It’s quite surprising that Morrowind is still getting a look in after all this time, but evidently fans are still keen to play it, as a mod has been released which gives the classic role-playing game a rather unique look thanks to some randomization. Over the course of three and a half decades, Bethesda has released a lot of games, but it was the first installment in The Elder Scrolls series, 1994’s Arena, where the company really began to take off.
While Skyrim is the most successful game in the fantasy franchise, still maintaining its position at the top of the RPG hierarchy after more than 11 years, there are some older gamers out there who have a soft spot for the previous TES entries. As such, these classic games are being kept alive, often through the implementation of custom mods, and some of these modifications offer something a little different to the usual tweaks.
Nexus Mods user Diject has created something truly unique for Morrowind, with a mod that basically randomizes any element in the retro Elder Scrolls title. A list on the download page, along with a number of images, show what aspects can be changed, which includes the weather, merchant stock and prices, creature spawns, item attributes, and transport destinations. It can even swap out NPC heads. In general, it sounds like Diject’s “Morrowind World Randomizer” would be suitable for players who, over the years, have become all too familiar with how the game looks.
For some, it’s hard to imagine that Morrowind is now more than 20 years old. While it’s certainly aged in terms of its visuals, older fans will recall its much more old school approach to role-playing, which is in stark contrast to Oblivion and Skyrim‘s more action-RPG elements. As such, TES3 may be difficult for newer players to get into, what with the game not having quest markers and making it possible to be locked out of the main story because an important character died, but for many, Morrowind is one of the most interesting installments in the whole series.
This is evidenced by the fact that fans continue to release mods for Morrowind. The gaming industry and RPG genre may have moved on significantly over the past two decades, but there’s something to be said for jumping back into this classic game. It may look ugly these days, but projects such as Diject’s randomizer show there’s still life left in these retro titles.
The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind released in 2002 for PC and the original Xbox.
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Source: Nexus Mods