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Simply one of the greatest games ever
on 20 December 2007
Morrowind is one of the finest RPGs I have ever played. The biggest draw is the sheer size of it - the world is absolutely huge and you have the freedom to go wherever you please. There are so many side quests that often the main plot becomes only a minor consideration. The level of detail that has gone into every little aspect makes it simply addictive. While the game is now a fair few years old, the graphics still hold up well and the game runs smoothly without anywhere near the level of hardware that Oblivion requires.
The levelling up process is generally well done and intuitive. The main quest is suitably epic, when you finally get around to it. The learning curve is such that even a complete novice at RPGs would soon be able to get the hang of things.
It would be easy to talk endlessly about the good points of the game...but it isn't quite perfect. Sometimes travelling can become particularly annoying, especially when you're running through the harsher, dust-filled landscapes. Some quests are plagued with poor path finding - I often messed up quests by losing track of somebody who was meant to be following me. In certain places, the number of identical wandering monsters who attack you is tedious. I also found that the single-player system in Morrowind means that you lose out in the joys of having a party. This is something that D&D based RPGs have done well over the years, but in Morrowind it just feels like you against the endless wilderness. It also means that your character has to master several different disciplines if you like to rise through some of the different guilds and make use of everything on offer.
Still, for anyone who likes RPGs at all and wants a new way to spend their hours, then you can't go wrong with this game. While in many respects it has now been outclassed by its successor, Oblivion, it is still a great game in its own right and in my opinion is still superior in some ways. The GOTY edition has eliminated most of the bugs and includes the two expansion packs - both of which are good and add yet more hours of entertainment.