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The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Xbox 360)

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User Reviews

Clear your calendar... John Marquart (3) 4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars
Great game for the xbox 360... just don't "over" play it ( 6-10 hours are fine ... just don't go overboard) Todd Bello (32) 4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars
Greatest game on the consoles lord of daedra (63) 4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars
You will play for hours. Say goodbye to the girl. Lord Dayin (11) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

Our Users Say

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Overall MobyScore (56 votes) 4.0


The Press Says

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UOL Jogos
"The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion" é, em todos os sentidos, um grande jogo. Além de trazer uma liberdade imensa, não deixa o jogador perdido como costuma acontecer nesses casos. A quantidade de conteúdo é absurda, mas são tão variados que é difícil se cansar, mas isso pode acontecer eventualmente, principalmente num título com mais de 200 horas. E, como se não bastasse, possui uma mecânica que daria muita inveja para vários jogos de ação e de adventure. Enfim, os fãs de RPG terão um prato mais que cheio, mas mesmo quem teve pouca oportunidade poderá conferir afinal o que é um RPG de verdade. Ou quase.
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UGO (UnderGroundOnline)
Of course, you'll still have to hike on out to the more remote spots in the wilderness, but since you can buy or even steal a horse to make those trips go quicker, the time spent traveling to a new location is shortened. The game's major cities will be instantly available to all players at once via a fast travel option on the big map, where you can click on a location automatically travel there without having to wait. Additionally, you'll be able to uncover many more fast travel locations on the map, like ruins, smaller towns and villages, and other highlights, by discovering them yourself.
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Bordersdown
Due to the diversity and individuality presented to the player in the game, it's not possible to adequately explain just how involving and rewarding the experience of Oblivion is, or put over the immense scope of the living, breathing world on offer. Bethesda richly deserves incredible success in producing something so captivating; no doubt at year end the awards will be rolling in. The massive, open-ended and complex nature of choices set before the player offer millions of permutations. Everyone's game will be different, as will the stories told for weeks, months, perhaps even years to come.
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Boomtown
Here we have a game that is intelligent and uncompromising yet wonderfully easy to get involved with and enjoy. Yes there are problems with the levelling system, without these issues we’d be in danger of this actually being the proverbial perfect game. Perfection or not, Bethesda has created a milestone in gaming with Oblivion, a free-form adventure of such a high quality that I cannot do anything but offer our highest score. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is not perfect, but it’s the best game in town, avoid it at your peril.
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Game industry News (GiN)
In the last month alone, we have experienced many titles that show off the power of the Xbox 360. Fight Night Round 3 centered on its lifelike boxers and amazing skin physics, and Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter was the first game to truly be next gen, but Oblivion takes the term “next gen” to a whole new level. I may have just liked Morrowind when I played it on the original Xbox, but I love Oblivion!
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Jive Magazine
Ultimately, Oblivion is very enjoyable on either Xbox 360 or on PC. The Xbox 360 has some unlockable content available to gamers who must do absolutely every quest available, while the PC version has a downloadable content creator which will extend the replayability. The most impressive thing about Oblivion is how it appeals to every aspect of the RPG genre with a quality that no other RPG has ever done. Whether you’re looking for fast paced combat, an in depth story line, colorful dialog, a completely open-ended questing system, or simply beautiful jaw dropping graphics you will find something you absolutely love to do in Oblivion.
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Console Obsession
But the odd bug and slightly suspect inventory system does little to deter at what is a masterstroke in game design. Oblivion is perhaps the best reason yet to invest in Microsoft’s new powerhouse and is also a potential game of the year candidate.
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Yahoo! Games
In short, there's very little not to like about it. Some of the graphical choices rub us the wrong way. Sure, it's essentially a polished version of Morrowind with a better graphics engine and a different plot. But the painstaking attention to detail, outstanding worldcrafting, and inspired AI make it a huge improvement; and there wasn't all that much wrong with Morrowind to begin with. Oblivion is a stunning game -- don't miss it.
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EmpireOnline.com
An experience limited only by your imagination, Oblivion is a genuinely stunning piece of software and a quest that significantly raises the bar for future role-players.
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Just Adventure
My hope for Elder Scrolls V (the sales of Oblivion pretty much guarantee it'll happen) is that it returns to the strangeness and vastness of Morrowind with the Fast Travel feature, livelier NPCs, better interface and tightened quest structure of Oblivion. But don't get me wrong. These complaints are minor in the face of Oblivion's spectacular virtues. My hats are off to Bethesda and 2K games for taking what they've learned in previous iterations of this sturdy series and moving the franchise forward in a huge way. Oblivion is a blast to play, and it's a considerable achievement in the annals of electronic role-playing games.
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GamesFirst!
Make no mistake; Oblivion is simply a 5-star game. Even with some minor problems the game never begins to mislead you. It's big, it's epic, and it's one of the most addicting games I've ever played, ever. Problems never surmount the gameplay and the framerate never drops too low. I mean, have I mentioned how big the game is? The fact that everything you ever do in the game (bodies never disappear, swords stay, people remember you) is kept track of forever is a testament to the hugeness of Oblivion.
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Game Chronicles
If you love adventure, if you love role-playing, or if you just want to experience a new way of life, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is a fresh take on an established genre, yet one we seldom see on console systems. The Xbox 360 is more than powerful enough to deliver this landmark achievement in game design, and the word is just out that the PS3 will be getting its own version of Oblivion. So whether you are a PC gamer, Xbox 360 gamer, or even a potential PS3 gamer, you have no excuse not to partake in one of the ultimate RPG’s of our lifetime. It is an experience you won’t soon forget and possibly one that might never end.
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EL33TONLINE
Sitting back and looking at what they have accomplished, there isn’t much I can say to fault this game. The good vastly overshadows what little bad there is. I must say though, it would have been awesome to get the chance to slay a dragon or any other gigantic, lizard-like, fire-breathing monster. Note to Bethesda - Please include more epic, giant-sized, screen-filling monsters in The Elder Scrolls V.
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G4 TV: X-Play
For those used to linear, Japanese-style role-playing games, Oblivion will seem like a revelation. All the games in this series have been known for their sheer vastness and freedom of choice, but the Elder Scrolls IV takes that concept and runs with it. This is a huge, gorgeous, and playable adventure that is sure to cause players to happily lose track of hours, days, and possibly weeks or months.
