Advantages Massive in every sense of the word, Immersive, Huge appeal to RPGers and those less familiar with the genre alike
Disadvantages Difficult to put down, may not appeal to those who are not willing to put a lot of time into a game
Depth and beauty, two words which are applied all too rarely to computer games, the main strength of Morrowind is that it has both and combines them with a wonderfully original and believable open ended playing world. In short it achieves what in my opinion every RPG should.I have never considered myself a game addict or anything like that, I enjoy playing on the X-Box or PS2 on weekends and know a good bit about games but I’m not exactly the type of person whose head is in his computer 24/7. This all changed when I discovered TES III: Morrowind.
Graphics and SoundWhen I got the game home and began to play the first thing that hit me was the amazing graphics. The game begins with the main character (who incidentally you design entirely by selecting gender, race and physical and mental traits) waking up on a prison transport heading for the isle of Morrowind. Firstly the level of detail on the items and people inside the ship struck me but the real shock hit me when I got on deck, the ship floated beside the dock the sun shimmered on the ripples as they lapped gently against the side of the ship whilst it banged slowly against it’s mooring (All of the above accompanied by accurate sound effects) I could see the land of Morrowind, rolling green hills shrouded in a blanket of fog in front of me. This was so amazing that I thought it was a CG sequence or some other special sequence, It took me an hour or two to accept that this was the high standard of the game. The graphics squeeze every little bit of juice from the X-box’s huge processor to place you in an amazing abstract, yet believable environment.
Control InterfaceOnce you have gotten over the beautiful graphics that give the illusion that the character is stuck in an abstract renaissance masterpiece the next thing to get to grips with is the control system, it does take time as the depth of the game requires a fairly complicated control system but it is well worth getting past this obstacle and discovering the massive array of delights the game has to offer.
Character Improvement SystemOne important aspect of every RPG is the character improvement system, seeing as improving your character is one of the main aims of every RPG this needs to be good, Morrowind’s is second to none. It is an improvement on the basic level up to get better skills system, this metaphor is about the same as saying that the Nuclear reactor is an improvement on rubbing two sticks together to make fire. The character improvement system is so in-depth that it would take me a 3000 word essay to explain it all and yet it is amazingly easy to get to grips with given a little time. Basically each character has 8 innate attributes: Strength, Intelligence, Willpower, Agility, Speed, Endurance, Personality and Luck, these each effect how you play the game in an individual way as well as effecting your health, magika, fatigue and the total weight you can lift, they can be improved as you level up. As well as these attributes there are 27 skills which are governed by the attributes, improve these skills by using them: i.
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The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind is a sprawling, first-person, open-ended fantasy role playing game. It's a direct port of the PC version and truly...
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