Renowned for its expansive and boundless landscapes, this series boasts a plethora of open-world maps. However, one cannot help but wonder, out of all these magnificent realms, which one reigns supreme in terms of size?
The Elder Scrolls series stands tall as a magnificent realm of fantasy RPG adventures that has captivated audiences since the glorious days of the mid-90s, commencing its majestic journey with the mesmerizing Elder Scrolls: Arena. Bethesda has continued to enchant gamers with a steady stream of awe-inspiring installments, among which the enchanting Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has emerged as an iconic masterpiece, earning its place among the greatest games ever created. Furthermore, the immersive Elder Scrolls Online has flourished as a vibrant MMO, captivating players to this very moment.
Today, we embark on a journey to explore the expansive realms of The Elder Scrolls Games, renowned for their boundless landscapes, abundant adventures, hidden gems, and captivating narratives. Join us as we unveil the grandest realms in the entire Elder Scrolls series.
7 The Spin-Offs
This space is exclusively designated for the remaining Elder Scrolls installments. Among these are The Elder Scrolls Adventures: Redguard, An Elder Scrolls Legend: Battlespire, and the titles from the Elder Scrolls Travels series. Out of these, Elder Scrolls Adventures: Redguard stands out as the game with the most expansive terrain, presenting a collection of cities for players to venture into. However, it is worth noting that the game follows a linear structure rather than an open-world concept.
Battlespire, a captivating spin-off from Daggerfall, immerses players in the enigmatic setting of an ancient school. However, the realm of Battlespire offers limited opportunities for exploration. Similarly, The Elder Scrolls Travels games, tailored for Nokia phones of the early 2000s, present dungeon-based adventures that restrict the scope of exploration. Lastly, The Elder Scrolls: Legends unfolds as an enthralling card game, devoid of any exploration elements.
Amongst the devoted followers of Elder Scrolls, The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind holds a special place, cherished for its unique allure. However, surprisingly enough, when it comes to sheer magnitude, Morrowind stands as the most diminutive among the distinguished mainline titles. Spanning a mere expanse of approximately 16 km, Morrowind truly distinguishes itself as the tiniest gem among its prominent counterparts.
Set within the mystical realm of Vvardenfell, an enchanting island nestled in the heart of Morrowind, this extraordinary game unfolds. Embarking on an epic journey, players assume the role of the legendary Nerevarine, a revered guardian destined to safeguard the very essence of Morrowind. As the captivating narrative expands, the Bloodmoon expansion introduces the alluring island of Solstheim, inviting players to explore its untamed wonders.
Skyrim, the renowned installment of the Elder Scrolls series, has garnered immense popularity, owing to its multiple re-releases. Within the vast province of Tamriel, specifically in Skyrim, dwells the Nordic community. Embarking on an extraordinary journey, the player assumes the role of the Dragonborn, a legendary figure destined to vanquish the fearsome black dragon, Alduin, and ultimately rescue the very fabric of existence from his devastating wrath.
With the inclusion of the Dawnguard and Dragonborn expansions, a vast expanse of uncharted territory is unveiled, with the latter surprisingly introducing the captivating isle of Solstheim from Morrowind. In an astonishing twist, Skyrim expands the realm of Morrowind by over two-fold, resulting in an impressive span of approximately 37km.
The popularity of Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion comes in a close second to Skyrim, but it has its own unique charm. Surprisingly, Oblivion boasts a slightly larger map spanning 41km. Within this vast realm, players are invited to venture into Cyrodiil, the majestic province that houses the Empire’s throne. Enriching the experience even further, Oblivion offers two expansions: the honorable Knights of the Nine and the enigmatic Shivering Isles, the latter expanding the playable space by an additional 10km.
Embark on an extraordinary journey as you assume the role of the Hero of Kvatch, a captive within the Imperial City. Soon after receiving the Amulet of Kings from the late Emperor Uriel Septim VII, who tragically falls victim to assassination, your destiny takes an unexpected turn. Brace yourself for a relentless chain of events that culminate in the valiant Hero of Kvatch emerging as Tamriel’s savior, fending off the imminent invasion led by the malevolent Daedric Prince, Mehrunes Dagon, alongside a legion of otherworldly creatures from the realm of Oblivion.
In terms of official records, The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall stands as the grandest Elder Scrolls game. Its scale is established to be approximately 161,000 km of an intricately crafted world, designed to be explored and embarked upon by the player, offering a plethora of quests to be discovered. As a result, the experience of each individual player becomes a truly distinctive endeavor, separate from the overarching narrative of the game. This remarkable journey unfolds within the captivating realm of Lilac Bay, with the protagonist known as “the Agent,” a character specially chosen and dispatched to Lilac Bay under the direct command of Emperor Uriel Septim VII himself.
The culmination of the game leads to the awe-inspiring event known as the “Warp in the West,” where approximately 44 realms were fused together, consolidating them into a mere four kingdoms and ushering in an era of tranquility for the entire region. As mentioned earlier, the initial plan was to expand the game with Battlespire, but unexpectedly, it evolved into a distinct game of its own.
The Elder Scrolls Online, being an MMORPG, enjoys a distinct edge over its fellow Elder Scrolls titles. It thrives on continuous development and a steady stream of expansions. However, it is important to note that the game is crafted with utmost care, unlike Daggerfall. The world of Elder Scrolls Online is not a result of procedural generation but a product of meticulous design by the developers.
The game is divided into distinct zones, creating a realm that diverges from the seamless worlds found in Daggerfall, Skyrim, and other Elder Scrolls games. However, when combined, these zones collectively span an impressive expanse of approximately 400km, surpassing even the vastness of Daggerfall.
The Grand Saga of Elder Scrolls: Arena.
Nevertheless, in terms of sheer scale, the most colossal Elder Scrolls game to date is undeniably Elder Scrolls: Arena. Encompassing the vast expanse of the entire Tamriel continent, which serves as the backdrop for all other Elder Scrolls games, this game initially set out to be a fierce arena fighter, as implied by its name. However, it gradually transformed into an enthralling RPG during its development journey. The player, in theory, possesses the freedom to traverse the entire continent, an awe-inspiring feat. Bethesda proclaims the game spans a remarkable 9,656,000 km, while alternative sources assert it stretches across approximately 6,000,000 km, both of which far eclipse the grandeur of nearly every other RPG ever crafted.
Rewritten Nevertheless, there are numerous intricacies attached to its vastness. One major caveat is that, when attempting to traverse from one town to another, the game merely repeats the same terrain, rendering its size somewhat illusory yet technically boundless. Paradoxically, this infinite expanse also crowns it as the grandest Elder Scrolls game ever created. However, this claim is not entirely accurate, as the game eventually begins to deteriorate. Ultimately, Elder Scrolls: Arena holds the title of being technically the largest Elder Scrolls game ever made, albeit with a multitude of conditions attached to this remarkable feat.
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