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Extreme Gamer
This is the big one; The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion has to be the most anticipated title to come out for the Xbox 360 so far. It's the biggest RPG this side of Final Fantasy and no one besides Bethesda can give deliver the goods. Oblivion is one huge free roaming adventure set in a huge mystical land that is sure to provide the gamer with some classic gaming moments. Oblivion has arrived and here is our battled review of The Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion.
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Games Radar
Remember that episode of The Simpsons where Homer goes to hell and is sentenced to eat donuts for eternity, only to find that all of the Krispy Kremes in the fiery abyss cannot quell his unending hankering for the fried doughy treats? Well it won't be long after you start playing The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion before you're just like the animated éclair-scarfer, except you'll be in hell fighting monsters and it'll be your penchant for adventuring and treasure hunting that'll be insatiable.
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Eurogamer.net (UK)
The overwhelming thing about Oblivion isn't knowing where to start, but when to stop. It's an adventure game in the purest sense of the word in its effortless capacity to give the player a seemingly infinite wealth of possibilities - full of intrigue, excitement, risk, reward and this continual sense of the unknown.
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Thunderbolt Games
Wearing rag-a-muffin clothes, with bones scattered across the floor and a bearded, toothless prisoner across the way taunting you with how he’ll look after your wife and daughter when he’s released, you’re stuck in cell and left to rot. A shocking and abrupt welcome to The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion.
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Wonderwallweb.com
There is simply SO much to do here that it’s difficult to put it all down into words without going on for pages and pages, or spoiling magic moments. Explore dungeons and search for treasure, join a guild and work your way up through the ranks. Assist the heir to the throne and take down the Oblivion gates to become a hero, search out the fabled vampires of the forests, enter into the arena of the capital city and become a champion, take up the challenge of becoming a skilled thief with a huge bounty on your head and massive riches to your name. Seek out mythical Elvin ruins and uncover their dark secrets, hunt deer for meat in the forest, or simply spend time picking all manner of herbs in and around the world to create powerful potions - truly becoming a supreme alchemist. The list really does go on and on here. Oblivion starts out as a game, but evolves into something much more. It becomes your very own customized personal adventure.
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Gamers' Temple, The
Oblivion is a game that will appeal to both action gamers and RPG fans, and make both groups quite happy to spend a lot of time with the game. It’s one of those rare games that is more of an experience than just a game and you’ll love being long for the ride.
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GamingExcellence
As great as Morrowind was (and it was difficult to imagine better), Oblivion is a game that does everything ten times better. It also makes playing any other game out there seem trivial. Oblivion is not just a game, it’s an experience. And where most games feature a good first level or a cool end-boss, Oblivion’s strength lies in its scope and its consistency. There has never been a game created that was so detailed or so realistic and it gives me such hope in the videogame industry when I play a title made with such integrity and care. Oblivion is without question the greatest video game I have ever played or reviewed and it’s also an experience unlike any I have ever had. The best part however, is knowing that Bethesda will eventually, much like Morrowind, make it even better.
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Xbox2news.com
In the end, Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is a great choice for Xbox 360 gamers. There are some minor issues that will hamper the gameplay slightly but don't let that push you away that much. The game doesn't really invent anything new for the genre but the important thing is that it's a great experience and worth playing. The game does at least show that next-gen games are looking promising.
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Worth Playing
Oblivion not only raises the bar in the visual and audio modules but also in the gameplay and presentation department, making it easily one of the most recommendable titles to anyone who has ever enjoyed the thought of truly doing whatever they want in a video game, in a world where actions actually mean something. Besides, admit it – you've always wanted to throw down and get into a boxing match with a barnyard animal. Just be sure to block and parry their horns and punch when there's an opening; those horns can be pointy to the unarmored adventurer.
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PGNx Media
There are some games that are tough to rate because they may do very limited things very well, or do a lot of things rather well. Oblivion does a lot of things extremely well, and everything else very well. It’s hard to find anything to complain about here. The main quest, side quests, townspeople, graphics, open-endedness, etc combine to make one of the best videogames available on any console. The game lets you do whatever you want, since a reload is only a few button clicks away. And that freedom is something very few games can actually deliver.
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Mygamer.com
All of the above mentioned properties allows me come to this conclusion – Oblivion is a game that does so much to draw the player into its world, that it’s far more addictive than the vast majority of MMORPGs out there. Many MMORPGs promise to create a world that once you enter, you may want to leave the real world behind; Oblivion brilliantly succeeds in such a promise, and it’s not even an online game. This is proof positive that an RPG doesn’t need monthly fees to be good. However, for being such a great game, Oblivion lends itself to addiction, so only play it if you truly have the time to spare. Be sure not to forget about your real life once you get your hands on this game – you have been warned.
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Cheat Code Central
Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion sets a new standard in RPGs. There isn't a lot of difference between the PC and 360 version. Just make sure your PC is loaded or you won't enjoy the same crisp, graphic resolution. There is so much to do in this game and the interactivity of the AI makes it seem like a massive online multi-player experience. Expect months of fun and adventure.
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Armchair Empire, The
I’m very happy that these guys have made tons of dough off of Oblivion, because I still haven’t handed that Amulet over, and I already can‘t wait to see what the series has in store next. It’s become so rare to see a studio with a real hit franchise on their hands that doesn’t just sit down and milk it as a cash cow. These guys have a bigger stake though, because in many ways, they’re now bearing the burden of moving an entire genre forward.
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Next Level Gaming
With so much going into this game, I am truly impressed in the way it all came together. If you are an RPG fan then you should defiantly get this title. If you are new to the genre then this is one you should defiantly check out. If you have not enjoyed other RPG’s in the past, I would still recommend you at least rent this game and give it a shot. This is what gaming is all about. I know that I am a true fan, this is one of the highest scores I have ever given any game on any system.
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Game Vortex
Like Morrowind, 90% of Oblivion is based on how much you put into it. If approached as a story-driven RPG, you'll still find an enjoyable experience, though you won't even begin to see everything it has to offer. If taken as a broader experience, you can easily find yourself immersed in the game for a long, long time.
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DarkZero
If you loved Morrowind, you will probably want to have Oblivion’s babies! If you thought Morrowind had a few problems, Bethesda has fixed many of the big complaints they got from fans of the series (partially some of the clunkiness of the fighting system). There is nothing else quite like this on store shelves right now (and there probably won’t be till Elder Scrolls V).Oblivion is the best game available to play on your Xbox360 and will remain so until long after the day the console goes out of production. This is how gaming should be; Oblivion is nigh on perfection. A true evolution of the RPG genre.
