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This game was engrossing, challenging and beautiful!
I am a seasoned RPG/game fan going back to my childhood playing point'n'click and I found this game the best I've played so far.
Graphics - are outstanding, the landscapes, the way the grass moves around you, when I first started playing all I did was run around the environment and look at the scenes.
Gameplay - you can choose you method of combat, be it sword, hammer, archery or magic. So it suits most gamers. You have freedom to roam to everywhere & I recommend you do so as you find extra stories/missions/weapons the more you roam, rather than just following the main story. The more you play the better your character gets at things eg combat, acrobatics etc, however, the enemies also level up so it keeps it challenging to the end. It also allows you to choose you path in the game - good/evil stealth/brute force, you can also fully customise you character so you can choose who you want to be.
Story - I am big on story in games & really dissapointed with terrible or too short a story. This game plays like an epic book, with a lot of similarities to Tolkiens worlds. There are also hundreds of side stories and missions which will keep you engaged for hours/days. My gameplay total is over 100 hours.
Oblivion is a huge RPG game, it can be played in first or third person, but only noobs play it in third person, now, i have played this game on three different charecters and i still havn't completed it, its because the first time i cheated and it ruined it for me the second time i make my tagged skills hard to level up without thinking so i couldn't get higher than level 5 therefore was stuck with crappy drops, now on my third playthough i think i have perfected it! but i have only just started and im saving up for a home in the imperial city, only for storage though, that house sucks! The main thing i enjoy about Oblivion is the depth of the game, for example, yesterday i was playing it and exploring a random guys house for loot and he had a secret chamber underneath some cloth which was full of books and cool weapons, like wow, so much depth! normally you wouldn't find that in a game, and im extremely excited for Skyrim, it will be so epic! need more gameplay videos i think, but so long as it even slightly resembles Oblivion, then im happy, thanks for reading!
This is my all time favourite game and I've played it countless amounts of times using several different character and every time i love it even more!
The emperor and his sons are is dead and with the only heir to the throne being a humble priest who does know it you must save the world from the Gates of Oblivion and Methrune Dagon. You must close the gates of oblivion,and crown the heir to stop them from being re-opened.
This is officially may favourite ever storyline to a game it is amazing
The game play is the best part of this game. You can do whatever you want, there are loads of different single quests and missions, 5 amazing side quest each with loads of missions and this is alongside the main quest which would be an amazing game if it was just itself! Even if you do find yourself with nothing to do on the game you just pick a direction and walk that way discovering all sort of mysteries with hours of enjoyment. You can not play it for a while go back on and still find that you have loads to do an uncommon aspect of most video games
Graphic and Music
The music is used to such an effect in this game, you actually get nervous when a your in a tense environment and happy in a relaxed environment.This is all down to amazingly well timed and placed music and graphic that aren't necessarily the best used to a great effect. A brilliant achievement for just a video game!
Like I've said this is my all time favourite game for the Xbox and i would most definitely recommend this to anyone and everyone!
I jsut can't wait fopr the next one to be realeased Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, it actually looks even better
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, or Oblivion as it is most commonly refered is
an offline, first person adventure/action game set in a fantasy world littered with towns, cities, forests, lakes, seas, humanoids and beasts.
It is what's known as a free-roaming game/world in which you and your chosen character(s) are able to freely wander the lands, completing quest chains, slaying enemies and visiting the many interesting locations available. Unlike some adventure games though, Oblivion does have quite a few loading screens which tend to limit that sense of freedom just momentarily each time you enter buildings, or leave districts.
After being dumped into the world, having selected your favourite character and name, characters varying from lizard and wolf men to ordinary humans, you begin your first quest.
A quest is essentially a task handed to you by either a stranger, or someone of meaning to your character, and 'quest' is a term used in most fantasy games, including the popular World Of Warcraft.
Usually your quests will involve meeting someone, killing someone or delivering something, but each quest varys massively, and the most important thing to remember is that all quests are linked. They progress and usually end in a main story-line changing event, so it matters greatly which quests you accept and what action you decide to take within those quests.
The game also involves the joining and belonging of groups within the fantasy society. They are called guilds, and once joined, each different guild can supply individual quest chains to change your game entirely. The Mage Guild is one example, but some of the more secretive guilds may be a little trickier to join than you expect.
Oblivion is getting old, it was one of the first games for Xbox 360 and the graphics and sound are severely lower than todays standards. It's more the quality and styling than the detail that lacks, meaning after a while your eyes do adjust and before long you are so engrowsed, you have forgotten about any lesser quality. What I mean by the detail NOT lacking, is that you can still see and make out everything clearly, even things way in the distance, its simply the way that, that detail has been put across to the gamer which lacks.
