Games to take your mind off The Elder Scrolls Online

The Elder Scrolls Online is nearly here, scheduled to be released on PC and Mac on 4 April 2014.

Until the highly anticipated MMO graces us with its presence, though, you need something that will help you pass the time. And no, staring at your watch while waiting for 4 April to come around is not a good option. With little patience in my system, I decided to find some games to fill the void until the day arrives. These games needed to suck me in with their content, take my attention span firmly in their grasp, and make me forget about TES: Online for the next few days.

Kingdoms of Amular: Reckoning

Developers: 38 Studios, Big Huge Games
Platform: PC, PS3, Xbox 360
Metacritic: 4/5

Kingdoms of Amalur initially slipped under the radar when it was released in February 2012, but is a great game and should be considered for any gaming collection. Set in 5 creatively designed regions with four character classes and a weapons collection to match any game, Amular is a great RPG. The world is vast and dense and the combat system sees you chaining together violent combos with the press of a few buttons. You are free to explore the Faelands, start as many quests as possible, and venture into dungeons if you are feeling bored. Give Amular a chance, it is a great open-world RPG that really went unnoticed. It deserves a playthough.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
Platform: PC, PS3, Xbox 360
Metacritic: 4.5/5

This is a no brainer. When it comes to games that need your full focus, and take all your time, Skyrim fits the bill. I’ve probably spent around 300 hours playing this game and I don’t regret a single minute. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is everything you want in an action packed, time consuming, expansive, and creative RPG. Seeing as Skyrim will continue to exist in The Elder Scrolls Online, why not familiarize yourself with the land beforehand. The game has a Legendary Edition that includes all the games DLC, so you can experience the full game in all its glory. I can go into detail about how great Skyrim is, and why you should play it, but you probably have played it before and know all about this jewel. So what are you waiting for, pop it in and play.

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls

Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
Platform: PC
Metacritic 4.1/5

Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls is the expansion that everyone was waiting for. If you had a problem with the original game and were disappointed about a feature, all was forgiven when you dived into the world of Reaper of Souls. The new free-roam mode that allows you to explore the world and take on bounties, the level cap being increased to 70, and new skill runes for all classes, what more could you ask for? Reaper of Souls is a complete overhaul of the original and should be considered even if you didn’t enjoy Diablo 3.

World of Warcraft

Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
Platform: PC
Metacritic: 4.5/5

The mother of all MMOs, we need to thank World of Warcraft for giving us one of the best gaming experiences out there since its launch in 2004. The game is now on its fifth expansion and had over 7 million subscribers as of July 2013. WoW also holds the Guinness World Record for being the most popular MMORPG. In other words, if you are looking for a game to keep you busy until the release of TES: Online then WoW is perfect.

What games would you recommend to pass the time while waiting for The Elder Scrolls: Online? Let us know in the comments and forum.

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