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This is a great game for people who like RPG's and have PLENTY of free time on their hands, as to complete the game fully, with all achievements on the Xbox 360 does take a while. The game of the year edition also includes the two expansion packs, the shivering isles and the knights of the nine. Both expansion packs include powerful and fun new weapons and armours which make playing thought to the end of the game much easier.
I personally really enjoyed playing this game and although some parts (curing vampirism in particular) are very long and strenuous, the overall gameplay of the game is great, and the detail in the scenery is also really good. Oblivion is also the best game I have played for free world travel, and the sheer size and diversity of the maps make the who game much more enjoyable. I spent many hours playing oblivion, getting the best weapons and armour, completing all the achievements, and generally just playing the game. For me, the value for money on this game is great, and unlick other games, when you have completed it, you can start it again, and this time go down different routes, or do things differently to obtain different weapons, armour or items.
However, the game did have some glitches for me, I couldn't see my character do anything but stand when he was supposed to sit down, lie down or bit people. It also glitches so that whatever items I put on, (like the boots of spring heeled jack) stayed on, so I could breathe underwater and water walk without any spells or equipment, and also always had armour class, even without armour on. But apart from this being a minor annoyance, the game itself was really good and in-depth, and offers hours of fun and enjoyment.
== Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion ==
The Elder Scrolls game have been in my opinion one of the best series that have ever been made. Especially this one, which is developed by Bethesda Game Studios and the game itself is a single-player role playing game, however it isn't your normal type of role playing game because where as on most the view you have is 3rd person on this it is in fact a first person view and is very similar to the series Fallout. However where as Fallout is set in futuristic times Oblivion is set centuries ago. Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion GOTY (game of the year) Edition is really something special!
The basic story to the game is quite a simple but really effective one. It is set several years after Morrowind (which is the game before this one) and Oblivion isn't a direct sequel to that. Oblivion is set in Cyrodiil, a province of Tamriel. All of the games have been set in this magnificent world. The basic story begins with the character you design locked up in an Imperial Prison Cell and as your standing there your visited by Emperor Uriel Septim VII (voiced by Patrick Stewart) and a group of fighters named as The Blades. The Emperor and The Blades are fleeing from an army of assassins from the Mythic Dawn. Who are a Daedric Cult who had just murdered the Emperors sons and have set their sights on him. After the little cut scene the Emperor and his group of Blades head through to the sewer from your cell leaving you to follow them. As you follow the group you encounter battles with the Daedric Cult (which isn't to hard because The Blades are very strong). Shortly after coming close to the exit of the sewer the Emperor is killed and there isn't anything you can do to prevent this. However before he is killed he entrusts you with an amulet called the amulet of kings as this is what the cult wants. He also gives you his final last words which are to find a man named Jauffre who is at a place called Weynon Priory. After that you carry on through to exit the sewer and then...welcome to the HUGE land of Cyrodill and good luck. From here on you can follow the story itself or go explore anywhere on the map, but be warned it is amazingly massive, by far the biggest world I have ever seen on a game.
=== Gameplay ===
Where to start? There are absolutely loads of gameplay features on this game. As you choose to start a new game you then have to pick your characters race and a certain amount of skills to assign to him/her. You have to pick his race. There are a total of 10 different races on the game which look completely different and have their own unique specials that others cant learn so choose wisely at the beginning because there is no going back. Also along with the main quest there are side quests you can do. Some of these side quest are really good and are very rewarding. You can also join clans as you progress and some of the clans also offer great rewards. There are many clans you can join such as The Blades, Mages Guild and even the Assassins Guild, plus many more. One good thing I like about the game is the leveling up, when you level up you acquire so many points that can be equipped to certain skills you have such as lock picking, sneak, barter, jumping, faster moving, magic and also skills for different weapons such as swords, blunt weapons and even bows. There are a whole lot of skills to improve as you gain levels. Also as your roaming around and fighting you automatically gain levels on things such as running or jumping if you do them. There are millions of places to explore which is brilliant and some of these are really interesting as they hold answers to quests or even treasures. Also there are lots of towns and in these towns you can find your quests, shops, guilds and even homes to buy to stash all you unwanted equipment at the time. You can only carry a certain amount of items at any one time depending on your strength.