Similarly, player profiling and the way people stand can look slightly odd, they seem to have missed something in the physics and positioning of the humanoids bodies - they're too upright and rigid!
Perhaps the most impressive part to Oblivion is the amount of voice acting and in-game speech animation they have managed to produce. I've honestly never seen anything like it. The variety in voices and appearances of characters is unbelievable, and something which must have been of great expense to the creators (Bethesda Softworks).
One addition to what I have said about the graphics is that the water, despite other scenery, looks amazing and doesn't fit with the rest of the game. Basically it's highly detailed in comparison, which tends to make you realise how much better the rest of the game could have been!
Overall then, a really well thoughout game with fantastic story-lines (main and sub) and incredible character voice acting. it's just a shame about the outdated graphics and to a certain extent, sound.
Oblivion is a very big open world RPG, filled with lots of different side quests and guilds. To start off with, you'll find yourself in jail until the emperor releases you, shorty after his assassination. After this you're free to do what you like. You can continue with the story and follow the main quest, or join one of the guilds (Thieves, Fighters, Mages and the Dark Brotherhood). There are also many side quests and hundreds of different locations (with hundreds of unique items available).
The skill system is complex and gives you lots of freedom in creating your character (there are three major types; warrior, mage and thief. These are customisable and there are many sub classes). You can also create your own spells and make enchantments for your weapons/armour.
There are a few downsides, the voice acting is poor and there are a few annoying glitches that can be encountered. Some people might have trouble casually getting into it as a "pick up and play" title.
In conclusion, this is my all time favourite RPG. IF you enjoy fantasy titles, RPG's or free roaming open worlds, get this game. It's also available for a fairly cheap price.
I get the impression that not everyone would like this game. If I were to mention the words 'mage', 'orc', or 'troll', I imagine that they would alone polarise quite a few from the off. It doesn't matter though, because as long as you don't mind playing in a world filled with a few RPG stereotypes, the game is actually quite fresh and incorporates a few unique elements that fans of the previous instalment, 'Morrowind: The Elder Scrolls' will know and love.
I'd perhaps go even further and say that this game (or at least series of games) from Bethesda is reinventing the genre. It is fun again to play RPGs! A lot of the rubbish commonly associated with RPGs is being omitted (e.g. excessive talking sequences, running around huge landscapes). You can still do that if you wish, but at least now it's nice to have the option.
The world in which you play in is quite beautiful and at times, breathtaking. There are now hundreds of species of flowers alone, and they occur in logical places, e.g. in a swamp, or in the mountains, but not in both. It is the small things like these that show how well-thought out and thorough the game's development has been. I wish I could say the same of the story. As a whole it is good, but it could have been better - you won't feel emotionally moved as a result.
Stat-crunchers will also find their own niche too, however it is incorrect to assume that this is 'that kind of game'. The missions are varied in terms of story, difficulty and goals. There is more freedom, more say in how your character develops and plays. You can be a axe-wielding orc-brawler or a sneaky light-footed thief who is more akin to cloak and dagger. Or you can not bother and just play as the story unravels.
The fighting elements takes a bit of getting used to. Oblivion is similar to Morrowind - the attacking is quite clumsy and is not determined so much by skill, but more about tactics. You only have 1 physical attack at the beginning, and possibly only 2 or 3 by the time you finish the game. Sure enough there are thousands of weapons, but they, but it is in the choosing of equipment and your character development which determines your success. In this sense the game does incorporate a degree of skill-less hack-an-slash when it comes to the actual fighting.
I can't pin down what it is about this game which is so addictive, I imagine its the same vice that holds many to MMORPGs, so if you've never bought an RPG before, I doubt you'd be converted by this. Better try Fallout 3 instead! If however, you've played Fallout 3, and you loved its style, you'll definitely like this game. The value for money of buying this game is huge. The sheer size, complexity and variation of the world. All the little creatures, fauna, the missions, characters, voice acting cast (Sean Bean, Patrick Stewart etc), literally hundreds and hundreds of hours of entertainment and replay value for c. £15?! Where else do you get that kind of value?
I've always liked role-plaiyng games and this was the first one I bought for the Xbox 360 - I wasn't disapointed.
