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Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion PC Review - -

Gameplay 9.5
Graphics 9.3
Sound 9.3
Value 9.7
Distributor: Take2 Interactive
Review Date:
April 2006
Tory Favro


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Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

Holy smokes Batman! I think weíve struck gold with this title! Itís been some time since we all enjoyed Morrowind to the extent that gamers can and I am pleased to say that Oblivion picks up that great game and kicks it on itís side as we embark upon a fantastic open ended quest in the world of Tamriel. 

This is a game that will have you living and breathing your way through it with such a sweeping storyline that you just have to take part in. Choosing initially your characters race, gender and other bits and pieces, you start the adventure off by being held in prison and then making your way out in a daring prison break.  

Somehow along the way you get to escape from the prison and are then sent on a quest to find the Emperorís heir (the big guy is played by Patrick Stewart). This is the main thrust of the story, find the son and help him defeat the demons of Oblivion that are trying their best to destroy the world. However you can simply wander around trying on the locals for size. This is the beauty of Oblivion, you can just do whatever the heck that you want, make the game as long or short as you wish. Even if you were going to play the game and follow the quest, you are looking at an experience that is going to take you about a day and a half to two full days playtime with no freakiní rest at all. 

Customisation of character classes evolve during the course of the game and you will have some help from the title with premade classes, however I think that most of you will want to explore just how damn much this game has to offer. Characters experience growth throughout the game by practising the skills that they have and as a result become better at what they do. 

The world of Tamriel is gorgeous to look at with fantastic textures and brilliant colours throughout. Consider that the game is so massive, I was constantly impressed with the overall look of the title and the things in the gameworld. 

One of the things that I loved about the game was that you can look at the world either through the eyes of your character or from a third person perspective which makes for some interesting moments, not to mention great control of the camera. Exploring the world itself is a hell of an adventure. People move about the town, they have things to do, errands to run and you can go and listen in on their conversations and even pick up tidbits that might help you on your quest. There are little bits and pieces that remind you that this is just a game but these are few and far between. Essentially feel free to interact with the locals, they will remember you and the things that you do for and against them. So if you have decided to role play as Chaotic, donít come in all nice the next time and expect them to play with you. Chances are the town guards will be called! 

Fans of Morrowind were of two minds when it came to travel in the game; you had to travel everywhere in real time and some folks just wanted to jump into the action points of the game with none of the fluff inbetween. In Oblivion, this is possible, with the ability to teleport between cities and other areas of interest. To itís credit the game appears to take into consideration your travel time and even though for you itís immediate, the amount of time you would have spent the old way passes. So the feeling of real time adventure remains persistant. 

Making this great game look as good as it deserves will set you back a fairly decent PC system with nice graphics card and abundant memory but even if you turn down the features to suit your system you are still going to get a good looking game. Another good feature in the game is the difficulty. Itís paced to increase the difficulty setting as you get more powerful in terms of the foe that you come up against. If at any stage though, you feel as though the game is giving you a whipping, there is a sliding scale that you can use to downsize or up the ante. 

This is a must have game folks, and seriously whilst I enjoy a lot of games as a part of this job, this is a title that if you had to choose amongst several, you would simply have to chose this one. In terms of spending your hard earned cash on a game that is as ultimately rewarding as Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, you would be hard pressed to find a game that looks as good, plays as well and just plays for as long as this one. I would heartily recommend to everyone not to teleport to cities and experience the full breathtaking adventure that Tamriel has to offer. Not only will you find uncharted areas of the game where treasure and other things to see and do crop up, but it will help your character gain experience too and be more ready for the big things in the game. 

I heartily recommend this title and just know that everyone will enjoy the heck out of it. Go Buy NOW.


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