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I absolutely loves this game. I would highly recommend it for all types of gamer's. The graphics are good, plus the characters, quests and gameplay is just something not to be missed. True it can get repetitive sometimes, but the truth is what can't be?
Loads of weapons, magic spells. These can be combined together or you can choose what type of character you mainly want to be. It has had it share of glitches, but most have been patched now and don't occur anymore.
It doesn't get boring as you don't need to go through the main quests if you don't want to. I can only express so much about this game. Just get it, play it and you will see why it is such an awesome game.
Oblivion is a must buy for any gamer. It's got a huge open world, a great and immersive story line that will keep bringing you back for more and the characters are brilliant. I own the game of the year edition and trust me, the Shivering Isle's expansion with Sheogorath is a great incentive to buy in itself. I've lost track of how many play through's I've completed of this game. OK, so on a bad note their is a lot of glitches to contend with, like jumping a table and getting stuck in mid air, running down a mountain and getting stuck on rocks, game freeze's, and on the PS3 version (Last I heard the mission works fine on 360), if you become a vampire, the mission to cure yourself and become human again simply doesn't work. The graphic's are also quite out dated for a game of this age but I personally prefer great stories and I'm not really concerned with graphics, I would also say is it's best to use a bow in first person view rather than in third, in third theirs no target reticule which makes hitting things extremely difficult. Everything else is perfect in first or third. Despite these few shortfalls, I would still say Oblivion is one of the best games out their and would recommend to everyone to play this game. Bethesda have really out done them selves by making the Eldar Scroll's franchise and they will hopefully continue making more over the next few years. When you try the Eldar Scrolls series, you'll be hooked.
The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion is a fantastic game, there is no other way to say it. Few open world games before its time have rivaled Oblivion's awe inspiring greatness, and even fewer since then. The protagonist is a completely customizable hero who must save the world from an evil demon, Mehrunes Dagon. The main story line is as fantastic as it is fun to complete. But what really makes this game special, is that you aren't required to follow the main quest line in order to enjoy the game. The subplots and minor quests and objectives are just as rewarding as the main campaign. There are countless side quests that can be completed in a handful of unique cities. You can level up your skills, obtain different weapons, armor, and items, and just explore the province of Cyrodiil. There is so much to do in this game, that you'll sit down to play it, and time will just fly by while you play. The characters have great depth. The voice acting really helps to suck the player in. The game is beautiful to look at; the graphics are incredible. Unfortunately, no game is perfect, and Oblivion is no exception. At times in the main story, there are moments where it is easy to get stuck on a certain part. Also, it can become slightly repetitive, but this does not diminish the greatness of the game. The biggest knock on this game would have to be that it is prone to glitching. There may be some quests or missions that you are unable to complete due to some inexplicable glitch. These are few and far between, however, and the game is still amazing.
Despite probably having an even more open storyline than Fallout 3, for this game it works and it's brilliant. You start the game in a castle jail as a mysterious criminal who's crime is not made clear, the king is escaping assassins who have infiltrated the castle and killed his three sons. By chance his escape route goes through your cell and you are given the chance to flee, I won't ruin the game by telling you what happens but needless to say you do make it outside and after a brief tutorial where you also create your highly customisable character you are set free upon the world. You have a vague mission to deliver a package to a priest and this begins the main plot line, which essentially revolves around destroying the 'Oblivion gates' (hence the games title) and stopping evil creatures invading the area. Aside from this you are free to explore and pick up quests as you go developing your character however you so desire, whilst I criticised this in my Fallout 3 review I feel it actually works much better in this game. I don't know if this has something to do with the fact the initial plot is even more open or the types of missions and their structure or even just a personal preference to the genre of the game, either way I really enjoyed the storylines within the game.