Oblivion is set in the mythical kingdom of Tamriel and you begin the game with your character in jail for unknown crimes. The first thing you have to do is create your character and you are given a wide choice of races and classes all with their own specialist skills. This means you can very effectively create a character to suit your play style - do you want to be good with a bow? Do you want to be able to conjure demons or heal yourself with magic? Do you want a fast and stealthy character or a strong character who's good with a warhammer? The combinations are endless and while it can be a bit confusing to figure out what skills to pick the instruction manual does provide a good explanation of the benefits of each skill, race and class.
The main advantage of Oblivion is simply that it is such a huge game. Once you are out the jail you are free to explore much of the Kingdom - the game is extremely non-linear, the main quest is there, but you can entirely choose to ignore it and do whatever else you want, for as long as you want. As you explore the land you will encounter cities and villages which contain people who may need your help for a quest, you will encounter camps of bandits who you can fight and then loot for their weapons and money, there are also plenty of caves, ancient ruins and mysterious shrines for you to explore. It is therefore possible to lose several hours to just exploring and picking up random quests while improving your characters skills and weapons collection.
There also several factions or groups you can join which each specialise in a specific skill - there is the fighters guild, the mages guild, the thieves guild and the Dark Brotherhood (essentially an assassins guild) and these will offer you quests in exchange for increasing amounts of money as your progress up their ranks. Additionally if you're strong and in need of cash you can enter the Imperial Arena, battling opponents gladiator style in the quest to be crowned Grand Champion.
The game is, in my opinion, visually stunning - the landscape changes as you travel across the world, from a coastal seaside town, to the mountain, to the swamps - and you encounter various wildlife along the way. Atop a mountain for example there can be amazing views across forrests and lakes, I even found a waterfall once and a unicorn and it's quite enjoyable just to explore the land without any real purpose in mind.
The gameplay can perhaps get a little repetitive (go into cave, kill goblins with sword, loot cave, leave, repeat) but choosing a wide range of skills can enable to use a variety of abilities in battle and thus make things a little more interesting.
A nice feature the game has is a difficulty slider rather than individual settings - this means you can very specifically tailor the difficulty of the game to your own / your characters abilities and thus it's a good game even for those who are not confident with role playing games or gaming in general.
I believe you can now pick up a copy of Oblivion for around £15 or for a little more get the 'Game of the Year' addition which includes two expansion packs. It is therefore fantastic value for money and highly recommended.
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion has to be one of the top RPG's (Role Playing Games) to have been released on any platform.
I have followed The Elder Scrolls series since the prior game The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind and although I adored it a marked improvement is shown in Oblivion. For starters Oblivion has been released on game consoles, origionally on XBOX 360, then later on the PS3 whereas Morrowind was only released on the PC. Playing the games on a console ment I was able to take better control of the character without knocking buttons I didn't want to or forgetting which button represented which magic spell ect. This also ment the movement of the character was simpler by the use of the joysticks rather than the arrow keys and the mouse which used to baffle me to no end, this may have been due to my lack of keyboard skills and lack of dexterity.
Aside from the controlls, the visual quality, although not bad by any means in Morrowind, have been inproved to astounding quality. each blate of grass moves independantly from its neighbours and good quality butterflies and bugs can be seen flitting around but more impressive is that the horison really does reach the horison. Every step forward reveals another step of background , no more blank horisons or generic "background drapes". This further helped to emerse me into the game.
Looks and controlls are all well and good but without gameplay its no more than a DVD and no supprise, Oblivion does not let us down here.
This is where I get totally hooked on the game (much to my partners dislike), The storyline emerses you fully, not only to your own life butthose of others with an ease that feels unforced like some other RPG's can do. Aside from the opening sequence where you escape from your emprisonment by the handy timing of an attempt on the Kings life which forces him to flee through a secret passage in your cell and subsequently create your character through tasks and a trial and error decition system, you are free to make your own decisions within the world of Cyrodill. After your successful escape, and the death of the king, you are advised to compleat the task bestowed upon you by said dying king, but this is compleatly up to you and I love it!
From hear on out I was lost in the scale of Cyroldill, its huge and for good reason!
On my first playthrough (yes I have compleated it like three times) I went straight ahead with the main quest and lost myself with the story, unable to stop and enjoy the many side quests the game has to offer but upon starting my second game with another character I decided to play truant on the story all together and visit some of the many side quests first. Now the game came into a true world of its own, careing not to which order you undertook any quest each one adapted itself to your race, class and level by modifying dialogue, enemys and even loot to best challenge and reward you.
