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  • Summary: [Xbox Live Arcade] 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[Xbox Live Arcade] 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 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: 44 out of 45
  2. Negative: 0 out of 45
  1. 100
    If you had any question about getting this enormous expansion, my suggestion is do it. You shouldn't need any other reason, in fact, you should not even bother with reading reviews on it.
  2. Each game and each expansion is always just better than their last mind-blowing accomplishment, and here, the camera work and scene integration is the new star.
  3. It’s definitely a worthwhile Live Arcade download for Oblivion fans, rejuvenating it and giving your character some wonderful new tricks. Frankly, you’d have to be mad to miss it.
  4. Undoubtedly the expansion is better value on the PC, and you don’t have to worry about logging into Xbox Live in order just to play it, but both packages still represent good value at a solid 20-40 hours of additional gameplay.
  5. 85
    There needn’t be any hesitation to burn those points if you're still yearning for some more medieval madness, because the Shivering Isles adds even more incredible gameplay to an already stunning RPG formula.
  6. 83
    It respects a player's ability to make decisions, offers some useful armor sets and weapons, delivers up a vivid, more imaginative variation on the traditional high fantasy province of Cyrodiil, and will reinvigorate that addictive itch for exploration inspired by Oblivion.
  7. We expected to have our sanity challenged by talking dogs and barking women, not game breaking, data corrupting bugs. Still, those of you without corrupted save files might consider a trip to the land of madness – it is a strange and bemusing place, and at least it’s more Oblivion.

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  1. KrazN
    Mar 27, 2007
    10
    A great addition to Oblivion and the new psychedelic art style is sure to be a hit after all those grey castles.
  2. Sycruss
    Mar 27, 2007
    10
    There is no better expansion, on any game console better than this....Period.!!!! And if you played the game from when it came out and There is no better expansion, on any game console better than this....Period.!!!! And if you played the game from when it came out and explored every nook and cranny, then you may still be playing the original with some of the downloads. Add this, and you have the best Priced and playable-re playable, expanded RPG in history. Expand
  3. Andyman
    Mar 30, 2007
    10
    A massive, very well-crafted addition to the already outstanding Oblivion world. Its storyline is unforgettable, its characters equally so. A massive, very well-crafted addition to the already outstanding Oblivion world. Its storyline is unforgettable, its characters equally so. At $30, this expansion is a better value than half of the 360's retail library (I'm looking at you, Electronic Arts). If you like Oblivion at all, get this expansion NOW. Expand
  4. MattW.
    Apr 11, 2007
    10
    So I downloaded this expansion pack about 2 days ago, and CAN NOT stop playing it. It shows that they really put alot of time into this add So I downloaded this expansion pack about 2 days ago, and CAN NOT stop playing it. It shows that they really put alot of time into this add on. I have not completed it yet but I strongly suggest you give it a try if you like the regular game itself! Expand
  5. Jun 12, 2013
    10
    In my opinion, this is a great large add on. The world of the shivering isles is a beautiful land, with many hours of game play. Though aIn my opinion, this is a great large add on. The world of the shivering isles is a beautiful land, with many hours of game play. Though a little bit expensive compared to other add ons, this add on is worth every penny. Expand
  6. PaoloA.
    Mar 27, 2007
    10
    What can I say 'cept for one of the best games ever now has one of the best expansions ever. I just love how they plop the new realm What can I say 'cept for one of the best games ever now has one of the best expansions ever. I just love how they plop the new realm right into the middle of the game via the download. If you ask me, Oblivion can be a never-ending game with non-stop expansion packs...bring it Bethesda (I dare you)! The new creatures, weapons, missions and atmosphere breathes new life into what already was a creep fest of a game, I can't wait to go home and play some more! Expand
  7. NyteO.
    Mar 31, 2007
    8
    A welcome addition to the elder scroll world. The shivering isle is insane and beautiful at the same time. It brings some new hardware to A welcome addition to the elder scroll world. The shivering isle is insane and beautiful at the same time. It brings some new hardware to your already briming armoury. the creation of specific weapons and armour is a nice addition. strange exotic flora and fauna, puts you in awe. hell the world itself is beautiful as mentioned earlier. the negative side aspect is mapping of the npc feet to the floor. There's still a gap from time to time and running on certain gradient looks unnatural (jerky too). The 360 has been out for awhile now, why are developers still using too much lighting? Expand

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