Since Bethesda released the first Elder Scrolls game back in 1994, the series has become a favourite of role-playing fans. Actually, games like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim have sold millions of copies, and have been crowned game of the year by many outlets.
Bethesda has released seven Elder Scrolls games after the original became a cult classic back in 1994, but which of these games is best and which is worst? The series has had its highlights and not so great entries too, and given these games’ popularity each player is likely to have a personal favourite. So without further ado, here follows a list of the Elder Scrolls games, ranked from best to worst.
1. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011)
There is a moment early in Skyrim when your character is about to be executed by the Empire and a huge dragon appears out of nowhere, interrupting the proceedings, that you realize how superbly realized and special Skyrim’s medieval fantasy world is.
Because it’s not only that the game’s setting, the Nordic province of Skyrim, features countless dungeons and caverns to explore and loot. It’s also that the game’s systems, from alchemy to crafting are all related in meaningful ways. Picking up herbs and flowers on the countryside let you create new potions at an alchemy table for instance, while the bones of dragons you took out in battle could be crafted into new sets of armour.
Skyrim also offered a boatload of quests to embark on. These ranged from riding the locals of a bandit chief to taking part in the sinister machinations of the assassin guild known as the Dark Brotherhood. All in all, there’s no doubt that Skyrim is one of the top RPGs ever made, and the best Elder Scrolls game we’ve had the pleasure to play to date.