The Elder Scrolls III: Tribunal (Windows)

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More of the same. And that's a good thing. ShadowShrike (303) 4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars
New quests, new monsters, new journal, same bad gameplay. kbmb (399) 2.71 Stars2.71 Stars2.71 Stars2.71 Stars2.71 Stars

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Game industry News (GiN)
In all, I am thrilled to be able to keep playing Morrowind, and am delighted at the level of thought that went into both the main and sub-plots in the new city. If you play Morrowind on the PC, there is no question that you deserve to treat yourself to Tribunal. It's my hope that Bethesda will keep making high-quality sequels and add-ons to the game forever, as this is truly a magical world that I would hate to see come to an end. Like the original, it earns a perfect five GiN gem overall score, as the development team has done the impossible and improved on perfection.
Die neue Spielwiese im bekannten Morrowind bietet ein neues Szenario mit massenhaft neuen Locations, NPCs, Monstern, Quests und der einen oder anderen verstrickten politischen Intrige. Genau das wünscht sich ein RPG-Fan. Drastische Neuerungen konnte man sich von Tribunal nicht erwarten, und die gibt es auch nicht. Die neu implementierten Features hätte man teilweise auch bereits als Patch liefern können, da sie im Orignalspiel schmerzlich vermisst wurden. Andere gab es bereits als Umsetzungen der großen Fan-Community. Das macht Tribunal zu einer fundierten und guten Erweiterung, aber zu nichts wirklich herausragendem. Jeder Morrowind-Fan wird ohnehin sofort zugreifen. Alle anderen wird auch Tribunal nur schwerlich bekehren.
games xtreme
Alltogether Tribunal makes for an excellent addition to the Morrowind experience, plenty of action, quests, new items and eye-candy to make Morrowind players happy, and I look forward to getting my hands on Bloodmoon, the next expansion lined up by Bethesda Softworks.
If you were a fan of Morrowind, it is likely that you will enjoy the 30-40 additional hours of pleasure that Tribunal has to provide. If you or someone you know has been looking for a reason to return to the game, this expansion may be an excellent excuse. While not nearly as long or as full as the original Morrowind, the additional hours are of an immense quality and should be a wonderful and very enjoyable time for any Morrowind fan. While not recommended for lower level characters, the difficulty slider allows for characters of almost every level (no matter how low or high) to find something to enjoy in the city of Mournhold. If you and your high level character have been wandering the lands looking for a challenge, you may find what you are looking for in Tribunal. I highly recommend this to anyone who was a fan of the original, and I can guarantee that it will provide a great many hours of enjoyment from start to finish.
Armchair Empire, The
If any game could have gone without an official expansion, it is Morrowind. The basic Morrowind game is huge if one only follows the main quest. Adding in the side-quests makes the game clock in at around 100 hours. Additionally, hundreds of quality, user-created modules are floating around for free on the Internet, making getting over a thousand hours of play out of just one purchase possible. Still, given the quality of the original game, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the first official expansion: The Elder Scrolls III: Tribunal. I’m happy to say that it does not disappoint. In fact, assuming players have left their high level characters saved on their hard drives, Tribunal actually improves on the gameplay of the original, making it well worth the purchase price.
Game Chronicles
To be honest, I’m not saying Tribunal is fantastic. I was pleased in many respects, disappointed in others. I’m only saying (forgive the analogy) that an addicted smoker is going to pay any price for a pack of cigarettes when he needs his fix. Tribunal is like that. Forget the fancy math regarding the price of the expansion pack versus the amount of playtime or the number of new locations or items. The bottom line is that if you can’t get enough of Morrowind, then you need Tribunal.
PC Games (Germany)
Das Morrowind-Add-on Tribunal ist nun auch als deutsche Version verfügbar. Das Abenteuer rund um einen dubiosen König, halbmechanische Drachen und einen sterbenden Gott bindet sich nahtlos in das Hauptprogramm ein und erweitert dieses um einen Filter, der erledigte Quests aus dem Journal ausblendet und die Einträge nach Themen sortiert.
This is not a game for a newcomer to the series, and it does require the original title in order to play. Though the expansion does contain the latest Morrowind patches, the game still had a couple of crash problems which speaks of game stability. The game does open up new areas of the island, and does challenge players. It is graphically strong, and a welcomed addition to the Morrowind realm.