At the end of my second round I then found I had still missed many quests, items etc and finally obtained a game guide. I found this to be invaluble to getting full potential out of the game as it gives details of all quests both in the main story and side quests also helping with 'freeform quests' where you might go on a hunt to find certain herbs or ingredients for a potion you may be trying to brew or the odd annoymos dungeon you may want to explore. I also found the section giving tips and tactics on creating a balanced character to your very own specifications.
In all I couldn't stop playing but did so for the santity of my partner who was starting to wonder whether she was talking to me or my character at times.
I usually really enjoy role player games, and I've played one very similar to this before. Think it was on the PC, o I was pleased when they brought this out for the Xbox.
The game focuses around the main player, and his attempts to stop a cult intent on opening the gates to Oblivion, a hellish realm outside of that of the game world.
The main reason I enjoyed playing this was it allowed you to travel anywhere in the game world and you could do anything you wanted in the way of missions, and you didn't have to do the main storyline if you didn't want to! Brilliant when compared to some of the more linear-based games which get boring and reptitive quickly. The main thing is with this, the game NEVER ends. You can carry on playing in the world for as long as you want, which is brilliant for those of us who get ot the end of the game and then think "Now what?"
The only thing that annoyed me initially was the camera set up. You had a first-person view which was tedious in that you had to move the camera up and down to allow your character to see, and meant in some places or with faster monsters you died quicker, ruining the game slightly.
Oblivion is a game set in ye old medevil times. You initially start the game locked away in a dungeon and then you choose your race varying from humans, orcs, lizards and elves. All ten different races have a variation of skills and powers depending on how you want to form your character and upgrade them.
All statistics are shown from the start so all you have to do is decide whether magic, brute force, knowledge or skill will be your main attribute.
When you decide what name and race to go for you then begin the free playing game. This consists of a main storyline that you can either follow or you can go off and do your own thing as you do with free roaming games such as smaller sub missions or just general misbehaviour.
As you continue through the game depending on your actions you can decide to join different guilds or cults. All of which are specific to your style of play. e.g Thieves guild, Mages guild and an occult guild.
You build up experience throughout the game and make you character progressively stronger throughout.
You can choose to fight at day and speak with the townfolk or assassinate at night and sneak off into the shadows. The possibilities are endless.
Different weapons, armour, potions and spells can be won, found or purchased throughout the game and can also be upgraded whether it be by a blacksmith or mage.
I would rate this game quite highly and the only thing that would make me do otherwise is the lack of multiplayer functions and the odd glitch. Overall not a bad game though.
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, or just Oblivion as most call it. This game really contains the essence of the good old fantasy genre. With elves, magic, warriors and a deep world filled with lore and rich back story, this RPG has endless hours of play.
The plot really can't be summed up in as many words as i'll use in this review but basically the character you create, be in elf, human or otherwise, you start out in a prison cell and as the king must come through the cell to escape the castle, he lets you out to come with him. As you fight through the dungeons and various other places below the castle, he is assasinated and with his dying words, he tells you that you must give someone a message, one that will change everything.
I think that with this game, the main plot line plot really come secondary to the many many other secondary elements to the game such as the professions within guilds that you can build up. Maybe you want your character to become an assasin or take the noble path of the warrior? You can work on either of these and many more in the associated guild. You can also customise your character more in this game than in many, changing every different aspect of your physical appearance and also, the many thousands of different combinations of weapons and equipment allow for ultimate control over you character. After playing hours and hours of this game I realised I hadn't even made any progress in the main storyline as the the hundreds of side quests given to you by NPC's make a great game in themselves. This is such a rich game and I cannot even describe how gigantic and immersive it is.
Definitely worth the buy and around £14 in a lot of shops now.. one of the best games of the next-gen era.
As far as fantasy Role Playing Games go, this is THE game to have.
Following on from Elder Scrolls 2 - Morrowind, you start the game as a prisoner whom, through either fate or luck, gets released. The possabilities with this game are endless, with many different races to chose from, you then select which "class" or style of player you will be, then you get to build even further with skills and abilities.
From this point on the game is your own, which is what I love about this game. You are gently guided along the main storyline, but if you decide that joining one of the five guilds is more important or that you really want to help the lady at the side of the road, you can. It is totally in your hands.
I love the fact that even though you start with a frustratingly low skill set, you earn and learn you skills and stats as you go along, making some of the fights a lot easier, and also making the game more challenging. Most of the battles in the game are sword fights, and while they start off fairly easy, as you progress through the game, the opponents get harder to defeat and the fights last longer.
