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The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
Developer(s) Bethesda Softworks
Publisher(s) Bethesda Softworks
Engine Gamebryo
Release date(s) May 1, 2002 (PC)
June 6, 2002 (XB)
Genre First/Third person RPG
Mode(s) Single player
Rating(s) ESRB: Teen (T)
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows, Xbox

The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind (aka Morrowind) is a computer role-playing game by Bethesda Softworks, and the third in The Elder Scrolls series of games. Morrowind was initially released for Microsoft Windows and the Xbox. Box art for The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. ... A video game developer is a software developer (a business or an individual) that creates computer or video games. ... Bethesda Softworks LLC, a ZeniMax Media Company is a game developer and publisher. ... Video game publishers are companies that publish video games that they have either developed internally or have had developed by a video game developer. ... Bethesda Softworks LLC, a ZeniMax Media Company is a game developer and publisher. ... Jump to: navigation, search A game engine is the core software component of a video game. ... Gamebryo is computer and video game middleware from Numerical Design Limited (NDL). ... Jump to: navigation, search May 1 is the 121st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (122nd in leap years). ... Jump to: navigation, search 2002(MMII) is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jump to: navigation, search June 6 is the 157th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (158th in leap years), with 208 days remaining. ... Jump to: navigation, search 2002(MMII) is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This is a listing of computer and video games genres with brief descriptions and examples from each genre. ... Computer role-playing games (CRPGs), often shortened to simply role-playing games (RPGs), are a type of video or computer game that traditionally uses gameplay elements found in paper-and-pencil role-playing games. ... In computer games and video games, single-player refers to the variant of a particular game where input from only one player is expected throughout the course of the gaming session. ... The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) is a self-regulatory organization that applies and enforces ratings, advertising guidelines, and online privacy principles for computer and video games in the United States and Canada. ... Games, like most other forms of media, may be categorized into genres based on gameplay, atmosphere, and various other factors. ... Jump to: navigation, search Microsoft Windows is a range of operating environments for personal computers and servers. ... Jump to: navigation, search The Xbox is Microsofts first game console, released on November 15, 2001. ... Computer role-playing games (CRPGs), often shortened to simply role-playing games (RPGs), are a type of video or computer game that traditionally uses gameplay elements found in paper-and-pencil role-playing games. ... Bethesda Softworks LLC, a ZeniMax Media Company is a game developer and publisher. ... Jump to: navigation, search The Elder Scrolls is a computer role-playing game series developed by Bethesda Softworks. ... Jump to: navigation, search Microsoft Windows is a range of operating environments for personal computers and servers. ... Jump to: navigation, search The Xbox is Microsofts first game console, released on November 15, 2001. ...


Similar to previous installments of the series, the player begins as a nobody with virtually no resources. The story takes place on Vvardenfell, an island in the province of Morrowind. Deep within the heart of the volcano at the center of the island, a menace seeks to gain power and break Morrowind free from imperial reign. The player may choose to fight this menace or ignore it and pursue glory elsewhere. The Island of Vvardenfell Vvardenfell is part of a large province in the fictional world of the computer game, Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. ... Jump to: navigation, search ...

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Gameplay

The game environment of Morrowind is huge and richly detailed, with real-time weather effects and a landscape in which most areas are accessible. Gameplay is exceptionally open-ended, allowing the player to roam, steal, quest and explore. This includes, but is not limited to Jump to: navigation, search Composite satellite image showing the progress of a hurricane weather system approaching the East Coast of the United States Weather comprises all the various phenomena that occur in the atmosphere of a planet. ...

  • Making or buying custom spells, and weapons with unique effects.
  • Harming or killing major characters, even friendly characters (although it is possible to break the main plot of the game by doing so).
  • Stealing from and breaking into houses. Also, the ability to live in a house if the owner is not there, if the player kills the owner of that home, or if the player engages in a quest to construct a stronghold.
  • Finding random characters who assign mini-quests.
  • Completely ignoring the 'main story' of the game and playing free form

This gameplay style (sometimes called sandbox style gameplay) is liberating and exciting, but shrewd players can find ways to unbalance the game and produce either weapons or abilities that can make the game's tasks easier to complete. Mini-quests refer to tasks given to the player of computer and video games, usually of the RPG variety, that are incidental to the central arc of the game. ... Jump to: navigation, search A sandbox style video game (or a video game with an optional sandbox mode) is a video game with an open-ended and non-linear style of gameplay. ...


