One of the better RPGs ever made, it's still neck-in-neck with it's predecessor...
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Gameplay was very well-made. From combat to character interactions and especially the stealth system; which to me, was one of the best aspects of this game. The added ability to hide in the shadows and the possibility of being heard was great! (much better than the virtual impossibility of not being detected on Morrowind). I think my favorite part of this game would have to be the Thieves Guild quests which are incredibly well-made and executed. The AI is amazing. Characters interact with each other and have conversations (sure it only goes so far, but it's often funny to listen to), they go out and work in the field, come back home, go to the chapel, head to a tavern, etc. Some even travel the country and you may run into them in another city.
There were a few things I didn't like however:
- When they created Oblivion they did away with Longblade/shortblade and replaced them with the "blade" skill. These two skill-sets are better separate because it destroyed the realism for me when I played a thief who was great with a dagger, but was better off with a claymore. This can be somewhat irritating, but is easily avoided through custom classes.
- The Dark Brotherhood quests were genuinely disturbing to me.
Graphics: 10, the graphics of the scenery and character models are simply amazing.
Sound: 8, top-notch sound quality, and fully voiced conversation, and the music was pretty good.
Gameplay: 9, the gameplay is great, except for a few problems I mentioned before, as well as a couple other things. I could have done without the corpses hanging from the ceilings with my three year old brother running around (some of which were nasty enough to make me cringe). Also the Dark Brotherhood just sucked. A lot of my friends said they were cool, but they were a bunch of creepy, wack-job, murderers, with gore-filled quests that should have earned Oblivion an "M" to begin with (I guess ESRB didn't find it.). I'm not into this dark stuff, it sucks. I like fighting as a hero, so that left me wishing for a Paladin-style guild too.
Replayability: 8, lots and lots to do here!
You'll probably have a lot of fun with Oblivion, if you haven't tried it yet, I recommend it. It's really cheap now.
Also...Mai'q the Liar rocks!