Elder Scrolls Online Release Weekend – At 20% Off, Yes or No?

By Viet Do . April 5, 2014 . 11:00am


So if you’ve somehow missed this bit of news, The Elder Scrolls Online was released yesterday on the PC. With typical AAA game launch comes with typical over-the-top cinematic trailer release, and Zenimax delivered a pretty sweet one of Cyrodiil’s Imperial City under siege by the forces of Oblivion. Reviews thus far appears to be positive from critics (I’m honestly surprised) and streamers appears to be enjoying the game.


If you want to jump in on the action, the 20% off deal on ESO is still available for both the Imperial and Standard Edition (sans pre-order bonuses). After coupon, prices will be $64 for Imperial while Standard is $48. Premium prices to be sure considering there’s a $15 monthly subscription fee. While the 20% off hasn’t tempted me in opening my wallet — that’s more to do with the fact that none of my gaming friends have decided to jump into the fray. From the Beta experience of  ESO, its definitely a title that needs to be played as an MMO with friends. If you were expecting the typical single-player Elder Scrolls experience with random real people mulling around – you may be slightly disappointed.


On other noteworthy weekend game deals, ArenaNet unsurprisingly put their Guild Wars 2 MMO on sale for 50% off right on ESO’s release day (GW2 has no subscription fee), a bunch of Assassin’s Creed titles are on sale, and the very excellent The Banner Saga is on sale at 46% off. Things are a bit lighter on the console side, but Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII-3 is 20% off for both the PS3 and 360 version at GameStop while Bravely Default is on sale at 15% off at Best Buy. Not too bad consider both are recent February release.


Weekend PC Game Deals


Game Title MSRP % Off Sale Price
The Elder Scrolls Online: Imperial Edition $79.99 20% $64
Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag Gold Edition $79.99 40% $47.99
Assassin’s Creed Complete Collection $149.99 75% $37.50
Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag $59.99 40% $35.99
Guild Wars 2: Heroic Edition $49.99 50% $24.99
Lego: The Hobbit $29.99 20% $24
Sid Meier’s Civilization V: Complete Edition $49.99 60% $20
Titanfall Season Pass $24.99 20% $20
Assassins Creed Liberation HD $19.99 25% $14.99
The Banner Saga $24.99 46% $13.40
BioShock Infinite $29.99 73% $8.16
Assassin’s Creed Revelations Gold Edition $29.99 75% $7.49
Assassin’s Creed 3 $19.99 75% $4.99
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Ultimate Sith Ed. $19.99 80% $3.99


Weekend Console Game Deals


Game Title MSRP % Off Sale Price
Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition (Xbox One) $59.99 27% $43.99
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD (Wii U) $49.99 17% $41.40
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII-3 (360, PS3) $59.99 33% $39.99
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Wii U) $49.99 20% $39.99
Bravely Default (3DS) $39.99 15% $33.99
Knack (PS4) $59.99 58% $24.99
Capcom Essentials (360) $59.99 60% $23.80
ZombiU (Wii U) $59.99 75% $14.99


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  • Neophoton

    Was about to jump on that Tomb Raider DE, but then I saw it was for XBO and became disappointed. Shame they aren’t marking it down for PS4 as well.

    • Looks like its sold out online anyways, so meh to that.

  • John Lawson

    I’ll just wait for this title to hit F2P, It’s really not worth the money

    • Learii

      I agree

    • seyEliveD

      I’m actually really enjoying it, more so than FFXIV even (which surprised me).

    • Lemski07

      mee too.

  • eilegz


    wait for f2p

  • Manny Being Manny

    “From the Beta experience of ESO, its definitely a title that needs to be played as an MMO with friends. If you were expecting the typical single-player Elder Scrolls experience with random real people mulling around – you may be slightly disappointed.”

    Is this really true? I’ve always been more of a solo guy in MMORPGs so if it forces you to party then I’ll just pass on it.

    • You can definitely play it as a single player game and I dont think you need a party to get to any significant level really. Its more that if I’m going to play “collect things and press F at X point” type of single player quest.. I’d rather be playing something else?

    • seyEliveD

      This isn’t true at all, don’t believe that statement. It’s actually surprisingly fun, and with a mega server there are a tons of people. The map for Oblivion is basically the PVP map – the battles are massive and easy to join solo.

      It’s interesting how biased siliconera articles are towards ESO…it’s completely opposite to their reaction to FFXIV (money switching hands?). And lets face facts, FFXIV is alright, but it isn’t anything groundbreaking. Non-biased reporting, now that’s a novelty!

      • Draparde

        that brings up the question, is there any point to partying then? (based on your, and @Dealzon:disqus ‘s comment).

        • seyEliveD

          Of course. Instances and other content require large groups to complete; there is an experience bonus to grouping as well.

          • Draparde

            Ah , okay. i was just wondering.

  • Kumiko Akimoto

    It was fun but I don’t have the money to buy it at the moment

  • Aaron Lee

    I would choose Guild Wars 2 over this any day. No monthly fee, great value for money, and will much more likely sustain a consistent player base than Elder Scrolls Online will. If Star Wars: The Old Republic tanked with that sort of franchise name, I’m not optimistic for ESO to be any better, but who knows. I suppose there is some awe in traversing Tamriel and its provinces, but I’ve read that this also runs roughshod over ES lore.

    Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII-3? Was that deliberate, or just mistakenly marked like that?

  • Six

    As a huge fan of ZeniMax, it still boggles my mind that a TES MMO is a thing. They probably could have funded both Fallout 4 and TESVI with the money they spent on that thing.

    • chibidw

      Yeah but like with MOBAs, Minecraft and Angry Birds, everyone has to try and ride the coattails of another’s success hoping to hit it big like some Yukon gold rush.

  • Arrei

    By now I’ve learned that most reviews and streams for these things amount to jack squat, people like the game enough while it’s shiny and new but what ultimately determines if an MMO is worthy of your time is how well it holds up at the level cap.

  • Callonia

    I heard you have to pony up the cash for imperial race so nope. :3
    Kindly die please money grabbing scheme.

  • vault2049

    Nope. IMO, the game it’s not worth paying a monthly subscription for.

  • Trepie

    Beta did not impress me at all. I think I’m just over MMO’s. Running around a theme park collecting random crap for a half-hearted story just isn’t something I’m up for these days.

  • Ferrick

    no, played the beta, accidentally fell asleep on my laptop 5 minutes in, and the fact that we have to pay extra just to play a prominent race in ES world makes me stay away from paying anything for this

  • GVmanX

    The amount of time I spent playing this just made me angry. It felt like WoW with ES stuff painted over it. I swear, I don’t know why people love MMOs so much.

  • Alex Webber

    I am just sad thinking about all the money put into this that could have been put into the next elder scrolls game that takes place after Skyrim…Why Bethseda did you do it? :(

  • Ferofax

    …is Khajit free? I’m willing to start from scratch (pun intended) if it is.

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