This game has excellent gameplay if you enjoy RPG's or even action games, you can live out and kind of 'career path' you'd like from Acrobat to Witchhunter, you can even create your own custom class. If this isn't your kind of thing and you just want to get on with playing the game after the initial tutorial section several classes will be suggested to you for you to choose from. There is a great mixture of missions involving full on fighting or sneaking and stealing to just being diplomatic and the best thing is you can choose which you want to take to a certain extent and there are often a variety of different ways to complete the missions. There is also a morality feature and if people don't like you they won't talk to you or sell things to you, and their reactions to you will be different, you can use a persuasion skill, bribe them, or threaten them to like you more. The first person action can be quite difficult at times as there is no 'freeze' feature as used in Fallout 3 and if you want to use something like a sword you obviously have to get in close and if you're fighting multiple enemies it is easy for them to surround you. This is a game where you will need a fair amount of time to get anywhere and you may also want to play regularly to keep track of which missions you are doing even though they are stored in the game as you can take on too many, and forget some details.
This is where the game probably falls down most, whilst being a major improvement from Morrowind on the original Xbox the graphics still aren't very good at all for a PS3 game even if it was released 5 years ago. The voice acting also leave alot to be desired, most of the characters voices are annoying at best and sometimes the repetition of the same phrases become quite annoying. The only good thing I can say about this section of the game is that the landscapes and cities are interesting and well designed in places, also the environment sounds such as background music/sounds are good and the sound as you unsheathe your sword or take out your bow are pretty satisfying. The thing is, this is one of those games where these aspects pail into insignificance because of the grand scale and brilliance of the gameplay, and the plot lines are great.
Oblivion is a rare game. I have not played many games that have made me addicted to them, quite like Oblivion. Bethesda has been known for making great RPGs, but this time they have outdone themselves. Bethesda has made a game that is extraordinary.
Before you can start with the story, you have to make your character. Your character is very customizable. There are lots of things you can do to him or her. The game takes place in the mythical land of Tamriel, in the province of Cyrodill. The main quest begins with you in a jail cell, for a crime that is unknown. The emperor's sons have been assassinated and the emperor comes to you for help in finding the lost heir to the throne. The emperor is eventually assassinated and you have to find the lost son and help him become the new emperor. The gates of Oblivion have also been opened, and now the evil that is within are now free to roam, Tamriel. It is up to you to stop them.This game is loaded with content. I mean there is a LOT of content. The main quest itself is well over 30 hours but when you combine that with the unbelievable amount of side missions it is over 200 hours. This is undoubtedly the longest game I have ever played. Oblivion doesn't have any multiplayer as it's a single player game only.
There is a lot you can do in Cyrodill. You can join guilds, such as the fighter's guild, mages guild, thieves' guild and the dark brotherhood. All those have their own unique benefits. There are many different towns that you can explore too. In those towns, you can also buy houses if you like. The quests are nice and varied but some are a bit repetitive. Something that I found quite boring and repetitive was closing down Oblivion gates. Oblivion gates are portals which let you go in to the hells of Oblivion. Oblivion is a place where demons and other evil lay. Since there are bad things in the realms of Oblivion, you want to close the portals that let the evil come to Tamriel. Closing gates took me a long time and really made a bad mark on an otherwise terrific game.
The graphics in Oblivion, are great though they might look a bit outdated compared to today's games. Back then though they were cutting-edge and people had never really seen such a beautiful game world. Oblivion is an open world game and it really stays true to the term open world. It is a massive 41 square kilometres. That means it's bigger than games like GTA 4 and is even slightly bigger than the new Skyrim. All the forests and the wilderness look great. All the towns have a lot of detail and though some might look a bit similar they are mostly unique. Since the world of Oblivion is so big, it takes a toll on the performance sometimes. When I was playing I noticed a lot of frame rate issues. The frame rate dropped at times when I was on my horse exploring the wild and when there were a lot of people on the screen. The frame rate issues only lasted for a brief time, though. The game would also freeze on rare occasions. There are also some bugs such as your character getting stuck in a place. Thankfully though, the performance issues won't really bother you a lot.
