Interesting Setting, Wanting in other parts.bareknuckledbri | Dec. 8, 2013 | See all bareknuckledbri's reviews »
I'm into the Elder Scrolls series. I'm into rpgs in general both of the modern and crpg variety. My favorites include the likes of Planescape, Baldur's Gate and some recent rpgs like New Vegas (definitely pick this up if you haven't) and the Witcher.
I want to love Morrowind, but my countless attempts to play through it both when it was launched and when it gathered a diehard fan-base just haven't panned out. My biggest issues with Morrowind are just that it's gameplay is so meek it hurts every single other aspect.
Combat is of the dice-roll variety, with attributes determining the chance of hit, block, and spell-cast. I'm normally fine with this, but it just doesn't transition well to this 3-D fps action-driven combat. Each attack with a weapon has a varying damage based on the angle, but there is never a reason not to use most damaging attack. There's no special properties to the attacks like in Daggerfall and Oblivion. There isn't even the ability to shield-bash or dual-wield like in it's much streamlined grandson Skyrim. Even with magic thrown into the mix, I just find newer and older rpgs in my inventory that have better combat than Morrowind. The difficulty just isn't there once you understand what attributes contribute to your success, and once you master combat, it's just a brainless chore you have to complete to progress your journey through this intriguing world. There's not a single encounter I recall where I had to use a tactic above switching to a different weapon and spamming the attack (stopping occasionally to down a potion).
Truly, I think Morrowind would've been better with more quests and choices where you could entirely avoid combat through dialogue. Because the world and characters are the most interesting aspects. It's much like Planescape as in your immersion relies on how far you delve into the world. If you're a story-oriented person (whose perfectly fine to read before listen), ignore my combat comment and play this game now. It personally didn't appeal to me, I've just never been a fan of the prophesied hero story. Yet I won't deny the writing is above average for video games (uncommon in Bethesda) and the lore kinda interesting (if you're into high fantasy like DnD's FR). If there's one thing I must point out to those coming from Oblivion and Skyrim, it's this.
There's no waypoints. Only points on the map you fill out. You will have to read sometimes humorously crappy directions. You'll have to remember these directions. You'll spend a good deal of time on the map screen. You'll also have to write those directions down if you easily forget things. This doesn't bother me, but I've seen some people uninstall the game and never give it a second chance.
You can bemoan this, but I've always honestly felt the directions and map screen just distract from my immersion in the world (I prefer to spend less time on screens and remembering directions). I've gotten familiar enough with the map that I never have to peek at the screen again, but it is a learning curve. A curve I can't blame anyone from criticizing.
In the end, I just can't say the whole package is perfect. There's just too many things that are dated in Morrowind that prevents me from recommending it to everyone. If you're curious about the older Scrolls games, give it a shot at the current sale ($9.99). Just remember this isn't your Oblivion or Skyrim, it's older, clunkier, but it might have a charm in the story that will appeal to you.
But me? I'll stick to my old isometric games. For story I'd recommend the fantastic LoK games over Morrowind. For game-play? New Vegas and Dark Souls will feed you well. Both of those also possess exceptionally interesting worlds that by my preference outshine Morrowind.
A Deep, Intellectual Gamecybrxkhan | Nov. 14, 2013 | See all cybrxkhan's reviews »
Morrowind may be over a decade old, but I was still enchanted by it when I picked it up relatively recently a couple of years back. Having already played quite a bit of Oblivion, which I enjoyed immensely, I was expecting good things from Morrowind. Sure, while Morrowind may lack the gameplay and graphical improvements of Oblivion and Skyrim, it more than makes up for it with lore and one of the best-crafted settings in fiction - ever. The amount of detail and nuance put into creating the deep and complex society of Morrowind was, and is, and will probably be, something that is rare among video games. Here is a game where you could, if you wanted, consider the consequences of colonization and the struggle between tradition and newness; here is a game where, like in real life, history as told by the authorities may or may not be accurate, and even the “bad guy” has his own perspective and bias; here is a game where you can eat strange food like scrib jelly and go into mines that mine insectoid eggs. Morrowind is a magical place, a place that feels, in some way, real, and very similar to ours in the complexity of its setting. If you’re looking for a game with a complex and nuanced setting, and the freedom to do whatever you felt like, Morrowind is a safe bet.
