Oblivion is the most recent instalment in Bethesda's Elder Scrolls series and a must have for any western rpg fan. It's crazy just how much game you get for your money with this deal; Oblivion is a game of almost unprecedented size and scope, at least as far as non-MMO console titles go. And that's before you factor in the extra content included in this Game of the Year version! The GotY extras include expansions Knights of the Nine and The Shivering Isles (which could easily make for a decent sized game in its own right). Thanks to goonertillidie at Hotukdeals!
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).
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!
The Shivering Isles is an expansion pack for the Oblivion instalment of the Elder Scrolls series and allows you to explore a whole new island.
If by some strange chance you have not used the Tesco Entertainment voucher code yet then you can take the price down to £2.55 next best price of £4.49 from Cool Shop. That said, it's probably worth using the code against something which will give a slightly more lucrative discount instead.
To take off a cool 45p from the price, use the promotional code: FTSL15-1
Installing theThe Shivering Isles causes rumours to circulate around Cyroddiil of a mysterious door which has opened in the middle of the lake. This door opens to the land ruled by the Daedric Prince of Madness Sheogorath, a bizarre and twisted world split into the realms of Mania and Dementia.
The Shivering Isles offers up a massive world to explore, packed full of quests, new enemies and some seriously weird characters. If you're a loot hound like me, then you will be pleased to hear that there are plenty of special weapons and armours to hunt down as well as new weapon crafting system using raw materials found on the Isles. The main narrative is entertaining and there are plenty more smaller stories to uncover and participate in.
One of the best things about the Shivering Isles is the way it contrasts with the main game, the unhinged nature of the characters keeps things interesting and the environment offers a far more vivid visual experience, with hallucinogenic colours and bizarre flora to harvest.
This is an excellent add on to the main Oblivion game and well worth spending the price of a sandwich on. Just be prepared to wave goodbye to scores more hours on Elder Scrolls
Thanks to goonertillidie at Hotukdeals!
I'm beginning to wonder whether these strange partners haven't been bundled together so that once you are through with the dark and macabre halls of Rapture and the creeping feeling of claustrophobia and discomfort that it creates, you can cleanse your pallet with Tamriel's lush verdant lands and somewhat more genteel feeling gameplay and simple good vs evil narrative. It's an odd combination, but also a great one, so, if for some crazy reason, you don't already have these two fantastic games, then you should be grateful that someone had the bright idea to stick them together.
Play have been offering the best deal for a while now, at just £9.99, but right now the price is showing up as just £4.99 so there's really no excuse not to treat yourself (or get someone the best Christmas present they're likely to receive this year). If you're tempted I suggest you get in quick before the price is hoiked back up again!
The next best price I can find for the bundle is £12.99 from HMV's online store. Or, if you want to get the two separately, then it will set you back at least £9.99 for Bioshock (Amazon) and £9.45 for Oblivion (also Amazon). So you stand to save at least £8 with this deal!
I have Bioshock for my 360, and it is not just my favourite title for that console, but also one of my Top Ten All Time Favourite Games Ever! It's an unusual entry into the genre but it's not just the fact that it is so enormously enjoyable to play, or the way that you can keep coming back to it and loving it all over again but also the brilliant realisation of the world of Rapture and the cast of characters that inhabit it that makes this such a classic first person shooter. It really is a game like no other (except maybe its predecessor System Shock) and one that you absolutely should not miss.
Oblivion is probably just as good but very different. While Bioshock has a huge emphasis on story and the history of your character, this Elder Scrolls game leaves it up to you and your imagination to create much of your protagonist's tale, with a whole world for you to explore and do with as you will. The main quest is a little lack lustre but engaging enough, but to get the most out of the game you are best off just striking out on your own and seeing what wonders you discover and the strangers that you meet. Some claim it is rubbish but I find the combat fun and, with so many possible ways to approach battling, it seems churlish to complain too much!
Be prepared though, these two games (well, mostly Oblivion) will eat up your time without you even realising it so be prepared to bid your social life farewell until Christmas!
