Firstly, I have to agree with the posts in this thread about what an addicting game this is. I played wayyy to many hours on Morrowind.. my brother more so (I think he was level 89 or something).
Anyways.. my opinion of this game is basically the same as the other posters in this thread (amazing) but I want to elaborate on the bugs..
The game has some serious bug issues. Most noticably, the game could freeze after any moment after your file reaches above 140 blocks. This makes it important to save very often, which is annoying because the game takes a LONG time to save after your file surpasses 100 blocks. You know the game has "frozen" when it lags for a moment, then goes to the "Dirty Disc Error" screen. Fear not, neither your DVD Disc nor your DVD-ROM is malfunctioning (I know because I went through three
discs from EbGames).
Over the past few months I have compiled a list of Morrowind freeze fixes that seem to work for people. I'm going to post them here just so more people can see them.. and hopefully continue playing an amazing game. Fixes for freezing:
If your game keeps freezing:
- Don't leave bodies lying around; dispose of corpses.
- Don't leave items out in the open; store in containers or sell them.
- don't re-arrage peasants items, as fun as this may be.
- save often, and make new save games instead of writing over old ones.
- Sleep for a week. this will make all/most bodies left in the open 'biodegrade', reducing memoey usage.
- Load three other game discs (ie Spyhunter, DOAX, Halo). this clears the Xbox cache of Morrowind data OR, if you have a modchip, clear volumes X, Y, and Z of all data (these are temp drives)
Bug Conclusion: The game is totally playable if you are really conscious about where you leave items and corpses. As you know from playing, the game remembers where you leave EVERYTHING. Once you re-arrange every peasant's home and distribute their items to random points on the map, it is understandably strenuous for the Xbox to remember these THOUSANDS of items. Of course, it would of been possible to have this fixed, but it is something we have to live with until they possibly make a fixed version for the Xbox.
Game Conclusion: Morrowind is a startlingly detailed game with TONS of text, plenty of voices, and LOTS of different people and places. Playing this game truly puts you into a world of your own, where you can choose what you want to do; who you want to work for; and what you want to accomplish. There is of course a storyline in the background, which is as equally as exciting to follow. Morrowind is unique because it is the most recent popular game where you are free to do what you want, whenever you want. The graphics are astounding considering the sheer amount of textures and game data that is packed onto the disc.
9/10 - Graphics - As I said above, beautiful for such a large game.
9/10 - Gameplay - If you are a gamer, the controls can be mastered within an hour. Well thought out and effective while playing.
9.5/10 - Sound - there is simply so much that happends in the sound.. although you hear voices repeat eventually, there are still TONS of voices, sounds, sound effects, and generic background music that is soothing, and not annoying like some games.
7/10 - Replay Value - You could play forever in one file, but restarting after getting a long way, dying, and forgetting to save can be very discouraging.
Overall Score (average) - 8.6/10
My Score - 6.6/10
I subtracted a whole 2 points because of the incredibly annoying, frustrating, and stupid freezing glitch. I don't pay big bucks for games that freeze (I bought it when it was new.. not a bestseller).