Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind GOTY Edition (Original Xbox) by Bethesda Softworks

Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind GOTY Edition (Xbox) by Bethesda Softworks Box Art

North Amercian Release Date: October 28, 2003.

Region(s) Released: North America, Europe

High Definition Resolutions Supported: 480p
System Link Support: No

Average Overall Score:
9.11 / 10

I wasn?t really sure how to go about writing a review of a game that was released before, so let me start by calling Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind Game of the Year simply ?Uber Morrowind?"

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Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind Game of the Year Edition includes the original version of its award-winning RPG The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, along with content from the two Morrowind expansions: Tribunal and Bloodmoon.


Monday, October 20, 2003

User Reviews

Score: 91
Overall User Average: 9.08 / 10 (91.1%)
Gameplay User Average: 8.67 / 10
Graphics User Average: 8.50 / 10
Sound User Average: 8.28 / 10
Date reviewed: June 10, 2005.

Overall: This is more than a expansion pack for Morrowind. If you already own Morrowind, get this one cause this will add more than 100 hours of gameplay for your already-made character. With Bloddmoon and Tribunal added, your must require a powerful character to survive in these two new areas.
Gameplay: Well, like every series of Elder Scrolls, you make a character of your choice (sex, hair, class, sign of birth, etc), and when you have being free to Morrowind, you can absolutely go anywhere you want and do anything you want. Since your character are still not like a powerful one, there are some areas that you need to not get in there first. There are still a main quest but is just up to you do it or not. You can level up easily when you got enough money for training. Weapons are varied from maces, swords, knifes, daggers to grand staffs, long bows, and some uniques items. Only one thing that really about to bring this game down is the fighting system. You can swing, slash or trush your ennemies with your weapons but is so basic that you didn't even notice your character winning the deal or not. The magic is great but not really in dept like many other games.
Graphics: The visual is spectacular compare to many other games but you are limited by the fog of war in every way. It's like you walking in some kind of fog island. The raining and snowing effects really to see.
Sound: Yeah, one for all the game and one for the fighting moments which is just too original. Maybe we need more themes in each area of the land.
Suggestions: Yeah, Elder Scrolls 4 is coming. :)

Overall: 80 %
Gameplay: 70 %
Graphics: 70 %
Sound: 60 %

Bleed Black
Date reviewed: December 7, 2004.

Overall: Morrowind is such a big game, it's incredibly huge, it's almost scary how ginormous this game is. I mean, there's so much to do, that you could play this game 5 hours a day, for three months straight, and still have things left to do.
Gameplay: You start out being the slowest person possible, but once you get up your speed and acrobatics, you can leap over buildings. I'm glad this game isn't the least bit linear, because that'd be boring. The Combat isn't anything but an off-screen dice roll for if you hit, or how much damage you do. Easier to hit(and kill), when you have a higher skill with the weapon you have.
Graphics: The first things I said about Morrowind, were: "wow, these graphics suck" or "gee whiz, those trees look like cardboard", but, the more you play, the more these things become obsolete. You no longer care about how bad things look when you're walking around this marvelous land of animals and races of people all over the place. If you don't like the the graphics now, you will not care after you play 500 or so hours(like I have).
Sound: The music is morrowind isn't great, the speach isn't great, well the sound effect are bad too. Next time Bethesda, please get some good voice actors like Bungie did.
Suggestions: Please keep the huge world down for Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, I would love to feel like I could do infinite things like I did in morrowind. But otherwise, great job on creating a game that I will always remember(seriously, I end up telling someone to mark and recall)

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 90 %
Graphics: 70 %
Sound: 60 %

Lone Wolf 4
Date reviewed: November 22, 2004.

Overall: Don't get me wrong I love morrowind on the PC, and the first one on the BOX was great but LOADING......................Sorry I got side tracked....loading.....ok you should get the point
Gameplay: Walk inside loading......oh wait I maent to go o...I won't lie when I say I watched an entire 15 minute Ren and Stimpy Cartoon before it was done loading the main game
Graphics: Good,clunky characters and pop ups detract, but beautiful water effects and sun sets act like a painting
Sound: Good music, thats it, magic effects have dumb wishhhh noises, and NPC's say the darndest things "kill him"
Suggestions: Elder Scrolls IV looks great, please
make sure the equipment can handel it!

Overall: 20 %
Gameplay: 30 %
Graphics: 70 %
Sound: 30 %

The Beastmaster
Date reviewed: November 16, 2004.

Overall: Long lasting, open ended, quest oriented, fantastic role playing game.
My vote for the best Xbox game on the market.

Gameplay: Just the type of game that consoles should have... provided of course that the console has a hard drive.

Graphics: Simply fantastic.
It's very pretty, there are a few better looking games on the market, but those don't push the edge of the amount of volume of things on the screen as Morrowind does... so it's not a fair comparison.
Sound: Great music... good voice acting... great sound effects.
The quests and such have a lot of text-based to it. But, it's got so much that you can read and read to your hearts content all the stuff that they added to this game.
It's just unreal.
Suggestions: Thanks for the game!