Thanks to A.Fudge at Hotukdeals!
If, for some crazy reason, you own an Xbox 360 but you still do not have these two top class games which each provide some of the best experiences that the console has to offer, then you should be pleased to hear that you can buy the two in a neat little package that will save you a packet! Shop To are currently selling the Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion/Bioshock double pack for just £17.99, over £5 more than the next best price from Everything Play.
This fourth edition of the Elder Scrolls series and Bioshock offer two really quite different gaming experiences, so seem an odd pairing. However, both are absolute classics of the current console generation and anyone with a console should at least try them both.
Bioshock is probably my favourite game on the 360 (yes, it's so darn fantastic that I can even overlook the frankly immensely disappointing ending). An action adventure/FPS shooter combination with more style and substance than a years worth of the rubbish Hollywood seems to churn out these days. While visually it cannot stand up to the very best that the console has to offer in technical terms, it still has the best level design I have seen on the 360; its setting, Rapture, is a masterpiece. This incredible art deco dystopia is an environment unlike any other and you will want to explore every inch and uncover all of its many secrets.
Oblivion also offers you a fascinating world full of secrets and history to explore but on a much greater and somewhat diluted level. Tamriel is an incredibly vast wonderland, choc full of caves, mines, abandoned forts and curious ancient ruins all waiting to be discovered and plundered.
It offers extremely deep character customisation allowing you to play in whichever way you wish, be it as sneak, warrior, mage or cold blooded mercenary. As well as a fun and engaging, if somewhat slight, main story, there are near-uncountable side quests to steal away your hours, guilds to join, gladiatorial matches to sate your blood lust and a whole world to turn over.
This is a great opportunity to right a grievous wrong and get your hands on these two essential titles!
Thanks to Reaper200 at Hotukdeals!
Today’s news roundup sees Microsoft claim Blu-ray will definitely not be coming to the Xbox 360, a new Elder Scrolls game rumoured thanks to the blurb describing a new Elder Scrolls novel, and Insomniac show disappointment as they claim fans saw the sequel as a failure.
Following rumours and everything but confirmation from Microsoft, it now appears Blu-ray is not intended for the Xbox 360. Company CEO Steve Ballmer recently stated Blu-ray drives will be coming to the 360 as add-on accessories, igniting mass speculation. Microsoft’s Larry Hryb was quickly on the case to correct Ballmer’s ‘error’. “Steve was referring to Blu-ray accessories for the PC,” he explained. “As we have said in the past, we have no plans to introduce a Blu-Ray drive for the Xbox 360.”
A rather odd statement considering Ballmer’s claims were made in response to a question regarding the 360. Maybe he was just confused. Or joking. I don’t know. Whatever the case it appears Microsoft are developing a Blu-ray accessory in some form, apparantly for the PC. [MajorNelson]
Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion was a tremendous success for Bethesda, achieving both commercial and critical acclaim. The prospect of a new game in the series is surely a welcome idea to Bethesda, and according to the Waterstone’s retail site listing for Greg Keyes' The Infernal City: An Elder Scrolls Novel, the next game is in the works and set 200 years after the previous one.
The story is described as taking place “forty-five years after the Oblivion Crisis, which is the story of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion game and the expansion pack Shivering Isles. It partly bridges the gap for the next game, which is set 200 years after the Oblivion crisis.” The description has since been removed from the site, and of course cannot be treated as official confirmation. But if it is to be believed it looks like the next Elder Scrolls is at least being considered. [Kotaku]
Overall Resistance 2 was a success. It managed to surpass reviews of the original Resistance, and sold pretty well. But according to Insomniac games this still isn’t good enough. Senior community manager James Stevenson claims feedback from hardcore fans deemed the game as a failure, and this reaction greatly troubled Insomniac.
