A fine classic game, however it has become quite rusty over the past four years.
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One element that is seriousely rusty is the gameplay. It is very robotic and unrealistic. Combat is not at all fluid and an NPC can sometimes randomely charge at the wall. Every single person seems to walk in the exact same way, and sometimes I can't tell the difference between men and women. The animations are also very choppy, and they just don't string together, making your character jumping look like a clown as they switch from the jumping animation to the standing one in an obvious, rather awkward way. The horse riding animation is terrible and very unrealistic, and, as with most other animations and actions, quite robotic. Combat animations can nonetheless look cool, sometimes.
The other problem is the graphics. Running them on full settings does not make the landscape and cities and towns, and forests and lakes very impressive. Yes, they are quite fine, most of the time, especially when it's about water. However, the visuals somehow make it absolutely impossible to make any form of beatiful being in the character creation screen. Yes, the reptilian Argonians and the lion like Khajiit cannot be made pretty, but the fact that not even Elves, that should be pretty hot, (the women, anyway), cannot be made so seems very sick to me. The fact that the Imperials, Bretonians and Nords all look practically the same is also worrying.
Speaking of the visuals, the audio must also be taken into account. Yes, the game has come good tunes that fit with the situation or area of presence, and the sounds of cries and clashes and skull cracking are all done well. However, the speech of the NPCs gives me the impression that there were only a very small crew of voice acters. Perhaps about 10, a pair for each gender and six for the main characters in the game. It's quite funny that the near robotic voice acting fit neatly with the robotic lip sync, as well as all the other awkward animations. All in all, the audio is a bad part of Oblivion.
Many fanboys will scream at this part, but I have to state it. Oblivion appears as a game clearly lacking in most parts, including a funny story. A story in which, it so very seems, the Emperor of all the lands, Uriel Septim, is completely convinced that a convict who happens to be held in a prison cell which also has a secret entrance to a dungeon, the place he wants to go to, is destined to free the entire empire. How he is supposed to fight against an enitre horde of bloodthirsty demons and save an empire that reaches beyond the region of Cyrodiil, the playable area in Oblivion, is something I still don't understand until now. Nevertheless, it is a game, and can also not make any sense at the same time.
There you go, I have summed up most of the game, but it's not over just yet. There are some very good points indeed. Such as the feature that allows you to create your own class. I found that very neat, and also quite innovative. The massive size of the world to explore is filled to the brim with cities and towns, dungeons and forests, lakes and rivers, and much more. It is a beautiful, detailed world that draws you in with it's lore and many cultures, despite the funny animations and awkward inhabitants. If you are a hardcore RPG fan, you may just want to rent Oblivion for a few days and see for yourself the average game that is The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.