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Bethesda’s mas­sive fan­tasy ad­ven­ture takes on World of Warcraft in a swords and sor­cery fight to the death…

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El­der Scrolls On­line and more must-plays

Whether by brute force or magic, the El­der Scrolls games spe­cialise in suck­ing whole days from lives, and this lat­est sword and sor­cery ad­ven­ture is no ex­cep­tion. The last in­stal­ment, The El­der Scrolls V: Skyrim, took T3 the best part of a full-time work­ing week to com­plete, with ac­tion con­fined to the north­ern-most prov­ince of the in-game world of Tam­riel.

The El­der Scrolls On­line goes all out to up the epic. Set a mil­len­nium be­fore Skyrim, its sprawl­ing maps cover an en­tire con­ti­nent, with all open to 100 on­line play­ers at a time. Yes, this is the lat­est game to have a stab at un­seat­ing World Of Warcraft from its MMO (mas­sively mul­ti­player on­line) throne, but wisely go­ing about it in its own way.

In­stead of bor­row­ing game­play ideas, The El­der Scrolls sticks closely to the first­per­son com­bat and story-heavy quest­ing that made Skyrim a tri­umph, play­ers du­al­wield­ing swords and spells with at­tacks mapped to both trig­gers. But by com­bin­ing an en­gag­ing sto­ry­line with the abil­ity to head out with a posse of pals, this in­stal­ment is sure to steal more of your time than ever be­fore. Start pre­par­ing your ex­cuses now. $90, el­der­scroll­son­line.com, OutApril 4 on PC,X1 and PS 4

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{ F ocus } You can pick the race and class of your char­ac­ter, but make sure they’re in the same fac­tion as your mates’ char­ac­ters if you’re plan­ning team quest­ing or dun­geon raids.

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