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 100 %

Date reviewed: October 12, 2004.

Overall: Morrowind GOTY has got to be the largest and best rpg ive ever played. Morrowind was great and now with the 2 expansions, its even bigger and more fun. This game will have you consumed for ages completing the main quests let alone the hundreds of others. If your a fan of rpg's i definetely reccomend getting this.
Gameplay: Gameplay is really where Morrowind GOTY shines, you get to go and do wat ever u like. There isn't one path and way to go like many other games, you can go and explore everywhere. You can do quests, find weapons and armor, or just explore and kill everyone. Also you can join different clans and guilds and become their leader.
Graphics: Graphics are very pleasing to the eye, especially the very realistic looking water. Characters look real and the towns and cities look almost life-like.
Sound: The music is the mostly the same throughout the game but changes when go into combat or watever. The music is pretty good and gets pretty catchy. The sound effects have been done very well and sound very realistic.
Suggestions: I think u should make combat better instead of just hacking and make it easier to travel around, cause some places take bloody ages to walk to and back.

Also hurry up and get TES IV : Oblivion finished so i can play!

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 100 %

Date reviewed: September 2, 2004.

Overall: wow the game never ends theres always one more thing to do forget replay value ill never replay it cause ill never finish everything
Gameplay: i can do anything in this game i can fly i can stay under water for 3 days or i can walk on water i even made jesus boots
Graphics: very good for this big of an rpg it was really a great effort by the makers to make the viuals this good
Sound: ill just say 5 cause i didnt really pay attention to the sound i was to bussy trying to figure out what i was going to do next
Suggestions: i want to go to the mainland

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 100 %

Date reviewed: July 21, 2004.

Overall: This one of the deepest games I have ever played. It's amazing how much they fit into one game and how long you can spend playing it.
Gameplay: There is so much to do in this. I really like that they have a first person and a third person view. Being able to equip so many different items is also great.
Graphics: The graphics in this game are pretty good. But they are not on the same level of games like halo or crimson skies.
Sound: The music was ok but when I was playing the game I didn't even pay much attention to it. This game definitely eats up a lot of time.

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 80 %
Sound: 80 %

Date reviewed: July 8, 2004.

Overall: This is the most in depth RPG I have ever played. You start off as a prisoner being released in a strange land for an unknown reason by the Emperor. You must forfill the Nervarine prophecies and defeat the evil immortal, Dagoth Ur.

the expansions of the Tribunal and Bloodmoon lead to hours upon hours of additional gameplay.
Gameplay: You can play in either 1st person or 3rd person, but 1st is much easier to control and is the way it was meant to be played. You have an inventory, can wear armor, of which there are 3 kinds, medium, light, and heavy each kind has a variety of different materials and differents qualities, rarieties, and values of armor within each type. You use your skills to level up to increase your attributes. Pretty standard RPG stuff. Hundreds of unique characers and you can choose between 9 races, either male or female, then you can choose your hair and face from the race's available selections. Each race has certain boosts and some have weugh, it does tend to be quite sensitive to a dirty lense, or a bad DVD drive. I have gotten more lock-ups and dirty disk errors with this game than all of the games I have ever played combined. Expect at least 1 a day.
Graphics: the visuals are good, not awe-inspiring or as good as Halo, but very good considering it is a couple of years old and has been ported for the xbox. Sometimes there are clipping issues, but overall the visuals are solid.
Sound: the sound is so-so, no custom soundtracks, and most of the time I don't even notice the music when I'm playing any game so I can't say a lot about it.
Suggestions: its a solid game, I wish we could have plugins via Xboxlive, but MS wouldnt' let them because they didn't launch it as a live title.

polish it more, its way too glitchy for such an enjoyable game.

Overall: 90 %
Gameplay: 80 %
Graphics: 80 %
Sound: 70 %

Date reviewed: July 6, 2004.

Overall: Um, morrowind is an awesome game truely. But its an awesome game with so many flaws it hurts. It really really hurts.
Gameplay: Well lets see, you can do anything. Well really anything. But if you dont save your screwed. Because in this game it takes forever to get from one place to another. Some quests take a good 2 hours to complete. But that isnt always a bad thing or is it? The game is fun to play. Alright combat system, good ability to customize your character. U can even steal pillows from everyones bed and make a stupid fort outa them. All aside let me point out a really bad thing. The gameplay is good when you havent moved anything in the world around, killed anyone, or done anything. After you do anything it keeps track of that, it doesnt have the ability to say just delete items like most games. U can sell things to merchants but then all you did is xfer them to him not yourself. With that let me say be prepared to get really mad when you spend hours doing something forget to save every 5 minutes then it freezes. Or it lags so bad your able to shower, dress, eat and then go to class and come back and it still hasnt moved until finally you say screw it and eject the cd and stop playing for a month. I mean sure its fun but its not worth your time if you do have a life. It takes way to long to get anything done, and even if you dont have a life, i doubt this game could keep you interested for long when you cant run around at the fps in say halo or some other game. So unfortuantly i have to give it a low score
Graphics: Visuals are good. All the NPCS move aroudn and such but there are not many cutsceens. I mean really there arent. And theres not to many times you say wow its cool looking at the water reflections lol.
Sound: Sound is alright. Stupid enemies make stupid noises. Lol the guards yell stupid things, followers say "wait for me" in a pathetic voice. lol
Suggestions: Well it took forever for this game to come out. And it took forever for me to become tired of it to the point where i didnt want to even see it anymore. I mean this is an awesome game but theres too much to have to do and not enough time for people who have alot of other things and people in there life.