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Gaming Target
What else can be said? This game is overwhelming and overachieving in so many ways that Bethesda needs to take a bow. Oblivion came at the right time for the Xbox 360 and it will certainly keep many people occupied (especially with the release of downloadable content) for a good while to come.
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GameZone
Even though I have played this game for many hours; I honestly believe that I have barely scratched the surface on what this game has to offer. There are just so many different things to do in Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion it is amazing. If you see this game in stores and you own an Xbox 360 you owe it to yourself to go pick up a copy of this game. You will not regret it for a second!
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MyGames
Ao mesmo tempo, o Inferno está a invadir o nosso país, através de portões chamados Oblivion Gates e é esta invasão que dá mote à demanda principal de Oblivion, prometendo cerca de quarenta hora de jogo para ser terminada. No vosso caminho vão encontrar muita intriga monárquica, assassinatos, monstros e magia, todos os elementos clássicos de um RPG.
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games xtreme
Roleplaying games are fairly popular on consoles, the PS2 for instance is stuffed to the brim with various RPGs, while the Xbox and Gamecube have their fair share. But these RPGs are usually fairly small, have a definite linear story and don’t really allow for much freedom of choice.
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XBox Evolved
I have waited quite a long time for Oblivion, and I knew it was going to be good, but when I first stepped out of the sewer in the beginning of my journey, it only then began to seep in. I turned, and began walking across a bridge, turned to my right and saw majestic mountains, sparkling water reflecting photo-realistic vegetation, and a beautiful sunset, that you would have sworn was real. I then realized that I could travel to the top of those mountains, which seemed to be dozens of miles in the distance. Then finally realized the game that I had dreamt of for years had finally arrived.
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Gamer 2.0
All of this being said, it’s enough to note that The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is not just the best 360 game yet, but one of the best games you can buy right now or have been able to buy in quite some time. This is a game that falls in lines of quality with titles like The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Final Fantasy VII, or even the original Super Mario Bros. for that matter. Oblivion is a first-rate game that will define this generation's RPGs for some time to come. The standard has been set, and it’s been set ridiculously high. Whether it’s the fantastic production values or its nearly flawless gameplay mechanics, we couldn’t be happier with Oblivion. It’s a game that is well worth the purchase of an Xbox 360 or the upgrades needed for your PC. The only people who are at loss here are the people who don’t get to play this masterpiece.
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GamingIllustrated.com
Overall, Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion comes highly recommended for purchase, is a showcase title for XBox 360, and wins and Editor's Choice award for quality in a video game. Between the amazing graphics, interactive and deep sound, and all the richness of a finely stitched story is a game that brings a lot of fun to gamers.
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Video Games Daily
Oblivion is possibly the most epic game ever created. Bethesda took next-gen to new heights with this title and were it not for some glitches and a few minor problems, this game would be perfect.
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TalkXbox
If you own an Xbox 360, and the Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is not in your collection yet, immediately stop reading and run to your nearest retailer and pick this one up. Its gameplay, graphics, and auditory value are all off the chain. In addition, its replayability will provide hundreds of hours of wholesome fun. My only personal complaint is this: due to the immense worlds, obscene amounts of terrain, and overall hugeness of this software, I found myself becoming nauseated and oftentimes lightheaded and dizzy. You’ve been warned.
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Game Freaks 365
The only complaint I have with Bethesda's masterpiece is that I've lost hours of life that could have been spent elsewhere, but that's not a bad thing. Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is an early candidate for Game of the Year, and I for one think it'll make that mark. It's the perfect RPG, filled with hundreds of quests, leveling-up, an interesting and exciting battle system, beautiful graphics, and a fantastic soundtrack. Xbox 360 owners have really been treated in the last two months, with releases like Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter, Fight Night Round 3, and now this monster. Downloadable extras in the future are the only thing that would make this game better (hint hint, Bethesda) and until then, I'll continue to ignore life's essentials for the life I live in Tamriel.
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GameSpot
This is a rare and remarkable achievement--a huge, open-ended, complex, detailed role-playing game that's fun to play and a pleasure to behold. Oblivion not only delivers everything that earned the Elder Scrolls series the devoted loyalty of a huge following of fans, but also significantly improves on the weaknesses of its 2002 predecessor, Morrowind. Morrowind earned recognition for being one of the best role-playing games in years, but the immersive and long-lasting experience it provided wasn't for everyone. Oblivion is hands-down better, so much so that even those who'd normally have no interest in a role-playing game should find it hard to resist getting swept up in this big, beautiful, meticulously crafted world.
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XboxFrance
Fort d'un univers immense regorgeant de surprises et de secrets, The Elder Scrolls IV : Oblivion parvient sans mal à capter l'attention du joueur et à la conserver durant des dizaines d'heures sans que celui-ci ne s'ennuie jamais. Il faut dire que le nombre de quêtes est hallucinant, et que leur quantité n'a d'égale que leur variété. En outre, cette aventure passionnante est servie par une réalisation magnifique et l'on ne se lasse pas de déambuler sur les chemins de Cyrodiil à toute heure de la journée. Un jeu d'exception qui se doit de figurer dans la ludothèque de tout possesseur de Xbox 360 !
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Planet Xbox 360
But I won’t let that take away from the overall grand experience this game provides. I can definitely see myself coming back to this game every week or two for another year or so. I keep discovering something new every time I play and that feeling of not seeing the whole thing is killing me.
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Game Over Online
Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion takes everything that was great about its predecessors and improves upon it while delivering its own brand of RPG style and substance on a new console with all the power and beauty you would expect. Although it may be a bit early in the console’s life cycle to be absolutely sure, it’s a safe bet to say that Oblivion will go down as one of the Xbox 360’s finest RPGs, and perhaps one of it’s finest games overall.
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FileFactory Games / Gameworld Network
A monster of an RPG that raises the bar for all future console epics; "Live another life, in another world" says it all.
