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Game #359
Elder Scrolls: Arena, The   Collection: Indie Underdogs
RPG   First-person

Rating: 8.55 (674 votes)

Elder Scrolls: Arena, The box cover

Elder Scrolls: Arena, The screenshot
One of the most all-encompassing RPGs ever created didn't succeed commercially due to hefty hardware requirements for its time. Nine man years in the making, Arena heralds a new level of RPGs: 3D gameworld with realistic weather effects, cool spellcasting system where you can create thousands of spells,and best of all -- 8 million kilometers of terrain to explore on your quest to find the Staff of Chaos. You can ignore the main plot and just do what you want, e.g. steal from houses at night and take on side quests. A truly "epic" game that deserves to be on every RPGer's shelves, despite repetitive dialogues, awkward interface, and tough battles.

Reviewed by: Underdogs
Designer: VJ Lakshman & Ted Peterson
Developer: Bethesda Softworks
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Year: 1992
Software Copyright: Bethesda Softworks
Theme: Fantasy, Freelance
None that we know of
System Requirements: DOS
Where to get it:   Contact Bethesda Softworks
Related Links: Matthew Murray's review, The Hall of Adventurers
If you like this game, try: Sleeping Gods Lie, Thunderscape, Anvil of Dawn

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