The combat in Oblivion is good but it can get a bit repetitive. All you're really doing is blocking and attacking with a shield and sword. You also can perform magic attacks and things like that. For example, you can throw fireballs and shock the enemy. As you do various things, you can level up. Leveling up will improve your abilities and attributes.
The atmosphere in Oblivion is great. All the towns feel wholesome and full of life. All the characters seem believable. Whether you're in a dungeon at night or you're at somebody's house in the morning, the atmospheres will just be plain terrific. Of course the characters really contribute to the atmosphere of the game. All the NPCs (non-playable characters) sound great. Something that I disliked a bit was that a lot of the characters were voiced by the same people. I got a bit tired of hearing the same voices again and again but don't worry too much though because the voice acting is splendid. Just to mention, as many RPGs your character isn't actually played by anyone. That means he is not voiced by anyone. The way you talk is that you have dialogue options when you're talking to someone and you choose what you want to say from choosing one of the options. The music is great and sets the mood throughout the game.
Oblivion is another masterpiece from Bethesda. Bethesda has made great games such as the Fallout series but this is undoubtedly their best. Few games can compare the thrill of playing through Oblivion. Oblivion is a single player game only that means there is no multiplayer. Oblivion proves that a great single player game will always be better than a multiplayer game. I recommend Oblivion to anyone who likes RPGs and single player games. Get this game, you won't be disappointed.
I'll be honest, not only is this one of the best RPG's I've ever played, It's one of the best games I have ever played, period. The levels of customisation are outstanding. I have 4 profiles on it in which I've completed the game and have over 2 and a half days platime on it. You can choose whether to do the story straight away and play the side quests after or you can do lots of side quests first and then when you do the story the rewards you gain will be better because of your level (quite like the level system in in Fallout NV and Fallout 3 but there is much more levels in Oblivion) And if you have the game of the year edition the whole other of the shivering isles with its own story and side quests aswell as the quests of the Knights of the Nine (which gives you good armour at the end).
I would like to talk to you about the main storyline. You start in jail ( for an unknown crime) and it happens to be the one which is the ancient escape route for the emporer. So he and some bodyguards come in and go through the exit and they allow you to follow them the assassins attack and kill the emporer. He gives you the amulet of kings and tells you to find Jauffery at weynon priory. You then exit the sewers (that is where the secret route comes out to ) and you are then free to explore. The rest of the story is about stopping the daedra from coming from the oblivion gates and wiping out any daedric cults and supporting the new empoerer. There are many weapons to your disposal including swords,bows,maces,axes,war hammers and magic.
If you like this or want to get any more games. I would recommend Falout NV,Fallout 3,Elder Scrolls 5 Skyrim (which comes out 11/11/11) ,The fable series(on Xbox)and Demon Souls (which is difficult so you might want to get that after some playtime with the other games.)
Visual Performance: 9/10! You've got to love the way everything is designed, it feels alive,like you are in the game. Thrilling landscapes, attention to detail,variety,and a lot of color as well! If you add things like human and animal design,it certainly goes for a 10/10. Yet,at the end of the day, it doesn't. And that's not mainly because of some slowdowns(normal,for such a vast map),but thanks to character animation-really bad-and some glitches.
Audio Performance: 10/10. Background music is ideal,voice-over phenomenal, sound effects realistic and i love the theme song! Nothing else to say here
Gameplay: 9/10. Let's start with the bad news first: glitches are abundant! I'll give you three characteristic examples 1) I hit a guard with my sword.What did he do? Run around shouting "Guards.guards! There's a psychopath on the loose! 2) One character fell unconcious by a powerful smack of my sword! He landed on the water,down from a ship where we were into.How did he wake up? As if he was launched by a catapult,he managed to climb back on the ship with a giant leap,passing through the vessel and a wall.Yeah,right... 3)Hitting a guard with a powrful blow of lightning made him land on...air,sitting there for a while,floating and after some seconds,land on the ground and walk away. Now with the good news: Best action RPG ever! Vast variety of missions and sub-missions,more than 5 guilds to complete,a thrilling plot and magic main quest.What to say really,you just have to play on your own to see.