“The overall opinion of it is that it was a failure by fans, that Resistance 2 was a failure, because maybe the expectations were so high for it.” He described the negative fan feedback felt “like your dog turned on you.” Hopefully by the time the next Resistance rolls around, Insomniac will have a product pleasing hardcore fans as well as the rest of the gaming community. [Videogamer]
It sounds like we're in for a long wait for the next Elder Scrolls instalment so if you're in the mood for some epic adventuring and for some reason do not have Oblivion already then it may interest you to know that Shop To are currently offering the PC version for a mere £5.99. The next best price I have found is £12.60 so you stand to save over £6!
Oblivion tells of the events that unfold after the Emperor of Tamriel dies without leaving an heir; a worryingly state of affairs that leaves the realm open to invasion from the world of Oblivion, a harsh land filled with hostile creatures who aren't too fond of humans (or elves, or orcs, or two legged reptilian/feline races).
However, to complete the main quest is to merely scratch the surface - Tamriel is a huge, living world, just waiting to be explored. In fact you may choose to forego the central storyline entirely. There are side-quests a-plenty as well as caves, forts and strange ancients ruins just waiting to be plundered for all the riches that they hide. You can play as one of the ten different races that populate the vast continent of Cyrodiil and customise your character to be a mage, warrior, thief or anything in between. You can make your own moral choices too, though the game could be improved by more far reaching consequences from the decisions that you make.
Thanks to QenTox at Hotukdeals!
Oblivion is one of those games that you either love or hate. Whichever side of the fence you sit on, there's no denying the scope of the game's achievement. This is the western role playing game genre at its most epic and it is easy to lose yourself for hours in the world of Tamriel without even making a dent on the main quest. The Game of the Year Edition includes the expansions "Shivering Isles" and "Knights of the Nine" which add even more depth and value.
Zavvi are currently offering the Game of the Year edition of the game for £9.95 which is a considerable mark-down; even used copies on Amazon are more expensive at the moment and the next cheapest price for a new copy is £14.73 from thehut. It's worth bearing in mind that confusion can arise when shopping around for this game thanks to the differing prices between original and platinum versions.
Oblivion is the most recent instalment of the Elder Scrolls series and, it seems, the last one we are likely to get for some time, as mentioned in the recent gaming news post. Set in the lush but rather generic province of Cyrodiil, you begin the game as an escaped prisoner and go on to become... whatever you want!
Follow the main quest and you can close the gates to Oblivion to become the hero of Tamriel. But you can just as easily avoid this path altogether and choose to be more of a small time saint/lonely mercenary; visiting villages and towns, running errands and solving problems for the citizens. Or you can follow the path of magic in the Mages Guild, sneak through ancient ruins, dank caves or abandoned mines, looting and pillaging or even become a cold blooded assassin, as part of the scourge of Cyrodiil "The Dark Brotherhood".
The world is huge, often gorgeous and bursting at the seams with places to explore, mysteries to uncover and people just waiting to see you for a chin-wag. The Shivering Isles add-on gives you a whole new world to explore, filled with very different characters and far more colourful and exciting scenery than that present in the main game.
Combat is frantic, fast and fun and magic is far less fiddly and frustrating than in the previous Elder Scrolls title Morrowind. It is visually very pleasing and the soundtrack fits well, despite being repetitive.
Oblivion is by no means perfect: many people see the game as hollow, lacking in characterisation, devoid of any real choices and shallow despite its scale. Other complaints centre around the level-scaling which can seemingly remove all reward for increasing your own level.
The vast swathes of non-player characters, with just a few voices to share between them is jarring and can zap you straight back to reality. At times, the voice acting is hilariously hit and miss, with beggars sounding suitably down-trodden when approaching you for a coin, in order to "git some shoes" then suddenly switching to perfect clipped tones when responding to a question. (But hey, maybe it's not so weird when coming from "Irlav the faker"...) Perhaps worst of all the game often suffers from glitches that can vary from causing mild irritation to potentially ruining your game - serious stuff when saved games can incorporate hundreds of hours of play.
