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  1. Dec 7, 2011
    8
    A visually beautiful game. For me the game is bolstered by how enjoyable it is just to explore. Without that, it would be just a wellA visually beautiful game. For me the game is bolstered by how enjoyable it is just to explore. Without that, it would be just a well polished, but mediocre game. The main story is cliche and uninspired. The dialogue was TERRIBLY repetitive and rarely aroused any emotional reaction in me. I would rather have read interesting, variable, and interactive text than have listened to NPC's repeat voiceovers like that and have little choice in effecting their attitude towards me other than by killing or stealing or casting a spell. I couldn't have cared less about the characters. There aren't really any ethical dilemmas in the game. To kill or not to kill. To steal or not to steal. To accept a quest or not to accept a quest. That's about it. Also, just about every enemy stronghold is the exact same thing over an over again. You walk in, kill them, take their loot and leave without ever knowing who they were, why they were there, or why you wanted to kill them. This could be understood for, say, undead or ogre's but this is policy even for "human" bandits. You can't trade with them or speak to them. They just want to kill you because you are there. This feels very unnatural and drew me out of the game. There is also a dire lack of variability in enemy type and tactic. One of the things Oblivion's creators tried to sell the game on is it's massive amount of content. I would rather have had less, more interesting content. But again I say the heart of Oblivion is exploration and on this front alone the game stands as a wonderful achievement. Full Review »
  2. Mar 31, 2013
    8
    Oblivion is a very good game. Better than Skyrim in my opinion mainly because Oblivion's quests and leveling systems are better and peopleOblivion is a very good game. Better than Skyrim in my opinion mainly because Oblivion's quests and leveling systems are better and people actually care about what you do! The game is very vast and will suck you in for many hours. Worth the buy! Full Review »
  3. Nov 30, 2011
    10
    yes, the mechanics can be broken or boring, yes there are only like, 4 voice actors for over 1,000 NPC's, yes, the game map is only 20 minutesyes, the mechanics can be broken or boring, yes there are only like, 4 voice actors for over 1,000 NPC's, yes, the game map is only 20 minutes across if you run, (daggerfall was 2 weeks) yes, the gameplay mechanics are easily exploitable (alchemy) BUT GUESS WHAT. THE HUGE OPEN WORLD MAKES YOU FORGET ALL OF THAT. Full Review »