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XboxZone (Australia)
This game is not Morrowind with nice graphics, it is so much more than that. In addition, there is an option for download content which has already been confirmed, which means that there will be additional quests to undertake, so you can add more gaming hours to the initial 200. There is no one thing that makes Oblivion such a joy to pick up and play, it’s lots of things that blend well together to make a unique and immersive gaming experience. Oblivion just oozes atmosphere, and you can’t help but be drawn into the world of Tamriel like a diabetic fly into a giant pot of strawberry jam. The latest version of Elder Scrolls further redefines the very nature of the RPG genre, making it less about stat calculations, and more about the overall gaming experience. This will mean that a lot of gamers are going to up residence in Tamriel. Oh well, there goes the neighbourhood!
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GamersMark
What is the bottom line here? This game will sell systems. It will please die-hard fans of the series to no end. It is better than all existing 360 games, at the time of writing, save for Geometry Wars. It has been made more accessible so that anyone can take a stab at it. It isn’t perfect; it doesn’t do anything revolutionary in the world of gaming, but if you have a 360 or an up-to-date barge, go purchase this game. If you’re a fan of adventure, action, RPG’s, or even just great games in general, Oblivion is great fun and certainly worth a shot.
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MS Xbox World
Oblivion tends to suck you in and more often than not, time in the real world seems to pass unnoticed. If you’re a casual gamer then yes Oblivion might be a little overwhelming at first and perhaps you might not wish to get into the deeper aspects of the game. However I think any gamer worth his or her salt will truly appreciate the love and effort that has been put into the game. RPG fans looking for a true next generation experience can rejoice as Oblivion certainly fills the void that has been present since the launch of the Xbox 360. I think the safest thing to say is for casual players to rent the game first and spend several hours getting to grips with how things play out and if you like then buy. For RPG fans then this is definitely a must buy as games of this scale and quality don’t come around too often.
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Da Gameboyz
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is the best of 2006 and is likely the best game released in the last decade. The game isn't without flaws, but they are so minor they lose themselves within the sixteen square miles of Cyrodiil and right into the gates of Oblivion. You'd be sinning not to give this game a chance. Come, enter the gates of Oblivion.
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ZTGameDomain
There is no doubt in my mind that The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion is the best title on the 360, and that it is the most groundbreaking title in its genre to come down the pipe in a while. With its enormous amount of quests, the beautifully expansive environment, and a degree of subtlety that most games don’t even dream of, Bethesda has created a gaming masterpiece that will be hard to knock off come Game of the Year voting. But hey, why are you still reading this? If you already have the game, get back to it. If you don’t, go get it. Right now, I’ve gotta go. Those Oblivion gates aren’t gonna close themselves.
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TeamXbox
The technological shortcoming (most notably, the issues with framerate and abundant loading times) are an annoyance, but don’t bog things down to an unplayable state. With a world this big, the amount of choices and the sheer number of items to interact with, we can live with some slowdown here and there. So, as the biggest release of 2006 thus far, is it a potential Game of the Year candidate? Absolutely. For the time being, however, Oblivion will have to settle as being the quintessential RPG for the Xbox 360.
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Deeko
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is another fantastic step forward in Bethesda's evolution of the RPG. This game provides you a beautiful world with a rich history to immerse yourself into. There is never a shortage of things to do and every task can be carried out at your own pace. Although there are some graphical issues, it's still beautiful to look at and a good example of what the 360 is capable of. If you're a casual RPG player, you may or may not be intimidated by what Oblivion is capable of, but I promise you it's worth it. It's arguably the best 360 game out there and the most addicting RPG experience outside of an MMO. Bethesda undoubtedly has more awards and accolades heading their way this year.
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Meristation
Sin duda, Oblivion es una compra obligada para cualquiera, sea seguidor del género o no, por la forma de abordar el término “libertad de acción” de forma nunca vista hasta el momento y por ser de los primeros juegos que muestren el verdadero potencial técnico de la nueva generación, tanto en términos gráficos y sonoros como jugables -la Radiant AI es prueba de ello-.
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Vandal Online
Una gran inversión que vale más de lo que cuesta, y probablemente el primer juego de “nueva generación” que lo es también fuera del apartado técnico.
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Video Game Generation
Sure there are some bugs, and the load times are a pain, but on the whole The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is a perfect illustration of what’s possible in this “next generation” of consoles. Without reservation, I can say that this is a must-buy for any Xbox 360 owner.
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VicioJuegos.com
No está exento de fallos, como las ralentizaciones provocadas por las cargas de zonas, ciertas animaciones, su traducción de escasa calidad o sus cuelgues ocasionales. Pero todos estos defectos no son más que testimoniales, ya que ninguno de ellos eclipsa la grandeza de todo lo demás.
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Inside Hotwire 3D
From a graphical standpoint, the game is impressive and very realistic looking. It could pass as the most realistic forest simulator that runs well at this time. Oblivion makes full use of the HDR lighting effects, but only if you have a system powerful enough that can process it. The game has a full night-day system, and an incredibly detailed weather structures. It’s so vivid that you can feel every group of leaves sways left and right according to the wind while it's raining.. Not trailing behind the graphics is the audio. Oblivion supports surround sound systems, and adjusts accordingly. The sound effects are nicely depicted, and the voiceover work is lifelike and not boring like so many other titles of this type. The music is well scored and is done by Jeremy Soule of Guild Wars and Dungeon Siege II fame. Oblivion is a gem, despite its overlookable flaws. It’s a game shooter and RPG fans alike will fall in love with.
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Gamezine
Bethesda software a réussi son pari avec brio ! Oblivion est un dépaysement total. Et quel délice de se perdre dans la province de Cyrodiil qui resplendit de beauté. Le jeu offre tellement de possibilité qu'on est obligés de trouver son bonheur. Bien sûr, sans les quelques bugs et avec une IA des PNJ supérieure, le jeu en serait meilleur. Mais depuis combien de temps un jeu ne nous avait pas scotché plus d'une centaine d'heures sans nous ennuyer. Oblivion est perfectible mais il reste clairement un chef d'oeuvre. Le jeu est indispensable sur Xbox 360 ! Ne pas l'acheter est condamnable par la loi !
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Official XBox Magazine
Oblivion raises the bar so high that most RPGs would be (and have been) satisfied with a fraction of what’s here. After 44 hours with Oblivion, what higher compliment can we pay it than to say we can’t wait to play it again, create a new character with an entirely different skill set, and visit every nook and cranny there is to see in Tamriel? So take heed when staring at Oblivion on a store shelf: Your $60 will go farther than it ever has, but prepare to get hooked for the long haul.
