Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion Game Of The Year Edition by Bethesda Game Studios and ZeniMax Media is one hell of a game and will keep just about anyone entertained for hours on end. The graphics are almost real life in appearance and the massive free roaming world is just amazing. While most games are short and over almost the moment you start them this one has hours, even months of game play that just cant be beat, except for maybe the next Elder Scrolls game. To make it even more massive and time intensive the Game Of The Year edition has all three games rolled up into one. There is no way you are going to be able to beat this one in just a day like some other RPG type games out there.
The game has three different games in it, it have Oblivion, Knights of the Nine and the Shivering Isles all in one package. You don’t even have to beat one to be able to play the others, they are all available at the same time. You can even get turned into a vampire and play that way as well. As a vampire you get strength and will bonuses but you do suffer in the light of day. You get the ability to sense life around you, see in the dark and even drain the life from sleeping hapless victims. There is just so much that you can do in this game and this review is just barely scratching the surface.
As I said, the game world is massive. Even though you can port all over the main map you should take the time to travel overland instead. Doing so will allow you to find and see so much more and will actually help you in leveling and finding Oblivion Gates. Those are actually what are going to help you stay alive and improve your weapons and armor. That might sound very strange as the gate areas are very dangerous and it is very easy to die in them. The prize though is both fame and a source stone that can be used to upgrade your armor and weapons. You don’t even have to take them to a shop to have it done, you are able to do it just as soon as the stone is in your possession. As to other areas there are ruins all over, mines and secret areas that will help you in the quests that you are doing.
There are guilds that can be joined, people and towns to be saved and what is really great is when you kill something it actually STAYS DEAD unless it is an undead of course. You can fight in the arena, join different organizations or even turn into an outlaw. It is all up to you since the game story that is centered around you is being created as you do what you do. If you play evil you will be treated as such and have bounties put on your head so that people will come after you to collect it. This is the way an RPG game should be, it give the player the freedom to be what they want and do what they want. Either way they will gain either fame or infamy or both. It is all up to you the player how you want to play this game.
When the game first starts you are in a prison cell and have no idea how you got there or even who you are. Once you move around and another prisoner talks to you the game really begins. You are actually in a cell that is supposed to be never used and now Emperor Uriel Septim VII, voice acted by Patrick Stewart, and his personal guard are unlocking your cell and entering. The guard want to run you through but the Empower sees you as the fulfillment of a prophecy and the one that is going to be able to make sure that his line continues unbroken. He tells you that though his family is gone he does have a son that no one but the Blades know about. He puts it to you to find that son and get him to safety. Shortly after that the Empower dies and you have to find your own way in the world. Nothing is given to you put the kills that you choose, everything else has to be found or stolen by you.
This is one of the better RPG games that I have played and it is in no way linier for you are able to go and do whatever you want. While the quests do have to have certain thing to happen in a specific order it doesn’t mean that you have to do them all at once. If you are not strong enough just come back to it later on when you have the skills needed to do the quest. Make sure you save often as you just might find yourself having to do an hours worth of game play all over again/. Even though it does auto save when you enter and exit structures that doesn’t apply to when you are out in open country. So save often.
I would also recommend that you make sure to take frequent breaks every hour or so as the graphics and the way that you see the game can make some people queasy and dizzy at times. It is that real looking in places and when you stand up from playing a very long session you just might find that you will not be as steady on your feet as you normally all. Not a bad trade off if you ask me as Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion Game Of The Year is addictively fun and interesting especially for the explorer and adventurer at heart.