STAFF REVIEW of Elder Scrolls III : Morrowind (Xbox)

Monday, June 10, 2002.
by Tony Ingrassia

Elder Scrolls III : Morrowind Box art This game is a TRUE RPG in every sense of the word. Vast worlds, what seem to be endless twists and turns through your entire journey. You will get lost in this game.Minutes turn to hours as you develope and grow, become enemy or allie, fight or die. Morrowind is devided into 18 regions, and you can very easily spend 10 hours exploring each one. In addition to your main quest, you may embark on faction quests, and a slew of other adventures to keep you going through this wonderfull gaming experience. True RPG fans should not be dissapointed. Despite some minor flaws, Elder Scrolls III:Morrowind delivers the goods.

As in most RPG's the exploration and development of your charecter is what drives the game. Morrowind accomplishes both almost to perfection. Build your charecter from the ground up or with some help from the game. Be a noble honest man or a lying, murdering thief. Learn to conjour, cast spells, summon the dead. Smother people with kindness to get what your looking for, or lie, cheat, steal, even kill to complete your objective...the choice is yours.
Combat is a little awkward at times, regadless of which methos you use, first person or third. You can tweak your controls to your likeing along with the usuall options.
Potions, magic and such has a little bit of a learning curve to overcome, but when you master it, the controls toggle through all of your desired option very easily and quickly.
Exploration of this endless world uncovers many hidden treasures, you just have to look anywhere and everywhere. Stray off the beaten path and be pleasantly pleased. The good points outway the few dissapointments in this game. If you are the type to explore and take on any challenge, Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind will keep you very busy.

Visually comapred to what we know can be delivered, Morrowind faulters a bit. The real time effects are wonderful, the villages and "MOOD" of this game is perfect, all the ingredients are here for a visual masterpiece...But some all to familiar problems plague this game. Frame rate faulters when there is a little too much going on, secondary charecters are a little lack luster in appearence and motion, I'm no technocal genius, but it once again seems like the console powerhouse is left not tapping into it's full potential. You can't help but play this game and wonder if they pushed it to the perverbial limit. Adequate for the game, but dissapointing to the system.

The sounds of Morrowind are quite appealing. From the distant thunder, and rain drops hitting the cobblestone, to the fantastic music score in the background. Digital fans will enjoy the use of 5.1 in this game. The dialougue at times is a bit repetative and bland, but it takes very little away from the game. Charecters could have used a bit more personallity.

If the graphical envelpoe wasn't need to.

Charecter dialouge needs some "Personide of that i wouldn't cahnge a thing.

Overall: 10.0 / 10
Gameplay: 10.0 / 10
Visuals: 9.0 / 10
Sound: 10.0 / 10


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