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The full package
on 26 December 2013
To begin with, I would like to say that this box set is certainly worth buying for anybody who wants to have The Elder Scrolls Saga, or with its price, those who just want the most recent.
Before buying this I was looking at it for months and from the reviews I read, there isn't any issue with it. The box is beautifully presented and once I set my eyes on the box, I felt a great sense of pride and I was only happier with the purchase. To ensure that when I wrote this review I was able to give a full review, I installed and played the tutorial of each game. I can confirm that they all did install and played as expected. I shall write a bit about each game, including any issues I had come across. Please take note below of a few things that may cause panic if not informed.
The Elder Scrolls I: Arena - This installed smoothly and there are no issues. If you have looked into this game before you can download it free but you also have to download 'Dosbox'. From this you then have to sort out the files, which is a bit of a pain to get sorted. The pack gives you a map of Tamriel for the game, installs everything needed to run and sets everything up for you. This means you can easily load the game without any issues. This game can play on its own and does not require the disc. (NOTE: The first dungeon does ask for a spell price, so make sure you take note on where the 'README' file is located in order to progress; this file can provide you with the number you need)
The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall - Installed smoothly and sets everything up as needed. Again you can download this for free online, but this will set everything up for you. You also get a map of the areas covered in Daggerfall (which includes part of Hammerfell and High Rock). Many improvements were made for this game; however the game was always known to be rigged with bugs. As I have not had a full play on this I cannot say if these bugs have been amended or not; however it is still easier to set up/install and load than the free download. This game does not require the disc to play.
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind - This cannot be downloaded for free and is much more recent. You get given a map of Vvardenfell for this along with 4 discs (Morrowind, Construction Set, Tribunal and Bloodmoon). After installing these, Morrowind did come up with an error. This error was present in the original game and is not exclusive just to this box; it is easy to fix and a simple Google search can tell you how to fix it. For me I changed the 'Morrowind.exe' file compatibility to Windows XP Service Pack 2; this then ran smoothly. This game does require the original Morrowind disc to play; it is also added to your Steam library.
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - No issues with installation; however the game set itself to 'very low' graphical settings. This wouldn't have been an issue; however Skyrim set itself to 'high', so I looked into this. Oblivion automatically sets itself to 'very low', even if your computer is top of the line; therefore you will need to increase the graphical settings yourself. From looking at this, it also happens with all pc copies of Oblivion and is not just something that is an issue with this pack. Overall, it works wonderfully and it's only a minor issue. This comes with a map of Cyrodiil and has 2 discs; disc 1 with original Oblivion installation and disc 2 with additional content (Knights of the Nine and Shivering Isles). This game does require the original Oblivion disc to play; it is also added to your Steam library.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Works perfectly. This comes with a map of Skyrim and 1 discs to install everything; nice and easy. (NOTE: This installs through Steam and does ask for a product code; this is found on the back of an anthology slip placed along with the maps)
The package overall installed with ease (any issues were easily resolved). It also came with a small anthology slip to give warranty/technical details and an Elder Scrolls Online sticker.