Elder Scrolls series
Group DescriptionElder Scrolls is a series of predominantly action role-playing games united by a common setting, a medieval fantasy world known as Nirn. The first game in the series was Arena (1994), which introduced the series' lore, themes, and main gameplay-related and visual elements, including 3D environments and first-person view.
SettingMost of the games in the series take place on the continent of Tamriel; on a few occasions the setting shifts to Oblivion, a dark realm ruled by the immortal Daedra Princes. The continent of Tamriel is divided into nine provinces, some of which (e.g. Morrowind) may constitute the setting of an entire game in the series. These provinces are inhabitants by various races; some of these are human (Imperial, Bretons, etc.), while others represent either popular fantasy (Orcs, Dark Elves) or original creatures (reptilian Argonians and feline Khajiit). The central province of Cyrodiil is ruled by the Empire.
GameplayThe role-playing games in the series have many common features. Elder Scrolls games are known for having vast worlds which can be usually explored by the player without restrictions. Exploration takes precedence over scripted, story-advancing events; the player is for the most part free to undertake any quests and join any faction without plot-related repercussions. Typically, the bulk of side missions occupies a considerably larger space than the main quest.
Combat in Elder Scrolls RPGs is action-oriented; though in some of the games non-playable characters may join the protagonist and fight on his and her side, the core mechanics revolve around a single controllable character. One of the series' most distinguishing features is its skill-based character-building. Instead of accumulating experience points, the protagonist becomes more proficient in various skills (weapon and armor specializations, stealth, jumping, bartering, etc.) if the player repeatedly executes the correspondent actions. Leveling up typically occurs after certain primary skill requirement for the character class chosen by the player have been met.
Related LinksCrap Shoot - A humorous retrospective about the series' entries before Morrowind
Wikipedia: The Elder Scrolls - Information about the series on Wikipedia
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Front cover for The Elder Scrolls IV: Knights of the Nine
Front cover for An Elder Scrolls Legend: Battlespire
Front cover for The Elder Scrolls: Arena (Deluxe Edition)
Front cover for The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Front cover for The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Fighter's Stronghold
Screenshot from The Elder Scrolls IV: Knights of the Nine
Screenshot from An Elder Scrolls Legend: Battlespire
Screenshot from The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Screenshot from The Elder Scrolls III: Tribunal
Screenshot from The Elder Scrolls: Arena