The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is a role-playing game developed by Bethesda Softworks and published by ZeniMax Media, Take-Two Interactive and 2K Games. It was released in 2006 for PC and Xbox 360. It was ported to PlayStation 3 in 2007.
Why It Rocks
- Awesome atmosphere.
- Nice story.
- You can play the game in both a third-person and a first-person perspective. It's up to the player to choose which of the two.
- Large map, with many things to do.
- You can increase the disposition of people through a minigame where you need to spin a wheel, where every wedge of the wheel is associated with a phrase to tell to the person who are you're talking to.
- You can play the game in many ways, such as a stealth game or a role-playing game.
- In order to level up, you need to raise seven skills labeled as "Major Skills" chosen at the beginning of the game. Increasing these skills will fill a bar (which can be seen from the character screen). When the bar is full, you will have to sleep to level up.
- The Radiant AI system used in the game makes sure that every single NPC in the game has his or her own daily life and dialogue, making the world feel much livelier.
- An enormous and breathtaking world completely open and free to traverse either on foot or horseback.
- You can join many factions, each one with its own questline, bonuses and unique items. Characters in your same faction will like you more.
- The Imperial City Arena is a good way to level up (by taking part in battles) and raise money (by taking part in battles and betting on fights).
- Closing Oblivion Gates will award you a Sigil Stone, which can be used to enchant equipment.
- You can find Daedric Shrines scattered around the world, whom you can make an offer to in order to start a Daedra quest. The most powerful weapon in the game, the Umbra, is obtained by doing so.
- You can buy houses in every major city for a large sum of money, where you can safely store your items. You can also decorate them by buying furniture at a local shop.
- Most DLCs are fully optional and add features such as new questlines and gameplay gimmicks.
- Very short loading times.
- Awesome modding community. There are mods that improve the combat, the trade system, add new quests, restore scrapped content, or fix bugs in the game.
- The abomb bug, after playing the game for at least a few hundred hours things like doors and spells will start to move extremely slowly or completely freeze, basically breaking the game. Bethesda was aware of it but still released the game anyway. It happens on all versions of the game and only the PC version is fixable.
- Many bugs and glitches, which is common in huge games like this. Despite this, some glitches can be quite funny and some can be even useful.
- The infamous Horse Armor DLC.
- The voice acting ranges from average at best to corny at worst. It doesn't help that almost every NPC encountered seems to be voiced by the same small cast of actors.
- Expect to grind a lot since leveling up becomes very hard rather soon.
- While ambitious, the Radiant AI system has its flaws, such as randomized NPC conversations, which were turned into internet memes.
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion was critically acclaimed and was deemed one of the best games ever made. Reviewers praised this game's vast game world and impressive graphics, while criticizing some NPCs' poor dialogue lines and recycled voice acting.
The game was awarded the "Game of the Year" title in 2006.
- Use the Altar of Enchanting in the Arcane University to enchant items, along with Sigil Stones. Keep in mind that it needs Soul Gems (which are also used for recharging magical items) and money, so it is Wise to use it only as a last resort.
- Bring always with you a weapon with the Soul Trap enchantment to trap souls that allow you to use soul gems.
- If you want to max out all skills, you'll need some help. Tips to level up the skills can be found here
- Heavier pieces of armor (mostly boots) will increase the noise that you make, thus making you easier to detect while playing stealthy.
- Most containers in the game reset their loot after an in-game day and every thing you stored inside will disappear, so you may want to buy a House as fast as possible.
- Early in the game, cast a Charm spell (which you can buy for cheap in magic shops in the Imperial City) on vendors to make them more eager to haggle with you.
- If you have the Vile Lair DLC, buy the Cattle Pen upgrade to obtain an undying prisoner that you can use as target practice or to feed with if you are a vampire.
- When you can't use a certain spell, use a scroll of the same magic to replace it. The scrolls can be used only once, though.