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Top Ten Xbox 360 Games Of All Time

Updated on September 17, 2014
Arkham City box art
Arkham City box art | Source

10 Best Single Player Xbox 360 Games Of All Time

Want to know what the best ever Xbox 360 games are?

Worried you might have missed out on one of them?

The era of the 360 may be coming to an end, but there's still plenty of titles worth playing now.

I don't have the time or patience to play online, so this article will look at my favourite single player Xbox 360 games ever!

Batman: Arkham City - Game of the Year Edition
Batman: Arkham City - Game of the Year Edition

Best ever game of all time, now available in a "Game of the Year" edition.

-That includes the wonderful game itself, plus loads of downloadable content all unlocked out of the box!

 

#1 Batman Arkham City

Not only my favourite game on the XBox 360, but IMO the best video game of all time!

Why?

Well, I'm glad you asked me that:

  • You get to play as Batman through a great story in an open world setting.
  • There's so much to do it can seem bewildering but you're never bored.
  • You get to play both beat 'em up and stealth sequences (which both work really well)
  • It's the only game I know where there is a real reason for finding all the hidden items and solving all the riddles: you level up (for even more cool gadgets) and you rescue hostages.
  • It's one of the few games where I can be bothered to play all the outside the story challenge levels (and I do that again and again).

However, it's not just the fact that you get to play with all the cool gadgets, it's the fact that it makes you feel like Batman.

It's the closest anything has come to that experience and the acting is so good from all the characters, that I think it even beats the movies...!

If you would like to know more then read my review.

It makes you feel like Batman!

Batman Arkham Asylum Video Game Cover
Batman Arkham Asylum Video Game Cover | Source

#2 Batman Arkham Asylum

The original Batman game that came out before Arkham City.

The team at Rocksteady Studios burst onto the scene with this game and took both critics and Batman fans by storm.

If you haven't played either game then I suggest that you play this first.

It will involve you more in the story and you can get to know Mark Hamill's take on the Joker, which is absolutely top notch.

I even prefer Mark's Joker to either Heath Ledger or Jack Nicholson, that's how good he is!

Needless to say that before Arkham City became my best game of all time, this was!

Batman: Arkham Asylum [Game of the Year Edition] (Platinum Hits)
Batman: Arkham Asylum [Game of the Year Edition] (Platinum Hits)

The predecessor to Arkham City and still an amazing game!

I recommend playing them in order if you haven't played them: IMO you can't get enough of Mark Hamil's take on the Joker!

 
Star Wars Republic Commando Cover
Star Wars Republic Commando Cover | Source

#3 Star Wars Republic Commando

The best Star Wars game ever. Period.

...and not a Jedi in sight.

Ok, so I cheated a little bit and allowed myself to put in an XBox 1 game.

However, I couldn't leave it out of my list for sentimental reasons, and it is one of the few XBox 1 games still playable on the XBox 360 via a downloadable patch.

Every now and again I still crack this one out of the box.

You get to play as a crack clone commando, but more importantly, as the lead of a team of 4 (crack clone commandos).

No, the graphics aren't the best ever (they are several years old now anyway) and the story isn't that amazing and there isn't any multiplayer to speak of.

But: the gameplay of ordering around your squad and the character of the 3 men you command is absolutely brilliant.

The lines they come out with are crazy and often funny, so you get very attached to them.

Also, there is a great mechanic where if you get 'dropped' by an enemy, there is a period of time where you have a view looking up from the floor while your men are still fighting.

If you can time it right so that one of your men gets to you without getting shot down himself, then he will revive you so you can carry on.

What a game!

Star Wars Republic Commando - Xbox
Star Wars Republic Commando - Xbox

The best ever Star Wars game. Period.

...and not a Jedi in sight!

 
The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim Box Cover
The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim Box Cover | Source

#4 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

I used to play Dungeons and Dragons and other, similar role playing games when I was a teenager, but I've never really been able to get into the genre when translated to the video games medium.

I tried Knights of the Old Republic on Xbox 1.

I've started Mass Effect multiple times, but kept stopping. I eventually managed to finish it, but it was a bit of a slog for me.

