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The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion


$60.00 Released March, 2006

Product Shot 1 The Pros:HUGE free roam world to explore. Hours of sidequests to complete. Create your own character.

The Cons:NPC 'Reality' system not very realistic. No online or multiplayer play. Levelling system is flawed.

After the mysterious and untimely death of the Emperor, the throne of Tamriel lies empty. With the Empire ready to crumble, the gates of Oblivion open and demons march upon the land - laying waste to everything in their path.

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To turn the tide of darkness, you must find the lost heir to the throne and unravel the sinister plot that threatens to destroy all of Tamriel.

In development for 4 years, Oblivion is another leap forward in role-playing with its combination of freeform gameplay and cutting-edge graphics for the world under The Elder Scrolls.

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Pros
  • 27

    HUGE free roam world to explore

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    hours of sidequests to complete

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    create your own character

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    superb graphics

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    Can download mods to customize gameplay experience

  • 13

    good solid story line

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    expansion pack just adds more fun

  • 13

    Extremely large amount of gear

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    tons of sidequests

  • 8

    Amazing world design and detail

  • 6

    Was made 3 years ago and still looks better than most modern games

Cons
  • 15

    NPC 'Reality' system not very realistic

  • 14

    no online or multiplayer play

  • 9

    levelling system is flawed

  • 8

    World gets to be static and therefore boring

  • 5

    Lack of goal (after main quest) gives player little motivation

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    High system requirements

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    Can be glitchy unless you download the unofficial patch

  • -2

    spell casting can get complicated

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Howlsthunder
Howlsthunder: #the_elder_scrolls_iv_oblivion I just got this game for the Xbox 360, having played Fallout 3 (another Bethesda game) and am slowly warming up to it. A lot of Oblivion fans say F3 is like a post-apocalyptic Oblivion but other than vague similarities (controls, menus, inventory, pressure plates, etc) Oblivion has SO much gameplay depth it is almost overwhelming, even frustrating, making it feel very different to me. The magic/alchemy systems are labyrinthine at best and the need for so much grinding to level up stats is daunting. This said, I am probably biased because of Fallout 3, which seems very streamlined and efficient in comparison. For players who love nitty gritty details in every aspect of their game world, Oblivion is the way to go.

Things I like:
. I like the changing weather and the starry night sky is to die for. The graphics are nice enough, the lush greenery a treat for the eye having spent a few years in the post-apocalyptic wasteland of Fallout.
. My favorite part is the VASTNESS of Oblivion. With all the locations, both above and below ground, the world is immense. It already feels SO much bigger than F3.

Some annoyances:
. "Chatting up" (persuading) every storekeeper or individual you run across is difficult, and time-consuming.
. Navigating the map is clunky as you have to be very precise in selecting a location and I hate the lack of zoom ability
. The voice acting is repetitive, with only a handful of actors making the voices of EVERYONE in the game but that's not new.
. Still seems to lack grit somehow, like, terrain is too-smooth and doesn't fully render 'til you're on top of it.

There are other nitpicky thing but I am suspicious they are due to my being new to the Elder Scrolls games and my bias/conditioning for Fallout 3. Annoyances and discomfort aside, I'm becoming more and more absorbed in the game the longer I play. Thumbs up from me. :) Jan 6, 10
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vsaxena911
vsaxena911: #the_elder_scrolls_iv_oblivion I tried it, but got frustrated and gave up. I'm going to try again soon though. I got spoiled by the Gothic series and so my expectations were far too high! Nov 4, 09
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rabidpotatochip
rabidpotatochip: #the_elder_scrolls_iv_oblivion What I really love about this game is the player-created content. You can install a few mods and have an almost completely different game. Aug 31, 08
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