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GregoPeck gives this a solid "Rad" on the Ghost Scale
This is fun, with very few issues, and is well worth your time.
GregoPeck gives this a "Rad" on the Ghost Scale
This is fun, with very few issues, and is well worth your time.
In my last post I mentioned that the next game I would be playing was The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. It's been less than a year since I first played it and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It exceeded my expectations. It's so great that I've been wanting to play it again.

I have the Game of the Year Edition for the PS3. I remember when I bought it, I was looking for something to play while I was waiting for Grand Theft Auto V to come out. I was really glad to find Oblivion in Gamestop as I had forgotten about it. I was even more delighted when I got into it. My feelings toward Oblivion are so great that I find it hard to explain. I know why I love the game so much, but even though I can list reasons why, I can't fully explain why I love it so much. I know that sounds a bit confusing, but perhaps you've had a similar experience with it or another game. Honestly, I've played some really great games lately!

When I searched in the Steam Store for Oblivion, I was surprised to find two versions of the game; a Game of the Year Edition and a Game of the Year Edition Deluxe version. Apparently the Deluxe version includes everything in the Game of the Year Edition plus a couple of extra quests and places you can live in.

When I played the Game of the Year Edition of Fallout 3 on the PC, I learned that in order to enable the DLC I had to click on "Data Files" on the game's menu and put a check next to the DLC that I wanted to enable. It didn't come with the DLC enabled automatically (unlike the PS3 version). So, when I started to play Oblivion, I noticed that it had a similar menu and that in order to load the DLC, I had to select what I wanted to enable. Although the game had all of the DLC selected except for the master file (Oblivion.esm). Once I selected that file and got into the game all of the DLC quests became active and I was given alerts to these new quests.

I believe the Deluxe version of the game added in some things that were not in the Game of the Year Edition for the PS3. This gives me more reason to play the game on the PC, although I didn't need any more reason other than the fact that I really enjoyed the game the first time I played it. Oblivion is now the third game that I've played on the PS3 and have begun playing on my new PC. I had good reason to do that for Fallout 3, since the PS3 version had some major flaws. Luckily, I was able to bypass most of those flaws just by playing the PC version. As for Skyrim, I didn't get every DLC on the PS3 mostly because there was one that I didn't really want, but I wanted to play the game again. Also, since I got a new PC I wanted to play something that would give me a good idea of just how awesome my new PC really is.

Skyrim kind of helped lead me back to Oblivion because I ran into some Dremora during a quest or some exploration to a Daedric shrine. They sound exactly the same as they do in Oblivion and hearing that sound again reminded me of how much I loved playing Oblivion that first time.

So, I've started playing Oblivion and have only spent about 3 hours in the game (according to Steam). Like Fallout 3 and Skyrim, I have decided to play Oblivion the same way I did originally. For this game that means I'm an Imperial warrior that uses warhammers. One of the things that's new is that the Deluxe version has given me a few places to live. I have already visited each of them and began making one of them my home by storing some stuff in a chest there.

Another thing I've done differently is that I'm working on Alchemy, which I think I completely ignored the first time I played the game. I have started to use ingredients that I find to create some potions, even though the only potions I'm using are the ones that restore my health. Alchemy in Oblivion is different than in Skyrim. In Skyrim, you cannot see the effects of an ingredient until you eat it or use it. Oblivion, however, tells you what the effects are and seems to only allow you to combine ingredients that have the same effects.

Now that I have finished the very beginning of the game, I'm thinking I must have not fully explored that area of the game when I first played it. This time around, I believe I've explored more thoroughly found a lot of stuff. I came out of the sewers with a warhammer, which was the kind of weapon I used mostly when I first played the game, although i don't remember getting one so early in the game. Also, I have not yet died. When I first played the game, I found it difficult and I think I died a few times. I think that's because I was just beginning to play the game and wasn't as familiar with it as I am now.

When it comes to my preference between Skyrim and Oblivion, I feel like a parent that's been asked which of their children they love most. I think both games have their differences, which makes them unique. I enjoyed not having to use repair hammers in Skyrim, but after a while I got used to having to do so in Oblivion, eventually your Armorer skill increases and repair hammers don't break after being used. The only other Elder Scrolls game I've played is Morrowind. I have a copy of it that a friend gave me a long time ago, but I haven't finished it. I tried to play it again recently, but I didn't spend very much time with it. At this point, I doubt I will get the Game of the Year Edition from Steam, but at the same time I think I'll just wait and see.

So, I want to throw some questions to those of you who have played any version of Oblivion. Were you aware of the Deluxe version? I also wonder if you've had a similar experience with the game and find yourself inexplicably in love with it.

Travis   Admin wrote on 06/28/2014 at 02:57pm

Basically, the PS3 version got shit on. With the exception of Knights of the Nine and Shivering Isles, no DLC came to it. It's why I eventually bought it for 360 after having played it on PS3.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 06/28/2014 at 04:46pm

Oblivion is a lot of fun and had a pretty good ps3 port(I have it). Wish I could have continued with it as I had quite a bit of fun and it was my first experience with a Bethesda game.

