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The Elder Scrolls: Arena

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Also known as: The Elder Scrolls Chapter One: Arena (full title), Arena (informal title)
Developer: Bethesda Softworks
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
More details:Official game website, MobyGames, Wikipedia
Related games: The Elder Scrolls, Liberated (former commercial), Action RPG

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Recommended DOSBox settings for maximum game detail: core=simple, cycles ~21000 (may also try "max 100% limit 21000" to cap cycles instead of using a fixed value).

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Arena is the first game that spawned the well-known series of "Bethesda RPGs". It might seem rather dated and feature-limited by today's standards, yet it is still quite playable. The skill-based system has not been implemented yet (it would be pioneered by Daggerfall), so characters level up by gaining experience points from combat and completing quests.

The objective is to save the Emperor of Tamriel from captivity by the impostor battlemage by finding and assembling together the eight pieces of the Staff of Chaos. You will travel across the whole empire and meet lots of different characters and monsters along the way.

On 5 April 2004 Bethesda Softworks released the full version of Arena as freeware to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Elder Scrolls series.

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