Review: The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

TURN THE TIDE OF DARKNESS

Developer: Bethesda Softworks
Genre: Role Playing
Platform(s): PlayStation 3 & Xbox 360
Release Date: PS3 – March 20, 2007 / Xbox 360 – March 20, 2006
Compatability (PS3): 5400MB Mininum Space | HD 480p / 720p
Compatability (Xbox 360): 1146MB Mininum Space | HDTV 720p / 1080i / 1080p
Rating: 9.6

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is one massive role playing game which simply shouldn’t be missed. The game takes place in the enormous fantasy world named Tamriel which has an impressive amount of adventures for you to accomplish. The game is very detailed and whatever path you take, long hours await you to play it.

Oblivion is so detailed that even in the beginning you realize that this game is immense. You start by creating a character and you have a number of races to choose from such as Wood Elves, Imperials, Orcs and Redguards. Once the gender is given to your character, it’s time to assign a class and birth sign for your new character. Depending on the class and birth sign you select, starting attributes are generated automatically for your character. But this doesn’t mean that selecting a class will strictly impose you not to have other skills and abilities. Your character can learn everything.

The fantasy world, Tamriel.

Once you’re happy with the character creation, you can start exploring Tamriel. The problem is where to begin because the number of main and side quests this game holds cannot be imagined. Sticking to the main quest takes a minimum of 40 hours of play, but if you start exploring around, the number of hours are increased considerably. And it’s very easy to explore somewhere which doesn’t have to do with the main quest. Once you’re exploring anything can happen. Animals and creatures can attack you or you may even encounter a cave which contains hidden treasures. You are simply in control of another character in another world.

While you venture and learn skills, you can do other things such as joining guilds which will result in more quests. Even talking to someone can trigger a new quest. Just exploring the fantasy world is enjoyable as killing a fierce minotaur in a deep cavern. The graphics of this game are stunning and the way the environment flows is impressive. Being a sunny day, a rainy night or a thundery plain in a gate of Oblivion, the visuals change accordingly in a very relaistic way. Even the soundtrack matches the situation you’re in and also some prominent actors gave a voice to some of the people in the world of Tamriel.

Summoning magic against an Imp.

Summoning magic against an Imp.

Basically the possibilities of what you can do in Tamriel are endless. This is one big role playing game in which you can be whatever you want, a fighter, wizard, alchemist, ranger, anything. If you still want more, the game comes with expansion packs under the name of Knights of the Nine and the Shivering Isles. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion contains more than 100 hours of gameplay exploring to keep you in front of your TV for months.

You simply have to play this massive game. Being on the Xbox 360 or on the PlayStation 3, Oblivion is a lengthy, visually impressive role playing game that deserves to be played. This is an essential purchase for all gamers, especially for role playing ones. Once you buy it, it’s up to you. “Find your own path and follow it wherever it may lead you.”

Reviewed by Barber – September 10, 2009

Graphics
Beautifully rendered textures and surroundings make this game a massive one with quality graphics.
 
Sound
Battle sounds, dialogues and magic effects are all nice to hear except for some small glitches.
 
Fun
Oblivion has limitless possibilities and being whoever you want, doing whatever you want and how you want it is true fun. Essential.
 
Final Score rating_9_6

 

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