Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

   
 

     This game was awesome. Oblivion is the first free-ranged RPG for Xbox 360, and I think it's going to be the best for a long while. It is the fourth installment of the Elder Scrolls series and has vastly improved on the last one: Morrowind. It starts out as you being in jail for a crime you never figure out. Well anyway, the storyline quickly evolves as the Emperor of Cyrindiil is escorted into your jail cell by some guards. It turns out that the Emperor is under threat of assassination so he is being escorted out of the city through a secret passage that just so happens to be in the jail cell that you occupy. The Emperor is escorted out through sewers by his body guards (with you in tow) and you get to pick a race, class, and sign. Unfortunately, about halfway through, the assassins catch up with you and the Emperor is killed. The guards tell you to leave through the sewers and that you are free to do whatever you want. After the brief prologue, you can do anything you want. Literally. You can continue on and finish the main storyline, or you can join any of four guilds and complete their missions, or you can just complete freelance missions that random people around the map ask of you. In the previous game (Morrowind) the graphics were etchy, the gameplay was difficult, and many of the missions were tedious. Everything in this game was fixed. The graphics are pure eye candy, the missions are exciting and challenging, and the gameplay is full of surprises so you never get bored.

           The only complaint I have about this game is the unexciting landscape. It seems that wherever you go, it all looks the same. There are mountains and lakes and everything, but that's about it. But all in all, this is an excellent game. I've been playing for over 40 hours and I still have so much to do. I would rate this game a 90. - Expected Irony

 

     
  Developer: Bethesda Softworks          
  Publisher: 2K Games

Rating 90%

         
               
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9/24/06