All over the world, quarantine lasts, and now is the ideal time to sit down and play some large-scale RPG of the past years and while away the next few weeks. And when it comes to long adventures, Bethesda Game Studios hits are among the first to come to mind. To help you choose the best virtual adventure, we’ve decided to compile the top Bethesda games and share which ones are still fun to play in 2021.

The Fallout 76, the Terminator shooter series, The Elder Scrolls Adventures: Redguard, and other games developed by Bethesda that definitely deserves your attention are not included in our rating of the best Bethesda games.

The Elder Scrolls: Arena

The Elder Scrolls: Arena

The creepy graphics, outdated gameplay, and intuitive interface make the original The Elder Scrolls not available to everyone today. On the other hand, its historical significance can hardly be overestimated. The arena was one of the first fully open-world RPGs. It was here that game mechanics were first implemented, which were then present in almost all open-world games: for example, a believable change of day and night or an NPC with its own daily routine. In general, if you are curious, you can try Arena by downloading it completely free of charge from the developers’ site.

The Elder Scrolls 2: Daggerfall

The Elder Scrolls 2: Daggerfall

As with Arena, playing the ancient second part of The Elder Scrolls in 2021 is a dubious pleasure. The point is not only in desperately outdated graphics but also in the abundance of bugs – there are so many of them that the game was jokingly nicknamed Buggerfall. However, Daggerfall was an important milestone for the series: it took the concept of its predecessor and improved it, giving players much more impressive freedom of action. In it, for example, for the first time, there was an opportunity to become a werewolf or a vampire, a system for creating your own spells, and a non-linear plot with several endings.

And Daggerfall would forever go down in history as a game with an absurdly huge virtual world that is larger than England. At the time of release, this game was Bethesda’s most popular project.

The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion

The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion

Oblivion is fun but far from ideal RPG in the ranking Bethesda games. On the one hand, the fourth TES boasts an excellent storyline and interesting side quests. Take the notorious Dark Brotherhood quest line, which received so many accolades that its author, Emil Pallarulo, was promoted to lead screenwriter for all of the studio’s subsequent games. On the other hand, Oblivion has more disadvantages than advantages: for example, the game is annoying with repetitive NPC voices (hundreds of characters were voiced by a small handful of actors), carbon-copy dungeons, visually boring art style, and a controversial system for pumping enemies.

Fallout 4

Fallout 4

Fallout 4 is the most well-made game by Bethesda of impressive scale. Every meter of the virtual Boston Wasteland wants to be combed for the sake of new cool equipment, funny Easter eggs, or some other historical landmark. Fallout 4 pleases with exciting battles (shooting here is no less fun than in full-fledged FPS), an integrated crafting system, and the ability to build and develop your own settlements.

Alas, the authors missed almost everything when it comes to the role-playing component. Fallout 4 is pulled down by primitively written dialogues, a small number of really interesting quests and the lack of the opportunity to truly roll out your hero, as can be done in New Vegas (the Obsidian game is generally a cut above many other projects in this Bethesda game list ranked, but we could not enable it for obvious reasons). To get the most out of the game, it should not be perceived as a pure “role-playing” game, but rather as an open-world shooter like Far Cry.

The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind

The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind

The key feature of the highest rated Bethesda game Morrowind is a unique world. If in Oblivion the player explores a fairly standard western fantasy setting, then in Morrowind he seems to be on another planet. Giant mushrooms grow here instead of trees, jellyfish fly in the sky, and the inhabitants of this region travel between cities on huge fleas – such surrealism would not even have occurred to Lewis Carroll. It is a pleasure to walk and explore such a wonderful world. There is no compass on the screen that would show the exact route to the goal of the task: you have to use the tips in the journal and learn to navigate the terrain, as a result of which you feel like a real adventurer.

Fallout 3

Fallout 3

With the release of Fallout 3, Bethesda not only revitalized the iconic series but turned it into one of the most successful Bethesda game franchises of all time. Fallout 3 was an iconic game twelve years ago, and it has not lost its relevance at all. For this, we should thank the well-developed world and extremely interesting quests.

In Fallout 3, there are no similar tasks: in one mission, the hero tracks down an escaped android, in another, he rescues children from slavery, in the third, he tries to blow up an entire city for the amusement of the spoiled rich, and in the fourth, he participates in the dismantling of crazy people who think they are superheroes. Each quest surprises with something new and puts the player in non-standard situations.

The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim

This masterpiece can be safely called Bethesda’s best-selling game. Skyrim offers freedom of action that cannot be found in any other open-world game. It’s a hundreds-of-hour adventure where you can enter a college of magic, get married and start a family, go to study the ancient dragon language, explore the ruins of past civilizations, or try to join the semi-mythical brotherhood of assassins.

The game catches on with its signature atmosphere: snow-covered landscapes, northern lights in the sky, and the singing of the Vikings, sounding somewhere in the background. And if cozy Skyrim starts to get boring, you can always breathe a second life into it with the help of numerous fan mods. The blog authors have compiled a list of the best to the worst Bethesda games. Almost every game mentioned is worth your attention in 2021, except for the one at the end of the Bethesda games ranked.

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