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An Elder Scrolls Legend: Battlespire (DOS)

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Description

An Elder Scrolls Legend: Battlespire is a spin-off to the main Elder Scrolls series and offers a more linear and action-oriented approach than its predecessors. Battlespire is a training ground to become an Imperial Battlemage. When the protagonist enters, the place has been taken over by a Daedra Prince and needs to be saved.

The game consists of multiple expansive levels which all offer their own theme and background stories which are learned by talking to people in multiple choice dialogues. There is still the same role-playing character system as in Daggerfall, but there are no towns, no gold, and all your items are acquired by finding them (either on the ground or on dead bodies). The weapons consist of the basic medieval RPG implements. This game also supports multiplayer, allowing players to battle it out with friends and other guilds.

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An Elder Scrolls Legend: Battlespire DOS Face customization
An Elder Scrolls Legend: Battlespire DOS Managing items
An Elder Scrolls Legend: Battlespire DOS Inventory screen
An Elder Scrolls Legend: Battlespire DOS Dialogue screen

Alternate Titles

  • "Le Jeu de RĂ´le 3D dans l'Univers de Daggerfall : Battlespire" -- French title

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The Press Says

PC Jeux Nov, 1997 82 out of 100 82
Power Play Feb, 1998 76 out of 100 76
PC Action Feb 18, 1998 76.5 out of 100 76
PC Zone Aug 13, 2001 7.5 out of 10 75
GameSpot Mar 04, 1998 6.7 out of 10 67
Gamezilla Oct 13, 2000 65 out of 100 65
PC Player (Germany) Jan, 1998 62 out of 100 62
Quandary Oct, 1998 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Computer Gaming World (CGW) May, 1998 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Game Revolution Jun 05, 2004 D 25

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Trivia

3dfx

Battlespire was supposed to be the first Elder Scrolls game that would feature enhanced video through 3dfx support. It was widely proclaimed and appeared on all of the early adds for the box. Some reports also say that the 3dfx logo also appeared on the first retail boxes for the game. When Battlespire was released, fans were disappointed that no special support was included outside of VESA SVGA, and Bethesda claimed that due to the design of the game engine, 3dfx support was impossible. Later, the support was incorporated into The Elder Scrolls Adventures: Redguard.

Gender

As with many RPGs where you create your own character, Battlespire allows you to play as either a male or female. There are even two different ending movies based on your character's gender, in which you rescue a half-naked member of the opposite sex who's been shacked to the wall by the big baddie.

And yet, the dialogue in the intro movie clearly refers to the hero of the game as a man. I.E. the dialogue goes "he stepped into the battlespire" and "he found a hell created by...". A bit of inconsistency that got overlooked by the game makers.

Graphics

Battlespire was a drastic change from other Elder Scrolls games in terms of graphics: Fully 3D, with high resolution and high color.

Norton Anti Virus

Battlespire is incompatible with Norton Anti Virus (and other related Norton products, as well as other virus-protection software from other companies) and will occasionally crash if Norton products are running in the background.

If you're experiencing crashes even after installing the 1.2 patch and fixing the DOS shell memory cache and the objmemsize (as described in the 1.2 documentation), try switching off your virus-scanner or Norton system-works.

Information also contributed by Alan Chan and Jason Musgrave

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Blackhandjr (94) added An Elder Scrolls Legend: Battlespire (DOS) on Jun 10, 2000