The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Review (The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion)
The fourth installment in the The Elder Scrolls series of action RPG games, Oblivion is the epic tale of the player’s attempt to stop a fanatical cult, “Mythic Dawn”, from opening a mystical gate to a realm known as “Oblivion”. The game carries the first-person view of the previous game, Morrowind, and allows the player to switch between this and third-person view. Oblivion features an open world to explore and the player can choose to follow the main story, postpone it, or abandon it altogether. The player can build his characters statistics up (represented by numeral values) and begins with 7 essential skills.
Upon its release Oblivion was praised for its open game world, flexible RPG system and attention to detail. Some critics took fun in the open world’s game play before taking on the main quest itself at a much later time. The main criticism directed at Oblivion includes long loading times, inconsistent dialogue with non-playable characters (one moment they like you, the next they hate you), several glitches during game play and imprecise combat moments.