Finally! I’ve been waiting weeks to share this review with all of you and that time has finally come. My application to the The Elder Scrolls: Legends Beta has been replied too. To be brief, this game doesn’t disappoint. As soon as I loaded up Legends, the game welcomed me with an awesome opening sequence which hooked me right away. No matter your medium, the hook is always of great importance; it’s what makes you stay to see the rest of the package has to offer.
When I first started The Elder Scrolls: Legends, I thought it might just be like any other card game. That it wouldn’t be so cinematic. Turns out I was wrong. It is far from being just another card game.
There is class selection, not terribly unique these days, but the classes are the exact classes from the Elder Scrolls world. It gives a feel resembling Skyrim to the game. I went with the Khajiit because I can’t resist cats (don’t tell my dog.)
At the time of writing, I am starting chapter four. The level up system and unlock system feel like they were handled with great care. You get loot for winning game as well as for leveling. One thing I enjoyed is that when you finish a battle it signifies exactly which reward was from leveling up by putting a different image on those items. It’s a small but enjoyable feature when compared to the multitude of games that just throw everything together in a big loot pile.
The battle sequence also feels a bit different from the average TCG (What would you expect from Bethesda? They do things well. Hell, EA hired them to help produce Madden back in the day. They made football games. Off topic but I think it’s a cool fact.)
Back to the review. The battle sequence is a neat lane system. For example, if you put cards on the left of the border line your cannot attack cards across the border, which could give your other cards some much needed time to breathe.I haven’t seen much card diversity just yet, though again I just started chapter four and it is just a beta. From what I’ve seen, there are a few different type of cards. We have skill cards, which so far have only been direct damage type spells. We have standard troops, which possess life and attack stats. Then we have advanced troops with special abilities that can be activated upon summon. These advanced troops play an important roll to your end game. At this point I’ve only tried Khajiit and I plan to finish the tutorial before changing, so I’ll have to see if cards vary class to class down the line.
Balance doesn’t seem like a problem yet which is always great to see in a game like this. Though I suppose I should say that’s keeping in mind I’m still only on the tutorial. The game runs a line of being heavy on strategy and skill of the player in knowing how to react.
Another great difference is the choice to spare or slaughter your challenger. I like to play the bad guy but what you choose effects what you get after the battle. In the instance below, I spared my challenger. I’ve learned that what you choose changes the story, so be careful what you do and how you come across in this world of mystic and whimsy.
My last note of single player information; When you get enough duplicates of a card, you can enhance by choosing one of two upgrades. You can see an example of that below:
Naturally I had to try some PvP! This may be repetitive but I really enjoy the aesthetic. This is the PvP landing screen:
It only took me 16 seconds to find a match. That’s not too bad! One problem I’ve seen already is creature spam. My opponent used a card that summoned four grunts at the start of the match. A move that that was annoying (to say the least.)
I’ve since switched decks and am giving it another go. I highly recommend it. I proceeded to lose yet again but that’s okay! Practice makes perfect with this game. It feels easy to learn but hard to master. I would recommend doing a decent chunk of story play before going into PvP, largely due to everything be a way higher level. Definitely unbalanced and not in your favor if you’re a low level.
I feel like The Elder Scrolls: Legends stands above the pack already, yet it is only in Beta. Though I suppose it’s not uncommon to see an awesome beta these days. Honestly I prefer this over Hearthstone due to the art and graphics style The Elder Scrolls: Legends implements. Hearthstone just might have some competition in the coming months. I hope you enjoyed this review and I would love to hear your opinion on The Elder Scrolls: Legends if you’ve had the chance to play it!Tweet