Overall: 60 %
Gameplay: 30 %
Graphics: 70 %
Sound: 50 %

Date reviewed: May 15, 2004.

Overall: If you have a life, and you like it, DONT get this game! It will consume hours at a time, I played it 12 hours straight a few times.
Gameplay: Quest you say? Ya there are more quest than I can count. Forgeting about ones youv'e started are way to easy, and forgeting where to go when youv'e done them is almost as easy. The battling is a bit weak, and if you play it smart, you have an unbeatable god-like character in about a week.
Graphics: Overall good, not great anywhere, draw distace is descent, characters are a bit blocky, textures realy good at times, animations ok, atmospheric affects are also good.
Sound: I like the score. The little that is said during the game gets repetaive, but descent non the less.
Suggestions: Making combat less 'dice' related would be nice. Journal is a pain since it records way to much useless info! Journal also needs to show map locations not discription! Bugs on a console? C'mon, dont you have testers?

Overall: 90 %
Gameplay: 90 %
Graphics: 90 %
Sound: 100 %

Date reviewed: May 2, 2004.

Overall: well, basically, this game literally consumed my life... there are few downisedes to this game (made up for with the sheer addictiveness of the game).... I have to give it only a 4.5, sadly, because it just isnt perfect... this game could dominate the world with just a few changes (less crashing, better graphics, for instance, though the graphics dont bother me)....
Gameplay: GAMEPLAY!!!!! imo, this is where the game shines.... never have you played a game that immerses you so much that you think about what faction you are going to do next, what rare artifact you are going to get next, what museum you are going to make next (its a hobby of mine, each house in balmora has a different type of museum).... i am prepetually forced to give this section a 4.5 because of the !&%$@#* ty battle engine.... wow, you mash the right trigger until something dies, thats incredibly fun (rolls eyes)....
Graphics: very original designs and concepts for buildings, animals, people, armor, weaprons, nature, etc..... not the highest quality of graphics, but definitely tolerable....
Sound: i love the music.... its not something you notice right off the bat, but its one of those things that just keeps the mood, and i commend bethesda for that....
Suggestions: so many things could be improved upon.... 1. less loading, when your speed gets really high (cough, 500, cough), its loads EVERY FU**ING TIME YOU JUMP!!!!
2. less loading (intial loading), somehow make the first loading a little faster.
3. make it so you can skip everything in the beginning b4 you load you game, that pisses me off!!!
4. MORE ELDER SCROLLS (it would be nice in valenwood and the summerset isles, or maybe cyroddill...)
5. less cliff racers.... they !&%$@#* me off so much OMFG!!!! they're ervywhere!!!
6. less crashing... enough said...
7. better fighting system... not just mash until you opponent(s) die(s)
8. revamp the graphics (though the current graphics are suitable)
9. all of the above ten times over and some i missed (because i know i missed something)

P.S. for all the non-players who read this, dont let it discourage you from buying morrowind because it is WAY (key word here) too good to be sitting on the shelf of a game store! NOW GO BUY IT!!! I ORDER YOU!!!!

Overall: 90 %
Gameplay: 90 %
Graphics: 80 %
Sound: 100 %

Date reviewed: March 8, 2004.

Overall: Even better than the original...I was hoping that they'd include both expansion packs...and that made it even better this time around.
Gameplay: Loved getting into the expansions, Bloodmoon was great, and the other was ok. Bethesda left everything, wisely, intact from the original, and this made it really nice getting an even higher level character. Many nice touchs were added that keep this game fresh and rewarding.
Graphics: The redraw rate was better thus time and even the new characters and enemies flowed seemlessly and looked great. The snowy scenes made winter seem even more dismal though.
Sound: The new areas are great, and the same tried and true (albeit VERY repetitive background music)is there, the little sounds touches that keep this game a newly repolished classic.
Suggestions: Great additions for this reincarnation...I dunno were you'd go after such an instant classic, but I bet that Bethesda has something else great up their sleeves...

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 90 %

Date reviewed: March 3, 2004.