I even tried Bethesda's previous game, Oblivion: great game, but over-complicated rules for how to create your character and level up.

I was about to give up on the whole RPG thing and accept the fact that I was an "action gamer" through and through.

Then I tried Skyrim and I was enlightened!

Skyrim seems to hit the nail on the head and allow me to explore a massive world packed so full of stuff that you can do almost anything (except climb trees, as my wife pointed out... lol)

The world itself is the real star, with environments and dynamic weather that make you stop and look: there is real beauty here and real artwork on show.

The attention to detail is truly staggering for such a massive world ...and when I say massive, I mean massive!

Other then your avatar's race, you don't have to decide what kind of character you want to be up front.

You can just play as you like and the game will grow and respond to your choices.

I am so impressed by this system that I started two completely different characters to test it out: one a warrior with a bit of magic; the other a pure mage with more firepower than you can shake a stick at.

Sure enough I have found a completely different experience with both characters.

Some folks, particularly RPG veterans of the series have called it "dumbed down" (some people like numbers and stats, after all), but for me this is the perfect blend of action and exploration.

If you've never played this type of game before, then give it try.

Just make sure you allow it a few hours to sink it's teeth into you: it's slow to start, but then suddenly, you're hooked!

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

If you love the freedom of exploring, you'll love this.

A real work of art: it has to be seen to be believed!

 
Half Life The Orange Box cover
Half Life The Orange Box cover | Source

#5 Half Life The Orange Box

My favourite FPS (First Person Shooter), second only to Half Life 1, which I played to death in my PC gaming days.

The things I love about Half Life are that despite not having the most amazing graphics, the atmosphere is brilliant and it tells a story implicitly without shoving it down your throat.

The best weapon in the game is also the most original ever: the "gravity gun".

You use this to pick up objects and throw them at enemies as well as to solve various physics based puzzles.

This means you have to think as you shoot, particularly when you are in a low ammo situation.

What's more, The Orange Box is incredible value for money.

Probably the best value bundle pack I've ever seen.

It contains:

  • Half Life 2
  • Half Life 2 Episodes 1 and 2 (both big additions to the main game in and of themselves)
  • Team Fortress 2 (multiplayer game, if you are that way inclined)
  • Portal

If you've never played Portal, then you really should pick it up if you can.

It was originally a fan made 3D puzzle game, but the term "puzzle game" doesn't do it justice.

It's a highly original take on the Half Life world, totally consistent with it, and very, very funny!

It's also available separately to The Orange Box, if you already have Half Life 2

Orange Box - Xbox 360
Orange Box - Xbox 360

IMO, still the best shooter on the Xbox and one of the best shooters of all time, on any platform.

Lots of value, with many adventures all in this one box!

 
Ninja Gaiden Cover
Ninja Gaiden Cover | Source

#6 Ninja Gaiden

Ninja Gaiden holds a very special place in my heart.

It's an all out action game where you fight strange and mysterious armies and beasts from one part of the game to the next.

It's unquestionably the hardest game I have ever played.

It's startlingly addictive but it's utterly merciless.

Even from the start on the normal difficulty, it will kill you if it can.

Completing just the first boss is an achievement, but slowly, ever so slowly, you start to get the idea.

Tough, but oh so rewarding.

I will leave you with the words from GamesRadar in its article about 101 Greatest Gaming Moments which is a startlingly accurate assessment of the game:

"Ninja Gaiden doesn't respect you; it doesn't even like you. If it gave out combo ratings, every one would be a 'D', because nothing you can do will impress it. But it's gaming tough love; combined with the punishing difficulty, the sense of achievement when you do triumph is all the sweeter.

In a game where beating the very first boss will make you want to pull your shirt over your head and do a lap of honor, actually getting through to the end is a gold-medal, tell-your-grandchildren, monument-erecting mark in gaming history."

It's unquestionably the hardest game I've ever played.

Ninja Gaiden
Ninja Gaiden

The original, hard as nails and still the best ...if you're a gaming masochist, that is!