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DreamStation.cc
There are hundreds of hours of gameplay in Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion just waiting to be played. Hundreds of sub-quests, a long main quest, guild quest lines, and leveling up have the potential to dominate your life. The depth of the game is incredible, and it is currently one of the most beautiful games on the Xbox 360. Downloadable content being added ever since release is also a plus.
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Game Informer Magazine
Trying to sum up all of the possibilities and highlights of Oblivion in one page is like summarizing The Lord of the Rings in a single sentence; it’s possible to convey a general idea, but the real joy lies in the minute details. Breaking and entering and stealing. Saving (not killing!) the rats in an old woman’s basement. Desperately seeking a cure for vampirism. Once you start unearthing these tasks, brace yourself for the long haul. Providing you don’t mind blazing your own trail, the content in Oblivion just keeps on coming, and it never gives you any reason to stop playing
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Xbox360Achievements
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is simply the most comprehensive game and experience on the Xbox 360 to date. While a few other games on the system might do one or two things as good or slightly better than Oblivion, none of them come close to overwhelming experience that is Oblivion. Simply put, it is the one Xbox 360 game that everyone should own.
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Fragland.net
On top it's just a top game, a milestone in the still young history of the Xbox360 and without a doubt an equally big accomplishment for PC gamers. With Oblivion we're again a step closer to the ultimate RPG, but we're not quite there yet!
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Just RPG
I’ll admit, I had more fun playing Oblivion than I’ve had with any game for quite a while. Traveling across the Kingdom, visiting strange new places, slaughtering the entire population of the occasional village, contracting vampirism… it was surely an entertaining experience. Every game has its flaws and Oblivion is no exception to the rule. However, it's a game that I found enjoyable enough that the flaws were easily overshadowed. If you’re a fan of the series then it’s a no brainer that you should pick this game up. If you haven’t yet experienced the Elder Scrolls series, this is a great place to start!
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Lawrence
Other than those minor quibbles, Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is the defining RPG for the Xbox 360. If you have a 360 and even a remote interest in RPGs, you simply must play Oblivion. Between the engaging combat and the sheer size and scope of the game, players will be ensnared by its charm and beauty for weeks, if not months. Oblivion is one of the best RPGs to come out in years on any system, and one that will definitely have gamers enthralled for quite a while.
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Jolt (UK)
Coming back to the question of what Oblivion is: Oblivion is a refreshing, immersive, massive, satisfying and hugely impressive game. It’s a game that will appeal to a lot of people (to varying degrees), although admittedly not to everyone, and no two experiences will be the same for different people. Oblivion is much more an immersive experience than a game, but both the presentation and the gameplay have come a long way since Morrowind. Best of all, it’s a game that both PC gamers and console gamers can agree on. In fact, not only is this a game worth buying for your Xbox 360 or PC, it’s a game worth buying an Xbox 360 or upgrading your PC for.
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Play.tm
Yet, in terms of overall scope and ambition, the above quibbles are little more than extremely forgivable moments of distraction in an otherwise superior gaming package. Yes, Oblivion walks the same beaten path pounded flat by so many other RPGs before it; yet its contributing elements - of which only the Radiant A.I. emerges as innovative - should not be analysed or appreciated singularly in terms of arbitrary pluses and minuses. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion excels in almost every department but emerges as absolutely more than the sum of its parts. When viewed as a complete creation, the RPG genre can offer little else to compare; the console market has never known such deeply involving and open-ended imagination; and there's certainly nothing on the Xbox 360 that better deserves the 'killer app' motif to-date.
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Daily Game
If Oblivion is your style of game, it doesn't get any better than this.
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Kombo.com
To truly expand on everything Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion would be to write a massive tome of information. Want proof? Check out how massive Prima’s strategy guide is. The game is just too big to elaborate on in its entirety, and this is a game that really has to be experienced, not just read about. Want to know what to expect? You can expect a massive game that is very open. There is a main story, but you are not forced or coerced in any way to complete it. The combat you encounter is fun and fresh and there is a wealth of enemies you will stumble upon. The citys and towns are lively and there is always something to see, someone to help, or a quest to complete. You can even purchase a house in the city if you wanted to always have a home to return to. The graphics are amazing, but you will definitely notice some slowdown. The draw distance isn’t spectacular, but the details and textures up close and personal are excellent.
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Gamers.at
Als damals im Jahre 2002 The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind erschien, waren die Fans hellauf begeistert. Eine prachtvolle Präsentation und eine gigantische, komplexe Welt zogen viele Rollenspiel-Fans in ihren Bann und liessen sie für eine lange Zeit nicht mehr los. Selbst mein Kollege, der damals das Vergnügen hatte sich durch die Gefilde Morrowinds zu kämpfen, beschrieb das Spiel mit „nahezu perfekt“.
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XBox Front
Kaum ein Rollenspiel wurde in der letzten Zeit so herbeigesehnt und diskutiert wie The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. Auch in unserem Forum gab es endlose Diskussionen und das Warten wurde immer schwerer. Nach einigen Verschiebungen ist die finale, komplett lokalisierte Version erschienen und wir ließen uns unser Schwert reichen, um Tamriel zu befreien. Kommt mit uns und erfahrt, ob Bethesda gute Arbeit geleistet hat.
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IGN
How much free time do you have? It's a legitimate question if you're considering Bethesda's epic The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, as it's likely to engulf whatever tidbits of unoccupied hours permeate your life. It might even start chipping away your daily responsibilities. With over 200 hours of gameplay, Oblivion's depth is nothing short of staggering. However, depth means nothing if it's paired with crippling bugs or frustrating gameplay. Though Oblivion has a few issues, it thankfully avoids any major blunders, making this the best single-player role-playing experience to come along in years.
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Realm of Gaming
The sheer size of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is overwhelming; to the point that I could continue this review on over several more pages. Alas, Im sure you have better things to do than continue reading about a game that you could instead be playing, which is something that I recommend you do wholeheartedly. Oblivion is, quite simply, a massively enjoyable, unique and varied experience that will please almost every RPG and adventure fan, whether it be the wealth of different quests to participate in, the different people that you meet or the ability to explore hundreds of square miles of interesting wilderness and townships. The Elder Scrolls series has certainly established itself firmly within the RPG genre, with the latest offering further heightening the series glory. Oblivion is one of the best looking, best sounding and more enjoyable games on the Xbox 360, if only you can forgive the sometimes unintelligent AI.
