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The Elder Scrolls Blades review: Bethesda’s attempt at a mobile RPG

The Elder Scrolls: Blades is a first-person fantasy RPG developed by Bethesda Studios. You probably heard of this game series before, and for a reason: From Morrowind to Skyrim, they always had great success, because of their rich story and immersive universe. But is the new mobile game as good as its predecessors? Let’s find that out in The Elder Scrolls Blades review.

The universe

The Elder Scrolls Blades review

Blades drop us in a classical fantasy RPG theme. Medieval towns, castles and dungeons, where humans and all sorts of creatures coexist; pretty much the standard in all the Elder Scrolls games.

Your main goal in this game is to reconstruct your hometown, which had been destroyed because of mercenaries hired by an evil queen. To do that, you take on quests to rescue the villagers and find materials to reconstruct buildings. Of course, many foes await you, and we’ll get to that in a second.

The Elder Scrolls Blades gameplay, The Elder Scrolls Blades mobile

The overall feel of the game is intriguing, and we’re provided with an interesting and in-depth story. The only negative point I find for now is the graphical quality; for now, let’s assume it’s because it’s an open beta.

The combat system

To adapt to touchscreen play, a new combat system has been invented. “Cutting-edge” from what Bethesda says, it functions by alternating between two modes: An exploration mode, where you can move by tapping the screen or using a control stick, and a combat mode, where you can’t move, but touch the screen to swing your sword and shield yourself.

The effectiveness of the weapon you use depends on what you fight; You unlock spells later in the game, which will also be stronger or weaker depending on the encounter.

While it isn’t very realistic, this system is quite innovative and way better than what most RPGs on mobile do. Touchscreen controls have always been a hassle in 3D games, no matter the genre, and nailing them is a big part of a game’s success.

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Summing it up

The Elder Scrolls Blades review, The Elder Scrolls Blades on mobile

Overall, The Elder Scrolls: Blades is a great mobile game. It offers a unique story and gameplay, making it really stand out from other mobile RPGs. Is it comparable to the PC games? Maybe not. But it’s not finished yet, and improvements can be done to every part of the game; Bethesda has the chance to create a landmark in mobile gaming.


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The Elder Scrolls: Blades review
  • 8.5/10
    Gameplay - 8.5/10
  • 6/10
    Story - 6/10
  • 7/10
    Diversity - 7/10
  • 5.5/10
    Graphics - 5.5/10
6.8/10

Summary

Offering a great experience and fun gameplay, Blades is a refreshing take on mobile RPGs, but it still needs some optimization and improvements.

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