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Elder Scrolls 4, Oblivion.
Hello Tenkage here, or as Iím more commonly known on the internet as Ten-K. Iím here to start on my maiden voyage as a game critic and I figured I start with one of my favorite RPGS. Elder Scrolls 4, Oblivion, or more commonly known as Oblivion.
HIGH: The large area where I could just explore the game.
LOW Mostly the glitches within the game.
WTF The NPCs are funny as they have a lack of voice actors making them go from sickly, to intelligent all within the same conversation. A bit humorous to say the least.
To those who did not know about Oblivion, the game is a role-playing game developed by the gaming company Bethesda. Having played the previous game Elder Scrolls 3, Morrowind for my old Xbox, I felt a sense of nostalgia in the sandbox sequel. The feeling is just hard to describe when I play the game; it is almost like I am the main character, hacking away at twenty goblins. Now I worked hard to get everything right within this review, so feel free to point out mistakes.
The story starts you off in an imperial dungeon where you create your character from ten different races. Oddly enough you are not given the reason why you are imprisoned so I decided to pretend I was in jail for public indecency. After being mocked by a fellow inmate the Emperor and his guards walk in trying escape a cult and he sees the player. Long story short, he says you are apart of some destiny, he is going to die and he does in the end. Prior to his death he gave you a special amulet and instructions to find his long lost son as he is now the rightful heir to the throne. After escaping the sewers and getting a look at the wonderful environment it is at this point you get to decide where to go.
Being a sandbox game the player has no need to follow the main quest, it is entirely possible to go around the world, do every other side quest and completely ignore the main quest. Of course by the time you return to the main quest you will find it a little harder. By a little more like twenty dremora trying to kill you harder. The game unlike other role-playing games including Morrowind has an interesting engine where not only can you level up but so can the enemies. You could go into a cave at level one and face only rats, only to come back fifteen levels later to find the rats replaced by bears, and trolls.
Leveling up is also different from other role-playing games, in other games, you kill an enemy, you gain some experience, wash rinse repeat until you level up. In this game you are governed by a set of skills, each skills plays a role in the game, like blade skills is handling swords or daggers, sneak is pretty obvious, acrobatics for jumping higher. Depending on how you create your character, by leveling up the skills, a few examples below show how to level up a few skills.
Blade = Slash up a lot of goblins
Sneak = Keeping sneaking
Acrobatics = Jumping around
By leveling up the skills your class is good in, you will level up, meaning more magic, more carrying capacity, more health and so on.
Looking away from the game play, I want to look at the story. The story of the Elder Scrolls series is pretty much the same, Daedra wants to take over the land, some guy (You) is asked to save the land, kicks a lot of but, saves the day and everyone celebrates until the next game.
Some may think that is a pretty clichťd game, but I think the plot works. Oblivion makes many references to Morrowind in the forms of characters talking to each other, some weapons veterans may recognize, or even a few familiar characters (Iím looking at you Bighead)
The music of the game is wonderfully composed but I feel it is a tad limited, I hear the same music flair up when an enemy is after me, be it a dremora with a large axe or a simple one hit, one kill mud crab who just noticed me. Personally I would have put in different music for different scenarios, but thatís my opinion. Other then that, the music does seem to match the land, a sorta Medieval styled music if you will.
The main quest isnít the only story within the game, within the game are four factions to join, Fighterís Guild, Mageís Guild, Thieves Guild, and the Dark Brotherhood. To explain what each does I decided to put it into a small chart.
Fighterís Guild: Mercenaryís, your quest is to stop a rival group from taking all the jobs and causing trouble.
Mageís Guild: Mageís (of course), the main quest is to stop an evil Necromancer from destroying the land
Thieves Guild: Well Thieves, basically your missions are stealing stuff at least until the last heist which is a doozy of a mission.
Dark Brotherhood: Assassins, they worship a dark god and goddess, Sithis and the Night Mother Respectively, I personally enjoy these quests for the stealth and fighting combo of missions.
How many hours can an average player put into the game, well depends on how a person plays. If they just want the Achievements, I would say about eight hours to do every quest line to get the achievements. For a role-player like me, well my record is over 50 hours on one guy. Iím not joking.
Disclosures: This game was obtained via Gamestop as my first Xbox 360 game and reviewed on the Xbox 360 Approximately 120 hours was devoted to single-player modes (completed at least 15 times) no multiplayer.
Parents: The game was rated T but changed to M as the graphics of zombies and crypts can be a bit intense, and the spider daedras and the fact the plants in the world of Oblivion can attack you, can be unnerving.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing: The game provides subtitles and the rumble feature will alert you if you are hit by an enemy.
My final thoughts on the game would have to be an almost perfect game. I feel some of the glitches, being audio or just the game can hold it back. The quests are fun, I can role-play my character to being just an assassin who uses nothing but a knife, and the landscape is so big that Iíve yet to visit every cave in the game.
My rating would have to be an 8.5/10
Compared to other role-playing games this isnít the best but it did get game of the year edition for a reason. Buy it as if you rent it you will not be able to get everything out of the game.
Iím Ten-K hope you see me in the future.