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... Read All 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.