Oblivion is the ultimate action RPG, the best Xbox 360 game available, and perhaps the greatest game of all time.
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The gameplay, first of all, is phenomenal. On paper, the concept of the game seems flawed, but one carried out with precision by Bethesda, it turns out to be an excellent first-person action game, as well as a superb RPG. If you enjoy either genre, you will like Oblivion. The controls on the Xbox 360 are precise, and you hardly feel as if you're missing something you could experience with a keyboard and a mouse. The world is expansive, and it is impossible to grow bored. Simply exploring the landscape and taking on side quests can occupy you for hours before you even begin the lengthy main quest. Combat is fun and exciting, and a plethora of enemies keeps battles interesting. Tons of weapons, magic spells, and upgrades help you create a unique, powerful character. Leveling up requires skill, and many hours invested into play. Don't expect enemies to become weak as you grow stronger, however; they level up as you do. Do you want to know what one thing pisses me off in this game? Lock-picking. A horrible, time-consuming mini-game that requires skill and practice. That's the only hindrance, though. Rock on.
The graphics are essentially as good as any console or PC could handle. They occassionally cause the game to lag, and some of the envoronments look buggy, but the realistic wilderness and lifelike towns make the positive outweigh this flaw entirely. Some portions of the game seem lifelike, they are truly beautiful. This game is worth buying just to see the beautiful land of Cyrodiil.
The sound is also superb. The sound effects are realistic and surround sound brings out the true epic feel of the game. The music is phenominal, even the tune that plays during loading screens, and the only annoyance is that the beautiful music cuts off when an enemy is nearby, replaced by a monotonous, though darkly orchestrated, number. Once again, this is a minor flaw, it's hardly a problem.
This game is worth every penny, be it the PC version for $49.99, the Xbox 360 standard and PC special edition at $59.99, or the Collector's Edition for the 360 at $69.99, they're are all worth it. It's free of major flaws, and it is something to be proud of and show to your nerdy friends.
There's so much to do, and your Xbox 360 (or PC) belongs solely to Oblivion now. Buy it, it will own your life.