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Review - The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Game of the Year Edition

Oblivion Game of the Year Edition Review
Posted on November 2, 2007 by Dinkar Varma

The Elder Scrolls is one of the best series of Fantasy RPG games since the original Elder Scrolls: Arena was released on PC way back in 1994. Each subsequent release has taken place in the world of Cyrodil where this particular iteration of the series takes place in the province of Tamriel. Extremely detailed game play, options galore, branching storyline, high production values and more have been always been a mainstay of this highly successful series. But each game gets more refined and focused as a result; Oblivion is one of the best games available on the PS3 and if you have any interest in RPGS this is for you.


A few things to clear up first, now most of you know The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion was already released on PS3 last March and the 360 version of it a year before. So what’s in this version? One of advantages initially with the 360 version was the ability to download additional game content. We were given the pitiful horse amour download all the way to the full blown $30 expansion pack; the Shivering Isles. Initially there were doubts if any of this content would be available to PS3 users. So this Game of the year edition has ALL of the 360 version’s downloadable content conveniently on a single Blu-ray disc. Horse Amour? check, Knights of the Nine? check, Shivering Isles Expansion? check. There were reports that PS3 users weren’t going to be given any other way to play the Shivering Isles expansion without purchasing the Game of the year edition. But at time of publishing it has been confirmed that the expansion will be in stores for $30 on its own disc and presumably be installed on your PS3 hard drive. So if you have Oblivion for PS3 already then don’t buy this version, just buy the Shivering Isles Disc. If you haven’t played Oblivion then buy the Game of the Year edition and get ready for one of the most in depth, engaging games of all time.


Game play and Controls


Where to begin, lets start off with the story, err stories. You start off in a prison cell and due to a chain of events, cross paths with the Emperor of Tamriel, voiced by the legendary Patrick Stewart. I won’t go into too much detail about the main story of Oblivion as it’s quite long and complex and with so many different branching storylines it’s quite easy to get lost. It is pretty standard fare and it does take itself quite seriously; the ending though is a little bit anti climatic though. As soon as you begin the game you are asked to create you character. Here is where Bethesda really begins to show its muscle.


There are so many different characters you can create from the classes given it’s almost mind boggling. With a myriad of facial features, facial details, hairstyles, etc you can really create your own customized character. Or if all of that is too much for you then just create one randomly. Each class (there are 10) are all given different initial attributes. Some classes like the Khajiit are more adept at stealing and stealth whereas as a Red Guard are better fighters. As soon as you leave the initial dungeon and enter the world of Tamriel for the first time you are going to have to use that character you made for the whole game so choose your skills wisely. Are you going to sneak through the whole picking pockets and hiding in the shadows? Or are you going to go head on battleaxe in hand and magic spell in the other? Choose wisely. I’ll probably be repeating this often but Oblivion lets you play the game how you want, each player will play the game differently and no two experiences will be the same.

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The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Game of the Year EditionTHE ELDER SCROLLS IV: OBLIV...
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
Genre: RPG
ESRB: Mature 17+
Release: 2007-10-16
Wished: 0
PCN Rating: 9.3