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The Elder Scrolls Anthology – Is It Worth Your $79.99?
When anthology editions of games are brought out, it always seems to raise an important question: is it actually worth it? In case you haven’t heard, Bethesda recently announced the epic and all-encompassing Elder Scrolls Anthology which includes: The Elder Scrolls Arena, The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall, The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind and all DLC, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and all DLC, and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and all DLC. Sounds like a pretty sweet deal if you ask me, but is it really worth the $79.99 they’re charging? In a way yes, and in a way no.
First things first, look at it in terms of money. Buying all of these games alone will be expensive, whether buying them on console or PC. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, on it’s own with no DLC, is already $22.49 on Steam (currently slightly cheaper because of the QuakeCon). Dragonborn is $14.99, Hearthfire is $3.74 and Dawnguard is $14.99, which means that for Skyrim and all DLC it would be $56.21. In this scenario we’re getting five games and eight pieces of DLC for $79.99, which is pretty reasonable in my mind!
In addition to the price, you can’t exactly get some of the older games easily. You probably already own at least one of the games, most likely Oblivion or Skyrim, and who can blame you! The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is a pretty easy game to get a hold of, either with the normal Skyrim edition or with the Skyrim Legendary Edition, and there are plenty of places to grab yourself a copy of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, but what about the original games? How easy is it to find yourself a copy of The Elder Scrolls Arena or The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall? Both games will run on an emulator (the DOSBox) but nothing beats having a physical disc copy (it makes it a lot more convenient too!) Finding a copy on eBay can be quite costly as well (after quickly looking for Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall on eBay I found one for £150 used). Convenience is definitely a reason to purchase The Elder Scrolls Anthology!
Another advantage to buying this edition is the inclusion of five maps, detailing the lands of Tamriel, Iliac Bay, Morrowind, Cyrodiil and Skyrim. This instantly makes it more attractive to any collector, even if most people already own at least one from the other collector editions. The fact that it is coming out for PC also means that you can use MODS, which have had wonderful effects for games already!
There are potentially 2 reasons why The Elder Scrolls Anthology might not be worth your $79.99. The first major reason is that you already own one or more of the games. The Elder Scrolls games don’t exactly come cheap, so if you’ve already bought one or more of them (especially if you’ve also bought the DLC) it’s already an expensive purchase. Since you’ve spent a lot of money, you probably don’t want to spend even more on another copy! Granted, if you’ve only bought the original games then the DLC in this collection makes it worth it (the DLC makes up around half of the total cost) but other than that it could be a costly purchase.
The second reason is that The Elder Scrolls Anthology is coming out for PC, which means that console games are really missing out on a great collection. I’m personally hoping that it comes out for console as well (I’m a huge console gamer, and this is like the treasure trove of Elder Scrolls games!!) The MODs alone will make it worth it, but it would still be nice to see it on other platforms as well.
So ultimately it depends on whether you own some of the previous games and how much you’re willing to spend. Even if you own one or two of the other games, it seems to be worth it for the original games and the DLCs as well. The maps make a nice addition to any collection, and there’s just something about owning a physical copy of your game. Overall I would say that The Elder Scrolls Anthology definitely has a place in your games collection! But that’s just my opinion. What do you think, will it be taking a place on your gaming shelf (or closet, or pile of games left to play)?