Despite all these concerns, I personally love Oblivion and rarely get tired of trawling through cave after cave, sneaking and looting... but then this could just be because I am the kind of simple minded fool who would probably spend hours at a time chasing my own tail, if only I had one.
Bethesda confirm they have no current plans for Elder Scrolls V in today’s news roundup. In other news, Splinter Cell: Conviction was pushed back to 2010 for some reworking, Massive Action Game also sees delay with a new 2010 release date, and EA president Peter Moore reveals not everyone at EA Sports is happy with the casual approach.
The release of downloadable episode Mothership Zeta marked the end of Bethesda’s involvement with Fallout 3. Rumours suggest that work can now begin on the next Elder Scrolls, but according to Bethesda game director Todd Howard this isn’t happening anytime soon.
“We are working on our next big game but we are not talking about it” said Howard, but he does stress this isn’t Elder Scrolls V, adding there are “no current plans” for another game in the series. What this mystery game is no one knows, but hopefully Bethesda can reveal more soon. [BigDownload]
Splinter Cell: Conviction is headed for a 2010 release, a long time away from Ubisoft’s original release date, three years in fact. Conviction was originally set for release in 2007, but Ubisoft didnt get the reception at Ubidays they expected forcing them to reconsider.
“Actually we felt that the game wasn't well received [at Ubidays] and some of the critics were actually saying that we were missing the gameplay, when we started having maybe a bit of trouble bringing back the core gameplay” said production manager Andréane Meunier. Since then Ubisoft decided to give Splinter Cell the time it deserved to “rework the core values”. Hopefully all the work will be worth it when the game sees release in 2010. [EuroGamer]
Sony has announced that upcoming Massive Action Game will be the latest game to see release in 2010. This news follows the announcement of a “MAG-centric community event in downtown Seattle” on the US PlayStation Blog, giving gamers the oppourtunity to give the game a go on a new map, and meet some of the development team. The hugely ambitious 256-player shooter currently has a confirmed release date of January 26th in America, with no other dates revealed. [USPlayStation]
EA Sports may one of the primary supporters of the casual gaming market, but according to President Peter Moore not everyone at EA is happy with this. “In all the games we made, everything was focused on making things more realistic” Moore said. But then along came the Wii, which changed the demographic enormously.
EA had to focus even more on the casual market as a result, sacrificing the realism of some sports titles, something not everyone at EA Sports was happy with. “It was hard. A lot of people at that time thought they would move on from our studios - they wanted to chase the core consumer”. Regardless, everyone at EA Sports has had to deal with it, with Madden NFL 10 approaching and with the huge sales of EA Sports Active everyone must be happy enough at EA. [DevelopOnline]
This Friday’s news roundup sees Eidos getting up to some dirty tactics. Elder Scrolls II available for free download, Alien Breed becoming the latest blast from the past and Modern Warfare 2 regaining its Call Of Duty moniker.
Eidos has once again been caught out attempting to fix game reviews, and give their games more attention than rightfully deserved. Eidos have previously been exposed voting for their own games in a game of the year poll, attempting to fix review scores for Tomb Raider, and have even been linked to the firing of a gaming journalist on gamespot for not giving Kane & Lynch a high enough score (at the time Eidos were pumping a lot of money into gamespot in exchange for heavy advertising).
This time around Eidos have provided several magazines with a review code of Batman: Arkham Asylum, but have forced them to hold off from publishing their review until an embargo expires at the end of the month. Eidos have provided a helpful way around this embargo though. By dedicating the cover of the magazine to Arkham Asylum and guaranteeing a score of at least 90%, Eidos will allow the review to be published early. Any magazines that turn up soon with Arkham Asylum on the cover and a review score of at least 90% can quite possibly be tainted with the brush of lies. [Ramraider]
Amiga classic Alien Breed is the latest game to receive the makeover treatment. Released way back in 1991 this game saw great success on the Amiga, and later on the PC. Team 17 have announced they plan to revamp the title as Alien Breed Evolution, promising a "drop-dead gorgeous retro-modern remake", powered by the Unreal3 engine. New additions to the game include co-op play, and the game will only be available through download. What platforms this will appear on is yet to be announced. [Gamespot]
Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion was released to overwhelming praise, hailed for the freedom of choice in the huge open world it offered. These elements can be seen in a more basic form in the earlier Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall.
