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8.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 78 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 72 out of 78
  2. Negative: 5 out of 78

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  1. 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 a little bit expensive compared to other add ons, this add on is worth every penny.
  2. Mar 6, 2012
    10
    The game itself was an 8 or 9, but the DLC was fantastic. Sheogorath is hilarious. It adds a whole new world to the game, similar to Point Lookout in Fallout 3. Interesting dichotomy of mania and dementia. Great main plot and if you desire side plots as well.
  3. Jul 1, 2012
    9
    The expansion pack was actually better than the full game a near to perfect a gaming experience this is a must add-on for Oblivion. Weird wonderful and totally bizarre the realm of the mad god.
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86

Generally favorable reviews - based on 45 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 45
  2. Negative: 0 out of 45
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  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]