWD OVER TO THAT ONE. KAY PUZZLE SOLVED.
It’s not even just the players ruining it
It’s just bad in general. It’s like an Elder Scrolls game that’s very quiet and slow-paced and enemies have even worse AI than they had in Oblivion. I shot a skeleton archer with my bow, and he put a ground-target spell about 40 feet from me and just shot the ground. I didn’t even move. He just shot the ground to my left.
I was like “Kay? Maybe not every enemy does that.”
Yeah, every enemy does that. They’ll ground target near you or on you, then someone else will run by and they aim at the someone else instead of you for no reason.
Enemies have leashes that are about 20 feet long, too. So if you fail to get a sneak-attack that one-shot kills an enemy, you just run 20 feet away, let them leash back, go back into stealth, and try again.
Bam, one-shot kill.
I’m not being biased, I actually love Elder Scrolls as a series, but this is the LAST THING THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN MADE INTO AN MMO.
Elder Scrolls with 4-players woulda been fun, but with 9,000 players running in and out of doors so you keep hearing the door open and close, it’s just obnoxious and stupid.
And don’t get me started on, “I wonder if there’s any secret passageways in this cave? OH LOOK THERE’S 900 PEOPLE RUNNING THROUGH THE WALL OVER THERE. I GUESS THERE’S A SECRET TUNNEL. YEP THERE IS.”
I give it a 3/10.