When The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion was released, it was hailed by critics for its sprawling open world and the potentially intimidating freedom of choice it offered players. While Oblivion represented a major breakthrough for developer Bethesda Softworks, the foundation of the title's gameplay was in many ways preserved from earlier titles in the series.
Now players who only discovered the role-playing game franchise with Oblivion--or have yet to try it at all--have an expanded opportunity to explore the series' roots. To celebrate the 15th anniversary of The Elder Scrolls, Bethesda today released an earlier installment in the series, The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall, free of charge on its Elder Scrolls Web site.
Because the game is being released free of charge, Bethesda will not be providing technical support for it. However, the game can be made to run on modern computers using the DOSBox program, and Bethesda has released a step-by-step guide on how to get it running.
The original Elder Scrolls game, Arena, was similarly released for free to mark the franchise's 10th anniversary. It remains available for download from Bethesda's Elder Scrolls Web site.
For more on Daggerfall, check out GameSpot's original review.