Overall: Great RPG!!!Good Graphics and Gameplay! The only problem is that every once in a while the game will freeze and it takes a LONG time to load.
Gameplay: Gameplay that seems to never end. I've played about 3 hours of it and the best part is that you can do WHATEVER you want! You can kill civilians, steal, trade, buy, complete missions, etc. I also don't like how long it takes to walk places.
Graphics: Great visuals. Good weather effects but sometimes things can get screwed up when they are in the distance.
Sound: This is probably the worst part of the game. I know that RPGs don't have like radio music or regular music but these sounds just seem to bore me to death. BUT the sounds of you stepping and other sound effects are great.
Suggestions: Ummm. To make a new game where it doesn't take as long to walk. Even though this is a good game.

Overall: 80 %
Gameplay: 90 %
Graphics: 90 %
Sound: 70 %

Hard Boiled Cop
Date reviewed: March 1, 2004.

Overall: A third/first person rpg that allows you to choose what type of person/creature you want to be. One of the longest and most compelling rpg ever. You can choose to become a warrior or a mage. You level up by doing different types of movement, own your own house by killing the people inside a house thus claiming the house for yourself, doing jobs for different people therefore gaining you a reputation and the game world is enormous! One of the biggest and pretty much quite a detailed world. The names of places and people sounds kind of weird when I first played it but after a while you'll get use to it. The graphics are ok. Not the best ever and not the worst.
Overall a brilliant, absorbing and enchanting game that will stick with you until you're old and ready to collapse. The only let down are by below standard visual effects, slight frame rate issues and an alright combat system.
Gameplay: When you first start off, you begin to feel as if you're weak (well of course) but as you gradually play further into the game you begin to obtain more power therefore you are stronger at attacking somebody. The movement of the character isn't bad at all either, maybe it is slightly let down by slow movement but that's because you're either carrying to much or you're just tired, if thats the case you should get some rest. The save system is particularly good as well because it allows you to save almost anywhere, even during combat. The controls sometimes feel a little bit tricky to handle. Its complex at the start but you'll get use to it. The combat seems sluggish most of the time. It doesn't seem as if you're really doing some damage but unless you hold down the right trigger, it does this sort of power charge and once releae it does alot of damage.
Graphics: The visuals may not look like 'halo' standards but its still good for an rpg game and a world that looks and really feels enormous. The environment are very good in fact. It has some nice textures on the walls, fairly detailed, different towns look fairly detailed as well. The weapons in particular are one of the most detailed weapons ever. Its just the poor character model that lets it down and creatures that doesn't even look right. The clothes and armour doesn't make you feel like you're wearing something very protective.
Sound: Most of the time the game is quite silent. When I mean silent and meant no talking almost. It has some nice wind effects, rain sounds are terrific, even underwater it still sounds great. When you hit somebody with a sword, it makes the same sound over again which I think is really bad. Not much else I can talk about the sound but it has some awesome rain effects which makes it seems as if its a dull, cold day.
Suggestions: Take your time on visual effects.
Make the combat system even better!
A more fluid animation on character's movement. Make it more realistic like Splinter Cell style.
Better lighting/shadow effects.
A better frame rate.

Add a horse because travelling on foot is a killer. lol j/k

Overall: 90 %
Gameplay: 90 %
Graphics: 80 %
Sound: 90 %

Date reviewed: February 17, 2004.

Overall: Who wouldn't want to maul people as a werewolf? So the GotY edition is a lot of fun if you were a fan of the original, but did we not get enough freezer bugs the first round? By the way, I am directing this review at people who have purchased/played the original, because if you haven't and you're starting a new game with this hot mess?...well, check the gameplay description.
Gameplay: Very innovative. Instead of relying strictly on guilds to take up a player's time, we have lots of new quests AND a new quild or two thrown in the mix. It's also a little harder get stuck in places and the combat runs more smoothly, and the enemy's life meter is great. New Nord faces and the big, juicy new quests give veteran players plenty to do. I emphasize the word veteran there. Because when I attempted to play anew from the new disc, I ran into at least three times the freeze ups and dirty disk errors as in the original. I recommend playing through at least the basics in the original disc then transfering to the new one. I am going to post a thread on how to avoid those pesky freeze ups and dd errors. Those wasted more hours than I actually played...Yeah, Bethesda's neglect of this problem is gonna dock them some pointage.
Graphics: The panoramic view now reaches a bit farther. I love the integration of Norse mythology on Solstheim, and I love finally having scimitars to play with. Being a werewolf is cool. It looks very nice. New Nord faces look nice. Snow is pretty. Yadda yadda. They done good.
Sound: New sounds are very cool. There are so many fun werewolf noises and new creature noises and singing Nords and fruitcakes...much better than the original.
Suggestions: Fix the bugs! I'm not playing!

Overall: 90 %
Gameplay: 60 %
Graphics: 80 %
Sound: 90 %

Date reviewed: February 15, 2004.