Duration: I'been playing it for 3 years now,and i'm still up for some. Even if you are not into discovering the HUGE map,you will definitely need months to complete most missions.10/10
Fun Factor: 9/10. It is fun to explore caverns,ruins,old forts and vast forests.Completing the really interesting guilds is also thrilling,yet what makes you want some more is...killling the whole world. Grab your bow and practice your marksman skills on your friend in the Waterfront district,or punch some guards hard! Then,watch glitches taking place causing hilarious things to happen,like a)Dead men are still talking b) Wrong sound effects c)Killing the infamous adoring fan .Watch some of these videos on youtube and see for yourself
Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is the latest game in the open world Elder Scrolls series and is set prominently in the heartland province of Cyrodiil in the continent of Tamriel. The most important feature of Oblivion is that it allows players to play the game as they wish. It is not necessary to stick with the main storyline. You can explore the entire world if you want, at your own pace and also complete different side quests in the process. At the beginning of the game, you will find yourself in a prison in the Imperial City. You are tasked by the Emperor to deliver an amulet to a priest who happens to be his son.
From there on, you are free to do the main quest or go wherever you want. Elder Scrolls features about 8 cities and each city has its own unique architecture, history and lore. Each city offers you a variety of side quests to complete. Oblivion also features different guilds like the Fighters Guild, Thieves Guild, Mages Guild, The Arena and the Dark Brotherhood. You can rise through the rank of each guild by completing their independent quests and also acquire some unique items in the process.
The game also has a Fame and Infamy tracker. If you do good tasks you will get fame or you will become infamous if you are caught stealing or robbing a house. Fame allows you to get additional quests and to buy houses in the cities. Houses allow you to store your items if you get over burdened. The PS3 version also offers the Knights of the Nine quest which is not present in the XBOX360 version by default.
The graphics of the game have been beautifully rendered and the background music is very good. The voice acting is not up to the mark though. Many times you will find that the voices of NPC's are monotonous. Overall I found this game a good buy and well worth my money.
From the great Bethesda comes this legendary action RPG in it's 4th canonical installment. In it's first foray onto console platforms it doesn't dissapoint.
The game, and in fact the series, takes place on the mythical continent of Tamriel, a place divided into 9 provences. The provence in which the player travels is known as Cyrodiil. The game begins with the player in a prison cell for an unknown reason. The Emperor of Cyrodiil, Uriel Septim, is escaping a band of assassins and it just so happens there is a secret escape route in your cell. You are entrusted with an amulet shortly before the Emperor is killed, which you are instructed to take to a monk who knows the whereabouts of the last heir to the throne. Here starts your adventure.
The first thing any player must do is design their character. In my oppinion the look isn't that important as you will probably spend most of our time in the first person mode, but for players wh love attention to detail you'll really love this. Every feature of the character's face can be lengthened, shortened, widened, stretched, enlarged, grown and shrunk. The face of the character is truly customisable and it's sure to please anyone whether you spend 5 minutes or half an hour playing with your look. The system works on selecting a specific feature nd altering the various aspects of said feature with numerous slider bars. While for me it can get tedious as I do tend to play around a bit not always fully understanding what I'm tweaking, it is an enjoyable experience being able to really customize your look.
You will also be asked to choose a race. Each race comes with it's own strengths; the Argonians, lizard like creatures from the swamps for example have the innate ability to breathe under water while the Altmer, or High Elves have a fortified magic skill. There are 10 races to choose from, each with skills to suit the player's needs and I'd say that's plenty of choice!
