Review by Death_Elf
"A great game with deep gameplay and few flaws."
Oblivion is one of those rare games that combine the old and the new to make a game that plays well, even for years to come. You start off in a prison, serving your sentence for some unknown crime. After your escape, the world is opened before you. You can start the main quest, but why not beef up your character? Or find some loot and get rich? The possibilities are nearly limitless and that is what makes The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion such a great game.
First off, the AI and it is excellent. If they are hurt, they will heal themselves if they can. Archers also know that they must have distance from the enemy to be an effective opponent. The same can be said for the other types of enemies as well, though the animals are slightly stupider than the humans. The NPC AI is also very good. If you are not welcome in someone's house, they will follow you until you leave. This gives the game a better realism to it and makes the game seem more alive.
Another great aspect of this game is the combat. Now, I liked the Morrowind combat system, but Oblivion improves it. In Morrowind, you only had a chance to hit and could do a small range of damage. In Oblivion, you always hit and you always do a certain amount of damage. Any style of combat works well in this game. Whether you want to burn them with spells, assassinate people, or just rush in swinging for the fences, the combat works.
Another part of this game that is excellently portrayed is the story. This does not only mean the main quest, the side quests also have some amount of story to them. The factions have the best stories, often having twists and turns that the player might not expect. One of them, for example, involves a traitor amongst your ranks that must be taken care of. The story is great, often being captivating and deep.
The downside to this game, however, is the add-ons. Though they are indeed good expansions that extend the replay value, they are a little expensive. There are a total of 9 expansions, for a grand total of over 3,000 Microsoft Points. Though this is expensive, it is well worth the cost offering more than 20+ hours of game play. Oblivion is a great game in every aspect, but the price of the extra content may convince some to not download them.
Reviewer's Rating: 4.5 - Outstanding
Originally Posted: 05/05/08
Game Release: The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (US, 03/20/06)
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