Gorgeous Game, Not Without a Few GlitchesAsuyuka | Oct. 30, 2013 | See all Asuyuka's reviews »
I am a big Elder Scrolls player. When people ask me what my favorite game is, they're often surprised to hear it's not Oblivion or Skyrim. It's Morrowind, the oldest of the 3D main games, who has, by now, aged a few years, and on some respects, it shows.
But don't disregard it just yet. At its core is an RPG experience worth remembering. Beautiful, alien worlds of large mushrooms and ash lands, a story that is quite memorable, large dungeons with tons to explore.
It does have its own quirks though. Your ability to successfully cast spells or hit things with weapons is severely limited at early levels, waiting until you level up your stats a bit. The bodies are atrocious, as they come out of the box, but this can be fixed with a couple of mods.
The mods. Yes, I've come to the mods. This game is amazingly malleable, with some of the standards being graphic overhauls and the Better Body mods, and others let you add custom races, armor, spells, new storylines and quests, entirely new continents to explore, etc.
In short, don't let its age fool you. This is a good, solid game.
Great GameJJ136wain | Oct. 11, 2013 | See all JJ136wain's reviews »
This is a old game and the graphics are now outdated but don't let that put you off. this game is a masterpiece. It has great a great soundtrack, interesting quest lines and has a lovely world to explore. If you do buy this masterpiece I would recommend Graphics overhaul 3.0. It improves the graphics and adds in patches and over amazing helpful tweaks. Not to mention the character creation/customisation what is amazing it gave your character a lot more depth. The only flaws are what I believe are the dungeons they all seem the same but are filled with action when you come to the mini boss fights. But if you loved oblivion or skyrim this is a must buy it has a more gripping main quest line and a better combat system.
The begining of a passionindoom1 | Oct. 11, 2013 | See all indoom1's reviews »
After playing morrowind, I was seriously left with only 1 option.. Make a new character and replay it. Over. and over again. This game brough me into the RPG genre. make a character, and who it is is totally up to you, a map that takes untold amounts of hours to explore, even with its dated graphics you can enjoy this wonderful game.
Very good game from Bethesdasegrand | Oct. 10, 2013 | See all segrand's reviews »
Extremely good game that has great support for mods. You can improve it in every possible way, adding more and more new things, improving the present and play najprawdę good production. Of course it is good to start from the previous section. Want to play Skyrim'a? Consult first with a true legend!
May not have aged that well, but there are mods for that!BubbaSquare | Oct. 8, 2013 | See all BubbaSquare's reviews »
Morrowind once was a revolutionary, groundbreaking game. It was mind-blowing back then much more so than Skyrim today (and some say Morrowind is a better game anyways) The graphics may have not aged that well, but there are TONS of available mods that would fix that, which, in my opinion, is the only fault of the game. The gameplay, fighting mechanics, and overall quest makes it an epic game that no PC gamer should miss!
Great stuff, especially for it's timeDarkGolbez | Oct. 7, 2013 | See all DarkGolbez's reviews »
It still holds up today, but the graphics are a bit dated now, but that's expected. I only have 2 complaints about this game: the repetitive caves/dungeons, and the atrocious leveling system. Other than that, the exploration, vast world, and variety of styles that you can play will keep you coming back for more. It's easy to get distracted on many different tangents that catch your eye. Pick it up on the cheap, as it often is these days.
AlrightXillion | Oct. 5, 2013 | See all Xillion's reviews »
This game is quite old. The character customization is great and so is the music. The graphics posed as a problem as i played through the game but it can be fixed. With the morrowwind overhaul mod, the graphics are renewed and it looks absolutely beautiful. It automatically tops off Oblivion and Skyrim in terms of story. If you want want a real adventure, definitely get this.
Hard to beatMatthew_Lumie | Oct. 4, 2013 | See all Matthew_Lumie's reviews »
I think this is the game that originally got me into RPGs, and even today it sends me shiver down my spine when I hear it's theme. The primary thing I enjoyed about this game was the grinding, it takes a while to become strong but is well worth it. Also has a superb campaign, and I recommend this to anyone who likes a good tale. If you like old games and Skyrim, you'll probably love this!