 
Call Of Duty Modern Warfare
Call Of Duty Modern Warfare | Source

#7 Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare

This was the game that re-defined the shooter genre.

Sometimes, you don't want to have to think too much, just run and gun and have a blast.

Modern Warfare delivered this in spades and perhaps for the first time, truly made it feel like you were in the middle of a battle zone.

It also felt like a Hollywood blockbuster in its presentation which made it fun too.

There were plenty of moments in the game when you thought "wow, did that really just happen?"

It was also the first game in a long time to break with the tired old World War 2 tradition that was starting to plague the genre.

I never played this online, but picked it up for the single player when it was cheap.

I still play it when the mood takes me.

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare - Game of the Year Edition
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare - Game of the Year Edition

A classic in its time, the original Modern Warfare still stands up against the latest, even the latest Modern Warfare iteration!

 
Assassin's Creed 2 Box Art
Assassin's Creed 2 Box Art | Source

#8 Assassin's Creed 2

I played Assassin's Creed 1 and enjoyed its combination of gameplay and Sci-Fi techno-babble.

However, it did come under some criticism from a number of quarters for being somewhat slow, with little to no variation between the different mission types.

Then Assassin's Creed 2 came out and right from the start it was "wow!"

This game was huge and packed with so many things to do, both in action and in thinking/puzzle sections.

The character of Ezio was also likable, at least once I got past his slightly irritating teenager-style starting point.

It really did feel that they had answered all the criticisms and they have continued to add to the formula with each successive iteration.

I have to admit to being a little bit "Assassined out" at the moment.

Having worked my way through No. 2, Assassin's Creed Brotherhood and now part way through Assassin's Creed Revelations, so I think I will wait for Assassin's Creed 3 to come down in price before I have another go.

However, for all the bells and whistles they keep adding to the series, it's the core gameplay that I still enjoy.

Working out an approach to a target, taking out guards as you go and then making a dash for it afterwards is great.

The feeling of running and jumping from rooftop to rooftop, then climbing up a tower only to jump off into a haystack far below just never gets old for me!

Assassin's Creed II: Platinum Hits Edition
Assassin's Creed II: Platinum Hits Edition

Greatly expanded from the first game, in story, missions and a huge area to explore.

 
The Force Unleashed Box Art
The Force Unleashed Box Art | Source

#9 Star Wars The Force Unleashed

There have been many attempts in video games to put you in the role of a Jedi and I think I've played all of them at one time or another.

However, this was the game that finally managed to nail the experience.

You get to use cool force powers and wield a lightsaber, without the controls being clunky and it's all-out Star Wars action from beginning to end.

It even has an opening sequence where you get to play as Darth Vader!

So being a Star Wars fan (in case you hadn't noticed), this one had to go on my list.

It has a great long story, with some great twists and even manages to link into the movies in some unexpected ways...

I have mixed feelings about the sequel Star Wars The Force Unleashed 2.

It seemed to polish the graphics and improve the controls to be even better than before, but the story mode is much shorter and breaks off very, very suddenly just when it feels like it's getting going.

Hmm, not sure what happened there...

I'll have to go back to the first one again and see what I think then!

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II Platinum edition - Xbox 360
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II Platinum edition - Xbox 360

The best Jedi experience on a game console.

Story links into the movies very cleverly!

 
XCom Enemy Unknown Game Cover
XCom Enemy Unknown Game Cover | Source

#10 XCom Enemy Unknown

This is actually the newest game in my collection and I am only part way through.

I include it here partly because it's excellent and partly because it's more or less the only game of its kind on the Xbox!

Aliens have invaded earth in a good old fashioned Sci-Fi 'B' movie plot and you are the one tasked with kicking them back off the planet.

I like it because it's so different and original in this day and age.

From the people who brought you Civilisation, it's a remake of a turn-based strategy game from 1994, with updated game engine and modern graphics.

The graphics won't wow you when you compare it to the likes of Skyrim or Gears of War, but that's not the point.

This is a thinking man's (or woman's) game where every choice you make counts.

It operates on two levels:

Most of the game is on a hybrid 3D-top down tactical view where you direct individual soldiers (starting with 4, but you can upgrade to 6) across the landscape.