Besides the appearance and race, one must also later choose skills and attributes. I won't get into how they work but they basically govern what type of character you control, for example a stelathy character suited to thieving or a strong character suited to battle. There is so much to choose from here too, and you really will be able to choose exactly what kind of character you want to play as.
The gameplay is that of a standard RPG but on a huge sandbox scale. You are free to travel Cyrodiil on foot, by horse or by fast traveling to places you have already discovered. Along the way you can complete the story quests and find hundreds of other side quests to perform, or if you feel like it you can just travel around the kingdom, talking to characters, killing, stealing and dungeon diving to your heart's content. The environment is a massive one and you won't be dissapointed.
Aside from the size, the scenery is beautiful. From snowy mountains to rolling fields to dark, dank caves you'll marvel at the scenery set before you. The architecture is stunning and you will never tire of exploring the different terrain all around the map. Added to this is the world of Oblivion, an ashen, lava filled world inhabited by Daedra (demonic creatures) and the source of the chaos in Cyrodiil. The colours, themes and environments are stunning and befitting of the game and it's plot. The detail is high, especially so on the PS3 and it makes for an amazing visual experience.
The score for the game is perfect also, it's calm and serene when it needs to be, tense and dramatic when an enemy is close by and non-existant when it isn't needed. It fits perfectly with the world it provides the soundtrack to.
There are two actors in this game that are worth mentioning, Patrick Stewart and Sean Bean. Both experienced actors do an excellent job of bringing life to their characters and really make the roles believable. Though Stewart is only in the game for a short period, what he does in that period is excellent and won him a video game award. Sadly this can't be said for the rest of the voice actors in the game. Only a few actors are used and you'll often have the odd experience of listening to two characters with the exact sme voice discussing matters. The lines are wooden and lifeless in many cases, although credit must be given to the sheer amount of dialogue recorded. There are so many NPCs and each has a whole host of dialogue to ensure a varied experience.
Bethesda seem to have a habit of killing off their best voice actors early in their titles (see Fallout 3) which is a little dissapointing as what this game was sorely missing was some good voice acting.
The same can be said for the sheer amount of items, from weapons to armour to simple environmental objects such as paintbrushes, books and pots. Once again, it allows you to really customise your character the way you want to and the environmental objects make the scenery more believable. All the books can be read, some of them provide skill upgrades while others can be read simply to gain an insight into the world you're in; there are books about history, poetry, magic and local news, sure to keep any fan interested.
The plot is well written and involved, it keeps you interested and excited to see what will happen next. It is detailed enough to keep the fans happy and yet understandable enough that newcomers to the series won't get too confused. Each quest, whether it's part of the story or not, is well written and well thought out and with a sliding difficulty level, accessible from the pause menu you will never be stuck once you've got the hang of the game.
It is such a huge game and so it is inevitable that there are glitches and bugs. Generally they aren't game stopping and often they are amusing or sometimes even helpful (see money and duplication glitches) but it won't detract from your game too much. I'll tell you a little story anyway. I was once asked to hunt down some mountain lions who were causing trouble in town. I had killed all but one and the final one decided to run away. I didn't see that mountain lion for one week of playing the game. This stopped me from finishing the quest and advancing that quest line. Eventually the lion came back and the problem was solved, so it just goes to show that seemingly big problems in this game often aren't as big as they seem.
This game is huge and the Game of the Year edition provides even more content and quests for you to tackle. It's a game that will take forever to finish and it's a title you will constantly come back to. It's worth the money and will be a staple title in your collection for years to come.
Oblivion is a single-player game in which you play the part of finding the unkown heir to the throne in the province of Cyrodiil. The previous emperor has been killed and so the gates of Oblivion were once again left open and they need too be closed. It is then up to you to find this heir to the throne and then once again close the gates of Oblivion.
Oblivion is probably the best game in many respects available for the PS3. From its launch it has caused a mass of popularity and for good reason too. When I first played on this game I was simply stunned by all that it had to offer.