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Pelit
Miksi elää oikeaa elämää, kun Tamrielin vehmaissa metsissä voi nauttia kuulaista illoista ja rentoutua vain muutaman leijonan takaa-ajamana? Varaa matkasi jo tänään.
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Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
So far in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, I've murdered a man by fixing a stuffed minotaur head trophy cave in his skull; woke up to find the ship I was sleeping on had been hijacked; stalked innocent people for a paranoiac who ultimately tried to kill me; cured an entire village of mass invisibility; broke up a gang of female thieves; served time for grand larceny; and persuaded a group of partygoers to murder each other. Oh, and I became a vampire. I did all of this in 40-plus hours of playing the game--and not a second of it has to do with the game's "official" plot. I'll get around to that eventually...maybe after another 40 hours.
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Game Revolution
When it was first announced that the price tag for next-gen games would jump to $60, we wondered what sort of games could be worth that type of investment, and the answer is right here. With 100 or 200 hours of quality entertainment on one DVD and so many different ways to play, Oblivion is actually a value proposition. So if you put can put away Suikoden or Grandia or Final Fantasy for a while, you'll appreciate anew the freedom of choice that is The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. The number of options is so vast, it's nearly paralyzing figuring out what it is you want to do next. However, what you definitely want to do first is pick up a copy. Don't worry, you can still have spiky hair if you want to.
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Game Shark
It is truly the kind of game that sucks you in and won’t let go. It is a supreme act of willpower to turn it off to take care of the rest of your life. So be warned before you start into the jaws of Oblivion.
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Gaming Nexus
While the game isn’t perfect Elder Scrolls: Oblivion is one of the most immersive games I’ve ever played. There are a few interesting game design decisions but for the most part this is easily one of the best RPG’s ever committed to disc.
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Gaming Age
Overall, Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is easily one of the best reasons to currently own a 360. The game will provide you with more content than you can possibly handle, and is one of the few games on the market today that?s actually worth the full $60 price tag. Even if you weren?t a fan of the Morrowind, or a fan of the western RPG, I ultimately still suggest giving this one a go, simply for the unparalleled experience it provides.
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videospiele.com
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion zu testen und bewerten ist sicherlich nicht einfach. Das Spiel ist einfach gigantisch und wer wirklich alles erleben will, sollte mehr als 200 Stunden dafür einplanen. Das Spiel bietet so viele Möglichkeiten, trotzdem ist der Einsteig leicht, da das Spiel euch mit vielen Tipps und einem sehr guten Handbuch durch die ersten Stunden begleitet. Seid ihr erst einmal angefangen und lasst euch auf die Spielwelt ein, läasst euch das Spiel nicht mehr los: hohe Suchtgefahr! Wer Rollenspiele mag, muss dieses Spiel haben. Auch für Spieler, die Rollenspiele bisher gemieden haben, kann man eine klare Kaufempfehlung aussprechen. Oblivion wird sie zu Rollenspielern machen. Übersetzungsfehler, Ruckler und Co. können daran nichts ändern. So, und nun muss ich mich erst einmal um die paar Orks kümmern...!
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Gamigo
Wer den Kauf einer Xbox 360 bis jetzt herausgezögert hat, weil einfach der Grund für diesen fehlte, der dürfte ihn mit Oblivion nun gefunden haben. Wohl dem, der zudem noch im Besitzt eines HDTV-Geräts ist, die nächste Zeit dürfte man recht ausgiebig vor dem selbigen verbringen. Wer Rollenspiele mag und bei diesem Titel nicht zuschlägt, der gehört in den Kerker gesperrt, in den man sich als Spieler zu Beginn befindet. Allerdings dann ohne den hilfreichen Besuchs des Kaisers. Trotz der Macken in der deutschen Version: Kaufen, kaufen, kaufen...
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X-Power
We kunnen nog uren doorgaan over Oblivion, maar stilaan begint het besef te groeien dat ik maar beter op het spel kan gaan verderspelen dan er hier over te zitten schrijven. Net zoals jullie allemaal veel beter het spel zouden gaan kopen en dan spelen, in plaats van deze review te zitten lezen. Geloof ons: dit is de eerste absolute Xbox 360-topper (al doe ik daar Ghost Recon misschien oneer mee aan, maar soit), en wat mij betreft verplichte kost!
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All Game Guide
Oblivion is a deceptively huge time sink that players will find difficult to pull away from as long as there are skills to learn, rewards to earn, and stones left unturned.
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RPGamer
There is an amazing value in Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. It has reasonable potential to last over two hundred hours, and with Bethesda periodically releasing expansions over Xbox Live it might be the only game Xbox 360 owners play for a very long time. Oblivion has the tendency to take several hours away from the players life at a time ,like any given MMORPG would. The main quest can be completed in about twenty hours, but that's not the reason to play. There is so much depth to the game; it's like having a second life. With incredible graphics, a humongous world to explore, rich character customization and gameplay, and amazing replay value, it is good candidate for RPG and Game of the Year. There's very little reason for any Xbox 360-owning RPGamer not to own this title.
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GamesAreFun.com (GAF)
Fans of Japanese RPGs may find Oblivion to be too foreign. It's played in a first and third person perspective, there aren't many compelling characters, and you have no party of followers. But those who would enjoy creating your own characters and playing through a vast and expansive world the way you want to cannot miss Oblivion. From creating your character, to going through all the factions, to saving the world from the menacing hordes from Oblivion, you will almost never run out of things to do. Oblivion is the best RPG of its kind and my favorite game on the Xbox 360 so far.
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Totally Gaming Network
Overall the game is very good. With some of the deepest gameplay, character detail and it's seemingly endless variety of missions and adventures, Oblivion is without a doubt one of the deepest RPG titles to date. With any luck, Bethesda will be able to correct the framerate problems and move their rank from very good to great. RPG fans should seriously consider adding this title to their collections since most will be able to get past this games shortcomings and manage to unearth the treasure beneath. And for those folks who have never tried an RPG but have always been curious, this wouldn't be a bad choice to start with since you can certainly just pick up and play this title and still get a very good experience without having to worry about all of the details right away.
