As part of this weekend’s QuakeCon, recently launched Microsoft subsidiary id Software and Bethesda are bringing a slew of classics to PC Game Pass — including arguably the worst The Elder Scrolls game, Battlespire. Battlespire and 90s Elder Scrolls games Arena, Daggerfall, and Redguard were also recently brought to Steam (opens in new tab). The full list of games on Game Pass and the Microsoft Store is below:
Launches today with PC Game Pass
- Return to Wolfenstein
- Earthquake 4
- Wolfenstein 3D
- The Elder Scrolls Legends: Battlespire
- The Elder Scrolls Adventures: Red Guard
- Unlock all champions in Quake Champions with Game Pass Perk
Free today on the Microsoft Store
- The Elder Scrolls: Arena
- The Elder Scrolls: Daggerfall
- Earthquake Champion
Available today on the Microsoft Store
- Heresy: Snake Rider
- Hexen: Beyond Heresy
- Hexen: Lord of the Dead
Now I’m not trying to be a hater – I’m against anti-Bethesda revisionism, and even though I’m not the biggest fan of Fallout 3 and 4, Battlespire is a game only a mother would love, if she could even stand Play for a long time.
The Elder Scrolls combat has always been a great accompaniment to exploring Tamriel’s rich, expansive world, which begs the question of why you’d emphasize combat in a largely linear dungeon crawler.
The basic premise of Battlespire is rather questionable, taking Daggerfall’s clunky melee combat and disruptive, jagged skill system and building a hack n’ slasher out of it. In addition to taking away from the series’ iconic selling point, Battlespire offers a particularly flawed and extremely difficult experience. As YouTuber and famed Elder Scrolls fan LGR put it, “This is not a dagger fall! Manage your expectations. (opens in new tab)“
Still, even bad games should be kept for posterity, and Battlespire comes from an interesting time in Bethesda’s history.From Daggerfall in 1996 to Morrowind in 2002 (initially planned 1998!) Battlespire and Redguard helped the company stay ahead of its first real big hit, Morrowind, and it’s great to see these games get the Game Pass and digital storefront treatment after all these years.Surprisingly good no such luck Shadowkey for Nokia N-Gage (opens in new tab) Or the more mediocre Dawnstar and Oblivion Mobile for flip phones.
Quake 4, Wolfensteins 3D and Return to Castle, and Hexen/Heretic from many more sources are also slam dunks. The Quake Champions bundle makes me wish the pretty good arena shooter had a little more energy — don’t cry about “dead game” or anything like that.