The Elder Scrolls Online
So you want to give Elder Scrolls Online a try but you're not sure
where to start. Here is a short primer on everything
you need to know to jump right in.
1) Choose Your Platform
The first thing you need to do is actually buy the game. The game is
available for PC and next-generation consoles as of June 2014. Although
the interface has been optimized for use with a controller if you're
looking for the absolute best experience get the PC version. You'll
likely be able to run the game on better graphics settings even with a
mid range computer, the controls will be superior simply because
MMORPGs are more suited to a mouse/keyboard, and most importantly
you'll be able to use addons.
2) Standard or Imperial Edition
Once you know the platform you prefer you will need to choose the
version you'd like. The game comes in two versions - the Standard
Edition and the Imperial Edition. The Standard Edition just includes
the full game, with 9 races to choose from, each limited to a specific
faction. The Imperial Edition gives you access to one additional race,
the Imperial, who have free reign to join any faction they choose. This
edition also comes with a unique white Imperial horse mount and Mudcrab
3) Digital or Physical
Once you've decided on the platform you'll need to decide on the
format. The game is available digitally and in retail boxed copies. If
you're a collector or just prefer to have something more tangible for
your hard earned money then the retail version will be the best option.
Both versions of the game will be updated via the official client so
really the only difference between the two versions is having a box to
put on shelf. There is also a big box version of the Imperial Edition
which includes a statue and artbooks.
4) Get Yourself A Leveling Guide
Before you enter the world of Tamriel you might want to think about
picking up a copy of Zygor's 1-50 Leveling Guide. This
interactive game that can actually be used inside of the game while
you're playing. It features a 3D waypoint arrow that literally points
you where to go and the guide itself tells you exactly who to talk to,
what quests to accept, how to complete them, and everything else you
need to know to power level to 50 in just 5 days.