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« on: March 26, 2006, 12:41:35 AM »

Holy shit. I'm going to say it right off the bat. I don't even know where to begin describing the awesomeness of this game. I only have the graphics on medium and it still makes my eyes cry with happiness. Right now I have a level 7 theif who has vampirism and is trying to heal it. I said f*** the main quest, I don't like oblivion, so I have been doing my own thing for 20 hours. I've stolen over 3K+ worth of stuff...Hmm, I suppose I'm just rambling, but its just so cool to do whatever you want. Other than the fact I couldn't swim across one ocean, I have indeed been able to do whatever I wanted. Go anywhere within the bounds of the huge realm, join the hard to find thieves guild, sneak through hundreds of buildings stealing valuables, bite unsuspecting victims...etc etc etc. I guess I will stop now, but has anyone else experienced this cool game?
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« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2006, 12:42:35 AM »

sounds wicked.
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« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2006, 12:42:58 AM »

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sounds wicked.

second to only LL
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« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2006, 12:46:48 AM »

don't kid like that! =P
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« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2006, 02:20:19 AM »

You know, I did have a post for it.

Oblivion is still not as good as it could have been. I've noticed several bugs (i.e. shop-keeper gold not going down), and also the arrow shooting isn't as interesting as in "Fable".

Oblivion compares to "Fable" in terms of graphics quality, more so due to slightly malleable terrain and more realistic faces/AI.

Oblivion is also pretty big (though not THAT big --but a hell of a lot bigger than "Fable"), and I imagine they're working on an expansion right now.

Game is very choppy with multiple attackers. Mouse is choppy when in front of particle effects. (fire mostly)

I also crashed a few times but due to frequent autosaves it was OK.
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« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2006, 06:40:54 PM »

Sounds cool. Am buying now :D

(for 360)
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« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2006, 08:33:09 PM »

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I also crashed a few times but due to frequent autosaves it was OK.

Yeah, quicksaves save me from that. ... I am not sure if the shopkeeper gold is supposed to go down ( I guess it makes sense) I had just assumed that was the maximum amount of money they could give you, it makes more sense as a bug  :rotfl: . The only other problem I have (and it could just be me) is that at certain points I can't continue on quests. This happened to me first on a theives guild quest, but now that I have a character doing the main quest, its a lot more annoying. If you have gotten past this part can you tell me if I am doing something wrong? I have killed one of the bruma spies like Jeoff told me and then he told me to find the other two and kill them as well, unfortunatly, I don't know where to start. I can't get any info out of him, the other blades, Martin, Bruma townspeople, Bruma Guards, or the Burd the Bruma captain...Maybe I will try waiting at the shrine again, though I doubt that is it.

edit: ok turns out the shrine IS where I was supposed to go for the 2nd one, i guess no more problems, lol.
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« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2006, 09:14:14 PM »

I haven't killed the spies yet, but I did get randomly attacked by two of the agents in the Imperial City. Maybe they are the same. Dunno. I'm afraid that if I advance the main storyline without doing anything else (e.g. training), the world will get much worse without me being able to do anything about it.

I'm having loads of fun making potions...
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« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2006, 11:22:38 PM »

Just got to play it for a few hours on my brother's rig while he was out. HUGE sense of deja-vu from when I first played Morrowind; I suppose that's a good thing, actually. Smiley
And no, contrary to what some might think I did not pick Khajit as my race... :lol:

But yes, the game. It really does have the exact same feel as Morrowind. My brother's computer can just handle it, so it has to be on low graphic settings, so maybe that's what's giving me the whole morrowind vibe. Tongue

The conversation system is tons of fun, seriously, I could spend hours at that if I could FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET OUT OF IT... Really, the only way I could find was to keep saying things they hated until it stopped for me. How the hell do you quit while you're ahead? :lol:

Combat's okay, nothing special there, though I do admit, blade weapons make a VERY satisfying meaty slice sound when you strike something fleshy. Tongue

I'll have to play it more to continue, really. Overall it's excellent, very enjoyable thus far, even if it doesn't match Half-Life 2 in overall atmosphere... Seriously, HL2 has oblivion beat into the ground as far as human character models and natural movement/lipsynching goes. I'm not talking about polycount or whatever fancy effects, either... It just seems like nothing can beat HL2 for natural and, well, good looking movement and appearance. Though, I have yet to play Oblivion on the highest settings, so we'll see.
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« Reply #9 on: March 27, 2006, 02:39:56 AM »

You must use them all. :-(

Just try to catch the topics they like with the bigger orange thingos. As you advance in speechcraft, you'll be able to do... slightly more complicated maneuvers in this "minigame".
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« Reply #10 on: March 27, 2006, 12:30:11 PM »

Yeah, the conversation minigame takes some skill, I pretty much have it mastered Cheesy. Having a couple thousand for bribe money helps though, lol. As far as I am concerned Oblivion's atmosphere beats hl2 hands down, but the character realism is definitely behind it. After hl2, the lip-synching in oblivion just fails to be satisfying. However, the fact I can actually TALK makes up for it :lol:.

