The Elder Scrolls: Arena

a game by Bethesda Softworks
Genres: Adventure/RPG, Strategy/War
Platform: PC
Editor Rating: 7/10, based on 1 review
User Rating: 9.0/10 - 4 votes
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See also: Elder Scrolls Series
The Elder Scrolls: Arena
The Elder Scrolls: Arena
The Elder Scrolls: Arena
The Elder Scrolls: Arena

Some may be wondering just what the heck The Elder Scrolls: Arena is and I would bet it is you younger gamers who are wondering this. Well, this right here is actually the very first game in The Elder Scrolls series. This was first released all the way back in 1994 which is just insane. However, back in 2004 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the game, Bethesda re-released the game. They have kept the game alive and you can play it on their site to this day.

The World Is Huge

The first thing that has to be mentioned about The Elder Scrolls: Arena is the size of the world you will be playing in. As this is the first game in the series you are probably thinking that the world will be rather modest in its size. This is not the case at all and the world that they crafted here is larger than what Morrowind and Skyrim offered which is really amazing when you consider this game is 25 years old as I write this.

Wait, Where Is That?

While the world is massive there is a good reason for this. While games like Skyrim and Morrowind had smaller worlds, those worlds were set in their design. The Elder Scrolls: Arena on the other hand always had a new world each time you played. The game had a very sophisticated random world generator in it. It would use buildings, dungeons, monsters and so on and place them in random places. In the case of buildings, it would even give these different names. The massive world also means that you have to make use of the fast travel system the game has. You could walk if you want, but you are looking at hours to get from place to place.

It Is All About The Quest

While you are free to wander around and just do what you want. There is a main quest and a story for you to follow. The basics of the story are that there is a big bad called, Tharn and the only way he can be defeated is with the Staff of Chaos and that is your quest. To get that and to defeat him and bring peace to the land. The story as you would expect is not exactly the best, but to be fair this is a much older game and storytelling in games have gotten much more sophisticated in this day and age.

Still, I will say that many of the tropes that the Elder Scroll series has become famous and loved for are right here in the very first game so that is really cool to see. Combat is rather basic and you will be swiping your weapons with the mouse and you can also scroll through various spells which can do some serious damage. It is much more basic and scaled back from what the series would become in regards to the combat, but it is still a lot of fun.

The Elder Scrolls: Arena is a very interesting game. It is the start of what would become a truly huge series in the history of gaming. It is also really cool being able to go back and play this and see how things in Skyrim and Morrowind were clearly inspired by this very first game. You can play it for free and I highly recommend you check it out as it is pretty cool. Just go in with the mindset that this is an over 20-year game and the first of its kind and you will have a much better time



  • It is free to play
  • The world is massive
  • Plenty to see and do
  • Combat is basic, but still pretty fun
  • It is great to see where this series began


  • The story is not that great
  • It is a product of its time

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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