More Reviews
REVIEWS Pillars of Eternity Review
Obsidian Entertainment creates a retro Infinity Engine RPG funded by Kickstarter. Is it as good as previous Infinity Engine games, or does the novelty quickly wear off?

Game of Thrones: Episode 3 - "Th Review
Either you win or you die... or you just stay the same.
More Previews
PREVIEWS Final Fantasy: Record Keeper Preview
The official Final Fantasy 2D sprite-based demake I never knew I wanted.

LATEST FEATURES 9 of the Best Indies at PAX East 2015
Indie gallery alert! We're featuring the likes of Titan Souls, Pollen, NOCT, and We Happy Few.

Evolve's New Behemoth Is Terrifying
Behemoth is bigger than your average Evolve monster, but he sure knows how to roll quickly.
MOST POPULAR FEATURES Top 50 Pokémon of All Time
Can you believe there are now six generations of Pokémon? Six!! That's a crazy amount of different creatures to collect. But which are the cream of the crop? Don't worry, Magikarp isn't actually one of them.

LEADERBOARD
Read More Member Blogs
FEATURED VOXPOP shandog137
The perils of the Hype Train…
By shandog137
Posted on 03/09/15
The recent release of Evolve and The Order 1886 really got me to thinking about the disparity between the perspective of sales-driven publishers and the quality-driven purchases of consumers. The “Hype Train” is nothing new, but the way it is utilized has been creating far more...

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Member Review for the PC

Dr-Pwninator By:
Dr-Pwninator
03/17/09
PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION
EMAIL TO A FRIEND
GENRE RPG 
PLAYERS
PUBLISHER Bethesda 
DEVELOPER Bethesda 
RELEASE DATE Out Now
M Contains Blood and Gore, Language, Sexual Themes, Use of Alcohol, Violence

What do these ratings mean?

I've been a fan of the Elder Scrolls series ever since I picked up a copy of Morrowind for my Xbox a few years ago. Oblivion is a great RPG. I'll just skip the summary, as I assume you already know a fair bit about the game, otherwise it's unlikely that you'd be reading this. First thing that made me crap my pants; the graphics. Beautiful and lifelike. I'm not even quite sure yet how to describe them, this being my second review, but I'll tell a small story which sums up the graphics; I found myself once or twice trying to "look around" my monitor to be able to read a sign when the camera angle wasn't allowing me to read it at that moment. Speaking of the camera, it's quite flexible. You can simply use a first-person camera, or using the third person camera, you can zoom in and out, and move it around freely. Focusing now more on the game itself, there is plenty to do in Oblivion. The main questline is fairly long, and the story isn't too deep or too shallow. There are several guilds to join, each with its own questline and guild hall. Most towns have a few sidequests as well. Exploring the wilderness, you'll likely stumble upon a few Daedric shrines, which have quests that you can start after fulfilling a certain level requirement, and getting the proper items needed to offer to that certain Daedra. There's a nice, fat list of quests to do, unfortunately, most are fairly easy. Which brings us to another topic! For those of you who either are looking for more of a challenge, or for whoever is a cheap wuss who can't play games, there is a difficulty slider, so you can test yourself or destroy the game at your discretion.

Hurray, you will be pleased to know that Oblivion has physics! Objects can be picked up, whirled around, and thrown, bouncing, landing, and bending typically as they should. I've spent a few hours playing "dominoes" with hundreds of books.

The soundtrack is quite pleasing and for the most part, the songs suit their environment quite well.

The A.I. in Oblivion is lovely. NPCs will walk around their town, having conversations with their neighbours, going to the inn for a bite to eat, going home for a bit of archery practice, etc. People in Cyrodiil have daily routines, just like you or me (Though obviously not JUST like us). The A.I. system for combat is pretty good as well. If you're constantly hacking and slashing at an archer, and he (or she) can't get a shot off, than they'll pull out their sword and start returning your blows. The only "problem" is that depending on your environment, you can typically get close-range attackers stuck on objects while you shoot them in the face with arrows or spells.

There aren't too many glitches in Cyrodiil, but they can't go unnoticed. That damn floating tree is just creepy.

One bittersweet aspect of the game is the skills. At the beginning, you can choose seven major skills. You will be given a small boost in these skills, and increasing them will get you closer to levelling up. You also pick a birthsign, and each has bonuses (and a few have their drawbacks!) to consider. Picking your race also affects your skills. For example, Orcs are brutish and strong, therefore, they're better at using big axes and maces and hammers rather than puny, thieving, bow-wielding Wood-Elves. Training your skills can be difficult and time consuming, but it's always worth it to be able to demolish nasties with your crazy ninja skills. But what about your "minor" skills? Increasing them doesn't get you closer to levelling up, which brings us to the "flaw". Enemies that appear are based on your level, not your skills. You could have all of your skills as high as you like, and provided that you don't sleep in a bed, you'd be nuking all of those rats and goblins. There are many ways for you to exploit this, but I don't feel like listing them all.

Something that is argued about from time to time; the wealth distribution. It's fairly balanced. Many things, especially houses, cost a fair bit of scratch, but people have their different methods of gathering those precious gold pieces. Questing, dumping your goods onto poor traders...You can lose your money pretty quickly with your purchases but depending on how you do things, you can earn it back pretty quickly too.

Overall, Oblivion is an awesome game. If you don't have it, BUY IT. If you own it already, then PLAY IT.

+Beautiful graphics

+Hurray, physics!

+Quests

+Nice soundtrack

+/- A.I.

+/- Skills

-That damn floating tree...


More information about The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
 
comments powered by Disqus

More On GameRevolution