Steam are currently offering the Game of the Year editions of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion for a very discounted rate. The next best price for a downloadable version of the Game of the Year Deluxe edition of Oblivion is £19.95 from Direct2Drive. If you want the regular GotY edition on the other hand, a digital download from elsewhere will drain at least £14 more with the next best offer being £19.95 from Direct2Drive while a physical copy will set you back at least £26.56 (from Cool Shop).
- Click here to download the Game of the Year edition of Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion for £5.09 from Steam now
- Click here to download the Deluxe Game of the Year edition of Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion for £6.79 from Steam now
The Game of the Year Edition includes the Knights of the Nine and Shivering Isles expansion packs, while the Deluxe version also boasts the Fighters' Stronghold expansion, Vile Lair, Spell Tome Treasures, Mehrunes Razor and more.
Alternatively you can get the Deluxe GotY edition as part of the QuakeCon Pack which is comprised of 27 titles including a plethora of Quake and Doom games and the previous Elder Scrolls title Morrowind for just £49.99
This most recent instalment in the Elder Scrolls series is set in the Cyrodiil region of Tamriel and concerns the turmoil created when the Emperor dies without leaving an heir, allowing the Prince of hellish parallel world Oblivion to set into motion a plan to invade the peaceful kingdom. It is up to you, a humble prisoner, to find the Emperor's heir and help him to overcome Mehrunes Daegon and his dark minions.
However, this main plot can easily be little more than a backdrop if you choose to strike out on your own and explore all that the world of Cyrodiil has to offer. Wherever you go you will find caves, abandoned forts and strange ruins to investigate and pillage as well as plenty of side quests allowing you to play the wandering saint or lonely mercenary, moving from village to village running errands or taking care of problems. Or you can train with the Mages' Guild to become a top ranking wizard, become a master sneak in the Thieves' Guild or even indulge your dark side as a cold blooded killer as part of the Dark Brotherhood.
The expansion packs add even more value to this huge game; The Shivering Isles add-on actually gives you a whole new world to explore, filled with new flora and fauna and very different characters from those found in Cyrodiil.
I have never understood why many people turn their noses up at Oblivion; there is just so much here to keep you entertained and it is easy to lose, literally, hundreds of hours without even grazing upon the main quest. Of course it is not perfect, however. The main narrative is somewhat slight which is a shame but it is perfectly serviceable and entertaining enough and the fact that Sean Bean, Patrick Stuart and Terence Stamp all lend their voices to characters really adds to its appeal. It's a shame that elsewhere the voice acting is so skimpy with far too many characters sharing a single voice and some real hit and miss moments. Worst of all, there are glitches galore, some of which can be fatal to your game which is obviously a massive issue.
Problems aside, Oblivion is one of my favourite games of recent years and represents a massive achievement from Bethesda and this deluxe version is a total steal at this price.
Thanks to kidblast at Hotukdeals!