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A Break Down of The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited
The latest addition to Elder Scrolls MMORPG The Elder Scrolls Online is actually a subtraction – subscription fees are no longer required to play the game. ESO is now Buy To Play (B2P), so gamers will have to make a one time purchase, but after that they can then decide whether or not to pay a sub fee and become an ESO Plus member, or enjoy Tamriel completely free of charge.
Being a member of ESO Plus does come with a number of benefits: access to all downloadable content, a 10% XP bonus, 10% faster crafting research times, 10% faster crafting inspiration gain, 10% bonus to gold acquisition, and 1500 complimentary crowns provided to your account each month. The Crown Store is a major update to ESO which brings the game into line with other MMOs.
The Crown Store is basically the cash shop. You can buy 750 crowns for a minimal cost of $8 with real money, and with crowns you can purchase the following items.
There are 3 Bundle deals. The Digital Imperial Edition Upgrade includes the white Imperial Horse mount, the Pledge of Mara, the ability to play as an Imperial, and the Nibenay Mudcrab vanity pet. The Adventure Pack consists of 22 Treasure Maps showing the locations of hidden chests in the Ebonhart Pact, Aldmeri Dominion, Daggerfall Covenant and Coldharbour zones, the ability to play as any race in any alliance, and the Bantam Guar vanity pet. Finally, the Starter Pack is a good addition for any new player, allowing you to ride a beautiful Piebald Destrier with a faithful Windhelm Wolfhound at your side. You also get 3 stacks of potions (1 stack each of Health, Magicka and Stamina) to make your adventures a lot more fun.
Consumable Food & Drink options give you a stack of a type of food or drink which restores a certain amount of Health, Magicka or Stamina, scaled to your level up to Veteran Rank 10. Potions such as the ones described above are also available, as are stacks of Repair Kits and Crown Soul Gems (the shiniest Soul Gems in all the world), which recharge weapons and revive players of any level.
For those fasionistas out there, there are many options to choose from, including the grubby Blacksmith apron, the bleached white chef’s outfit, the rediculous court jester or the fearsome Draugr. There are also bundles for armoured knights, stealthy rogues, tribal shamans or woodland scouts. Oh and don’t forget the impressively detailed Wedding Dress for all you lovers out there wanting to tie the knot in Tamriel.
As for mounts, there is a decent, if limited variety of steeds to choose from, including the Nightmare Courser, Banded Guar Charger, Tessellated Guar and a number of horses. Hopefully the senche cat mounts will be release soon as well to add more diversity to your stables.
Vanity Pets have been the subject of much debate in gaming circles, but naturally they’ve been included in ESO. There are many loyal companions for your adventures across Tamriel: the Banekin and Scamp from the realms of Oblivion, various species of hounds from different lands, felines which are relatives of the Khajiit, the Bantam Guar and of course Morrowind’s Striated Pony Guar.
So that pretty much wraps it up for the latest ESO updates. For more details on Tamriel Unlimited you can check out the official FAQ here. And for more information on Elder Scrolls Online be sure to check out Leviathyn’s ESO Review.