Have you played skyrim before this? Did you enjoy the hell out of it? This game may be too old school for you, purchase at your own risk. Did you play this before you played oblivion or Skyrim? What are you reading reviews for!? You should either have the game already or be buying it right now!
To summarize what I love about this game
- The setting
- Interesting quests and events
- Ability to become insanely OP
- Enemies that don't scale to your level
The island of Vvardenfell remains my favourite landscape. Sure the graphics are dated. But, I still recall my astonishment as I exited the boat for the first time. The alien creatures, silt striders, Kwama, nix hounds and those damned cliff racers. The giant mushrooms, sandstorms and blizzards set the environment apart from other sandbox settings. Subtle animations such as your character shielding their face from the sand being tossed about in the storm bring the world to life.
Questing in this game is quite different from modern rpg and sandbox games. No quest markers exist, at all. Your source of directions are the locals and those you provide you with the quests. Luckily your journal will log all conversations related to quests and topics. Need to remember how to get to Balmora? Open your journal and search under B, any important conversations about the place will be recalled for you to reread.
I don't want to spoil the magic of this event just in case someone reads this, decides to purchase the game and is yet to experience it. But it is just north of Seyda Neen, along the path through the swamp. As another example, further of the track near Seyda Neen, the body of an Imperial tax collector can be found. Still with all his money. What do you do? that is your choice. Tell the guards? Keep the money for yourself? Track down the murderer? No quest markers means that the quest ends when you want it to (to a degree). Of course the true ending of this quest is to track down the murderer, but there is nothing to stop you from just looting the corpse and forgetting about the whole incident.
I'll sum this point up quickly. Scrolls of Icarian Flight Fortify your acrobatics by 1,000 points, making your jump send you flying into the clouds. Without a levitate or slowfall spell the landing will kill you. These are a joke item. But you get the picture.
Finally, the leveling in this game. This is not like modern elder scrolls games. In both Oblivion and Skyrim enemies would scale to your level. However, in Morrowind this does not occur. Early days exploring are best spent cautiously, some enemies will one hit you, should you get too comfortable exploring a Dwemer ruin.
I should also mention combat. This could be a turn off for some. The best way to explain it is that everything is determined by die rolls. Trying to hack at a creature with your sword? What is your skill with a blade? Do you have enough stamina for the swing? What is the targets dexterity? This is all taken into account as you try to hit a target. So some of your attacks will appear to pass through the enemy, missing for no reason.
So do I recommend this game? Yes, Absolutely. This game is a must buy (in my opinion) for any fan of rpgs. I'd like to think that anyone who's a fan of the elder scrolls series has played this game. I fear many may call it dated, and give the game a miss. There is much to appreciate in this game. If the animation and graphics are an issue for you there is an overhaul mod pack which adds much to the game, even at the cost to some of the original feel. But you can tweak it to be more faithful to the vanilla game.