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  • Summary: Shivering Isles features more than 30 hours of new gameplay and allows you to explore an entirely new plane of Oblivion – the realm of Sheogorath, the Daedric Prince of Madness. Shivering Isles adds to the existing world of Oblivion so you can continue playing with your existing saveShivering Isles features more than 30 hours of new gameplay and allows you to explore an entirely new plane of Oblivion – the realm of Sheogorath, the Daedric Prince of Madness. Shivering Isles adds to the existing world of Oblivion so you can continue playing with your existing save game/character, or create an all new character just to explore the new content. Within the Realm of Sheogorath, players can explore the two extreme sides of the god's madness – the sublimely creative and the completely psychotic. Something is happening to the Shivering Isles and Sheogorath himself looks to you to be his champion and defend his realm and its inhabitants from destruction. Do you have the strength to survive his trials, tame a realm fraught with paranoia and despair, and wear the mantle of a God? The Shivering Isles features a bizarre landscape split between the two sides – Mania and Dementia-filled with vast, twisting dungeons mirroring the roots of the trees they are buried within. You'll encounter more than a dozen new creatures including hideous insects, Flesh Atronachs, skeletal Shambles, amphibious Grummites. Throughout your adventure, you will discover all new items, ingredients, spells, and more, and have the talented craftsmen of Crucible and Bliss forge new armor and weapons just for you. [Bethesda Softworks] Expand
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  1. Positive: 33 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. Shivering Isles is a bona fide masterpiece and the best that the Elder Scrolls series has to offer.
  2. The perfect expansion; it gives you the chance to be good and become Sheogorath's Champion but also lets you be periodically evil, killing and torturing, you can even be the Oblivion version of Frankenstein and create you own monster.
  3. As far as gameplay goes, Bethesda has delivered in just about every way. In fact, I think they've improved what Oblivion had to offer.
  4. From a shear hours-per-dollar perspective the expansion pack is more than worth it. For those who explored every nook and cranny of Oblivion and were somehow craving more, have at it – you doubtless will not be disappointed. For those, like me, who maybe had enough, more time on the all-you-can buffet line isn’t really a good thing.
  5. Bethesda Softworks wisely followed the “if it ain’t broke” axiom and left much of the core gameplay unchanged, opting instead to toss on oodles of new content and leaving no stone unturned as to how to make the game that much better.
  6. The game does ask the player to make choices, but they seem best decided by a coin toss, as there are no practical or moral reasons to choose a particular path. While a theme of duality runs through the game, it is more narrative conceit than game-play enhancement.
  7. I can't see anyone who enjoyed Oblivion enough to get through the main quest not buying this. There's lashings of new fighting and exploring, and it's more gorgeous than ever before.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 24
  2. Negative: 2 out of 24
  1. Oct 3, 2010
    10
    A perfect add-on for an already perfect game.I can't rate it 10 because it deserves 10+.It is just so cool the world the enemies the NPC's theA perfect add-on for an already perfect game.I can't rate it 10 because it deserves 10+.It is just so cool the world the enemies the NPC's the weapons everything is changed and is a change for better.And you can play with the character you already have in The elder scrolls 4Oblivion.Sweet. Collapse
  2. Aug 5, 2015
    10
    Best DLC for a game i've ever seen hands down!

    The world is amazing and very original, the story was Great and the voice acting superb!
    Best DLC for a game i've ever seen hands down!

    The world is amazing and very original, the story was Great and the voice acting superb!

    TBH I felt this was done better then the main game(and I loved the main game)
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  3. HarmL.
    Mar 29, 2007
    10
    The artwork is very well done and some very creative minds have been working on the conversations. A worthy sequel that adds a lot of fun to The artwork is very well done and some very creative minds have been working on the conversations. A worthy sequel that adds a lot of fun to the quality of Oblivion. Expand
  4. Sep 6, 2016
    9
    One of the best DLC´s of all time. Almost as good as Half Life: Opposing Force. I was gonna give 10 out of 10, but one stupid bugged questOne of the best DLC´s of all time. Almost as good as Half Life: Opposing Force. I was gonna give 10 out of 10, but one stupid bugged quest prevented me to finish the game and i had to go all over (around 15 hours) to get another try because of strange save system implemented in game (one save, second autosave, both already in bugged location in Melchar, where obelisk would not activate). But don´t get me wrong, this DLC is an absolute jewell in game history. Expand
  5. Aug 6, 2012
    9
    As far as DLC goes, Shivering Isles is a prime example of DLC done right. It is curious how Bethesda's horse armour was a great example of howAs far as DLC goes, Shivering Isles is a prime example of DLC done right. It is curious how Bethesda's horse armour was a great example of how NOT to do it, and SI is the opposite. Like with Bloodmoon, the pack offers an entire new island which, in my opinion, surpasses the original game in terms of environment design because everything in Oblivion looked exactly the ruddy same. The dialogue in TES games is never that good, but it seems to fit Oblivion's wacky setting; there is some genuinely funny dialogue and the contrast between the areas in the island are interesting. The quests are just as wacky as the setting and the characters seem more colourful than any other Elder Scroll since Morrowind. Bethesda may not see it, but they always seem to be at their best when they're being wacky: such as Morrowind, the 'Gary' vault in Fallout 3 or the drinking contest in Skyrim. So now that you've read this so called review, email Bethesda now and tell them to make TES VI more like Shivering Isles. Expand
  6. Feb 29, 2016
    8
    Shivering Isles is better than the standard game. There you go. Finally Bethesda managed to do immersive game with interesting charactersShivering Isles is better than the standard game. There you go. Finally Bethesda managed to do immersive game with interesting characters instead of those fade, flat as well as somewhat bothering background that makes you wanna explore a little more. Expand
  7. SteveP.
    Oct 11, 2008
    0
    Beware, the game secretly installs malware - SecuROM. It is likely to cause problems with your computer and is almost impossible to remove.

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