Dive into the world of Elder Scrolls franchise with The Elder Scrolls: Legends.
Create a card deck featuring creatures and people from The Elder Scrolls and play against opponents from around the world.
Play a strategic card experience like never before and use unique gameplay mechanics to rise from the brink of defeat!
A lot of card-collecting games, or CCGs, are punishing and have a rather scary learning curve that puts off new players. Although strategic prowess and smart deck-building wins, if you’re in a mismatch, the game definitely will end up in a total, one-sided defeat. The Elder Scrolls: Legends does a fantastic job of deviating from these and delivers an experience that allows underdogs to make a comeback. It’s also unique, thanks to its lane mechanics, it’s fairly easy to pick up, and you can play it across different platforms. Thing is, the CCG world is rather crowded, and with that considered, is The Elder Scrolls: Legends something you’d want to play? Let’s check it and see if it’s as awesome as Parthaanax or as bad as an arrow to the knee.
The first notable thing you’ll definitely notice in The Elder Scrolls: Legends is the lane mechanic. There are two lanes: the Shadow Lane where creatures you summon are protected from attack until the players next turn, and the Field Lane where creatures can fight with ease. Creatures from different lanes can’t attack each other, adding a lot of strategic depth and making you think hard and fast about every move you make. Note that creatures summoned on the Shadow Lane can still be destroyed using various effects and spell cards.
Speaking of creature cards, they’re essentially the main means of attack and defense. Each creature card has power and health value, along with its effects. Note that these cards have different subtypes all taken from the Elder Scrolls universe. Subtype examples include Races cards including High Elf and Nord, as well as Beast-based cards like Spiders and Mammoths. If you’ve played Skyrim, Morrowind, or Oblivion, it’s likely you’ve seen them before.
Lives in The Elder Scrolls: Legends take the form of Runes. All players have 25 health and breaking runes by five (5, 10, 15, 20, 25,) enables players to draw a card. The catch if these cards have “prophecy” in their keywords, they can play it even when it’s their opponent’s turn. This adds a large layer of strategy that enables players who are on the ropes to shout “FUS RO DAH” and make a comeback.
That aside, The Elder Scrolls: Legends has a robust deck-building mechanic and it’s easy to create one from scratch. Note that the game is pretty generous when it comes to dishing out cards, so you can definitely create multiple decks with different playstyles after a couple of weeks of playing. Apart from the PvP mode, it’s recommended to go through the story and earn some cards. You’ll also be treated to a story with a rather realistic art style set in The Elder Scrolls universe. There are also puzzle modes and events available, delivering fresh content straight to your fingertips.
In terms of presentation, The Elder Scrolls: Legends manages to impress. It looks outstanding, especially the card designs and in-game effects, managing to do the mainline games justice. In addition, the user interface is fairly intuitive, although we recommend editing your deck on the Steam version.
Overall, The Elder Scrolls: Legends doesn’t disappoint. It delivers a satisfying and easy-to-pick-up CCG experience that is deeply strategic yet easy to learn. Thanks to its unique lane and prophecy mechanics, it might be something you’re looking for. In a way, it’s a breath of fresh air since it brings new gameplay elements into the mix.