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The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Game of the Year Edition Platinum £9.98 @ Gamestation [PS3 Games]

Neil Mohr
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The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Game of the Year Edition Platinum £9.98 @ Gamestation [PS3 Games]

It’s hard to think of a game that at the time created such an absorbing and interactive world as Oblivion, other than possibly its predecessor Morrowind and more recently Fallout 3. It’s guaranteed entertainment, at £9.98 from Gamestation you simply can’t lose – other than your life - as there’s potentially 100+ hours of fighting, exploring and questing to be had. It looks like Tesco has it for £9.47 but you're looking at a wait of at least a week, if not two.

Oblivion was universally acclaimed, from its beautiful game-engine to the expansive plot, Oblivion delivered a finely-tuned gaming experience and was set in a vast open-world environment. You could, more so than the island-locked GTA series, go anywhere and do anything. Only the recent Fallout 3 really manages to match it on this front, but the drab post-apocalyptic landscapes can’t compare to the lush rolling countrysides of Cyrodiil rendered in Oblivion.

It’s refreshing that for Oblivion the developer Bethesda listened to the criticism it received over Morrowind. The combat has been much improved, so it doesn't quite seem like the same-old button mashing of old. While the dialogue has also improved a notch, it can still be a little stinky in places.

As a highlight in the history of gaming Oblivion still stands out strongly. It is, by all the definitions of the word, an adventure: strike out into this brave new world, explore new locations, meet new people, kill a few of them and experience an unfolding story that has an impressive ending.

Thanks to ocelot20 & dodman2009 at Hotukdeals!

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Goity  Feb. 12, 2010 at 22:25

It's not even close to being guaranteed entertainment. The first 10 or so hours are absolutely terrible. Lush rolling countryside? The countryside in central London is more lush, and less procedurally generated.

Saying that, once you finally get into the game (and it's a right slog to do so) you're going to find yourself enjoying the experience without knowing it. I didn't think I was enjoying it until I noticed I was 25 hours in and was still playing. Granted, it took over a year for me to play it till that point, but it was worth it in the end.

This is a worthy purchase, but those wanting a game with instant thrills should stay away.

Loidy  Mar. 1, 2010 at 22:06

I played Oblivion through twice. The first time I took the good path. I did not murder anyone, or steal anything. I played through the main quest, the fighting guild quests, and the Knights of the nine expansion which is part of this pack. At the end, I had such a good reputation that I could walk up to an imperial guard, punch him in the face and his reaction would be to laugh and tell me "I know you didn't mean that".
The second time I followed the Dark Brotherhood and the Thieves guild quests. I rode a black horse with fiery red eyes. I stole into houses in the night and fed my Vampiric hunger. I laid whole towns to waste and piled their dead bodies in a heap to display my love to the Dark Mother!
Never did do the Mage quests... or shimmering isles...?
For less than a tenner, you could lose yourself for months in Bethesda's Behemoth Oblivion but it takes time, commitment, and a big, big imagination to get the most out of it!


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