Overview of the Elder Scrolls Series as a Whole
Bethesda recently put together a gaming bundle (a package, you might say) of every game in the Elder Scrolls, minus a couple. But even with the missing games, they still put every game in the Elder Scrolls series from Arena all the way to Skyrim.
The games include (in the order they were released): Arena, Daggerfall, Morrowind, Oblivion, and lastly Skyrim. DLC like Skyrim’s Dragonborn and Dawnguard are also available in the bundle. All of them are obviously good games, some better than others. However, in this review, I want to talk about the package as a whole and whether or not it’s worth the purchase.
Content of the Elder Scrolls Anthology
We’ve already gone over what games and DLC are inside this anthology, but I want to talk about the kind of value you’re getting as a whole. At the bottom of this article, you’ll quickly see that Amazon has the price of it as $79.99, which is the regular price it will come before launch.
I already own everything Bethesda has thrown at us gamers, including all the DLC. I’ve played through each and every game (though I did skip some parts of the Bloodmoon and Dawnguard DLCs), so I’m pretty aware of what is in the anthology before it even comes out.
Here, I’m going to calculate the value of each game (and downloadable content) as listed on Amazon:
- Arena and Daggerfall are much older games in the series, so they do go for insanely high prices on Amazon (for collector’s sake, I guess). I, personally, value both the games at around $15.
- Morrowind Game of The Year Edition, on average, sold for around $20 on Amazon. Since the anthology includes all of Morrowind’s DLC, we averaged the GoTY edition of the game.
- Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion also comes with all its DLC in the package, so we averaged the price of the Game of The Year edition. Steam and Amazon both agree with one another that the value of Oblivion + DLC is $20.
- Skyrim, like all the games in this anthology, comes with DLC. Skyrim Legendary Edition costs about $60 almost everywhere you shop, so that alone is almost worth your stay.
We’ve amassed a total of $110 worth of content in the Elder Scrolls Anthology that Bethesda has yet to release. The admission price is set at $79.99. On paper, this does seem like a rock solid deal. However, the fact that almost all these Elder SCrolls games have been on sale and add the fact that they have been on sale numerous times (thanks, Steam), and you may come across just about an even value with the price as a whole.
Should You Purchase the Anthology?
Honestly, I think it’s a great deal. If you’ve never played any of the games or you’re just starting out on this amazing RPG series, it’s definitely worth your money and you get a LOT of bang for your buck. I, myself, have played the games (Skyrim, multiple times) and I just don’t believe I need this collection. It’s not worth my 80 bucks to buy these games again and although Arena and Daggerfall do sell for loads of money elsewhere, I am still hesitant to preorder it just for those games.
Would I buy the anthology if I hadn’t already played (almost) all the games? By all means! But is it worth it to purchase the collection again (with 5 collectible physical maps included) for the sake of my love for the series? In my opinion, no.
So there you have it, this is my brief review of the Elder Scrolls Anthology. Feel free to click on the links below to check out product information, release date, set price, and developer quotes!