Cheat Code Central scored the game at 90%. IGN rated it at 78%. MMORPG tagged it at 79%. Eurogamer’s Spanish portal rated the game at 80%. Impulse Gamer gave the game an 86%. Trusted Reviews gave it an 80%. This averages to about 83% overall.
The Elder Scrolls Online carries on the tradition of gaming we know and love with a twist of adding in MMO. – Impulse Gamer
Gamespot gave the game 60%. Eurogamer’s Portuguese portal rate the game at 70%. Lazy Games rated the game at 69%. JeuxActu gave the game 70%. Polygon gave the game a 60%. Games Radar gave the game 60%. PC Gamer gave the game 68%. Destructoid gave the game 65%. Arcade Sushi gave it 60%. This averages to about 65% overall.
By their very nature, MMO’s [evolve] – but as it stands right now, The Elder Scrolls online isn’t a worthwhile investment. – Lazy Games
Brings only the worst of the Elder Scrolls forward, leaving behind the good. – Videogamer
The general consensus seems to be good if not underwhelming; with the Metacritic score being fairly representative: excluding the Ugly which easily falls away as outliers, we calculate an overall average of 74% compared to Metacritc’s 72%.
Tom’s Hardware has an excellent breakdown on the game; including a note on some of it’s failings (Copy Pasta). The dungeons seem to have suffered from a simplistic design policy: