As the Bethesda.net launcher goes offline, the company is slowly migrating its library over to Steam. To mark the occasion, three titles are now available for free – which includes entries in the iconic Elder Scrolls and Wolfenstein franchises. The titles are a few decades old, but it’s hard to complain about free games (especially ones as highly reviewed as these). Plus, it’s always interesting to give old PC games a whirl, even if it’s just to gain a better appreciation for the technological advances that have happened in such a short window of time.
The Elder Scrolls: Arena was the game that launched the entire series. As usual, you’ll play as a prisoner that’s given an open world to explore as you see fit, with a variety of unlockable skills and abilities at your disposal. And despite launching in 1994, Bethesda managed to include the ability to craft your own spells, a sprawling map, and hundreds of dungeons to dive into as you search for better gear. There’s also a dynamic day / night cycle and a compelling main quest, although its litany of side characters and auxiliary content are arguably more exciting.
Once you’ve wrapped up Arena, you can check out Daggerfall – the follow-up title that did not disappoint. Better graphics, better gameplay, and a better story make Daggerfall a must-play for fans of Skyrim or Oblivion. The story this time sees you traveling to High Rock to stop a powerful weapon from falling into the wrong hands, although you’re free to venture off in your own direction and tackle any variety of side quests.
Unlike the epic single-player campaigns offered by Arena and Daggerfall, Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory is a tense, multiplayer FPS. You’ll select between five different classes before heading out to the battlefield and digging into trenches with up to 31 other players.