You have to stick to cover and use the different abilities of the soldiers to work as a team, or they'll all die horribly.

The rest of the game is at a strategic level where you build up and base, conduct research, upgrade your soldiers and build satellites to help protect different countries of the world from alien incursions.

Satellites turn out to be crucial, because they keep the money coming in and lower the panic levels of the different countries.

-If a country's panic level gets too high then they leave the "council" along with their funding.

If too many countries leave, then it's Game Over!

It's a great balancing act between all these things, but there's one thing that's really weird:

When I read reviews about the game they all talked about how you get attached to your soldiers ...and they were absolutely right.

In my third mission, I put one rookie in a place where he was suddenly found out of cover and the next minute, zap!

He was down and there was nothing I could do about it.

I was kicking myself for about 10 minutes afterwards and I knew it was my own mistake, not some random glitch.

I was a lot more careful after that!

XCOM: Enemy Unknown - Xbox 360
XCOM: Enemy Unknown - Xbox 360

One of the few strategy games on the Xbox, so could be worth it just for that!

Lots of thinking to do on a strategic level before getting down and dirty, sending your soldiers out on a tactical scale.

 

The "Also Rans"

Here are a few others that didn't quite make my "Top 10" list, but are still excellent games in their own right.

The Also Ran

Red Dead Redemption: Game of the Year Edition - Xbox One and Xbox 360
Red Dead Redemption: Game of the Year Edition - Xbox One and Xbox 360

Ok, so this is technically number 11 and it didn't quite make my top 10, but it was so close that I couldn't let it go.

I'm not usually into the Western genre, either in movies, games or books.

However, this open world game really captured my imagination and every now and again I pick it up again.

With great acting as well as cool slow motion gun-slinging that actually makes sense, this is one worthy of being in your collection.

Being a huge game, I may one day manage to finish it!

 

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Which is your favourite from my list?

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You missed one!

"That can't be right, he's missed out [insert name of game here]!", I hear you cry.

If you think I've missed a brilliant game that really should be on this list, or you just want to confirm that these games are all fantastic, then let me know!

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      pumpum 4 years ago

      Great list, I would add maybe Gears of war or Halo?!

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      ImmatureEntrepr 4 years ago

      Good list! I'm feeling you on Arkham City. Hmm, I wonder if by this time next year GTA V will be mentioned here...

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      maryseena 4 years ago

      I don't play much but your lens has lot of helpful info. Thank you.

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      Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @pumpum: How could I forget halo?

      I think the original Halo was the best, although I haven't tried Reach or Halo 4 yet ... Maybe I'm just bored of FPS/shooters.

      As for Gears of War: great game which didn't quite make it to my top ten.

      I think they will both have to go into the "honourable mentions"!

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      Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @ImmatureEntrepr: It's funny, but I've never been able to get into the GTA games.

      Somehow, I'm happy 'being' a mercenary or soldier, but just can't play as a criminal (figure that one out!)

      However, I have really enjoyed Red Dead Redemption by the same studios and will be adding it to the honourable mentions!

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      Itaya Lightbourne 4 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Great job on this top ten list of xbox 360 games! Love your input on each of the games. Well done. :) Angel Blessings.

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      Elsie Hagley 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Very good lens. i don't know much about xboxes and games. But thanks for sharing your knowledge. Blessed.

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      Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @ItayaLightbourne: Thanks for the encouragement and the blessing!

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      Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @Elsie Hagley: Thanks for the blessing!

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      kcsantos 4 years ago

      I enjoyed skyrim a lot. Thanks for this!

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      Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @kcsantos: You're welcome!

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      WorldsBestDad 4 years ago

      I absolutely *hated* Ninja Gaiden when it came out on the Xbox. I yelled many a curse words at that damn game, lol. Think I only ever managed to make it to the 3rd level, then completely gave up on it. Good list though. =)

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      Great choices.

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      Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @WorldsBestDad: Ah yes! Many a player got caught like that with Ninja Gaiden!

      The first few levels of the game were so tough, it was almost as though the developers had done it deliberately to weed out our "button mashing" tendencies.

