| The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - PS3 |
The fourth title in the long running Elder Scrolls series is a pretty impressive game even taking into account its age. The world is vast and detailed with many hours of gameplay beyond the main quest and a never ending list of things to do.
Like all Elder Scrolls games the story begins with a prisoner who will go on to shape history and save the realm of Tamriel from destruction. From these humble beginnings the player is free to create any sort of character they wish and venture forth into the world to begin their journey.
The game is a marvel in too many ways to describe but the sheer size, detail and depth of the game's map will doubtlessly keep players busy just exploring the landscape and partaking in the many sidequests and activities. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion delivers an expansive and unique RPG experience like no other and deserves all the praise it gets. There are a few major flaws with it, however.
While the world itself is mostly stunning the actual character models of the NPCs are often weird and cartoonish looking. Most of their faces are decent, but there are a lot of characters with odd looks and colors that can easily break immersion. Another major flaw are the various glitches plaguing the game. Most are harmless and even humorous from time to time, but several nasty bugs in quests and the general programing can hinder or outright stop progress in its tracks.
The worst by far is the vampirism disease players can contract. In the PS3 version this condition is permanent and the quest to fix it impossible to complete as far as I know. Because of this players can easily lose hours of progress or be forced to alter their play style to conform with the permanent drawbacks and debuffs vampires have. The Xbox 360 version does have a working cure available though, so if you have a choice buy this game on that system. For this major issue alone I felt I had to reduce the overall score since a flaw on this scale is inexcusable.
That said, the vampirism disease is easy enough to cure and takes several days to progress which allows players plenty of time to get rid of it before it becomes permanent. Aside from that the rest of this game's flaws are fairly minor. There is also a distinct lack of sexism as I found through many hours of adventuring. The game is definitely worth picking up if you like action adventure games or RPGs and offers plenty of fun and replay value to keep you busy for a long time. If you see a copy on the shelves of your local Walmart or Best Buy I'd highly recommend giving it a try.
- Reviewed by MidnightUndead
Rating: M (Blood and gore, language, sexual themes, use of alcohol, violence)