Reviews for The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Game of the Year Edition (AU)


Good Improvements to the Series

lachking | Sept. 26, 2013 | See all lachking's reviews »

Oblivion makes some good improvements over Morrowind, but as a game it will not please all fans. Like Morrowind, Oblivion is an open world game where you can play the game in whatever way you like, whether that be good, bad, evil, magic and so on. The graphical style has received a nice update, with much brighter scenery and animations. The music is also better now than it was in Morrowind with more track diversity. Oblivion also contains voice acting and each character also verbally talks as opposed to text just being on the screen like in Morrowind. NPCs are also more believable in Oblivion and live a life such as going to the shops and going to bed. Another addition is the compass direction arrow which points you to important locations in your current quest and this is a nice addition but at the same time it can take away from the whole discovery element of a quest. There are some noticeable pitfalls however. The game’s lighting while nice can actually make NPCs look a little creepy at times. Oblivion also lacks the large diversity in environments that Morrowind had and you’ll basically just see medieval scenery and forts the whole game. Granted these are just nitpicks, but they do detract a bit from the overall enjoyment of the game. Nevertheless, Oblivion is a great game and a good improvement over Morrowind. Yes there are faults but I would say that it is very difficult for such a large open world game to be completely perfect. I personally prefer this over Morrowind but I know plenty of people who would think otherwise.