Mobile Game Review – The Elder Scrolls: Blades

Ah The Elder Scrolls, it feels like I can’t go more than a couple of hours without booting up one of the franchise. I’m forever playing The Elder Scrolls Online, last year I 100% completed Skyrim and I’ve gone through Oblivion, Morrowind and even Arena. Yes, The Elder Scrolls is a franchise that I can’t pull myself away from. So occasionally, I turn to my mobile for a spot to get away from Bethesda and their affiliated partners, such as ZeniMax Online Studios. Let’s go to Google Play and install a new action game. Blades? That sounds fun… Oh no, it’s another title in the huge world of The Elder Scrolls and now it’s on mobile.

Ah The Elder Scrolls, it feels like I can’t go more than a couple of hours without booting up one of the franchise. I’m forever playing The Elder Scrolls Online, last year I 100% completed Skyrim and I’ve gone through Oblivion, Morrowind and even Arena. Yes, The Elder Scrolls is a franchise that I can’t pull myself away from. So occasionally, I turn to my mobile for a spot to get away from Bethesda and their affiliated partners, such as ZeniMax Online Studios. Let’s go to Google Play and install a new action game. Blades? That sounds fun… Oh no, it’s another title in the huge world of The Elder Scrolls and now it’s on mobile.

Overview

Developer Bethesda Softworks
Platforms Android, iOS
Genre
Action-Adventure, City-Builder
Price £Free (In Game Purchases), no ads..? (No ads encountered, anyway)

Review

Story

Your town was set on fire by mercenaries hired by the Bloodfall Queen. As a member of the Blades, an elite group of spies and warriors who protected the empire for generations, upon finding your town has been destroyed, you set out to get to the bottom of the attack and to help rebuild your town. Over time, you will be fighting bandits, the undead, goblins and skeevers, much like a normal Elder Scrolls game.

Gameplay

Combining action adventure with city-builder elements, The Elder Scrolls: Blades takes on a different approach. Usually in an Elder Scrolls title, you are in an open world environment, where you run around, find quests, slay mudcrabs and get rewards. You level up skills individually and so on. In Blades however, you are limited to a front screen which takes you to an Arena for PvP, a “never-ending” mode called the Abyss, as well as the town itself.

The town gives you an area to explore, speak to NPCs to get quests and get rewards. The rewards allow you to get items to equip your character with, making them stronger. Other rewards include alchemy reagents and building materials. These materials are required to build up your town, which goes towards a town prestige. The more buildings you place in your town, the more your town’s prestige goes up, allowing you to build more things.

Get yourself on a quest, complete the quest by fulfilling the requirements, which is usually either collecting items, or killing enemies. There are reused dungeons and assets to keep the game lower on storage than some, but all in all, it does a good job giving you some random elements to these dungeons. Keep your eyes out for the secrets too, in order to get chests that you unlock over time.

Graphics

Let’s not lie about this, the graphics of The Elder Scrolls: Blades are absolutely fantastic. The game looks the part for an Elder Scrolls game on lower settings (Because let’s be honest, mobile hasn’t yet caught up in graphics!) Ahem, that should be obvious, but honestly, the game has done an excellent job in keeping with The Elder Scrolls graphics that we all know and love, whilst being simple enough for a phone to handle. As ever though, seeing is believing, so here’s our gallery as proof:

Sound

Oh yeah, this is an Elder Scrolls game alright. The usual style of music we’ve come to know and love from the franchise is of course present. The ambient sounds, such as the simple sound of footsteps, as well as some well voice-acted characters. Yeah, this is definitely an Elder Scrolls game alright and the music is fantastic. If you’re a fan of video game music in general, then this is a great step in the right direction for mobile gaming music. Check out the above video, The Elder Scrolls: Blades OST.

Overall

So no, this isn’t an Elder Scrolls title that you’ll be coming back to in years and years time, unlike Morrowind and Oblivion. But it’s a fun little “city builder”, which combines rebuilding a whole town, with some action combat. It’s not the most refined of The Elder Scrolls titles, but for a free to play title that doesn’t actually push too hard on forcing players to spend money to continue playing, yeah, it’s not bad at all. It’ll do nicely. Now leave me be, I have more adventuring and building to do in Tamriel. In the meantime, share your thoughts in the comments below, or on Facebook and Twitter.

Author: Timlah

Certified gaymer with clout. Developing games and writing worlds. Loves people, but loves games and anime a bit more. Sorry people.