Elder Scrolls Anthology: 3 Reasons to Buy
Since the early 90's, The Elder Scrolls series has been the pinnacle of Role Playing Games. Since then, Bethesda has been able to produce great content with each release. Whether or not you're a fan the Elder Scrolls series or not, this bundle is a must have for any RPG fan. Why? Well, I'm glad you asked. Here are my top three reasons you should consider purchasing The Elder Scrolls Anthology.
1. Arena was released in 1994. Heck, most gamers now-days weren't even alive then, so it's safe to assume that no one remembers what Windows 3.1 was like, as well as an MS-Dos platform. While Arena is available for free, emulators must be downloaded and booted in order to play the game on modern operating systems. In order to make this process much easier, Bethesda is releasing a built in emulator with the purchase of the anthology. From what I've read, this is a streamlined, simple process where all the user has to do is click a shortcut and the emulator will launch with the game pre-booted. This saves you hours of trying to configure DOSBox to play your title.
2. Experience the origins of The Elder Scrolls franchise. As someone who's been playing with a mouse and keyboard since my pre-teens, I've been able to experience the three most notable Elder Scrolls games via the PC: Morrowind, Oblivion, and Skyrim. I've also played Arena on an original Windows 3.1 OS, and struggled with an emulator to play Daggerfall. It frustrates me when I talk with other gamers about the Elder Scrolls franchise and they can't hold a conversation about anything pre-Oblivion because they simply don't know about it. There is so much lore and content that really should be experienced by not only the die hard Elder Scrolls fan but any RPG fan. The same immersive experience found in Skyrim and other recent titles is there, just under a not so shiny, pixelated shell.
3. Even if you're not a fan of the games or you simply do not like RPGs, it makes a great gift for someone who does, and it's a hell of a bargain. You get 5 games for under $80. I challenge anyone to go to GameStop or, heck I'll even let you cheat -- Amazon. I challenge you to find 5 games for under $80 that will give you the experience this bundle will give you. Skyrim easily packs 100 hours of gameplay in quests, Oblivion another 80, Morrowind close to 150, Daggerfall and Arena gather 50 hours respectively. That's almost 500 solid hours of gameplay. Not to mention all the DLC and expansions included in the bundle. Realistically we're talking about 1000 hours of gameplay for just $80. If the average gamer spends 3 hours a day playing video games, that's almost a year's worth of gaming (not including weekends and holidays). Do I need to continue?
I hope my arguments here have convinced you to buy the Anthology. I'm most likely buying two sets, one for myself to open and the other for my shelf. After all, I am an Elder Scrolls hoarder.