The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

2009-04-06 12:48 - Gaming

I've been very non-productive lately. I've been procrastinating on my taxes (usually like to get them out of the way by February and they're still not done!), and I've been doing both very little at home and work. I started playing The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, and I've been very much hooked. It's made the non-productiveness I've been experiencing even worse.

There's not a whole lot to say. It's a very engaging first-person style role playing game. It tickles my fancy for a variety of reasons, not least of which that it's completely non-linear. It's just a big virtual world, and save for a few inconveniences, you can go anywhere and do anything within it, whenever you please. One noteworthy point, though, is that it is easily the buggiest game I've ever played. It's hung my PS3 (requiring a hard kill to the power) on numerous occasions. I've seen things like certain sounds disappearing until quitting and restarting, and I've seen one door become un-openable, again requiring a restart.

I also found the Unofficial Elder Scrolls Pages wiki, which is a wonderfully comprehensive resource. I prefer a strange mix of "not cheating" by doing things myself, with occasional dips into guides and references, if I get stuck somewhere or want to optimize a particular characteristic of gameplay. And that wiki sure has it! It's certainly afforded me the opportunity to avoid or work around some of the more annoying details I've encountered, which makes the game more fun!

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