Elder Scrolls III: Bloodmoon
It's a good day for role-playing game fans when an expansion set actually improves on the original game. The game, of course is Morrowind, the expansion is Bloodmoon, and the experience is fantastic.
Bloodmoon is as good an expansion as I have ever had the fortune of playing. Long time players of Elder Scrolls III will find themselves in new territory as they take their character to the island of Solstheim. Once there, players engage in a driving storyline complete with new monsters, a vastly different world and weapons made with silver. Why silver? Because the latest mining colony has come under attack from werewolves and unless you are careful you will find yourself one of the cursed (really cool scene). Hunted and despised by other characters in the game, completing your mission becomes an incredible challenge. The whole lycanthropy aspect really presents a massive twist in the game.
Of course, this being an Elder Scrolls expansion, I don't need to tell you that the game itself is huge as is the island of Solstheim itself. More than once I had to travel back to the original game for items I either could not find or I felt I would end up needing. The game ties in nicely with the original and I actually found myself enjoying it more than the original. If anything, I would now recommend purchasing Elder Scrolls III just to play this expansion.
Graphically, I couldn't believe how sharp the game looked. The Norse mythology was blended nicely into the game and the folks at Bethesda went back to the wilds of outdoor environments, which couldn't have made me happier. Monsters look legitimately dangerous, environments are rendered seamlessly and the werewolves are really badass. A couple of times I was shocked at how the voice acting seemed a bit restrained, as the situations at hand were certainly more desperate than the voices let on. But other than that, I thoroughly enjoyed the in-game sounds and mood music.
Veteran players of Morrowind should be floating around level 17 if they plan on living for any length of time. Come prepared for a rousing adventure, as Bloodmoon has reinvigorated the adventures of the Elder Scrolls universe. With all of the online massively multiplayer RPGs that are on the market today, it's nice to see a top-notch single player RPG that is getting the attention it deserves. A very good game, and my hat's off to Bethesda.