GregoPeck   Super Member   Post Author wrote on 06/28/2014 at 08:11pm

Travis, I noticed you have it on Steam, too. Does the XBox version include everything that's in the Deluxe edition? I'm beginning to realize that it really must not bother us to buy a game multiple times to play it on different consoles or the PC. We must be serious gamers (I think that's an understatement). I'm also thinking that if I had an awesome PC like I do now back when some of these games came out and I had a Steam account, I might have saved some money by not getting the console versions of these games. Honestly, having this PC is getting me away from console gaming. I'm really glad that I finally have a PC that can play the latest games flawlessly. I'm also really glad that I have a Steam account. I should also once again say that I'm really glad to be an active member here at Cheerful Ghost. You guys have really had a big influence in my gaming life. So, thanks again for creating and maintaining an awesome website! =)

Travis   Admin wrote on 06/29/2014 at 08:13pm

The Deluxe edition is only available on PC, and the GotY edition of Oblivion on Xbox 360 is the same as the PS3 version, but the extras that come in the Deluxe edition are all available as DLC on 360.

And then I bought it on PC for the mods. Oh, the mods.

GregoPeck   Super Member   Post Author wrote on 06/29/2014 at 09:52pm

Ah. Hahaha. In my Google searches about the differences between the two PC versions and information about the Data Files, I saw things about mods. Apparently, if you want to use mods, you'll find them in the Data Files section. I still haven't used any mods. What kind of mods did you end up using for Oblivion?

One quick note I want to make about Alchemy in Oblivion. Each ingredient has four effects and right away you're able to see the first effect. In order to see the other effects, you have to create some potions and get your Alchemy skill leveled up more. Since I've been collecting ingredients and using them to create potions, I've managed to get my Alchemy skill high enough to let me see the second effect of each ingredient.

GregoPeck   Super Member   Post Author wrote on 07/02/2014 at 09:49pm

After about 30 hours into the game and at about level 20 or so, I've decided to start the game over from the beginning. There were a few things I wanted to do differently. One of the things I wanted to do was spend more points in Intelligence to increase my total Magicka so that I could use higher level healing spells. I also wanted to loot more so that I could have enough gold to purchase a house in Skingrad while the NPC was still alive. While I played the game on the PS3, this character had died due to a bug. Even if he does die, I can use console commands here on the PC to bring him back to life. Another change was that I wanted to spend less gold on furnishing Deepscorn Hollow (one of the places you get a deed to thanks to the Deluxe edition) and save it for my place in Skingrad.

I made my decision last night after looking at a recommended quest timing guide (http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Oblivion:Quest_Timing). Although I'm probably not going to follow that guide completely, I've already started out by doing the Zero Visibility quest right after I left the sewers at the very beginning. This gave me a free bed and storage space.

I was also thinking of doing the Thieves Guild and Dark Brotherhood quests earlier in the game instead of later as I had done on the PS3. I wanted to kind of line those quests up along with the Knights of the Nine add-on so that I could more easily get rid of infamy.

Although I did not even consider quest timing while playing Morrowind or Skyrim, I see how helpful it can be in Oblivion. Since I love the game so much, I don't mind starting over and keeping the quest timing guide in mind. One other, insignificant, difference I've made is that I have blue hair. I was able to do that on the PS3 and some how missed doing it on the PC, but I've now corrected that. You've already noticed that I pretty much play characters very similarly in most of my games. If I can change colors of hair, eyes, clothes, or whatever, I choose blue, just because I love blue. =)

GregoPeck   Super Member   Post Author wrote on 07/02/2014 at 09:50pm

I might not worry about the quest timing guide's suggestions for allies. While they didn't bother me so much in Skyrim and actually served the simple purpose of being able to carry things, helping me loot more, I find that in Oblivion they just get in my way and I accidentally attack them, which sometimes causes them to turn against me.

Oh and I wanted to make a slight correction to something I said earlier. I said that I didn't remember coming out of the sewers with a warhammer, but doing the quest again proved that to be incorrect. It is lying in the middle of a small room and easily visible, so I'm sure I had it when I left the sewers the very first time I played the game.

I am curious as to when Steam's summer sale will be over. I believe that I will buy the Game of the Year Edition of Morrowind on Steam next. Even though I have the game, I don't own the add-on disks, so there may be an advantage to getting it from Steam. Although I can get the game running on my computer by running it as an administrator or in compatibility mode, I'm not sure how it will behave by getting it on Steam. With or without taking advantage of the summer sale, I'm sure the game is now very cheap.

Oh and the only issue I've had with Oblivion thus far is that it sometimes (or often) crashes upon exit. While this really isn't a problem, I did look for a solution and apparently the fix is to get a mod. At the moment, I'm not interested in getting any mods, although I am interested in knowing what mods you got for it, Travis.

(This comment post of mine ran over 3,000 characters, so I've separated it into two comments. This isn't the first time I've written too much for a comment post. Hahaha)

GregoPeck   Super Member   Post Author wrote on 08/07/2016 at 03:56pm

Care to recommend some mods? I didn't see a Workshop link on Steam, but I did find a post with a link to http://www.nexusmods.com/. There's a lot there. I'm not sure what I'm particularly interested in. Something to make it look better would be cool, although I never thought that it looked bad. I saw a higher encumbrance mod, which could be helpful as well. Perhaps something that removes the level cap would be interesting, too.

Travis   Admin wrote on 08/08/2016 at 03:37am

Wow, two year necro post!

I only ever really messed with graphical mods. Darnified UI is great for making the menu and UI a bit better. Oblivion Character Overhaul makes the characters look ... well, less like Oblivion characters :D.

I have always hated how you level in Oblivion, so if you want to mess with that, see this reddit thread for different pros/cons of the different mods.

https://www.reddit.com/r/oblivion/comments/kj97b/best_leveling_mod_for_oblivion/

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