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quite simply, one of the best RPGs ever made,
This review is from: The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Game of the Year Edition (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
Oblivion was released in 2006. We're in 2010 now, with a slew of other great games that have followed suit, and only now have I given this game a real chance, after having bought it back in 2009, already three years late. I was somewhat put off by the game's characteristics at the time, namely the fact that there seemed to be about four voices for NPCs, some of which pretty bad; my refusal to use 1st person perspective made combat seem clunky; the game seemed to have no direction and focus; and after a spectacular failure in my first dungeon foray, I put it in the shelf. One year later, after being duly prodded by people who had enjoyed the game, I decided to give it another chance.
And boy, am I glad I did. Bethesda had crafted a thing of beauty, and I had gone in the wrong way about it. The limited voicesets were quickly offset when I realized that there is no unspoken dialogue line in the game, the 1st person perspective allowed me to really immerse myself in the game, and what I had perceived as a lack of focus was in fact an unprecedented freedom of crafting my own story within a story, which I set out do do with gusto from then on. The lovingly crafted cities, the vast customization options, the lush landscapes that have aged quite well in graphical terms, the fine details that almost make you feel part of that fantasy world, and let you know you've influenced an NPC or a city's life in some way without making you seem like the typical world-saving hero... all of that combines into a sublime RPG experience, which nobody should miss. And this from a guy who'd much rather play a party-based RPG, and who's playing the game four years after its release.
Do yourself a favor: Buy Oblivion, and play it, if you haven't done so. Or give it another chance, if, like me, you gave it a pass at first. You're extremely unlikely to regret it.
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Initial post: 18 Jul 2011 19:28:45 BDT
Rebecca Pitts says:
I was exactly the same. I got the game for Christmas years back, and could never quite get into it until now. I'm also the sort that loves a party-based RPG like Dragon Age: Origins (which in my opinion is the best game ever, so sorry for that Oblivion!) but after completing most of that I'm hooked on Oblivion.
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