Overall: The first Morrowind for xbox was the first RPG that I got into. I have easily played over 100 hours on this game. Morrowind GOTY is an expansion which has 1 extra contenent and a whole other giant city, added quests and all too.
Gameplay: Creat character, travel, barter, harass, beat, kill great game huh? Yeah It is. Earn your reputation by completing quests in a variaty of different guilds you can join. Every game has its flaw and this one is glitches, if you every considering playing this game, save very often.
Graphics: The graphics in this game are pretty good, could improve but the game is so big, and the loading times are already long enough, I wouldn't want to play this game if it had better graphics.
Sound: Sound was really good. I don't really have anything else to say on this, so you can stop reading, the only reason I'm typing this is to make it over the required 100 characters.
Suggestions: I would enjoy this game alot more if they would cut down on the literally never ending gameplay and focus more on fixing the glitches, and bump up the graphics a couple of notches. Fable will take care of that need.

Overall: 80 %
Gameplay: 70 %
Graphics: 80 %
Sound: 90 %

Date reviewed: February 8, 2004.

Overall: All I have to say about this game is its so addicting and fun its has the things that make an rpg good.All I have to say is that this game is THE BEST RPG EVER!!!
Gameplay: The gameplay is AWESOMELY good.It is so good its scary.The plot is great and The gameplay is just great it is real hard to explain how much I like it.The gameplay is so nice I think it is worthy of a 4.5.
Graphics: This games visual effects are nice.They could be better.I have experianced better, but this is pretty close to really darn good. I think there needs to be more blood,gore,guts,cuts,bruises,and stuff like that.Its good enough for a 4.0.
Sound: The sound in this game is is good, but not great.It could be better , but to much better.It has an rpg like soundtrack and it is real good.I think it is good enough for a 4.5!!!
Suggestions: MAKE A SEQUAL!!!

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 90 %
Graphics: 80 %
Sound: 90 %

Date reviewed: February 7, 2004.

Overall: I played this game inside and out, and I still haven't gotten close to doing everything there is to do. Some of the graphics aren't that great and on an older Xbox the game loads constantly; that could just be the fact that I've maxed out my player's stats, and its hard for the Xbox to keep up. Either way its worth the wait. I bought this game before I even had an Xbox of my own, and even then I thought it was worth it. The expansion packs simply add to this games awesome main quest. Tribunal deals with a second rebelious god and in Bloodmoon you become a werewolf. Killing gods is one of the more fun things about Morrowind. No other game can even compare.
Gameplay: The quest on the mainland is different but fun all the same. I wish I could say I knew how the whole main quest went, but I found a shortcut to the end by killing the god Vivic. I've only played a lil of the expansions and I haven't gotten into them much.
Graphics: The scenery is fantastic. Sometimes it doesn't seem like the graphics are any good, but you need to know where to go. If you want to know how good the graphics are go Northeast of the city Khuul or go to the counsel house in Sadrith Mora. Or just play the main quest and watch the very end of Dagoth Ur just after you destroy the Heart of Lorkon.
Sound: The sounds go fairly well with the game. Some of the animals just make weird sounds that surprise you sometimes, but thats a good thing in my book, because you know when somethings trying to attack you.
Suggestions: In the game you can read a lot of books and talk to a lot of people who come from the "main land." Make a new Morrowind. Not quite an expansion but a whole new game where you can use your old character on the main land. Make it possible for stats to go even higher, create harder enemies, new armor, new weopons, new gods that you can kill (like vivic), and have a new main quest. A big one like the original Morrowind; the bloodmoon and tribunal quests were too small. If the advertisement was good enough, then I know all Morrowind fans would buy the new Morrowind, even if they hadn't beat the main quest on the original.

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 100 %

Date reviewed: January 26, 2004.

Overall: Let me first say that this very well might be my favorite game ever. Halo: fun, GTA: addictive, but Morrowind, well I can certainly say that it is the only game I have ever played for easily more than 200 hours (and that's on the conservative side), and might be the only thing at all that has taken up that amount of time in my life, bar sleeping, eating, and relieving myself. Normally I have a very short attention span when it comes to video games, and the number of videogames I've actually finished you could probably count on one hand. Hell, I haven't actually even officially "finished" Morrowind! But that's exactly what I love about it. Tired of the quest you're on? Well, why not vent some steam, contract vampirism/lycanthropy and massacre an entire village. Get tired of that? Start a new character and not kill anyone throughout the entire game (which is theoretically possible) There are dozens of factions you can join, and three huge "houses" that each alone can offer more hours of gameplay than most recent games in their entirety. True, some people might be daunted by this, and the game is certainly not for the illiterate (no offense to the illiterate, but the game contains more text than most large novels), but for anyone who wants a REAL RPG, and especially for those like myself who can't run the computer version, Morrowind is a dream come true.

