Review by anonymous46773

"One of the best games of all time."

Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion is an RPG game made by Bethesda Softworks in 2006. It is also one of the best-received games out of all 360 RPG games.

Story: (10/10). The story in itself is amazing. The main story is all about something called the Amulet of Kings. This extremely precious piece of jewelry has been stolen from the inhabitants of Oblivion and those who ally themselves with them. Without its power to close the Gates to Oblivion, not just mankind, but all races are doomed to fall. You must get it back. You will travel all over the world of Cyrodiil and discover where the Amulet is being hidden. You will have to kill many enemies that would seek to defeat you in hopes of the destruction of the world. There are many side quests that you may take, and each of their stories are just as long as the main quest.

Gameplay: (10/10). The gameplay of this game is some of the best that you will ever see in your life. You can do and be anything that you want. Want to be a dark elf ranger that hunts in the woods? Done. Want to be an insidious Breton warlock? Done. You can do pretty much anything that you want to. The character creation in itself can take you almost an hour. You can customize everything down to how large his ears are, the shape of his nose, etc. Another cool part of this game is the 50+ hours of dialogue recorded. All NPCs (Non-Playable Characters) have their own schedule and their own attitude towards you. A little bit into the game, you will gain the opportunity to join guilds. You way join the Fighters Guild, Mages Guild, Dark Brotherhood and the Thieves Guild to name a few. The fighters guild gives you jobs dependant on your strength, and the mages guild gives you jobs dependant on your magic. The Dark Brotherhood is all about being hired for assassinations, and the Thieves Guild is all about thievery. Every quest is different, and they can range from a variety of things, each with multiple ways to go through with them, as well as different endings for each quest. The game is guaranteed to keep you hooked for hundreds of hours, and then some. I just can't explain all of the epicness of this game in this single review. If I were to write that much, I might as well write a biography of every person that I know. It would be much shorter.

Graphics: (10/10). The jaw-dropping graphics are sure to amaze you right from the opening sequence. The graphics, even though from way back in 2006, look like it was a game from years in the future. You may even find yourself stopping in the middle of going to your destination just to look at the environment. You can see deer running around in forests, mudcrabs on the shores of water, trees blowing in the wind, and sometimes it's even snowing or raining. Arrows can stick to things and you can retrieve them. Some of the best graphics I have ever seen.

Sound (9/10): The sound in this game is great, anywhere from the creepy music when you're sneaking up on a hostile enemy, to the semi-cheerful music that plays when you're walking around, doing nothing (which, by the way, isn't really that boring). The music is well written, and fits the mood perfectly.

Overall: 49/50 = 10/10
Rent or buy? This game is a definite buy. It is well worth the money, and you can probably find it for $20 or so. I still regret not getting it sooner. So go any buy this game as soon as you reach the end of this sentence.


Reviewer's Score: 10/10 | Originally Posted: 01/26/09

Game Release: The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (US, 03/20/06)


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