The storyline progresses exclusively through the decisions of the character; it is non-linear and can be discontinued at will. This type of open-ended role-playing gameplay is one of the hallmarks of The Elder Scrolls series and is the main basis of the game. Gameplay includes all player experiences during the interaction with game systems, especially formal games. ... Jump to: navigation, search The Elder Scrolls is a computer role-playing game series developed by Bethesda Softworks. ...

This screenshot demonstrates the revolutionary graphics of the time - notice the Pixel Shaded water.
This screenshot demonstrates the revolutionary graphics of the time - notice the Pixel Shaded water.

Along with graphical improvements, one of the most obvious differences between Morrowind and the older games is that Morrowind takes place only in the Vvardenfell district of Morrowind (a province in the land of Tamriel), whereas Arena in particular had given the player the opportunity to visit any province, at the expense of much less detail. However, the mainland town of Mournhold is accessible as a separate area by teleportation, but only if the Tribunal expansion is installed. Download high resolution version (1024x768, 83 KB)This screenshot demonstrates the revolutionary graphics of the time - notice the Pixel Shaded water. ... Download high resolution version (1024x768, 83 KB)This screenshot demonstrates the revolutionary graphics of the time - notice the Pixel Shaded water. ... Computer graphics (CG) is the field of visual computing, where one utilizes computers both to generate visual images synthetically and to integrate or alter visual and spatial information sampled from the real world. ... Jump to: navigation, search The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind (aka Morrowind) is a computer role-playing game by Bethesda Softworks, and the third in The Elder Scrolls series of games. ... The Island of Vvardenfell Vvardenfell is part of a large province in the fictional world of the computer game, Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. ... Morrowind is a fictional region in the Elder Scrolls series of games. ... Jump to: navigation, search Mournhold is a fictional location in the Elder Scrolls series of computer role-playing games. ... The Elder Scrolls III: Tribunal was the first expansion for Bethesda Softworks The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. ...


Bethesda Softworks, the developer of Morrowind, offers gamers the ability to recreate the world with a variety of mod making tools, such as The Elder Scrolls Construction Set, which allows the modder to edit the game in an easy-to-use, nearly codeless environment. A video game developer is a software developer (a business or an individual) that creates computer or video games. ... A gamer is, in a general sense, one who plays games. ... The Elder Scrolls (TES) Construction Set is editing software for the video game TESIII: Morrowind, which was shipped with the game. ...

An orc in the city of Gnaar Mok
An orc in the city of Gnaar Mok

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Mods

Morrowind is well known for its ability to be changed by plugins (called mods by users). These plugins are easy to install and can change almost everything in the game. For example, plugins can include new creatures, weapons, stores, cities, and even introduce new plotlines. Some plugins have added entirely new aspects to the game such as some stores closing and locking up at night, abolitionist and slave-trading factions warring over the area's slave trade, and ridable, breedable horses. A plugin (or plug-in) is a computer program that can, or must, interact with another program to provide a certain, usually very specific, function. ... Jump to: navigation, search 2004 Banshee car modification for Grand Theft Auto: Vice City - replacement of original Banshee Mod or modification is a term generally applied to computer games, especially first-person shooters and real-time strategy games. ...


Some of the fans have attempted to create many immense mods which change the entire game. One of the more well known mods is called Tamriel Rebuilt. The Tamriel Rebuilt project team is working to recreate the entire continent of which Morrowind is just one part. Jump to: navigation, search Tamriel Rebuilt is an effort to recreate the entire fictional continent of Tamriel piece by piece as a mod for The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. ...


Expansions

There have been two expansions:

  • The Elder Scrolls III: Tribunal (November 2002)
    • This puts the character in a self-contained walled city, and drastically increased the number and complexity of dungeons and caves (one of the criticisms of the original game was its paucity of such). The new city was not connected to the original Morrowind land mass, and you simply started the game by being transferred to the new city from Morrowind. The storyline continued the story of the Tribunal deities.
  • The Elder Scrolls III: Bloodmoon (June 3, 2003)
    • This was a much more complete expansion than Tribunal, with a large island (Solstheim) that had a sub-arctic climate that was included into the original Morrowind land area (i.e., you could seamlessly move from Morrowind to this island, by boat or other method).

