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ESO: more fun with two

Knowing we’d have almost two weeks off work, just before Christmas I decided to dedicate some time to playing new video games during the holidays. I managed a good start: after enjoying the strangeness of The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker last year, I purchased Wales Interactive’s next full-motion video (FMV) title The Shapeshifting Detective in the Steam sale and completed it two days later.

That’s where progress stopped however, for my other-half had other ideas. He’d bought himself a PlayStation 4 Pro in October and now that we had two consoles, he wanted to bring a second television into the living room temporarily so we could play The Elder Scrolls Online (ESO) together. After a cup of tea on Christmas Eve morning Pete went about getting everything set up and creating an account for himself, bouncing around on the sofa like a little kid (before getting fed-up with the character creation screen and hitting the ‘random’ button).

He’d never expressed an interest in playing before but I myself have had an on-off addiction to ESO for several years now. I explained how this started in my answer for November’s QotM: after gifting our original PS to my other-half and stepson in 2014 and the flu then putting Pete on his back in bed, I’d decided to occupy myself by checking out the game. Once he’d recovered several days later I was still playing, and eventually I managed to persuade him into joining me as backseat-gamer.

Although he was happy to watch, he’d never mentioned trying ESO out for himself and didn’t seem particularly keen to do so. I was therefore surprised when we first mentioned us playing it alongside each other but, with my addiction softly saying sweet-nothings in my ear, I agreed to give it a go.

And I have to admit that it’s been great. If adventuring through the Elder Scrolls lands was fun before, it’s even more fun now having Pete there by my side. We’ve been levelling up alongside each other and completing all the quests together; and when a solo one comes up, we’ll wait for our comrade by the exit once we’re done. It’s nice having someone there to explore the world with, celebrate in-game accomplishments with, and trade loot with – and it’s an added bonus that he’s sitting right next to me on the sofa.

When my mother-in-law came to stay with us for the weekend recently, she noticed the second television in the living room and asked what was going on. She knows we play video games but has no interest in them whatsoever and initially thought it was strange when we told her about ESO. But after I’d explained that the game gave us something to enjoy together – and got us talking way more than watching a rubbish programme in the evenings could – she totally understood. (We haven’t managed to persuade her to buy a PS yet though.)

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I can see Pete and I continuing our adventures throughout the rest of the year. We’ve almost hit our characters’ level caps and are now starting to refine our roles; he’s decided to go tank and concentrate on stamina, while I’m trying to take on more of a magicka support role. I say trying because I forget sometimes and go rushing into fights where I’m so used to playing ESO on my own. It usually ends up with myself dying because I’ve disregarded now squishy my character now is, or Pete dying because I’ve forgotten to heal his warrior. It’s a learning curve.

My blogging-other-half Ben sent me the Summerset expansion through the post for Christmas (he’s so awesome) and I don’t think it’s going to take much to persuade my other-half to get himself a copy too. As mentioned in an article last month, I’ve never come anywhere close to completing every quest despite starting the title a number of times. Maybe that will all change now I have my partner-in-crime by my side to keep me motivated (and back me up when there’s a massive enemy on the horizon).

So that’s the story how I found myself spending the holidays playing a game I keep going back to, rather than the new ones I’d planned to complete. The second television is still in the living room and I have a feeling it’s going to be there for some time yet. The only thing I’m worried about is blogging; how on earth am I going to be about to find games to write about if all my time is taken up with ESO?

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Video game lover, Later Levels blogger and SpecialEffect volunteer. Big fan of wannabe pirates and fine leather jackets.

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  1. Whu-? You wrote a blog post? Isn’t that time away from ESO? πŸ˜›

    In all seriousness, ESO solo is fun. ESO with a friend or family member is gold. The same is true of any good MMO – WoW was this for me for many years!

    Looking forward to seeing more joint-gaming antics πŸ™‚

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  2. We did the two-TVs-one-room gaming set up some time ago, and it was a slight put-off to parents and visitors at first, but now everyone’s just like, “oh yeah, that’s their thing.” πŸ™‚

    Your post here is quite timely, because just this past weekend, my husband and I were talking about getting ESO for the PS4 to play together (separately), however, we can’t find a definitive answer to a simple question: do you absolutely need PS Plus to play it? He’s a member, I’m not. If we do need it, I’m not sold on getting a PS Plus membership for only ESO. (Also presuming that we each need to have a copy of the game, so more added cost there.) Any thoughts?

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    • I’m sad to say that I think you do… 😦

      You’d be able to play on your husband’s PS while signed into your own account, but if you wanted to play together on separate consoles you’d need PS Plus. It worked out ok for the other-half and I because we managed to get a second copy of ESO for him for Β£2 and I was already thinking about getting my own subscription anyway.

      What I will say though is that I’ve spent roughly the same amount on PS Plus as a new video game, and I’ve enjoyed playing ESO way more than some of the titles I bought last year!

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      • Ah, well. Thanks a bunch for the info! πŸ™‚ It’s not sounding like the right investment for us, but good to know what’s what in case we change our minds. Glad you guys are having an awesome time with it! I gotta say, all that Elder Scrolls exploring sure looks tempting…

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        • It seems to fit in well around other commitments so it’s turned into our go-to game. It’s easy to get home from work, switch it on and complete a quest or two; there’s not too much remembering the story, or where you are and what you’re doing.

          I’ll keep my fingers crossed that there’s a deal or something on PS Plus very soon so you can try it out… 🀞

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  3. I really like β€œThe Elder Scrolls Online” as well. I found the video game some time ago here: http://www.fuzeforge.co.uk/. It is a captivating title and I can easily spend several hours discovering the different environments. As a fan of MMO games, I can say that β€œThe Elder Scrolls Online” is quite impressive. Moreover, the quests are fun to play and the story is well written.

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    • My other-half and I managed a 12-hour ESO stream earlier this month… and went right back to the game the following day. It’s just too easy to pick up and get sucked into completing a quest or two!

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