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The Elder Scrolls Online: High Isle

ZeniMax Online Studios, Bethesda Softworks
Jun 6, 2022 - PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Google Stadia
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78

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59%

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Critic Reviews for The Elder Scrolls Online: High Isle

‎High Isle is one of the most eye-catching expansions since the MMO launched in 2014. You can see the ambition of the team to create a different story and the contents it adds manage to expand even more the vast universe of the saga. The Spanish translation marks High Isle as the best time to start playing The Elder Scrolls Online.‎

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The newest expansion for ZeniMax Online Studios' role-playing experience provides a great experience unlike anything in the game so far. There's plenty to do and enjoy, even if it doesn't explore certain political aspects as heavily as it could have.

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MMORPGs continue to come and go, but only a handful remain really vital and appealing to a broad range of new and faithful players. While not every expansion of Elder Scrolls Online has been equally amazing, each one has deepened and broadened the core experience. With High Isle, ZeniMax and Bethesda tone down the melodrama. In its place are political upheavals, scheming anarchists and an addictive new card game. The Elder Scrolls Online continues to be a dream MMO for both solo players and groups.

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‎The Elder Scrolls Online: High Isle is one of the biggest expansions in the 7 years of life of the Bethesda MMO, in addition to offering us a change of direction and theme; which is appreciated to have a greater variety of stories and characters. As the main novelty, we find the card game Tales of Tribute, the two new companions, the archipelago of Systres and the new trial.‎

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The Elder Scrolls Online: High Isle may not be a total home run, but it is another solid installment to the MMORPG despite its weak story. High Isle itself is a gorgeously realized location that feels more alive than other settings have thanks to the incredible attention to detail by the art team, and the gameplay is a lot of fun where it matters most. The inclusion of Tales of Tribute works wonderfully, and the game itself was clearly well-designed and executed. However, it could have been even stronger as a base game feature that all players could enjoy.

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The Elder Scrolls Online: High Isle brings with it many great moments, and the landscape of the Systres is a joy to explore, especially the jungle prison of Amenos. While its story is predictable, I’m not uninterested as I look forward to the rest of the year’s content drops. In the end, it's this formulaic malaise that keeps The Elder Scrolls Online: High Isle from being truly great.

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High Isle brings a beautiful new locale, some lovable characters, and a new card game. While all these additions are wonderful, the core gameplay of High Isle feels incredibly similar to that of previous chapter DLCs. New locations and systems can only go so far to help break up the staleness of the main storyline structure.

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Welcome to the sunny shores of High Isle, an idyllic zone and Chapter for The Elder Scrolls Online. The storyline is down to earth, with politics and conspiracy at the crux of a deep but a little less engrossing narrative. Companions Isobel and Ember are useful fighters with great character-building quests. While Volcanic Vents aren’t an amazing multiplayer activity, the Dreadsail Reef is a challenging but satisfying trail to grind impressive gear sets. However, the cherry on top is Tribes of Tribute, which you’ll spend too much time mastering the mechanics of the new in-game card tournament. If the lack of PvP doesn’t bother you, High Isle offers another year of excellent content for The Elder Scrolls Online.

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