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The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind (2002)
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Morrowind was the first Elder Scrolls game to be released on a console (specifically, the Xbox) — in fact, it was the first major Western RPG to get a Multi-Platform release in a long while. As such, it also marked a major shift in game play and design philosophy. Gone were Arena and Daggerfall's nigh-infinite, procedurally generated worlds, replaced with carefully hand-crafted environments that, while smaller than their predecessors, were designed to invoke awe and still be far larger than most video games. The combat system is radically different from the rest of the series: while it is still real-time, character stats play a far larger role than player skill compared to the rest of the series. Like the other games, however, Morrowind puts a huge emphasis on the numerous side quests, to the degree where they are a major aspect of the game, and are neatly tied into the main story.

The story is set 10 years after the events of Daggerfall, on the far eastern frontier of the Tamrielic Empire. The player character is a convict and an orphan in the Imperial City dungeons. For unknown reasons, Emperor Uriel Septim VII personally orders that you be released early on the condition that you be shipped to the backwater province of Morrowind (more specifically, the even more backwater district of Vvardenfell, until very recently closed off to all foreigners on religious grounds) and meet with an agent of his named Caius Cosades. However, upon being released, you are perfectly free to say "screw that" and explore Vvardenfell at your own pace. If you choose to accept the mission given to you, however, you are launched into a labyrinthine plot involving an Ancient Conspiracy, prophecies, lost prophecies, false prophecies, reincarnation, gods, backroom politics, gang wars, The Corruption, and lots and lots of walking. Seriously, you spend a good half of the game just walking around. Not that it isn't a pleasant and interesting walk.

The Elder Scrolls III: Tribunal is the first expansion for Bethesda Game Studios' The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. It takes place in the temple-city of Mournhold, the capital of Morrowind, located in the larger city of Almalexia. The title refers to the three "Living Gods", known as the Tribunal.

Following an assassination attempt against the Player Character, you are directed to Morrowind's capital city of Mournhold to investigate. From there, you become embroiled in the power struggle between the Tribunal deity Almalexia and the King of Morrowind, Hlaalu Helseth. It's noticeably more challenging than the original game, and intended for mid-to-high level characters. Unlike the rest of the game, you are restricted to only one part of the stated-to-be massive city and the sewers/ruins beneath it.

The Elder Scrolls III: Bloodmoon is the second expansion pack. The expansion adds the island of Solstheim, a grim frozen tundra with a very different atmosphere than the main game. Upon arriving, you find effectively two main quests to complete. The first begins when you sign on to help an Imperial Legion captain with some odd jobs around his fort. It quickly escalates into a simple-but-dramatic plot about rescuing him from the Most Dangerous Game — by taking part in it yourself. The second involves helping the new Imperial mining colony of Raven Rock grow from absolutely nothing into a flourishing frontier settlement, with plenty of moral dilemmas along the way.

As with Morrowind and Tribunal, Bloodmoon has many side-quests to finish and many caves to explore aside from its main quest. Unlike Tribunal, which is intended to be played after the completion of Morrowind's main quest, Bloodmoon's main-quest is self-contained within the expansion.
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I've heard nothing but good things about it. Hopefully I'll find time to play it soon.
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Game mechanics are a little dated, but still one of the best games I've ever played, if not the best. Love. The world is amazing, as is the main story (which brilliantly deconstructs the idea of a Chosen One).

Love the effort put into the political landscape and world building as well. And House Telvanni is awesome.
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