There are so much aspects with this games gameplay features and so much to the game you can do. A thing I like to do is go around pickpocketing the villages or guards as you can always get a fair amount of gold of them. The gold you acquire can be spent on many things such as new weapons, new clothes or armor and even healing potions. When you equip new armor or clothes and change your view of character to 3rd person you can actually see your new equipment on your character, which is quite impressive. Also you will come to many locked doors and many locked chests, however don't threat as you can find keys to open them or even use your lock picks to get them open, it all depends on your lock picking skill. Around the world of Cyrodill you will encounter endless amount of enemies and some can be really tricky. You can fight things such as soldiers, cult members, insects, over grown insects, lots of mythical creatures and my personal favourite vampires and werewolves. Now the thing I love about the vampire and werewolves is the fact, if your bitten by a vampire you may actually turn into one which basically means you best only come out at night, whilst your incredibly stronger, much faster and very scary. You still need to feed or your health degenerates, so you better start looking for some helpless civilians. Also if your scratched by a werewolf you may like it but you may not. Unlike the vampire you can wonder out in daylight, however when there is a full moon you change into a werewolf and whilst being one of them you basically have to kill everyone in sight (can be very fun). There are endless enemies to fight and after defeating some you can ran sack their bodies for items. Depending on your skill level and if you have a mortar and pestle you can actually make lots of potions that do different things, you find herbs, plants and all kinds of items that can be used with the mortar and pestle and after mixing you can acquire many outcomes. Some include, healing health, stamina or even walking on water for a certain amount of time. throughout the game if your a mage you can acquire magic as well. There really is a lot more about the gameplay I could mention but I will leave it at that.
=== Characters/Races ===
As I mentioned above their are a total of 10 races to pick at the start of the game so I thought I would tell you what they are and what they're good for. Now for me my character had to have the looks more than his abilities as I am never keen on using a character that has great abilities but looks really wimpy or really strange. I often tend to use a Dark Elf, this is mainly because they look evil and pretty cool. They are however very good at magic so I guess thats a bonus and when monsters use magic against the Dark Elf's they barely do any damage if any. I often find the Orc race quite good, the Orc's are very strong probably the strongest, resistant to magic and have an ability called berserk which doubles attack power for a limited time and no other race has this ability, however they do look quite odd, green and an awful lot like Shrek. Another one I like is the Redguard, Redguard's are pretty much human and they can be quite agile and quick, but also they have the ability of Adrenaline and they also are resistant to magic. Breton's are like monks and don't actually look very good at all but do have some good abilities. High Elf's are very similar to Dark Elf's but a lot better for magic but are also very weak to magic attacks. The Nord is a rather interesting one, the Nord's can look brilliant but they're skills lack in many ways. Wood Elf's are the fastest race by a mile but there skills are pretty boring. Imperials are human guards, strong, good defence and quite agile. I would have to say the worst is the Khajiit, they have a skill called Night Eye and thats about it, they look like cats. Finally the Argonians who are also very good, they are lizard like creatures that can breath underwater they are also immune to poison and also immune to diseases like the vamp disease, however they can't equip most equipment and clothes. That is basically all the races you can alter what they look like at the start of the game, from the eyebrows, eyes, mouth, hair length absolutely everything. Also you get a certain amount of skill points to start with to choose what skills to be higher than others. Quite a fair share of mixed characters to choose from so this category is very impressive.
=== Graphics & Sound ===
I was equally impressed with the graphics and the sound of this game. The graphics are phenomenal, some of the graphics have never been met by any other game from what I have played or seen. the design of the characters would be the worst part of the graphics, however its not even bad and is in fact brilliant. They do look a little boring and plain at first but when you acquire new armor and items to put on your character starts looking better. the design of each monster or other enemies is rather something special, each monster designed very differently and no two monsters look the same, its great. I am also very impressed with the whole layout and design of Cyrodill as it is really massive and absolutely beautiful. Each town looks tremendous and each dungeon or other places such as caves, forests and many more look nicely designed. But by far the best thing about the graphics in my opinion is the weather effects and also when your standing over a lake you can even see your reflexion, absolutely brilliant!