      Hint: block or die ...and even then, some of the enemies can break your block, so it can be block AND die!!!

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      Cara 4 years ago

      My sons would probably agree with your choices.

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      Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @WriterJanis2: Thanks!

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      Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @Carashops: I'm sure they would! :)

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      Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @athomemomblog: If you liked Morrowind then I'm sure you'll like Skyrim too!

      From what I've heard, it is just as good on PC as it is on Xbox.

      Thanks for dropping by!

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      Stuwaha 4 years ago

      unfortunately any gaming system that came after the super nintendo gives me motion sickness so I can't play games but sometimes I can watch for a while and I really love the imagery in the Bioshock games. My husband seems to enjoy them from a playing perspective too :)

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      Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @Stuwaha: Sorry to hear that!

      I know motion sickness is a common problem, particularly with First Person Shooter style games.

      Have you tried 3rd person perspective games (like Batman, above)?

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      Stuwaha 4 years ago

      @Tim Bader: Yes, we have both of the batman games. They still kill me.

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      Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @Stuwaha: Oh dear! You have my sympathy! (:

      Thanks for visiting

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      Birthday Wishes 4 years ago from Here

      These are a few of my favorites; Gears of War, Burnout Paradise, Battlefield, Dirt.

      But, I must say that I also like the ones that you listed! ;-) Wonderful lens on a great topic! Thanks a lot for sharing!!!

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      Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @happy-birthday: I've not played the others, but I do agree that Gears of War is "up there" with the ones I listed.

      I'll have to add it to my list of "honourable mentions" - when I eventually get round to it!

      Thanks for reading and for leaving a comment.

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      dwillar 3 years ago

      Excellent list! Skyrim is my favorite of these. I think I might have to fire it up again tonight. :D

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      Jogalog 3 years ago

      My husband is the Xbox player in our house and he loves all the Call of Duty ones.

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      Tim Bader 3 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @dwillar: I can understand that!

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      Tim Bader 3 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @Jogalog: Yes, CoD certainly grabs you and won't let go!

      Thanks for reading.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      nice as visit

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      Lanced 3 years ago

      Oh my god! I love these games! Awesome lens and thanks for you take on some sweet games!

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      astinax 3 years ago

      AMAZING LENS ! JUST LIKE ALL THOSE GAMES ! But seriously, this list is spot on ! Good job

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      Tim Bader 3 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @astinax: Thanks! Glad you liked it.

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      Great list for sure! I loved Batman Arkham City, Skyrim, and Call of Duty Modern Warfare- but these are all great games. I still haven't played XCom Enemy Unknown or Ninja Gaiden. I love Red Dead Redemption, that's another favorite of mine! I thought you did an excellent job on your list, and congratulations for the purple star!

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      Tim Bader 3 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @Zeross4: Thanks - I'm glad to see somehow else has excellent taste in games too, lol ;)

      Thanks for leaving a comment.

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      FreddyDaws 3 years ago

      Great Lens, you deserve the purple star. Congrats!

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      Tim Bader 3 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @FreddyDaws: Thanks, that's very kind of you.

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      mikmck7 lm 3 years ago

      Love the list - I was surprised Minecraft was on the list given it is becoming on of the most popular games. By the by. I love the Batman Ayslum or Batman City!

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      Tim Bader 3 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @mikmck7 lm: Minecraft is certainly one of the most popular games around these days, but I have not played it myself, so couldn't really put it on this list (my son plays it on his tablet though, so I have at least seen it and can see why so many people enjoy it).

      Re Batman: I'm pleased to see that you too have such great taste in games! ;)

      Thanks for leaving a comment.

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      @Tim Bader: You're welcome and I'm glad to see your lens is doing so well! Are you gonna be playing Elder Scrolls online? Looks fun, I can't wait!

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      Tim Bader 3 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @Zeross4: It does look fun, from the little I have seen of it.

      Sadly, I don't have the time or the set-up for online play at home, so I will have to give that one a miss.

      However, I still have a long way to go in Skyrim, so perhaps I should continue with that first!

      I hope you enjoy ESO.

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