Wäre das Hauptspiel so wie Tribunal, dann hätte es mir wohl ein wenig besser gefallen. Im Add-On zeigt sich das Rollenspiel deutlich spritziger und abwechslungsreicher, wenn es auch im Ganzen betrachtet immer noch irgendwie kalt und unnahbar wie eine Schönheit der Dunkelelfen wirkt. Bei Gothic 2 verspüre ich hingegen das pralle Leben, dagegen wirkt Morrowind auf mich fast unbelebt! Die 3D-Pracht-Optik ist natürlich viel besser als beim deutschen Rollenspiel-Konkurrenten: Aber was nützt die schönste Umgebung, wenn sie nicht mit lebendigen Wesen gefüllt wird. Auch in Sachen Kämpfe hat Gothic 2 deutlich die Nase vorn, weil diese wegen der viel besseren KI wesentlich mehr Spaß bereiten. Tribunal ist darüber hinaus überhaupt nicht für Anfänger geeignet, weil die neuen Gegner viel zu schwer sind und auch noch massenhaft (Goblins) auftreten. Für alle Morrowind-Fans, die neue Herausforderungen suchen und noch ihren alten Charakter besitzen, ist Tribunal aber sicher ein Muss!
As far as I'm concerned, Morrowind is one RPG that least requires an expansion. The original game was so incredibly rich in terms of content and story that a player could wander around for months without ever finishing the game. And even once you managed to make it to the end of the main story, there were countless side quests in nearly every corner of the massive island. Morrowind was even criticized somewhat outside of the hardcore RPG fanbase for being overwhelming in its detail and scope.
GameStar (Germany)
Wer einen neuen Story-Nebenzweig mit seinem hochgepäppelten Morrowind-Charakter erleben möchte, wird routiniert unterhalten. Doch die Zusatzstory plätschert über weite Strecken dahin und wirkt im Vergleich zu den Geschehnissen des Hauptprogramms wie ein Neben-Geplänkel. Das kompakte neue Szenario ist mit (relativ) weniger Rumgerenne verbunden, und bietet ein paar kleine Verbesserungen. Spielgefühl, Grafikstil und Missionsdesign sind Aufgüsse des Altbewährten. Für 30 Euro darf man mehr erwarten!
Grundsätzlich kann man von einem Add-On mehr erwarten, als Tribunal bietet. Aber was hätte es gebracht, die sowieso gigantische Welt von Morrowind um weitere riesige Landstriche zu erweitern? Nicht wirklich viel und so ist der Ansatz, den Fans eine neue Story, vor allem für erfahrene Charaktere zu präsentieren, grundsätzlich richtig. Leider wird die Story nach wie vor in erster Linie in umfangreichen Texten vorangetrieben, wer damit nichts anfangen kann, sollte von Tribunal ebenso wie von Morrowind die Finger lassen. Fans mit einem erfahrenen Helden, der nach neuen Abenteuern verlangt, bekommen aber Unterhaltung auf dem gewohnten Niveau geboten. Und das ist immer noch verdammt hoch.
PC Zone Benelux
Hoe lang je met Tribunal bezig bent hangt helemaal van jezelf af. Als je je alleen op de hoofdqueeste richt, heb je de add-on in zo'n 20 uur uitgespeeld. Verdiep je je ook in de tientallen subplots en boeken, dan kun je de speeltijd met gemak verdubbelen.
PC Zone
However, Tribunal is slightly disappointing, simply because it's so much more linear than Morrowind. Then again, those who like direction may consider this an improvement. Either way, Tribunal offers something different, and ultimately that's exactly what an add-on pack should do. It's low on mushroom power and a bit too brief for powerful characters, but in terms of plot and entertainment it's an essential buy.
Game Over Online
Getting to a definitive buying recommendation is tough with this title. If you're buying Tribunal to get a better copy of Morrowind, there isn't enough included to justify that decision. If you're buying to go to Mournhold and add another twenty, thirty or maybe even forty hours of playing time for your character, it is well worth it -- provided you stick with the game.
PC Gamer UK
Tribunal is a decent expansion, if a bit threadbare at times. With this in mind, and the number of user-mods out there, consider hunting for interesting freebies if you were less than taken with the original's questing, or your interest is based primarily on Wvardenfell's freeform action rather than the main campaign.
