The Elder Scrolls IV - Oblivion for Xbox 360

13 replies [Last post]
forcefield58
Offline
Joined: 05/19/2006

Hey everybody! I haven't posted in awhile because I've been playing just about every 360 game that has come out. Or at least, let's put it this way, I've bought every 360 game that's come out and have completed maybe 35 percent!

One that I was compelled to report on has consumed myself and a friend of mine for well over 2 months now is "The Elder Scrolls IV - Oblivion". I would think by now most of you have heard of it and know that it won Game of the Year in 2006. I know, I'm late buying it, but I bought a 360 pretty much for Halo 2.

If you like RPG's this is a "must-have". I can liken it to Diablo, with a mix of Fable. I know I played some of the original Elder Scrolls games, but can't remember them.

I can say that of all the games I've played, this is the most beautiful. You experience full weather effects, can move about freely on land as well as in water, and for brief moments, into the clouds.

You start off as a regular fellow, sort of down-in-the-dumps, in a dungeon prison cell. The game ramps up from there when the King appears (won't go into specifics) and sets you on your quest.

There are 10 Races to choose from, 4 Guilds that you can join, actually 5 counting the arena, where you can fight as a gladiator or simply bet on the matches.

The game is open-ended and you can do whatever you want. There is also the "Main Quest" that you have to complete, but it is integrated into the different Guild quests you can undertake, so you can jump back and forth between them.

I wanted to be a "bad-a$$", so I picked the Dark Elf, which has equal amounts of strength and magic ability. My buddy picked a Wood Elf, which is small, but skilled in "Sneak" abilities. Each of us advanced in the game, but chose completely different paths to complete the "Main Quest" and all of the Guild quests.

There are two major expansion packs for the game that are available via download from Xbox Live Marketplace. I've completed the "Knights of the Nine" (most excellent) and am in the beginning stages of "Shivering Isles" (so far its more beautiful than the Oblivion environment - kind of mind-boggling.

My buddy and I finished the main Oblivion quests around the same time, and for about a week afterward we both felt "something was missing", you know, that empty feeling you get sometimes right after a major event. I know it sounds crazy, but until we realized there were the expansion packs, we were like zombies at work!! Now its better, at least until I finish the expansions.

If any of you are into RPG's and you have some time to dedicate to the game, this is a "must-buy".

This is probably the best web-site for experiencing the game without buying it:

http://www.elderscrolls.com/games/oblivion_overview.htm

Cheers

n/a
forcefield58
Offline
Joined: 05/19/2006
Halo 3
Bill Loguidice wrote:

Hmm, looks like the Wii will be waiting for me when I get home today and Halo 3 will arrive tomorrow... Busy week of gaming...

Well, Halo 3 is out of this world. I've played it for probably 29 of the 38 hours I've had it!!!!!!!


n/a
Matt Barton
Matt Barton's picture
Offline
Joined: 01/16/2006
Gaming
Bill Loguidice wrote:

Hmm, looks like the Wii will be waiting for me when I get home today and Halo 3 will arrive tomorrow... Busy week of gaming...

Heheh. I know how that feels. I'm literally drowning in games right now that I barely have time to play. I've got the Diablo Battlechest, Knights of the Old Republic, the Might & Magic Platinum Edition, and at least six games I haven't even installed yet (Age of Empires III with expansion, Sacred, Darkstone, World of Warcraft...) What I wouldn't give for a TARDIS!

n/a
Bill Loguidice
Bill Loguidice's picture
Offline
Joined: 12/31/1969
Wii and Halo 3

Hmm, looks like the Wii will be waiting for me when I get home today and Halo 3 will arrive tomorrow... Busy week of gaming...

======================================
Bill Loguidice, Managing Director
Armchair Arcade, Inc.
======================================

n/a
forcefield58
Offline
Joined: 05/19/2006
Wii Gaming
Bill Loguidice wrote:
forcefield58 wrote:

You'll have to let me know how games like COD3 work on the Wii. I heard for COD3 you couldn't go back to a standard controller config and had to use the Wii-mote motion function. Not sure I'd like that much. It might be alright for hack & slash RPG type games, but even that would get old after awhile.

