The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion: Game of the Year Edition - PC

Also known as: The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion: 5th Anniversary Edition

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Also for: PS3, Xbox 360
Viewed: 3D First-person / Third-person Genre:
Adventure: Role Playing
Media: DVD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Bethesda Soft. Co.: Bethesda
Publishers: 2K Games (GB)
Mastertronic (GB)
Released: 14 Dec 2012 (GB)
21 Sept 2007 (GB)
Ratings: BBFC 15

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Summary

One of the biggest hits of 2006, Oblivion, makes a late 2007 appearance in Game of the Year guise. Included in the GOTY edition are the Knights of the Nine and the Shivering Isles expansions, adding new and unique quests and content to the already massive world of Oblivion.

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion boasts one of the most richly detailed and vibrant game-worlds ever created and will doubtless appeal to anyone who has ever been a fan of RPGs. This game will convince even the most hard-hearted action-adventure or FPS fan that the RPG genre is very much alive and well and thriving. The next generation pixel-shader effects - designed especially for high definition televisions - create unprecedented visuals, including lifelike towns, dungeons, and the most realistic forests we've seen in a videogame.

Immersive is an overused word in the world of videogames, but it is the most apt one to describe this game. Oblivion combines a powerful combination of freeform gameplay and sublimely beautiful graphics. The game is immense - 200+ hours of gameplay is estimated for the average player! You can also play it at your own pace and in your own way.

You can get straight into unravelling the main quest or choose to explore the vast world and find your own challenges. The enormous world of Oblivion is open for you to explore at your own pace, and shorter challenges such as fighting bandits, mixing potions, creating magic items and persuading friends keep the challenges coming.

The storyline will be familiar to those who have played previous games in the series. After the mysterious and untimely death of the Emperor, the throne of Tamriel lies empty. With the Empire ready to crumble, the gates of Oblivion open and demons march upon the land, laying waste to everything in their path. To turn the tide of darkness, you must find the lost heir to the throne and unravel the sinister plot that threatens to destroy all of Tamriel.

You get to pretty much create and play almost any character you can imagine, from the sneaky wood elf thief to the noble warrior, via the sinister assassin and a wizened sorcerer. Oblivion also features over 1,000 non-player characters who come to life like never before with facial animations, lip-synching, and full speech. They even engage in unscripted conversations with each other and your character, of course.

The game also boasts an an all-new combat and magic system which brings first person role-playing to a new level of intensity where you feel every blow. The combat and magic systems are very intuitive too, and you will learn as you play. No need to get lost or confused by long, tedious tutorials with this game, which is great news for 'casual' RPGers.