Gameplay (Benelux)
Een prima datadisk die, hoewel ze niet foutloos is, de fans zeker weer de nodige uren spelplezier zal bezorgen.
Tribunal is probably the best game expansion released in 2002. It offers more gameplay than many full-priced games. It greatly expands on one of the greatest role-playing games of all times. It tweaks the gameplay in some interesting ways, allowing for more adventuring and less action, and for a more tightly controlled main story. However, some improvements could have been released in a patch instead, and some balancing issues may make the game a little too easy or too frustrating, depending on the playing style. These problems somewhat diminish the quality of this expansion, but I would still recommend it to anybody who owns and enjoys Morrowind.
In the end, that is who should get the most out of Tribunal -- players that are ready for a stronger challenge than provided in Morrowind. If that's what you are looking for, then this fits the bill.
Judged as a stand-alone product, Tribunal doesn't have many of the features that made Morrowind so appealing. It's more linear, it's less open-ended, and it doesn't offer faction and guild quests so you can role-play a variety of character types. On the other hand, it offers more-complex story-driven quests, a plot that ties in well with the setting's established lore, a greatly improved journal, and the opportunity to assemble a group of adventuring companions. When combined with the original game, The Elder Scrolls III: Tribunal's features make an excellent role-playing game even better.
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
At least the enemies are more difficult. The new monsters—an army of goblins and a few undead—make for challenging opponents, and Tribunal is a great place for high-level characters to continue their adventures. The quests are engaging, but Mournhold is a noticeably different place from Vvardenfell. This is a more traditional role-playing game. tucked away in an isolated corner of Morrowind’s massive world.
1ère extension de Morrowind, Tribunal va combler les amoureux des Elder Scrolls. L'extension en plus de nouvelles quêtes apporte son lot de nouveautés. Ainsi le joueur a désormais la possibilité de louer les services d'un mercenaire de même qu'il peut acheter des animaux (rats, scribes...) pour transporter encore plus de charge et avoir une légère aide au combat. A cela s'ajoutent de nouvelles fonctions au journal : désormais toutes les quêtes déjà effectuées peuvent être grisées, ajoutant une plus grande clarté au jeu. Autre point nouveau : la possibilité d'annoter sa carte (permettant ainsi de répertorier un trésor, un PNJ...).
Joystick (French)
D'accord, cette extension ne propose aucune nouvelle région extérieure, mais il n'en reste pas moins qu'elle offre une quarantaine d'heures de jeu avec une aventure totalement captivante et digne des meilleures quêtes de ce grand RPG. Les apports techniques sont peu nombreux mais suffisamment indispensables pour qu'on ne puisse plus s'en passer par la suite.
En somme, si cette extension apporte quelques petites nouveautés celles-ci sont négligeables pour les joueurs qui ne sont pas encore allés très loin dans le jeu original. Pour ceux qui ont en revanche bien progressé voire même terminé la quête principale de Morrowind, ils découvriront de nouvelles créatures à éliminer et des tas de donjons à vider. Voici un add-on qui se destine aux combattants dans l'âme qui souhaitent prolonger de quelques poignées d'heures le plaisir délivré par Morrowind. Rappelons enfin que la version disponible de cette extension n'est que semi-localisée, sa version entièrement traduite est attendue pour le début de cette année 2003.
Some Morrowind fans might be disappointed. The new landscape isn't very big and doesn't offer much of a chance to explore your surroundings. The upside is travel is a breeze, it's quick and easy to get from point A to point B, but you lose the fun of hitting all points in between. The game doesn't lock you away from the rest of the gameworld however, so you can still hit the mainland for some walking around if you like. Mournhold also doesn't offer any new Guild quests, but the result is more focus. The quests in Tribunal are well written, very well thought out, and more focused. What Tribunal loses in open-endedness, exploration, and guild advancement, it makes up with focus, even if the result is something more linear than Morrowind fans are expecting.
Although it can feel like it, Tribunal is not a stand-alone game. However, it also doesn't expand a great amount on Morrowind. It's a short but sweet journey that is highly enjoyable if you can look past the more linear path. If you go into Tribunal expecting the same huge worlds and open ended gameplay found in Morrowind you will be, without a doubt, disappointed. If you go into it expecting a short but focused and enjoyable adventure, there is a good possibility you'll enjoy your visit to Mournhold.