The Elder Scrolls Online: Greymoor is the latest chapter for the critically-acclaimed massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG). Instead of taking you to giant mushroom-covered islands or sweeping deserts, you’re transported to Western Skyrim where you can explore the city of Solitude, its surrounding areas, and the fabled Dwemer kingdom of Blackreach.
- Intriguing new characters
- Compelling narrative
- Takes place in Skyrim
- Explores Blackreach
- Missing voice acting
- Lengthy loading screens
- Clunky combat
- Aging visuals
The Elder Scrolls Online: Greymoor exploration and setting
Greymoor lets you explore the city of Blackreach, but it is much bigger than what we got the last game. It’s a major part of the map in the expansion, even though the city is underground. I can’t remember the last time I explored a massive underground city in any game, well, aside from The Elder Scrolls V. The thrill of discovery that comes with stepping into Blackreach is unparalleled, and is probably the highlight of new content.
The Elder Scrolls Online: Greymoor characters and story
When I first heard that the story focused on vampires and werewolves, I was weary because I didn’t like the Dawnguard expansion for The Elder Scrolls V. Luckily, Greymoor is presented in such a way that you’re never bored and are genuinely intrigued by the mystery. Those hoping for a quest involving different realms and dragons will be disappointed, but I think the Greymoor expansion’s story is one of the better ones made by ZeniMax Online Studios. Despite that, it doesn’t feel as epic as our first outing in the frozen lands of Skyrim.
The Elder Scrolls Online: Greymoor bugs and performance
The Western Skyrim region seems to be optimized much better than other areas of the game on Xbox One X. The frame rate is still locked at 30 frames per second (FPS), but doesn’t appear to suffer from drops that plague other regions of The Elder Scrolls Online. Even exploring snow-covered peaks doesn’t seem to impact the frame rate.
|Developer||ZeniMax Online Studios|
|Platforms||Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 4, Google Stadia|
|Xbox Game Pass||Only base game|
Solitude and other areas of Skyrim also look exactly the same as they do in The Elder Scrolls V. It’s unclear why they do because there’s a 1,000-year difference between the two games. I understand that gamers may be delighted to see a familiar area, but surely the team could’ve changed it around a little bit. It’s just not possible for one city to look exactly the same for 1,000 years.
The Elder Scrolls Online: Greymoor final thoughts
While there’s a lot to like about Greymoor, my only real issues lie with the base game. Combat is still a little clunky, and the visuals are in need of an overhaul. Loading screens are also terrible on consoles, even with a solid-state drive. ZeniMax clearly wants to continue telling stories in this expansive world, but The Elder Scrolls Online needs to change to take into account better hardware. With next-generation consoles around the corner, the team has the tools necessary to do exactly that. Let’s hope that it seizes this opportunity.
Take on ferocious demons
The Dark Heart of Skyrim beats from the depths in The Elder Scrolls Online: Greymoor. Explore the snow-swept region of Western Skyrim and face an ancient vampiric army as part of a year-long gothic adventure.
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