Firstly the graphics are absolutly superb and they really add to the quality of the gameplay. The graphics help make the vast map come to life with realism. Just looking at imperial city from a far is umbelivable.
There is also literally hundreds of quests and side-quests available that make the game worthy of hours and hours of gameplay. The weapons available are also diverse and there is a wide variety of skills that can be improved. Being able to own houses in various cities, act as a burgalar at night, be a spell encharter at the magic guild is just amazing.
I would recommend buying the strategy guide with this game because there is simply so much to know and it really does improve the gameplay with details on the walkthroughs of quests.
Despite there being no multiplayer there is no doubt about the brilliance of this game and I cannot recommend it enough. It is possible to get this from as cheap as £15-£20 now which is a bargain.
Thank you for reading this and I hope it is useful!
This game is nothing short of a masterpiece and is one of my favourte Ps3 game, which i recommend buying.
The game has a massive world, full of NPC characters, all with their own lives and jobs, a realistic physics system, amazing graphics, and incredible storyline.
The ability to gain spells was one of my favourite features, the spells are some of the most diverse i have seen, and combat using them feels realistic and balanced.
The quests, which are numerous and exciting are well worth playing, for they allow you to gain access to specific buildings, weapons, and spells.
you can fight in an arena, or go hunting and sell wool to merchants.
There are so many things to do, that it is beyond the scope of this review, but i do know once you pick it up, it will keep you enthralled.
The main plot is intriguing and fun to play, and the many types of weaponry and combat types are enough to keep you safe from the dangers of the world.
Many types of races to choose from, and many types of classes too, even the ability to create your own.
Do whatever you want, and see repercussions in the world.
The ultimate Free roam fantasy game.
You start your quest locked in a prison cell wearing only rags, as you begin you wonder if this game will be worth the hard earned dosh you paid for it.
Never doubt this game again!
Prepared to be emmersed into another world, prepare to go wandering off into the great wilderness and unknown, prepare to be amazed!
For me this is THE game for the Playstation 3, it made the hefty price tag that I paid out for the console seem worthwhile.
You start off pretty weak, but as you play this game you will shape your own destiny and can choose your own path. You can become a thief, a mage, an assasin or become all 3! Your character builds up over time as you take on more quests allowing you to specialise in certain abilities and learn new ones.
Its free roaming so you can go wherever you want to without any boundaries. Im particulary fond of wandering around the Gnoll Mountains - gorgeous scenery!
A perfect game to hibernate with this winter as you need never go out till Spring!
This is one RPG that will take over your life for as long as you wil let it!
The graphics aren't the best I have seen on the PS3 but when you are out in the wildernes roaming around on horseback you really do feel like you are part of the game and get totally absorbed by it!
The main objective of the game is to close all of the Oblivion gates, however there are numerous other missions to complete throughout the game. You can click on towns on the map to trael to instantly but in order to discover new missions and places you need to travel on foot or by horseback. If you do not have enough money to buy a horse just steal one but run fast!!
When I say this game is huge, I mean huge! the missions seem endless and you can free roam around the land, discovering new charachters and missions to complete along the way.
The value for money you get with this game is incredible as I cannot see an end to the amount of gameplay.
oblivion is an excellent game to play you can do a lot in this game all in one actually you can ride horse's you have to escape from prison first go in to the town and buy house's which are on sale buy weapon's buy food and storage and much more exciting thing's to do it take's about ten minute's to get out of prison it's very easy to play you can do much more in this game it is very fun and enjoyable and exciting game to play.
It'll be hard to write about such a vast game in so few words because even with no online, this is a game that will consume your life, and one that consumes much more time than many online games. It's an RPG and the fourth in the Elder Scrolls series, all of which, even with the bad graphics are huge games revolving around a story to do with a different section of Tamriel, the name of the Entire Elder Scrolls map. Although this is the fourth game in the series, the attention has really revolved around the last 2. Though it should be noted that that the first game, Arena is now freeware so therefore free to download. The second game, Daggerfall is not.