I have progressed the main quest to the point where there are oblivion gates outside every city, so far I have closed 4 total, it almost gets monotonous. However, I think it really depends on what class you picked. As a knight, I have no problem closing the gates. As a theif I die frequently and can barely manage it with frequent quicksaves. Damn, the bell just rang I will write more when I get home, lol....

edit: As I was saying, I think the fact that I can experience the world in my own way at my own pace makes it so much more realistic than HL2 which is 100% linear. Knowing that you are seeing things the exact same way the developer intended in the way he intended does not lead to a suspension of disbelief. Having a huge world to travel at your leisure in whatever way you see fit doing whatever you feel is right to do is a huge part of the immersion factor. In reality you don't have a single linear (physical) path that you have to follow, and technically not even a figurative one, even though it might seem like it at times.

One of the worst things I noticed about the speech however was how on one of the beggars his voice kept changing between different tones (and maybe even actors for all I know!). This was a definite wtf moment. Not much more to say, its time to play. Tongue
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« Reply #11 on: March 28, 2006, 11:51:44 AM »

What oblivion really is:
1) random crashes
2) random freezes
3) inability to run at an acceptable speed on most system
4) major bugs with the "red needle" on the compas
5) many players are forced to find third party, fan-made, patches to even make it work on their ancient systems, such as 3400+ 1GB RAM
6) no patches will ever be released, bethesda doesent make patches, ever
7) bethesda bans users that complain and point out major flaws in the game, from the official forum
8) the minimum system requirements were raised. AFTER the game was released and hundreds of thousands (some say millions) of pre-order copies were sold. effectively making half of those who ordered the game order it for no use (FX cards no longer supported, box state they are)

That about covers it..

All in all, im not impressed with this piece of crap..
Turns out to be yet another overhyped piece of crap from bethesda.. much like call of cthulhu.. which, conincidentaly, also sucked big time.

My computer is above the recomended specs on the box and the site.
I had to find patches made by "fans" to even get the game to start without freezing, or just crashing.
When working, i have no shaders, textures reduced to lowest.. and pretty much everything else reduced to less than lowest..
I get about 10 FPS, which randomly, without reason drop to 0 fps for a few seconds, unrelated to whats going on..

It's this kind of STABILITY and USER CARE that puts bethesda softwares above the rest.. really.. god damn piece of crap..

I'll be returning my copy later today
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« Reply #12 on: March 28, 2006, 12:55:31 PM »

Hrm...I downloaded one of the prequels, Daggerfall, and have not been impressed so far. If it's any indication of how the series plays, then I think I'll pass on this one as well. Besides, I don't have the latest generation supercomputer to run the game anyways...
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« Reply #13 on: March 28, 2006, 02:05:45 PM »

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Hrm...I downloaded one of the prequels, Daggerfall, and have not been impressed so far. If it's any indication of how the series plays, then I think I'll pass on this one as well. Besides, I don't have the latest generation supercomputer to run the game anyways...

The series isn't for everyone. Daggerfall was very buggy, yes, but I personally enjoyed it quite a bit... I think it was the largest of the games so far, seeing the world map literally peppered with grey pixels representing cities, without even showing dungeons or taverns or whatnot... I dunno. Consider how much effort goes into making such an insanely massive game, I for one don't expect it to be even remotely bug-free. Tongue
And personally I've never really heard of half the things Z!re mentioned... :roll: Ah well. I, for one, enjoy the game. I'm not a huge fan, but I definately find it rather enjoyable.
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« Reply #14 on: March 28, 2006, 06:30:36 PM »

z!re, if you want to play a next gen game, you have to have a next gen system, thats just how it works. Other than the crashes, which are not even that frequent (in over 30 hours of play, I would guess 6 crashes at most, some of those just being crashes when I was trying to exit anyway) I did not have a single problem that you did. But I suppose Josiah is right, its not for everyone.
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