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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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Score distribution:
  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: 21 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
  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. Expand
  2. Apr 7, 2016
    10
    I'll just go out and say that this expansion is the very best in the Elder Scrolls series. That is a big statement, I know, especially whenI'll just go out and say that this expansion is the very best in the Elder Scrolls series. That is a big statement, I know, especially when compared against Tribunal and Bloodmoon, but it is. If you don't like Oblivion because it is a lesser game than Morrowind (and rightfully so), then you should still play Oblivion just for Shivering Isles. This expansion redeems Oblivion and introduces the most brilliant story, writing and a colorful world full of memorable experiences in one package. This expansion does Sheogorath, one of the most misunderstood Daedric princes a whole lot of justice. It's his story, and a damn fine one that makes you love him over everything else (and he is supposed to be a "villian"). If only expansions of today were this good, the world of gaming would be such a marvelous place. A perfect example of the quintessential 'expansion pack'. Expand
  3. Jun 24, 2011
    10
    This expansion is amazing, it adds a whole new world to Oblivion that you can travel freely to and from and also has a good storyline. It isThis expansion is amazing, it adds a whole new world to Oblivion that you can travel freely to and from and also has a good storyline. It is very creative and fun to play, it adds new npcs, new quests, a new land, new dungeons and much more, Overall, it was worth every penny. Expand
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Oct 23, 2010
    8
    A good addon, a huge new set of quests added on top of an already epic game. This is a must get if you are a fan of the original game andA good addon, a huge new set of quests added on top of an already epic game. This is a must get if you are a fan of the original game and wanna get back to play it again. 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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