Near perfect gameplay, a massive world to explore, and amazing visuals and sound make Oblivion the best RPG ever.
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THE BAD: some minor performance issues including framerate stutters and pop-ins occur a little too often; ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Oblivion is the forth game in the long running Elder Scrolls series. This game is the follow-up to the critically acclaimed game Morrowind. I could spend a lot of time on what makes this such a highly anticipated game but let me get right down to why it is the best RPG ever made. What separates Oblivion from all other RPG's is it's combat, fast travel and leveling system. One of the things I never have liked about RPG's is there combat. Knights of the Old Republic, for example, was a great game but its turn based combat sucked. Many other RPG's have been ruined by this if you are an action fan. Oblivion fixes this better than anyone thought. This game lets you control you attacks by tapping the right trigger for a weak, but fast attack or hold it down for a powerful, but slow, attack. Then something new to RPG's, is that it lets you control blocking by holding down the left trigger. This works as well as any action game and is just as satisfying.
Oblivion has a massive gameworld that is 16 square miles large. In a world this big it would take a lot of time to walk to different places on foot or horseback. A large amount of people disliked the fact that in Morrowind you could not fast travel to a location but instead take a huge amount to time to walk there. Oblivion now gives you the option of fast travel. This is not some thing that just makes you appear where you want to go, but instead as you use fast travel, time still goes on, days pass by and characters still do there regular duties. The only exception is that you have to find the location first. This works very well and helps keep the pace fast.
The other major difference in Oblivion is the leveling system. In a typical RPG, you play the game and as you do quests you will level up. Then you will be given a certain amount of points to raise certain attributes. Oblivion levels you up according to how you play the game. If you use brute force and always kill by the sword, your strength and other related skills will be raised. If you only use magic the same formula will be applied. The best idea is to use a mixture of skills so they all will raise equally. But this is completely up to the player. Whatever you decide is what will happen. This leads to a massive amount of replay value and gives Oblivion a good deal of originality.
The gameplay in Oblivon is made up of exploring this huge gameworld, doing hundreds of quests. If you so choose you could sit down in a library and read books for hours, explore dungeons, buy and sell items, help out the locals, close Oblivion gates, sneak around and steal items, pick the countryside clean of all the plant life, or just about anything you could imagine. The possibilities are endless. You can select what character you play as as well as there skills which range from stealth, combat, magic, and dozens of combinations of the three. There is just so much to see and do I can't ever begin to cover it in this review.
Now that I am done raving about the incredible gameplay lets not forget about the story which drives the game. You start out in prison where you meet the king of this world who is voiced by Patrick Stewart (The X-Men movies) as he is trying to escape through a secret passage hidden in you cell. You then escape prison and go on a quest t find the king's illegitimate son who is voiced by Sean Bean (Lord of the Rings and Patriot Games). It is a fantastic story that could be developed into a movie if they wanted.The story mode will take you about 40-60 hours to complete, but that is just the beginning. You will spend at least another 150+ hours doing everything else in the gameworld.
The graphics in Oblivion are great. Everything is so highly detailed you can walk into someone's house and steal the silverware right off the table. Oblivion is getting so close to being a true next-gen game for graphics. The world is lush and pleasant to look at, which is good thing because you will be spending hundreds of hours looking at it. The people and the weapons are very realistic and believable. The game also features real physics like in Half-Life 2.The sound in the game in near perfect. Every character has their own voice and every object has its own sound. Oblivion takes audio in game to new heights.
Oblivion is simply the best RPG ever made. It will long be remembered as one of the best Xbox 360 and is a sure contender for Game of the Year. If you don't own an Xbox 360, Oblivion is the reason to buy one. I think i have made my point. BUY THIS GAME!!!