In 2007 my father rented this game from a Movie Gallery (back when they were still around) under the impression I might like it. I remember looking at the box art and thinking "Wow, this looks okay". "Okay" is an insult to this masterpiece. I remember the exact moment I left the Imperial Sewers after the tutorial. There was wide, beautiful vista of tress, mountains, and ancient ruins. In fact I spent the first 6 hours of Oblivion running along the road surrounding the Imperial City. I remember being amazed that I could harvest plants. I had never played a game like it before then. Oblivion is my most game played on any console, where I've easily poured 1,500 hours into it. 10+ years later I still play Oblivion. It'll always have a special place in my heart.
This game is my favorite of all time, it may not be as pretty as Skyrim but this game brings back so many memories for me. I am a sucker for games with character customization first of all. Second, I love the wide open world of Cyrodiil. The lore is fantastic, I am a huge Elder Scrolls fan but this game will always have a special place in my heart.
Bless the Nine for this game! This is the first Elder Scrolls game I have played and I was impressed. This game is massive and it's not just empty space, there are copious amounts of dungeons, capes, inns, and most importantly quests. The main story is epic and many side quests are just as epic as the main one. This game is and always will be considered one of the greatest Action-RPGs ever.
The Story: -So you are a prisoner and fate has brought you and Emperor Uriel Septim together as he had a dream about you being someone to trust as he needs to escape through your prison cell. You are freed with it because the emperor entrusts you with the Amulet of the Kings as he fears he will be assassinated. - The emperor gets assassinated and you have to go find the new heir or all of Cyrodil and Tamierel (Elder Scrolls land) will be destroyed by the Daedric God Mehrunes Dagon.
Pros: - Very strong story with amazing depth, the side quests add to the backstory of the area and game. - Very addicting gameplay, feels a lot more complicated than it looks whether you are cast spells of destruction, summoning creatures to aid you, or fighting with a sword. There are a lot of factors that go into combat and gameplay. In the end it looks like you are just flailing and running in circles though. - The AI is pretty decent considering how long ago this game came out. NPCs aren't annoying to work with in this game (except for following Baurus to the sewers, goodbye hour of your life) - Every dungeon is different and unique in their own way, while there are a couple of styles, each layout is unique. - Your enemies level up along with you so that way the game is always challenging. Of course there is a cap at like level 30, but at that point you know pretty much everything about combat. - The game explains in great detail what each attribute does for your character when creating it. - The main quest is rather short as far as most main stories go, but there are a plethora of questlines. It's not an achievement, but it should be just to complete every quest. - Every person has voice dialogue that's not annoying. - You can fast travel to any location you've discovered.
Cons: - There are quite a few glitches in the game, most of the don't effect anything, but there are a couple that make it impossible to finish quests. I recommend you check the Elder Scrolls wiki should you think there's a glitch.
Other: - On one playthrough I got all 1250G, (game of the year edition gives the Shivering Isles DLC which is the only DLC that gives any achievements). It's not hard because the achievements all revolve around quests. - The Game of the Year edition comes with a DLC disk for the Shivering Isles and the Knights of the Nine questline - Other DLC doesn't provide extra achievements and not so much extra story, just somewhat decent equipment. - I've played 74 hours so far and I'm nowhere near to done with the side quests.
Buy this game if: - You want to play an epic, amazing, and beautiful Action-RPG. - The game is under $20 (Game of Year version) - Haven't played Skyrim yet
To me there's no reason why you shouldn't buy this game except for price.
This does work . If original Oblivion is installed simply uninstall and reinstall disk 2 of this and shivering isles and knights of the nine will install properly. Im playing on x box 1 now because I got addicted to Skyrim and never knew about this game , beat Skyrim to the point I have every artifact and every unique item but Oblivion on x box 1 is not bad at all about to be 100% done after like 3 play throughs . Even got the gladiator weapons and the emperors robe this time lol.
Great game. It has held up well in a market that favors current generation games. The graphics aren't great, in some respects, but they aren't awful either. Strong story lines and multi-facetted characters make for a terrific experience. If I'm not the last one to play this, I highly recommend it. ;)
It was a fun game. Getting to play it after playing skyrim frist made the back story I read about oblivion though skyrim books an info was the best. The main storyline was interesting and all the side quest were great I'd recommend this to anyon.
This game, while nowhere near it's counterpart Skyrim, is definitely a work of art. Bethesda had it together even before Skyrim, even if the graphics are worse than what we're used to! Great storyline, great combat, and overall a wonderful game!
Bethesda has set the bar or all RPGs. With Fallout and the Elder Scrolls series they have not gone wrong. I played this game before and loaned it. This was the best way to get back, and play the DLCs that I missed.
I played skyrim before playing this, so I started out with my expectations really high. I just starting gaming, so I didn't realize how far the quality of games has gotten so quickly. I love bethesda, and play fallout as well. The games are really well thought out and fun.
It was exactly as described, brand new. Still in factory shrink wrap and no bumps or dings or signs of wear from handling/shipping. Installed directly to hard drive without any issues both main game and the extra content disc. It was a good buy.