Oblivion really did have a lot to live up too since the 3rd game; Morrowind really did get the gaming world talking about the huge environment and open gameplay. It was on both PC and the Xbox, winning Game of the Year, something that Oblivion has also done, a huge feat for one series.
Well you start out in some sewers; you're in a medieval type prison for reasons unknown. The Emperor Septim though is escaping through your prison from a group of assassins, and inquisitively looks at you, saying he has dreamt about your character. Once the bloodline of the Emperor ends, Cyrodiil, this games' land is said to get attacked by creatures from another realm. And it is up to you to stop this and beat the monsters.
Now it is time to build your character. However, unlike most games, (an example being Tony Hawkes) where you create a character, this is no time to just make your character a lanky 7-foot green thing since it affects your gameplay quite drastically. You not only have to choose a race, out of many, such as Nord, Argonian (Lizard type people) or Elf. A Nord will have a resistance to frost, and choosing one means a higher strength, meaning you should play the game warrior-like. On the other hand, an elf will rely on magic. Argonians have a high resistance to disease etc. and once you have chose this, it can not be undone. I chose a Nord. You then choose your birthsign which alters your attributes further. Choosing the right race and attributes can give you an advantage right from the start.
I usually find things like this very boring, but the amount of detail you can go into with so much ease means you can really customise your character well. It may seem a little pointless to choose your looks but it really goes well with the vast freedom of the game. In fact, such a free game without this would seem weird.
After this "tutorial" you are sent out into the amazing world of Cyrodiil straight away, with a special delivery on your quest list. I got round to this after about 95 hours of gameplay because in reality, when you finish this "tutorial" you are free to do whatever the hell you want. Everywhere basically is available from the word go, and as soon as you leave the sewers to see the magnificence of the environment, with the sun out and the extremely realistic water reflecting everything, you get the sudden urge to explore, and starting the main quest was the last thing on my mind.
So the world is a pretty light world, completely lifelike and amazing. It would take a decent amount of time to cross the entire land running so once you have found an area you can fast travel to there, which really helps, cutting down frustration whilst doing a long mission. It is a generally rural map, full of grassland and paths, large lakes and then the big cities dotted all over the map which are full of houses, people and shops. Each place is completely different and fun to explore, with the main city "Imperial City" being spectacular with all the people walking around it, so lifelike. Dotted around the map are caves, mines and forts to explore. This basically makes the replay value enormous because there are so many, even 100 hours into the game I was still finding new caves on the map, and after a while the enemies inside them all come back, so you can go through and empty caves again and again, picking up enchanted items and armour to help aid you in the main quest. It's so much fun to do, choosing items for their value or power. Raiding caves rarely seems to get tiresome, and when it does, you can just hop onto the main quest again.
This game certainly sticks to its RPG status. Levelling up comes from levelling up major attributes. There are minor and major attributes governing qualities such as sneak, security and blade, all of which are levelled up by doing something sing that skill, such as sword fighting or lock picking for example. I am not usually a fan of all of the levelling up in games though it does not matter so much in this game since enemies depend on your level. For example, if you just went straight for the main quest at a low level, you would not verse the same enemies you would if you started the quest at a higher level. This means that by doing all side quests first the game will not become really easy, though doing the main quest from the start will not be too difficult. This is the same in the wild too, with creatures like Wolves slowly being replaced with Ogres and Minotaur. Weapons and Armour also depend on your level. This makes sure levelling up never becomes dull.