For those of you who are intimidated by the immensity of this game and frankly don't have 200, or even 50 hours to put into anything, let alone a video game, don't be put off. While Morrowind can be incredibly engrossing, it is can also be very accessible, and if you can only play for 30 minutes at a time, you may find it hard to wrench yourself away, but this does not make the game less enjoyable.

Lastly, I would like to address the idiot who reviewed this game before me: when every single person who has rated a game before you give it a 4.5 or higher (indeed almost all fives) and you preface your review with the statement that you don't like RPG's, then WHY are you playing this game, let alone reviewing it! First of all, your language is barely intelligible, such to the point that you really shouldn't be reviewing anything. So what compelled you to play and review a game that involved this much reading when you can obviously barely write? Second, it's not as if you simply review everything you play (as you have only reviewed this and a tennis game of all things), so again, why Morrowind? Third, if you yourself admit you are "BIAST", then why take the time to review this at all? And finally, yes you CAN kill as many civilians as you want. Once you finish character creation, THERE IS NOT A SINGLE CHARACTER IN THE GAME YOU CANNOT KILL, even if it breaks the main quest.

Alright, let's move on.
Gameplay: The gameplay is great. If you are a big fan of RPG's like Final Fantasy, and love the way you have to randomly fight monsters in an incredibly akward turn based fashion, then you should HATE Morrowind.

No more hour long spells, that basically amount to a number floating over the enemy's head, no more random encounters, and no more stupid, poorly translated, and even more poorly acted lines, and those who counter that you have to read too much abviously are overlooking just how retarded it makes the game look when you hear those moronic sounding lines come haltingly out of some B rate anime voice actor, and completely take you out of the mood. Besides, all of the good RPG's use all text or almost all text anyways (Chronotrigger, Zelda 3, etc).

Beyond that, gameplay is incredibly varied: you will have a completely different experience playing as a fighter, vs playing as a mage, or playing as a thief. The spell casting/creation and enchantment system is excellent, and more than compensates for the rather simple co I wouldn't change anything, except make one or two locations easier to find, as there were several times when I was so lost I had to reference a more detailed map on the computer.
Graphics: Some people think they are a bit too out of date looking. I think they are perfect. With the possible exception of the character models, and an occational overly bland background texture, everything in the game is right on. It may not be the prettiest game on the XBox, but it is certainly one of the most atmospheric. Plus, the water looks awesome.

Also, realtime shadows are nice, but can slow down the frame rate, so it is better to leave them off.
Sound: The sound is overall very good. The music is great, the background noises are also excellent (ei wind and rainfall). The footsteps on the otherhand are a little retarded and could feasibly get annoying, but when people do speak, it is generally pretty funny.
Suggestions: I loved the addition of tribunal and bloodmoon, but would have exploded in extacy if some of the mods, or at least just the official ones, had been included or were put on an OXM cd/distributed over Live. Other than that, bethsoft has done an amazing job, and I can't wait for TES IV to come out in 2006 or something.

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 90 %

Date reviewed: January 20, 2004.

Overall: This game is awesome. Think original Morrowind times 10. Beware, though. It will consume your life. I think it is my favorite XBOX game to date.
Gameplay: I like the gameplay on the expansions a lot better than on the original version. Little side-quests just pop up from nowhere when you're talking to someone. There are new weapons, items, and FINALLY, some good medium armor.
Graphics: Morrowind at its best. Remember all those crappy dead trees in Balmora? Just head over to Soltheim or Mournhold and take a look at green plants. Thats right, greenery.
Sound: Same old music and sounds. Not that its bad, but i was looking forward to a little more. Still very good, though.

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 90 %

Date reviewed: January 13, 2004.

Overall: After playing the game for hundreds of hours I have not come to the end of the main quest, and there are still hundreds of side quests, even after you beat the game you could spend countless hours just exploring the land. There are only 3 downsides to this whole game and they are as such: the graphics are not all that great, the next problem is the load times, however the load times teach you patience which is a good thing I guess and finally is that the game will freeze up on occasion so I recommend saving every 15 minutes.
Gameplay: You can do whatever you want!! go waste an NPC, which by the way no 2 NPCs are alike, you can try to get all your skills to 100, you can go grave robbing, oyu can climb the ranks in guilds, there are hundreds of side quests you can do. You can go in search of the best weapons and armor in the game, and I've got to say that's not all! this game will suck you up and can't put the controller down! you better save often however because the game will freeze up about once every few hours but save often and you'll be fine.
Graphics: The people of the game seem kinda square, but there are real time shadows as well as many different weather conditions including: Rain, Fog, Snow (bloodmoon expansion only), clear days, partly cloudy, overcast, drizzle, downpour, and maybe more. The landscape is great complete with mountains, rivers, lakes, lava pits, and more.
Sound: There are only a few songs that are pretty good but they get old after hearing them hundreds and thousands of times. The NPCs in the game will comment you if you are wearing nice clothes or if you are naked they might tell you how disgusted they are to see you nude. After a while you can grab out your cd player because theses songs will get old. I have heard some people complaining about the footsteps in the game being too loud, however in the options menu you can control how loud the music, footsteps, and voice volumes are.
Suggestions: Bigger soundtrack, and a sequel!

