The Elder Scrolls: Arena
DOS - 1994
Description of The Elder Scrolls: Arena
One of the most all-encompassing RPGs ever created didn't succeed commercially due to hefty hardware requirements for its time. Nine man years in the making, Arena heralds a new level of RPGs: 3D gameworld with realistic weather effects, cool spellcasting system where you can create thousands of spells,and best of all -- 8 million kilometers of terrain to explore on your quest to find the Staff of Chaos.
You can ignore the main plot and just do what you want, e.g. steal from houses at night and take on side quests. A truly "epic" game that deserves to be on every RPGer's shelves, despite repetitive dialogues, awkward interface, and tough battles.
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Comments and reviews
Matty 2018-11-16 1 point
Loved this when it came out, though I never managed to make much progress beyond running around and killing rats.
Unfortunately, I'm getting a 404 error when I try to play online.
Thanks. Love the website.
EldritchNexus 2018-11-16 2 points
How are Arena and Daggerfall not abandonware anymore? Bethesda released them as freeware years ago.
dat one kid on windows xp 2018-07-17 1 point
the game f***ing freezes after that ghost woman talks to you at the beggining... sh**!!!
the game does look awesome though... it probs my terrible computer.
oplenti 2016-12-18 -3 points
the good old bugger scrolls....
if you can get past the terrible bugs, the fact that sometimes you'll have to let go some quests you can't finish, then this is a great game. honestly, do the main quest, and that'll be okay. less pain in the ass....
IDIO MONTOYA 2016-01-28 -1 point
and,hey, you, andre, it doint work without the sound really, but it sstill fun to play without any of that sound (uyou dsoint need it)!
IDIO MONTOYA 2016-01-28 0 point
amazing hoiw i just so hapopened to be plaing that old game againand then i wander into here this here abandonware site and it the best ! what a coinidents!!
Isaac D. 2016-01-11 1 point
This is my favorite game in the whole series, and I wish that TES V was more like it.
aNDRE 2015-05-02 1 point DOS version
mr SHAITAN start the game in dosbox by "arena.bat". with this sound works.
aNDRE 2015-04-29 0 point DOS version
MR.EL fighting is after combat mode: press a, now you can move mouse after press right button.
Jake 2014-12-31 0 point DOS version
First non turn-based CRPG game I ever enjoyed, and played it for hours. Sound effects were excellent, first time I encountered a vampire I nearly jumped out of my seat before I even saw it. IMO rendered nearly unplayable in contrast to Daggerfall which was far better, despite the slightly smaller scope of the game and prevalent bugs. Limited continuity in the huge scope of the world (pretty sure it is impossible to walk from one town to the next etc) limited immersion, honestly I think it was simply too ambitious for it's time. Other then that, an awesome dungeon crawler, and amazing what they were able to do without a real 3-D engine.
GoodOldPlayer 2014-10-10 3 points DOS version
If you want to play this game, I suggest you go to this download:
It contains all the patches (including the Special Edition), fixes the sound problem and as soon as you are done installing it, you can play right away.
FYI: By left-clicking and moving the mouse, you swing your sword and the arrow keys move your character.
Mr. El 2014-09-30 -1 point DOS version
I cant figure out the controls!! mainly how to attack. help?
MORTREDOR 2014-08-31 2 points DOS version
I found the install file, but now I am having GEN123's problem.
MORTREDOR 2014-08-31 -1 point DOS version
Which file do I run? This is the first game of this type that I have ever tried, and the dosbox tutorial I read said to read the documentation that came with the game, but the readme i found in the zip didn't have the information.
Maud 2014-08-28 -1 point DOS version
Any other games like this? Undercroft is Somewhat similar, but the story is tiny compared to Arena.
shaitan 2014-08-14 1 point DOS version
I got a sound problem : I can't hear any sound or music in this game. does anyone knows How I can fix it ?
gen123 2014-06-10 -1 point DOS version
every time i attempt to install it says "can only install from floppy disk". help i really want to play this
Zyyz 2013-11-13 -2 points DOS version
Skyrim sucks in comparison to the rest of the series of TES. Simple as that. (IMO!)
FourTwentyNoscope 2013-07-25 0 point DOS version
@Mmike If you're using DOSBox, turn your CPU cycles up. That should fix the lag problem.
3022 2013-07-21 0 point DOS version
Awesome, perhaps even revolutional game, but after "few" (perhaps 40) gaming hours you will find that the big computer generated world is stereotypical, so the number of fun is not adequate to the game space. The game was hard to run even on the old computers in his time... but still it has been one of the best games.
joe 2013-04-07 -1 point DOS version
this game is awesome rpg in its time but skyrim hit gaming history
youtube.com/fishwrabies 2012-01-28 0 point DOS version
The awesome great great great granddaddy of Skyrim.
jela 2011-12-20 0 point DOS version
the character in the screenshots look like chuck norris. hehe. too bad I didn't had this game as a kid
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