Press PvP Impressions Roundup

Much like last Friday brought a slew of articles from press and media sources detailing the starting PvE experience of The Elder Scrolls Online, today marks the arrival of many PvP specific impressions of the game. We’ll have coverage here on Tamriel Foundry where you can catch the highlights as we share them.

 

MMORPG – The Alliance War Gets It Right

If you’ve been on the hunt for a game that scratches your itch for large-scale MMO warfare, The Elder Scrolls Online may just be the one to perhaps bring back the glory days not experienced since Mythic struck gold with RvR in Dark Age of Camelot.

 

ZAM – The Elder Scrolls Online Hands-On Preview

The walls and gates of every keep are completely destructible, allowing you to bash your way into a keep and claim it as your own. Various siege weapons are available to anyone willing to spend the Alliance points to purchase them, providing a multitude of different methods to break into keeps or giving defenders additional ways to strike down the attackers. Should the walls fall and the attacking army manage to hold both banners within the keep walls, the keep will switch hands and the victors will reap the benefits of their new resource as long as they can defend it from the other two Alliances. Of course now the victors face a new problem: broken keep walls/doors.

 

Rev3Games – ESO PvP Impressions

 

IGN – Exploring PvP in The Elder Scrolls Online

 

Massively – The Missing Parts of Elder Scrolls Online Impressions

However, I had an advantage over some of my Massively peers: I had already seen the opening sections of each faction a few times before. So my task over the last few weekends was to make sure nothing had changed. (Nothing substantial has changed.) I was able to breeze through major sections of opening areas. I was able to get two characters to level 10 or above, the first being my Nord. Suddenly, when I hit the town of Ebonheart, the feel of the game changed. No longer was I a part of a singular narrative propelling me in predefined direction; I actually had choices about where I should go next.

 

MMOGames – The Rule of War, Elder Scrolls Online PvP

Like I said, I like to be optimistic. The distances feel vast between keeps and camps. There are pockets of hostile NPCs scattered around, from encampments of Imperials who don’t like you to a family of trolls in a cave. The whole experience is pitched towards armies. I can easily see there being scattered skirmisher groups as friends go out to cause trouble, but victory will depend upon unity. Think less of zergs, at least in my optimistic foresight, and think more of co-ordinated outfits from Planetside. Between the distances necessary to cover on foot or on mount (Oh God get a horse) and the fact that you can lock down teleporting reinforcements, there exists the potential for strategic warfare instead of the zerg.

 

The Escapist – The Elder Scrolls Online PvP Guide: Siege Warfare

When you take a step back and look at it from a distance, it’s can be quite fascinating to watch an ongoing siege, and see players operating a dozen different trebuchets all chucking fiery projectiles at a castle gate, while enemy players try to knock them out with siege weapons of their own from along the castle ramparts. But whittling down doors can take a long time, and if you’re not manning siege weapon or trying to snipe enemy players with ranged attacks, it’s not the most adrenaline pumping experiencing. Once the doors are down, however, then the pacing of the game can pick up, as melee-based characters can get the opportunity to get into combat with any enemy defenders inside.

 

Elite Monster – ESO PvP Emphasizes Teamwork, Results Can Be Hit or Miss

A certain amount of situational awareness and group cooperation is involved in orchestrating more elaborate strategies like the ones I mentioned. For instance, if too many players on our side had decided to go ahead and engage the enemy instead of biding their time, it would have blown our cover and ruined the entire operation. As cliché as it might sound, favorable outcomes will sometimes depend on everyone’s ability to be a good team player during certain PvP scenarios.

 

Yogscast – PvP Gameplay Footage

 

MMO Reporter – Elder Scrolls Online PvP Preview

 

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70 responses to “Press PvP Impressions Roundup”

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    Bumz

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    Khajiit Nightblade

    Thanks for the list. You make it so much easier to find all the latest bits of information. Much appreciated.

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    Phazius

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    Dunmer Dragonknight

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    I’m sure anyone that was in our campaign is well aware of what ER thinks of the PvP, dat leaderboard!

    we’ll be adding more articles as we find them.

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    Skosis

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    Khajiit Nightblade

    I can’t take it anymore!!!

    ”Defy me, and you will know what it is to stand against a god” – Vivec

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    Cometdestroyer

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    Nord Dragonknight

    The Incursion

    Thanks for doing this!

    ”In the land of the blind the one eyed man is king”

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    Morkulth

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    Phazius said on February 14, 2014 :

    I’m sure anyone that was in our campaign is well aware of what ER thinks of the PvP, dat leaderboard!

    we’ll be adding more articles as we find them.

    Emperor in Training Morkulth! :D

     

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    Subcrazy

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    Breton Nightblade

    Thank you again for putting these together for us

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    BokChoyCat

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    Orc Dragonknight

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    I didn’t get to play PvP when I played beta but it sounded fun I can’t wait to get my hands on this game

    ~ We most work to together to bring down the enemy ~

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    SconeOfDoom

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    Imperial Nightblade

    Does this mean that the PvP NDA is close to being lifted? Don’t get me wrong, this article is awesome, but it only makes me long for even more information!

     

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    Pang

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    Dunmer Templar

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    Yeah with last weeks PvE press event and now PvP this week, I don’t see the overall NDA lasting much longer.

    Bro’s before Necro’s

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    Jarndyce

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    Bosmer Sorcerer

    Thanks for this! Great information as always!

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    NightStorm

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    Khajiit Templar

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    Can’t wait for the TF article about AvA. Come on Zeni lift the NDA already.

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    glak

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    Breton Templar

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    Nice to see Massively back pedaling on their “this game sucks” coverage.

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    Botak

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    Altmer Sorcerer

    The Gaiscioch Family

    Thanks! can’t wait to try it out.

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    Stonesthrow

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    Phazius said on February 14, 2014 :

    I’m sure anyone that was in our campaign is well aware of what ER thinks of the PvP, dat leaderboard!

    we’ll be adding more articles as we find them.

    Wasn’t your boy Atropos actually the first emperor crowned in the Beta… months and months ago?

    At least that’s what I gathered from digging through a half of years worth of beta forum posts… while helping out .

     

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    c0rp

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    glak said on February 14, 2014 :

    Nice to see Massively back pedaling on their “this game sucks” coverage.

     

    Agree.  It’s nice to know someone there has common sense.

     

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    Lewis Clamp

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    Orc Dragonknight

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    Loved the vid. Told a lot.

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    Atropos

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    Stonesthrow said on February 14, 2014 :

    Wasn’t your boy Atropos actually the first emperor crowned in the Beta

    I can neither confirm, nor deny, the fact that this happened.

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    c0rp

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    Mujhar

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    Did the person from Rev really complain that there weren’t enough fast travels and that lower levels will get smoked?  Not trying to be rude but, what’d she expect.  I’m of the belief that there shouldn’t be any fast travel, but as long as it’s between keeps your Alliance owns, I guess it’s alright.

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    Christopher-Madden

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    Imperial Sorcerer

    Holy cow the PvP reviews are so much more positive than those regarding PvE!

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