The combat system is a cross between magic and melee combat. Choosing a race from the start will really decide which your character will be best at with my character being a warrior with very few magical capabilities. Either way you attack with the R1 button and cast spells such as fire balls or healing spells with R2. Shield is L1. As you can see it is an active RPG, and there is no turn based action here. The combat system works very well and during any time you can switch between 1st and 3rd person. It is obvious the game was made for first person since it is a lot easier to cast spells in this camera angle, and jumping does look a little weird in 3rd person though being a warrior I play in 3rd person since playing in 1st person with a sword can get confusing with multiple enemies knocking you about. However 1st person in melee combat still works extremely well, something that is not expected.
However, levelling up attack attributes etc is just the tip of the iceberg. It is a huge RPG with so many attributes with not only strength and magic but also personality, controlling how much people like you, and endurance. It does not get confusing though.
A good map with a rubbish game though would not be good, but, fortunately the game is as good as the environment. Outstanding. Not only are over two hundred side quests from random Characters throughout the world, or from guilds you can join all giving different quests from the Fighters Guild where you help people such as clearing animals from a certain location to joining the top secret Dark Brotherhood, a group of assassins. Whereas some small games can not even make good side quests, these could be in a game on their own, with many involving quite in depth stories, varying in length and type of quest. After 100 hours of gameplay when I finally started the main quest, I had done roughly 100 side quests, with over a hundred more to go. I still have not completed all side quests, even though most of the gameplay has been dedicated to them.
The main quest involves entering Oblivion gates and clearing it or monsters etc. achieving certain objectives. The oblivion gates are a new world, away from Cyrodiil though there is not much room for exploration, as they are full of powerful creatures. It makes an excellent quest with so much to do, with the atmosphere astounding with all the creatures respawning, and in many cases, a large battle going on between the humans and the creatures and the clouds turning a deadly orange, and you can really feel the tension around you. However, I will say that personally I find the side quests better. This though is because if you are bored of a side quest you can just go to do another one, completing the other original side-quest maybe hours later when you can be bothered. However, when you enter an oblivion gate and fight, you're in there for the long run since closing it is not that easy, and with many of the gates being quite long. I tended to not complete them in one sitting, saving beforehand since they're all similar. This is fine overall because once you have done one gate you can just do a few hours of side quests or cave raiding before you go back to the main quest. It is not too much of a problem because of the amount of side quests but if you tried to complete the main quests all in a row I could see it getting quite tedious.
After you have done just one gate though more open up, with a few of the gates (adding further to side-quests since they are optional) taking less time, making it a lot of fun.
With so much written there is much more left to be said. It is tough to describe such a game in so few words, the length of a normal review because it is so much more than a normal game. It is so much bigger, and in many cases, better. There are things you can do in this game that can drastically affect the gameplay that other games would not even consider, such as becoming a vampire. It seems a little weird to say you can become a vampire in a game but it just makes the game seem that much more magical and free, really absorbing you in the game, leaving you to forget your outside life, spending entire games hooked on the game, feeding on humans and having to stay outside the sun. It adds a lot to the gameplay, having to plan journeys to avoid the sun, adding to your power, but also giving weaknesses. It's amazing to do and gives an example of how free the game is. Even after saying so much there is so much more to say, things that may seems only small and trivial but really adds a lot to the gameplay such as the ability to haggle in shops, or make your own potions. However, it is a lot better to just find out for yourself, because there is so much more to say.
Name: The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Publisher: Bethedsa Game Studios
Developer: Bethedsa Softworks
Release Date: March 2006 (PC).
Formats: PS3, Xbox 360, PC
Price: Around £40 for PS3
Awards: Game of the Year
The PS3 game contains the official expansion Knights of the Nine. There is soon a Game of the Year Edition coming out including a new expansion pack, The Shivering Isles.
Not much more can be said since you have to play the game to really take in the atmosphere. It really consumes you can although there may be better games out there (though very few games come to mind), you will never get more value from your money since even after the main game is complete there is side quests, which are even better than the main quest. And just exploration alone will last fair few hours. Great for all PS3/360 owners though after you have played this game, I doubt you will look at any gaming map the same, it's amazing.