To celebrate the 15th anniversary of Elder Scrolls, Bethesda have released it to download free of charge on their web site. As its free Bethesda are not providing technical support for it, although they have provided a step-by-step guide on how to run the DOSBox program, letting it play on modern computers. [ShackNews]
The new Call of Duty wasn’t actually known as Call of Duty until now. Infinity Ward’s director of communications and community manager Robert Bowling announced he just received the new Modern Warfare 2 boxes, with an accompanying photo showing the Call Of Duty prefix back in the title.
Perhaps due to the drop in awareness losing the Call Of Duty title caused, or it could even be due to the fact that plans of Turning Modern Warfare into its own independent franchise (as commonly believed) have failed. Whatever the case this game will still sell like hotcakes even if it was called Don’t buy this game: Modern Warfare 2. [Gamespot]
Fans of the Elder Scrolls series, or RPG-aficionados who happened to miss the second instalment, Daggerfall, can download it for free from the official Elder Scrolls site, although you must also run an emulator and have a computer with sufficient power.
A price-comparison isn’t necessary when a game is free, and neither is mention of delivery cost, seeing as how you download it directly to your computer! A few caveats remain, however, with an age restriction limit, as Daggerfall is rated M for Mature, and your computer must be equipped with the site’s proprietary emulator and be powerful enough to run the 13 year-old game. The minimum system requirements demand at least 8MB of RAM, 50MB of HD head-space, a 256-Colour VGA graphics card, and a 66 MHZ processor with Direct X 2 compatibility.
The sequel to Elder Scrolls: Arena, Daggerfall had the largest game-world of any Elder Scrolls game, past and present, with an estimated 161,600 square kilometres of Tamriel land to explore, stuffed with cities, villages, forests and dungeons.
Daggerfall is a typical Elder Scrolls game. It follows a mute protagonist, an errand boy for the Emperor, who uncovers a secret plot to unearth a powerful god and perhaps resurrect the Underking himself! It’s a well-told story, although visually it’s a bit dated by today’s standards. However, the core appeal of an Elder Scrolls game is present here, with countless side-quests and memorable moments lurking in the code. Daggerfall even has six different unique endings, depending on the player’s decisions.
Today in our news roundup, we hear about how old is Sam in the future Splinter Cell Conviction. We find out if there is a new Metal Gear Solid movie on the way. Finally, is Bethesda Steaming ahead?
According to one of the game developers, Sam Fisher is "pretty old" in the new Splinter Cell game. This might go as far to say that Mr Fisher in indeed in his "50s," as the trailers from E3 demonstrate.
However, this brings about many questions - will Sam Fisher be too old for any future games? Will this be the last game for Sam Fisher as they follow a similar direction as Metal Gear Solid 4 with Old Snake? [VG247]
Is this the new Metal Gear Solid Movie Poster (click image above for preview)?
According to reports the leaked picture confirms that the new Metal Gear Solid Movie is coming out in July 2011. It will star Christian Bale (Batman and John Connor) and Daniel Craig (Bond, James Bond).
Could they add Solid Snake and Liquid Snake to their list of action stars they have played? [Screenrant]
Finally, Steam has added the Elder Scrolls series (Morrowind, Yeah!) and Call of Cthullu to their Bethesda Catalogue.
For the bargain price of £17.53 you can have the ultimate The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Game of the Year Edition Deluxe, which includes the 9 downloadable packs that were released for the game. It also includes Morrowind Game of the Year edition - meaning you won’t have to buy another game until Christmas 2010 with the amount of content included! However, get in soon as this deal ends on 19th September 2009. [Steam]