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Video Game Talk
After spending sixty hours in Tamriel, I'm continually surprised to find new areas to explore and new quests to complete. The vast enormity of the game is Oblivion's greatest strength and a bit of a weakness. If it wasn't for the graphical stuttering and the load lock-ups, this would truly be the perfect game. In many ways, Oblivion seemed less like an RPG and more like an action game or a stealth title. I could easily recommend this title to people who dislike RPG games and I'd wager they would fall in love with Oblivion. Even at full price, Oblivion is a definite purchase for every Xbox 360 owner. Heck, they could have charged $100 for a game with this kind of replay-ability.
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Silicon-Fusion.com
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion offers players the chance to live another life in a fantasy world, working for guilds, other characters, collecting ingredients for making potions, learning spells and enchanting items – all can be done as you see fit – it is a world of complete freedom, and a world that you will happily spend a lot of you time in. Simply put – Oblivion is the greatest role-playing title yet seen and one of the most ambitious games you are likely to play for many a year. A true masterpiece.
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videogamer.com
I was disappointed like everyone else when Oblivion didn't make its release alongside the 360, but it was well worth the wait. Let's get one thing straight though: Oblivion will consume you. It'll consume your life, your performance at work will suffer and you might not see friends in weeks. With hundreds of hours of gameplay, and an unprecedented amount of quests to be completed, I couldn't possibly recommend Oblivion enough. Great job Bethesda. Sorry social life.
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Gameplanet
Overall, these are relatively minor faults; the only thing holding ES IV: Oblivion back from a perfect score is its disappointing tendency to freeze without warning. ES fans will be used to this and know to save frequently to ensure the loss of progress is minimal. While such occurences are frustrating, we feel it's an acceptable price to pay for the most realistic-looking and immersive RPG experience currently available.
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AceGamez
Oblivion is literally riddled with ye-olde RPG tradition, yet its accessibly, truly freeform approach will appeal to old hands and those yet to experience the unbridled joy of carving a new life alike. And without trying to sound too much like a Butlin's PR, there really is something for everyone here. "Unprecedented audio and visual experiences?" Check. "Gaming so compelling that it'll feel like a lucid dream?" Of course. "But the zen of gaming?!" Well, I'm yet to see how it can get any better...
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Stuff Magazine
Sure, there's a whole freaking world here. But this world of armor and shields and "+2 Magic" ain't for everyone. So rent, sire.
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GamePro (US)
Oblivion's more than just a game -- it's an entire world for the taking, the only single-player RPG that could possibly give a game like World of Warcraft a real run for its money. It's the best $60 you're going to spend this year. So spend it already.
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PAL Gaming Network (PALGN)
On the whole Oblivion is excellent. Really excellent, actually, and arguably the strongest contender for game of the year yet. It’s possibly the most accessible RPG ever made, with a limitless scope for character creation and the fantastic ‘do what you want, when you want’ gameplay. It’s also really freakin’ huge, with a massive world to explore, a great central plotline and an endless number of side quests to conquer – it’s completely pointless to try and put an hourly figure on it. The flaws – frame rate issues, loading times, a somewhat empty world and a subjective world leveling system – are really miniscule in comparison to the magnificent journey the game offers. Everyone with an Xbox 360 or capable PC should already own a copy of this most excellent game – if you don’t, ring up work and ask for a month off, then rush down to your closest store and grab it right now. Oblivion – it’s here, it’s brilliant, and it will take over your life.
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Wham! gaming
Everything that was great about Morrowind is here in spades, but with smoother gameplay mechanics, snazzier visuals and a faster-moving storyline. Oblivion could eat up a significant portion of your free time in 2006.
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RPGFan
Honestly, I could sit here all day and talk about this game. Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion has so many things to see, do, and experience that it's impossible to cover them all in a simple review. Fans of epic RPGs with deep and involving plots will eat this up— and the time spent here reading about the game could be better used in actually playing it. It's not a perfect game (but I've yet to see a game that is), but if this is the direction next generation RPGs are headed in, then fans of the genre should rejoice. Oblivion is a game people will still be calling a classic a decade from now— and in the fickle world of gaming, that's high praise indeed.
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Game Critics
Honestly, I could sit here all day and talk about this game. Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion has so many things to see, do, and experience that it's impossible to cover them all in a simple review. Fans of epic RPGs with deep and involving plots will eat this up—and the time spent here reading about the game could be better used in actually playing it. It's not a perfect game (but I've yet to see a game that is), but if this is the direction next generation RPGs are headed in, then fans of the genre should rejoice. Oblivion is a game people will still be calling a classic a decade from now—and in the fickle world of gaming, that's high praise indeed.
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Gamestyle
Just what you gain and experience of this release is down to your preference. However when started, you’ll rarely look at another game for weeks if not months (thanks to the downloadable content) to come and beyond. Oblivion is without question a strong contender for the best game of 2006.
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Realm of Gaming
Rent or Buy? Renting this game for 5-7 days just won't do it justice. I highly recommend buying this if you're an rpg fan of any sort. Other people should buy it too, unless you hate rpgs, then give it a rent.
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PlayDevil
With "The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion" developer Bethesda Softworks has created a true masterpiece. A true RPG game but still very accessible to everybody, even if you're not into RPG's. Multiple choices, multiple answers and well multiple paths and guests makes this the finest RPG I have ever played. With over 40 hours just to complete the main story, you'll spend days, weeks, even months before you complete everything in the game. Oblivion is BIG and right now, this is the finest of all X-Box 360 games!
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Legendra
Annoncé comme un hit, Oblivion confirme et séduira sans aucun problème les amateurs de RPG typé PC. Mais ses immenses qualités et sa grande accessibilité par rapport aux précédents épisodes de la série pourraient bien convaincre les derniers réfractaires de s'y mettre. Un des meilleurs RPG de l'année 2006, sans aucun doute.
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GameCell UK
Fans of RPGs, from Morrowind to Final Fantasy, and even games like Deus Ex will enjoy Oblivion, as it is an addictive experience that can hit you like chloroform: one minute you’ll be sitting happily, playing away, the next it’s 2am, Oblivion’s still flickering away on the telly and you wonder where the time went. You don’t distinctly remember but you know it must have been good.
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1UP
Much like that infamous Japanese MMORPG, Oblivion promises total freedom of character generation but fails to deliver that perfectly. In particular, some combinations of race and class abilities just aren't as good as others -- and if you try to play a straight thief, archer, fighter, or mage, you're going to have a hard game. Be prepared to be a jack-of-all-trades, or be very frustrated.
