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RPGWatch Feature - Elder Scrolls: Arena Retrospective

by Dhruin, 2007-03-14 22:41:41

It was 1994 that a young Bethsoft released The Elder Scrolls: Arena, creating one of the longest running franchises in PC gaming history and arguably going from strength to strength.  Corwin takes a look back in this Retrospective:

The first thing I noticed, was how much the game reminded me of Ultima Underworld - it looks and plays very much like that classic. It’s first person, 3D and you have to swing your mouse to swing your sword. In many ways, despite the vast improvements in the quality of the graphics, the combat mechanics haven’t changed very much over the years. The spell effects are quite mundane by today’s standards, but they do the job. The game does contain one spell which sadly never resurfaced- Passwall. It’s marvellous being able to make any dungeon wall simply disappear.

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SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: RPG
Platform: Unknown
Release: Released