A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Elder Scrolls Online: Greymoor is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PCs. This expansion features werewolves that players can turn into, exploding into the furry form through a bloody transformation and feasting on the bodies of those they have killed in order to maintain their state. Vampires can also feed on players. The game's combat-driven, mainly through completing quests, and that involves killing enemies through magic, using ranged weapons (bows), swords, or other means, resulting in blood from your targets. Non-playable characters can be seen as drunk, and some sections appear in taverns. The word "bastard" can be seen in dialogue, along with intended profanity that's adjusted to not be completely offensive. Additionally, some outfits, particularly for female characters, can be rather revealing, and leaves little to the imagination. Players can also dive into a gathering/crafting element and players can buy (for crowns - which are accrued through a subscription, or they can be bought for real-world cash) houses to decorate.
What's it about?
There's an ancient evil beneath the ground of Western Skyrim, and with ELDER SCROLLS ONLINE: GREYMOOR, the new lands are awash with supernatural creatures that are preying upon the citizens. Introducing two new areas -- Western Skyrim and Blackreach -- ESO: Greymoor drives players through a storyline that's rather dark, and includes assassinations, and rituals to drain or transform the people of the land. This expansion adds werewolves, vampires and witches to the world, includes a 12-player dungeon and caters to those in search of treasure with the new antiquities system. The story will drive players through the world, and allows players to partner with other players to complete tasks, or fight in a combined battle without actually becoming part of a party. While Greymoor does offer gathering and crafting, this is a game that's mostly about combat, leveling and putting together complimentary skill sets that can be devastating to the foes faced.
Is it any good?
Strap on your armor, grab your weapons, and get ready for battle. Elder Scrolls Online: Greymoor is the latest expansion in a combat-heavy fantasy world that offers stunning vistas that are occasionally disrupted by texture breakdowns. Allowing players to take on the roles of a vampire or werewolf (yes, eating your fallen victims to maintain the werewolf form is nasty), solve mysteries, search for treasure, level up, and more. The storyline does evolve and carry players through the world, and the questlines are entertaining, unless you are running them with multiple character classes, at which point they become predictable and redundant.
But what Greymoor does provide is high adventure in a world that requires a lot of travel time, its share of creepiness, some great challenges and a lot of visual eye candy. The music and voice acting are nice supports to the visuals. And, to its credit, the world is big enough to allow players to level up in different ways to experience the areas of the world without having to repeat questlines to the point of apathy. Some of the visual elements are repetitive (no matter how slowly you go into a body of water, there's seemingly always a huge 'cannonball' splash), and there's a lot less flexibility in exploring the world than what you'd expect from such a large scale adventure.. But what makes Greymoor worth the time invested are the story arcs. They are enjoyable, and keep you engaged as you roam the map accomplishing your tasks. While there are some stumbles, mainly in the tech department, and some repetitive play, Elder Scrolls Online: Greymoor is still one of those titles that wil appeal for fans of the franchise.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about violence in video games. Is the impact of the violence in The Elder Scrolls Online: Greymoor affected by the amount of blood and gore in the game? Would the content have the same impact if there wasn't any blood or gore included?
What are some of the warning signs that someone is trying to learn too much about a player online? What information isn't acceptable to give to strangers? How can you be safe during online gaming?
- Platforms: Mac, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
- Price: $59.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Bethesda Softworks
- Release date: May 18, 2020
- Genre: Massively Multiplayer Online Game (MMOG)
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- ESRB rating: M for Blood and Gore, Sexual Themes, Use of Alcohol, Violence.
- Last updated: June 10, 2020
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