I may try a traditional game or two on the Wii, but really, with an Xbox 360 and eventually a PS3 (maybe early next year), I can't see playing non-hi-def traditional games with a "gimmick". Like I said, for the Wii, it's either compelling mini-games or games built from the ground up to make legitimate use of the control scheme. Otherwise, what's the point?

Couldn't agree more with that. Now that I've got the LCD TV in the gaming room, I couldn't go back to regular non-HD TV or certainly play games that are HD-capable on a non-HD TV. The Wii interactive controls always sounded kind of "hokey" to me, but I guess its the kind of thing that is attractive to the younger set.

Thought you had bought the PS3 already. That'll be a nice birthday gift. We need to start another discussion on HD vs Blu-Ray -- I've learned alot at the local Best Buy and it would seem there is a bit of deception going on.

Cheers

n/a
Bill Loguidice
Bill Loguidice's picture
Offline
Joined: 12/31/1969
Versus

I can't really think of anything specifically "new" in Oblivion versus Morrowind besides polish, polish and more polish, and tweaks. Really all you'd expect from a sequel. After all, Morrowind was a huge, all-encompassing game. I suppose the one "difference" in Oblivion if you want to call it that is that they made the world more interactive and reduced dead time. It's still more or less the same game though, just refined, which again, is not a bad thing. I'd like to hear from someone who put more time into both games than I did (and keep in mind I have the first game on Xbox and second game on Xbox 360, so I've never played the patched PC versions or tried any of the countless mods)...

======================================
Bill Loguidice, Managing Director
Armchair Arcade, Inc.
======================================

n/a
Bill Loguidice
Bill Loguidice's picture
Offline
Joined: 12/31/1969
Wii
forcefield58 wrote:

You'll have to let me know how games like COD3 work on the Wii. I heard for COD3 you couldn't go back to a standard controller config and had to use the Wii-mote motion function. Not sure I'd like that much. It might be alright for hack & slash RPG type games, but even that would get old after awhile.

I may try a traditional game or two on the Wii, but really, with an Xbox 360 and eventually a PS3 (maybe early next year), I can't see playing non-hi-def traditional games with a "gimmick". Like I said, for the Wii, it's either compelling mini-games or games built from the ground up to make legitimate use of the control scheme. Otherwise, what's the point?

======================================
Bill Loguidice, Managing Director
Armchair Arcade, Inc.
======================================

n/a
forcefield58
Offline
Joined: 05/19/2006
Morrowind

I'd like to hear about that too. I haven't played any of the Morrowind games, that I can remember. The story in Oblivion is fantastic and would certainly stand on it's own. The main quest finale is quite a workout and the ending will blow your mind.

Matt Barton wrote:

Is there anything really "new" in Oblivion that wasn't in Morrowind, asides from the updated graphics? If you're familiar with both games, I'd very much like to hear a brief summary of the changes to the gameplay (if any).


n/a
forcefield58
Offline
Joined: 05/19/2006
Scary Faces

You're right about that. I'm not sure why 95 percent of the people have that ragged look about them or just plain look gross. That changes when you move into Shivering Isles, especially for the female characters, hahaha.

I think the evil look comes from most of the people being vampires in the game. I contracted vampirism twice and had to go through the 10 hour ordeal of getting rid of it. The enhanced power that being a vampire brought was good, but eventually I had to get rid of it because I could never see the light.

Isn't it funny too how the characters have conversations all around you, and most of the time it's about you, especially when/after you've completed the main quest.

Mark Vergeer wrote:

The faces in Oblivion have a real erie feel about them. All people look evil.



Editor / Pixelator - Armchair Arcade, Inc.


n/a
Mark Vergeer
Mark Vergeer's picture
Offline
Joined: 01/16/2006
the 'faces' in Oblivion are really scary

The faces in Oblivion have a real erie feel about them. All people look evil.



Editor / Pixelator - Armchair Arcade, Inc.

n/a
Matt Barton
Matt Barton's picture
Offline
Joined: 01/16/2006
Oblivion

Is there anything really "new" in Oblivion that wasn't in Morrowind, asides from the updated graphics? If you're familiar with both games, I'd very much like to hear a brief summary of the changes to the gameplay (if any).

n/a

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.