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 90 %
Sound: 90 %

Slap A Pope
Date reviewed: January 1, 2004.

Overall: There should be a warning on this game. It will suck your life away. There is almost no end to the amount of things to see and do.
Gameplay: There is a lot of walking, but you won't mind since the traveling is always worth it. Between job, treasure, animal, home, and sometimes people hunting you will enjoy yourself. The only down side is the somewhat lackluster combat. However you will be shocked how quickly you become adjusted.
Graphics: At times its a marvel. However, the draw in distance could be better. Great weather effects. Detailed characters and monsters, more would have been better though.
Sound: Easily the worst part of the game. Since most of the in-game talking is actually in-game reading, its a good time to check out your CD collection
Suggestions: I never say this, but please give us another seaquel.

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 90 %
Graphics: 80 %
Sound: 40 %

Date reviewed: December 18, 2003.

Overall: Amazing, with over 150 hours of gameplay (even for the most skilled gamers) in the original alone, you ge a $20 game plus 2 expansion packs for only $30.
Gameplay: Ho, ho, ho, merry, christmas. Thats what i'm gonna have with this action packed game where the gameplay is a perfect mix of middevel type fighting and chose what to do play.
Graphics: Pretty good graphics, it can't compete with the big boys but it still rules the play pen. (F.Y.I it is 2 years old)
Sound: As I always say, i'm not the guy to as, but yes the sound is VERY, VERY, VERY good. (BUt i'm not the guy to ask.)
Suggestions: Keep up the good work.

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 100 %

Date reviewed: December 13, 2003.

Overall: Like Morrowind, but with 100 hours of extra gameplay ontop of the huge 300 hour original. Tonnes of new content make Morrowind, an already great game, even better!
Gameplay: Like Morrowind except BIGGER! It features lots of new weapons, characters and side storys to make the game even bigger than it was. There are new monsters, numerous forms of wildlife in the new areas, and a variety of brand new weather effects. Plus there are new tweaks like the enemy health bar, something requested by gamers everywhere and slightly more optimised graphics quality. Read the Morrowind reviews for the basics.
Graphics: The original had some excellent graphics, but GOTY gets a higher score because the range of environments, and effects are larger. It now features snowscapes, blizzards and the HUGE capital city.
Sound: The same excellent soundtrack and beleivable soundeffects are here too. Plus new ambient sounds for blizards and new monsters.
Suggestions: An excellent upgrade to an excellent game. If there is to be an Ellder Scrolls 4, I'll be buying it without question! Excellent work from Bethesda. Keep it up!

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 100 %

Date reviewed: December 9, 2003.

Overall: GOTY is a great additional to any X-Box library. It is, hands down, the most detailed world ever brought to a console. If you like RPG's, then Morrowind is a great buy, but it does come with its drawbacks, which are many. If we exclude any shortcomings, Morrowind is awesome. One can easily spend 6 months trying to beat the main part of the game, provided you go on some side missions and do some exploring
Gameplay: Great fun. Excluding the many bugs found in the game, you'll have a blast playing. Lots of open ended gameplay and tons to explore.
Graphics: Good graphics for a game of this size and magnitude, but definitely not the best graphics you'll find on the X-Box.
Sound: The fighting and other particulars sound good, but you'll get tired of hearing the same music over and over again.
Suggestions: good job. Better graphics and sound would be good. But not bad.

Overall: 90 %
Gameplay: 90 %
Graphics: 70 %
Sound: 70 %

Date reviewed: December 4, 2003.

Overall: I think it's the best RPG i've played it's awesome it's like da sims except u r a warrior dude or creature Im the elf and u cab join all these clubs but my Only prob is the fightin system it's too hard to hit sumptin I hit it's belly in da middle but I always miss
Gameplay: It's the sims except ure a warrior it's great I'm sda elf Right now I'm workin for the theives guild.
Graphics: ehhhhh kinda bland or blocky it could be more in depth it's not horribble It won't be dissapointing though.
Sound: great voice acting but the sounds get too repettititve did I spell that right? It's good and the music is just right a nice symphony.
Suggestions: hmmmm Way better fightin system.

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 90 %
Sound: 100 %

Date reviewed: November 11, 2003.

Overall: The first RPG for XBOX just got better with Morrowind: Game Of The Year Edition. This is no-doubt, one of the best RPG's ever made in this generation of videogames.
Gameplay: The gameplay is non-linear, and you can do whatever you want in Morrowind:GOTY. You can either play the main quest first, or do the side quests (i.e: faction and great house quests). After you've finished both, you can come back and finish the Tribunal and Bloodmoon quests that would give you 100 hours of quality RPG goodness!
Graphics: I've noticed that some textures in the game have been improved over the previous game. Also, I'd like to point out that the framerate and draw distance in GOTY is waaaay better than Morrowind: Platinum Hit.