Oblivion is also one of the best looking games I have played, with the backdrop going all the way to the horizon and rolling with you and your every step. Brilliant graphics all the way through.
When you finally decide to walk along that path and start the game again, the storyline is fresh and exciting and subtley changes depending on which race you are and what you have done before. In this way its a very user choice based RPG.
All in all this is a fanastic RPG with great playabilities, even much so I am on my third game as a different race and class. Definately recommended.
Elder Scrolls Oblivion although i would like to say its a great game the largest problem is that its on the Xbox360 if you have the choice i would GREATLY recommend the PC version of this game since you have the option of mods (see TES Nexus) these greatly enhance game-play adding 100's of spells and monsters different areas and new quests ETC.
The Oblivion on the Xbox360 is no were near as good but if all you want is the basic game then this is the one for you it is possible to get some mods but you need to use points to buy them and you need the internet hence wireless adapter.
Overall an awesome game with a very immersible feel what i mean by that, is that you can run around an entire world which is huge but also the option to simply quick-travel between areas also explored if you don't want to walk, The night and day system along with weather further improves this, there is a massive selection of how you want to play ranging from the most popular Wizard, Archer and warrior there are different ways you can bring these classes up and turn them into much more such as Ranger - Assassin - Summoner + assassin and so forth,
There are plenty of quests in the game along with side quests, each town has its own atmosphere, and there are some races you can only be due to certain conditions which make more fun, you will see that some NPC's are re-used but due to the size of this game its understandable although they are random so even if they wear the same clothes they wont have the same face but maybe the same voices but there are a wide range so you wont notice.
The game is also huge ranging from a lot of styles of play, be it a stay safe Wizard to an stealthy assassin or a power mad Hammer wielding Barbarian there is plenty to do be it robbery to quests its a fun game and you will spend a lot of time exploring.
The problem with this game is also the same feature that makes it great that is its Massive world it has lots to explore and you could spend hours days exploring the world but it can feel empty although there are NPC's in the forests you will still feel that a player base or community is missing and it can get boring you will find yourself eventually ignoring the wilderness and deciding to fast travel, But as not to belittle the game even when fast traveling the game is Extremely exciting and i recommend it to and player, i would have loved if this game went online but unfortunately it is not.
On another note in my personal opinion i would recommend if you are going to but this game the shivering isle expansion pack but not the Knights of nine since it consists of one quest and the rewards in my opinion aren't really worth it but it is worth a try if you are willing to buy it, and if you do buy the game i VERY recommend playing the Stealth game-play at least once the games caverns are Dark and you will find it somewhat scary.
Oblivion is at first a very good title with a lot to do and loads to explore, the graphics seem crisp and the use of audio absorbs you into the game making you feel every slash of the sword and every parry. But this soon wears off. The story is very standard, the king is dead and because of this the world is soon to come to an end, and for some reason you are the only one that can save everybody.
There is so much to do you soon feel swamped and unsure on whether you are ready for certain quest or what damage you should be doing at your current level. The sand box world is no help either often leaving you lost due to the unreadable map and the big divide on what areas are for certain levels and you don't know in till you have been attacked, died and had to load your profile all over again. And the loading can take up to 10 minutes. But you still have the graphics to fall back on? No. you will see hollow people walking about, get stuck in a wall or even be fighting somebody and they shoot up in the air and they land in front of you 5 minutes later.
this game has around 12 hours playing time before you become sick of all the glitches and the stupid fighting system. Maybe there would be more playing time if you could challenge others to duals online or even play the story together but no such look. This game is good for fans of the rpg genre but other then that do not waste a penny on this joke of a game.
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is the newest addition to the series and boasts a host of features including a compelling storyline, range of weapons and armor, HUGE open ended map and a host of characters. When i first played this game my game time got up to 100 hours then i got bored, started again and ended up playing it for 150 hours. Out of those 250 hours there's not one i regret, this game is hands down the best Role Playing Game currently available for the Xbox 360. I have never been so involved in a game in my life and believe me i have played a LOT. You start the game with basic skills and next to no money and from there the world (Cyrodiil) is, quite literally, your oyster. whether you want to be an assassin, powerful mage, expert thief, renowned fighter or the hero of the land you'll find something to do. The game has a very large amount of quests to keep you busy and enough ruins, forts and dungeons to make Lara Croft re-write her schedule for the next Two or Three decades. If your an RPG fan you will love this game, If your not, you'll probably still love this game. And when your done with the game you can download the expansion packs and get EVEN MORE quests, dungeons, items etc. Truly an amazing game.