So I've never played an Elder Scrolls game before...

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#1 Posted by vdortizo (167 posts) -

I was looking at some Skyrim trailers and since I just finished Fallout 3 a couple of months ago and I want something similar gameplay wise... I want to know are the Elder Scroll games similar to Fallout 3 in any way? Do I have to start from Arena in order to get acquainted with the mythology and story of the world? Which ones do you guys recommend? Arena? Daggerfall? Morrowind? Oblivion?

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#2 Posted by BulletproofMonk (2749 posts) -

You should just wait for Skyrim.

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#3 Posted by CL60 (17117 posts) -

Morrowind might put you off because it's a lot different.

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#4 Posted by Jimbo (10472 posts) -

It's just Fallout with swords.

You'll be fine starting with Skyrim. I'd recommend New Vegas if you want something to play now.

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#5 Posted by RuneseekerMireille (337 posts) -

For history, I would start with Morrowind, then Oblivion, in that order, because I find that it's hard to go back to Morrowind after playing Oblivion.

But those games are kind of old, so you might be better off just waiting for Skyrim. I'm sure there will be books that will explain most of the lore in the world to you, so you don't have to play the old games.

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#6 Posted by SomeJerk (4077 posts) -

Morrowind will spoil you,

Oblivion will get you used to the graphical style,

Waiting for Skyrim and then going back in time should provide the best experience.

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#7 Posted by joshth (706 posts) -

If you want to start somewhere, start with Morrowind. Thats where the series really got great in my opinion. But due to its being around a decade old and its combat being poor, you may or may not like it. Or if you'd rather not, then I would reccomend trying oblivion if for no other reason then that it was a great game.

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#8 Posted by AhmadMetallic (19301 posts) -
@SomeJerk said:

Morrowind will spoil you,

Oblivion will get you used to the graphical style,

Waiting for Skyrim and then going back in time should provide the best experience.

Pretty much.. Usually playing the previous game before the new one is out, is the way to go IMO (not one month before, but 6), however with TES it doesn't really work. I've been playing Oblivion for 8 months, thinking i'll achieve something before Skyrim is out, but it's really wasted my time.
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#9 Posted by FancySoapsMan (5919 posts) -

Morrowind is worth playing if you can deal with some dated gameplay.

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#10 Posted by Galiant (2237 posts) -

@vdortizo said:

I was looking at some Skyrim trailers and since I just finished Fallout 3 a couple of months ago and I want something similar gameplay wise... I want to know are the Elder Scroll games similar to Fallout 3 in any way? Do I have to start from Arena in order to get acquainted with the mythology and story of the world? Which ones do you guys recommend? Arena? Daggerfall? Morrowind? Oblivion?

If you want something similar to Fallout 3, you should play Fallout: New Vegas. If you're on the PC. If you're playing on console, I have some input on that...

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#11 Posted by UnrealDP (1265 posts) -

Morrowind's fine and Oblivion is genuinely great if you look past a few things.

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#12 Posted by cstrang (2362 posts) -

Wait for Skyrim. But don't play New Vegas...

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#13 Posted by Mr_Skeleton (5195 posts) -

Shame on you! As a punishment you are now going to play every Elder Scrolls game!

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#14 Edited by Irvandus (3170 posts) -

A lot of people say Elder Scrolls is just Fallout with swords but that's kind of wrong. Well they are right when it comes to the combat but you should try and learn a little about the leveling system because it's completely different and your easily able to screw yourself if you don't know exactly what skills you like, at least in Daggerfall, Morrowind, and Oblivon, not sure about Skyrim.

Edit: In terms of learning lore give the elders scrolls wiki a try.

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#15 Posted by vdortizo (167 posts) -

So no love for arena of daggerfall?? I don't care if the games are old. Are they any good?

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#16 Posted by Ghost_Cat (2083 posts) -

I remember Daggerfall being pretty brutal when you first start, but it was insane how big the world was.

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#17 Posted by MrKlorox (11150 posts) -

You've played Fallout 3, so you've played an Elder Scrolls game.

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#18 Posted by JudgeDread (640 posts) -

Scrolls has not been released yet....

Try playing Minecraft in the meantime...

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#19 Posted by Animasta (14911 posts) -

just play new vegas

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#20 Posted by TEHMAXXORZ (1190 posts) -

@Jimbo:

You mean Fallout 3 is just Oblivion with guns? Which it isn't.

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#21 Posted by Mikemcn (8334 posts) -

@JudgeDread said:

Scrolls has not been released yet....

Try playing Minecraft in the meantime...

Well played!

As for Oblivion...

@Jimbo said:

It's just Fallout with swords.

Which is not a bad thing, Oblivion is a ton of fun and feels very fleshed out, but if you played Fallout 3 or New vegas you'll be getting a similar experience.

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#22 Edited by Seppli (11232 posts) -

Thus far TES was mostly paper awesome, as in being more awesome on paper than actively playing it, in terms of pure fun. The Bethesda dev team is obviously getting better at making their games more fun, rather than just an appealing idea; I dug Fallout 3 & New Vegas way more than Morrowind and Oblivion. With Skyrim, they strife hard for a more visceral and fun combat experience. Looking forward to playing it. If only they'd have gone with a lock-on system, that'd be a major cornerstone for a more fluid and physical and varied adn deep FPS melee combat system.

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#23 Posted by BraveToaster (12636 posts) -

Just play Skyrim. If you want to dig deep into the lore, you could always read about it online.

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#24 Posted by Jimbo (10472 posts) -

@TEHMAXXORZ said:

@Jimbo:

You mean Fallout 3 is just Oblivion with guns? Which it isn't.

Did you just contradict me and then disagree with yourself? That's brilliant, we should do this again some time.

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#25 Posted by TEHMAXXORZ (1190 posts) -

@Jimbo: No, I corrected you and then disagreed with you.

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#26 Posted by project343 (2896 posts) -

@vdortizo: Start with Oblivion, play until Skyrim. World is filled with all sorts of fantasy lore if you're interested (personally, I never felt that it was interesting enough to investigate, but I'm sure many will disagree).

And yes, Fallout 3 is Oblivion with guns and VATS. Biggest difference is the tone. Oblivion is more whimsical and fun-loving; Fallout 3 feels more tense and atmospheric. Oblivion is about doing whatever you want; Fallout 3 is more about surviving with what you're got. If that makes any sense.

I'd say that Oblivion has more freedom to both your gameplay experience, and your ability to move around the environment and do whatever quests you like.

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#27 Posted by vdortizo (167 posts) -

Hmmm... I guess I could start from the beginning (a history lesson wouldn't hurt)... are Arena and Daggerfall playable on newer PCs?? Or to Morrowind I go??

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