The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion GOTY Edition Review
- Posted October 25th, 2007 at 08:58 EDT by
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The GOTY edition takes players on yet another amazing journey further into the world of Oblivion. Elder Scrolls fanatics with a penchant for exploration would be wise to accept Sheogorath’s tempting offer and pick up a copy immediately.
- Amazing graphics
- Compliments a players ability to make decisions
- Useful armor sets + new quests breathe new life into the journey
- Not too many side quests
In the Game of The Year Edition of Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Bethesda Softworks provides hours of new gameplay through added expansions. This added content comes in the form of the Knights of the Nine and the official Shivering Isles expansion packs.
With the original game of Oblivion topping out at about 250 hours, you can expect The Knights of the Nine and Shivering Isles expansions another playable 50-70 hours. Yet, still not included is the very expensive downloadable plug-ins, such as the infamous horse armour or Wizard's Tower. However don't fret, downloadable content will arrive to enrich the world of Elder Scrolls soon, for free through the PSN.
The Shivering Isles does much more than add quests to the main line. Ruled by Sheogorath, the realm is divided into Dementia and Mania halves, each governed by their own leaders. Each half has its own visual characteristics, from the bright mushrooms and polychromatic hills of Mania to the bleak swamps and knotted trees of Dementia.
A portal into this land pops up in at Niben Bay after installation. Either an existing character or entirely new one can pass through. You will discover numerous lands in the form of an NPC such as the Hill of Suicides, who gives you a quest to kill him, and an additional Soul Tomato.
From all of this, you'll also get some new armor sets and weaponry. From new enemy models and dungeon additions are gained Amber and Madness Ore, which when brought to the proper smith in the main city of New Sheoth can be forged into powerful weapons, with all amazing details reminiscent of Bethesda. The armors level with your characters, so if you're still somewhat inexperienced, you can go back and forge a new set a few levels later and take the precision of weapon damage. Matrices allow magical versions of Amber and Madness items to be produced, but if you're a high level character you can cast your own enchants. A few weapons pop up as you follow the main story along with some new summons, and, depending on some of the choices you make during the main quest, and various armors such as from the Golden Saints.
There’s a decent amount of territory to explore in the Shivering Isles, though the main story provides the most entertainment. Like the guild quests in Oblivion, the tasks Sheogorath hands out are varied, and rarely cause you to explore other quests. There's a solid back-story for each, giving you a motivation, and often plenty of rewards.
Choice is the biggest factor in this game. The decisions you make regarding how to comply with Sheogorath's wishes have effects on the game world and storyline, including determining which major NPC players live or die, and ultimately what kind of specialized armor set you're rewarded with later on. Players have a sense of immersion through choice.
Unlike the original game, there really isn’t that many interesting side quests handed out from the townsfolk. A few exceptions include one lady in Highcross who collects all the new alchemical ingredients you'll pick up throughout your travels in the new realm, and eventually asks you to start herding monsters her way. Another collector in New Sheoth trades currency for oddities, which you'll find in dungeons vaults or on corpses. Outside the town there are still number of caves and ruins to explore, which have two types of new appearances once you get underground. Even with all these, the variety of new quests from the game lack---though it has way more than the 360/PC versions.
The GOTY edition is an awesome game to Bethesda's fourth entry in The Elder Scrolls series. It compliments a player's ability to make decisions, offers and provides for an unforgettable journey once again through the world of Oblivion.
For those of you who have yet to brave the step through the gates of Oblivion, read our review on the original title here.
- 4:09am EDT - October 25th, 2007
Are you absolutely sure that the shamefully left out extras will be released on the PSN?
Any word about the date for the GOTY edition in Europe?
No one seems to be the wiser.
Thanks for the review.
- 4:13am EDT - October 25th, 2007
You know it sucks that European territories have to wait, all I am going to say is if you own the original Oblivion, do not bother and just wait for the downloadable content, and Shivering Isles standalone coming out.
BTW, first post? What do you want a f***in cookie?
- 4:14am EDT - October 25th, 2007
I'll take anything I can get!
- 5:12am EDT - October 25th, 2007
@Justin Pinter: Knights of the Nine is already on the normal Oblivion for PS3. The only addition to the GotY Oblivion for PS3 is Shivering Isles.
- 7:11am EDT - October 25th, 2007
Oblivion is 9.0 and Ratchet & Clank 9.5.....stupid PSU reviews...
- 7:52am EDT - October 25th, 2007
So am I still getting jobbed for buying Oblivion early? Will I be able to get Shivering Isles from the PSN or not? Those are the questions I want answered. I'm not buying this game again.
- 8:22am EDT - October 25th, 2007
Ya, and they didn't mention if this was an upgrade from the original release. I know it comes with Shivering Isles, but is that it? Basically if I have the current oblivion should I just get shivering isles or sell mine and buy this one????
- 10:56am EDT - October 25th, 2007
relax my peeps. in an earlier psu article they said shivering isles would be on psn at the end of november (i think they said the 20th.) For $29.99. im guessing the dlc will be up at that time too but don't quote me on that. psn id. narcolepticyouth . peace
- 4:15pm EDT - October 25th, 2007
seems okay. for an rpg player tho oblivion is crappy
- 10:32am EDT - October 26th, 2007
How can you say that its graphics are awesome and it won a lot of rewards so if you like to shoot kill and smash thats cool but don't bash people who like rpg which by the way is a huge maket.
- 10:02am EDT - October 27th, 2007
- 12:46pm EDT - October 29th, 2007
I'm defo getting it...
- 7:23am EST - November 8th, 2007
1. Does it have any new quests other than the Knights of the Nine and Shivering Isles?
2. Is the Wizards Tower coming via the PSN? In case any Bethesda people read these forums, they should know, that I am a PS3 owner who won't buy Oblivion until I can get the Wizards Tower.
- 4:46pm EST - November 23rd, 2007
isnt this version a lot slower than regular game
- 8:11am EST - February 4th, 2008
Doubt I'll get it cuz I've alread got the original but Iw ould reccomend it to anyone.
- 7:47am EDT - April 24th, 2008
I have Oblivion (origianal) for 360 And Oblivion GOTY version for both Computer and ps3! the graphics are best on ps3 to me but the loading time is best on 360! But i warn all of you DON'T DOWNLAOD THE SHIVERING ISLES PATCH! the reason why is because when you try to do some of the quests, some of the content that should be there isnt! You would be better off buying the GOTY Version!
- 2:24pm EDT - June 24th, 2008
Oblivion isnt bad unless you haven't got the time to play it, just a warning, quite a long game but a very good one at that
- 7:12pm EDT - July 27th, 2008
This game is awesome, so many quests to keep you busy for a long time. Even the guild quests are epic. This game has stunning visuals and sound but the only issue I have with it is that it takes up so much space on the hard drive.
- 5:29pm EST - February 5th, 2009
Best Western RPG EVER!
- 11:10pm EDT - March 11th, 2009
Game contains: Elderscrolls IV: Oblivian; Expansion: Knights of Nine; & Expansion: Shivering Isles. All for 30$... And yes, it is worth every penny of it.
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