In 2003, Bethesda released a Game of the Year edition for both PC and Xbox, which included the original game with both expansions. This is notable because beforehand, neither expansion was available for the Xbox. Reviewers note differences between the PC and Xbox versions. The Elder Scrolls III: Tribunal was the first expansion for Bethesda Softworks The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. ... The Elder Scrolls III: Bloodmoon is the second expansion set for Bethesda Softworks The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind: unlike Tribunal, it adds a large new island to the original world map, a cold northern country named Solstheim. ... Jump to: navigation, search 2003(MMIII) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Note: Bethesda Softworks will not release a multiplayer version for Morrowind, although many fans have asked for it. Bethesda Softworks has claimed that putting their focus on a single player campaign allows them to create a better single player experience. Bethesda Softworks fears that adding a multiplayer mode could degrade the performance and quality of the game overall.


Trivia

  • The international language Esperanto made an appearance in Morrowind in the form of a book called N'Gasta! Kvata! Kvakis!.

Esperanto is the most widely spoken constructed international language. ... Jeremy Soule is an award-winning American composer prominent in game music soundtracks. ... The Planets (also known as The Planets Suite), opus 32, is an orchestral suite by the English composer Gustav Holst. ... Gustav Holst Gustavus Theodore von Holst (September 21, 1874 – May 25, 1934) was an English composer with Latvian, Swedish, and Spanish roots. ...

Changes from Daggerfall

Morrowind changed many aspects from Daggerfall, its predecessor. Changes include:

  • You can no longer ride horses and carriages
  • You can no longer search or travel via the map
  • Khajiits appear more feline-like, as opposed to the elven ones of Daggerfall
  • Daedra and Dremora now wear armor, covering their human features
  • Dreughs now wear a shell
  • Holidays and language skills are removed
  • Nudity from both the player portrait and creatures has been removed
  • Ability to wield dual weapons has been removed

See also

Morrowind is a fictional region in the Elder Scrolls series of games. ... Dagoth Ur in the Third Era, as seen in the computer game Morrowind. ... Fargoth in Seyda Neen Fargoth is a notorious fictional character in the video game The Elder Scrolls, Chapter III - Morrowind (2002), which is the third installment in the series of video games called The Elder Scrolls. ... Jump to: navigation, search Tamriel is the fictional continent where the events of the Elder Scrolls games take place. ... The Island of Vvardenfell Vvardenfell is part of a large province in the fictional world of the computer game, Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. ... The Drunken Talking Mudcrab Merchant is a creature in the video game The Elder Scrolls, Chapter III - Morrowind. ... An attacking Kagouti Kagoutis are fictional monsters in the popular award-winning RPG known as The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. ... There are several different types of original architecture present in the computer game The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, for the PC and Xbox. ... The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is a game currently under development by Bethesda Softworks for the PC, Xbox 2, and Playstation 3. ... Guar are a fictional species found in the video game Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. ...

External links

The Elder Scrolls Games
Main Games Arena | Daggerfall | Morrowind | Tribunal | Bloodmoon | Oblivion
Related Games Battlespire | Redguard | Dawnstar | Stormhold | Shadowkey
Others Argonian | Cyrodiil | Daedra | Dwemer | Elsweyr | Hammerfell | Khajiit | Mournhold | Numidium | Skyrim | Sumurset Isle | Tamriel | Vvardenfell

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The Entertainment Depot - PC / Mac / Console Gaming : PC - Reviews - The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind (4370 words)
As a result, Morrowind enables your character to level up by doing what he or she does best, be it stealing, casting magic, or killing monsters - or, alternatively, by purchasing skill training from various individuals located in various guilds and across the land.
However, it should be noted from the outset that Morrowind's scope is drastically different from its predecessors; in fact, a number of changes have been made to the series' core gameplay, most of which change the overall experience considerably - some for the better, some for the worse.
The switch from limitless quests and terrain to a finite (though still absolutely enormous) amount is a bit jarring after six years of living with Daggerfall's charms, but once you get used to the changes, you come to appreciate them and enjoy them every bit as much as you did their predecessor.
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