Generally favorable reviews - based on 45 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 45
  2. Negative: 0 out of 45
  1. While it is pricey, the new world you get to explore adds more RPG gaming goodness and enough quests to make this yet another juicy chapter in this already lengthy epic.
  2. Luckily, its captivating characters are far from the only things that SI offers.
  3. With that said, it should come as no surprise to hear Shivering Isles is a bonafide masterpiece and the best the Elder Scrolls series has to offer. [Apr 2007, p.94]
  4. 90
    Although Oblivion's playability hasn't been improved, Shivering Isles storytelling and artistry simply soar beyond anything else the Elder Scrolls team has done.
  5. 90
    It delivers more of what made Oblivion great: creative quests, a huge land to explore, and tons of things to do there, making this expansion is a solid purchase for anyone who was a fan of the core game.
  6. Shivering Isles is like Oblivion unleashed and on some kind of psychedelic steroid. While the gameplay remains the same, the artists and level designers kicked things up quite a few notches.
  7. Got Oblivion? You'd be as mad as a mouse with a rucksack-ful of catnip not to get this. [May 2007, p.74]
  8. This 15-30 hours of gameplay is a must-play for anyone, even if you didn't finish the main game.
  9. 100
    Shivering Isles not only lives up to but actually surpasses Oblivion in many respects. It has everything that made the original so fantastic and then some. Depending on how you play, you'll be in the Isles for a good thirty hours and I recommend milking that for all you can.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Shivering Isles is an excellent addition to the Oblivion world, and it isn't just a small set of quests or a building that you can use during your travels. It is a fully realized realm for you to adventure in, with a story all of its own.
  14. While this expansion doesn’t really offer much in the way of new gameplay, it features some memorable quests and characters.
  15. 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.
  16. With expansive lands and quests, the Shivering Isles brings forth a landscape that adds further dimension to the already impressive world of Oblivion. Players can find much sadistic joy in going mad.
  17. An entirely new land to explore AND some of the most original environments in an Elder Scrolls game? Yes, please.
  18. 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.
  19. Stepping through that portal near Bravil will reignite your passion of Oblivion, and remind you why you’ve loved the game originally.
  20. While the 2400 MS point price is a bit on the high side, the content manages to provide more swashbuckling, looting and questing for those who couldn’t get enough from the retail release.
  21. You're definitely in for a good 30 hours of questing here, which is significantly more than most games at full retail can claim. In actual fact, The Shivering Isles is so beautifully executed that you'll fall in love with the game all over again, and that's gotta be priceless.
  22. With this much new content, I don’t see why anyone would want to blaze through it. There’s so much to see and do in this oddly wonderful world.
  23. Fans of the base game will discover plenty of new features and surprises in an experience that tops some of the best moments from the original. [Issue 24, p.58]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 74 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Andyman
    Mar 30, 2007
    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. Full Review »
  2. PaoloA.
    Mar 27, 2007
    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! Full Review »
  3. Jun 12, 2013
    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 a little bit expensive compared to other add ons, this add on is worth every penny. Full Review »