Now the sound is equally as good as the graphics to the game, I will start by saying the music is personally one of my favourites to any game, every time your in different aspects of the world it changes, if there are monsters after you it changes and also the theme song is special. Now as for the effects themselves they are amazing. If your walking on different soils of land you can hear the different sound effects, if your swimming the sound is great and is perfectly designed like your actually swimming. Also riding the horses through the land you can hear lots more of the sound effects from things such as, monsters chasing you, weather changing and even puddles your riding through. Also the battle effects are quite good, for example if your fighting another enemy who wields a sword and they both clatter at the same time you can hear it sound exactly like it would. All in all the sound effects and graphics are simply fantastic about this game and make it that so much better.
=== Additional Content ===
As if all of the above isn't enough for one game. Well thats not all, with this game of the year edition you also get a bonus disk with content on which is actually two expansions to the game. they are called Shivering Isles and Knights Of The Nine. Each one of these expansions have a whole new story and another piece of land unexplored on, although each island isn't as big as Cyrodill they are still rather big and very interesting. The Shivering Isles expansion is the larger of the two and the basic plot is about an island ruled by the Daedric prince of madness called Sheogorath. Shivering Isles is split into two different sections called Mania and Dementia, both of which have different characteristics in the art and design. Knights Of The Nine is basically set on Cyrodill with a few new places to explore and also a whole new story. Each of these game add ons comes with the Game Of The Year edition of Oblivion. There are also new monsters, new items and many more side quests with each add on, so cant be to bad right?
=== Difficulty & Longevity ===
The game from my point of view is rather simple and would suit most gamers. The story itself isn't to hard to master and the side quest are quite easy. The only downside to the difficulty of the game is if you wonder to far around the world and end up fighting monsters stronger than you, but that rarely happens. As you progress the game itself does get a little harder but its not at all hard and soon as you get further you would of mastered everything about it. There aren't any puzzles so you wont struggle with that part of the game. The only part I have struggled with is not knowing I had been bitten by a vampire and I had in fact saved my game after that, next thing I know I'm a vampire and struggling to find a cure (which is the hardest part of the game). other than that a very simple game for most gamers. Now this is the impressive part (if none of the above did that) although the main quest doesn't really take that long to complete, maybe 15 hours tops. With the side quests and all the exploring to do and also the two expansions packs you are looking at well over 100 hours of gaming. one of the longest and biggest games that has ever been made. The Elder Scrolls games series has always been like this and I expect future games to be the exact same. There is absolutely loads to do on this game and I can promise you that you'll be going back to it doing more stuff over and over again.
=== Final Thought ===
Now I think I have mentioned pretty much everything about this game all thats left is a few bits. This game isn't let down by the lack of a multiplayer/online mode, but if there was an online multiplayer mode then this game would hit the roof in sales because it simply is that good. As a fan of role playing/action/adventure games I was really impressed with this and still am to this day. It is a massive game with lots of variety all the way through it. You can have so much fun with this game and to me I have the best fun with it, I am always robbing people on the game or even murdering them just for their property or items. I do feel the game would improve a little if there were some sort of mini games to play on it because there is only a certain amount of time I can spend killing people. The land that you can explore is really huge and can actually take, on horse from one side to the other in our time, about an hour and to be honest that is really impressive and another great thing is that its not just land because it is filled with towns, villages, taverns, arenas, caves, castles, forests, mines, crypts, underground ships, other islands and a whole wide range of different places to explore. The island is covered in all kinds of creatures, I have met well over a 100 different kind of monsters and by far the werewolves are my favourites. For the value of this game your basically getting three action packed full games (with both add ons) with lots of hours of play. I believe it is the best value for money to any gamer. I bought my Game Of The Year Edition for an incredible price of £12.99 and this is mainly because it had been out for ages and I was probably the last to purchase it. However the game has shot up in price at all game shops and even online shops. The game has actually turned rare because nobody wants to part with there game and because there weren't an awful lot of copies sent here. The game is going for an incredible £74.75 on Amazon and I am very shocked at that. There are used copies going cheaper for approx £25-£30 if you find one that cheap I urge you to buy it because it is an excellent game and last a lifetime and also I can see it rising even more in price. The game has a rating of 15+ due to violence, blood and some strong language. I would recommend this to any fan of action/role playing/adventure games and also if you like Fallout games then this you will love! I would give this game a special 10/10 best game so far to date!