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360gamer
Oblivion is a beautiful thing and although the combat may be slightly wayward and you can often come across a lot of very obvious pop-up while walking around, it’s unlikely this will spoil your experience. It manages to raise the normally stagnant RPG genre into the upper echelons of gaming and it’s unlikely we’ll play something as staggering, open-ended and entertaining as this in a long time.
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Gamesmania
Oblivion ist ein gigantisches Spiel, und das nicht nur was die Technik betrifft. Selbst nach einer Spielzeit von über 30 Stunden hat man erst einen Teil der Spielwelt zu Gesicht bekommen, allerorts warten weitere Abenteuer auf den eigenen Helden, die mit der spannenden Hauptstory gar nichts zu tun haben. Allerdings benötigt man wirklich viel Zeit für das Spiel und muss nicht nur bei der Questsuche auf einige aus WoW bekannte Komfortfunktionen verzichten. Der ein oder andere dürfte sich aufgrund der großen Spielwelt daher leicht überfordert fühlen, ein Gothic II oder Spellforce 2 ist da einfach zugänglicher. Mir persönlich hat The Elder Scrolls IV im Gegensatz zu seinem Vorgänger Morrowind sehr gut gefallen, vor allem die Schnellreisefunktion ist ungemein praktisch. Wer tiefer in das Spiel einsteigen möchte, dem sei der offizielle Spieleführer ans Herz gelegt. Andernfalls besteht die Gefahr, viele Nebenquests oder Handlungsstränge komplett zu verpassen.
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4Players.de
Noch nie konnte ein Spiel diese Magie eines natürlichen Waldes beschwören. Noch nie wurde eine virtuelle Landschaft so faszinierend gestaltet. Wer einmal in ihr wandert, wird in einem Meer von imposanten Eindrücken, spannenden Quests und düsteren Dungeons versinken. Es gibt so viel zu entdecken, so viel zu lernen, so viel auszuprobieren. Die Story legt immer wieder delikate Köder aus: Spannung, Ungewissheit und Neugier halten für Stunden auf Trab. Aber unter der prächtigen Oberfläche steckt nicht immer die Tiefe und die Liebe zum Detail, die dieses Abenteuer verdient hätte: Die deutschen Texte sind eine einzige Schlampigkeit und rauben aufgrund ihrer Häufung wertvolle Atmosphärepunkte. Das Schiebespiel bei Dialogen ist ein Graus für Rollenspieler und in den Städten versinken die wenigen Bewohner in der Monumentalität. Das sind aber nur kleine Risse in einem ansonsten fast perfekten Abenteuer. Und selbst damit ist Oblivion unwiderstehlich.
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Jeuxvideo.com
Sans renier un seul instant le monstrueux héritage des Elder Scrolls, Oblivion est l'occasion de démocratiser pleinement la série en la rendant plus intense, plus accrocheuse et plus cohérente. Le passage sur Xbox 360 ne se fait pas bon an mal an. Pour une ergonomie impeccable et un niveau graphique imposant, il faudra faire avec des temps de chargements qui pénalisent le rythme. Beaucoup de laisser-aller dans la localisation des textes, comme sur PC. Cette version est donc un poil moins bonne que son équivalent PC, mais constitue tout de même une référence évidente du RPG sur next gen.
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HonestGamers
Other than the minor glitches and game freezes that one tends to expect from these massive open-world Western RPGs, it's hard to say too much negative about Oblivion other than how, a few years later, Bethesda released another Elder Scrolls game that I thought was better. Before playing Skyrim, I was too engrossed in this game's world to criticize the flawed leveling system or to get annoyed by the constant need to repair equipment. I had no interest in nitpicking at any number of minor flaws, real or perceived. While it's hard to not notice them now, though, it's more difficult still to ignore or belittle all the hours of good memories this game brought me…
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TTGamer
While we've had to wait longer than most of the rest of the world for the console launch of the 360, we've enjoyed the benefit of having an improved launch lineup to enjoy with it, including titles like Fight Night Round 3 and Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter. They're both great games, and opinion may of course vary on this, but Oblivion arguably comes closest to being the 360's first true system-selling game. Now, if you'll excuse me, the guard's just wandered off into the darkness, and I've got some poison to deliver...
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HonestGamers
If you ignore the hand-holding and don't tread the path the game tries to force you along, there's so much to adore. But as soon as you do what it wants you to do, the waves of flaws are highlighted.
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GamerDad
Oblivion is what you make of it. Journey across this land ignoring the tacked on main plot and you may enjoy it far more than someone who focuses on killing Foozle. There's so much to interact with and so many character types to try that you can spend hours just messing around with the game mechanics and character builds. Venture out into the wilderness looking for trouble and you can find so much of it that you might never get bored. The world is beautifulラthough the characters' faces aren'tラand the music serenades you through towns and valleys, across rivers and into the mountains. Countless moments will stick with you long after you finish playing. Just be prepared to shut off the immersion once in awhile because Oblivion will too often try to remind you it's just a game.
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3DAvenue
Oblivion is for the most part a lush looking game, with plenty of attention to detail, and it's detail that's not only good to look at, but relevant to the game. Alchemists in particular are well provided for, with mushrooms and exotic herbs growing wild under many trees, as well as the corpses of fallen enemies being good for potion ingredients. The fast travel option may seem enticing -- and there are reasons ranging from health to timing concerns where you'll use it a lot -- but to fully realise Oblivion's world, find all the dungeons, side quests and even just the relaxing bits where you sit by the side of a lake and take in the stars above -- you'll need to do some proper on-foot (or on-horse) exploring. It's a game that's naturally most shiny on a HD display, although it's still perfectly acceptable without such technology.
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GameSpy
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion contains what could be the most impressive digital landscape ever created. The game's geography and architecture is so impressive that using adjectives like "amazing" and "incredible" to describe how the game looks doesn't come across as hyperbole. There's an ambitious fantasy-RPG here as well, one with nearly untold hours of potential gameplay, albeit one where the overall experience isn't always as impressive as the remarkable physical world that contains it.
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Game Partisan
Overall, Oblivion is a good game, but not a great game. It can only loosely be considered an RPG, but it provides enough fun and replay value to keep you playing despite its flaws. Leveled loot can be discouraging, and leveled enemies can be boring, but the quests are fun. It’s really hard to say a con without a pro or vice-versa. I suppose the best way to sum up Oblivion is that it gives you a lot of game to play, it is very fun, but don’t expect any sort of story or any depth to the combat or exploration elements.