Review by BahamutZero92
A game you couldn't walk away from, despite minor flaws.
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, is a great game with depth, the fourth game in a series of games starting with the 1994 game, Arena. What happens is that you think you might end up arriving on a boat like this game's predecessor, but after creating your character, you are already flung into the action of the storyline about a king who is on the run from assassins. This is where you come in, and after a few events, you are dealing with fiery gates of hell and a threat never seen before in the world of Cyrodiil.
The game features a leveling system, based on "major skills", which means skills that are mainly chosen in character creation for use are used to level, whereas other skills are involved in attribute leveling. Also worth noting is how everything around you levels up with you. Enemies, loot, rewards, all of it is scaled to your level. There are also three types of combat: melee, which you use various weapons such as swords and axes to deal damage up close; ranged combat, where you use spells or bows and arrows to deal damage from afar; and stealth, where you sneak up on the enemy and attack with a weapon to deal extra damage. Another thing to note, is that this game is very moddable. Bethesda actually supports modding, and there are many mods for various aspects of the game, such as new weapons, armor, enemies... you name it.
Now, the graphics. They. Are. Amazing. The graphics truly live up the hype of the trailers. Almost everything looks great, and you can tell that an apple is an apple, and a sword is a sword, which is good enough for me. The game also makes use of the Havok physics engine, so you could pick up and throw random stuff such as clothes, apples, swords, maces, and even body parts around. The sound quality is generally solid throughout, except the voice acting. The fact that Bethesda hired FIVE voice actors makes voices sound very similar throughout. Bethesda, you could've hired a few more actors... Swords actually clang, maces give off a thump, fire sounds like flames. Overall, the sound quality is great.
Overall, this game is replayable on so many levels. The character creation system allows you to customize your character to an extent where almost no two characters are the same. There are so many quests, factions to join, that you will find yourself playing for hours on end. Generally, some people can force out 300+ hours of playtime on one character, and that doesn't even factor in mods.
The bottom line, or whether to buy or otherwise: BUY, the game of the year edition is out for $50, which comes with two great expansions, and trust me, you wont be disappointed.
Rating: 4.5 - Outstanding
Product Release: The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (US, 03/20/06)
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