The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is a major achievement and should not be missed by any 360 owner.
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Oblivion begins with you locked up in a cell. You have a visitor, the emperor himself who is voiced by Patrick Stewart. He is escaping from the castle through a secret passage in your cell. You follow through this passage and into a sewer system. This is where you will be introduced to the character system of Oblivion. How you travel through the secret passage determines what character the game recommends to you. However, you can choose what you want your character to be. You can choose from one of the ten races in the game. You can keep your character this way or can customize the character to your specific interests. The characters are all different and each has their own rewards. You even choose the birthsign of your character which help determines what the character's strengths will be. The character system is easy to understand and is a great amount of fun creating a character to how you want him to be.
Once you leave the sewers you are on your own to do whatever you wish. You can continue your way through the storyline to find the last heir to the throne of the empire (and by the way this is the last time I will mention the storyline so I won't spoil any of the story for you guys), go and try any of the numerous amount of sidequests, or you can just walk around. This is the beauty of Oblivion. You can walk the countryside seeing the many beautiful and not-so-beautiful things, or better yet, creature who inhabit this area. You can travel the many dungeons and fight the creatures that inhabit these dark places. Their are four guilds for you to join, all with their own lengthy and fun adventures. There is so much to do in this game that you will be playing this game for a long time. Throughout the game you will be experiencing the combat and magic system. The combat in Oblivion is wonderful, as you will playing the game from a first-person perspective (or third if you prefer though it is easier to fight enemies in the first person perspective). The combat is simple and definitely satisfying. It is mostly a mix of swordplay and blocking. However, you may mix in magic attacks against your enemy. You may also create your own spells and potions throughout the game using a various amount of objects. You will be able to carry a large amount of objects from swords and clothing to bones and books. However, there is a limit to keep you from carrying the whole world of Oblivion in your pocket. The limit will grow as your character levels up because, like every other statistic in the game, it is tied to your major skills. Say your an imperial, such as me, and your birthsign is warrior, such as me again, and your blade skill goes up, you will have to take a nap and you will be able to increase your statistics. The level of your characters ties into the game in an excellent way. The way the world of Cyrodill, which is the province you are located in, levels up with you. What I mean is that as you grow stronger the world and creatures grow stronger as well. Though if you wish to change the difficulty you can raise it or lower it in the options menu. This provides for good challenging enemies in the game and never makes you feel too powerful.
Graphically this game looks amazing, especially in HD. Once you step outside the sewers for the first time you will see a beautiful sight. The character models are amazing. There is a great variety in enemies to fight. Also, all the dungeons have a distinct look and feel to them. The world of Oblivion looks amazing as well. This game looks beautiful.
In terms of audio this game is superb. The musical score is top notch as well as the voice acting, one example being Patrick Stewart. All the characters in the game are voiced superbly. The sound is easily one of the best parts of the game.
I would be lying to you, the reader, if I were to say this game is perfect. There are a few technical problems in this game that do hold it back from perfection. However, these problems are sure never to ruin your experience with this game. Some of the character animations in this game, specifically the running motion, which are a little off. Also, you will have to deal with quite a few load time which are thankfully brief but nevertheless still a little bothersome. Don't worry though because none of these problems are large enough to ruin this game.
I love this game. It is one of the best I have played and is easily the best 360 game of this year (sorry Gears you were close). This game is getting my Game of the Year vote. If you own a 360 but have not played this game then you need to drop what you are doing and buy this game. And trust me, I HATE RPGs, but I love this game.