RPG's are usually confined to the dark corner of pc gaming, with only a few stepping into the console market. Oblivion breaks this trend and delivers a hardcore rpg experience along with action packed gameplay that works perfectly on consoles. The world of cyrodill is vey large, the areas do not range much but it is very fun to explore featuring many treasure filled dungeons. The amount of character options is astounding, from custom spells and enchantments to the ability to sneak past your foes, this is a game you will have multiple playthroughs on. There is everything you can imagine in a fantasy RPG here, from dragons to goblins. The main storyline is a bit lacklustre, but the amount of fun, original sidequests is staggering, from a town under an invisibility curse to the assasins guild. This version comes with the shivering isles expansion, which features a whole new land to explore and is a great addition to the already brilliant content.
Oblivion is a massive RPG (role-playing game) set in an imaginary fantasy world where you are the hero! This Game Of The Year Edition contains not just the huge original game but also the two Expansion packs that make the game larger and include further quests and characters.
The plot is a simple one borrowed from endless fantasy games before it: the King is dead and you have been charged with findng his heir simply because a hidden escape route passed through your cell. Out in the big, wide world, gates to another dimension known as Oblivion have been opened allowing the passage of demons whose sole purpose is to hamper your quest and consume the world. Part of your quest is to shut these gates and help restore peace and harmony to the world!
You are given a chance to customise your look and choose from a wide variety of forms that range from Human to Elf to Orc or even a kind of Cat-like creature that looks like something out of Doctor Who. You can then choose things like your birthsign and alignment and these are things that will affect what you can do and who you can speak to throughout the course of the game! Once you have escaped your cell and are out in the daylight, your game begins proper.
Much like the GTA games, but set in a fantasy enviroment, you can choose to follow the main quests that you are given by characters or go out and find your own side-missions of which there are a multitude! You can play this game for hours and not even touch the main storyline and with the Expansion games, this could very well be a game that consumes your life!
It has much to reccommend it and on paper looks very good but I just found the whole thing a bit overwhelming!
In order to progress through the game, you need to improve and increase your Stats and this is done by achieving certain goals and levelling up. One thing that frustrated me was how, until I had done this, I could easily get fragged by even the easiest of villans meaning that it is probably good advice to best avoid the main quests until you are a bit more powerful! The graphics are a tad dated, this is an OLD game now on the 360, but that does not detract from the impressive cut scenes and the huge cast of voices that give life to this world. Its just for me that something was a bit lacking......
I loved Dungeons And Dragons when I was younger and undertook many RPGs as a hobby but I think that now I have grown up, I just feel as though I have left these times behind me. Certainly I have never understood the attraction of World Of Warcraft and this feels like an off-line version of that online game! I wanted to enjoy it and went in with high expectations but there is sooo much to do I think it put me off a little! This is as close to a real-life virtual fantasy world as you are ever going to get offline and in that way, it is a success. I just don't think it was for me!
Still if you are going to buy this game then this edition is bloody good value for money! You get a lot for your mulah and, provided you have time to focus on building your character's reputation and immersing yourself in this world for hours at a time, then you are going to have a lot of fun! Me, I think I just prefer something I can more easily dip in and out of!
Oblivion, the follow up to Morrowind. Also included in the Game of the Year edition are Knights of the Nine and the Shivering Isles expansion, adding new and unique quests and content to the already massive world of Oblivion.
This is by far the largest offline Roll Playing Games I have ever played. Even though it is a lot different to World of Warcraft, I'd say it compares in size and playability with he additional bonus you can play offline. Morrowind was huge and Oblivion has taken that 5 steps further. The world is unbelievably huge. There is literally thousands of quests to complete. Millions of items, weapons and armours to collect, sell or melt down for materials to support other skills and abilities you have. There are numerous skills and abilities you can choose from to build your unique class and play style. Each skill must be worked on and raised individually by using it just like most of the online RPG's. The gameplay is realistic 3rd person. You can choose classes and follow quest lines for each class, each quest line with change the game and how it pans out as you cannot be say a thief and a town guard etc. All class, town and city quests are in addition to the main storyline quests.
This game seemed to take over my life for a large period of time. I'd find myself leaving the xbox on over night with an elastic band on the controller to raise my skills while I slept. There is so much to do it would be impossible to max out all skills and abilities i under 200 hours game play time. You could easily waste a year or more playing this game. I cannot stress how big it is and how much content there is to explore.