The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (PS3)

By Moe Rantala

Published on Monday, May 21, 2007

Graphics: 10.00
Sound: 10.00
Gameplay: 10.00
Replays: 10.00
Gamelength: 10.00

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion makes its way to the PS3. The following is a review from the perspective of someone who had never played Oblivion until it came out on the PS3, please keep that in mind.

To put things simply, this game rocks. The world is just mind blowing, and the entire game is just magnificent. The graphics themselves are just awe inspiring. In fact, the draw distance alone (how far you can see into the distance) is incredible. The grass, trees, flowers, everything is done to perfection. You can easily see every blade of grass, every rain drop, the slightest smirk on a person’s face, all of it. The environments themselves are vast, and you can literally get lost wandering through them. The particle effects on all of the magic is nearly perfect, and the lighting is just amazing. The customization of your character at the beginning is extensive, to say the least. You can customize just about anything you can think of, and make your character your own. The game is all about your choices, your own path.

The entire game looks absolutely fantastic, and the sounds and music are nothing to laugh at, either. In fact, the music is absolutely outstanding. From the introduction, to the battle music, to everything else, the music provides a change in mood and atmosphere that gives this game an amazing feel. As you wander around the world of Oblivion, you’re provided with music that fits the atmosphere of the place you’re in. If it’s raining, the music seems to flow along with the rain. If it’s sunny outside, the music seems to lighten, and sound as bright as the sun itself. As you encounter an enemy, the music changes to something darker, and you know you’re in for a fight. The sound effects mix very effectively with the environments and with whatever’s going on. The clang of the swords, the grunts, shouts, and voices are all done superbly. Every character has their own voice, and their mouths move just as if they were actually talking. The sound is nothing short of amazing, and definitely enhances the Oblivion experience.

The gameplay is your classic Elder Scrolls first/third-person view (you can change it to whichever you prefer) rpg. As you use your spells and skill, they slowly level up, and when you have leveled up your primary skills enough, you can level your character up by sleeping on a bed. There are a ton of side quests, and you can get lost for hours just wandering around the world itself, exploring caves and tombs. Just about every skill you can have in the game can be important at some point, and the huge variety of situations you can get yourself into only enhances that point. The main story is very involving, but many of the side quests are as well. You can stumble upon a side quest when you least expect it, too, which leads to further fun. This game can literally be played for months, and you could still find things you haven’t found before.

In all, Oblivion is an amazing game, and will provide you with days upon days upon days of things to do. If you’ve never played Oblivion before, and you have a PS3, this is definitely one of the games to get.

Overall Rating: 10.00

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