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BioShock / The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Double Pack) £9.99 + Free Delivery @ Play [PC Games]

Matt Gardner
Action Games, Bioshock, First person shooter, Oblivion, PC games, Role playing game
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BioShock / The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Double Pack) £9.99 + Free Delivery @ Play [PC Games]

Are you a fan of engrossing, well-made games with gripping storylines, gameplay with tons of depth and significant replayability? Well if you are then you've probably heard of these two stellar action-RPGs already. What you might have missed, however, is that you can now pick up the both of them as a sweet double pack for just £9.99 from Play.com. Individually, you'd have to shell out a little bit more as the nearest competition for Bioshock is £8 from ShopTo, with Oblivion at £10.50 from CoolShop.

These are two exceptional games that, if I'm being really honest, haven't dated a bit - except perhaps in the graphics department. Having said that, the underwater would-be utopia of Bioshock's Rapture is still pretty beautiful to behold, and the gripping, cinematic storytelling, level-design and fearsome, disturbing foes are no less striking now than they were a year or so back. This combination of first-person shooter and action-RPG will feel very similar to anyone who played its predecessor System Shock 2, but I'd argue that Bioshock almost trumps that gaming masterpiece. There's a lot of palaver over actually getting the game started for the first time on the PC, but once you're away you quickly get the perception that you're playing through a true modern classic. Well, at least I did.

Oblivion is a different game of sorts. Developed by Bethesda - the company behind the massively award-winning Fallout 3 - this is a grander and more expansively designed open world RPG than its apocalyptic cousin. The sheer amount of options open to you, the number of different ways you can play through this epic saga, the depth of character customisation, are still breathtaking. You want to be seven foot tall combat juggernaut? Go right ahead. You want to try giving Dumbledore a run for his money and playing as a massively powerful mage? It's entirely up to you. Fancy doing a bit of everything, freelancing as a gladiator and beast hunter whilst becoming a paid assassin on the side? Sure thing! In amongst the numerous side quests, the caves, castles and cabins that dot the landscape ripe for exploration, and the engaging main storyline is a beauty of a game.

I'm of the opinion that games this good don't come around very often. If you haven't checked these two out yet and want to experience some of the best that video gaming has to offer, this is definitely a good place to start!

BioShock / The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Double Pack) £9.99 + Free Delivery @ Play [PC Games]

Lydia posted the best deal for the Xbox 360 version a few days back, and the deal is still on. You can find it here if you prefer twin joysticks to a mouse and keyboard.

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EndlessWaves  Nov. 4, 2009 at 17:09

Just a note: The 'Cinematic Storytelling' in Bioshock is Iron Man or X-men style, don't be fooled by the setting into expecting a more serious 2001: A Space Oddysey or Enemy at the Gates style of story.

As for Oblivion, I don't see what people see in it. The controls are rather sluggish and awkward compared to Fallout 3 and the world is dull and plain after the previous game in the series, Morrowind. You can't even be a proper thief and lurk on rooftops in most of the towns.

Matt Gardner  Nov. 4, 2009 at 17:44

I'd agree with your Bioshock comments for the most part....it's quite Blockbuster-y in its construction, but I don't necessarily think that's a terribly bad thing. Plotwise I found it pretty impressive. There aren't too many films, let alone video games, that can compare to 2001....I certainly wouldn't put Enemy at the Gates anywhere near that ballpark.

Oblivion though, is a gem. I'm an Elder Scrolls fan and I loved Morrowind (the story in it is admittedly better than that of Oblivion), but I found Tamriel to be a much more satisfying game world. Fallout 3 is good, but hugely repetitive in terms of world design. The excuse 'well it's a nuclear wasteland' only goes so far, and it's gameplay is much more limited than that of Oblivion. If there is a criticism to be made of Oblivion it would be that it's very easy to lose yourself in amongst the overwhelming 'openness' of it all.

EndlessWaves  Nov. 4, 2009 at 23:10

I think you might have meant Cyrodiil there. Tamriel is the entire world that includes the provinces of Cyrodill (where Oblivion is set) and Morrowind (part of which is the Island of Vvardenfell where Morrowind is set).

I actually preferred the Fallout 3 world to Cyrodill, Some of the amazing architecture of Morrowind is there in megaton and rust city and there's a real difference between the urban mess and the deserts outside. Oblivion on the other hand, was covered with parkland and had unique but pretty dull cities. Sure the trees changed a bit and there was an odd snowy mountain or two but you never stumbled across an interesting bit of scenery or tucked away comics shop like you could in Morrowind and Fallout 3.

Matt Gardner  Nov. 4, 2009 at 23:54

I stand corrected on the Cyrodiil/Tamriel front :-)

I love Fallout 3 and have clocked well over 40 hours on my two playthroughs so far....but I had issues with the amount of unrestrained praise it received. Bioshock did the whole 50s throwback thing much better, I found the Capital Wasteland to be slightly disappointing (but I won't go and open the 'grey games' can of worms right now) and Liam Neeson was utterly wasted. I loved the first half of Fallout 3 though...the Vault, the first time you step into Megaton, and also yeah the first time you reach Rivet City. Tranquility Lane was frankly superb as was Oasis.

I'm not saying Oblivion was perfect....it could have done with VATS.


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