Game Review - Oblivion

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A great game, but probably best for mature players.

Review originally from the Christ Centered Gamer.

The Emperor of Tamriel has been assassinated and his heirs have been killed as well. There is another illegitimate heir left that the assassins have not gotten to yet. Your job is to find him and help him restore his kingdom. To make matters worse there are Oblivion gates opening up and letting monsters into this world and they are destroying cities. These Oblivion gates must be closed and you have to find the source and defeat him. There are tons of side quests to complete along the way, so you’ll be a busy hero.

Game Play 19/20

Like many RPGs you must choose your race, class and weapon/magic/thieving specialty. There are birth signs you can align yourself with to give you a boost in stats or other special abilities. There are many attributes you can assign and specialize your character in. You can increase these attributes by using them, getting trained, or by reading certain books. The best way to get experience is to hunt or fight monsters. Like Morrowind, there are guilds to join and they have trainers who can train you at good prices. Many shop keepers and other NPC’s can train you as well.

Graphics 9/10

The graphics in this game are the best I have seen to date. I know several people who had to upgrade their computers to run this game smoothly. It’s worth it though. When you start the game and design your character it’s really in-depth. The design of the face is so thorough that if you put enough time into it, your character can look exactly like you. I spent about a half hour designing my character’s look. The world design is great. From the sky to the grass, the detail is great. The water reflections are amazing. Even in the Oblivion underworld it looks dark and gloomy. The weather changes in this game as well, again the graphics here shine. As pretty as the graphics are, there are some weird glitches. I have seen some horses in really weird positions, like through each other.

Sound 9/10

Just like Morrowind, the game’s music is great to listen to. It’s in MP3 format too! The voice acting is great and Patrick Stewart does the emperor’s voice acting. All dialogue is recorded which is cool, but on the downside that means that there is a lot of recycling due to DVD and hard drive space constraints. As it is, the game takes 5GB.

Controls 5/5

Like many RPG’s, Oblivion uses a keyboard and mouse to explore the world. There are many hot keys you can use and customize.

Stability 4/5

Although the game runs well on my system, it has crashed to my desktop a few times. Fortunately I save early and often. The auto-save feature is nice.

Appropriateness

There’s violence, and blood (but it can be disabled) when you’re slashing things with a weapon. There’s some swearing. There are nine gods in this world so I’m not sure if they’re blaspheming their gods or our God! Magic is used heavily. There are some sexual references, and some characters tend to sleep in their underwear, I have noticed this with female characters. Finally, I was happy to see no occult symbols in this game but there is an occult type religion/worship.

Longevity

Although this game is single player, you will definitely get your money’s worth. With all the quests and guilds you can spend over one hundred hours easily. There are official plug-ins but they are not free like the Morrowind ones were. They cost US$2.50 or less. As with many good games, Oblivion has a strong community and there are tons of free mods made by the gamers. Be careful there are some “mature” mods out there as well.

Final Thoughts

Although I have not completed the main storyline quest yet, I have clocked in many hours playing this game. I’ll be the first to admit that it’s fun and addictive but it does have quite a laundry list of appropriateness issues. I recommend this game for mature players only.


 

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