I didn't like it that much.ColeYote | Sept. 19, 2013 | See all ColeYote's reviews »
Admittedly playing Fallout 3, Fallout NV, Skyrim and Oblivion before this might've ruined it for me, but I didn't find this a particularly enjoyable experience. It just hasn't aged well. My biggest two issues would be the game mechanics (many of which are really, really dated) and the lack of voice acting.
Truly engrossing!Angelos79 | Sept. 17, 2013 | See all Angelos79's reviews »
Though simpler than Oblivion, this game is truly one of the best, most immersing games you can purchase today. I would suggest giving it a thorough playthrough (actually, thorough is relative in this Case) before advancing to Oblivion. I first got this game as a gift with an old Video Card and have never forgotten the experience, Live the experience, it will be worth it! And then move on to Fallout 3 :)
Bethesda's PeakAsrafil | Sept. 17, 2013 | See all Asrafil's reviews »
After all this years and games, Morrowind still stands as the best work from the team at Bethesda. The weirdness of the world catches your attention from the start, the amount of options at your disposal (skills, weapons, spells,etc), quests and hidden places is impressive. While the story has been always a low point of the saga, this entry managed to finally deliver a worthy story for an epic game.
Probably the best game, certainly the best game of it's time.EDP | Sept. 17, 2013 | See all EDP's reviews »
Just looking at the huge community Morrowind had and still has must mean something. It's not strange this game got so many awards, it is a masterpiece and it still is. The graphics were way ahead of it's time and still can look awfully decent with or without some graphics enhancing mods.
This game's success way the one and only basis for the huge Oblivion and Skyrim successes. No wonder Oblivion and Skyrim got their mother-load of awards in their time. All because of Morrowind kicking all other same-genre-game's asses so the way to the top was cleared.
On Morrowind GotY: this is such a wonderful set of content for this game. It's a complete world with so much depth. The lore itself has fan sites dedicated entirely on it. This is your second life, only back in 2002 when this game was first released. Get it now!
One of the bestDanJamesStone12 | Sept. 14, 2013 | See all DanJamesStone12's reviews »
Morrowind was the first Elder Scrolls, and indeed Bethesda games I had ever played. Immediately, I was blown away- I've spent hours upon hours on this legendary game- and I can honestly say that it is 10 times better than a lot of games on the market today!
Beats most games today!Kevduit | Sept. 10, 2013 | See all Kevduit's reviews »
Morrowind was the first Elder Scrolls game I'd ever played. It was so open world and free that I could hardly put it down! The game is so vast, and Immersive that hours could go by, and it would only feel like seconds. I'd easily put 50 hours into this game, and every moment of it was amazing! Creating your character was so cool, for the first time you felt like you'd actually just made someone that feel as though they could've been a real person, or monster, and then getting to play as them and complete quests, it's such a cool feeling! You can choose who your character becomes by doing deeds or good, or deeds of evil. You can join different guilds that represent different things, like the thieves guild, or the warriors guild. The possibilities in this game are simply endless! And since this comes with the two extra DLC, that means that you could new weapons, perks, more quests, and add so much more content into the game! This game, is totally worth the buy!
Still a amazing game.drafek | Sept. 1, 2013 | See all drafek's reviews »
Morrowind was one of the first open world games I played, it's a gigantic map, and I really enjoyed everything about it. In the beginning you wake up in a ship, and the empire has ordered that you'll be leaved at Morrowind. There are alot of weapons sorts and there also are alot of unique weapons. There also is magic, which is done great. I've played this game 200-300 hours. The cities are great and the villages are done well. One downside is the people say more than let's say skyrim, but random enemies all say the same (there is a mod that fix that though). Because this is the GOTY edition there are also 2 new dlc, in one of them you can transform into a werewolf. This game could be outdated for some people, but there's a fix for that! There are alot of mods (armor's, extra quests etc) and also mods that make morrowind a nicer game, better detail and better models, or you just can download skywind (a mod that plays morrowind in the skyrim engine) if you own skyrim. Best game ever in my opinion.