Bethesda Game Studios latest foray into the mobile phone market is a reimagined dungeon crawler in the vain of the first Elder Scrolls games. It is called The Elder Scrolls: Blades and unlike the originals has all the trappings of a free-to-play game for better and worse.
In Blades, you play as the a member Empire’s bodyguard unit called the Blades. In the game you are forced into exile. On the run, you return to your hometown to find it destroyed. From there on you are on your own to rebuild the town, complete quests, and explore dungeons.
The Elder Scrolls: Blades is a classic dungeon crawler reimagined. Create and customize your character, accept quests from your townspeople, rebuild your city, and unravel clues to an ancient mystery. Or venture into the Abyss to see how far you can go in an endless dungeon.
I have been playing a lot of the Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion lately so I am in a mood to play a older Elder Scrolls game. I have also made an Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion mod guide for it which you can read to find out how easy it is to mod old Elder Scrolls games.
You can try The Elder Scrolls: Blades “Early Access” for yourself now.
The Elder Scrolls: Blades Early Access Trailer.
The Blades was recently released for a few select people but is now available to everyone. The reception hasn’t been great and not much has changed to change peoples opinion on it. It still features loot boxes, long timers, and expensive micros-transactions.
If you are looking for a similar experience to The Elder Scrolls: Blades then I would recommend you try one of the first two Elder Scrolls games (The Elder Scrolls: Arena or The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall. They both play similar to Blades but offer an open world, hundreds of hours of gameplay, and all of which can be downloaded for free.
My problem with Bethesda Softworks and Bethesda Game Studios is that with the success of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim they have been trying to make that game again instead of starting fresh like with the other Elder Scrolls games. The Elder Scrolls Online and Blades both look like Skyrim but don’t feature any of the gameplay or creativity that made that game fun and successful in the first place.
I will probable give it a go and see how far I can get without spending a single penny like I did with Fallout Shelter. If Blades comes to the Nintendo Switch eventually then it might find a bigger audience acceptance.