This one of those games that re-defines what you think a "great" game is. One of those rare gems that will always shine.
xCMoney05x wrote this review on .
This is what I believe makes Oblivion stand out among the rest, its endless possibilities within the game itself. You can be a mage, fighter, scout, ranger, bard, knight, and anything in between. But what is sweet, is you can make your own class. Name it whatever you want and choose its strengths, major and minor. Not only can you be one of dozens of possibilities, you can create your own style completely from scratch, giving this game much more replay value than normal games give, even games like GTA and KOTOR. So you decide to be a fighter, and feel like there isn't enough variety in your game experience? Well Oblivion fixes this problem.
The experience system allows for complete growth in whatever you desire. It awards you for what you do and how you do things, rather than a base pool of experience based on kills. Gone are the days of waiting for a big boss fight for that huge amount of exp. Now if you want to jump higher, then jump more and eventually you will jump higher. You want spells to be more effective? Cast them more often. The same with sneaking by things, manipulating things, and even just talking to people. Everything you do affects who your character is, which makes the game feel more real and enticing. It makes you feel like you are in the world yourself, which is a rare feat for games.
Speaking of the world, it is hands down the most gorgeous creation I have ever witnessed in video games. The sun seems warm and inviting, while the water glistens and seems soothing. The night is vibrant with star and moonlight, while the dark damp caves actually seem dark and damp, rather than just look it. What is most impressive is the landscape itself. Almost at anytime you look in the distance, you can travel to the exact spot you are looking at. This means every mountain, river, lake, city, forest, or anything else is accessible, not just some background drawing. This game is fully realized, something that most all games fail to do.
Overall, I personally believe words cannot fully describe this game. Even though this review is lengthy, it doesn't even begin to cover the marvelous wonder that is Oblivion. I don't believe in perfect games, and I don't think there are that many great games in existence, I am just hard on games in general. But I would say this would be the closest game to ever reach perfection that I have ever witnessed. It does have flaws, but so does your significant other. You overlook the flaws because the beauty and intricate details are what seem to be more important, and apparent. If you own an XBox 360 and don't own this game, whether you like RPG's or not, you are missing out on one of the best experiences games have ever had to offer.