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- Elder scrolls: Arena, the -

The elder scrolls is a longrunning series of RPG's that started ten years ago and now the fourth installment has been released prompting the developers to release the first game as freeware, yeeeah! The story is about the land of Tamriel where many factions battled for supremacy until one man Tiber Septim crushed his opponents and proclaimed himself emperor. The people suffered so much hardship that they called the land the Arena in which death is around every corner. Now centuries later the descendant of Tiber Septim still rules the land but forces are moving against him and the imperial battlemage Jagar Thorn betrays him and takes the throne for himself. With the elder counsil caught unaware of his treachery they are imprisoned and all hope has faded. It is written in the elder scrolls that one day a hero will come and bring Tamriel to it's former glory once more and this is where your adventure starts.

The elder scrolls: arena casts you as the game's hero but your journey is off to a bad start as you begin in a dungeon where you were left to die. In your dreams Ria Silmane, former apprentice of Jagar Thorn, visits you from the afterlife and tells you that you are the only one left who is able to defeat the evil battlemage. You must first find a way out of the dungeons which are now infested with vile rats and goblins eager to get a piece of you. There is plenty of treasure hidden inside the dungeons but too much greed may lead to your downfall as Ria warns you. If you are able to make it out of the dungeon you are transported away from the capital where you can begin your quest to bring out your untapped skills and fullfill the prophecy.

Technically the game was quite impressive for it's time with a first person view and 3D surroundings, not the full 3D environments that today's game deliver but most of the large objects are 3D and smaller items and monsters/characters are flat sprites. The world consists of over 400 towns which allows for plenty of free roaming because the game does not enforce you to play the main storyline. The character creation is also good with an option to select a class or by answering several questions you can get a class that suits you the most.

The elder scrolls: Arena is very nice RPG and it shows because the fourth installment, oblivion, was just released recently. Altough the later games improved much of the game the basic idea is still there with the free-roaming and character creation. In some places it is a bit crude but overall it's a great game that you will be playing for a long time.

Overal rating: 8/10

Erde Kaiser


This game was released for one system here are some notes:
DOS Released in 1993.
The game works only in Dosbox. When running it in dosbox press ALT-F12 to increase the CPU cycles that dosbox uses or the game will be very slow and unplayable.

Date added May-05-2006 16:29
Name Elder scrolls: Arena, the
Developer Bethesda Softworks
Publisher U.S. Gold
First released 1993
Genre RPG
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