As usual, GOTY displays a breathing and vibrant world. It is probably one of the best digital worlds ever produced in a videogame!

Add Solstheim's(bloodmoon) winter atmosphere and M urban atmosphere and the graphics in this game is just plain superior over Morrowind: Platinum Hit.
Sound: The epic music in the background is extremely repetitive, but I couldn't have asked for a better background music.

Overall, the sound in GOTY is decent, but it features some of the craziest sound effects in the most unexpected moments(thunder sound effect anyone?).
Suggestions: Kudos to Bethesda for giving us RPG lovers the TRUE Morrowind game. The first one can't compare to what GOTY offers IMO. Fact, there's no point of buying Morrowind: Platinum Hit because GOTY is the "Morrowind" game to get!

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 80 %

Date reviewed: November 6, 2003.

Overall: The Elder Scrolls has been one of the best RPG's to date. The GOTY edition includes the expansions Tribunal & Bloodmoon plus the original game.

Morrowind is the original game. You are released from slavery for an unknown reason or purpose and droped in Vvandefell, from there on you start your quest...

Tribunal is the first expansion, it takes place in Mournhold the capital of Morrowind. Where a relentless new king has taken the throne of Morrowind, your journey will lead you to the Clockwork City of Sotha Sil, to massive epic-sized dungeons. You'll encounter new enemies such as goblins, lich lords, and the mysterious Fabricants, You'll also get to meet the two other God Kings,Almalexia and Sotha Sil, while discovering why the Dark Brotherhood is after you, stalking you on every turn.

Bloodmoon is the second expansion it takes place in Solstheim, an icy region north of Vvandefell. In the wilderness of Solstheim you'll experience snow, blizzards, and new creatures. You have have a choice of main stories to follow and have the opportunity to defend a colony, take control over how the colony is built up, and defend it from the werewolves Or, you can decide you become one of them by catching the disease.
Gameplay: The gameplay is great, you have the freedom to go anywhere anytime, you'll encounter hundreds of Dungeon's,Tombs & things to buy. You can steal,float,turned invisible,make spells,swords & jump hundred's of feet into the air just to name a few. The battle system is pretty good but gets a little repetitive over time, is based on that of D&D hit or miss, the more fatigue & skill of that weapon you have,the less likely you're going to miss the target. If you get caught stealing, you'll either be dragged to Jail,pay the fine or resist arrest and become an outlaw, the more crimes you do the bigger the bounty will be, for example if you kill a guard you'll raise your bounty by 1,000 and every single guard will be after you until either you are killed or pay the fine, but if you kill too many people you'll get a death sentence which will make every single guard on the game will try to kill you without giving it a second tough, you will also find that some houses have been locked and some people are afraid of you know. The game has over 500 quests to do from the main story to factions and errands. You can also become a vampire or a werewolf by acquiring a disease and slaughter people.
Graphics: The graphics are awesome from the raging blizzards of Solstheim to the calm water Vvandefell. You can either play in FPS or 3rd person camera. The only problems are that the framerate droops and some of the animation is sloppy, but overall this game has some of the best graphics on the system.

Sound: The worst parts of the game the music, the game has only 3 themes of music while the rest are remixed versions, I have heard them hundreds of times but they still don't seem to bother me, you may think so otherwise. Another thing is the !&%$@#* footsteps which get extremely annoying, each race has their own voice for the gender and different for the Race, the characters of the same race seem to be too stupid to know other conversation, even if you choose another gender they'll always say the same thing. But overall is not as bad as I make it sound, you'll just have to hear it yourself to judge.

Suggestions: Make use of the Xbox harddrive and add the construction set to it, even a cheap one will do, not only will it include hundreds of new faces,skins,weapons etc, but it will also enable you to do new missions,play as cool diferent races(link or smog) or make the game from scratch if you want to.

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 90 %
Sound: 90 %

Date reviewed: November 3, 2003.

Overall: Overall Morrowind GOTY is a great addition to the already world of morrowind with adding over 100 hours of more gameplay and fixing a lot of the bugs in it.
Gameplay: The gameplay is smooth and plays well, framerate has been fixed and it all runs better. Two new places to go and the abilty to be a werewolf really add a lot more of gameplay to the already imense game. Also with the difficulty slider even your "God" character might have a challenge.
Graphics: Morrowid GOTY has the same graphics the original did but the only difference is the draw distance on objects is a little farther away so this is better other than that the graphics are average and not bad at all.
Sound: The sound is nice and a lot of the sound effects are good like the rain and blizzards, a thing that I noticed is that more of the NPCs have more voices and say different things depending on what quest you are on which adds a little more depth in the game.
Suggestions: Make a seqeul and try to keep it bug free and if anything take out the bad bugs not the good ones

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 90 %
Sound: 100 %

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