The latest Elder Scrolls game, Oblivion, came out yesterday. It was originally intended to be a launch title for the 360 but was delayed several months. It looks (so far) like the delay really paid off.
For those unfamiliar, Oblivion is the fourth game in the Elder Scrolls RPG series.
I am sooo digging this game already. I played Elder Scrolls III and they have not given up any of the depth and wide-open-ness they developed in that one. I love how you can pursue the main quest or just wander around the world as you choose.
The fact that you can decide whether you want to walk from city to city or just “jump” there is GREAT. If you’re the type that wants to do every side-quest (and from what I hear there are hundreds in this game), you’ll want to walk. On the other hand, if you’re trying to finish something quickly before heading out to work in the morning, jumping to the next city in your quest line is very helpful.
The character creation is great. In Elder Scrolls III you filled out a questionnaire and the game suggested a character class to you. In this game, it is more transparent. They analyze how you play through the first section of the game and suggest a class to you. I went with a custom class. What I wanted was a thief-type who uses magic to give him a little extra edge. So I marked Agility and Personality as my favored attributes. For skills I picked Alteration, Blade, Illusion, Light Armor, Marksman, Sneak, and Security.
I’ve joined the Mage’s Guild but have not found the Thieves’ Guild yet. I did find a shifty-looking Orc who seems like he might have an in though…
The graphics are fantastic. Grass blows in the breeze, illumination changes as the day/night cycle continues, the number of little touches is endless. If you’re ever outside at night, make sure you look up and check out the starry sky!
I’m not very far into the game yet, but if you’re a fan of the Elder Scrolls series, picking this one up is a no-brainer.